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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,666 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,666
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 91
Gots: 326 | FT: 13
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: 2,666 | Reviews: 597
Photo of RobAM
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not one for flavored brews but this is very good.

Photo of ajm5108
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Refreshing, not overwhelming with the raspberry, or syrupy like some sweet beers. Feels like a lambic, a little tart and sharp but you still get some malt and hops underneath the raspberry. Easy to drink if not a mindblower.

Photo of jmasher85
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours well carbonated but no head retention, and gives a gorgeous ruby colored glow in the glass. Yup, looks like we're in raspberry town. Well, it is brewed with a ton of raspberries, added both before and throughout the brewing process.

Smells completely like raspberries and...well, that's pretty much most of what I'm getting from the nose on this one. Maybe more specifically like a raspberry soda, but a very all-natural one, not the kind that tries to taste like a Jolly Rancher. You get the idea.

Tastes...the same. Yeah, they really pushed for the raspberry demographic on this one. Sweet and a bit tart, just like a raspberry, and then just a hint of bitterness on the finish, which kinda comes as a surprise considering I was almost fooled into thinking this wasn't beer. Oh wait - it's not, it's a malt beverage. Well, I can't say it's not successful and very drinkable as a good hard beverage for the summer, though more like a sophisticated Smirnoff Ice than the fruity ale I was expecting.

Photo of kbernthal
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very red in color, smell was a strong raspberry, taste very sweet and strong raspberry - not a strong beer flavor

Photo of predikit
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep ruby red with some copper hints. Leaves a small white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells very much like raspberry, not getting much else in the scent, but it is an attractive aroma.

This is a fruit beer through and through, dominates the presence,malt and hops take a backseat. Raspberry notes, sweet upfront, takes on a tart tone through the middle and the finish, where the malt peeks from behind the curtain a bit.

Crisp, refreshing, light bodied, sitting down with one of these after being out in the sun for a time would be very nice indeed.

A very solid fruit beer with an appealing mix of sweet and tart with refreshing carbonation.

Photo of chris826
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very sweet not really my style

Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl., oz. bottle. Sampled on April 10, 2015.

Reddish-brown pour with modest head. The head fades.

The aroma is full of raspberry esters, which was to be expected. A little sweet malt character behind it all. But, yes, the fruit takes it over.

The body is light to medium.

The raspberry fruit is dominant in the flavor. If one was tom rate this by the taste it does deserve a very high rating because it is exactly what it promises to be. But this is a style I tend to avoid so my rating maybe lower. Sorry about the bias.

Photo of redinge7
2.01/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I really wanted to like this one, but I didn't. It was reddish/orange in color. Very sweet, raspberry taste (and I love raspberry anything), but it tasted like vomit to me.

Photo of MakenziMantey
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not a fan beer in general but if I had to pick one this one would win hands down every time. It is sweet and delicious. It has a brilliant red color with a vibrant sweet aroma of raspberry. When tasting this it is soft, sweet and a hint of tartness. The sweetness of this beer is not overwhelming in any sense.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like raspberry soda. Too sweet. Not really beer.

Photo of hhall924
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal raspberry flavor. Sweet, and tart at the same time

Photo of iTunesUpdates
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Way too sweet. And at this price, I will try and mix my last two with a stout.

Photo of Csikic93
2.2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Just not for me. Reminded me of a table wine. Some people might love this but it's just too sweet for me.

Photo of Paul432_1
2.05/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This beer is incredibly to sweet. I wasn't even able to finish it. To sweet and sugary for a beer. Stop making this Founders. Thanks

Photo of HowardTheDuck
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Liquid raspberry jam. Pretty one dimensional; pretty delicious.

Photo of BigCheese
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is what it is. Not really for me, too tart sweet. For the style its good, fresh fruit flavor ect, but not what I look for in beer. Would go well with dessert.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with almost pink head that trails the glass. The smell was full of raspberry to the point where I couldn't make out anything else. The taste was rather pleasant, but very sweet. But the aftertaste lingered way too long with a mouthfeel that was a bit syrupy. A great dessert beer but I can't see myself drinking more than one at a time.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Guest bottle at FFF poured into half pint. Sweet raspberry and ether aroma. Sweet then sour berry on the tongue melting into fresh baked bread and malt. Delicious.

Photo of kevincron
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My favorite beer or all time.

Heavy berry flavor. Sweet and mildly sour. Good with food or alone.

Photo of Goudie
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great beer but far too sweet for me.

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Solid tasty fruit forward ale

Photo of brewskifan55
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at The Courtyard Brewery, NOLA

A: Raspberry red in color, opaque, with a pinkish half finger head that lingers.

S: Malty raspberries, sweet, summery. Just a tad below cough syrup.

T: The raspberries really shine thorough. Not overpowering. A sweet, sensual sipper to be enjoyed in the great outdoors. Slightly medicinal, but not overpowering.

M: Light to medium with low carbonation. Wet and wild.

O: Glad I got to try this one. An interesting dessert beer. I bet this would mix well with a sweet wine.

Photo of interzen
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Pours a dark red/burgundy with a bubbly pink head that settles down to a bit of surface foam. No lacing to speak of. Probably served slightly too warm, but hey ho.

Smell: Raspberry, oddly enough - it hits you pretty much as soon as you've got the cap off the bottle and is a little bit overpowering to begin with. Once poured, it manages not to smell like cough syrup, and there's a bit of malt hiding behind the fruit.

Taste:Whilst it might not smell like cough syrup, it does taste a bit like it. True, there's the zingy bitterness of raspberries and a hint of malt, but really the fruit flavour is kind of overpowering.

Feel: Slightly syrupy and cloying, not helped by the light carbonation. OK, some of this will, no doubt, be down to the fruit but even so it's hard going.

Overall: I tried to like this, really I did - I've read good things about it, and Founders in general, so was immensely disappointed with the overpowering raspberry-ness of it. Somehow it comes out tasting rather artifical, although in the interests of full disclosure I prefer kriek-style beers anyway. Sadly, in the UK at least, a proper Belgian frambozen is easier to track down and ultimately better tasting too. Disappointing.

Photo of oakman
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

To sweet and thick. Taste like addes syrup.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown to redish color with a small pinkish head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing down a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty good. There is a lot of raspberry and sweet malts.

Taste is very berry and sweet. I get an almost syrupy sweet berry taste that fades to a little bit of tartness of a berry and a little bit of maltyness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. I get that syrupy feel to it with a nice bit of carbonation.

Overall, it is what it is. Very sweet almost too sweet. I like it but I would like to see a little more malt presence to balance out the berryness.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,666 ratings.