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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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87
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2,776 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,776
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 100
Gots: 377 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,776 | Reviews: 643
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 05/23/14

Appearance - Pours a murky auburn brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates, leaving a near barren surface.

Smell - Raspberry aroma with a touch of chocolate.

Taste - Raspberries are the name of the game here, with raspberry sweetness up front and a light malted chocolate undertone. Berry tartness breaks through mid-taste, then peaks in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to fair carbonation. Sticky texture. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good. Seems to have held up fine with a year of age on it. Not much "Beer" character, but makes for a nice dessert option.

Photo of maedhros09
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright ruby with a couple fingers of pinkish-white head that settles quickly into a foam
Smell: mmm...raspberry
Taste: mmm... raspberry. Nice balance of sweetness and tartness. Not much hops to speak of.
Feel: Light-medium body, nicely carbonated

Overall: If you like raspberries and beer, it's hard to imagine you'll dislike this one. Very flavorful with great balance. Despite the relatively low ABV I wouldn't want to have more than one at a time due to the intensity of flavor.

Photo of baldini
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique raspberry flavor with a nice dry and slightly bitter finish.

Photo of Wilshade
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A summer offering from a good brewery.
ABV: 5.7%
Glassware: chalice

Smell: Raspberries!

Appearance: Opaque raspberry red with a very thin head that diminishes quickly. Active carbonation in the body.

Taste: Raspberry! The raspberry taste is very effectively supported by the malts. Near perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. No aftertaste. Feels like a soda on the tongue.

Overall: The very best of the fruit beers I've tried. Better than most of all the beers I've tried. Best on warm days. Goes very well with steak and venison. Beautiful beer.

Photo of entenduintransit
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious malt beverage fruited very obviously with raspberries. Tastes more like raspberry cider than beer. But really refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Trombone69
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's pretty darn good, but it's not what I am usually looking for when I reach for a beer.

Photo of Extol
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I wanted a raspberry beer, it'd taste like this.

Photo of hardysf
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably my wife's favorite beer - which will ultimately mean it is too sweet for me.

This pours a solid fuchsia color but is a bit cloudy. Smells of raspberries and more raspberries.

The carbonation dissipates really fast and it is almost like drinking a barley wine. It is smooth and creamy and the taste is of sweet raspberry. It is a sweeter beer but if raspberry is what your after this should be your choice.

Photo of do_ob
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear pink/red with virtually no head. Looks like cherry or raspberry juice you'd buy your kid. Straight raspberries on the nose. Maybe a little spice and booze in there, too. Medium weight, clean yet dry mouthfeel. Raspberries dominate any and all other ingredients in this beer. Has a bit of a champaign-like drinkability to it, only with a heavier body. Finishes tart and dry. Residual sweetness on the aftertaste.

This is an okay beer if you're a fruit beer fan. I liked Blushing Monk better than this, probably because of the higher abv (for what it's worth, Blushing Monk is pretty much just an "imperial" version of this beer).

Photo of Antc2382
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet! But nice raspberry flavor. Like the little kid in the cartoon that likes his, "razzleberry dressing"

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oh this beer lives up to its label. When poured it is a bright red color and smells like raspberries. It is a really sweet beer so I can't see having too many in one sitting but it is very refreshing. Overall a great beer and would be great a bbq or sitting by the pool.

Photo of mchegash
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date 2/26/15

Appearance - 4.5/5
A beautiful red. Perhaps the most vibrantly red beer I've ever seen. The head is a light pink color, about a finger or so. Slightly opaque/hazy.

Smell - 4/5
Delicious raspberries, yet still has many of the other subtler qualities of beer, which makes it still smell like a beer (albeit a very fruity beer).

Taste - 4.25/5
Amazing raspberry taste but still tastes like a beer.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, medium level of medium-high carbonation. Quite crisp near the beginning of the sip. Then goes down smooth with a little carbonation tingle all the way down.

Overall - 4.5/5
I've had this beer many times before, and am finally getting around to reviewing it. What I love about Rubaeus is its delicious raspberry taste, yet it still tastes like a beer. This is perhaps the best examplar of a "fruit beer", meeting both the "fruit" and "beer" criteria masterfully. If you want a nice sweet fruity summer beer, but want it to be a beer and not fruit juice, this is the beer for you. Also, I think this would be a great way to introduce someone new to the beer world into beer. Show them that not all beer tastes like what they have had before. Start with a very fruity beer like this, and slowly move them to less and less fruity beers.

Photo of Maiora13
2.94/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very robust raspberry flavor. High alcohol content yet extremely fruity. If you like raspberry beer it is exactly that.

Photo of EmGM
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: PINK
Smell: raspberries
taste: delicious, tart, heavy raspberry flavor
aftertaste: fruity tartness
overall: LOVE this beer, great for the summer

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer reminds me of my sister's wedding and how I couldn't be a bridesmaid because of my beard. I was pretty disappointed but my friend Amy came over and we both put on our Sunday's best and drank Rubaeus till we bled pink raspberries. Overall a really refreshing brew.

Photo of rbjorkman
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

- Pink/purply color
- smells like raspberries
- sweet and slightly carbonated
- very refreshing for summer
- really loved this beer

Photo of buckslayer50
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lesser version of Blushing Monk basically, but thats still damn tasty.

Photo of Karahughes
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founder's did a great job of making this raspberry beer taste very delightful and easy to drink without being too sweet and still containing some classic beer qualities. The color is a bright deep pink and the aroma is very appealing.

Photo of BBelch
4.87/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A little too sweet for my taste, but overall a fantastic fruit beer.

Photo of claudialeshok
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes very fruity, the raspberry flavor is very dominate in both aroma and taste. The color is very bright and light pink in color. One of my personal favorites from this brewery.

Photo of Mortarforker
2.06/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

May be a really good beer but I just don't like fruited beer.Sorry but it's just way to sweet for me.

Photo of teslatam
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I liked this fruity beer. nice and refreshing. and of course its yummy, it's founders.

Photo of Roger_McK
1.4/5  rDev -63.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Disgusting. Craft brewer loads some sloppily produced swill up with hops or fruit, which is the case here.

Photo of partains
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: bright red
Smell: fruity, berry
Taste: sweet, raspberry, crisp
Overall: a very refreshing, cool beer. would be great for summer time.

Photo of robgutie
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All raspberry. If you truly love raspberry this is a light crisp drink.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,776 ratings.