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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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630 Reviews
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Reviews: 630
Hads: 2,961
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 118
Gots: 468 | 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: 2,961
Photo of zookerman182
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light pink color with a one finger fizzy head.
Aroma is grain, raspberries, malt.
Taste is a strange mix of raspberry, sugar candy and malt.
Lots of clashing flavors but in the end the raspberry candy flavor wins.
Too sweet for me. Compared to other better fruit beers it lacks well rounded flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp.
Glad I tried it but I couldn't drink more than a few sips. (405 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 5.23.14

A - Ruby red, 1 finger of head and nice sticky lace left on the glass

S - Raspberries and lots of them! No booze, just raspberries...thats all!

T - Wow...its a spiked raspberry juice! So good! Apples and raspberries, alcohol is well hidden. An awesome brew.

M - Medium carbonation and light bodied.

O - A great beer. Just wish it was not so expensive, or this one would be a regular. (418 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into 12 oz. tulip. Nothing resembling a head here, slightest trace of lacing, doesn't last too long. Raspberries come off strong immediately in the aroma and hide anything else that might be there. Taste is the same thing for me, the taste is delicious, but I really feel like I'm drinking raspberry juice. I haven't had a lot in this style so I'm not sure exactly what to look for in terms of depth and complexity. Incredibly refreshing however! (467 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a rose color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly.
Smells of...well...raspberries and tastes of sweet berries up front with a sour, tartness on the finish. No bitterness detected, but a great malt profile within. Low abv, but the acidity alone will kill your palate. Drink this one last.

Cheers! (358 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark red color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Exactly what you might expect: Lots of raspberries and some malt.

T: As is usually the case with most of the best fruit beers, this beer's flavor is short on complexity and long on flavor. A big amount of raspberries and a little malt in the finish. Lively and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Founders rarely seems to go wrong, and Rubaeus is no exception. It's extremely balanced and well made. (605 characters)

Photo of Schmuckles
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big fan of fruit flavored beers but i tasted this one a second time and it was much better than a year ago. Nice raspberry color flavor and aroma. It is something like raspberry soda but with less but ample carbonation and the flavor of raspberry is prominent yet not overwhelming. Great mouth feel for this type of beer. I could drink this on a nice tropical day and not get sick of it. Well maybe after 4 of them but i have a hard time drinking 4 of any of the same beer in one sitting. I like to mix it up. (520 characters)

Photo of csheridan
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you like an ale with a hint of fruit, this is a go-to. Tastes like real raspberries, not the chemical/medicinal/candy flavor in a lot of the fruit ales. Sweet, but not overly so, very smooth, beautiful color...excellent all around as a summer refresher. (256 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.40):
Raspberry red with tinges of purple & topped with a pinkish-white head that is bubbly, leaveing some nice lacing on the edges.

Strong raspberry notes but not overly sweet or sugary. A malty aroma from the start that offset the sweetness. Some sourness and berries come through as well and a slight amount of tartness follows.

Sweeter than the nose but not overdone, starting with sugary sweetness, touches of bitterness & plenty of raspberries plus some tart & sourness but very little in the way of hops.

Smooth & sweet with some hints of sourness & bitterness but naturally the sweetness prevails. Carbonation seems about medium & the body the same. It was a pleasantly refreshing beer overall.

A fairly good fruit beer, certainly up there with the best that I've tried. Easy to drink & it went down well with some nice malts & bitterness helping level out the sweetness from the raspberries. An enjoyable one but you'd be hard pushed to drink more than one of them in a sitting. (1,038 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today, the #USMNT beat Ghana, the Royals smoked the Tigers and the summer sun made its debut. Time to crack one of these tasties.

Initially looks like a hearty amber, but then when the light catches it just right, you pick up unique hues of red and even pink, resulting from the infusion of raspberries. Quite a pretty beer.

Sweet smelling like you would expect from a beer with this much fruit - juicy, fleshy, somewhat acidic.

Usually too sweet, fruit beers that I actually enjoy are few and far between. This one is the exception - while the sweetness is definitely there, it's not overpowering, maintaining the freshness of raspberries without turning them into syrup. Sparkling, bright, a bit sharp on the tongue,

Somewhat slick, making an easy runway for the raspberries to make their way to the pallette. The carbonation really cracks on the tongue, exploding raspberries through the mouth.

I really enjoy this beer - not only for its uniqueness, but also because it's really good. (997 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish color with hints of orange and brown. Head doesn't last long. Nose has fruity sour notes, and the obvious fruits of course. Delightfully sour on the palate, sweet, fruity, refreshing. Manages to be huge on flavor without being sickly sweet, or too sour. Glad I tried this one and set aside the usual stereotypes about this sort of thing being for the girls. (378 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/5/14. Poured into a chalice.

For a fruit beer I like this one but not in multiples. A great way to break up the session. If you don’t like raspberries stay away. With the sweetness and carbonation this beer has certain soda characteristics. 4

A – Pours a cloudy pinkish red with a light pink one-finger head. 4.25

S – Raspberries! But also malty. Zero hops detectable. 4

T – Raspberries, sweet but not cloying with a raspberry tartness apparent in the middle and finish. 4

MF – Good carbonation leading to a bite on the palate. Medium-light body. Sweet finish. 4.25 (593 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy reddish amber body with a moderate, dense pink head. The lacing is thick and Belgian-like in appearance, with slight carbonation.

Aroma: Profound aroma of raspberries, as well as vanilla, orange blossom, cream, and honey.

Taste: The taste begins with a strong wave of raspberries, which seem entirely natural. AS the taste progresses, there is a strong wave of orange rind, from the hops, I suppose. Throughout, there is a character of lingering sweetness, which manages to never be cloying. Finishes with a burst of raspberry,and a slight wave of sweet cream.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, quite gracious.

Drinkability/notes: Wonderfully crafted, one of the best fruit beers I have ever had, indeed, perhaps the best. The raspberries shine without a hint of cheap alco--pop .

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager sensory glass. (947 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/5/14 - Consumed 5/15/14 out of pint glass.

A - cloudy ruby look

S - sour berries is there, not overly done though. Malt present.

T - similar taste with more raspberry flavors present.

M - light and crisp finish

O - not a huge fan of the fruit beers, but I will try any founders on the shelf. (308 characters)

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- dark ruby. Full pink head.

Aroma- crisp raspberries.

Taste- Starts tart with some sourness then quickly progresses to a sweeter body with an Asti Spumante like finish. An excellent summertime fruit beer. The sour beginning might not sit well with the average rouge but we like this one.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/31/2013. (423 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red color with no head whatsoever.
Predominant raspberries aroma with a caramel backing up. Hints of vinegar.
Flavor full of raspberries with pleasant tartness and salt notes. Although it does not seem like, it is quite malty. Hints of white wine, pear and a bit something like the flowery Indian drink Gulab Sharbat. Dry aftertaste.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Not a heavy sour, it is a friendly Fruit beer, but by no means boring, especially if you like the style once in a while.
I would like to taste it a bolder version, tuning up other than raspberries notes, or unbalancing it a bit. (596 characters)

Photo of hplascencia1024
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. I have to say, the color is probably the best part of this beer for me.

A: Pours a beautiful deep raspberry red color, a little murky but awesome looking.
S: Meh, raspberry is there but faint. smells like any regular ale
T: Not too sweet, nice little tartness from the raspberries, nothing too special
M:clean and light, leaves some nice raspberry on the tongue
O:Not bad, definitely worth trying once or twice, but i definitely wouldn't seek it out all the time, (510 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 kylelenk
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed multiple times in the taproom and from bottles.

A - Nice, cloudy almost purple hue. Head comes out flat white with nice sized carbonated bubbles. Can only describe the color is something I've never seen from a beer.

S - Rather flat for a "fruit" beer. You get some hops here and some bitterness from the raspberries.

T - Didn't really enjoy the flavor on this one. Kind of tart but in the end, almost a syrupy, medicinal mess. Not very thirst quenching not the fruity base and leaves you thirsting for some water.

M -One and done for me. Much too sweet. Not much alcohol present. (595 characters)

Photo of Boverhof3
1.8/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Just too much Fruit and not enough beer qualities. Its kinda gross really. I have no idea who this beer is targeted towards. Its a lousy beer and a lousy wine cooler. If you enjoy drinking dish detergent, then this may be the beer for you. Otherwise, move on. Worst Founder's beer I've ever had. Probably in the top 5 worst beers I have ever had. (346 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a. Red ale with brownish undertones. Single finger head with did not last.

s. Fruity and sweet, almost like a wine cooler smell

t. Raspberry with a hint of malt. The after-taste reminds me of a wine cooler from back in the 80s. - been craving a revisit of this beer.

m. Very smooth going down.

o. A bit sweet and I like sweeter beers. This was very good, would revisit on a summer day. (391 characters)

Photo of bradenh
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- deep ruby red color

S- raspberrys (obviously), more perfumey and floral than overpoweringly raspberry like a Lindemans Framoise.

T- raspberry, light to moderate sweetness, malty, slight sugary syrup aftertaste that I don't really care for, but not something that ruins it for me. moderate carbonation that quickly dissipates.

MF- moderate carbonation, moderate body

O- First time trying a fruit beer from Founders. A very nice raspberry fruit beer. Unfortunately I have been spoiled by knowing what a New Glarus Raspberry Tart tastes like, so most everything else will pail in comparison. (597 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken straight from the fridge so served around 38F. This may have affected the amount of carbonation I saw.

Pours out dark red/maroon in color with a TINY white head with almost no retention.

Smell is really pretty one-dimensional although it is great raspberries which I love. This smells like heaven.

Taste is much like the nose. Hard to get anything other than raspberries. It is a little tart which I love.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin as I would expect for this kind of beer. Right on par.

Overall, although this a pretty one-dimensional beer it tastes great and has tons of raspberries in here. This is a raspberry bomb that I am very happy they decided to brew this again as it was harder to get last year. I was really excited to hear it was being released again and will definitely be buying lots of these 4-packs. That being said the one-dimensional taste and the tiny head that's disappears right away take a little from this beer. (945 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

04/05/14 bottling date; a month old.

A: Pours a clear deep red. Medium-sized fizzy light pink head. Almost soda like. Looks one step away from raspberry soda but the head is a little fluffier and longer-lasting. Retention is decent but there is sparse lacing.

S: What do you expect? Raspberries and more raspberries. Sweet and lightly pungent. I love raspberries so it's a very inviting smell. Also very one-dimensional of course so I can't rate it TOO highly.

T: Raspberries, raspberries, more raspberries. Sugary sweet up front. Sweetness gradually fades, leaving a nice contrasting tartness and even some dryness in the aftertaste. A little bitter in the aftertaste too, maybe a touch of indistinct hops?

M: Medium bodied, very refreshing.

O: Well, it's pretty much pure raspberry. Alcoholic raspberry soda. The only way you can tell it's not soda is the light bitterness in the aftertaste. Really tasty, crisp and refreshing. Great warm weather beer. It's not the most complex and a it loses a lot of typical beer characteristics but I don't think that's the point here. I enjoyed it a lot. Probably the best raspberry flavor in a beer, short of NG raspberry tart. (1,176 characters)

Photo of DrRambis
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from fridge and allowed to warm up. Served in oversized weissbeer glass.

Appearance - Auburn, cherry-orange, slight haze. Two finger light pink colored head with good retention, leaves some lacing

Smell - Sweet over-ripe raspberries, some acidic vinegar notes, orangey fruity hoppy aroma, some bread grain malt

Taste - Strong acidic raspberry dominates immediately, acetic sourness, pineapple, orange and tropical fruit hoppiness, very light bready malt, finishes with sweet raspberries and medium-light hoppy bitterness with some herbal notes that play off the rasberries very well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high carbonation, not reaching soda like levels but in the vicinity, medium body, slightly sticky

Overall - In short enjoyable and refreshing. A fine raspberry beer with a pale ale base, some balance although the raspberry flavors (sour and sweet) definitely dominate the palate; very authentic berry taste, does not feel medicinal or artificial in the least. Does not approach the sourness of a lambic. Super drinkable if you don't mind the sweetness on the finish. I find myself looking at an empty glass all too quickly and wishing I savored this brew more, but alas it drinks so so easy.

Cheers! (1,215 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep ruby red withe a small pick head.

S- Raspberries, mainly sweet, a little tart. Actually smells like a raspberry black tea I had gotten recently.

T- Tart raspberries at first followed by a lot of sweet raspberries, touch of honey, and hints of herbal notes in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- An enjoyable raspberry ale. Very happy I was able to try this. Really hope Founders comes to Maryland soon so next I can pick this up a little closer to home. (506 characters)

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.