Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 623
Hads: 2,924
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 448 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of Treyliff
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark ruby-red color with a small fizzy white head that has a purple tint. The head reduces, leaving no lace behind.

S- tart raspberry juice with some sugary raspberry reduction. There's some grainy malt in there, but raspberries take center stage

T- tart and crisp fresh raspberry juice with authentic raspberry flavors, after the fruity flavors settle, there's a nice malty backbone that comes through to provide a crisp and dry finish

M- light bodied, but not watery. Spritzy carbonation leads to a light and foamy mouthfeel, dry and astringent finish

O- the tartness of this beer makes it a sipper, but the raspberry flavors are among the most authentic that I've had. It even has a malty backbone to finish like a real beer. This one stands above most of the style (784 characters)

Photo of Antikythera
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into glass. Found it at Wegman's at Dick Road & George Urban in Cheektowaga, NY.

a: dark clear ruby, with a thin pinkish head that goes away fast.

s: this is one of the best drinkable things I've ever smelled. It's got all the best things about raspberries AND all the best things about malty ale. (I said "whoa raspberries!" and my husband said, "yeah, it's like you stepped in one!" I assume he meant stepped in a raspberry patch.)

t: beery enough to be more than just raspberry wine. Really lovely. Could do with being a bit less sweet, although it's not a sugary sweet, it's a malty fruitiness.

m: a liiittle too fizzy, and lighter than I expected.

o: fabulous stuff, will definitely buy again at least once a summer. It's not cheap, but it's a step up from what I was buying for the same price back home in Toronto. (834 characters)

Photo of CMUbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: On the pour you can see the beer is a light red color, and it becomes a dark red when completely in the glass. Not much of a head forms, but it seems to be a light shade of purple.

S: More of a grainy, beery smell than a fruit aroma, although the fruit is present.

T: Tart raspberry, then "beer" flavor, followed by sweeter raspberry.

M: Fairly light, but not watery.

O: A decent beer overall, and pretty good for a fruit beer. (435 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sexy garnet with a thin head into my glass. Love the color. Love the idea that it's a break from the usual hoppy beers.

Aroma is full of raspberries and precious little else. In other words, it's not one of those fake fruit beers that are atypical of the season.

The taste backs up my assertion there. Luscious raspberry flavor that grabs your taste buds by the throat (ok, that was cliche). Pretty damn tasty regardless.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Nothing but raspberries all around.

This beer was made for mixing with other beers. I have seen examples of it being mixed with imperial stouts, etc. You could drink it straight but it might bore your taste buds over time. Either way, it's definitely worth a purchase! (727 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA

A- Pours a dark ruby body with a small, light red head that reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Heavy raspberry juice and not much else.. maybe some caramel and malt in the background but the overwhelming berry aroma is hard to get past.

T- Extremely sweet raspberry juice, maybe some red grapes, and a hint of malt on the follow through. The finish is slightly tart.

M- Somewhat thick with medium-low carbonation. Kinda syrupy.

This just isn't my kind of beer.. there was way too much sweet raspberry flavor and not much balance at all. It's pretty one-dimensional. (659 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured Rubaeus into a pint glass.

A - The beer pours cloudy strawberry red color with a half finger of cream light reddish head.

S - Yeah its red raspberries in there I must say. Smells nice for a fruit beer.

T - Getting a raspberry bomb. Some light malt if any at all. This is a really flavorful raspberry beer. Not bad at all.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent on this fruit beer. I have to admit it's much smoother and richer than expected. Medium on the mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. A real nice summer beer. Recommended! Cheers! (601 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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 (369 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish, "framboise like" body with pink head and minimal lace. I mostly smelled raspberries with my beer, possibly some hops and grainy malt but to be honest nothing but razzies for me. I will say that thankfully this beer isn't thick or sticky, and by that I mean the dominant taste profile is raspberry but it's not like drinking raspberry flavored smoothies with alcohol. It is a balanced beer, as there are some hop bites that add crisp, bitter backbite, there is some tart and sweetness, and there is a good amount of raspberry but everything is balanced and it feels more like a beer with raspberries, not raspberry beer. Also, I appreciated the balance because it never gets too sugary/sweet but nor does it get so tart it borders on puckering/sourness. I still gave it a "low" overall score because personally I couldn't drink more than 12 ounces and the pint I had started to wear on me. Pretty good beer that probably is best served as a dessert beer because it is a little bit of meal in a bottle. (1,018 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red color. Head of about a finger, not as much as I expected though. Active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: An artificial sugary scent hits the nose right away. Some semi sweet malt is mixed in as well. The raspberry accents are pretty well done here, noticeable but not overpowering.

Taste: Some caramel malt accents hits the palate first. Then there comes the artificial sugary sweetness which goes hand and hand with an average raspberry presence. There is a tart presence, but does not really play a major part here. The raspberry come through more sugary then anything else. The finish fades away with some decent character.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry finish from the strong sugary accents.

Overall: Maybe I'm spoiled from having New Glarus Raspberry Tart easily obtainable, but Rubaeus definitely falls short of that masterpiece. The raspberry accents seem to get slightly lost in a sugary blast. A solid brew, but I wouldn't call it much more then that. (996 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A very hazy beer. A brownish amber color. A two finger light pink head.

S- Smells like raspberries. Sweet and somewhat sugary. Smells like a belgian brew. A dry smelling beer.

T- Wow, raspberries. A very intense flavor profile. A tart beer but a very strong sweetness. The raspberries taste very fresh. A plain, but sweet and breaddy malt profile that really help highlight the raspberries. A strong and intense flavor to the beer. A sipping beer spite the ABV. May be difficult to drink more then one of these.

M- A sweeter beer, thick in feel.

O- An awesome fruit beer. A bit tiring on the palate but still a good beer. (669 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark red color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a fruity raspberry aroma. Nice raspberry taste. Mild amount of bitterness. Not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one is very good and refreshing. (265 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an attractive raspberry color with less than a 1/2 finger head in a stein.

Strong raspberry aroma.

The beer was lightly carbonated.

There was little alcoholic presence in the beer. It tastes more like a fruit soda, or a fruit drink.
Refreshing, but not my style of beer. A times it almost tasted like cough syrup.

Even though I am not partial to this style of beer, it seems well brewed. There is balance in the beer.

It would work well at barbecues on hot sunny afternoons. (486 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super effervescent garnet/purple with a sliver of purple head. No lacing or head retention

S: Raspberry not much else

T: Raspberry, rhubarb & sweet cherries up front. More of the same as this warms. Finishes dry with much cherry/berry sweetness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Fairly easy to drink, not very complicated, if you like raspberries, you'll most likely enjoy this. Was happy to try this, but will not buy it again (445 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep, ruby red to almost brown color. Hazy and ruddy looking in the body with about a 1.5 finger, pink head. Retention is pretty good down to a thinner film on the top, which also laces pretty well.

S- Fruity and sweet with only the slightest bit of tart flavor detectable. This scent is fairly one dimensional all the way through the smell, with no malts to be found by the nose.

T- Wow! Holy fruit bomb! Starts with a slight hit of tart raspberry flavor before moving towards a much sweeter berry flavor. The tart to sweet progression would be ideal for a hot, humid summer day. Towards the back end of the drink, the sweetness intensifies then fades slightly to reveal just a few hints of a solid, malty backbone. Sweetness lingers a bit on the tongue after each sip.

M- Light in body and high in carbonation would lend this to feeling like your typical summer beer, but a high amount of sweetness makes this feel somewhat syrupy. The sweetness is intense across the palate, giving a slick feel.

Overall, this was much sweeter than I expected, but a good change of pace for a summer seasonal. I would recommend that anyone looking at trying this wait until it's hot as hell out, then go for it. (1,212 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard tulip glass.

A- Appears a dark purplish red in the glass with some light translucency through the fairly dark liquid, about a finger and half of pinkish off-white head forms on the top that dissipates at a moderate rate leaving the glass coated in a thin foamy layering.

S- Very sweet raspberry purée, very juice like, thin malt background, overpowering sweetness and puree qualities makes this not overly pleasant to smell.

T- Lots of puréed raspberries lend a very sweet lightly tart taste with a light malt background, finishes with a fairly crisp almost lager-like finish followed with a long aftertaste of sweet raspberries.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the thin side, crisp finish, a hint of syrupiness especially on the finish.

O- This was a decent fruit beer that reminded me a little bit of the New Glarus fruit beers. It was very sweet with a light tartness and in your face fruitiness. The downfall was the overpowering sweetness and the purée quality of the fruit which definitely makes this beer something I couldn't palate drinking a lot of. Definitely an upgrade over Cerise, but still not a beer that I'll likely come back to in the near future. (1,239 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 6/26/13
Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: Reddish-purple color with two fingers of light pink head. Lacing is noticed as the head settles. Lacing is all over the glass with each sip as this beer nears the end.

Smell: Well yes raspberries albeit not over powering. Sweet smelling like honey with a slight touch of malt. I'm picking up what I find to be a metallic type smell also.

Taste: A very refreshing sweet raspberry upfront with a nice tartness quickly following. It is a sweet beer for sure but I do like how the sweet and sour notes complement each other.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium with a sticky feel. Carbonation is rather high creating a refreshing feel.

Overall: Though one or two is more than enough for me in a sitting, I can see this one being a very drinkable beer on a hot day. (816 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A big four finger head, creamy and soapy, how is that even possible? But there it is with a whipped up soapy pink color, settling slowly. Body is bright red, nearly purple body with some hard to see rising carbonation and nearly opaque. Very impressive.

Nose and bouquet is pure fruit. Raspberry. Jammy. Slightly sweet but not overkill. Really feels like smelling a jam jar. Very little beer like malt/hop/yeast anything coming through but I don't seem to mind.

Palate is rich, and juicy. Thick bodied but without a syrupy feel. Rich density of fruit and mild tartness with a nice balance in sweetness also. Finishes large with a good mix of malt density finally on the end. Raspberry all over, and I can't stop thinking about how jammy this beer tastes, i literally feel like spreading it on toast.

Overall just another impressive solid and fun Founders offering even if it is a bit one dimensional tasting. (960 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The bottled on date was clearly present went I opened it, but it got smeared away. It was bottled sometime in 6/13. Pours a hazy ruby red with the a white-pink head that fades quickly. The aromas are pretty subtle and full of sweet malts and obviously raspberries. It has a wine-cooler aroma. The first sip is extremely tart and sour. It definitely slaps your tastebuds around. But after that it mellows out and becomes quite drinkable. Raspberries are obviously the star of the show. Lots of malts in the flavors as well. I'm picking up alot of corn. Everything becomes balanced after a few gulps. It's pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel is great and probably the best part, in my opinion. There is active carbonation and it's on the heavier side of light-bodied; it might even be pushing medium-bodied. It's extremely fluffy and creamy. It's pretty easy to drink.

This is a good fruit beer. I'm not going to say I don't like fruit beers, because I do. I'm just saying that I've had more fruit beers I didn't like versus ones that I did like. This falls into the "like" category. Good use of raspberries. I appreciate the craftsmanship put into this one.

Grade: B (1,164 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a brilliant clear ruby color with a pink stained frothy head a finger strong. It fades slowly leaving strings of patchy lacework. A swirl effortlessly revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma is jam-like with fresh raspberry juice and a bit of earthen seedy aspect. When swirled it displays a mild amount of cheese and sulfur with a bready grain element that transitions to more of a green yeastiness.

The flavor is sweet with a taste of cereal grains, bread, biscuit, wheat and plenty of natural raspberry flavoring. The fruity element is caught somewhere between sugar-free candy and luden's cough drops. The aftertaste has more of that previously mentioned earthen to pit or seeded raspberry character somewhat grassy even and mildly medicinal to mineral-like.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation that is very easy drinking. As far as fruit beers go, this is a pretty solid offering. An abundance of fruit and enough of a wheat grain base to remind you this is beer. As it warms up, a slight tingle of that 5.7% starts to show itself. Admittedly, I purchased a 4-pack of this hoping it was an overloaded fruity concoction that my wife would enjoy. Unfortunately, it is no New Glarus raspberry tart but it isnt bad either. (1,307 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glass: Port City Belgian style Snifter.

Appearance: Red. 1 Finger of large pink rocky head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Raspberries! Slight breadiness. Yum!

Taste: Raspberries! Tart, with slight alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with medium body.

Overall: I never thought I could like a strictly raspberry beer as much as this one. Nothing about it tastes artificial. Very tasty! (402 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/26/13. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours ruby red with a hint of purple. There's one finger of a light pinkish head

Smell: Fresh raspberries, grainy malt, tart. Slight Belgian quality as well.

Taste: Tart raspberries, malt sweetness, light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the better fruit beers out there. This is exactly what I'm looking for in a summer beer. Only downside is the relatively high price given what this beer is. (509 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light pink head drops to a small collar and faint cap in short order. Minimal carbonation on the pour. A deep rich purple red color. Slight haze and muddle drops quickly leaving nice clarity.

Smell: Sweet obliterated raspberries. Jam, juice, flesh, it's all there. It's like sticking your nose in raspberry. Not much else. A very slight hint of malt in the back, but it's vague and light. Some sugary sweetness, but more like jam than straight sugar. A very slight tart edge in the back.

Taste: Macerated raspberry. Juicy flesh and juice. Some tannic qualities. A bit more malt than expected from the nose. A light, slightly bready and caramelized flavor. A bit sweet, and more so as it warms. Almost sugary at times. A slight tart raspberry flavor. Ends sugary sweet and it lingers. Very similar to a raspberry Dum Dum.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderately light carbonation. Very neutral on the finish, not clean, not dry, just kind of there.

Overall: You could do worse.

This beer melted my brain in 2009. I was really looking forward to the new release. It's a fruit beer with some actual beer character in there. A bit too sweet overall, but a nice summer beer. Refreshing and a killer beer to use as an intro to the style. (1,258 characters)

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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