Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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87
very good

2,850 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,850
Reviews: 663
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 106
Gots: 413 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance is a deep reddish color with a small amount of white head that recedes quickly.

Smell is a sweet raspberry flavor.

Taste is heavily raspberry, but with a nice crisp, tart finish. Not much in the way of beer flavors.

Mouthfeel is sticky and fairly thick, but is offset by heavy carbonation.

The early spring in 2012 devastated the Michigan cherry crop, and Founders turned to raspberries for their fruit beer. Overall, the result is an excellent summer beer.

Photo of Zach136
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, deep pink with a light pink top.

Aroma: Raspberry syrup.

Flavor: Sweet and slightly tart raspberry. Virtually no malt/hop/yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather refreshing.

Overall: There's not much to say about this brew. It tastes like raspberries, and it tastes awesome. Nothing insanely complex. Just delicious raspberry beer. Nothing wrong with that, and I look forward to it every summer.

Photo of ktblue22
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite aspect of this beer was the delightful light-ness of it, almost like a really carbonated cider. It was so beautiful and refreshing, I didn't expect anything less from Founders but I was skeptical of a fruit beer that was so vibrantly colored. But the raspberry-ness was sweet, crisp and light. So refreshing, I drank it outside on a very humid deck and I completely enjoyed myself.

I would definitely recommend this beer for people like me that don't ever drink them ever - it was really a surprising treat

Photo of Treebs
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Founders snifter. Bottled 7/2/2013.

A: Pours a solid, slightly hazy, garnet color with a thin white head forming on the pour. it recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some minimal splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Fresh squeezed raspberry with a slight, sugary syrup type of scent.

T: Raspberry, a slight citrus note. Sweet malt, a little bready, with a lingering raspberry syrup presence. A little tangy, raspberry jam presence as well giving it a nice bite.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation. Jammy and sweet finish.

O: Thirst quenching, sweet and tart with a great freshness to it. Perfect beer to blend with a berliner or a light IPA. I'll have to try this soon.

Photo of jvillefan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It is a hazy brown color that has been tinged with a ruby color. The head was an off white lacing that disappeared quickly.

S: Very sweet and very potent berry in the nose.

T: This reminds me of the New Glarus fruited beers. Very sweet raspberry flavors with a touch of carameled grains.

M: It is very thick to point I kinda want to stop drinking it. The carbonation is lacking significantly. This could have been much better.

O: Definately not your everyday beer. Very sweet and fruity but is well done within that style. Worth mentioning in the same sentence as Rasberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red although both those are indeed better.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a globe at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Deep raspberry red color with a 1-finger bubbly, pink head. Decent retention with some spots of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Raspberries and bready, grainy malt. It reminds me a lot of Cerise except with raspberries.

T – Sweet nearly all the way through with lots of raspberries and some bready, grainy malt. Toward the finish, the raspberry flavor shifts to an earthier, bitter flavor, much like what happens with actual raspberries.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a sticky but crisp mouthfeel, and a bittersweet and very dry finish. Dry, bittersweet raspberry flavors linger for a while.

O – This is a nice fruit beer. It reminds me a lot of Cerise, of course with raspberries instead of cherries. I think this is better-crafted than Cerise with a stronger base beer and noticeably fresh fruit being used (rather than extracts). I still prefer fruit beers that are mostly beer with a touch of fruit rather than the other way around, but this tasty and drinkable one will do. Nice job from Founders.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Rubaeus

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Raspberry red... Go figure... A nice finger of head with a pinkish hue. This settles to a wispy dusting. Not much lacing.

S) Pretty sweet aroma... Raspberry juice with a whiff of grass.

T) Delivers on the raspberry in a big way. If you're doing a fruit beer, you have to go all in on flavor, and Founders accomplishes that here. No weak sauce allowed. The finishing flavors are a leafy raspberry tea.

M) Lighter medium body, with moderate carbonation. Raspberry flavor coats the palate nicely.

O) This is a top-notch raspberry brew. Not as good as their Blushing Monk, but a solid option, and a must try if you love raspberry.

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At the outset of this review, I feel a disclaimer to be somewhat necessary. That is, this is a fruit beer--a style that has become a bit of a laughing stock in the craft beer world. I have seen this occur close to home with Magic Hat's flagship #9 which is altogether disregarded by most of the beer snobs I know. That said, Founder's has yet to let me down and I love raspberries, so I figured I'd shell out the seemingly overpriced $4 for a single and give it a fair shot.

A: Beautiful ruby, as you would expect from, say, raspberry juice.

S: Raspberry again, with almost nothing else. Very pleasant, though.

T: As expected, the raspberry flavor is quite overwhelming and, although very pleasant, it is quite difficult to tell that you're not drinking a raspberry juice cocktail of some sort. No hints of alcohol or malt for me or those who tried my pour. Most doubted that I was in fact drinking alcohol.

M: Substantial and impressive.

Overall, especially due to the price of this offering, I would generally dissuade others from shelling out the $13 or $14 for a 4-pack considering the low alcohol content. However, I don't regret trying it at all and, if someone approached me asking for my recommendations for fruity beers, this would be chief among them. Very well done for the style, but not a beer I can see many flocking to considering the pricetag.

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

A-clear light ruby color with a light pinkntonwhitenhead and a little lacing

S-sweet, raspberry, slight tartness, little malt

T-raspberry, sweet, light malt, minimally tart

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and light

O-decent fruit beer, but too sweet for me, wish it had a lot more tartness

Photo of Chico1985
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer make a return. Picked up a 4-pack a couple weeks ago, finishing it up now.

The beer is maroon colored with some clarity. A pink head starts at about a finger in size, falling to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving some lace behind.

Nose is raspberries. Sweet, fruity and authentic with light tartness. Decent strength.

Taste is mostly fresh raspberries and that's it. Good mix of sweetness and tartness. Slight grassy and stemmy tastes hiding in there, and make this not so one-dimensional, but it's pretty much all about that fruit. Some lemon maybe in the finish.

Full-bodied with high carbonation that's just a bit spiky. Otherwise smooth and malty, drinks pretty easy.

It's simple yeah, but a very solid straight up fruit beer. Nice fresh taste, light and drinkable, good summer release. Pure raspberry ale.

Photo of thinkinflicka
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is dark red with a thin pink head.

Smells like raspberry juice very fruity and sweet.

Taste is strait raspberry little hops and malts, pure fruit taste
extremly drinkable slighty sweet with a small tart finish.

Mouth feel is balanced for a fruit beer.

The ulimate panty-dropper, tastes like juice.So many brewries use fruit extracts and other flavorings you can tell lots of real raspberries are used in this. All in all one of the better fruit beers i've had.

Photo of mothman
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pink head. Color is a dark raspberry purple/pink.

Flavor is dominated by raspberries. Very fruity. A little tart. Very fresh. Some malts show, but not a lot. No hops show. No alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Tart. Light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Very clean.

Overall, an enjoyable raspberry beer. Easy to drink. I wouldn't want more than a bottle however, because it is kind of sweet.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While getting salty at the Salty Pig in Boston, MA., Raul was diggin' this. Not far removed from his first dip into fruit beers with a beautiful trio from New Glarus, Raul thought Rüb was on pair with those three dandy of thangs.

Like Behati Prinsloo holding a raspberry, Raul wouldn't mind taking another bite. Roar!

Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark red color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of sugar, raspberry, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sugar, raspberry, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, too sweet, and lacking sharpness, but otherwise a good beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Fairly dark reddish-purple in color. Forms a slightly pink colored head. Little retention as it drops to just a faint surface coating fairly quickly. Little lacing.

S: Aroma is, unsurprisingly, berries. Raspberries and maybe some cherries. And a grassy note in there as well.

T: Taste is fairly one note. Raspberries. But, unfortunately, the sweetness has been fermented out and the only thing left is the essence of raspberry and there is little of that juicy sweetness that makes the fruit so appealing. There is a light tartness as well as the flavor of something that seems to fall somewhere between malt and grape juice.

M: On the lighter side of medium in body. Light tartness. Light sweetness. No bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: This beer tastes as if the brewer fermented all of the sweetness of a NG Razz Tart. Now I can appreciate that this beer isn't supposed to be a Razz Tart knock-off, but, in the end, Razz Tart is the better beer by far. This beer offers up a nice raspberry flavor and a nice, light tartness, but it is also rather unidimensional and unexciting.

Photo of circus_cat
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've been reviewing a lot of fruit beers. Kind of embarrassing. Swear I only drink this many in the summer :)

A: Wow, wasn't expecting purple, yet here I sit with a purple beer. The body is the color of red wine. Basically looks like I accidentally put a bottle of pinot noire in the fridge and then poured it into a glass. And then there's the head: it's pinkish and originally about four fingers and rocky, but quickly dissipated into a half inch of soapy light pink to lavender.

S: Sweet/tart raspberry with a touch of grain. Raspberry dominates. Not much else to say.

T: Raspberry, hay, caramel malts, tartness (in that order). Again, raspberry dominates. This isn't an understated fruit beer. To me, this tastes like a lambic framoise. Not my cup of tea, but if that's what they were going for, they succeeded and I think a lot of people would like this.

M: Too sweet to be refreshing. Medium-bodied. I was expecting a hot summer day refresher, but what I got was dessert beer.

Photo of mporter249
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY.

Poured into my Founders nonic. Deep cherry red in colour, with a half inch of light pink foam which recedes into a fine ring. No lacing to speak of. Nice colour to the brew.

Nose is tart raspberry juice, citric acid, a touch of floral hops and sugar.

Tasty raspberry ale, which has a nice tartness - almost sour - which keeps it from being cloying. Tart raspberries, lemon and a mild acidic funkiness define this brew. Thinner bodied, medium-to-high carbonation.

Good take on the raspberry ale, with enough tartness to make things interesting. Not an everyday brew by any means, but still quite enjoyable.

Photo of MacQ32
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber purple/pink with a nice finger of soft pink head - very near white. Ok retention, decent lacing.

S - Lots of sweet/slightly tart raspberries. Honestly that's about it, it does smell delectable though

T - Tons of sweet/slightly sour raspberry. Not really tart imo. If you like raspberry lambics you'll probably like this, just not nearly as sour. Tasty for what it is.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, very very drinkable.

O - It is what it says it's going to be. Just a burst of great (slightly sour) sweet raspberry flavor.

Photo of m_p_snyder
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very strong vibrant raspberry nose. The sweetness was very high and almost over the top. It was a good thing I had this one with my dessert. The drinkability was very high, but I have a feeling that having more than one might be too much sweetness.

Not one of the best offerings from an amazing brewery, but it was a nice change of pace from the world of IPAs, stouts, etc.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red in color with a hint of tan and a pink soap foam. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Head has good retention for a fruit beer.

Nose is dominated by a big sweet raspberry note with a subtle grainy malt backbone. Smells fairly balanced for a fruit beer.

The sweetness that was present in the nose is also present in the taste however it's balanced out nicely with tartness from the raspberries. There is also a bready malt smoothness that helps balance the sharp sweet and tart notes.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation, light feel and very refreshing

Overall very good for a fruit ale, one of the better ones for the style.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear pink/red, with a small fizzy head, and some good lacing near the top of the glass.

Smells like raspberry, and not much else. Smells good, but smells more like raspberry juice than beer. It is nice that it smells like the real thing, though.

The taste tells a similar story. Starts quite sweet and cloying, but is then saved by a small amount of tartness on the back end. Again, this tastes more like really tasty alcoholic fruit juice. I just wish it had a bit more beeriness to it.

Light to medium bodied, sweet, but smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

A nice fruit beer with a big emphasis on fruit and less emphasis on beer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear ruby when pouring, some carbonation, two finger head with a pinkish hue.

S-Lots and lots of raspberries. The raspberry scent is natural and great, but nothing else.

T-Lots and lots of raspberries (again). Maybe too sweet, but very natural tasting. As it warms becomes too sweet.

M-Lighter nicely carbonated.

O-Too sweet and very one dimensional. Still an upgrade from Cerise, but too sweet for me.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a mostly opaque darkish ruby with a one finger light pink head. Quick to dissipate the head leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Fresh raspberry is the biggest part of this beers aroma. Not too fake smelling. Touch of fermented dark fruits as it warms.

T: As anticipated this has loads of raspberry with a complimenting malty finish. A bit sweet of a beer but does have some good tartness. Still has some malt roots to it, hasnt been consumed by fruitiness.

M: Fairly light body with ample carbonation. Not as sticky of a finish as most fruit beers which adds to this ones session-ability.

Overall hits a sweet spot in the summer time. I've always been a fan of raspberries so this one is a no brainer. Certainly can be like by most people.

Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this first at the Green River Brewfest in June. Enjoyed then, but they were only serving about a half ounce. So I bought a bottle in a mixed six to try.

Poured into an amber wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A deep clear red. No surprise there. Finger thick white head vanished rather quickly, leaving a very thin partial surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s: Fruity. Still no surprise.

t: Raspberries! Unsweetened, with a bitter aftertaste which lingers forever. Initial reaction was it was like drinking a dry red raspberry-flavored wine.

m: Medium due to the tart raspberry taste. Refreshing but almost mouth-puckering.

o: A most unusual beer. Rubaeus certainly delivers the raspberry flavor. However, at the price point it might be possible to get just as much fruiity flavor (with more than twice the ABV), from a bottle of Wild Vines or Arbor Mist. I'd recommend this only if you LOVE the flavor of unsweetened semi-ripe raspberries, and don't really want to get a big buzz.

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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