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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,450 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,450
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 74
Gots: 262 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This brew achieves its unique raspberry taste by the addition of only fresh raspberries at five seperate stages in the brewing process.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005)
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Reviews by LI_PO12:
Photo of LI_PO12
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Deep reddish, fairly clear(some chill haze), light pink head that fell quick

Aroma- A blast of raspberry, fresh, juicy, sweet but tart, some bready malt in the background. It really smells like fresh raspberries.

Flavor- Very good amount of raspberries, great balance of sweet and tart, its juicy and refreshing, sort of bready malt in the background as well.

Mouthfeel- medium, moderate carbonation

Overall- i'm not big on fruit beers as they usually seem artificial or medicinal to me, but this has a very fresh natural feel to it. This has changed my idea of what a fruit beer can be. Recommend trying

LI_PO12, Jul 04, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I passes on this beer a few times when home last year but this year I grabbed a couple up and actually I am glad I did.A nice deep red pour with a tight thinner but well formed pink head leaving spotty lace around the pint glass,tart "real" raspberry aromas along with an underlying toastiness, very appetizing.The use of all natural fruit makes this beer its sweet and tart and very juicy,what can you say its just damn good.Iam the first to say I shy away from these beers but this is a gem of a fruit beer no doubt.

oberon, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of tectactoe
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rübæus pours a blood-red cranberry color, accented with some deeper crimson in the center. Exceptional clarity - very clean and sharp looking as it sits in the glass. It's capped with a pink-tinted cumulonimbus layer of foam that leaves back some chunky pieces of lacing and is very slow to digress into a skin. A very elegant looking beer.

Raspberry explosion. Very vibrant, this smells like freshly crushed raspberries, reduced and puréed. Aside from a faint, dry malt undertone in the finish, the aroma is all raspberries... It isn't exactly "complex", but the fruit is done pretty well. Unfortunately, there's a mild chalkiness that makes its way in as the beer warms up, but it's nowhere near as potent as, say, Cerise.

"Raspberry juice" is the first thing to come to mind when I take a sip. Soft and sweet with a light residual sweetness backing up the explosion of raspberry flavors. A mild tartness just tingles the back of the tongue but stays far from the realm of "sour". The sweetness is very controlled and apparent all at once - very juicy and jam like in the finish. Raspberries as far as the palate can taste.

The only other things I can possibly identify other than raspberry spin-offs would be some very light, dry grassy notes, but even then, I may just be reaching for something else. Otherwise, this beer is dominated by raspberries, up and down. Again, not the most complex or revealing beer out there, but who needs complexity when you've got raspberries like this? The mouth feel is thin-medium and kind of slick and oily with medium-high carbonation and a nice snap.

Very good fruit beer. Much, much better than its "sister" beer, Cerise. Luckily, the taste didn't include many of the chalky notes I was eventually getting in the aroma, so that's a big plus. Refreshing and easy-going, drinks more like a wine cooler than a beer, but it tastes great and I love raspberries, so I don't care. I'd love to see Founders make this an "every year" specialty.

EDIT: 7/7/2013

After having had quite a few more bottles of this beer this summer, I've come a cross a few that have a slight chalkiness and medicinal character to them. Nothing like Cerise, just a twinge in the background at times. Other bottles seem to be completely void of this, however, so I'm not sure what the deal is. Still a great beer, but maybe not as perfect as I thought it was at first.

tectactoe, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of don1481
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

don1481, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

aszatk01, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

DanGeo, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +3.6%

npala86, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Tiernan, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

tbryan5, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of Dabeel
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Dabeel, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of jeagleton
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jeagleton, May 09, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the stubby bottle with stylish raspberry artwork a deep dark purple with hints of red...yes I said purple. A volumious three finger light pink head of bubbly foam rises up and has great staying power. A nice fresh raspberry jam aroma greets me along with lemon and light grain tones. Sweet and inviting.

First sip brings a nice pale maltiness that is highly accentuated by a natural raspberry lemonade flavor. The raspberry is not overpowering melding well with warm yeast tones. Good interplay between sweet and bitter. A very enjoyable fruit beer that does a good job of not going too overboard with the fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a rolling wall of dense carbonation. Quite effervescent. An easy drinking beer that would go down nicely poolside on a hot day. Another good one from Founders and a nice change of pace. Well worth a try.

orbitalr0x, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of sabitu
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

sabitu, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

supa0525, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Kjanisch7, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter this beer was the color of grape juice. There was a very small white head.

Very sweet fruit aroma.

A pronounced raspberry taste.

Very, very sweet.

I'm not much for fruit beers; generally they're too sweet for my taste. This one was really sweet, and not that enjoyable. Like drinking a non-carbonated soda.

lordofthewiens, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Sam_Gladieux, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

warnerry, Jul 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Afroman, Thursday at 03:43 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Todd, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

dieBlume, Sep 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

TTripp725, May 04, 2014
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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,450 ratings.