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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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2,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,303
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 67
Gots: 235 | FT: 11
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 bobbyr5:
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4.4/5  rDev +14%

A: The color looked pretty damn good with a dark red color with a pink head.

S: obviously raspberry.

T: Not too sweet, good crisp/sharp raspberry taste.

M: Good carbonation you normally get from a fruit beer.

O: Haven't tried enough "good" fruit beers but I had to try this since it was from Founders and has received some buzz around where I live.

06-15-2013 05:51:04 | More by bobbyr5
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

07-03-2007 23:38:41 | More by oberon
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-18-2013 00:04:43 | More by don1481
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-27-2013 01:51:06 | More by aszatk01
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2.8/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

01-18-2006 04:00:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-06-2013 00:06:39 | More by DanGeo
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3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

06-17-2013 11:33:10 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-08-2014 15:22:53 | More by npala86
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-17-2013 00:20:44 | More by Tiernan
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-24-2014 01:04:17 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-07-2013 19:59:54 | More by Dabeel
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-09-2014 03:48:41 | More by jeagleton
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4.13/5  rDev +7%

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.

06-13-2005 02:46:44 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-13-2013 16:35:24 | More by sabitu
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-09-2013 00:32:08 | More by supa0525
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-15-2013 18:08:35 | More by Kjanisch7
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

08-06-2013 15:58:44 | More by danthehopslamman
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3.49/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

07-14-2013 02:18:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-01-2014 03:11:48 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-17-2014 15:35:46 | More by Sam_Gladieux
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-20-2013 00:59:57 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-08-2013 04:16:08 | More by Todd
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-11-2013 23:04:28 | More by dieBlume
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

05-04-2014 21:13:24 | More by TTripp725
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-20-2013 16:17:41 | More by generallee
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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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