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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,180 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,180
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 65
Gots: 207 | FT: 12
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.

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BTVflatlander

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the outset of this review, I feel a disclaimer to be somewhat necessary. That is, this is a fruit beer--a style that has become a bit of a laughing stock in the craft beer world. I have seen this occur close to home with Magic Hat's flagship #9 which is altogether disregarded by most of the beer snobs I know. That said, Founder's has yet to let me down and I love raspberries, so I figured I'd shell out the seemingly overpriced $4 for a single and give it a fair shot.

A: Beautiful ruby, as you would expect from, say, raspberry juice.

S: Raspberry again, with almost nothing else. Very pleasant, though.

T: As expected, the raspberry flavor is quite overwhelming and, although very pleasant, it is quite difficult to tell that you're not drinking a raspberry juice cocktail of some sort. No hints of alcohol or malt for me or those who tried my pour. Most doubted that I was in fact drinking alcohol.

M: Substantial and impressive.

Overall, especially due to the price of this offering, I would generally dissuade others from shelling out the $13 or $14 for a 4-pack considering the low alcohol content. However, I don't regret trying it at all and, if someone approached me asking for my recommendations for fruity beers, this would be chief among them. Very well done for the style, but not a beer I can see many flocking to considering the pricetag.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 19:04:33 | More by BTVflatlander
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-26-2013 11:30:21 | More by Rekrule
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2013 09:23:47 | More by TXhomebrewer
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2013 04:14:17 | More by jawneyt
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Waveoff

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

07-26-2013 04:07:09 | More by Waveoff
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eugeneizzo

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-26-2013 02:44:00 | More by eugeneizzo
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear light ruby color with a light pinkntonwhitenhead and a little lacing

S-sweet, raspberry, slight tartness, little malt

T-raspberry, sweet, light malt, minimally tart

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and light

O-decent fruit beer, but too sweet for me, wish it had a lot more tartness

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:46:43 | More by MDDMD
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer make a return. Picked up a 4-pack a couple weeks ago, finishing it up now.

The beer is maroon colored with some clarity. A pink head starts at about a finger in size, falling to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving some lace behind.

Nose is raspberries. Sweet, fruity and authentic with light tartness. Decent strength.

Taste is mostly fresh raspberries and that's it. Good mix of sweetness and tartness. Slight grassy and stemmy tastes hiding in there, and make this not so one-dimensional, but it's pretty much all about that fruit. Some lemon maybe in the finish.

Full-bodied with high carbonation that's just a bit spiky. Otherwise smooth and malty, drinks pretty easy.

It's simple yeah, but a very solid straight up fruit beer. Nice fresh taste, light and drinkable, good summer release. Pure raspberry ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 23:53:19 | More by Chico1985
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-25-2013 23:40:50 | More by charlesjwinkler
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thinkinflicka

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark red with a thin pink head.

Smells like raspberry juice very fruity and sweet.

Taste is strait raspberry little hops and malts, pure fruit taste
extremly drinkable slighty sweet with a small tart finish.

Mouth feel is balanced for a fruit beer.

The ulimate panty-dropper, tastes like juice.So many brewries use fruit extracts and other flavorings you can tell lots of real raspberries are used in this. All in all one of the better fruit beers i've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 23:00:15 | More by thinkinflicka
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pink head. Color is a dark raspberry purple/pink.

Flavor is dominated by raspberries. Very fruity. A little tart. Very fresh. Some malts show, but not a lot. No hops show. No alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Tart. Light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Very clean.

Overall, an enjoyable raspberry beer. Easy to drink. I wouldn't want more than a bottle however, because it is kind of sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:29:34 | More by mothman
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cw577enfield

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-25-2013 20:04:34 | More by cw577enfield
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NSK79

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-25-2013 19:25:12 | More by NSK79
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RaulMondesi

California

3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While getting salty at the Salty Pig in Boston, MA., Raul was diggin' this. Not far removed from his first dip into fruit beers with a beautiful trio from New Glarus, Raul thought Rüb was on pair with those three dandy of thangs.

Like Behati Prinsloo holding a raspberry, Raul wouldn't mind taking another bite. Roar!

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 18:04:32 | More by RaulMondesi
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Tone

Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark red color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of sugar, raspberry, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sugar, raspberry, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, too sweet, and lacking sharpness, but otherwise a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2013 17:23:01 | More by Tone
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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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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-25-2013 04:25:16 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Florida9

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Fairly dark reddish-purple in color. Forms a slightly pink colored head. Little retention as it drops to just a faint surface coating fairly quickly. Little lacing.

S: Aroma is, unsurprisingly, berries. Raspberries and maybe some cherries. And a grassy note in there as well.

T: Taste is fairly one note. Raspberries. But, unfortunately, the sweetness has been fermented out and the only thing left is the essence of raspberry and there is little of that juicy sweetness that makes the fruit so appealing. There is a light tartness as well as the flavor of something that seems to fall somewhere between malt and grape juice.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Light tartness. Light sweetness. No bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: This beer tastes as if the brewer fermented all of the sweetness of a NG Razz Tart. Now I can appreciate that this beer isn't supposed to be a Razz Tart knock-off, but, in the end, Razz Tart is the better beer by far. This beer offers up a nice raspberry flavor and a nice, light tartness, but it is also rather unidimensional and unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:57:21 | More by Florida9
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BJasny

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

07-24-2013 21:33:03 | More by BJasny
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2013 18:29:31 | More by MinorThreat
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circus_cat

Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've been reviewing a lot of fruit beers. Kind of embarrassing. Swear I only drink this many in the summer :)

A: Wow, wasn't expecting purple, yet here I sit with a purple beer. The body is the color of red wine. Basically looks like I accidentally put a bottle of pinot noire in the fridge and then poured it into a glass. And then there's the head: it's pinkish and originally about four fingers and rocky, but quickly dissipated into a half inch of soapy light pink to lavender.

S: Sweet/tart raspberry with a touch of grain. Raspberry dominates. Not much else to say.

T: Raspberry, hay, caramel malts, tartness (in that order). Again, raspberry dominates. This isn't an understated fruit beer. To me, this tastes like a lambic framoise. Not my cup of tea, but if that's what they were going for, they succeeded and I think a lot of people would like this.

M: Too sweet to be refreshing. Medium-bodied. I was expecting a hot summer day refresher, but what I got was dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 17:11:04 | More by circus_cat
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-24-2013 16:49:24 | More by Lare453
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seplo

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-24-2013 14:24:58 | More by seplo
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wesside89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2013 07:05:26 | More by wesside89
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mnphish

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-24-2013 06:08:13 | More by mnphish
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,180 ratings.