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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,171 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 540
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 65
Gots: 205 | FT: 13
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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:
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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mentor

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Beer Depot (Ann Arbor) and hand carried back here to Colorado. Consumed about 2 weeks later. Pours a thin layer of slightly pinked head over a crystal clear raspberry red liquid. Smells of fresh raspberries. Mostly like raspberry jelly (even has some peanut butter hints), but some woody and sour notes. Dash of ginger.

Tastes wonderfully raspberry. This is a raspberry drink rather than a beer with raspberry hints. Strong carb keeps the beer from being sweet and also lifts the flavors off the tongue, so it doesn't possess a persistent aftertaste. Raspberry has some woody and tannic hints which are likely the result of seeds in the brewing process. Touch of orange and some sourish, but not acidic sour like my raspberry homebrew sometimes comes out as. Aftertaste is the place where malt is most present, which isn't saying much. Bit of wheat and a bit of toasted character.

Md-light mouthfeel and strong carbonation. A well done raspberry beer, which can be quite hard to pull off.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 06:10:10 | More by mentor
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animal69

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-28-2014 00:47:07 | More by animal69
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:46:43 | More by MDDMD
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Jame515

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

09-16-2013 00:01:45 | More by Jame515
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far333

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beet/pomegranate colored with a purplish head that rises up quickly and sinks down low. Sweet and tangy aroma of raspberry. Flavor is a sweet and tangy raspberry right upfront, with a dry sweet-tart finish. Raspberry flavor lingers long on the palette. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, very satisfying, with a crisp finish. I'm having trouble picking out any other flavors, the raspberry is so all-encompassing. Tasty beer, but a bit low on the drinkability scale for me due to the shock and awe of the raspberry flavor throughout the glass. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 22:46:56 | More by far333
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dar482

New York

3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:50:51 | More by dar482
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-07-2013 02:47:51 | More by ElGallo
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Herky21

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-03-2013 22:28:01 | More by Herky21
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david131

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep red/ pink clear liquid. A small spritzy head forms and quickly falls to a small ring of lace around the top of the liquid.

S- Fresh raspberies. Not very heavy smelling, just a light aroma of raspberries.

T- Oh yeah, just how it should be. The raspberry flavor is great, it even has that raspberry tartness. There is just a slight bit of breadiness. Sweet then tart. Balanced very well. Not a lot of depth, but very tasty.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation gives a light, sweet, and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D- I found this to be a very unique, but very tasty beer. I will have this one on my mind for quite awhile I think. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 01:16:25 | More by david131
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Poured a brilliant ruby colored ale in my stein...2 finger frothy pink cap...moderate carbonation..cap laces well signifying a good malt base in this brew.

Aroma was splendid...pungent floral- berry fruits and subtle grass and grain tones...very nice.

Slightly sweet up front but this lasts only a second as the tartness from the fruit and hops rush in to balance...although there is a big dose of bready malt here it rides in the shadow of the fresh berry fruit...and that’s not so bad...this leaves the impression of chewing a fresh warm biscuit smothered in raspberry preserve...no cloying in the delivery either...finishes wet and slow where the fruity tartness, woody hops and thick bready malts sort themselves out on the palate in a long finish...slightly bready after taste.

This is definately one of the most authoritative, freshest tasting fruit beers I have ever tasted....there is nothing synthetic about the ample berry flavors and it rides on a substantial malt spine to carry the whole thing off....well done!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 23:29:31 | More by pootz
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle I've been holding on to...poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours practically a cranberry juice pinkish red color - crystal clear with a thin, uneven cap of white foam...more a collar than a layer on the surface...just some straggling islands sitting on the surface of the beer.

S - Fresh raspberries waft up from the glass with an intensity every bit equal to that of a New Glarus Raspberry Tart (the benchmark for raspberry beers, in my opinion). Not much else comes thru (nor does it need it), maybe just the slightest hint of sweet malt, but pretty much inconsequential. Not very complex, but if you like raspberry, you will not be disappointed...I know I'm not.

T - Taste is of raspberries (shocking) with a dull, somewhat off-tasting malt (wheat?) backing. The raspberry is way up front and as the beer flows over my tongue, I expect a sweet finish, but instead I get a somewhat dry and definitely grainy, and a bit off finish. Can't quite place the flaw here, but thinking probably oxidation with some wet cardboard, a dull, lifeless bitterness and an old grainy flavor too. To be fair, I don't know when this was brewed/bottled... nothing on the bottle. It is a screwtop and at least a year old (as this was discontinued). I seem to remember a better tasting experience when fresher, but this is what you can expect now from this one). Still probably quite good to the raspberry lovers out there, but the age is definitely showing itself here a bit.

M - Thin and a bit on the watery side. Carbonation is medium...just a bit on the tingly side. A somewhat unusual alcohol inhale...seems to be a combination of the raspberry and the alcohol - gives a weird, dry and somewhat stale feeling in the mouth.

D - Think this is a bit past its prime...definitely some age on it...at a guaranteed year on it. Definitely has its merits still, but has seen better days. I will continue to have my last couple periodically thru the summer and still enjoy them, but I know I waited too long on these and missed out on a better experience with these. Oh well...only so much you can drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 00:43:01 | More by portia99
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

10-01-2013 16:47:39 | More by Kmlund
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Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-20-2013 19:48:09 | More by Zachtheporter
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 07:01:39 | More by MattyG85
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at The Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard tulip glass.

A- Appears a dark purplish red in the glass with some light translucency through the fairly dark liquid, about a finger and half of pinkish off-white head forms on the top that dissipates at a moderate rate leaving the glass coated in a thin foamy layering.

S- Very sweet raspberry purée, very juice like, thin malt background, overpowering sweetness and puree qualities makes this not overly pleasant to smell.

T- Lots of puréed raspberries lend a very sweet lightly tart taste with a light malt background, finishes with a fairly crisp almost lager-like finish followed with a long aftertaste of sweet raspberries.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the thin side, crisp finish, a hint of syrupiness especially on the finish.

O- This was a decent fruit beer that reminded me a little bit of the New Glarus fruit beers. It was very sweet with a light tartness and in your face fruitiness. The downfall was the overpowering sweetness and the purée quality of the fruit which definitely makes this beer something I couldn't palate drinking a lot of. Definitely an upgrade over Cerise, but still not a beer that I'll likely come back to in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 19:37:17 | More by jaasen64
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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.6%

08-18-2013 04:44:26 | More by JohnBender
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours brown with hints of pink/ruby highlights and a tan head.

Smell: Aroma of fresh raspberries, with hints of chocolate and caramel as well.

Taste: Incredibly quaffable! This is so easy and approachable I would be hard pressed to find someone who does *not* like it. WOW. Very tasty tart raspberry juicy flavor balanced brilliantly with chocolate malts.

Mouthfeel: Sheer SILK! The dark fruit flavors just slide right through the palate from beginning to end so easily.

Drinkability: Heavenly. I want cases of this stuff. You would never guess it was nearly 7% ABV! Simply tasty easy drinking, fruit beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 05:01:57 | More by Phatz
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-25-2013 21:57:49 | More by Photekut
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A hazy rhubarb color with an explosion of pink foam everywhere. This one has quite the head on it. It is real bubbly in the beginning almost like champagne.

S - All raspberries in this one, a little tart, some malt aroma, not sweet or syrupy at all.

T - Starts of as sweet raspberry and then quickly transitions to tart raspberries and a slight bitterness. Slight malt backbone through the whole thing. It leaves quite an after taste.

M - Just like champagne. Crisp and very bubbly/carbonated with a very dry finish.

D - A good fruit beer that would probably be even better on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 02:07:50 | More by brewcrew76
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n2185

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 20:13:59 | More by n2185
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of capra12 via a 9AM 3 hour beer run to Philly from NY. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour yields a .5 finger head with bad retention. Brew is a clear bright red. Lacing is stringy but surprisingly ample.

S: Simple and clean. Raspberries. Juicy (as in ripe and as in "smells like juice"). There's also a subtle and weird apricot somewhere in there.

T: Opens sweet with a nice subtle tartness. A bit rough around the edges at times with a slight bitterness like when you bite into a seed. Raspberries are very prominent and dominate the rest of the flavors but its nicely balanced.

M: Light to medium bodied, slightly coarse and rather carbonated. Watery and finish is messy with a sweet tartness that linger a bit.

D: I like this one for its simplicity and the body makes it more drinkable than it should be. However, I wouldn't go out of my way for this one because of lack of complexity and character.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 03:53:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
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krome

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

10-07-2013 13:12:33 | More by krome
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-05-2013 19:00:16 | More by baybum
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This summer offering from Founder's really surprised me. Fruit beers are usually not too great and they are usually either super sweet or super tart, balance is not what I think of when I think of fruit beers. But this had it. Pours an amberish, pinkish girly looking color. A few bubbles to the top with a fizzy pink head. Lots of lacing though. Aroma is all raspberries, I can't get past the raspberries, they smell really fresh though. Taste starts out a little sweet, too sweet but it's not all raspberry sweetness. There's a malty sweetness in there that pushes the envelope a little too much. Right when I'm ready to write this one off though a nice super tart flavor hits me which is most definitely the raspberries in their full effect. A yeasty, alcohol dryness finishes this beer off. Great complexity and balance but I still liked their Raspberry Pale Ale on tap a little better.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 16:27:00 | More by granger10
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish color with hints of orange and brown. Head doesn't last long. Nose has fruity sour notes, and the obvious fruits of course. Delightfully sour on the palate, sweet, fruity, refreshing. Manages to be huge on flavor without being sickly sweet, or too sour. Glad I tried this one and set aside the usual stereotypes about this sort of thing being for the girls.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 00:56:26 | More by yemenmocha
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