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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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Photo of phthisis37
2.43/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Very deep ruby red color with small pinkish hue head. No head retention and weak lacing.
S - Smells like raspberry as expected. Smells very good.
T - Taste is off. First you get a hit of just "beer" taste. Then as that fades you get super sweet raspberry juice. The flavors just do not meld together until you drink enough of it but by then it is too late.
M - Light and fizzy not really in a good way. Almost like a sparkling fruit juice.
O - I say it is poor overall. If I am looking for a raspberry flavor like this I will go for a Lambic over this any day. This is similar to the Wild Red beer from AB.

phthisis37, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a nice bright red color with a pinkish colored head that fell quickly leaving just a bubbly layer and little lacing.

S- Very very fruity. Raspberries raspberries and more raspberries.

T- Again very fruity and that's about all I could pick up. Not over powering just follow your nose.

M- Light to medium. Not too bad at all maybe a little dry to the finish

D- I suppose for the style its pretty nice just not me type of thing. Too fruity for me glad I got to try it.

nrbw23, May 13, 2008
Photo of Atomicskis5
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Atomicskis5, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of StompingClover
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

StompingClover, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of ninaturner
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

ninaturner, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

mpalestino, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Bettyloug
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Bettyloug, Jul 28, 2013
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.

byronic, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of boyessen
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

boyessen, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Hugonaut13
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Hugonaut13, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of JazziJeff88
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

JazziJeff88, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of BMos
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

BMos, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of brpendergast85
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

brpendergast85, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of kidzord
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

kidzord, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Hassler
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Hassler, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of beerforpresident
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

beerforpresident, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of TheZzyzxScarecrow
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

TheZzyzxScarecrow, Aug 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

BcOneSeven, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of lauries444
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

lauries444, May 29, 2014
Photo of ADZA
2.61/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Being a big raspberry fan I bought a four pack of these and already tried it and not liked it but thought I'd review it anyway and not suprisingly it's a raspberry hue with a one finger head and some nice lacing,the smell is raspberry lollies that's it,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated and on taste I have to make sure I'm not drinking cool drink its basically a big sweet mess of raspberries everything else has no chance of getting through the only taste I get is raspberry jam and raspberry lollies and overall if you like lollies and sweet stuff then sure try it but ill never drink this one again cheers.

ADZA, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of bashiba
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured bright pink with now head at all, lookes more like a wine cooler than a beer.

Smells like fresh tart raspberries.

Taste exactly like the smell, like raspberries, absolutely no standard beer flavors at all, no detectable malt, no hops, no yeast, just sweet and sour raspberries.

Mouthfeel is light and slightly slick

Overall the flavor isn't bad, but has absolutely no beer qualities, taste as much like beer as the Smirnoffs, Bacardi's, and Bartles and James of the world. I will avoid this one. The first let down I have had from founders.

bashiba, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of smcolw
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Red orange color, cloudy. Thin head but it leaves decent lace.

Very berry aroma. It's raspberry but slightly artificial. There's also a metallic smell behind the sweetness.

More sweet than tart, but all raspberry. One dimensional--you could call this a raspberry beer cooler. Needs cheese or something spicy to cut the soda aspects of this. The body is an improvement to the taste but typical.

To close to carbonated Kool-Aid for my liking.

smcolw, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby red color. Very effervescent with a white soda pop foam that dissapates to nothing. Aromas are mostly filled with raspberries, some biscuit malt, and a little alcohol. Hmm, flavor is super sticky, super sweet and basically an alcoholic raspberry syrup. Hops aren't particularly detected, nor are any malts used. Carbonation is too low; I feel a fruit beer should be crisp and light. This is quite a dissapointment, I expected something better. Alcohol and raspberry Italian soda, move on.

dreadnatty08, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of MusicaleMike
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, deep scarlet colored ale with a pinkish puffy head on top, slowly crackling away, compacting on itself. Pretty beautiful pour.

Smells like a typical raspberry beer. Sweet, lightly tart maybe. Grainy, husky notes in there...maybe a bit metallic.

Ok first sip was terrible. I don't know if that's because I just drank an IPA or what. But it tastes pretty off. Sweet, full bodied beer. Metallic for sure. The dreaded "artificial" taste that seems to plague most fruit beers. As the palate becomes more adjusted to the taste it is not as bad. Sweet, candy red raspberry flavor develops up front, and carries through till the end which is just a tad drier than the first sip. Leaves a sweetness on the lips. I get where they want to go with this. A fruit beer that's not a "light beer" but a robust, full flavored beer.

For someone searching for a beer that's not all that much like a beer, this would be a good option. Sweet, candy like beer that comes from a well known and respected brewer. I will not be trying this again, though I might recommend it to someone who is just easing into beer from the mixed drink category.

MusicaleMike, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Danielr26
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Danielr26, Jun 24, 2013
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,450 ratings.