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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,262 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,262
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 68
Gots: 223 | 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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jegross2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-16-2013 04:50:22 | More by jegross2
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +6.5%

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It's kind of a ruby red color. I'd didn't get much head. I didn't even get am inch of the white foam.

S - It is loaded with raspberries. I get a little bit of a wheat smell.

T - This tastes like raspberry purée with a hint of beer. This is by far the most raspberry tasting beer that I have had. Most raspberry beers have a stale flavor that I find off putting. This beer tastes fresher and more flavorful.

M - Moderate and pretty smooth

O - I read the hype for this fruit beer and was skeptical. Raspberry has been my least liked fruit beer so far. This beer tastes way fresher than any other raspberry beer. I am glad the cherry crop suffered in Michigan, so I got to try this beer.

08-07-2013 00:17:04 | More by buschbeer
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-23-2013 02:07:51 | More by hoppymcgee
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

A - Translucent cranberry red... Slight fizzy head... Nice lacing... Coats glass well... Ever so slight carbonation...

S - Obviously the raspberries are first and foremost... Slight hints of honey and salt... Reminds me of a fresh jelly donut...

T - Sweet but tart... Raspberries, balsamic vinegar undertones, cherry licoroise, and salt... Fruit taste realistic and not artificial...

M - Thick for a fruit beer... Lush... Silky smooth... Puckering... Very rich... A little more carbonation would add to the majesticness of the brew...

D - Aggressive fruit blended brew... A little much, but still very enjoyable... One or two of these on occasion wouldn't be a bad thing... Easy drinking...

07-26-2008 02:42:23 | More by philbe311
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barczar

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours slightly hazy purple ruby with a foamy quarter inch lightly pink head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Sweet raspberry, light grain and raspberry seed, and soft floral notes form the aroma.

Flavor is intensely raspberry throughout. Sweet initially, the profile turns tart mid palate and finishes almost with a cobbler-esque biscuit malt character, which is slightly dry. The more I drink of it, it does seem somewhat cloying. Herbal hop notes linger in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with zesty carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. More beery than a new glarus or blushing monk, but the fruit is clearly dominant. I need to buy more of these!

06-28-2013 20:06:33 | More by barczar
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JDV

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

Bottle thanks to WeeHeavy
Pours deep maroon with a big fresh raspberry smell and a touch of malty "beery"ness to it as well. Tart, fresh and sweet raspberry flavor and nicely and crisply carbonated. Some grain like beer flavor in the finish that keeps it short of cloying. Fantastic flavor, and very well done. So far, my favorite beer from Founders. Big thanks for this one Jon!

03-15-2008 20:16:51 | More by JDV
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a slightly hazy reddish color, with an interesting light pink foamy head. The head disappears very quick. Raspberry, fruity, and winey aroma. Slightly tart and sweet raspberry flavor. Finishes a bit harsh, as if something is not quite right. It became better as it warmed slightly. Not too sweet, might use a bit of sourness. Light body, but not overly carbonated. Interesting, and refreshing.

08-31-2006 17:40:26 | More by Bierguy5
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

Had this on 2013-07-03 in Columbia, PA

A - Reasonably clear dark red with a 1-finger light pink head that drops to nothing very quickly, leaving little lace.

S - Fresh sweet/tart raspberries and just a touch of malt.

T - Initial flavor is a balanced blend of malt and raspberry, quickly favoring the raspberry flavor. It's sufficiently sweet but has some offsetting tartness. The malt reappears so you know you are drinking a beer. Doesn't leave a cloying sweetness, thankfully. Very little bitterness.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Substantial, not overly syrupy.

O - It's a well-done fruit beer. I would've enjoyed a more tart flavor and finish. Easy to drink on a hot summer day.

07-02-2013 21:52:20 | More by Tucquan
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-06-2013 00:20:38 | More by zonker17
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

A very tasty fruit beer. Looks like a glass of rose, smells tart with a bit of raspberry. Tastes moderately sweet but not overdone, with a nice balance of tartness. Mouthfeel is very drying. Quite drinkable.

This is a very nice beer for the style. A great balanced taste.

HV

06-24-2008 23:42:35 | More by sholland119
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Top label notch right of center.

Hazy magenta, headless, with particles settling to the bottom.

Earthy sweet tart candy nose with raspberry pancake syrup.

First swigs: Hard candy almost Jolly Rancher. Raspberry flavor is complimented with a floral bouquet. Earthy with a tight tartness. Slightly sour, but not to a fault. Lots of candy sweetness and fruit. There must be a ton of fruit in here.

Feel is undercarbonated and restrained which adds to the drinkability. Almost juice like and clocking in at 7.0% is quite a trick. A well built fruit beer. Thanks SkinnyElvis.

11-01-2006 13:08:10 | More by blitheringidiot
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-02-2013 22:46:56 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Zach136

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-29-2013 01:47:59 | More by Zach136
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bashiba

Iowa

2.63/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

07-31-2006 03:21:52 | More by bashiba
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-20-2014 06:24:23 | More by Howlader
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HardTarget

Texas

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance: Glows soft red when back lit, holds a thin pinkish head.

Smell: Rich fleshy raspberries, tart and sweet.

Taste: Very fruity, the tartness is kept in check but very little "beer" flavor comes through, what does is a mild English pale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body slightly creamy.

Overall: A great fruity beer, full of flavor but not overwhelming, a bit sweet for a session, best to share.

Cheers to Illudium for the sample!

03-10-2014 02:14:59 | More by HardTarget
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to krl2112 for sending this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Dark red - almost magenta - appears nearly opaque but is clear when held to light. Forms a thin light pink head with visible carbonation fairly low.

S: Sweet and fruity, with some grainy malt in the background (wheat and/or pilsner malt). Almost reminds me of a slightly tart fruit juice cocktail (raspberry cranberry juice?).

T: Sweet and mildly tart raspberries, again some wheat grainy and pilsner malt flavors, lightly tart with a moderately dry finish.

M: Medium body, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel, low alcohol presence and fairly low carbonation sensation.

O: Well, it's not going to be my favorite beer. But - it's really pretty good for a non-sour fruited beer, one of the better ones I've had. Recommended if you're in the mood for something a little different.

08-04-2013 04:31:32 | More by macrosmatic
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle courtesy of BrewerB - thanks!! Poured into a little cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, deep reddish amber-bodied brew, almost purple at first - perhaps somewhat like raspberries? - with a relatively fast-fading, one-finger, dirty white head. The lacing on this one is thin and delicate but definitely has a measure of stick, leaving a few streaks and blotches of lace.

Aroma: Whew. This one smells like precisely what you'd expect - raspberry bread. The fruit is surprisingly upfront, authentic, and well-integrated with the lightly roasted, sweet malts here.

Taste: Very authentic and pretty moderate, actually. Raspberries are large up front and are definitely the dominant note here, though they're accompanied by slight caramel, other light fruity overtones - perhaps pears - and a slight, light amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated in a medium-thick body, yielding a big, fluffy, and very even but still crisp mouthfeel. Has that nice, fructose-fruit sugary feel, too. As with all fruit beers, however, this one's a little uneven, bubbly, frothy, and sort of falls apart as it warms.

Drinkability: An interesting and unique brew. I'm not much a fan of fruit beers, but I'm a huge fan of Founders, so I knew I had to give this one a try. It didn't disappoint - very authentic and very intense, sweet and fruity, perhaps a little too sweet and fruity for some but pleasant for me. I enjoyed it, and though it's certainly no NG Raspberry Tart, it's solid and tasty.

02-15-2009 03:47:43 | More by CrellMoset
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-25-2013 17:22:42 | More by Stinger80OH
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz, 6/6/13
Victory tulip

A: Pours a deep ruby color. White leading to light pinkish head. Tight bubbled. Leaves some lacing. Nice carbonation.

S: Fresh raspberries. Light ale yeast. Mostly getting the fruit coming through. There is some malt backing. Finish is slightly dry with lingering fruit.

T: Really full on raspberry. Very low on the IBUs is right. This is just full on fruit. Damn tasty. Nice slightly dry finish.

M: It's a light medium.

07-08-2013 17:58:02 | More by inlimbo77
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.6%

09-02-2013 17:57:57 | More by Burt
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-23-2013 02:33:56 | More by jak
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

A- Pours an amber purple/pink with a nice finger of soft pink head - very near white. Ok retention, decent lacing.

S - Lots of sweet/slightly tart raspberries. Honestly that's about it, it does smell delectable though

T - Tons of sweet/slightly sour raspberry. Not really tart imo. If you like raspberry lambics you'll probably like this, just not nearly as sour. Tasty for what it is.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, very very drinkable.

O - It is what it says it's going to be. Just a burst of great (slightly sour) sweet raspberry flavor.

07-22-2013 03:18:47 | More by MacQ32
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -11.1%

A murky brown, red beer with a creamy head.

Smell is very sweet and fruity with some light woody notes. Also a kind of artificial fruit smell.

Taste is slightly tart and fruity with sweet raspberries, which appear to be a little artificial. There is also a light woody taste that makes me think it will be from the seeds of the fruit. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky. Aftertaste is sweet, but dry. Nearing the end, this beer is starting to become more like a kriek than an artificial, sweet fruit beer and drinkability improves.

05-28-2007 08:44:17 | More by Absumaster
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2013 18:29:31 | More by MinorThreat
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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