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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: 3,049
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 120
Gots: 510 | 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 UncleFlip
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, so it turns out the one I gave UnionMade was NOT my last one. Found it in a box in the beer closet. :)

Very strong pink head leaps up from this one on the pour. It holds for a while over a red coloured hazy liquid with strong peach overtones, and eventually starts to fall, leaving a somewhat thick lace behind.

The smell is not really 'beer', but is still rather nice. It; light, sweet raspberry, with a bit of maltiness underneath.

Flavour reminds me a bit of a raspberry soda. The malt is understated, and there's not much hop at all. Fortunately, it's not overly sweet. A pleasant slight bitterness hits at the finish. Not bad.

Carbonation builds just past the midway point, and is a bit more than I would like. In that respect, it also reminds me more of a raspberry soda.

The high carbonation is the only reason this one doesn't get a 4.5 on drinkability.

Be well
-UF

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Photo of MUTINY
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a remarkable, clear, deep pink/red much akin to a rose wine. 1/2" fizzy white head that recedes very quickly. Not very much retention. No lacing.

S: Sweetish raspberry, hints of tartness, an overall juicy characteristic on the nose.

T: Very natural semi-sweet raspberry notes lead in. Mid palate features a bit more a of saccharine quality with just a faint hint of malt underneath. Finish is sharp & short.

M: Moderate carb & just enough body to remind you that you're drinking a beer. Quite refreshing.

O: Very enjoyable, not artificial tasting at all.

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Photo of interzen
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

Look: Pours a dark red/burgundy with a bubbly pink head that settles down to a bit of surface foam. No lacing to speak of. Probably served slightly too warm, but hey ho.

Smell: Raspberry, oddly enough - it hits you pretty much as soon as you've got the cap off the bottle and is a little bit overpowering to begin with. Once poured, it manages not to smell like cough syrup, and there's a bit of malt hiding behind the fruit.

Taste:Whilst it might not smell like cough syrup, it does taste a bit like it. True, there's the zingy bitterness of raspberries and a hint of malt, but really the fruit flavour is kind of overpowering.

Feel: Slightly syrupy and cloying, not helped by the light carbonation. OK, some of this will, no doubt, be down to the fruit but even so it's hard going.

Overall: I tried to like this, really I did - I've read good things about it, and Founders in general, so was immensely disappointed with the overpowering raspberry-ness of it. Somehow it comes out tasting rather artifical, although in the interests of full disclosure I prefer kriek-style beers anyway. Sadly, in the UK at least, a proper Belgian frambozen is easier to track down and ultimately better tasting too. Disappointing.

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Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark red with a one inch light pink head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Hello raspberry. Raspberry, raspberry, and more raspberry. It's pretty one-note, but luckily I happen to love raspberries. Still, it does come off just a touch artificial.

Taste: Aaaaand, surprise! It tastes like a boatload of raspberries. Unlike the smell, flavor-wise this is not artificial in the least. Very slight tartness. Similar raspberry intensity as New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but not as tart. This is definitely sweet, to the point where I don't think I could handle drinking more than 12 oz. in a night. However, in limited quantities, this is pretty damn delicious (assuming you like raspberries. If not, bail now).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-to-low carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: If you love raspberries, this is the beer for you. It'sone-dimensional, but it nails that dimension very well.

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Photo of BirdFlu
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was probably the best fruit beer I ever had.. if you've had the Cerise now, its very similar but obviously with a raspberry flavor.. The pour is a nice pinkish red, smells and tastes like raspberry soda but also has somewhat of a beer character to it.. Again, like cerise its similar to a lambic.. mouth is light and crisp, giving it a really high drinkability. I you are a fan of fruit beers certainly look for it. If not, try it anyway, it may not be loaded with hops and malt but its delicious.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: On the pour you can see the beer is a light red color, and it becomes a dark red when completely in the glass. Not much of a head forms, but it seems to be a light shade of purple.

S: More of a grainy, beery smell than a fruit aroma, although the fruit is present.

T: Tart raspberry, then "beer" flavor, followed by sweeter raspberry.

M: Fairly light, but not watery.

O: A decent beer overall, and pretty good for a fruit beer.

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Photo of SackBlabbath
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At my local bar/bottle shop we keep this on tap almost all summer/fall, and it's a great go to on a hot day or just a nice day in general. As refreshing as a beer can get. This and Steigl Radler are two beers to have around for a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the raspberry taste, anything but artificial. HOWEVER, it didn't taste like a beer, it was a wine cooler with a bit more abv. It gave me a tummy ache it was so sweet and malty. Wouldn't be caught buying it, but I'd drink one if someone tossed it to me.

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Photo of hardysf
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably my wife's favorite beer - which will ultimately mean it is too sweet for me.

This pours a solid fuchsia color but is a bit cloudy. Smells of raspberries and more raspberries.

The carbonation dissipates really fast and it is almost like drinking a barley wine. It is smooth and creamy and the taste is of sweet raspberry. It is a sweeter beer but if raspberry is what your after this should be your choice.

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

Founder's Rubaeus had a magenta body topped by a dense pink head. Aroma consisted of rasberries with a touch of lemon zest. Flavor was tart rasberries and citric, with just a hint of bready malt as it warmed. Body was light with medium-high carbonation.

This was tart and citric, but not overpowering or vinegar-like. The fruit gives it a wine-like charactor. I don't think Rubaeus was incredibly complex, but I found it quite refreshing.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter glass. 5.7% abv

Appearance- Poures a deep garnet color with a thin head quick to dissipate.

Smell- Ripe raspberries dominate the aroma, very fresh smelling. Hints of a sweet malt but hard to decipher through the fruit.

Taste- Sweet raspberry arrives first, turning slightly tart midway through the taste. A bit of grainy malt, but not near as strong of a malt force as most beers are as the fruit stands above. Finishes slightly dry retaining the sweet berry flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin in body which makes this beer refreshing.

Overall- If this isn't a refreshing beer I don't know what is. Great for Summer. Reminiscent of a wine cooler but this is definitley a beer. A superior fruit beer.

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this last night was very good

Appearance looked almost like blood. Small pinkish frothy head

I liked the taste very much ice cold as it warmed it became a little skunky

My first go'round with FOUNDERS. Definitely won't be my last a little pricey 12$/4

But that is the norm for craft beer I have been told

Overall a little sweet but I enjoyed it I can see the ladies liking it

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz at Lush Wines and Spirits Roscoe Village in Chicago, IL.

A: Pours a reddish amber color with very little white head that reduces down to almost nothing.

S: Smells just like fresh raspberries and a little bit of bready yeast

T: Raspberries for sure, but in a much less pronounced way than I anticipated. It's more like a regular beer with some raspberry flavor in the background.

M: A little thin, but I don't think you'd want this to be creamier.

D: Very easily drinkable for you can't pick up any alcohol, it's smooth and light, decent flavor, etc

A nicely flavored raspberry beer, although I have had other ones that I felt were better.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep ruby red with a big slightly purple head.

S: First impression is actually a nice malt and bread. Sweet raspberries and sugar come next. A little floral with some citrus in the back end.

T: Sweet fresh raspberry. Raspberry jam with a bit of bread in the middle. Tart citrus on the finsih. Reminiscent of a sweet fruit salad. a slight hint of cherry as well.

M: Nice bubbly carbonation makes this quite light and easy to drink. Refreshing.

O: Probably my favorite fruit beer. I'm not a fan of this style but having the fresh raspberries really make this a standout in the category. Very refreshing with a tart component that really kicks this up a notch. / 85

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very rich, deep, dark red with a thin foamy pink-white head that disspates quickly. I wish the head lasted longer and that there wasn't little pieces of sediment floating in it. Probably not yeast, more likely raspberry pieces but im not sure.

The smell is all raspberries, tart and sweet. Taste is similar with a bit of a boozy finish. Fairly well balanced for a fruit beer, a bit too sweet but i guess it has to be to balance out the tartness. Mouthfeel suffers mainly from the little pieces of whatever that make it a bit gritty. Very drinkable, though. my girlfriend loved it which did not surprise me as she likes a lot of fruit beers. Good to try but a bit pricey.

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Photo of Boverhof3
1.8/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Just too much Fruit and not enough beer qualities. Its kinda gross really. I have no idea who this beer is targeted towards. Its a lousy beer and a lousy wine cooler. If you enjoy drinking dish detergent, then this may be the beer for you. Otherwise, move on. Worst Founder's beer I've ever had. Probably in the top 5 worst beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a very light pink and sits a hazy dirty pink, almost apple cider color

Smell: quite simply, raspberries. maybe a little malt and alcohol helps thin it out but nothing else really comes through

Taste: quite simply, raspberries. i think the alcohol helps to lighten it a bit, not that this is supposed to have a whole lot of body to it anyway. tiny bit of yeast in the finish (if you poured it out)

Mouthfeel: low-med body. little bit of sparkle to it

Notes: not too thick/rich. very easy drinking. would especially be great on a warm day. i can see some people call this a girly beer. the cerise has some big shoes to fill, but i think it will do alright

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a recent present from the 80's bif.

pours amberish without any head. a slim ring of white film surrounds the edge of my glass. no lacing.

smells like raspberry jam. obviously a strong point in the beer. hints of faint malt that are mostly masked by the raspberry goodness. almost smells like a soda. but it is a good smelling beer.

tastes sweet up front but ends dry. obvious raspberry notes. a very interesting beer. not what i was expecting but that is probably a good thing.

mouth is thin and dry. crisp. but not quite refreshing. a slight pucker near the end.

easy to drink. not sure i would actively hunt this down but if it was an extra i would gladly down another one. well done founders.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown to redish color with a small pinkish head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing down a 20oz pub glass.

Smell is pretty good. There is a lot of raspberry and sweet malts.

Taste is very berry and sweet. I get an almost syrupy sweet berry taste that fades to a little bit of tartness of a berry and a little bit of maltyness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. I get that syrupy feel to it with a nice bit of carbonation.

Overall, it is what it is. Very sweet almost too sweet. I like it but I would like to see a little more malt presence to balance out the berryness.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy red color and extremely carbonation and nice amount of head and but it fades after a minute or two to basically nothing. It almost looks like pop (soda if your not from Michigan :-) ). Smell is quite strong and that of raspberries, but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I expected but is pleasing and the taste is a little tart and sour. Drinkability is above average and for fruit beer is pretty good.

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Photo of bignick
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a deep, cloudy pinkish-red. The head is out-of-control to the point that pouring it is very difficult. I will give this beer the benefit of the doubt, even though its a bit sweet for my liking, because it seems to really capture the essence of rasperries. It is sweet and tart, with a sour finish. It is pretty full-bodied and with a creamy mouthfeel. Definitely worth a try, but I can't imagine drinking this one regularly.

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Photo of W_Des
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep garnet red color with the aroma of raspberries. The taste is raspberry forward but the finish is medicine-y and only grows stronger as it warms up. Overall ok.

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Photo of kmeves
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light red with a tiny white head. Aroma is tart raspberries, grass and some dough. Flavor is wonderfully tart and somewhat grainy. Finishes short and tart. Light to medium bodied, sticky texture. One of the better fruit beers I have enjoyed in recent years.

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Photo of hops202
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4/5/14 - Consumed 5/15/14 out of pint glass.

A - cloudy ruby look

S - sour berries is there, not overly done though. Malt present.

T - similar taste with more raspberry flavors present.

M - light and crisp finish

O - not a huge fan of the fruit beers, but I will try any founders on the shelf.

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

Color- dark ruby. Full pink head.

Aroma- crisp raspberries.

Taste- Starts tart with some sourness then quickly progresses to a sweeter body with an Asti Spumante like finish. An excellent summertime fruit beer. The sour beginning might not sit well with the average rouge but we like this one.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 8/31/2013.

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