Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 624
Hads: 2,926
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 450 | FT: 15
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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 Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light pink head drops to a small collar and faint cap in short order. Minimal carbonation on the pour. A deep rich purple red color. Slight haze and muddle drops quickly leaving nice clarity.

Smell: Sweet obliterated raspberries. Jam, juice, flesh, it's all there. It's like sticking your nose in raspberry. Not much else. A very slight hint of malt in the back, but it's vague and light. Some sugary sweetness, but more like jam than straight sugar. A very slight tart edge in the back.

Taste: Macerated raspberry. Juicy flesh and juice. Some tannic qualities. A bit more malt than expected from the nose. A light, slightly bready and caramelized flavor. A bit sweet, and more so as it warms. Almost sugary at times. A slight tart raspberry flavor. Ends sugary sweet and it lingers. Very similar to a raspberry Dum Dum.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderately light carbonation. Very neutral on the finish, not clean, not dry, just kind of there.

Overall: You could do worse.

This beer melted my brain in 2009. I was really looking forward to the new release. It's a fruit beer with some actual beer character in there. A bit too sweet overall, but a nice summer beer. Refreshing and a killer beer to use as an intro to the style. (1,258 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a purplish, pink with a 2" light pink head. Trails and waves of lacing remain.

Honey, raspberry, dark fruits, maybe a trace of alcohol?

Sweet honey and raspberry syrup. Very light tart raspberries, and almost some chocolate notes.

Pretty good fruit beer that is like blushing monk lite. Still nowhere near anew Glarus fruit beers but worth a try. (397 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a nice garnet color. small pinkish foam that fades quickly and leaves nothing behind

Smell: sweet raspberries. some hints of a malt backbone but not much

Taste: sweet raspberries, some tartness. matly backbone is present but i can't pick it out too well

Mouthfeel: sticky and more tart than is present in the taste. fairly light

Overall: a lot like cherise, i don't see too much difference. way to one dimensional to be great to me. i like my fruit beers with more of something else. such as a unique malt that is stronger or some sourness to it. (562 characters)

Photo of bobhits
1.55/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

"chicks should dig it" But well they won't "drink a lot."

Founders has been on a overly sugary mess role lately. The entire back stage series should read "crap we put to much sugar in it" series. This is staying with that theme. I'm really starting to consider down grading the brewery as they just keep turning out bad beer after bad beer lately.

Pour a fruit juice body with a bit a head.

Sugar, raspberry, alcohol, hint of hops, and sugar. Yes I said sugar twice.

There's some beer here, hints of hops and hints of wheat but all of it over blasted by sugary rasberry. It hints at tart but isn't tart. It brings out flavors I like in sours but it isn't sour. This is a huge step back from their Ceries which at last has some sour elements even if it's mostly a sugary cherry mess.

I have no desire for more of this and I can't imagine drinking this outside in the heat. The sugar would just make one sick.

It's not normal I guess so have one? But it's a beer I'll never have again. Not good. If this is a style stop making it. Founders look guys, you're better than this! (1,083 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A four pack purchased from Whole Foods. This just hit the Houston market.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A two finger pink head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Sweet and jammy raspberry. A hard candy like sweetness, and that is about it. Simple, and to the point.
T: Up front the only thing here is raspberry jam and sweet hard candy. The sweetness lingers on for a while. Though at the very end of the finish is some toasted malt and bread crust.
M/D: A medium body with high carbonation. A bit sticky and syrupy from all the fruit additions. Fairly easy to drink. Once I adjust to the big sweetness, I can take deep gulps. The reasonable ABV helps as well.

Overall not bad at all. I have had other fruit beers I liked better. This is an easy drinking and fairly simple version, and pretty refreshing in this Texas heat. I will enjoy the rest of my four pack. (870 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6/6/13
Victory tulip

A: Pours a deep ruby color. White leading to light pinkish head. Tight bubbled. Leaves some lacing. Nice carbonation.

S: Fresh raspberries. Light ale yeast. Mostly getting the fruit coming through. There is some malt backing. Finish is slightly dry with lingering fruit.

T: Really full on raspberry. Very low on the IBUs is right. This is just full on fruit. Damn tasty. Nice slightly dry finish.

M: It's a light medium. (451 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep ruby red. Weakish head on the pour but good retention for the style. A few lace spots.

Aroma of fresh, sweet raspberries. Very simple.

Not too much malt character. Sweet raspberries throughout. Balanced by leafy, minty hop character. Near perfect sweetness level.

Medium bodied with a slick feel from the sugar that turns slightly sticky in the end. No syrupy texture. Lively carbonation.

For a fruit beer, its really good. Founder's delivers once again. I may introduce this one to the wife. (501 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the raspberry color as its bright and appropriate. The head was bright white which offset the redness of coloring very well.

The scent was sweet candy raspberry but a metallic aroma accompanied the sweetness.

The taste is rather one dimensional but in its simplicity is the beauty. Sweet, sugary raspberry flavor dominates, as it should, with a backdrop of champagne. This doesn't take on much of a beer taste but simply holds true to the raspberries that are added. I guess one thing I found alluring was that the taste was a more natural fruit flavor and less the syrupy artificial flavoring in others of the genre.

I'm glad I got to try it as it set a nice break from the norm. (689 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rubaeus is...dare I say it?...raspberry red in color. It really is, though, darker than the typical mauve/dark pink/light red, more of a medium red even with a light violet hue. The off-white head develops nicely up to between one and two fingers tall. As it recedes, it leaves creamy rings, several, in fact, that all interconnect through legging and webbing. There's some really nice structure here.
Not too sweet but certainly not devoid of natural sweetness, the juiciness and balance of sweet and tart that are evident make this a refreshing beer from the get-go, even smelling it. Malt is evident but doesn't overtake the fruit. There's even just a faint hint of some earthy and almost floral notes. All in all, it's not quite as big and juicy as the very best, but it is in a higher league than most.
The mouthfeel is a little fluffy, a bit more than effervescent in a light body. It's pretty crisp, generally, and the carbonation that continues to rise through the session somehow isn't too overdone. (1,008 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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 (674 characters)

Photo of Cubieblu
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

L – Pours full finger of head that quickly dissipates into a slight film around the edges. Reddish brown is color.
A – Smells like raspberry malt. If you really concentrate you can get some floral hop sent but it is really muted
T – Sweat raspberry hits you upfront and stays with you through the whole swallow and finish. Not an overly complicated beer but still berry pleasant (see what I did there).
MF – light bodied that leaved the mouth salvating. Quite a bit of carbonation that leaves your tongue tingling.
D – This would be a great beer for drinking on a hot day but one (maybe two) would be quite enough. (625 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark red with a one-finger pink foamy head.

S - Aroma is lots raspberries with grain, and sweet malts.

T - Lots of raspberry. That's really all that's going on in the flavor. There is a light amount of malt t balance out the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

O - A very good fruit beer. Drinks more like a raspberry soda than a beer. A nice summer beer. (420 characters)

Photo of ghengisflan
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - They really nailed the raspberry color. A little cloudy and with a thin white head, it's overall an attractive beer.

Smell - Wood. As much as I like aged, oaky, smoky flavors I do not like the smell of wood finish in something that I am about to consume.

Taste - Sunny, smooth raspberry flavors on the first taste. Complex, lambic-like flavors on second taste. They so faithfully represented the berry, the aftertaste of the beer is crushed raspberry seeds.

Mouthfeel - Plenty of carbonation gives this beer a refreshing feel.

Overall - One of the best representations of raspberry in beer I've had; a summer beer to rival any other. (650 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Teku
Bottled on date is worn off, but this is from the latest release.

A: Pours a ruby red, thats almost brown when not held to light. 1 fingers width of pink tinged head quickly dissipates down. Leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Raspberry jam, very sweet, some tart fresh raspberry aromas as well. A touch of bready malts. Smells like toast with homemade raspberry jam. Very nice.

T: Very, very sweet, but decently tart as well. Not sour or puckering like a lambic, but definitely tart. Raspberries galore (obviously). In addition I get some pale malts, and a medicinal cherry-cough syrup type of flavor.

M/D: Fuller bodied than I anticipated, and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is appropriate, on the higher end. Drinkability is ok, its surprisingly filling though.

O: Overall, this is a pretty enjoyable change of pace beer. Its no where near as good as Raspberry Tart, but it is something I would drink again in the future. Certainly worth a try if you've never had it and are interested in fruit beers. (1,031 characters)

Photo of robhbest
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy ruby red, nice red white 2 finger head which dissipates after a few minutes. High carbonation.

S: Pale malts, raspberries, not a whole lot going on here.

T: Obviously raspberries, slight maltiness in aftertaste. Sweet, tart and bready.

M: Fizzy mouthfeel, leaves the mouth wet afterwards, Medium bodied.

O: I think Founders did a good job here, however if I'm looking for a drink like this i'll go for the tried and true lindemans. I know several people who don't drink beer (shocking right!?) and they tried it and enjoyed it. I'm not sure if you're going to convert your lady to craft brew with this one but it's worth a shot right!? (694 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear deep ruby color with a 2-3 finger white tiny bubbled head that quickly dissipates.

The aroma has tons of raspberries, almost like a pie, but also that sugary flavor that comes from candies or cough syrup. Along with the punch of tart, there’s also a grainy malt in the back.

The flavor follows with a gentle raspberry, cherry tartness in the front. It’s not like a sour with the tartness. The sweetness is syrupy, but still also a bit of that fake medicinal sweetness. But then it turns into sugary, which is lovely. Then on the middle, you get some of that bready malt with a bit of graininess in there too.

It’s quite easy drinking, but I really wish the sweetness tasted more fresh and real (despite the fact they already use fresh raspberries). It lacks tartness and the sweetness is also a bit too strong for me. However, a good summer beer and definitely a very good introduction for those who prefer fruit flavors and sweet beers. (973 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date. paid 3 bucks for a single bottle, wasn't too sure what it was, bought it on the strength of the FOunder's name alone.

Look is a dim, semi-cloudy, bing cherry color. smell is full of juicy/tart raspberries, some wheat. taste has pale malt/wheat with big raspberry presence. taste is wine cooler-ish, but enjoyable. feel is light and effervescent.

I liked it, but only marginally better than a comparable Liney's product. (447 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from my CBS snifter. beer poured a fairly watery pink. thin foamy head fizzed away as quick as it appeared. streaky spotty lacing left traces of where the beer was on the glass as i sipped it. smell is raspberry. taste matches the nose but is rather thick. a face full of fresh berries. feel is on the thick side. beer is fresh fruit. new glarus has nothiung to worry about, but this is far from the worse veggie beer i've tried. a nice break from cerise, but a bit on the syrupy side...enjoyable though. glad to have a 4 pack and might need to seek out another. (596 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a dark ruby with barely any pinkish head that quickly fizzles away into a few bubbles with little lacing.

S: sweet and tart raspberries dominate the nose. Not much else going on.

T: sweet and tart raspberry flavors dominate here as well with just a slight yeast flavor on the aftertaste.

M: medijm body with lowish carbonation, this beer could use more carbonation to help it avoid being sticky sweet. It feels like an 8% or higher beer from the sweetness.

O: Raspberries. That's about all I can say about this beer since that's about all that's going on. I love raspberries, but I look for something more in a beer other than tasting like raspberry juice mixed with a bit of soda water. It's not offensive or bad, but there just needs to be some depth. (766 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had: bottle from Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a ruby-mahogany color with a small ringlet for a head; minimal lacing. In the nose, raspberries and lots of 'em, lesser notes of vanilla and caramel malts. Taste was pretty much straight-up raspberry juice, real, not candy-like or artificial-tasting--can't imagine how much raspberry actually went into the brew--sweet and syrupy, not sour, though there was a bit of a tart twinge in the finish; also notes of grass and malted cereal grains. Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel, lower carbonation, easy-drinkin' stuff, if you're into fruit beers. Obviously, this beer isn't going to be for everyone, but it delivered what was promised at least. (694 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

Appearance- Deep reddish, fairly clear(some chill haze), light pink head that fell quick

Aroma- A blast of raspberry, fresh, juicy, sweet but tart, some bready malt in the background. It really smells like fresh raspberries.

Flavor- Very good amount of raspberries, great balance of sweet and tart, its juicy and refreshing, sort of bready malt in the background as well.

Mouthfeel- medium, moderate carbonation

Overall- i'm not big on fruit beers as they usually seem artificial or medicinal to me, but this has a very fresh natural feel to it. This has changed my idea of what a fruit beer can be. Recommend trying (645 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Rubaeus pours to a ruby color and a good pour produces a pink head of foam that artistically adorns its see- through body. The nose on this beer is one of raspberries with a touch of sourness in the background. The foam holds its own at first, but does subside in a couple of minutes, leaving just a small amount of lacing behind as you drink.

This beer offers the taste of raspberries, as expected, along with flavors of bready malts to keep it tasting like a beer should. The flavor bounces back and forth between sweet and tart with each sip, ending with an aftertaste of berries and bread, like a piece of raspberry pie. The beer is a little fuller than most summer brews, with a medium body overall.

This fruit- enhanced beer is not like other fruity brews and it outranks most of the competition. The most important reason why is because, in spite of its fruitiness, it still tastes like real beer. You can still taste the different bready, lightly toasted malts in the background- a subtle but very important reminder that the beverage in front of you is a beer, not a malt cooler. Then, there is the raspberry flavor itself. Founders doesn’t cheapen the experience with artificial flavoring, like some other breweries are known to do. It uses real raspberries at different stages during the fermentation process to enhance the flavor and lead to a fruit flavor that is natural and delicious.

I’m not usually a fan of most fruity beers for the reasons mentioned above, but Founders Rubaeus is easily one of the better raspberry beers on the market. It is nicely balanced between sweet and tart and the addition of natural raspberries- as well as true beer taste- keep it real and help it rank well above the average fruity brew. (1,754 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark Red with black tint, foamy white/redish tint 1/2 head and tons of lacing,

Smell - Raspberries, sour grapes, sweet yeasts, some bready malts, cherries.

Taste - No surprise, upfront load of raspberries, sweet and sour. Some sweet yeasts add some sugary flavor. Has a malt, grainy, toffee backbone. Not a lot else to say.

Mouthfeel - Raspberries coat tongue and palate with sweet and sour notes. Malts come in the finish along with some yeasts.

Overall - Solid for what it is, a fruit beer. If your like anything from Sammy smith, Ithaca apricot wheat, etc then this is for you. My big question is, Is this really worth bottling again in a speciality 4-pack over something like, lets say, o I dunno CBS? Very good, easy to drink and enjoy. (782 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled in June of 2013.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a lot of bubbles. Solid two fingers of light pinkish head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very fruity, juicy, and fairly tart aroma with lots of raspberries and some bready malt. Big aroma of fresh raspberry fruits all over that smell fairly sweet and tart and slightly sour. Also some subtle fruit hints of cherry and cranberry. Soft bready malts with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, and yeast. A very nice juicy aroma that is big on the raspberries.

Taste: Like its smells, a very juicy fruit driven aroma with lots of sweet and tart raspberries and some malt. Big taste of raspberries throughout along with some other fruit notes of cherry and cranberry. Fruits are fairly sweet, tart, and somewhat sour. Very jammy. Soft bready malt background with notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, caramel, and toffee. Raspberries dominate. A very good fruit beer taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, juicy, and jammy. Sweet but not overly syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good berry filled fruit beer. Great fresh raspberry juice flavor with a nice subtle malt backing. Simple but very good. (1,351 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out as a very nice looking red color with a soft pinkish purple head on top. The retention and lacing were pretty good on this. The smell of the beer is fruity, plenty of sweet fresh raspberry on the nose. The taste of the beer is also packed with raspberry flavors with a subtle wheat malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little syrupy with a gentle carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty tasty, I enjoy it but I wouldn't wanna drink a lot of it in one session. (489 characters)

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.