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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,083 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 62
Gots: 173 | FT: 12
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005)
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All of a sudden, Founders products are popping up all over Western Mass. This one showed up a couple of days ago. I am not a fan at all of fruit beers; but I figured, what F, it's Founders.

Head absolutely exploded when I was pouring it (average pour), took a good while to settle down. Gave off tremendous raspberry odors, yes, odors, I could smell it from a couple of feet away. Head eventually settled down, to leave a taint of rasp along the cusp of the glass on foam- I have never seen that before. Lacing almost the entire length of the glass. Hazy unfilterness, glowing tinted red-that doesn't make sense. Whatever.

Decent beer certainly won't turn me on to the world of fruit/veggie beers. Might be a good way to introduce your girl to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 21:52:51 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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wingman14

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright Kool-aid red with hardly any head by the time it got to the table. It smelled very sweet, a small hint of hops, but mostly rasberry. Tastes like rasberry Kool-aid, the only reason I knew it was beer was for the alcohol. I was least impressed with this beer although it does have its own merits. Maybe I will try this from a bottle, but after having some of the strongest offerings from Founders, this one just couldn't hold up. A decent beer worth trying if you are into the fruit beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2006 02:58:03 | More by wingman14
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taez555

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a sweet tart, raspberry or even natural cranberry type smell. The carbonation almost gives it that fruity soda sort of smell.

Medium bodied with a syrupy sweet fruit flavor. A big carbonation gives it a very soda like quality at first. Fresh Raspberries, natural tart fruits and some muted sugar. An interesting overlaying earthy bitterness that adds to the natural fruit flavor.

It is what it is. Sort of the session beer version of Dogfish head's fort. Not quite a lambic, but could be nice paired with chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 00:15:57 | More by taez555
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DrainBamage

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy red color and extremely carbonation and nice amount of head and but it fades after a minute or two to basically nothing. It almost looks like pop (soda if your not from Michigan :-) ). Smell is quite strong and that of raspberries, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I expected but is pleasing and the taste is a little tart and sour. Drinkability is above average and for fruit beer is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 18:44:42 | More by DrainBamage
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RickS95

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't care much for the looks, but for what it is, I'm not sure how you get around it. The pour is a deep burgundy, looks like wine, and fortunately, it's not clear like other fruity beers, but rather has a slight haze to it. The head isn't much, a finger thick at best, and it's pink. Little retention so you don't have to look at it long.

The nose is overwhelmingly raspberry. No malt or hop presense whatsoever, just garden picked, fresh raspberries.

It's ok. The first few sips almost resemble beer, but after that, it's more or less and Bartles and James wine cooler...raspberry flavored.

Not awful, just not very beer like. Sweet up front, slight resemblance to an ale midsip, then very tart. The tart is extremely sharp, but never crosses the line to being kriek-like. Carbonation starts to work near the finish with a strong bite to completely scrape the palate clean so you can tolerate the next swallow.

A fruit beer is what a fruit beer is--barely beer like, some not even drinkable. This is drinkable, but only slightly beer like. It's well above average for a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 02:51:07 | More by RickS95
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schwemjw

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep ruby red with a big slightly purple head.

S: First impression is actually a nice malt and bread. Sweet raspberries and sugar come next. A little floral with some citrus in the back end.

T: Sweet fresh raspberry. Raspberry jam with a bit of bread in the middle. Tart citrus on the finsih. Reminiscent of a sweet fruit salad. a slight hint of cherry as well.

M: Nice bubbly carbonation makes this quite light and easy to drink. Refreshing.

O: Probably my favorite fruit beer. I'm not a fan of this style but having the fresh raspberries really make this a standout in the category. Very refreshing with a tart component that really kicks this up a notch. / 85

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 18:26:58 | More by schwemjw
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - massive pink foam on the pour. Look like a purplish cream soda! Very nice. The head recedes pretty quickly, leaving some stray dots of foam around the glass, not even enough to really call it lace.

Aroma - fresh raspberries are about all I'm picking up. It fades in intensity as the head melts down.

Taste - nice raspberry flavor. The beer component is there but relatively neutral, perhaps some very distant hop bitterness at the back of the mouth, or that could be sourness of the fruit. On the whole it starts out sweet like a wine cooler but ends up with the more serious bitter/sour piece at the end, a touch medicinal.

Mouthfeel - very upbeat and refreshing, the sweetness gives it a heavier feel, the carbonation tries to balance that out.

Drinkability - tasty but not one I'd go for generally.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 03:09:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
06/19/13? Partially rubbed off

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red with a fizzy pink head that fades fast.

S - Sweet raspberry and malty.

T - Super sweet raspberry, hard to get much else.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very sweet and fruity. A bit syrupy. ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 06:09:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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mporter249

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not much head, a nice purplely-red color, somewhat clear.

Smell: Very sweet, fruity, can pick up on the raspberries and a strawberry smell.

Taste: Sweet and raspberryish up front, then a little astringent, a little bitter on the way out. I'm also getting a little bit of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Tart/bubbly at the beginning, then smoother on the way out. Pretty nice mid-level of carbonation.

This is tasty, but it's so sweet and raspberry that it's overwhelming. It could be better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 00:49:51 | More by mporter249
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes 9/26/08
A berry red color pour with a creamy pink head.Aroma is tart berries with a hint of grain.Flavor is tart raspberries with some dry grain,and a kiss of hops . A sharp mouthfeel,thin boddy,hoppy finish.This is not my favorite style,pretty much like a juice box.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 21:04:59 | More by WakeandBake
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 20 July 2013. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice deep pink with brownish shades behind it. Clear, with half-finger of pinkish-white head. Okay retention and lacing.

Smell is a balance of raspberry and malts.

Taste is similar, combining sweet caramel malts with raspberry. It's just sweet sweet sweet, with nothing to balance it. Also has a funny mouth-smacking buttery back-end.

Feel is light-bodied, kinda prickly.

A relatively weak raspberry beer, in my opinion. Not bad, but I just find it dull, and that buttery character doesn't blend well at all with the raspberry. Lastly, the raspberry is not as potent as it is in the best fruit beers. Comes nowhere close to the quality of New Glarus's Raspberry Tart, so I'll stick to that.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:40:25 | More by zeledonia
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surlysober

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

SECOND TRIAL: Bottle from Breeze-Thru. This is a very nice fruit beer. Not something I'd want to drink on a regular basis, but definitely nice. It pours a nice rich red with very little head on it. The smell is fresh raspberries, as is the taste. There's not the same sourness that occurs in a lot of raspberry lambics (which makes sense because I'm pretty sure they don't spontaneously ferment this), but there is some nice, light tartness. The finish has a lingering fruitiness that makes this beer easy to sip away at. Despite this, I probably couldn't have more than one at a time (I don't think that finishing a six pack of these would sit well with my stomach). Overall a well done fruit beer that's perfect as an every-so-often brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 02:12:53 | More by surlysober
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter this beer was the color of grape juice. There was a very small white head.

Very sweet fruit aroma.

A pronounced raspberry taste.

Very, very sweet.

I'm not much for fruit beers; generally they're too sweet for my taste. This one was really sweet, and not that enjoyable. Like drinking a non-carbonated soda.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 02:18:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how I missed the memo on this one's release, never get blindsided by Founders brews. Reviewed from notes last week after having this a few times.

A- Dark red body with a fizzy off-white head that gets some pink from the beer beneath it. The cap dies down pretty quickly after making it to about one finger high. Very spotty lacing. Head retention not utterly surprising but still mediocre in such a fruity beer.

S- Pure raspberry jam and preserves. Really not much going on besides that, like a sweet jelly of raspberries. Some very light malts and yeast hints.

T- Fairly sweet raspberry bomb hits the palate. Some slight tartness is quite welcoming considering the sweetness and how fruit forward this is. Slightly grassy hops and very light malts.

MF- Creamy light end body with a higher-end foamy carbonated feel. Sweetness remains on the palate with some tartness, but not much. Feels a bit thin.

Kind of in the same vein as Cerise but for some reason the raspberry doesn't come through as pure as the cherries did in certain batches. At least the fruit feel is authentic.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:52:04 | More by cbutova
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Jho3325

Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours to a rich ruby red. A pinkish foam does not last and there is virtually no lacing. It is a deep red with plenty of carbonation.

The aroma of this one is all raspberry from start to finish.

It starts with a blast of sweet raspberry, but quickly turns to a more sour taste. While not unpleasant, the taste was disjointed rather than complex.

There was plenty of carbonation and there was a refreshing feel.

This was not my favorite Founders brew, but it was not a bad offering. I didn't think that it separated itself from the pack and would have preferred it stayed sweeter throughout because the back end of the flavor didn't quite meld with the initial fruity sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 01:28:47 | More by Jho3325
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don1481

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-18-2013 00:04:43 | More by don1481
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-27-2013 01:51:06 | More by aszatk01
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dgfool

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-13-2013 05:57:36 | More by dgfool
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mikerap100

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-23-2014 07:03:18 | More by mikerap100
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-14-2011 19:25:33 | More by bpfrush
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-29-2013 11:33:57 | More by Cynic-ale
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kwkdmk

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-30-2014 22:07:01 | More by kwkdmk
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-07-2013 03:08:55 | More by jtladner
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TheLevi4000

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-27-2013 03:52:48 | More by TheLevi4000
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-08-2013 20:12:49 | More by JMS1512
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,083 ratings.