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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,506 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 74
Gots: 264 | FT: 11
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 BigAl723
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased this beer as a single bottle at my local market.

A: This is one wicked good looking beer. You would have to be careful with this stuff around kids. They could mistake it for a cup of juice. It's light pink with a beautiful ruby red that's second to none. Not much of a head but the color alone makes up for it.

S: Very bitter and tart. Raspberries!!! And lots of them! This is the definition of a fruit beer. The sweetness makes me just want to dive in get a taste.

T: This a true gem from Founders. The taste resembles the smell a lot. Raspberries and tartness. I'm not a huge fruit beer fan but there's something about the taste of this Rübæus that keeps me taking frequent sips.

M: Light and not too tart. Carbonation seems to be just about right.

D: Very drinkable. It's basically like fruit juice with alcohol. And a decent amount to boot.

Overall I really dig Rübæus. It was the first fruit beer I ever tried and unfortunately it will be no more very soon. I will continue to search for however much is left on planet Earth. Thank you Founders for the good memories!

BigAl723, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at TND - amazed it was available on-tap

Pours a cranberry ose color, beautiful in the glass

The nose is all raspberries - more than any other beer I have had

Light carbonation, tart, sweet - the raspberry is dominant but not syrupy. The malt is around, enough to balance the flavor out.

Crisp, tart, light. Very nice.

Easy to drink, great in the heat, a real shame this is going away

mhatters, May 24, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (2008 release). Figured I'd better get it now before you can't anymore. Poured a cloudy reddish-pink; loses color saturation at the edges of the glass. Small raspberry and yeast particles float throughout - rather nice to look at actually. Rigorous pour produced a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly. Aromas were tart raspberries - that's it. Tastes were also tart raspberries with a nice biscuity malt backbone providing excellent balance and drinkability. Had this back-to-back with Cerise and I prefer this one, although they are similar. Refreshing with the alcohol well-concealed.

barnzy78, May 16, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was probably the best fruit beer I ever had.. if you've had the Cerise now, its very similar but obviously with a raspberry flavor.. The pour is a nice pinkish red, smells and tastes like raspberry soda but also has somewhat of a beer character to it.. Again, like cerise its similar to a lambic.. mouth is light and crisp, giving it a really high drinkability. I you are a fan of fruit beers certainly look for it. If not, try it anyway, it may not be loaded with hops and malt but its delicious.

BirdFlu, May 02, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

How does the umlauts help with the pronunciation? Pours a more pink hue that is mostly clear. There is a light amber hue that makes it similar to a beer in sorts, but the pink is the stronger color. A fizzy pinkish white head was ample with the pour but limited retention and no lacing.

The nose is limited on the berry aspect. The beer comes out a bit more with some grainy and light caramel notes. The raspberries come out a bit with a light fruity and tart undertone. Some minor metallic and minerally note but limited. There is a light hop note with a herbal and earthy hop. There is a slight yeast note in the finish.

The taste is a bit more complex compared to the taste. A sweet caramel up front but is quickly replaced by some malty and fruity notes. This is more of a citrus meets raspberry flavor that is not really distinct but does lingering into the finish. The malt has some minor bready and biscuit notes. Some bitterness that is a bit off setting and hides some of the fruit notes. Some metallic notes in the finish and the yeast comes out more than the nose.

The body is a bit over carbonated and leaves a slight carbonic bite. This, with the bitterness, is a bit of a distraction. The fruit is light but does linger into the finish. Overall a easy drinking beer that brings out more beer than fruity. The fruit is subtle and not too girly but I think that is the appeal for beer geeks.

Oxymoron, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

tigg924, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a plain pint glass. Since its going on hiatus I figured it's time to review.

A- Dirty red with dark pink edges. On top lays a off white foam with a pink addition as well. Not much retention with these bubbles. A clean looking brew on the thin side.

S- Sweet raspberry scents with a slight malty background. Very pungent and fruity. This slightly old bottle has no presense of hops.

T- A good fruit beer that focuses on raspberry flavor with malts backing that. The fruit comes through pretty harsh with some bitterness at the end, ever so slight. Any tartness is low while the rasp. taste stays for a bit.

M- Sweet and a bit tart with a medium feel. This goes down real easy though and is even smoother off a tap. A bit of carbonation is on the mouth as well. A raspberry juice taste stays for a bit afterwards.

D- Sad to see it go but loved it while it was here. A decent abv and a good taste, I could drink a 4-pack no problem. Great warm weather beer, to bad it's on hiatus as of now.

BARFLYB, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of Mauerhan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a recent present from the 80's bif.

pours amberish without any head. a slim ring of white film surrounds the edge of my glass. no lacing.

smells like raspberry jam. obviously a strong point in the beer. hints of faint malt that are mostly masked by the raspberry goodness. almost smells like a soda. but it is a good smelling beer.

tastes sweet up front but ends dry. obvious raspberry notes. a very interesting beer. not what i was expecting but that is probably a good thing.

mouth is thin and dry. crisp. but not quite refreshing. a slight pucker near the end.

easy to drink. not sure i would actively hunt this down but if it was an extra i would gladly down another one. well done founders.

Mauerhan, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So apparently Rübæus isn't being brewed anymore by Founders? It's still on their website but whatever. This is easily my second favorite raspberry beer (after New Glarus's Raspberry Tart) and I've had it many many times. This was my last one so I decided I better review it. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the '09 Masters.

Appearance- Pours a ruby red with a very small bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving almost no cap and super thin collar.
Smell- I've always sort of thought that Rübæus smelled like Flintstone vitamins but that's probably not fully accurate. Loads of pulverized raspberries give a very nice nose that is fresh and bright. Some subtle grain adds a bit of doughy bread but for the most part this is a one trick pony. Raspberries.
Taste- Unlike New Glarus Raspberry Tart this beer is actually reminiscent of a beer. The raspberry isn't tart, raw and dominant as much as it's fruity, fresh and inclusive. Just a hint of sweetness lies in the background from the malt with an extremely light sort of toffee that is really only detectable once the beer warms. On the finish there is the tiniest bit of a hop bite that adds a touch of bitterness and proves that this is really a beer.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp on the airy side of a medium body with fairly sharp carbonation.
Drinkability- Every time I drink this beauty I love it more and more. I'm a huge fan of any beer with fruit or coffee in it and this is one of the bests. It's so drinkable and although the raspberry is fairly strong, it's not overbearing. An absolute gem that Founders needs to keep on a brewing.

younger35, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light red, almost pink in color. Minimal head and lacing. Huge fresh raspberry smell, sweet and tart. In short, the beer both looks and smells like raspberry.

True to trend, the beer overwhelmingly tastes like raspberry, too. Sweet raspberry, only slightly tart. Infinitely drinkable and refreshing. There isn't much depth here at all, it's a one trick pony. But it doesn't really need anything else, it does that one trick very well. A little thin in mouth, but that's really it. If you want something sweet and fruity, without being artificially cloying or oversweetened, this is it here. I've had Blushing Monk a while ago, and this is basically a less potent, less complex, slightly less awesome version of it. But now that I know this is being discontinued, I might grab a bunch to keep around for the summer months. I just can't stop drinking it.

damienblack, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a subdued pinkish color. I have never seen a beer this color before. No head to speak of.

Smell is nice. Tons of raspberries. Very fresh and fruity. Really no complexity here though. All raspberries and nothing else.

Taste is good. Again, fruity, raspberry. Slightly dry finish, which is nice. Mouthfeel is nice, perfect carbonation. This is a tough beer to review. In no way is it a great beer; nor is it a bad one. It is not complex in any way, but for what it is, it tastes pretty darn good. It is a raspberry beer, and if you like raspberries and beer, this is worth a shot.

yeastsipper, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of dakid618
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

dakid618, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of thequeen711
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found out that Raspberries are too expensive and Mr. Founders is retiring Rubaeus...such a sad time in the universe. This extemely drinkable quaff is unique in the right amount of raspberries added to the beer flavour, not too sweet, not too malty or hoppy. Appearance is slighly pink with light lacing, smell the raspberries as your nose nears the glass rim...the light and flavourful mouthfeel makes this truly a brew worth missing!!
Come Back Rubaeus!!!

thequeen711, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Hophead101
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

drank on 3.17.09 at home.

comes out of the bottle looking like red wine. no head. nice slightly hazy reddish brown. ok lacing. great raspberry smell. almost a burnt smell up front quickly rushed through with the raspberries.

very raspberry in the taste. a bit puckery, but it tastes like a small amount of hops are in there but the raspberry dominates. mouthfeel is crisp and clean. but mouthfeel is phlegmy and mucusy.

Hophead101, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My last bottle of Rubaeus from the cellar. I hear this one's going on hiatus and being replaced by Cherise. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Appears a beautiful shade of maroon with about two fingers of fluffy pink foam. Smell and taste is dominated by, what else, raspberries. The flavor is tart and refreshing with a pleasant bitterness. Moderate body and carbonation. This is a unique fruit beer. One that I believe was made for people that are not keen on the usual fruit beers. This is akin to a raspberry IPA. So, if that sounds like something you'd dig, seek this one out and give it a try before it goes on vacation.

ClockworkOrange, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Damian
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a gorgeous, crystal clear, ruby red color with a tight, light pink, sea foam head. Over time, the head faded to a frothy, bubbly film. Odd shaped clumps of lacing cascaded down the glass with every sip.

The aroma was a mix of a powdery yeastiness and a raspberry soda-like quality. Syrupy sweet (much sweeter smelling than I anticipated).

The taste was akin to that of a weak raspberry soda. Sweeter up front, tangy in the center and slightly bitter on the back end. A touch of hops came through on the finish. Some dry, medicinal notes lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was crisp, light and spritzy. Somewhat airy. Appropriate for the style yet not very appealing.

Drinkability was quite good. Although the flavor profile was less than stellar, the beer was light and refreshing. Furthermore, the 6.9% ABV was hardly detectable.

If there ever was a beer that mimicked a wine cooler, this would be it. A perfect, warm weather beer for people who do not like beer.

Damian, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gained this bottle as an extra in one of my early trades, now lost in the mists of time & dozens of other trades, with beerisheaven. Only now rescued from the back of the fridge as my annual lust for a fruit beer has mysteriously struck.

Not surprisingly, this beer looks & smells like a raspberry.

Holy Bartles & James wine coolers. I'm having unholy flashbacks to Colorado, circa 1989, & being the only guy "grandfathered" into the liquor laws & thus being able to buy alcohol with extremely low ABVs, the primary purpose of which was to make you pee, a lot. We used to ride our bikes into Castle Rock, 25 mile round trip (yes I just looked on Mapquest), just to put a bunch of beer & wine coolers in our tents for the weekend. Damn, we were hard back then.

Oh, yeah, the beer at hand. Seriously. Wine cooler. If this wasn't Founder's, I do believe they'd be roundly mocked for making an updated version of the wine cooler. Tastes light & springy & fruity, without a hint of alcohol or beer on the tonuge.

And that can't be bad. Thanks Brian for the trip down memory lane!

maximum12, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. Had heard of this one, and was dying to try it. So glad it was finally available here.

This one formed a full pint of head in my glass. It was slightly pink foam, and it took a while to subside so I could add more. Final color to the brew was purplish-red, so I knew there were a hell of a lot of raspberries in it. Body was clear.

Aroma was VERY rich in raspberries, quite powerful. I couldn't pick up anything else. Very similar to DFH Fort.

Taste was initially bitter, followed by a burst of raspberries across the tongue. Not as much malt discernable... all about the fruit.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, much to my disappointment... a lot like a malt soda.

Can't give it a good drinkability rating, unfortunately. I'm not a major fan of raspberries, but that's not it. I just don't think it had as much beer character as it should have. This was too much about the berries.

connecticutpoet, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear red with a small pink head. Poor saturation. Aroma of raspberry fruit juice. Flavor is equally juice-like, maybe a touch more beer-like than some of the fruit beers but still not a very good "beer." A good fruit beer is hard to find...
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz at Lush Wines and Spirits Roscoe Village in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours a reddish amber color with very little white head that reduces down to almost nothing.

S: Smells just like fresh raspberries and a little bit of bready yeast

T: Raspberries for sure, but in a much less pronounced way than I anticipated. It's more like a regular beer with some raspberry flavor in the background.

M: A little thin, but I don't think you'd want this to be creamier.

D: Very easily drinkable for you can't pick up any alcohol, it's smooth and light, decent flavor, etc

A nicely flavored raspberry beer, although I have had other ones that I felt were better.

dukedevil0, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a very light pink and sits a hazy dirty pink, almost apple cider color

Smell: quite simply, raspberries. maybe a little malt and alcohol helps thin it out but nothing else really comes through

Taste: quite simply, raspberries. i think the alcohol helps to lighten it a bit, not that this is supposed to have a whole lot of body to it anyway. tiny bit of yeast in the finish (if you poured it out)

Mouthfeel: low-med body. little bit of sparkle to it

Notes: not too thick/rich. very easy drinking. would especially be great on a warm day. i can see some people call this a girly beer. the cerise has some big shoes to fill, but i think it will do alright

Frosty80, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BrewerB - thanks!! Poured into a little cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, deep reddish amber-bodied brew, almost purple at first - perhaps somewhat like raspberries? - with a relatively fast-fading, one-finger, dirty white head. The lacing on this one is thin and delicate but definitely has a measure of stick, leaving a few streaks and blotches of lace.

Aroma: Whew. This one smells like precisely what you'd expect - raspberry bread. The fruit is surprisingly upfront, authentic, and well-integrated with the lightly roasted, sweet malts here.

Taste: Very authentic and pretty moderate, actually. Raspberries are large up front and are definitely the dominant note here, though they're accompanied by slight caramel, other light fruity overtones - perhaps pears - and a slight, light amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very well-carbonated in a medium-thick body, yielding a big, fluffy, and very even but still crisp mouthfeel. Has that nice, fructose-fruit sugary feel, too. As with all fruit beers, however, this one's a little uneven, bubbly, frothy, and sort of falls apart as it warms.

Drinkability: An interesting and unique brew. I'm not much a fan of fruit beers, but I'm a huge fan of Founders, so I knew I had to give this one a try. It didn't disappoint - very authentic and very intense, sweet and fruity, perhaps a little too sweet and fruity for some but pleasant for me. I enjoyed it, and though it's certainly no NG Raspberry Tart, it's solid and tasty.

CrellMoset, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap at the Founders brewery. A dark red color with a creamy head. Definitely a raspberry beer.. maybe with some cranberry or cherry flavor in there as well. Very sweet but it is refreshing. I had no idea this beer was around 7% when I tried it.. would've guessed much lower.

webmanspidey, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

a: looks like opaque cranberry juice, a true rose color.

s: wow, raspberries! in my face, yum.

t: this is delicious, light carbonation ushers in a smooth and pleasant raspberry flavor, slightly tart, a little too sweet. There is a hint of malt in there somewhere midway through which prevents it from being a soda rather than a quality brew that it is.

m: light, crisp, and smooth all at once.

d: could drink this all night, though due to it's sweetness its more of a desert beer. A good one to get the ladyfriend who "hates beer" to try and thats a good thing.

cant wait to pick it up again.

6DaysBottomOcean, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife just gave me a mixed case of Founders for Christmas. Happy holidays indeed.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the Rubaeus is a beautiful pinkish, reddish, orange color. Sort of a cherry copper hue. Light pinkish white head on top; little to no lace. A pretty color here, created, I presume, by the raspberries. The nose is tart and filled with berries. A bit sweet as well, with some malty notes, but mostly consumed by raspberries. The taste is tart and tangy as well, with strong raspberry content and a syrupy sweet flavor that fades in and out. Mouthfeel is a tad bit watery at times, with a dry finish.

A fine beer, the Rubaeus. One of the best fruit beers on the market, in my opinion. Rivals the New Glarus Belgian Red and the DFH Aprihop for quality and production. A delicious beer that I am glad to have more than one of in the fridge.

Atlas1, Dec 24, 2008
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.