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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 629
Hads: 2,953
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 118
Gots: 465 | FT: 15
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.
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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful salmon pink color, with shreds of sticky lace. Aroma is raspberries, some malty notes (biscuity), a bit of a saccharine sweet note. Flavor more orless follows, slightly tangy but overly sweet. Finishes with a bit of a fake sugar sticky feel. (251 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2015 Bottle

A — Pours a bright pinkish red hue into the glass, thin white head forms, but leaves behind only sticky bits of lace.

S — Smells fantastic, lots of bright raspberry and strawberry, lightly tart, really just smells like freshly picked raspberries.

T — Sweet overall, notes of raspberry, light lemon, just dominated by raspberries, exactly as it was billed, just really really sweet.

M — Medium bodied, sticky and lingering finish.

O — A nice enough beer, but this would be over the top if it had some lacto to add some tartness, as it is currently its a bit too sweet. (598 characters)

Photo of Savan
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured a reddish hue into a pint glass, head disappeared quickly leaving a light paper thin white froth. Had a obvious raspberry taste to it and a malty quality I am unable to place, slight tangy feel but overall refreshing brew! (229 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter glass. 5.7% abv

Appearance- Poures a deep garnet color with a thin head quick to dissipate.

Smell- Ripe raspberries dominate the aroma, very fresh smelling. Hints of a sweet malt but hard to decipher through the fruit.

Taste- Sweet raspberry arrives first, turning slightly tart midway through the taste. A bit of grainy malt, but not near as strong of a malt force as most beers are as the fruit stands above. Finishes slightly dry retaining the sweet berry flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin in body which makes this beer refreshing.

Overall- If this isn't a refreshing beer I don't know what is. Great for Summer. Reminiscent of a wine cooler but this is definitley a beer. A superior fruit beer. (737 characters)

Photo of oldn00b
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this again yesterday. I generally prefer Blushing Monk because of the absurdly decadent mouthfeel. However yesterday this was on nitro and it makes a huge difference. The flavor is very similar to Blushing Monk, that one is just raspberries turned to 11.

This would be like "light" - but it was a perfect beer for a hot day. Lower ABV helped, raspberry was refreshing, but the nitro took it one step further in providing a a better mouthfeel. (453 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Mike for the in person trade!
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy ruby red color with a slim little white head that quickly dissipated. Lacing was slightly stringy here and there.
The smell had strong tart raspberry notes.
The taste was tart through the raspberry. A lingering raspberry aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body with a big sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly harsh on this one.
Overall, its a raspberry beer, nothing more, nothing less, nothing spectacular, nothing bad. Nice to try, but probably wouldn't seek out again. (618 characters)

Photo of Czequershuus
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown with a pink hued head. The aroma is fresh raspberry followed by a toasty malt The flavor is lights, but extremely pleasant, with the promised raspberry taking the lead. While I may not reach for fruit beers with regularity, this is one of the best I have had. Direct, simple, and very tasty. (332 characters)

Photo of BeerBrose
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is exactly what someone should expect from a Raspberry Ale. Light malt, sticky sweetness and a nice fruit flavor. The bottle I am having is nearly a year old and its still tasting right on, maybe even better than when it was released. (239 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a St Bernardus chalice. Bottles 2 June 2015.
4/4.5/4.25/3.75/4
Murky-clear auburn.
It smells super-raspberry-y. Very much so. A mild beeriness underlies it.
It's magnificent. A little on the sweet and syrupy side, but there's juust enough redeeming tartness to keep it enjoyable. Very little carbonation, and the aftertaste is mostly sticky fruit preserves.
Overall, a really enjoyable beer...IF you like raspberries. Which I do. :) (466 characters)

Photo of TomMorris
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant hazy ruby; smells of raspberry (duh) jelly donuts. The initial taste is an explosion of natural raspberries - very little to no cloying syrupy sweetness here. Finishes with some light breadiness, really drinks like a raspberry danish or some other fruity confectionary. Taste lingers well after drinking but does not overstay its welcome.

This is a fruit beer done correctly. Great summer beer. (413 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Bright red, exactly what I would expect from this one.
S: Sweet raspberries.
T: Big raspberries, the sweetness and tartness go hand and hand. Another very well made beer by Founders. I only dock, because it's just not my style.
F: A lot of carbonation, but it fits the bill perfectly for this one. Obviously thin given it's a fruit beer.
O: Summer time fruit beer. It has it's place about once a year for me. (414 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a remarkable, clear, deep pink/red much akin to a rose wine. 1/2" fizzy white head that recedes very quickly. Not very much retention. No lacing.

S: Sweetish raspberry, hints of tartness, an overall juicy characteristic on the nose.

T: Very natural semi-sweet raspberry notes lead in. Mid palate features a bit more a of saccharine quality with just a faint hint of malt underneath. Finish is sharp & short.

M: Moderate carb & just enough body to remind you that you're drinking a beer. Quite refreshing.

O: Very enjoyable, not artificial tasting at all. (605 characters)

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A deep dark pink color with light head and decreasing light lacing. A valid effort at Abita's Purple Haze flavor with a touch of alcohol.
I enjoyed this refreshing summer change of pace in a 16 oz pint glass poured from the tap. (228 characters)

Photo of morris786
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours strawberry red with small head and minimal lacing. Smell is earthy herbal raspberries. The fruit flavor in the beer taste very real. You don't get that medicine taste that I've had with other fruit beers I've tried. It's a fresh raspberry with fruit herbal tea flavor and a malty backbone. Very tasty for a fruit beer but I must admit I'm not a fan of the style. (369 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful and rich dark pink hue, with an intense raspberry aroma. Very refreshing flavor, with a bit of a tartness to it. A really solid fruit beer. (153 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead on May 1st for $3.49. Bottled on 3/12/2015.

Beer poured reddish-pink with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is the traditional wheat/malt raspberry ale, very pleasant.

Taste is very sweet but not cloyingly so...yet. It is a refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied which i believe is the intent of the brewer.

Overall this is a pretty good brew, nice and refreshing. Definitely a chick brew for those sweaty July and August days. This was nice to try but likely will not purchase again. (558 characters)

Photo of Cottontown201
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a summer beer. I always drink straight from the bottle. No idea what it looks like.

Aroma is all raspberry. Just got finished picking red raspberries and the aroma isn't artificial or medicinal.

Taste: red raspberries. Nailed it.

Nice carbonated mouthfeel, ,appropriate for a fruit beer.

Overall, nice summertime beer. (332 characters)

Photo of 98green
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of cloying sweet. I actually had blushing monk a couple months before this one. It is tasty but heavy on the fruit-sweet. One is more than enough (150 characters)

Photo of T_Hass
2.19/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

While this was a great looking beer, a deep pinkish red, the smell was a bit medicinal and the taste was sickly sweet and tasted artificial. I couldn't take more than two sips of this beer. To each their own but this beer was not for me. (239 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rubaeus pours a reddish color with a small pink lacing head. There is a raspberry aroma with hints of a crisp malt. The taste is much the same, nice malty backbone, with big hint of raspberry, which isn't too sweet or overpowering. Overall its a beer flavored beer with some noticeable flavors of raspberry. (310 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this every year for the past 3 years but just now have had a chance to review it.

A - Dark amber, red color, like a raspberry soda. Smaller, pink head with good lacing. More soda like than beer with the pink hue but still appetizing.

S - Raspberry ale; imagine that! It's got a fresh raspberry note that is fruity with just a little bit of floral aroma and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Pretty soft on the palate with the sweet raspberry character holding strong. It doesn't have a chemical or overpowering fruit flavor as some tend to have but it is almost syrupy. In the middle the ale character shifts to the top with a sweet grainy, malt character accompanied by the ale yeast tones. The finish is light and still fruity.

M - Light mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Light body makes this beer a refreshing beverage. I do think that either my palate or the batch is different but this beer is much sweeter and more soda-like than I remembered from last year.

Overall, this is still a very good summer brew but on the sweet side. This beer used to be the perfect example of a fruit beer but now I feel it is moving towards the sweeter and more commercial beer genre. I would still recommend this for a nice mix-up from the typical beer styles but at $12 a 4pk I probably won't get this more than once a year.

Glass- Perfect Pint (1,343 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head is 1/16th of a finger thick, with scant lacing, and a dark red body,as protocol for a raspberry brew .

Smells like, yep raspberries, but one can still detect a a slight malt backbone.

I taste raspberries, along with earthy grains.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company a 4.5 (478 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured burgundy color with ½ inch of quickly disappointing head.

Aroma yields exactly what the beer states: raspberry! I also get a blackberry tartness and sweet jam or candy like quality.

The beer tastes quite watery. It is non-descript rather than having a desired crisp raspberry bite. It is rather incongruent with the aroma. One would think that the taste would be much more aggressive, yet the taste is actually very subdued. At the end is a medicinal quality that is not appealing. The raspberry flavor is present, but it isn’t impressive. It almost reminds me of Kool-aide

Overall the beer isn’t all that good. The aroma is fantastic, but the beer itself lacks overall. It lacked the intensity and sourness sought after in a style like this (definitely one boasting raspberries!). This beer would pair well with grilled lamb chops with a cherry and balsamic reduction sauce. It gets a 71/100. (912 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good but the balance was a little off. There was a weird boozy flavor on the backend that needs to even out after some aging. Otherwise this was still really tasty. (171 characters)

Photo of W_Des
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep garnet red color with the aroma of raspberries. The taste is raspberry forward but the finish is medicine-y and only grows stronger as it warms up. Overall ok. (172 characters)

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