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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,436 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,436
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 74
Gots: 258 | FT: 10
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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Photo of HopDerek
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear raspberry red color with floaties. One finger of pinkish cream colored head has good retention and leave nice lacing. Smells of tart red raspberries as well as some blackberry and strawberry for good measure, and just enough wheat malt to keep this beer-like. Tastes of tart red raspberries and sweet pale grain with a slight hint of grassy hops in the finish. Medium in body with nice gently fizzy carbonation. Sweet, lightly tart, and malty with a little touch of hops. One of my favorite fruit beers that hides its alcohol well, goes down easily, and is quite sessionable.

HopDerek, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear,deep pink/red body. 1 finger of bubbly white head, falls into a thin film after a few minutes. A lot of carbonation rising in the glass. Minimal lacing quickly slides down the glass.

S: Faint smell dominated by fruity raspberry, backed by hints of yeast and malt.

T: All tart rasberry with a noticible alcohol presence. Similariteis to some red wines I have had.

M: Light to medium bodied with plenty of tingle from the carbonation.

D: A nice beer that is pretty refreshing. Although not on a regular basis, I would drink it again.

Jerzdevil1116, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the red. The smell is of course raspberry with a little malt in the background. Balance is good. Raspberry without being heavy sweet sticky mess. It also seems to need a few months to enhance. The bottles I drank in late April and May were nice, but not as developed as the bottles I've have this month.

Drinkability is high for those liking the style. Full flavor and moderate ABV. I've enjoyed this one. Sad to see the case coming to an end.

LittleBreeze, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Keith238
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing special about the appearance. Think head that quickly dissipates with very little lacing. The color is a bit more along the lines of an Irish red than the purplish color of Fort or Framboise.

Clean and crisp with a balanced raspberry flavor. This doesnt' leave any lingering aftertaste. Overall drinkability is good. I wouldn't drink the whole 4 pack in a sitting but I did have 2.

Enjoy

Keith238, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of shroompod
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a raspberry color , small head , no lacing.

Aroma is tart raspberry , kool-aid comes to mind.

This is easy , tastes like raspberries , no cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin , light. Carbonation is low.

Overall a nice beer to try , not sure If I'd like to drink more than one.

shroompod, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a simple good drawing of a raspberry bush up close. You can see all the plump raspberries growing on it. On the top of the label is you'll find Founders' notched bottling code. Mine was in the top right hand corner. Whatever that means. It's capped with a twist off cap.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, I didn't expect this beer to a solid raspberry red. I expected this beer to be a red color, but not a raspberry red color. On top of this raspberry colored beer was a thin and fizzy head of white foam. I noticed that sometimes even the head of foam had a small tint of red in it. This head of foam quickly fizzled away, but did manage to leave behind a handful of red foamy rings. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind, but I still liked the color of this beer.

The aroma was heavy on the juicy red raspberries. The only other aroma in this beer was a small amount of malted wheat. That is it, just red raspberries and malted wheat.

The taste was nothing but lightly sour and tart red raspberries. No malted wheat or hops, just the red raspberries. If there was anything else in this beer, then the strong raspberrries would have covered them up completely.

The mouthfeel was light with a creamy aftertaste of (you guessed it) red raspberries. Also in the mouthfeel was alot of carbonation.
The carbonation even seemed quite high for a fruit beer.

If you like drinking alcoholic red raspberry juice, then you'll really like this beer. If you want something with a little more variety, then you better go somewhere else.

AltBock, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Foxman
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a basic brownish amber, but in the light, it takes a a pink rose blush. A finger of lavender tinged head sustains with a little life. Thin spritzes of lacing sprinkle the inside of the glass.

The aroma is, above and beyond all else, raspberry sprinkled with powdered sugar. A hint of yeast lurks underneath, but this is about the berries.

Upon tasting, again, it's the raspberries taking up the space, and it's a nicely sweet, fresh from the bush berry sweetness, with no sign of extract or concentrate. A mild tartness mitigates and leads into an underlayer of bready yeast with distantly crisp esters. Malt comes through slightly near the close with a residual, more earthy sweetness that is crisped by a general spiciness. The finish lingers with a mild crisp bite. This is what berries can do when done well.

Between light and medium bodied, the carbonation is more pronounced on the palate, lending a pop character to the fresh feel.

Once again, I find another beer that undermines my stale "no fruit in my beer" stance. This is like a peppy, well played berry beer soda, which in this case, is all good. The aroma didn't deliver full announcement of what was to come, so it was a bit surprising, and in the end, it drinks smooth, with a little sugar to the tooth, and with a refreshing finish. So from now on, all beer, even those with fruit, are fair game. Except maybe for apricot. We'll see.

Foxman, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a pinkish, red, brown color with a solid pink/white head.

S- Remember those raspberry candies your grandmother used to always have out...that.

T- Tart and semi-sweet, fresh raspberry and some mellow bitterness.

M- Bright like a lambic, but feels like an ale, slightly coating with a thin/medium body, good amount of carbonation.

D- I liked this one. Could i see myself drinking a 4 pack of this, no.

ATPete, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on my midwestern summer beer trek to the Chicago area. I like raspberry beers, and Founders can seemingly do no wrong...so it seems like a great buy.
Pours a pinkish color with more carbonation that you might expect, so a white head forms with no issues. No pink head, so which is a really good thing. If you look closely there are a lot of fruit bits suspended in it.
Smells fruity, but it's still clearly a beer. Not overwhelming, but there's no mistaking this is a fruit-based beer...which is the goal, right?
Tastes just like what a fruit beer should be like. It's got the rasberry flavor that you want, but it tastes real (not some syrupy extract) and yet it still has a nice grain flavor and a little hops in the finish to "keep it honest"
At nearly 7% this went down like water. Makes me wish I'd gotten a second 4-pack.
Short of the New Glarus brews (which are great, but even less "beery") this is about as good as a fruit beer can be.

Domingo, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

sholland119, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

With summer in full swing, no other brewer takes better advantage of what the season gives us. Founders sets Cerise aside for a moment and returns to a revamped Rubaeus. One taste celebrates everything about what's great with raspberries.

Its mauve and ruby pour lets the fruity secrets out of the bag- it simply looks like fruit juice, except for the light creamy-white froth that rises to cap the beer. Hazy in its appearance, the beer shows off its unfiltered and unadulterated translucency.

Incredible raspberry aromas leap from the glass and fill the olfactory senses with mouthwatering fruit sweetness and a pleasantly tart and acidic scent. The slimmest note of wheat sits in the shadows and hardly brings attention. Similarly, the taste is dedicated and squarely focused on the glorious raspberry fruit. Bright, zesty, ripe, sweet and with a hint of tangy cherry and concord grape- its not too hard to read a mild red wine taste. Its sweet and tart upstart remains consistent until deep into finish.

And on the palate, its sweet and tart balance is moderately sugary and playfully acidic- again, it begins with the initial taste and extends well into aftertaste with little variance. A tinge of hops and alcohol warmth are noticeable in finish, but the beer remains sweet and fruity throughout.

Reminding me of a lighter bodied Blushing Monk, the beer is all about the raspberry. I would like to see a bit drier and "beery" character to show me that this is a serious ale and not wine cooler or soda pop. But hey, chicks should dig it!

BEERchitect, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of Lupe
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok - from the pour you know this is a fruit beer that's not playing around. Light red raspberry color with pink hues and a small pinkish white head. Not much retention and very little lacing. Lighter in color than Lindeman's Framboise Lambic, but more color than any other fruit beers (excluding those delicious fruit stouts & porters).

Upfront raspberry aroma and a hint of alcohol. Mild malt sweetness mixes well with the fruit and does give off the disconnected graininess of typical fruit beers.

Again, raspberry dominates but not too overpowering. Wonderful sweet-tart flavors provide the right about of tangy sourness. Light bitterness towards the end, along with a dose of some alcohol spice. Finishes with lingering raspberry, sweet malt, a hint of spicy hop.

Medium bodied, smooth and crisp with low carbonation. Finishes dry and surprisingly refreshing and drinkable. Great drinkability, but as with many fruit beers it can get tired.

A special beer and one of the best in the fruit category. This beer does not play - you want raspberry, here is raspberry!

Lupe, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Founders- Rübaeus

A- Light ruby red with a small filmy head.
S- Raspberries, thats all.
T- Sweet raspberry candy. Sugary sweet with a hint of powdered corn starch?
M- Very sweet and dry with a touch of alc. heat in the end. Very acidic.

Overall- Blah. Sweet fruity beer good to drink with some chocolate cake otherwise pass on this. Overrated!

NJpadreFan, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of kasper
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pour reminiscent of a pink champagne, with purplish / magenta body and airy single-finger pinkish head that doesn't stick around, but leaves water droplet lacing around the glass.

S: Lots of ripe small red fruits, reminds me of a spiked juicebox drink your mom would pack for you in elementary school.

T: Taste is a lot like a berry malt beverage from Boon's Farms but only better. Real sweet up front with some tangy tartness. Honestly, a little better tasting than I was expecting. Kinda like a high-class wine cooler.

M: Medium bodied, carbonated like a wine cooler; nice and smooth.

D: Overall, this is a decent fruit beer that beat my expectations, but overall tastes like a cross between a malt fruit beverage and a wine cooler. Lots of sweetness. I wouldn't turn one of these down but I'm not sure I'd actually purchase another 4 pack anytime soon. Who among us really drinks a ton of fruit beers anyway?

kasper, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Ego
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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...

Ego, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Dilly Deli.
Pours a light, soft, red in color with no head forming. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing up the glass. Smell is indeed raspberries. Taste is much the same, of course. Not dominating, overpowering, raspberries, but an almost perfect dose. Another warm weather beer, that's perfect for sitting outside and enjoying. This one went down way too fast to even notice the near 7% ABV.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: rose in color a bit of pink head that dissipates into a film

smell: raspberries amd a bit of nuttiness

taste: a bit of raspberrie juice sweetness and sourness, a bit of light seedy bitterness on the finish.

mouthfeel: light carbonation, medium light body, a bit of astringence on the finish

drinkability: This stuff is not bad, I could drink it every once in a while if it were available. It's special and it's well executed but it's not neccesarily my thing.

Donnie2112, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a gift from Viggo, given to accompany the Blushing Monk I picked up last October at Merchants in Dearborn, MI, shared with biegaman. I believe this to be well aged. Enjoyed in an Affligem goblet that might have spread the head a little thin. Light red, a few large bubbles at mid-glass, suspended yeast particles from the last half of the bottle. Inviting smell of fresh cranberry, raspberry from which it came but also a lot of melon and pomegranite. Taste, texture and mouthfeel are light but run the gamut of cherry, wild berries, passion fruit with a malty finish. Low acidity was a real treat considering the menagerie of fruit present. The alcohol was very well hidden and the finish smooth and silky despite the relatively thin body. Overall, a nice treat and I can't wait to compare it to the Blushing Monk. Thanks, Viggo!

ThatWineGuy, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich semi clear (but not hazy) ruby color. Absolutely no head formed on the pour.

Aroma is nice. Simple scents, with sweet raspberry, and some very familiar aromas that for some reason I can't put my finger on right now.

The taste is much better than the average raspbery hefe for me. They are usually really weak and boring. The raspberry flavor is more pronounced in this beer. A tart note follows. Alcohol also present, which is not impressive since it's only 6.9%.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to low. Flavor is decent, alcohol is moderate, but I just don't see it being consumed in bulk. A 12 oz may be difficult to finish.

Goliath, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz twist off bottle. No best before date but a sample I'm sure has been slightly aged.

A delightful appearance showcasing flashes of different colours. Rübæus resembles a ripening pomegranate; some parts ruby red, others a pale pink, and still yet in other spots, a distinct tinge of orange. No head less a thin sudsy collar.

The aroma is wonderfully fruit filled, with raspberry easily overlooked among the cherry, cranberry, passion fruit, pomegranate, honey dew, and strawberry that ALL seem present (though aren't part of the recipe). The aroma doesn't merely give 'hints of' or the 'impression of' ... I damn well believe I am smelling strawberry, cranberry, passion fruit, and pomegranate.

The mouthfeel is thin and flat but refreshingly sweet. Both bitterness and alcohol are non-factors, as sweet, sugary fruits take over all aspects of this beer. It is flat and sweet like juice. This sweetness drowns out any presence of hops or malts.

To no surprise it taste purely of ripe fruits. Mandarin, cherry, strawberry, passion fruit, melon, honey dew, tangerine, and especially pomegranate and (of course) raspberries. All of them! A hint of honey too, maybe?

This is no Lambic but it certainly doesn't seem to be your standard fruit beer either. The sheer amount of fruit (both in number and in depth) that they've extracted is unbelievable. I know this beer was fermented with only raspberries, but I swear I am a tasting whole fields, whole orchards, whole fruit stands and produce sections ... and I am very impressed.

A big thanks to Viggo and ThatWineGuy !!!

biegaman, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of becktone
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Done in a horizontal tasting with Thirsty Dog Raspberry Ale and Great Divide Wild Raspberry(from notes).

Eye: Not quite clear, cloudy and the color of dark grapefruit juice. The head is beautiful, creamy with the perfect size and great retention, color of it is pinkwith white added to lighted it a shade or two. Beautiful sandstone type of lacing-layers. Great looking all around.

Nose: Smells of real raspberries, just like you've opened a bag of them and pureed them. Simple and Pure. Great aroma, just pure raspberries.

Tongue: Tartness and the flavor of real raspberries, nothing processed about this beer. Tastes like all natural raspberries. This is by far the best fruit beer I've had to date. Hops are present just enough to balance it out, just slightly noticeable in the taste. This is an excellent fruit beer, one of the best all around...a bit of tartness and some bitterness perfectly balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: My first thought when this one hit my palate was-Smooth, velvet-like. It has a ferfect amount of carbonation to compliment the tartness in here. NIce medium body, with a semi-dry finish. First slightly wet finish that leads to to a dried finish then back again. Certain parts of my mouth call this dry whilst others...well not so much so. this is one that I'll buy again, pending I can find it next season.

becktone, May 24, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a nice bright red color with a pinkish colored head that fell quickly leaving just a bubbly layer and little lacing.

S- Very very fruity. Raspberries raspberries and more raspberries.

T- Again very fruity and that's about all I could pick up. Not over powering just follow your nose.

M- Light to medium. Not too bad at all maybe a little dry to the finish

D- I suppose for the style its pretty nice just not me type of thing. Too fruity for me glad I got to try it.

nrbw23, May 13, 2008
Photo of thickerfreakness
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful ruby red with a pinkish white head. It smells very strongly yet also very pleasantly of sweet raspberries. The taste is just extremely strong of raspberries and sweet malts. No real hops to speak of. A very bubbly mouthfeel almost champagne like and its very drinkable for a fruit beer. This is one of my favorite regular fruit beers to date.

thickerfreakness, May 11, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Reddish amber with a pink tinged thin white head. Left nice lacing down the glass.

S-Very pleasant twang of sour, tart raspberries.Nothing crazy but it gives you the impression of real fruit and not fake extract garbage.

T-I have always been a sucker for this beer. No annoying cloying sweetness only the sharp, tart tang raspberries. A wee bit of hop bite in the finish...and nicely supported by the pale malt...and not the typical wheat bill!

M-Medium body with a lovely sharp crisp feel. This is a great summer brew.

D-IMHO one of the best sessionable fruit beers out there. Others are surely better but you aren't able to have one after another. I applaud Founder's on making such an outstanding fruit beer!

Deuane, May 06, 2008
Photo of CameronCosby
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer drinks really easy and isn't very filling, which is what I liked the most about it. Have it on tap at my bar (Old Chicago in Okemos Michigan). Nothing to complain about with this beer except the price. Founders makes great
beers, holding it down in the Midwest market.

CameronCosby, Apr 29, 2008
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,436 ratings.