Unsweetened Ginger Ale + Light Beer =
Shiner Ruby Redbird
Shiner and I used to be pretty good buddies. Shiner Bock is probably the defacto beer of Texas. And they've put out some pretty good to excellent brews in the past few years (Shiner Black, Shiner Oktoberfest, Shiner 99 Helles Lager, Shiner Frost/Dortmunder Ale, etc.) On the other hand, something hasn't been quite right in the house of Shiner. First there was Smokehaus...the beautiful Helles tainted with what tastes like Liquid Smoke. Then there was Holiday Cheer...I don't think I need to bring that review up again.
And then there's this. I don't even know what to do with this. Thankfully, I was able to buy a single bottle, so I don't have five more of these sitting in my fridge, staring at me every time I open the door, until I can pawn them off on unsuspecting houseguests.
Shiner Ruby Redbird tastes like you mixed a light beer (Shiner Blonde?) with an unsweetened ginger ale. It's not bad, but it's not exactly good either. Heck, it might even go well with some asian foods...but the beer of summer, it's not.
Next summer, just bring back Shiner 99. Please?
I'm going to go wait for Real Ale Lost Gold and Saint Arnold Weedwacker.