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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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2,392 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,392
Reviews: 552
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 73
Gots: 249 | 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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Photo of proc
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out to a red color in the glass with an almost, exploding-like head. It took two pours, with the first one requiring a few minutes for it to settle. The appearance of this beer was incredible. I mean, come on, its red beer with a slightly red head. That alone was pretty entertaining for me. The aroma is nice with fruit obviously coming to the forefront. The taste starts off with a berry tartness that I was afraid was going to continue through the swallow, but actually mellows out with the tartness giving way to a nice sweetness that is not overdone or cloying, but nicely balanced.

Usually I don't care for fruit beers. This one is an exeception. Its an excellent beer.

proc, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of BryanCarey
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Rubaeus pours to a ruby color and a good pour produces a pink head of foam that artistically adorns its see- through body. The nose on this beer is one of raspberries with a touch of sourness in the background. The foam holds its own at first, but does subside in a couple of minutes, leaving just a small amount of lacing behind as you drink.

This beer offers the taste of raspberries, as expected, along with flavors of bready malts to keep it tasting like a beer should. The flavor bounces back and forth between sweet and tart with each sip, ending with an aftertaste of berries and bread, like a piece of raspberry pie. The beer is a little fuller than most summer brews, with a medium body overall.

This fruit- enhanced beer is not like other fruity brews and it outranks most of the competition. The most important reason why is because, in spite of its fruitiness, it still tastes like real beer. You can still taste the different bready, lightly toasted malts in the background- a subtle but very important reminder that the beverage in front of you is a beer, not a malt cooler. Then, there is the raspberry flavor itself. Founders doesn’t cheapen the experience with artificial flavoring, like some other breweries are known to do. It uses real raspberries at different stages during the fermentation process to enhance the flavor and lead to a fruit flavor that is natural and delicious.

I’m not usually a fan of most fruity beers for the reasons mentioned above, but Founders Rubaeus is easily one of the better raspberry beers on the market. It is nicely balanced between sweet and tart and the addition of natural raspberries- as well as true beer taste- keep it real and help it rank well above the average fruity brew.

BryanCarey, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of kingston2
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice summer fruit beer. Raspberries really sing in this one and the overall palate is very nice. For those Founder's fans out there who haven't already tried it... mix 1/2 Rubaeus with 1/2 KBS... That scores 5/5 all the way across for me.

As it is, I really enjoyed this beer for the category it is going for. Founder's knocks another one out of the park IMHO.

kingston2, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cold from the bottle to a dogfish head signature glass, deep raspberry pink with a wisp of a short lasting white head.

Aroma of - well - of raspberries. Super ripe raspberries or a super sweet raspberry reduction. This beer is raspberries !

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice sweet and sour balance, with a dry finish.

Drinkable on this hot day out on the porch

robwestcott, Jul 14, 2013
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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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