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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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2,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 550
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 72
Gots: 241 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005)
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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Bow, Sunday at 11:55 PM
Photo of Cylinsier
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear raspberry red, approaching a purplish hue, with a sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of syrupy raspberry sweetness. Maybe a hint of malt under there.

Tastes of sweet raspberry with a tartness that balances it out. Pretty much exclusively the fruit flavor, which is fresh and only ever so slightly medicinal.

Medium body with lightly bubbly carbonation and a slight sour pucker.

Founders went all in on fruit flavoring with this one, so like most fruit beers and lambics that stress the fruit, this is probably a love-it-or-hate-it brew. For my money, this is the right way to do a fruit beer. I want to taste the fruit if I choose a fruit beer and I want it to taste like real fruit, not artificial. This one pretty much hits the spot, is fairly thirst-quenching, and manages to still feel somewhat like a beer all things considered. If that sounds like your cup of tea, er, beer, then this is one of the better ones you'll find.

Cylinsier, Sunday at 11:47 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

snansel, Sunday at 06:47 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Goldfishman, Sunday at 01:25 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Gaddabble, Sunday at 02:19 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Magery, Sunday at 01:56 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Matthew607, Sunday at 01:54 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Mikeypnh, Saturday at 11:05 PM
Photo of andrewjraab
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours amber / red / purple with a tiny wisp of cherry / white head.

S - Raspberries, sour apples, caramel.

T - Sweet raspberries, tart fruit, highly carbonated and has a mouth feel more like a soda.

O - Nice summer refreshing fruit beer, but could probably only have one as it is overly sweet and very one note.

andrewjraab, Saturday at 07:01 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Amp, Saturday at 04:27 AM
Photo of majorbase2
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very nice looking dark red color. Very little head and no lacing. Hard to tell its an alcoholic beverage by the appearance.

Aroma is very tart raspberry. Nothing artificial in the odor. Almost a syrupy scent, if that is even possible.

Taste is more of the aroma. Raspberries. Tartness. A little sour. The taste is very simply, but its well executed.

Light-bodied, pretty well carbonated.

Overall: Not a bad fruit beer. I'm gonna compare this one to New Glarus' offerings, which is probably unfair. But it is too one dimensional to compete with theirs. This beer does with it sets out to do, and I will give it that. But I wouldn't mind seeing a little more complexity.

majorbase2, Saturday at 12:21 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

gutbuster, Friday at 11:57 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

GDawgs34, Friday at 10:48 PM
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

RRC03, Friday at 11:00 AM
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Ristaccia, Friday at 09:57 AM
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Grand-Raggedy, Friday at 03:17 AM
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

bizzy54, Friday at 01:34 AM
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

detroitpat, Thursday at 09:44 PM
Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a four pack for only 12 bucks! Into a pint glass.

A - A very pretty shade of bright red with a purple hue, clear with a solid 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a decent lace ring.
S - Smells of over ripe raspberries, residual sugars and just a hint of wheat like base to remind you it's a beer but it could just be more sweet malts.
T - I would have to agree with other the first two were excellent bright tart fruit flesh taste mixed in with some sugar and malt sweetness that makes for a flavorful fruity beer which it is and not just some wine cooler. After the 3rd it does get pretty bland like a alcoholic juice so drink in moderation!
M - Light to medium in body the definition of a fruit beer lite, refreshing, and somewhat session able.

Overall just like all great beer it's meant to be enjoyed one or two per sitting. I had this next to Samuel Smiths Cherry beer and even the taste was lacking so its true you can have too much of a good thing! Recommended!

DrDemento456, Thursday at 08:31 AM
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.