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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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2,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,301
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 67
Gots: 234 | FT: 11
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 sinstaineddemon


4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

A - no head to speak of, light barely visible carbonation through the ruddy reddish-brown eliixir

S - raspberry predominates the aroma, it really takes over, there is a discernible malty backbone however

T - as imaginable, raspberry flavors dominate the taongue as well as the nose, very fruity, were not talking frozen mushy raspberries, real, fresh raspberry flavors. once again there is a hop/malt balance in the background providing support. This beer avoids the pitfalls that other fruit beers fall prey too, in that it's not too sweet

M - smooth and easy down, this was stolen by the girlfriend. she very much enjoyed, no offensive qualities to speak of

D - incredible, it really acheives a superb drinkability, would compliment dessert quite well, especially pie ala mode, mmm...

10-29-2008 15:24:59 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of ryanpj


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-05-2013 23:12:28 | More by ryanpj
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep ruby red in color. Great clarity. Pinkish white head retains at a modest quarter inch. Lacing is small and spotty.

S: Raspberry juice with a light tartness. The malt base smells of pie crust with perhaps just a suggestion of cocoa.

T: Fresh and bold raspberry taste up front. A modest level of tartness and good attenuation do a nice job of making sure that this beer never feels too sweet. The malt base is more subdued than on the nose, but some crust and cocoa do come through. Semi-sweet finish of raspberry and hints of a tootsie roll-type chocolate flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. A slight suggestion of weight is whisked away by a fluffy texture and modest carbonation.

O: Is this a straightforward fruit beer? Yes and no. The raspberry is definitely the main attraction, but there’s enough contrast thrown in to add complexity and enhance drinkability. Fresh and authentic fruit flavor is the driving force, but a balancing tartness and supporting malt base make this one of the best fruit beers on the market. I don’t think I’ve ever been this pleased with a fruit-forward beer that wasn’t a lambic.

08-04-2013 18:03:14 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of AdamBear


3.55/5  rDev -8%

A-sienna brown. Dark. Has a reddish tent. Just a thin white head

S-smells like tart raspberries! Almost stings the nose. Slight buttercream scent.

T-comes in with a thick flavor or tart raspberry cream. Some cinnamon in there, but not quite enough to make it taste like a candle, thankfully. Definitely has a grainy flavor to remind you this is a beer. It's a thick syrupy taste. There's a slight him of bitterness in the after-taste, but it's mainly the same.

M-thick and syrupy. Medium carbonation. Sticky finish

O-I don't really care for this. I love fruit beers, but this is just so thick and syrupy. It's made for nightmare hangovers. It's not even. Dry drinkable. It just reminds me of a stronger macro fruit beer.

02-10-2014 23:21:16 | More by AdamBear
Photo of peabody


3.53/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours out a reddish amber with one finger of white suds and slight lacing.
Smell is raspberry. Lots of Raspberry. Hiding behind that is some sugar and malt with a slight yeast burn to the nose.
Taste is very very berry. This is like a sodapop. Not really sour but as it leaves the mouth you feel a dry sourness. I like this beer but I am not too much up on fruit beers that are sweet.
Mouthfeel is sweet at first then a dry and dirty flavor comes through. Like a sweet tart after it has dissapeared from the mouth. A sugary stickiness is left.
Drinkability depends on if you like this sort of drink. I am not that keen on it but it is not a bad drink.

06-26-2007 00:31:46 | More by peabody
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08-17-2013 23:33:51 | More by BigTrubble
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-08-2013 09:56:56 | More by Bilco
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-24-2014 22:16:38 | More by kvgomps
Photo of taez555


3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

This beer poured a reddish brown body with a small off-white head.

Nose has a sweet tart, raspberry or even natural cranberry type smell. The carbonation almost gives it that fruity soda sort of smell.

Medium bodied with a syrupy sweet fruit flavor. A big carbonation gives it a very soda like quality at first. Fresh Raspberries, natural tart fruits and some muted sugar. An interesting overlaying earthy bitterness that adds to the natural fruit flavor.

It is what it is. Sort of the session beer version of Dogfish head's fort. Not quite a lambic, but could be nice paired with chocolate.

05-12-2006 00:15:57 | More by taez555
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass, the liquid is light ruby with ok carbonation. The head is small and pink, fades fast leaving little lace.

The smell is good, I love sweet raspberries and that is what this is.

The taste follow well, lots of sweet raspberries, lots of desert qualities, for the real plus would be as a summer beach brew. This would be the best IMO. I like this brew it tastes great and is refreshing.

The mouthfeel is nice, light body and sparkling like carbonation. Nice.

The drinkability is very good as it is just about gone.

Prosit, MK

01-06-2008 20:37:24 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-04-2013 18:00:06 | More by Arsenal0328
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-19-2014 18:03:11 | More by dunix
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-10-2013 01:55:25 | More by siege06nd
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-10-2013 00:52:38 | More by kristougher
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

08-21-2013 02:52:44 | More by captainbearcat
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-21-2014 15:36:30 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
Photo of RickS95


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

I don't care much for the looks, but for what it is, I'm not sure how you get around it. The pour is a deep burgundy, looks like wine, and fortunately, it's not clear like other fruity beers, but rather has a slight haze to it. The head isn't much, a finger thick at best, and it's pink. Little retention so you don't have to look at it long.

The nose is overwhelmingly raspberry. No malt or hop presense whatsoever, just garden picked, fresh raspberries.

It's ok. The first few sips almost resemble beer, but after that, it's more or less and Bartles and James wine cooler...raspberry flavored.

Not awful, just not very beer like. Sweet up front, slight resemblance to an ale midsip, then very tart. The tart is extremely sharp, but never crosses the line to being kriek-like. Carbonation starts to work near the finish with a strong bite to completely scrape the palate clean so you can tolerate the next swallow.

A fruit beer is what a fruit beer is--barely beer like, some not even drinkable. This is drinkable, but only slightly beer like. It's well above average for a fruit beer.

10-19-2013 02:51:07 | More by RickS95
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

A sloppy pour yields two incehes of pale pink foam resting atop a lightly hazed diluted purple brew. The head falls quickly, leaving light lace.

Nose is soft, sweet and tart berries with a light toffee and husky grain note.

Flavor opens with semisweet fresh raspberry and orchard fruit. Not as sweet as expected, which is a nice thing in this case. It has a decent honey and caramel malt character complimented by earthy and herbal hops in the finish. Unique.

Mouthfeel is lush and creamy with a slick texture and good drinkability for a fruity beer. Complex enough to keep you interested and refreshing. Didn't even realize this was almost 7% until I looked here on BA!

08-14-2008 21:53:55 | More by AlexJ
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

07-05-2013 06:33:03 | More by deonreds
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-06-2014 00:52:29 | More by paulish
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

06-25-2014 22:59:28 | More by ralphw56
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

07-18-2013 17:13:24 | More by thebouch01
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

07-04-2013 03:12:32 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-02-2014 21:31:18 | More by apasternak
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

A: Attractive strawberry/raspberry juice color with some chill haze to it. A few streams of bubbles meander to the top of the glass from the bottom. Head is very minimal with a simple film of off white bubbles resting on top.

S: Raspberries, vinous qualities, lemonade and cherries in the high notes.

T: Starts off a little perfumy with a good amount of raspberry flavor. There’s no real surprise what this beer was made with, but the raspberry flavor is a bit on the “fake” side…even if its not. Tastes like some seeds made it into the beer, has that earthy pungent flavor. Good amount of beet and cane sugar leaves some residual syrup in the mouth. Finishes really basic opposed to tart which surprised me.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel with a soft texture.

D: I was under whelmed by this beer. I could have used more “snap” as it was fairly complacent and not too memorable.

07-04-2007 04:25:17 | More by Westsidethreat
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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