Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,864 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,864
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 106
Gots: 420 | FT: 14
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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 Winter
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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!

Photo of shivtim
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A beautiful deep rusty red, with a huge foamy head. Nose is super-sweet rasberry. Taste is very tart at first, giving way to a heavily carbonated sweet rasberry flavor, complete with seeds. A very interesting beer (although not very beer-like). Perhaps too sugary-sweet to drink too many in one sitting. It's reminiscent of a sparkling rasberry juice. Alcohol is very well hidden, it's deceptive.

Photo of sleazo
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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?

Photo of beveritt
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a mostly opaque darkish ruby with a one finger light pink head. Quick to dissipate the head leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Fresh raspberry is the biggest part of this beers aroma. Not too fake smelling. Touch of fermented dark fruits as it warms.

T: As anticipated this has loads of raspberry with a complimenting malty finish. A bit sweet of a beer but does have some good tartness. Still has some malt roots to it, hasnt been consumed by fruitiness.

M: Fairly light body with ample carbonation. Not as sticky of a finish as most fruit beers which adds to this ones session-ability.

Overall hits a sweet spot in the summer time. I've always been a fan of raspberries so this one is a no brainer. Certainly can be like by most people.

Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick, cloudy garnet, nice lacing from the thin light colored head. Smell is mostly raspberry, slight hops, citrus, maybe pine but the raspberry dominates.
Tastes just the same. The raspberries dominate all. It is quite refereshing, crisp and clean, with a lingering fruity, slightly acidic aftertaste. I can imagine sipping this by a bonfire on a warm night after cutting the grass. Quite refreshing.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. Red ale with brownish undertones. Single finger head with did not last.

s. Fruity and sweet, almost like a wine cooler smell

t. Raspberry with a hint of malt. The after-taste reminds me of a wine cooler from back in the 80s. - been craving a revisit of this beer.

m. Very smooth going down.

o. A bit too sweet for me, and I like sweeter beers. This was very good, would revisit on a summer day.

Photo of Dave1999
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pink hued hazy brown with an out of control faint pink head. fortunately it dies pretty quick to a loose and large bubbled thin layer.
smells of fresh tart raspberry with an almost perfumy quality. sometimes i get a faint yeasty aroma, but it's very faint.
the taste is sweet pulpy raspberry at the front and gets fairly sour towards the middle and back. it's obvious there is some malt in here judging from the caramel that shows up if you really look for it at the end. probably some wheat in there too.
highly carbonated and not quite light body. no complaints it suits this one.
overall a solid raspberry fruit beer. drinks easily enough and is satisfying for what it is.

Photo of NODAK
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is unsurprisingly of fresh raspberries. Not too strong or too sweet. Pretty pleasant. I get a whiff of wheat as well. I wonder if this is a wheat beer.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. The taste is pleasantly sweet with fresh raspberries. It doesn't cross over to cloying or syrupy in the least. Better yet, it doesn't taste like a raspberry soda would. On the closing, I get some wheat there again so perhaps the nose wasn't a fluke.

Pretty good summertime brew here although its still sweet enough to where I probably won't have more than one at a time.

Photo of JRed
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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?

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of becktone
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Done in a horizontal tasting with Thirsty Dog Raspberry Ale and Great Divide Wild Raspberry(from notes).

Eye: Not quite clear, cloudy and the color of dark grapefruit juice. The head is beautiful, creamy with the perfect size and great retention, color of it is pinkwith white added to lighted it a shade or two. Beautiful sandstone type of lacing-layers. Great looking all around.

Nose: Smells of real raspberries, just like you've opened a bag of them and pureed them. Simple and Pure. Great aroma, just pure raspberries.

Tongue: Tartness and the flavor of real raspberries, nothing processed about this beer. Tastes like all natural raspberries. This is by far the best fruit beer I've had to date. Hops are present just enough to balance it out, just slightly noticeable in the taste. This is an excellent fruit beer, one of the best all around...a bit of tartness and some bitterness perfectly balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: My first thought when this one hit my palate was-Smooth, velvet-like. It has a ferfect amount of carbonation to compliment the tartness in here. NIce medium body, with a semi-dry finish. First slightly wet finish that leads to to a dried finish then back again. Certain parts of my mouth call this dry whilst others...well not so much so. this is one that I'll buy again, pending I can find it next season.

Photo of klewis
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear cranberry red with a frothy one-finger head that subsides to a frothy rnig around the glass. Specks of lacing.

S: Sweet-smelling aromas of raspberries and pomegranate

T: Sweet and tart with just the right amount of raspberry flavor.

M: Light-medium in body with a puckering mouthfeel, yet not to the extreme as somethinglike Lindeman's. The carbonation is much less than most fruit beers, giving this one a much smoother texture.

D: Not very "beery" (to use a much disliked term), but this beer is what it is. A very good fruit beer. If you're into that sort of thing, go get some, and you won't be disappointed.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 5.23.14

A - Ruby red, 1 finger of head and nice sticky lace left on the glass

S - Raspberries and lots of them! No booze, just raspberries...thats all!

T - Wow...its a spiked raspberry juice! So good! Apples and raspberries, alcohol is well hidden. An awesome brew.

M - Medium carbonation and light bodied.

O - A great beer. Just wish it was not so expensive, or this one would be a regular.

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

Pours a clear raspberry red color with floaties. One finger of pinkish cream colored head has good retention and leave nice lacing. Smells of tart red raspberries as well as some blackberry and strawberry for good measure, and just enough wheat malt to keep this beer-like. Tastes of tart red raspberries and sweet pale grain with a slight hint of grassy hops in the finish. Medium in body with nice gently fizzy carbonation. Sweet, lightly tart, and malty with a little touch of hops. One of my favorite fruit beers that hides its alcohol well, goes down easily, and is quite sessionable.

Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtrockchalk for cleaning out his cellar. Thats how this 2 year old puppy came into my hands.

Poured a 12oz bottle into Fling Saucer globe. I guess this has been discontinued for a while but since I wont have the opportunity to try this again, I figured I would give it a review. This beer pours a mashed raspberry red with a decent 2 inch head that leaves just a little bit of lacing. From the reviews I've read before, the aroma has kind of dwindled off. Crush sweet raspberries with a little bit of pilsner malt. That's all that really comes through. The flavor is much the same. Crushed sweet raspberries mixed with a light malt flavor. Just a slight hint of oxidization which is a bit surprising because most of the older twist top Founders bottles I've had have a heavy layer of cardboard. The mouthfeel is light leaving a lingering raspberry on the palate. Over all this is a good beer. I would have like to have it fresh.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since a six pack of this brew is so damn expensive at my local packy (by the way the only one I have ever seen it at) I decided I'de pick up a single 12 ouncer to see if it was worth picking up the whole thing. Anyway, poured into a Triple Eight Vodka sampler glass (associated with Cisco brewery). Coloration was reddish, with a pink head that faded quickly. Just looking at the head fading made me think that this is one really carbonated beer. Aroma was definitely filled with rasberry, but I could also almost smell the vine that they came off of. The earth factor gave it a more realistic fruit beer characteristic I think. Taste was of tart rasberries, more green earth tastes. It sort of reminded me of rubarb pie in a way (guess that is appropriate considering the title). Mouthfeel was relatively light in body, but very easy to drink. Most of the time when I have Founders beers, I can immediately tell that it is one of theirs. If I was to do a blind sampling of this one however, I would have never guessed it came from Founders. Most of the time when I try fruit beers, they have a generic taste to them, but this one delivered in the end. By no means one of Founders best offerings, but I think i'de try it again.

Photo of davey101
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Date is smudged but I can make out that it's from June 2013. Pours a deep red/violet body with two quick fingers worth of pink stained foam. Pretty solid lacing and retention. Aroma is raspberry jam and some caramel malts. Zero hop presence. Taste is similar with tart raspberries and malts. Not as juicy or fruity as New Glarus raspberry tart but on a similar page. Slightly syrupy but never daunting. This is a really solid fruit beer, I just can't believe I'd be in the mood for it that often.

Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/26/13. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours ruby red with a hint of purple. There's one finger of a light pinkish head

Smell: Fresh raspberries, grainy malt, tart. Slight Belgian quality as well.

Taste: Tart raspberries, malt sweetness, light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the better fruit beers out there. This is exactly what I'm looking for in a summer beer. Only downside is the relatively high price given what this beer is.

Photo of kemoarps
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of byronic
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

I had high hopes for this brew and found a few on the shelf. Quickly grabbed it and put it in the fridge soon after. The pour met my anticipation, a nice clear cranberry red with medium carbonation. Unfortunately it went downhill from there. At first it tastes quite nice there's a definite raspberry presence with a tinge of tartness, however it quickly turns into cough syrup. The flavour is completely dominated by this medicinal quality. This returns after each taste but thankfully does not linger in the finish. The mouth feel is a bit slick and oily and leaves a finish again similar to cough syrup.

After reading a few reviews here it seems that I may have gotten a bottle from the "bad" batch. However I stick by my rating as this inconsistency seems common enough. I'd hesitantly be willing to give this another go.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,864 ratings.