Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,869 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,869
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 106
Gots: 421 | 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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Photo of tharper178
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent summer beer. Very Refreshing. Delicious.

Photo of Bulbbrewwerks
4.81/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First fruit beer that was not a Lambic, I was extremely impressed!

Photo of Fosty1992
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good Summer beer after softball,

Photo of T_Hass
2.19/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

While this was a great looking beer, a deep pinkish red, the smell was a bit medicinal and the taste was sickly sweet and tasted artificial. I couldn't take more than two sips of this beer. To each their own but this beer was not for me.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really fresh and sweet beer that looks best on a hot summer day. Better than most other fruit beers.

Photo of dmgeng
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is sweet. It would be a go-to beer for those that prefer soda over beer.

Photo of Caveworm
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of EvanHanks
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, crisp, and refreshing. Great summer beer

Photo of DaverCS
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of PaleAleSean
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Way too sweet yo yo

Photo of W_Des
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of dleigh
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing super complex, but a really enjoyable raspberry beer. Perfect for summer.

Photo of chessiejackson
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great bottled, amazing on tap. The color is very unique, and the balance of sweet and tart is lovely. This will always be in my roster.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of denver10
2.97/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did not do anything for me.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of maedhros09
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of baldini
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A unique raspberry flavor with a nice dry and slightly bitter finish.

Photo of Wilshade
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of entenduintransit
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious malt beverage fruited very obviously with raspberries. Tastes more like raspberry cider than beer. But really refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Trombone69
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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