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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,776 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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
Reviews by NODAK:
Photo of NODAK
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is unsurprisingly of fresh raspberries. Not too strong or too sweet. Pretty pleasant. I get a whiff of wheat as well. I wonder if this is a wheat beer.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. The taste is pleasantly sweet with fresh raspberries. It doesn't cross over to cloying or syrupy in the least. Better yet, it doesn't taste like a raspberry soda would. On the closing, I get some wheat there again so perhaps the nose wasn't a fluke.

Pretty good summertime brew here although its still sweet enough to where I probably won't have more than one at a time.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of byronic
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

I had high hopes for this brew and found a few on the shelf. Quickly grabbed it and put it in the fridge soon after. The pour met my anticipation, a nice clear cranberry red with medium carbonation. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. At first it tastes quite nice there's a definite raspberry presence with a tinge of tartness, however it quickly turns into cough syrup. The flavour is completely dominated by this medicinal quality. This returns after each taste but thankfully does not linger in the finish. The mouth feel is a bit slick and oily and leaves a finish again similar to cough syrup.

After reading a few reviews here it seems that I may have gotten a bottle from the "bad" batch. However I stick by my rating as this inconsistency seems common enough. I'd hesitantly be willing to give this another go.

Photo of Act25
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Almost a drain pour. I was not alone in disliking this beer among 3 fellow tasters.
Gave away the rest. I'm a huge fan of Founders.

A: Dark rosy pink hazed body with a wispy head that fades and no lace. No body.

N: Nose is raspberry soda.

T: Starts with a sweet syrup and much too much raspberry.The raspberry takes over. No bitterness, too much sweet. It lacks the sour, wild, funky, anything.... Its fruit juice.

F: To sweet and too much carbonation. It's soda.

Pass or drain pour. Good for flowers?

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wild carmine pours like an eddy in a glacial river in a gully during the peak of summer. Wild torrents of bubbles spew forth. This is one of the most wild pouring brews I have ever seen. The bottle should have a warning label printed on it that says, “Pour really slowly into a really big glass,” because this brew explodes all over the place.

Smells kinda like cough syrup mixed with raspberry Kool-Aid and boatloads of NutraSweet.

Tastes pretty mediocre, very medicinal and too sweet, false, with too little fruit or substance.

Mouthfeel is thin and artificial.

Drinkability is fine but nothing special.

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.

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.

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

Look is best described as red wheat ale. Aroma is subtle but clear and true to the concept. This is what a raspberry ale is supposed to taste like. It is less tart than a lambic but sweet like one. Would like to age some.

Photo of mverity
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Proof. Great rosy red color. Aroma of sweet berries, some dry straw, a faint bready presence and a touch of citrusy hops as well. Taste is mostly the berry, but I also got some of the hops and dry biscuit along with the berry in the finish. I will definitely drink more of this as the summer winds down.

Photo of Duster72
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a funny pink color with a very small off white head. Aroma is fresh raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries. Not really a beer flavor to it. Some malts. Interesting brew - doesn't taste like a malternative, but doesn't taste like a beer. Overall, it delivers what it advertises - raspberry flavor. My wife really liked it. If you want to buy a raspberry beer, I think that this is the one to get.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = a lovely ruby/amber color, with a respectable but short-lived head and no lacing on the glass (common for a fruit beer/ale in my experience).

S = Malty and Fruity. I can definitely discern the true raspberry fragrance in this ale, but it is delicate and not a "fake" raspberry.

T = Being a raspberry fan and picker of raspberries in season, I can write with certainty that this ale really brings out the fruit's TRUE characteristics. Slightly tart, slightly sweet, with a VERY subtle rose undertone (raspberry is part of that family). The ale is slightly malty, very little hops (but I can taste a slight, pleasant bitterness).

M = Lovely, smooth, a bit of body but true to the delicateness of the fruit. I would not want it any heavier or lighter.

O = I will seek this out in the future. I purchased one bottle as part of a "mix-n-match" six pack the other day, and am sorry I didn't purchase more. This is a perfect summer/early autumn ale choice, and I think it would pair well with a cheese plate or a dessert of chocolate (mousse or cake) or a creme brulee. Suffice to say, I really LOVE this ale!

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish copper hue with a small offwhite head that quickly falls into a small ring. Some patchy lacing. Aroma is malty caramel and fresh raspberry. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and light medium bodied. Taste is tart raspberries and malty caramel and toffee. Not hint of the 6.9 % abv here. No hops presence. The raspberry tastes a bit artificial, but is much better than most of its ilk. A refreshing and tasty fruit beer that is much better than most American efforts.

Photo of BlueHammer
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was on a fruit beer kick today! The Rubaeus was my fourth fruit beer of the day and I have to say it was impressive! Poured from the bottle, it was a deep opaque brown with reddish tones. It smells of a strong, sweet rasperry, an almost syrupy smell. It tastes of a strong raspberry flavor but the sourness very nicely balances the fruity sweetness! The flavor was delicious and refreshing. It was smooth through the entire glass. This was a thoroughly enjoyable finish to the day.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist top, no freshness/brewing date info. Pours quite low carbonation , next to no head sticking around and then zip lace. Lovely raspberry nose, fresh and fruity. Fine quality fruit beer, raspberries up front, middle and through the long tasty finish. Tart/sour/sweet all going on and dancing with each other. Nice summer refresher. I'd like to try it with a fruity light dessert, would make a nice beer to do a before meal toast with, instead of champagne.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to orbitalr0x for this one...just received today. Must have took a beating in shipping, as it lost a bit of its contents en route. Popped the cap to tons of carbonation as expected.
Pours a real dark cherry color w/ sudsy pink head...pretty cool.
Tons of head w/ very impressive lacing sticking to the side of my pint glass.
Smell dominated by rasberries of course, but a nice amount of malt as well.
The taste is enjoyable...could be a bit cooler, but under the circumstances I wanted to crack this one open before too much air spoiled the experience. A full on explosion of rasberries and a nice bitter finish...very clean in its aftertaste w/ no lingering flavors.
Again, a nice dose of malts to keep this one from being too fruity or "wine cooler" like.
Mouthfeel is average and the carbonation is what I was expecting...even thanks to our friends at FedEx.
I could enjoy a couple of these w/ little effort.
Another fine offering from Founders...a nice addition to my latest trade.

Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that fades away, clear dark pink

Smell: sour raspberries

Taste: sour raspberries

Mouthfeel: I can feel the carbonation of this one dancing on my tongue. A very sweet and light body with a sour finish

Drinkability: Another stellar beer from Founders. The alcohol is barely noticable and this almost drinks like a sour due to the tartness of the raspberry. I could easily drink a four pack of this and am disappointed that it is going away. It is a nice change from the typical wheat fruit beers.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into my Founders nonic. Deep cherry red in colour, with a half inch of light pink foam which recedes into a fine ring. No lacing to speak of. Nice colour to the brew.

Nose is tart raspberry juice, citric acid, a touch of floral hops and sugar.

Tasty raspberry ale, which has a nice tartness - almost sour - which keeps it from being cloying. Tart raspberries, lemon and a mild acidic funkiness define this brew. Thinner bodied, medium-to-high carbonation.

Good take on the raspberry ale, with enough tartness to make things interesting. Not an everyday brew by any means, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Gorgeous scarlet with nice pink head that I wished persisted a little longer.

Smell: Raspberries. Not much else to say, but I like it.

Taste: Raspberry dominated, with a mix of the sweet and tart. There seem to be some deeper fruit and caramel notes as well. The finish is peppery, tart and even a little tannic.

Feel: A little sticky from the amount of juice, leaving a coating on the teeth. The drier, tarter finish does help.

Overall: I am happy that they brought this back, as I prefer it over Cerise, but I am partial to raspberries over cherries.

Photo of capilial
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like fruity flavored beers. This one is really great, crispy, and refreshing.

Photo of dwvarner77
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a purpelish red, with a tall rose colored head that takes its time subsiding eventually leading to a thin frosting that nicely compliments the color.
the nose providess raspberries and blackberries, yet somewhat subdued. nice, but not ourstanding. a little dirty malt aroma lingers in there as well.
taste is relatively mild at first, i get a sour blackberry with a hint of raspberry. the sour flavor lingers for a moment, as does a dirty wheat malt impression. there's even a little woody, tannin-like flavor in the far background. the malt, i would say, gets in the way of the raspberry expression that might otherwise be the spotlight. doesn't give any impression of sweetness like a nice ripe raspberry would elicit. a slight indication of the alcohol is detected, but it's also far in the background.
mouthfeel is ok but not great; somewhat dry and sour, but a little sweetness to represent the raspberry and a bit of carbonation would have enhanced the experience.
drinkability is somewhat above reproach; it goes down good but not great. could drink a few, but would leave me wanting something better. maybe i'm just getting spoiled....

Photo of Franziskaner
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ruby red in color. Head quickly dissipates. Just a few wisps of foam remain. Fresh,sweet raspberry aroma. Very different from a lambic in that both the aroma and flavor is on the sweeter side side. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth. This is clearly an ale flavored with fresh raspberry flavoring and not some alcopop malt beverage. Aftertaste pulls back the sweetness just prior to it being a bit much.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

I am drinking this exactly three months past its bottle date.
Big raspberry nose with a hint of light funk in the background. The glass is sitting on the table and I can still smell raspberries.
Brilliant ruby garnet, ½” pinkish foam cap quickly dissipates. Above average carbonation, slight oiliness, medium to medium light body.
Was afraid of getting a pop beer but it is surprisingly good. Big raspberry flavors are supported by a light tart touch over a hint of caramel and light bread.
A well balanced, refreshing summer beer.

Photo of ehammond1
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, FTowne!

Clear, dark ruby. Minimal head and very little carbonation. Not a lot of stick. An unexciting appearance, all things considered.

Great aroma, but this one really needed to come up to near room temperature to really express much. Very minimal aromas at colder temperature. At the warmer temperatures, huge, juicy raspberry character emerges with just a little bit of grain.

The flavor is very raspberry forward as well, with just a hint of grain and a very minor lactic acidic sharpness, though this is not at all sour. A great fruit beer flavor throughout.

Medium bodied with lower carbonation. Quite juicy.

Very nice fruit beer. I like this quite a lot. Would most certainly drink this again.

Photo of MattyG85
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled in June of 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a lot of bubbles. Solid two fingers of light pinkish head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very fruity, juicy, and fairly tart aroma with lots of raspberries and some bready malt. Big aroma of fresh raspberry fruits all over that smell fairly sweet and tart and slightly sour. Also some subtle fruit hints of cherry and cranberry. Soft bready malts with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and yeast. A very nice juicy aroma that is big on the raspberries.

Taste: Like its smells, a very juicy fruit driven aroma with lots of sweet and tart raspberries and some malt. Big taste of raspberries throughout along with some other fruit notes of cherry and cranberry. Fruits are fairly sweet, tart, and somewhat sour. Very jammy. Soft bready malt background with notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, caramel, and toffee. Raspberries dominate. A very good fruit beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, juicy, and jammy. Sweet but not overly syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good berry filled fruit beer. Great fresh raspberry juice flavor with a nice subtle malt backing. Simple but very good.

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