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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,448 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 74
Gots: 262 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
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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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wild carmine pours like an eddy in a glacial river in a gully during the peak of summer. Wild torrents of bubbles spew forth. This is one of the most wild pouring brews I have ever seen. The bottle should have a warning label printed on it that says, “Pour really slowly into a really big glass,” because this brew explodes all over the place.

Smells kinda like cough syrup mixed with raspberry Kool-Aid and boatloads of NutraSweet.

Tastes pretty mediocre, very medicinal and too sweet, false, with too little fruit or substance.

Mouthfeel is thin and artificial.

Drinkability is fine but nothing special.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of number1bum
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I stole this bottle from a box intended for my brother, his beer winnings courtesy of mymrrnngjkt courtesy from our fantasy baseball league. I've had Blushing Monk so I had to try this one, too.

Pours a bright reddish color with one finger of pinkish/ivory head. Head settles to just a thin lace.

Smells like raspberries and not much different than Blushing Monk, really. Nice, clean, fresh raspberry aroma.

Taste is a bit more tart than the smell, with plenty of raspberry flavor with some light sweetness and some sourness. There is some earthy bitterness through the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with a crisp carbonation.

For a fruit beer this is quite good. I like the raspberries, and if I had to choose a fruit beer this would be toward the top of my list. It's just like Blushing Monk but not as strong; a perfect little brother.

number1bum, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Big_Dave, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev +3.6%

mportnoy, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Bilco, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of deonreds
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

deonreds, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +3.6%

FUwolfpacker, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of masterofsparks
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

masterofsparks, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. stubby bottle with a simple good drawing of a raspberry bush up close. You can see all the plump raspberries growing on it. On the top of the label is you'll find Founders' notched bottling code. Mine was in the top right hand corner. Whatever that means. It's capped with a twist off cap.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, I didn't expect this beer to a solid raspberry red. I expected this beer to be a red color, but not a raspberry red color. On top of this raspberry colored beer was a thin and fizzy head of white foam. I noticed that sometimes even the head of foam had a small tint of red in it. This head of foam quickly fizzled away, but did manage to leave behind a handful of red foamy rings. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind, but I still liked the color of this beer.

The aroma was heavy on the juicy red raspberries. The only other aroma in this beer was a small amount of malted wheat. That is it, just red raspberries and malted wheat.

The taste was nothing but lightly sour and tart red raspberries. No malted wheat or hops, just the red raspberries. If there was anything else in this beer, then the strong raspberrries would have covered them up completely.

The mouthfeel was light with a creamy aftertaste of (you guessed it) red raspberries. Also in the mouthfeel was alot of carbonation.
The carbonation even seemed quite high for a fruit beer.

If you like drinking alcoholic red raspberry juice, then you'll really like this beer. If you want something with a little more variety, then you better go somewhere else.

AltBock, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of GeoffreyM
3/5  rDev -22.3%

GeoffreyM, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerOps, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of bump8628
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep but vibrant crimson, head has a slightly pink tinge to it. Full on raspberry onslaught, nothing artificial about it, just pure raspberry like homemade raspberry jam. There's a definite sugar cookie malt sweetness going on underneath which further enhances the fruit, but other than that it's all raspberry. A slight natural tartness lingers on the finish. Just a step behind the New Glarus fruit beers in terms of fruit intensity. There aren't many "clean" fruit beers I enjoy but this is certainly one of them. That said, it's not a beer to drink in quantity but as a nice aperitif or as something fun to pair with sweets.

bump8628, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +3.6%

SkinniePost, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of rajendra82
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pink color was unlike most other beers, but obviously the raspberries were responsible for this hue. The head was fizzy and one finger thick at most. The beer looked more like a rosé wine except with carbonation. The smell also was clearly indicative of the fruit used in making the beer, with strong raspberry scent dominating all else. Taste was dominated by tart-sweet raspberries, some malt sweetness, and showed no hops. The mouthfeel was crisp and simple. This is clearly a fruit dominated drink, and barely a beer at all, but it was good on its own terms.

rajendra82, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of ckeegan04
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy reddish-pink color with foamy light pink head. Decent retention and lacing. Granted, not what a normal beer looks like, but with raspberries added it seems appropriate.

S - Sweet smell of raspberries with just a little tartness. No other discernable aromas.

T - Light sweetness initially, primarily raspberry in flavor. A lip-puckering tartness comes through mid-drink to provide an excellent balance to the sweetness. Finishes slightly tart. Nothing artificial tasting at all about this fruit beer, excellent job Founders.

M/D - Medium bodied and slightly sticky/syrupy on the feel. Very refreshing and drinkable.

ckeegan04, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +3.6%

babaracas, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Chico1985
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer make a return. Picked up a 4-pack a couple weeks ago, finishing it up now.

The beer is maroon colored with some clarity. A pink head starts at about a finger in size, falling to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving some lace behind.

Nose is raspberries. Sweet, fruity and authentic with light tartness. Decent strength.

Taste is mostly fresh raspberries and that's it. Good mix of sweetness and tartness. Slight grassy and stemmy tastes hiding in there, and make this not so one-dimensional, but it's pretty much all about that fruit. Some lemon maybe in the finish.

Full-bodied with high carbonation that's just a bit spiky. Otherwise smooth and malty, drinks pretty easy.

It's simple yeah, but a very solid straight up fruit beer. Nice fresh taste, light and drinkable, good summer release. Pure raspberry ale.

Chico1985, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.40):
Raspberry red with tinges of purple & topped with a pinkish-white head that is bubbly, leaveing some nice lacing on the edges.

Strong raspberry notes but not overly sweet or sugary. A malty aroma from the start that offset the sweetness. Some sourness and berries come through as well and a slight amount of tartness follows.

Sweeter than the nose but not overdone, starting with sugary sweetness, touches of bitterness & plenty of raspberries plus some tart & sourness but very little in the way of hops.

Smooth & sweet with some hints of sourness & bitterness but naturally the sweetness prevails. Carbonation seems about medium & the body the same. It was a pleasantly refreshing beer overall.

A fairly good fruit beer, certainly up there with the best that I've tried. Easy to drink & it went down well with some nice malts & bitterness helping level out the sweetness from the raspberries. An enjoyable one but you'd be hard pushed to drink more than one of them in a sitting.

flyingpig, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Damian
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a gorgeous, crystal clear, ruby red color with a tight, light pink, sea foam head. Over time, the head faded to a frothy, bubbly film. Odd shaped clumps of lacing cascaded down the glass with every sip.

The aroma was a mix of a powdery yeastiness and a raspberry soda-like quality. Syrupy sweet (much sweeter smelling than I anticipated).

The taste was akin to that of a weak raspberry soda. Sweeter up front, tangy in the center and slightly bitter on the back end. A touch of hops came through on the finish. Some dry, medicinal notes lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was crisp, light and spritzy. Somewhat airy. Appropriate for the style yet not very appealing.

Drinkability was quite good. Although the flavor profile was less than stellar, the beer was light and refreshing. Furthermore, the 6.9% ABV was hardly detectable.

If there ever was a beer that mimicked a wine cooler, this would be it. A perfect, warm weather beer for people who do not like beer.

Damian, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy darkish red with a light pink one finger head. Really no lacing and just the slightest bit of head retention.

Aroma is full of hearty raspberry along with some grass and hay.

Quite sweet taste with raspberries. A little too sweet but it doesn't really seem artificial which is nice. Very little bitterness with a sticky mouthfeel. Oddly not real refreshing due to the sweetness.

Overall, one of my least favorite beers from Founders. Decent flavor but too sweet to really enjoy.

rangerred, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +3.6%

oldvines, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bauermj, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of ralphw56
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ralphw56, Jun 25, 2014
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.