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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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87
very good

647 Reviews
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Reviews: 647
Hads: 3,048
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 120
Gots: 508 | FT: 13
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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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 RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - opaque, rich red color, very minimal white head, little to no retention though bubbles continue to rise to the surface well after the pour

Smell - strong raspberry notes and little else

Taste - raspberries and slight alcoholic finish.
I can detect no hops or malt, just pure raspberries and a bit of tartness

Mouthfeel - though the head is gone and no lacing is present, it still has a light bubbly texture

Drinkability - very easy to consume.
For a raspberry beer, its not too sweet.
If I had another one, I'd drink it

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Photo of Act25
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Almost a drain pour. I was not alone in disliking this beer among 3 fellow tasters.
Gave away the rest. I'm a huge fan of Founders.

A: Dark rosy pink hazed body with a wispy head that fades and no lace. No body.

N: Nose is raspberry soda.

T: Starts with a sweet syrup and much too much raspberry.The raspberry takes over. No bitterness, too much sweet. It lacks the sour, wild, funky, anything.... Its fruit juice.

F: To sweet and too much carbonation. It's soda.

Pass or drain pour. Good for flowers?

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Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a pinkish red with a nice size light pink foamy head. Some lace was left coating the glass. Tart fruit notes, raspberries and some other fruits. Some sweetness to it as well. Overall a pretty strong aroma. Flavor starts off with a big of fruit that is tart and sweet. Raspberries are noticeable as are other sweet malty notes. Ends with a lightly sour finish. Nice but not too much too it. Medium body with a bubbly feel to it. A bit refreshing as well. Pretty good and easy drinking. A nice fruit beer for the summertime.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my Founders snifter. Picked this up in a build your own pack since I didn't think I would need 4 of these.

Appearance is opaque, dark pink ruby. Translucent around the edges. The head quickly dissipated. In my snifter this beer looks like the skin of a plum.

Aroma is very light malt almost like a berlinner weisse. Lot's of raspberry that seems slightly tart.

Taste is sweet raspberry at first but it goes back and forth with sweetness and a mild raspberry tartness. There is also some light malt peeking through although the raspberry is for sure the focus. It reminds me of a raspberry popsicle from when I was younger.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Small bubbles that make it seem a little champagne-esque. Medium body and not as syrupy as I was expecting (which is a good thing).

Overall this is a great raspberry beer. From my memory I think it is less sweet than the NG Raspberry Tart. I'm glad this comes in a 12 oz and I'm glad I got this in a build your own pack. Satisfying beer but this style isn't one I go far too often.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. into Ommegang chalice...

Pours like rose champagne with pink/amber body, tight, moderate mauve head and ample carbonation.

Bountiful raspberry, yeasty scent with malt hint - very fruity.

Mild, syrupy-sweet with essence of raspberries, yeast and carbonation. Pleasant yet slightly artificial.

Tight, puckering mouthfeel with tingle from carbonation. A little shallow with tart finish.

This is enjoybale but I wouldn't hit more than one at a sitting 'cause of the syrupness.

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Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of BA's who sent me this
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that left fast followed by the lightest of lace. The body was a light raspberry color.

Aromas of raspberries dominate this one and overwhelm your nose in a pleasant way

Flavor is raspberry and a good representation at that. It starts of sweet and finishes a little tart in the end. The only thing I might change would be the mouthfeel; it is a tad light for me.

A good desert brew, treat it as such. One of the better fruit beers I have tried

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.36/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thank You Gnomefest!

A - Deep red almost purple body with very thin light tan head that fades away very fast. The look of the body is interesting but the consistency of the whole appearance doesn't become a good rating.

S - Raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, I wish it had some Halle Berry. I bet that would smell good.

T - There's a strong raspberry flavor in this brew followed by a bitterness and a finish leaving much to be desired.

M - The brew is wet at the lips but finishes quite dry. Impressive.

~ Unfortunately I'm going to struggle finishing this because of the flavor. It is far too fruity for my liking, or to even really be a beer in my opinion.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Founders Rubæus.

Is this supposed to be a lambic although not by traditional sense orrrr..what exactly is the deal here..?.

Look - Pours what I would say is the most perfectionate amber I have ever seen with a head that never truly forms. Carbonation appears to be pretty low surprisingly. 4

Smell - Not really getting a whole lot here. Almost like some wannabe levels of raspberry that are half artificial with a bit of bread like qualities. 3

Taste - The raspberry aspect is still there and dominates the majority of the flavor but it has neither an inviting tartness nor even a touch of bitter beyond a quick surprise squirm of the mouth. Bread levels are still on medium. Let it warm a bit, then it can show it is legit, although still not too heavy. 3.75.

Feel - Body is pretty well rounded and the tart aspect makes itself known here. Carbonation is about moderate as would fit the style. 4.25.

Overall - Y'know what, after finishing the brew I'd say it isn't a wannabe at all. Actually, a fine way to introduce somebody to the world of lambics and sours. The smell was a bit goofy but the taste had its heart in the right place, though slightly missing the mark. Cannot complain as I paid $1.69 for the bottle FRESH mind you and the guy was obvisouly try to cut losses. Try it out, and come to your own judgement. 3.75.

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Photo of ATPete
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a pinkish, red, brown color with a solid pink/white head.

S- Remember those raspberry candies your grandmother used to always have out...that.

T- Tart and semi-sweet, fresh raspberry and some mellow bitterness.

M- Bright like a lambic, but feels like an ale, slightly coating with a thin/medium body, good amount of carbonation.

D- I liked this one. Could i see myself drinking a 4 pack of this, no.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish-purple hue, topped off with a fizzy, light-pink colored head. Looks very much like a glass of pop when first poured. Midway through, it takes over the foamy, nice-lacing look of a good brew. The nose is strong of raspberries, as you would imagine, and there is a faint sweet malt scent hidden in the background.

Wow, the taste is powerful. Heavy raspberries, blackberries, and other tart fruits completely take over the taste of this beer. ( It is still a little warm, I couldnt wait for it to get cold, which might have a lot to do with the overwhelming raspberry aftertaste.) Yet it is quite tasty considering the style, I will try this one again, ice cold, to see if it brings out any other flavors.

The mouthfeel ranks a little higher than medium-bodied, which I didnt expect. Very outstanding balanced on the way down. This one is good, but drinking more than one would be too sweet and too much berry overload. Not really my style, but still definitly worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of Dave1999
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As you'd expect pours a deep red colour with a white foamy head.

The smell is raspberries and a little smokey malt.

The taste is raspberry, a little sour,tart and just little bit of malt.

The mouthfeel is quite light with medium carbonation.

This would be a good summer beer, I'd defiantly recommend if you're a fan of fruit beers.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, Red wine colored with a slightly pink head that lingers leaving some lacing, slightly hazy

S: loads of raspberry, like a raspberry sauce to pour over ice cream, sweet with a little malty beer aroma

T: really close to overpowering raspberry flavor, sweet then almost instantly mouth turning sour, finish is a musty sour fruit flavor

M: very sticky with high soda like carbonation

O: I wasn't revolted by this, but I won't rush out to buy more. It is much closer to a raspberry flavored malt liquor drink than what I would call beer. I appreciate the craftsmanship it took to get all that flavor in without using the artificial flavoring rout, but it isn't to my taste.

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Photo of Goliath
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich semi clear (but not hazy) ruby color. Absolutely no head formed on the pour.

Aroma is nice. Simple scents, with sweet raspberry, and some very familiar aromas that for some reason I can't put my finger on right now.

The taste is much better than the average raspbery hefe for me. They are usually really weak and boring. The raspberry flavor is more pronounced in this beer. A tart note follows. Alcohol also present, which is not impressive since it's only 6.9%.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to low. Flavor is decent, alcohol is moderate, but I just don't see it being consumed in bulk. A 12 oz may be difficult to finish.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was magenta in color with some white bubbles along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Big surprise, it smelled like raspberry. The aroma was not overwhelming or particularly sweet. It was almost like a wine.

Taste - Anybody remember the Sundance sparking waters of the late 1980's. This is the raspberry flavor. It is a little tart with a diet soda like note in the aftertaste. The raspberry really does not stay potent for long.

Mouthfeel - This is an easy drinking fruit beer. Lightly carbonated, not too thick.

Overall - The closet comparison would be New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Rubaeus loses that contest in a first round knock out. The fruit is not as potent as I would like, and the aftertaste in this one is a detriment.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured a clear ruby red body with a thin ring of pinkish head. A good looking fruit beer, very bright and inviting. Scents of sweet and slightly tart raspberries, raspberry tart and indeterminate red berry flavors. Overall impression of aroma is of a very fruity, raspberry dominated profile that is pleasant, but a bit one note. Still very nice for a fruity beer. Flavor begins very sweet, with strong notes of sweet raspberries and lesser, though still moderate flavors of strawberries and blackberries. A slight sweet malt is in the background. These flavors continue into the middle. Finish is sweet with the same flavors on display, with a bit of an apple flavor also present and a slight acidity. Aftertaste is raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and sweet and grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a sweet and very fruity beer. Those flavors dominate and make this a pleasant and refreshing, but a bit one note. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly tart and juicy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice, light, refreshing beer that is very pleasant. Overall this is a good fruit beer. It is light, fruity and very refreshing with a wonderfully pleasant aroma and nicely sweet flavor profile. This is further enhanced by the mouthfeel. It is a bit one note, like many fruit beers, but it is still good for the style.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the reddest I've ever seen a beer poured. Beyond mahogany, this delves into a deep rosé, befitting its sweet nature. Minimal head and no retention brings it down slightly in my book.

When you sniff at this beer the immediate impression is... fermented raspberries. This may not appeal to everyone, but for a 'pure raspberry ale,' it seems appropriate.

Tasting, it is much of the same. The raspberries ARE the show here, they don't steal shit. It's their sweet nature that lures you in initially, seducing your tongue and lulling it into a comfortable dream state with its bubbly personality, but soon it goes stale (ok, not stale, per se; more... fermented. but stale fit the narration better. so sue me.). Her underlying bitterness seeps in towards the end, and you leave with the impression that she is [a] tart (deal with it).

This is one of those brews that will probably see much of the variety in its ratings due to the age old struggle of personal taste vs stylistic integrity. It's definitely not for everyone, or for every occasion, but for what it is, it is done quite well (not that I would expect any less from Founders at this point). It's easily the best fruit beer I've had, but I wouldn't necessarily find myself reaching for it ahead of other items available that often. Well worth the price of admission, but I won't pine for her when she's gone.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque dark red, with a mild, slight pinkish white head that fades to a short 1/8" that lingers and laces.

S - This is straight raspberry - the sense memory is triggering so hard in me I can almost feel raspberry seeds in my teeth. Some sourness present that suggests lambics, but none of the funky notes I've had in a framboise.

T - The powerful raspberry nose delivers on flavor, too. The fruit flavor is the star, center stage. Surprisingly, even though the fruit has occasional funky notes itself (I pick this up sometimes with the fresh fruit, as well as when I have high end raspberry jams), this is very clean. We have a close of sourness, but that, too, would be pretty typical of raspberries. What is not typical is the slight chalky minerality that comes on the backend. Still, what lingers is the sour-sweet flavor of fresh raspberries.

M - Strong carbonation and very high acidity, which is a key reason why this is not heavier on the tongue.

O - I enjoy fruit beers, and this one offers many of the things I enjoy most without being too sweet or too tart. Delivers nearly 6% ABV with barely a hint of the alcohol involved. Held together surprisingly well even though we are several months past the beer's release season. Very happy to try this, and will seek it out again next summer.

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Photo of Winter
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First attempt at pouring filled my glass with a foam. Pours a tawny ruby red in color. Cloudy in appearance. Airy light pink head. Sweet red raspberries on the nose. Some alcohol too. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Taste initially is filled with the taste of sweet raspberries. Not overly sweet though, as it exhibits a nice berry tartness to it. Malt flavor follows. Alcohol definitely present in the finish.

This is what a berry beer should be. Assertive raspberry flavor that's not cloying at all. The 6.9% abv give this beer some punch. Nicely done!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap at the Founders brewery. A dark red color with a creamy head. Definitely a raspberry beer.. maybe with some cranberry or cherry flavor in there as well. Very sweet but it is refreshing. I had no idea this beer was around 7% when I tried it.. would've guessed much lower.

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Photo of Sintech
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, poured into a pint glass. Look is muddled reddish pink. Smell is sweet, muted raspberries. Taste is really good. Easy to drink, little sweet...crushable. Mouthefeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. Overall a really nice beer. Grade (A-)

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Photo of JRed
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby in body with white head that stays around. Smells of big, juicy, mouthwatering, raspberries. Tastes of smooth raspberry juice. Smoothie-like in body. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Does any other American brewery do fruit beers like Founders?

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Photo of sleazo
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a hazy brown which reveals magenta when held to the light. Zero head, zero lacing.

S_The aroma is farily strong with a raspberry jam type aroma. There is also a nice lightly toasted malt aroma which reminds you that you are drinking a beer.

T_Runs the gamut of the flavours of the raspberry. Starts out with a good fruit sweetness followed by a bit of the seed. The finish is nicely done as it mimics the tartness of the actual fruit. There is also a nice biscutiy malt component as in the smell to keep thigns grounded. Not much in the way of hops, but that really isn't the point.

M_Slightly syrupy with a mild carbonation.

D_A very nice fruit beer that doesn't become cloying. Makes for a good dessert. I could use a bit more head, but who couldn't?

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Photo of beveritt
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but I picked it up from a reputable store that has a high turnover rate.

Appearance: A medium brown with a tint of red/pink color to it. Has very little head to speak of and that that it does dissipates quickly.

Smell: Strange, but this beer doesn't have much of a smell. If you swirl it around enough, you can pick up hints of raspberries. That's about it.

Taste: This is a tart beer, which I think is a good thing. Think of how fresh raspberries taste, that is the pucker factor you get with this beer. Very little malt, no hop flavor, but a good balance of fruit taste, residual sweetenss, and the sour taste of fresh raspberries.

Moutfeel: Carbonation level is high enough to balance out the tartness of the berries. Leaves a slick feeling in the back of your throat.

Drinkability: A good fruit beer. So many taste like sugar water, this preserves the tart/sour flavor of true raspberries. The only detractor is that having several of something this tart might start to build in your mouth after awhile. Overall, I like it. I will definitely grab more next time I see it around.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.