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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 636
Hads: 2,988
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 121
Gots: 479 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 636 | Hads: 2,988
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rubaeus pours a reddish color with a small pink lacing head. There is a raspberry aroma with hints of a crisp malt. The taste is much the same, nice malty backbone, with big hint of raspberry, which isn't too sweet or overpowering. Overall its a beer flavored beer with some noticeable flavors of raspberry.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had this every year for the past 3 years but just now have had a chance to review it.

A - Dark amber, red color, like a raspberry soda. Smaller, pink head with good lacing. More soda like than beer with the pink hue but still appetizing.

S - Raspberry ale; imagine that! It's got a fresh raspberry note that is fruity with just a little bit of floral aroma and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Pretty soft on the palate with the sweet raspberry character holding strong. It doesn't have a chemical or overpowering fruit flavor as some tend to have but it is almost syrupy. In the middle the ale character shifts to the top with a sweet grainy, malt character accompanied by the ale yeast tones. The finish is light and still fruity.

M - Light mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Light body makes this beer a refreshing beverage. I do think that either my palate or the batch is different but this beer is much sweeter and more soda-like than I remembered from last year.

Overall, this is still a very good summer brew but on the sweet side. This beer used to be the perfect example of a fruit beer but now I feel it is moving towards the sweeter and more commercial beer genre. I would still recommend this for a nice mix-up from the typical beer styles but at $12 a 4pk I probably won't get this more than once a year.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of Caveworm
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head is 1/16th of a finger thick, with scant lacing, and a dark red body,as protocol for a raspberry brew .

Smells like, yep raspberries, but one can still detect a a slight malt backbone.

I taste raspberries, along with earthy grains.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company a 4.5

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Photo of DaverCS
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured burgundy color with ½ inch of quickly disappointing head.

Aroma yields exactly what the beer states: raspberry! I also get a blackberry tartness and sweet jam or candy like quality.

The beer tastes quite watery. It is non-descript rather than having a desired crisp raspberry bite. It is rather incongruent with the aroma. One would think that the taste would be much more aggressive, yet the taste is actually very subdued. At the end is a medicinal quality that is not appealing. The raspberry flavor is present, but it isn’t impressive. It almost reminds me of Kool-aide

Overall the beer isn’t all that good. The aroma is fantastic, but the beer itself lacks overall. It lacked the intensity and sourness sought after in a style like this (definitely one boasting raspberries!). This beer would pair well with grilled lamb chops with a cherry and balsamic reduction sauce. It gets a 71/100.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good but the balance was a little off. There was a weird boozy flavor on the backend that needs to even out after some aging. Otherwise this was still really tasty.

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Photo of W_Des
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep garnet red color with the aroma of raspberries. The taste is raspberry forward but the finish is medicine-y and only grows stronger as it warms up. Overall ok.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'm not at all a fan of fruit, lambic and sour beers, but this one seemed to pull elements from lambics, Belgian sours and fruits just right to make it not a bad drink. All in all, it's decent.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not all at a fan of fruit beers but I gave this one a try. Great looking, very fruity, slightly sweet, easy drinking. Might give this a shot after a round a golf.

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Photo of denver10
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not do anything for me. Too sweet for my liking, though I did not find it to be an offensively bad beer. I knew what to expect going in, so at least there were no surprises.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 05/23/14

Appearance - Pours a murky auburn brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates, leaving a near barren surface.

Smell - Raspberry aroma with a touch of chocolate.

Taste - Raspberries are the name of the game here, with raspberry sweetness up front and a light malted chocolate undertone. Berry tartness breaks through mid-taste, then peaks in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to fair carbonation. Sticky texture. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Pretty good. Seems to have held up fine with a year of age on it. Not much "Beer" character, but makes for a nice dessert option.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Bright ruby with a couple fingers of pinkish-white head that settles quickly into a foam
Smell: mmm...raspberry
Taste: mmm... raspberry. Nice balance of sweetness and tartness. Not much hops to speak of.
Feel: Light-medium body, nicely carbonated

Overall: If you like raspberries and beer, it's hard to imagine you'll dislike this one. Very flavorful with great balance. Despite the relatively low ABV I wouldn't want to have more than one at a time due to the intensity of flavor.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A summer offering from a good brewery.
ABV: 5.7%
Glassware: chalice

Smell: Raspberries!

Appearance: Opaque raspberry red with a very thin head that diminishes quickly. Active carbonation in the body.

Taste: Raspberry! The raspberry taste is very effectively supported by the malts. Near perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. No aftertaste. Feels like a soda on the tongue.

Overall: The very best of the fruit beers I've tried. Better than most of all the beers I've tried. Best on warm days. Goes very well with steak and venison. Beautiful beer.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's pretty darn good, but it's not what I am usually looking for when I reach for a beer. I'd buy it again if were in the right mood. They weren't giving it away however. I think it was over $10 for a four pack.

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Photo of hardysf
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably my wife's favorite beer - which will ultimately mean it is too sweet for me.

This pours a solid fuchsia color but is a bit cloudy. Smells of raspberries and more raspberries.

The carbonation dissipates really fast and it is almost like drinking a barley wine. It is smooth and creamy and the taste is of sweet raspberry. It is a sweeter beer but if raspberry is what your after this should be your choice.

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Photo of do_ob
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear pink/red with virtually no head. Looks like cherry or raspberry juice you'd buy your kid. Straight raspberries on the nose. Maybe a little spice and booze in there, too. Medium weight, clean yet dry mouthfeel. Raspberries dominate any and all other ingredients in this beer. Has a bit of a champaign-like drinkability to it, only with a heavier body. Finishes tart and dry. Residual sweetness on the aftertaste.

This is an okay beer if you're a fruit beer fan. I liked Blushing Monk better than this, probably because of the higher abv (for what it's worth, Blushing Monk is pretty much just an "imperial" version of this beer).

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oh this beer lives up to its label. When poured it is a bright red color and smells like raspberries. It is a really sweet beer so I can't see having too many in one sitting but it is very refreshing. Overall a great beer and would be great a bbq or sitting by the pool.

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Photo of mchegash
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date 2/26/15

Appearance - 4.5/5
A beautiful red. Perhaps the most vibrantly red beer I've ever seen. The head is a light pink color, about a finger or so. Slightly opaque/hazy.

Smell - 4/5
Delicious raspberries, yet still has many of the other subtler qualities of beer, which makes it still smell like a beer (albeit a very fruity beer).

Taste - 4.25/5
Amazing raspberry taste but still tastes like a beer.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium bodied, medium level of medium-high carbonation. Quite crisp near the beginning of the sip. Then goes down smooth with a little carbonation tingle all the way down.

Overall - 4.5/5
I've had this beer many times before, and am finally getting around to reviewing it. What I love about Rubaeus is its delicious raspberry taste, yet it still tastes like a beer. This is perhaps the best examplar of a "fruit beer", meeting both the "fruit" and "beer" criteria masterfully. If you want a nice sweet fruity summer beer, but want it to be a beer and not fruit juice, this is the beer for you. Also, I think this would be a great way to introduce someone new to the beer world into beer. Show them that not all beer tastes like what they have had before. Start with a very fruity beer like this, and slowly move them to less and less fruity beers.

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Photo of EmGM
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: PINK
Smell: raspberries
taste: delicious, tart, heavy raspberry flavor
aftertaste: fruity tartness
overall: LOVE this beer, great for the summer

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer reminds me of my sister's wedding and how I couldn't be a bridesmaid because of my beard. I was pretty disappointed but my friend Amy came over and we both put on our Sunday's best and drank Rubaeus till we bled pink raspberries. Overall a really refreshing brew.

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Photo of Karahughes
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Founder's did a great job of making this raspberry beer taste very delightful and easy to drink without being too sweet and still containing some classic beer qualities. The color is a bright deep pink and the aroma is very appealing.

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Photo of claudialeshok
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes very fruity, the raspberry flavor is very dominate in both aroma and taste. The color is very bright and light pink in color. One of my personal favorites from this brewery.

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Photo of NCMatt
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's like a sweet, slightly tangy raspberry juice, but carbonated and alcoholic. It's a pinkish / purplish color, and very refreshing on a hotter day. I can foresee me drinking many of these during the summer months. One of my new favorite summertime beers!

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Photo of Sydney10
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual: Pours a hazy deep red color with a light pink foam.
Smell: Has a tart smell and a powerful raspberry smell.
Taste: Sour raspberry flavor.
Overall: Extremely good and very refreshing.

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Photo of carolynschaf
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry fruit flavor. Very sweet, hard to drink more than one. Very nice color and consistency. A very good choice for people who do not love the beer flavor and are more into cider style drinks.

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Photo of Joseph01
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Color - Reddish Purple

Aroma - Fresh with Raspberry tones

Palate - Smooth, fresh, very sweet and fruity

Overall - Would make for a very nice summertime beer.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.