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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,341 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 73
Gots: 241 | 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 mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%

Very dark bland red with hints of brown. Slight white pinkish head with some lacing.

Aromas of sour raspberries, with a sweetness also. Even a little cherry aroma to it. Some hops in the smell also somewhat hidden with a yeast drop.

This is a great fruit beer. Upon entrance is a succulent sweet raspberry that melds into some slightly sour notes. On the back of the palate and throughout the long long finish is a wheaty hop flavor that leaves a great feeling in your mouth. Makes you want more. Makes it taste more like a beer.

On a warm day I could drink quite a number of these. Tasting great after just mowing the yard.

mcallister, May 05, 2006
Photo of grub
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%

got this one from Aprilluvsbeer as part of BC2. thanks april!

12oz bottle.

pours crystal clear red colour with a wisp pinkish white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. raspberry bread. touch of alcohol. light sweetness. it does come across as slightly medicinal, but not overly so.

taste is good. lots of raspberry. big bready malt. bit of alcohol. light sweetness. slightly tart. bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. the raspberry character is strong, but still lets the base beer show through. nice level of sweetness without reaching an undesirable sticky sweet level.

grub, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
Pours a light-purple, reddish hue with a minimal head and minor lacing...
The aroma was replete with fresh raspberries literally bursting out of the bottle...
Taste was very crisp, clean, and smooth for a fruit beer... The raspberry flavor was obvious and pronounced, yet still very tasty and drinkable, even though I personally am not a fan of raspberries...
Good mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability... The nearly 7% ABV is nowhere to be found...
Worth a try...

dsa7783, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

kwjd, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of akang
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

akang, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JohnK17, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%

A- Perfectly transparent dark rose body that pours with thin 1/2 finger foamy white head. Head almost instantaneously fades to a collar which holds the whole way down. Little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- The nose is overpowered by a rush of tart raspberries. Sweet and sugary raspberries are present in the background.

T- Dry raspberry upfront with a sweet bready malt backbone. The raspberry becomes quite tart for the finish and the subtle malt backbone disappears for a moment. What lingers is a nice combination of tart raspberry and sweet malt.

M-Medium to high carbonation and light spritzy body-somewhat champagne like.

D- This is a good fruit beer and is surprisingly similar to both Great Divide and Celis Raspberry. Good for one drink but not something I'd like to have more than one of. I might pick this up when I find it again (not available in my area).

PittBeerGirl, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev +3.6%

brez8791, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Crosling
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%

Raspberry juice in color with a small and quickly diminishing head. Medicinal fruit aroma, raspberry mainly, but a hint of cherry as well, with light hints of malt and hops barely showing through the fruit aroma. Flavor is overwhelming with raspberry and although it is quite vibrant, I can’t say I enjoy the malt and hop combo. Light caramel and cookie-like malt is present on the palate as well. Overall, I found it to be a nice alternative to American wheat beer

Crosling, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

mdillon86, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a deep ruby color with a fine, creamy pinkish head. Plenty of juicy raspberries in the nose - clean and sweet. Slightly earthy and natural smelling. Raspberry flavor almost becomes too sweet, but is saved by a late, subtle tartness that keeps things out of syrupy territory. Fresh, simple, fruity, and dry. Extremely drinkable...would be a nice choice for a summer drinker is not for the price tag.

wedge, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured into a mini snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 04/23/14.

A- Pours a crab apple red color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before dissipating to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind

S- Aroma is of raspberry soda, similar to the Lindeman's Raspberry. The fruit follows through all the way with not much trace of an actual beer smell.

T- Big rush of raspberry that transitions into the base beer flavor I was looking for in the nose. There's a cough syrup quality in the aftertaste that doesn't agree with me.

M- Syrupy which doesn't help the bit of cough syrup I found in the flavor. Medium carbonation with a lightish body.

O- Nice to take a couple sips of but I probably couldn't finish an entire glass of this.

Immortale25, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

RedneckBeerz, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Falcone, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jheezee, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Todd, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

2dogbrew, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks! Pours a deep almost neon pinkish red with a very small slightly pink head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sour berries and funk, with more malt presence than I expected (silly me for expecting a Blushing Monk type of brew). Flavor is big bold raspberry with some other flavors mixing in that I can’t put my finger on. A definite malt presence in the finish. Dry finish and plenty of carbonation. More like Cerise than Blushing Monk. Solid overall, but not spectacular.

BMMillsy, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Clear, rosy red in hue with a magenta tint, the liquid looks more like wine then beer. The head was white-pink in color, at the apex the foam was over three fingers in height. The bubbles quickly faded to a chunky cap; at least I was now able to pour the remainder of the beer in my glass. The subsequent lacing was very spotty and hardly noteworthy. Overall, this is an attractive looking beverage.

The nose smells akin to raspberry pie. The fruitiness is fresh and alive. I am very impressed. The maltiness is secondary, it is lightly bready. There really isn’t much development beyond that, which is to be expected. Moderate potency, I wish it was chattier. Still, the aromas are inviting.

The palate comes across more beer-like then the nose led on. The fruit is turned down, or maybe I should say, balanced with the malt. Upfront are fresh raspberries, which linger into the middle. At this point the bready malt develops and by the finish the malt is the focal point. Tart at times, it never becomes sugary sweet, in other words, there is a natural fruit arc to the palate. In the realm of raspberries the flavors are well-developed. I can’t detect the alcohol. It tastes like a malty wine cooler… well, I mean, this is clearly a beer; it just happens to be a light, fruity beer. The flavors are lively enough to keep my interest, much like Lindeman's Framboise or New Glarus Raspberry does… from time to time. I must note, I think both of those beers are much better then this one.

Medium-light in body, the carbonation is very active and scrubbing. I like the refreshing nature of the mouthfeel. The fruitiness is not allowed to loiter, which I think is a good thing for this beer.

This beer is drinkable but I am not overly impressed. I mean, it is what it is. Sure, it is a tasty fruity beer. Hell, it is even a fruit beer with balls. I could see this beer working in the right circumstances. I bet this would kick ass with a big green salad with a fruity vinaigrette dressing. Oh yeah! When all is said and done, this is a tasty beer but it just doesn’t wow me. I would like the raspberries to be richer… I like the fact the malt is accounted for however. Close. Very close to greatness. This sample was provided by BuckeyeNation. Thank you very much!

bditty187, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of rlee1390
3.86/5  rDev 0%

A-Clear ruby when pouring, some carbonation, two finger head with a pinkish hue.

S-Lots and lots of raspberries. The raspberry scent is natural and great, but nothing else.

T-Lots and lots of raspberries (again). Maybe too sweet, but very natural tasting. As it warms becomes too sweet.

M-Lighter nicely carbonated.

O-Too sweet and very one dimensional. Still an upgrade from Cerise, but too sweet for me.

rlee1390, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

egrace84, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

hollywood_15063, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Redrover
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%

I was able to try Founders Rubaeus at Pranca in Minneapolis. I was pleasantly surprised that they had four tap offerings from Founders. Served in a snifter, the - beer is ruby red with a skim of white head.

It has a big nose of raspberries and grains in the background.

Taste is berries, berries and berries. Not artificial and not overpowering but they rule the roost. Some malts in the background add a touch of balance.

Once in a while beer for me, but it is well executed and pretty darn tasty.

Redrover, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

duff247, Jul 24, 2013
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.