Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 620
Hads: 2,919
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 114
Gots: 444 | 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 larryi86
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A deep ruby red withe a small pick head.

S- Raspberries, mainly sweet, a little tart. Actually smells like a raspberry black tea I had gotten recently.

T- Tart raspberries at first followed by a lot of sweet raspberries, touch of honey, and hints of herbal notes in the finish.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- An enjoyable raspberry ale. Very happy I was able to try this. Really hope Founders comes to Maryland soon so next I can pick this up a little closer to home. (506 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Attractive strawberry/raspberry juice color with some chill haze to it. A few streams of bubbles meander to the top of the glass from the bottom. Head is very minimal with a simple film of off white bubbles resting on top.

S: Raspberries, vinous qualities, lemonade and cherries in the high notes.

T: Starts off a little perfumy with a good amount of raspberry flavor. There’s no real surprise what this beer was made with, but the raspberry flavor is a bit on the “fake” side…even if its not. Tastes like some seeds made it into the beer, has that earthy pungent flavor. Good amount of beet and cane sugar leaves some residual syrup in the mouth. Finishes really basic opposed to tart which surprised me.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with a soft texture.

D: I was under whelmed by this beer. I could have used more “snap” as it was fairly complacent and not too memorable. (891 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
2.03/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very pink, cloudy, with a thin soapy head.

Smell is Rasberry. No malt or hop detectable.

Taste is artificial sour rasberry flavoring. Once again, there isn't a trace of malt or hop to be found. Hint of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light.

Founders is a great brewery but this isn't even what I would call beer. Your wine cooler drinking girlfriend might like this. (393 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Dilly Deli.
Pours a light, soft, red in color with no head forming. Plenty of carbonation bubbles racing up the glass. Smell is indeed raspberries. Taste is much the same, of course. Not dominating, overpowering, raspberries, but an almost perfect dose. Another warm weather beer, that's perfect for sitting outside and enjoying. This one went down way too fast to even notice the near 7% ABV. (409 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a little head that fades fast, but some retention remains. Nice amber color.

Smell: Nice raspberry smell with some faint malts underneath.

Holy shit what nice flavor from the fruits, no off tannins just pure nice fruit flavor. The maltiness isn't anything I can pick apart but it's sweetness balances nicely with the raspberries.

Creaminess on the palate with light carbonation. PERFECT!

I could drink this beer all fucking day, oh man. (446 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a clear pinkish copper color with a frothy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of raspberries and sweet malt.

Tastes of the sweet raspberries. Raspberry notes lead off with some sweetness and a bit of tartness as well. A bit more malt adds in with a touch of bread, but plays off of the sweetness. Not particularly complex, but I feel it is done pretty well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a raspberry beer that well, tastes like rapsberries. I can't complain about it, but it is a touch sweet for me and I would like some more tartness. (621 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The bottled on date was clearly present went I opened it, but it got smeared away. It was bottled sometime in 6/13. Pours a hazy ruby red with the a white-pink head that fades quickly. The aromas are pretty subtle and full of sweet malts and obviously raspberries. It has a wine-cooler aroma. The first sip is extremely tart and sour. It definitely slaps your tastebuds around. But after that it mellows out and becomes quite drinkable. Raspberries are obviously the star of the show. Lots of malts in the flavors as well. I'm picking up alot of corn. Everything becomes balanced after a few gulps. It's pretty refreshing. The mouthfeel is great and probably the best part, in my opinion. There is active carbonation and it's on the heavier side of light-bodied; it might even be pushing medium-bodied. It's extremely fluffy and creamy. It's pretty easy to drink.

This is a good fruit beer. I'm not going to say I don't like fruit beers, because I do. I'm just saying that I've had more fruit beers I didn't like versus ones that I did like. This falls into the "like" category. Good use of raspberries. I appreciate the craftsmanship put into this one.

Grade: B (1,164 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a basic brownish amber, but in the light, it takes a a pink rose blush. A finger of lavender tinged head sustains with a little life. Thin spritzes of lacing sprinkle the inside of the glass.

The aroma is, above and beyond all else, raspberry sprinkled with powdered sugar. A hint of yeast lurks underneath, but this is about the berries.

Upon tasting, again, it's the raspberries taking up the space, and it's a nicely sweet, fresh from the bush berry sweetness, with no sign of extract or concentrate. A mild tartness mitigates and leads into an underlayer of bready yeast with distantly crisp esters. Malt comes through slightly near the close with a residual, more earthy sweetness that is crisped by a general spiciness. The finish lingers with a mild crisp bite. This is what berries can do when done well.

Between light and medium bodied, the carbonation is more pronounced on the palate, lending a pop character to the fresh feel.

Once again, I find another beer that undermines my stale "no fruit in my beer" stance. This is like a peppy, well played berry beer soda, which in this case, is all good. The aroma didn't deliver full announcement of what was to come, so it was a bit surprising, and in the end, it drinks smooth, with a little sugar to the tooth, and with a refreshing finish. So from now on, all beer, even those with fruit, are fair game. Except maybe for apricot. We'll see. (1,416 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

thanks to orbitalr0x for this treat

clear.. or maybe cloudy.. essential red pour. two finger soapy foam of an off white coloration.. perhaps a light sprinkling of pinkness to it. what i suspect might be raspberry esters wafting from the glass, upon further inspection, seems to be more of a berry-flavored 7-UP thing happening. light botanical hops masquerade as berry stem, or something, in the aroma. unique fruit beer aromawise. initial sip is lindeman's sucrose-laden fruit sweetness with a burst of booze. this beer is a sipper that wants to be a thirst quencher, making for dangerous possibilities at nearly 7%. fruit soda meets sparkling wine with a beery nuttiness. crazy. despite my lack of ability to nail the style, it seems well balanced. a guilty panty-dropping pleasure. (787 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow. Had heard of this one, and was dying to try it. So glad it was finally available here.

This one formed a full pint of head in my glass. It was slightly pink foam, and it took a while to subside so I could add more. Final color to the brew was purplish-red, so I knew there were a hell of a lot of raspberries in it. Body was clear.

Aroma was VERY rich in raspberries, quite powerful. I couldn't pick up anything else. Very similar to DFH Fort.

Taste was initially bitter, followed by a burst of raspberries across the tongue. Not as much malt discernable... all about the fruit.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin, much to my disappointment... a lot like a malt soda.

Can't give it a good drinkability rating, unfortunately. I'm not a major fan of raspberries, but that's not it. I just don't think it had as much beer character as it should have. This was too much about the berries. (889 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this on my midwestern summer beer trek to the Chicago area. I like raspberry beers, and Founders can seemingly do no wrong...so it seems like a great buy.
Pours a pinkish color with more carbonation that you might expect, so a white head forms with no issues. No pink head, so which is a really good thing. If you look closely there are a lot of fruit bits suspended in it.
Smells fruity, but it's still clearly a beer. Not overwhelming, but there's no mistaking this is a fruit-based beer...which is the goal, right?
Tastes just like what a fruit beer should be like. It's got the rasberry flavor that you want, but it tastes real (not some syrupy extract) and yet it still has a nice grain flavor and a little hops in the finish to "keep it honest"
At nearly 7% this went down like water. Makes me wish I'd gotten a second 4-pack.
Short of the New Glarus brews (which are great, but even less "beery") this is about as good as a fruit beer can be. (958 characters)

Photo of younger35
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So apparently Rübæus isn't being brewed anymore by Founders? It's still on their website but whatever. This is easily my second favorite raspberry beer (after New Glarus's Raspberry Tart) and I've had it many many times. This was my last one so I decided I better review it. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the '09 Masters.

Appearance- Pours a ruby red with a very small bright white head that slowly dissipates leaving almost no cap and super thin collar.
Smell- I've always sort of thought that Rübæus smelled like Flintstone vitamins but that's probably not fully accurate. Loads of pulverized raspberries give a very nice nose that is fresh and bright. Some subtle grain adds a bit of doughy bread but for the most part this is a one trick pony. Raspberries.
Taste- Unlike New Glarus Raspberry Tart this beer is actually reminiscent of a beer. The raspberry isn't tart, raw and dominant as much as it's fruity, fresh and inclusive. Just a hint of sweetness lies in the background from the malt with an extremely light sort of toffee that is really only detectable once the beer warms. On the finish there is the tiniest bit of a hop bite that adds a touch of bitterness and proves that this is really a beer.
Mouthfeel- Light and crisp on the airy side of a medium body with fairly sharp carbonation.
Drinkability- Every time I drink this beauty I love it more and more. I'm a huge fan of any beer with fruit or coffee in it and this is one of the bests. It's so drinkable and although the raspberry is fairly strong, it's not overbearing. An absolute gem that Founders needs to keep on a brewing. (1,626 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at a Founders tap takeover at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small, bulbous tulip glass.

Appearance - Dark pink to magenta colored clear body with a healthy fluffy faded rose quartz head that dissipates after awhile, leaving moderate lacing. Reminds me a bit of a kriek with more head.

Smell - Raspberry all the way, with some sweetness and light acid playing together revealing a promising complexity. The fresh raspberries really shine through--smells like muddled raspberries.

Taste - Delivers on the promise of the smell by being all raspberry, but just the right balance between sweet and dry. Finishes with a tiny bit of tartness to give it some depth.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and light carbonation with a mostly dry finish with just a kiss of sweetness to entice the next sip. Highly drinkable.

Overall a delicious beer for the right occasion. I could also see it as a bit of a stepping stone in multiple ways. Either as a foray for a non-beer drinker into the world of suds or for someone who doesn't really like fruit beers. This one has something for everyone, and is so drinkable that it would be easy to get carried away. (1,166 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Logical raspberry aromas arise from a burned burgundy-colored liquid. Fudge and caramel sundae topping and tootsie roll aromas beef up the bouquet considerably. It's a dry moutful of dusty red fruit tannin, dense malt weight (a Founders signature) and vibrant raspberry fruit flavors. A dry, crusty caramel-flavored foundation is obvious. A streak of sweet alcohol flavor joins the finish. Punctuated fruit acidity and bitterness on the finish roughly counterweigh the sweet, plump elements. Another parade of good tasting ingredients from Founders. While it is impeccably crafted and well-proportioned, there are no surpises here. Nothing happens to the raspberry and slo-poke flavors on their way to an admirably dry finish. Though this beer may be a prescription for boredom, the brewers should be praised for their craftsmanship, skill and market sensibility. (863 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Minor head barely rises. Brew is foggy deep ruby red color. no lacing.

Awkward aroma. Dirty water? Not the best aroma. Deeply hidden present sweetness, but it's hard to find.

Flavors are very nice. Well blended flavors. No tartness, but lots of forward sweetness. Carbonation is light and perfect. No bitterness. Lots of dark ripe raspberry.

A bit of a (good) mess. Aroma does not even close to match flavors. Recommended, but not anything overwhelming. May need time to sit and think. (491 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An awesome brew sent to me from laymansbeerfan, a big want. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint -

A: Red body, slight chill haze, with a head that fades quickly.

S: Fresh raspberry, period. I could half-lie and say I get notes of honey blossom and sweet bready matliness (which, maybe I do?), but mostly this is plain ol' sweet and tart raspberry.

T: Fresh, sweet & tart raspberries. Again, extra-faint hints of other things like malt and random fruit poking through, but pretty much straight-up raspberry puree. Lots of fruitiness.

MF: Feels like a fruit juice, but with a bit more body (light to medium), a bit fizzy with good carbonation. Tart and refreshing.

O: Really pleasant, not quite as earth shattering as Blushing Monk but a darn good substitute in 12's and 4 packs. Good stuff. (795 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think they have obviously tweaked this one since I last had it in 2008. I remember it being an orangish color and only tasting faintly of actual raspberry. Well now it is much darker and actually dark red in color, and it actually tastes like an explosion of raspberries! The aroma is nice but slightly faint, all raspberry. The taste is like the aroma only it is stronger. Great beer and I'll be picking up a full 4 pack next time I'm at the store! (451 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle information. Founders' Rübæus is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale with a focus on Raspberries. Available as a limited summer seasonal release in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft. I am comparing a fresh release alongside a bottle of the previous year's vintage to see how the raspberry character evolves.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a rosy ecru white head of a fizzy, crisp consistency over a burgundy amber body. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Sweet raspberries in a berry syrup amidst a very pale malt background, virtually transparent from the raspberry character. Clean but perceivably sweet and incredibly fruity. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor generates more diversity from the raspberry, notably a pleasing tartness up front which gives the raspberry angle a slightly more natural flavor. Regardless, there's not enough action coming from the malt and hop profiles to comment on how it all falls together in a beer sense. The raspberry comes through just about as much as it possibly could in a beer generating a thorough bodied, acidic and juicy raspberry flavor. Finishes on an everlasting raspberry sweetness dragging through fruit sugar. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, sticky, modestly syrupy and slightly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is fruity and sweet over tartness. Alcohol presence is very low, drinkability high particularly if you like sweet fruity beers. 4

(Overall) It's an experience to behold, as raspberry flavor transfers to beer to a degree unlike any other fruit. Thus, expect Rübæus to be one menacing fruity bomb of a beer. A touch sweet but shy of cloyingly so, tread lightly especially if you are expecting a fruit accented beer, because the fruit is the core of this beer. I consider this a very tasty beer but it's obviously not for everyone, especially the faint of heart. I could see fans of Leinenkugel's fruit-laden beers or wild blue find crossover enjoyment in Rübæus. 3.75

Founders Brewing's
Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale
3.7/5.00

Vertical notes:

1 year aged: Head is slightly less rosy, more gray. Body is noticeably smoggier, otherwise very similar in appearance to fresh. Nose is similar with a creeping sourness and peppery grain character sneaking in to compete with the raspberry. Flavor is much the same, the tartness really not any bolder than the fresh vintage but the spicy, peppery yeast character generates a welcome kick to counteract all that raspberry flavor. The texture is a bit spritely compared to fresh possibly due to excessive carbonation and a slightly lighter body accentuated by a perkier spice character from the yeast. This was a fun experiment although I didn't find the aging to make much of a significant impact on this beer. The raspberry is still front and center in this beer regardless of how old or new it is. You shouldn't be too upset if you forget to drink one of these or decide to stash one in the cellar through the winter.

Recommended vintage: Try one aged, drink three fresh. (3,184 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: ruby-purple pour with a bit of pink head.

Smell: Aroma of thin raspberries, bit of sweetness

Taste: Raspberries, similar to the aroma. Very sweet, with a bit of sour mixed in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin

Drinkability: Fun to try, not sure why one would ever want a second helping.

*NB: A bit watery, stick with blushing monk. However, it does come through that they used real raspberries, which tend to be quite expensive, as opposed to artificial flavor and corn syrup. (498 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, here's my thing with Fruit/Vegetable Beers...from my experiences so far this year, its...."am i going to finish this or is it going to be a pour".

If that doesn't put you in my hemisphere then don't bother reading on.
Pours a slightly hazy blushing deep raspberry color with a thin delicate pink head that fades quickly. Surprise! ...it has a rich sweet raspberry aroma, maybe a little syrupy, with a hint of alcohol and an underlying earthy character. Here goes...wow! a keeper. It has a surprisingly heavy body. It's adequately carbonated and there is a tart feel thats well within my tolerance that complements the sweet raspberry flavor nicely. It finishes dry, but the wonderful lingering berry taste causes involuntary 'lapping' urges. (749 characters)

Photo of pwoods
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle, purchased at The Dilly Deli, poured into a pint.

A: Pours an awesome blood red with some hot pink tinting. About one finger of head dies pretty quickly and doesn't help much on the lacing. The color is just awesome.

S: The obviously blast of raspberries and some added sweetness. If it wasn't for the slightest touch of alcohol, you'd think this was a juice.

T/M: What else would you expect besides raspberries? Nicely tart raspberries with just enough sweetness to balance things out. Alcohol isn't really detectable even after a bit of warming. Finish is a bit stronger in the tartness but nothing extreme.

D: Pretty straight forward. Taste isn't anything spectacular but it's better than I expected. Now to decide if I should crack the Blushing Monk open or not. (796 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a pinkish-red color with a small white head that doesn't last long, leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity raspberry kool-aid aromas, sweet, tart and sour raspberry flavors. Medium bodied with a spritzy, seltzer like mouthfeel, finishes sour. Unique and flavorful, gets even better as it warms. (313 characters)

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.