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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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630 Reviews
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Reviews: 630
Hads: 2,955
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 118
Gots: 467 | 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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Reviews: 630 | Hads: 2,955
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - no head to speak of, light barely visible carbonation through the ruddy reddish-brown eliixir

S - raspberry predominates the aroma, it really takes over, there is a discernible malty backbone however

T - as imaginable, raspberry flavors dominate the taongue as well as the nose, very fruity, were not talking frozen mushy raspberries, real, fresh raspberry flavors. once again there is a hop/malt balance in the background providing support. This beer avoids the pitfalls that other fruit beers fall prey too, in that it's not too sweet

M - smooth and easy down, this was stolen by the girlfriend. she very much enjoyed, no offensive qualities to speak of

D - incredible, it really acheives a superb drinkability, would compliment dessert quite well, especially pie ala mode, mmm... (790 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of Franchise
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders does it again, this offering poured a dark red body with a huge tinted head even with a soft pour. The body is fully carbonated, the aroma is fresh ripe raspberry, green apple, horse blanket, wheat, peppery spice, similar to aroma of a dry fruit wine. The taste starts sour, not as powerful as a lambic but very suttle. It also has a sweet tart chalky mouthfeel. The raspberry taste is very apparent, some sweetness in there for balance. The carbonation is perfect for a refreshing clean feel on the palate. This is a fantastic fruit beer, I couldn't drink it all night but it would be a perfect after dinner drink. (624 characters)

Photo of JDV
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (379 characters)

Photo of dakid618
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap from possibly the last keg of this beer left in the world. Poured into pint glass. Pours a clear deep red color with a finger of soapy white head. Smells light and wheaty with strong raspberry smell. Taste is like raspberry preserves. This beer is absolutely amazing. Light mouthfeel. Awesome drinkability. I'm not a big fruit beer fan but this beer is great. Its a shame this is now retired. Another excellent example from Founders. (444 characters)

Photo of cyborgmexican
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's backin on tap at Founders tap room as of today 2/13! Last had this beer when I was just starting to get into beer several years ago.
It looks gorgeous in the glass. Deep hazy purple with a thin head that remains for the whole glass, lots of lace.
Smell is pure raspberry fruit.
Easy drinking raspberry flavor with a hint of lemon.
Pure silk in the mouth.
Great overall. One of my all time favorite fruit beers. (417 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

freshness dating is scratched off of bottle.

A= pours a nice red color with a pink finger of head that falls fast to a thin layer on top of the glass. Little to no lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells like a raspberry patch or a raspberry soda. I won't even pretend I can smell too much else in this. It's raspberries.

T= The taste follows suit. Again it's raspberries and little else. It's got a very nice flavor though. It's a natural fresh raspberry taste not really overly sugary or crazy soda like. Just a nice smooth flavor.

M= Bright and bubbly.

O= This beer is all it's advertised to be a supreme raspberry ale. It reminds me a lot of New Glarus raspberry tart actually so if you don't like in Wisconsin this is exactly what your missing. A nice bright raspberry flavor in a beer. Seek this one out. As far as fruit beers go this is at the top among the best. (878 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

summer's trace is the braze of red path across my neck, to quench the thirst of season I reach for...

eyes...
1 finger of head sticks around as long as the french army in WW2, she recedes back to a gentle o-ring at record pace, lacing and legs are apparent and adequate, cloudy dark roset, a modicum of carbonation is making the pilgrimage to the holy o-ring of foam, decent looking all in all

nose...
raspberries and then more raspberries, a slight tinge of sour in the end but this just smells like a box of fresh berries, one dimensional ? sure. But when that one dimension makes you forget about the other dimensions.. it demands note. delicious.

taste etc...
the carbonation smacks a bit (nicely) making this refreshing, good fullish sensation in the mouth, the flavor is as expected, an ale with tons of raspberry flavor, the tartness of the berries really lends to the drinkability here, the ABV is no where to be found (maybe a bit heavy handed for a summer brew, but not for me). Like Pam Anderson, this beer goes down great (every time).

verdict?
like rasp lambics but don't want so much acid ? or a little more ABV kick ? find this stuff (go now, I'll still be here when you come back)

this beer is delicious... (1,227 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Moderately thick, dense, light pink colored head leaves a short sheet of lace. Hazy dark mahongany colored beer with a ruby hue. Raspberry jam aroma with a toasted malt base; almost like a raspberry poptart. Fresh raspberry flavor throughout mixed with mild doughy malt flavor. It finishes just barely tart. Light, fairly crisp mouthfeel. It's like somebody took a piece of toast with raspberry jam and liquified it. I'm usually not a big fruit beer fan, but this one is different from the rest. Thanks to malty for another great brew. (535 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Bellabananas
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Probably the last time I will ever drink this! I tried this when it was still part of the line-up and fell in love. I nearly cried when it was discontinued. So obviously this bottle is past its prime...
A-Darker pink tone, nice fluffy white head.
S-Lovely waft of raspberries, at this point a slight hint of funk
T-slight sweetness, I seem to recall it tasting better and with more clarity in taste when it was fresh. Taste is now flat with some sweetness.
M- Carbonation doesn't come across in the taste anymore, very flat and one dimensional. I remember it being sweet and glorious a year and a half ago though!
D-This would be so easy to drink glass after glass of, and if it was still around I probably would! (714 characters)

Photo of bobbyr5
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The color looked pretty damn good with a dark red color with a pink head.

S: obviously raspberry.

T: Not too sweet, good crisp/sharp raspberry taste.

M: Good carbonation you normally get from a fruit beer.

O: Haven't tried enough "good" fruit beers but I had to try this since it was from Founders and has received some buzz around where I live. (356 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 Neorebel
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive red shade, somewhere in between burgundy and cardinal. A soft pink covering of foam rests nicely on top. The aroma is sweet and complex. While a trace of hops and grains can be detected, the drinker is overwhelmed with ripe raspberry. A tart aspect mixes well with what is perceived to be the malts. The flavor is quite similar to the qualities in the aroma... it is a bit earthy, a little bitter, and is very wine-like. It's got a nice, crisp finish... similar to a fresh cider. Overall I rather like this one, especially as I am not the biggest fan of fruit beers. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys adult beverages, except perhaps those who might not like something that's moderately tart. (721 characters)

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A = a lovely ruby/amber color, with a respectable but short-lived head and no lacing on the glass (common for a fruit beer/ale in my experience).

S = Malty and Fruity. I can definitely discern the true raspberry fragrance in this ale, but it is delicate and not a "fake" raspberry.

T = Being a raspberry fan and picker of raspberries in season, I can write with certainty that this ale really brings out the fruit's TRUE characteristics. Slightly tart, slightly sweet, with a VERY subtle rose undertone (raspberry is part of that family). The ale is slightly malty, very little hops (but I can taste a slight, pleasant bitterness).

M = Lovely, smooth, a bit of body but true to the delicateness of the fruit. I would not want it any heavier or lighter.

O = I will seek this out in the future. I purchased one bottle as part of a "mix-n-match" six pack the other day, and am sorry I didn't purchase more. This is a perfect summer/early autumn ale choice, and I think it would pair well with a cheese plate or a dessert of chocolate (mousse or cake) or a creme brulee. Suffice to say, I really LOVE this ale! (1,110 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that fades away, clear dark pink

Smell: sour raspberries

Taste: sour raspberries

Mouthfeel: I can feel the carbonation of this one dancing on my tongue. A very sweet and light body with a sour finish

Drinkability: Another stellar beer from Founders. The alcohol is barely noticable and this almost drinks like a sour due to the tartness of the raspberry. I could easily drink a four pack of this and am disappointed that it is going away. It is a nice change from the typical wheat fruit beers. (542 characters)

Photo of ttroha
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Warehouse Package. Pours ruby red with no head. Aroma of raspberries and a tartness. Tastes of sweet raspberries. Very drinkable and delicious, like an alcoholic fruit juice. (187 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear crimson red color. Produced a lovely pink frothy head that really stuck around for awhile. Some good lacing too.

(S)- A vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness behind it.

(T)- Again, a vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness. What is nice is on the finish with just a touch of a light citrusy dry hop character from what I can tell.

(M)- Crisp carbonation level and a smooth velvety mouthfeel overall. It does get a touch sweet as it warms, but the subtle tartness helps out alot in that sense. Not overly complex, but a refreshing fruit beer.

(O)- There is no mistaking this is a great fruit beer. Are there better ones? yes, but this is really good. This is like Blushing Monk's younger brother. (833 characters)

Photo of blackthistle
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear raspberry red color (imagine that) with a small white head of tight creamy bubbles that dissipates rather quickly. Raspberries are very apparent in the aroma with a sweet, slightly husky/grainy smell in the background. This medium-light bodied ale has a tart raspberry flavor balanced with a clean malt sweetness and a clean but spicy low hops bitterness. Tart raspberry flavor from beginning to end. Very effervescent, crisp carbonation. Not your typical fruit beer and not especially complex, but quite refreshing and very enjoyable especially on a nice summer day.

12 oz. brown bottle w/ twist-off cap; no freshness date (650 characters)

Photo of Calypso
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So rating this beer was difficult. I don't have anything to compare it to so I really had to look at it on its own merits. It's a very distinctive beer.

A - A lovely ruby color, cloudy, with one and a half fingers of foamy white head.
S - Raspberries in a big way. It smells a lot like raspberry jam, with maybe a hint of some pine resin (?). I found myself just smelling it, it was that good.
T - Tart raspberry, with maybe a hint of citrus (oranges?). Not as sweet as it smells, but still quite sweet. Unlike other offerings in the fruit beer category, this one doesn't taste like they added fruit syrup, but rather brewed the beer with lots of fruit. It was a surprising taste, but once I got over my initial shock I enjoyed it a lot.
M - Again, wonderfully done. High carbonation (almost fizzy), with medium body. Lingering tartness from the raspberries.
O - This isn't a beer I would normally go for (fruit beers that is), but once again Founders proves that they can make anything awesome. I really, really enjoyed this beer. (1,033 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Proof. Great rosy red color. Aroma of sweet berries, some dry straw, a faint bready presence and a touch of citrusy hops as well. Taste is mostly the berry, but I also got some of the hops and dry biscuit along with the berry in the finish. I will definitely drink more of this as the summer winds down. (324 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a ruby red color with a 1/2" head. No lacing develops.

Smell: raspberries and some soft vanilla tones are easily detectable and enjoyable for the nose.

Taste: loads of raspberries, bits of grass, some red grape sweetness, and some soft vanilla notes. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is bold but short-lived.

Drinkability: very good for the style. This is one of the best fruit beers I have had. The fruit flavor seems fresh, not the usual syrupy or fake flavors most fruit beers have. (561 characters)

Photo of dave1822
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a great red/pinkish color. The smell is very sweet and filled with raspberries. It has a great taste and is perfect for a summer night. My only complaint is that it is almost too overwhelming with fruit but only after the first few. Great beer give it a try. (274 characters)

Photo of bearrunner44
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer has a reddish/pinkish amber color, with a foamy pale pink head. It's recognizable as a fruit beer, though it doesn't have the bright fruit juice color some of them have.

Aroma: Pleasantly sweet raspberry notes, tempered by a delicate touch of hops. It lacks the cloying artificial sweetness of lesser fruit beers; the aroma smells just like fresh raspberries, with just enough hops to remind you it's a beer. Very nice.

Taste: Bready malt flavor up front, nice and hearty. The sweetness of the raspberries kicks in in the middle, providing a wash of flavor before finishing in a somewhat tart fashion. Again, the hops are very, very subtle, providing just a bit of beery (is that a word?) flavor to help compensate for the sweetness of the raspberries. After swallowing, the higher-than-average alcohol content leaves a nice warm feeling in the mouth. This is an excellent beer.

Verdict: I don't know if I'd want to drink more than one or two of these in one night, as this is a fairly sweet and filling beer. It's a fantastic stab at a style that can turn out to be truly toxic in the wrong hands, though, and it sets a nice standard for other breweries interested in making fruit-flavored beer. Recommended. (1,233 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.59/bottle at Jack's. I picked up a 6'er as I liked it on tap. "Fermented with Pure Raspberries"...thank heaven's they didn't ferment them with the regular old-fashioned, un-pure kind. Evidently about 24 IBU. 6.9% ABV. Raspberries were added at five different stages throughout the brewing process. Pours out to a semi-hazy deep crimson red, forming a soapy dark-pink head with average retention and scant lacing. The aroma is nice..the tartness of the raspberries really shines through and they smell like fresh raspberries, not some knockoff concentrate like most other fruit brews. The taste is akin to a raspberry champagne without the spritzy dry mouthfeel. It's well balanced and not terribly sweet, with a tart, crisp finish. Medium carbonation, medium-light bodied. Never cloying, but one bottle is a dessert in itself. Burps bring up a nice toasty grain note. Bitterness is mild, but combines nicely with the tartness and sweetness to create a wonderful package. Alcohol isn't tasted, and it's cleanly fermented with some apple and pear characteristics from the ale yeast.

A wonderfully done fruit beer, amongst the best I've had. Despite this it still has that "wine-cooler taste" that may shy some people away, especially when you could buy a raspberry wine-cooler for cheaper. Still, Founder's delivers on their promise of making kick-ass beer. What style haven't they conquered yet? Hrmmm...Imperial Rye Dopplebock. I would drink that! (1,453 characters)

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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