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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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637 Reviews
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Reviews: 637
Hads: 3,007
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 26.87%
Wants: 121
Gots: 489 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 637 | Hads: 3,007
Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. Served in a pokal glass.

A: That's definitely a red beer, and not in the "looks amber" sense - much like the difference between someone with natural red hair versus someone who grabbed a bottle of Fire Engine hair dye. It's obviously more in the latter category. There was no head to speak of when this arrived, and it was also not much in the lacing department.

S: Tart fruit notes swell out of the glass, all berries and grapes, with no real indication that this is an actual beer. Granted, I was in a bar, so that may have affected my olfactory judgment, but this is a bar with no kitchen.

T: The taste category can be readily summed up in two simple words - "wine soda". This seriously drinks like a carbonated red wine, laden with tart berry and grape notes through the entire tasting process. There are some faints hints of malt beneath, and nothing so much as vaguely resembling the echo of a shadow of a whisper of a ghost of any hop presence (which I appreciate).

M: Light and fairly well carbonated.

O: An interesting experience for a fruit beer. I would likely repeat it at some point, though I doubt this would ever become a regular beer for me.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful and rich dark pink hue, with an intense raspberry aroma. Very refreshing flavor, with a bit of a tartness to it. A really solid fruit beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of OldSock
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation and Appearance – 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Excessive creamy, light pink head fills much of the glass initially, but the head falls to a moderate level after a few minutes leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. The beer itself is a beautiful ruby-red with rapid carbonation.

Smell – Loads of sweet fresh raspberries as well as some tart notes and some graininess. Not much beer smell going on.

Taste – It’s nice, but nothing spectacular. It is almost exclusively fruit flavored, with both sweet and sour aspects. There are little hints of grain and no hops to speak of. The flavor is vaguely Belgian, in a sour-fruity kind of way, but sweeter. Not my cup of tea, I like fruit to be a supporting player to a beer not the soloist.

Mouthfeel – Pretty medium-light body, pretty refreshing.

Drinkability and Notes – This is an ok fruit beer, too much fruit for my taste and not enough beer flavor. If you have ever had Purple Haze from Abita, this is much better, but a similar beer. All in all not a bad beer if you have been drinking too many beers and want a major flavor change, or if you just plain hate the flavor of beer.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Rubaeus has a beautiful label with gorgeous artwork and great eye-catching colors. Label includes a bit of brewery info and a small description of the beer. Neck label has a Founders logo, web info, and ABV info. Cap has Founders logo.

Appearance: Rubaeus was aggressively poured from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz English pint leading to a 2 finger light airy white-purplish head atop a crystal clear deep ruby red amber beer. Head retention was a solid 2min 31sec before fading to a thin coating and ring with good lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is of a very sweet deep raspberry aroma that is very fresh. This also has a bit of a white wine aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by a tart yet still sweet raspberry on the front-end. Mid-point is again dominated by tart raspberry with a bit of underlying maltiness. Back-end has a bit of white wine grape flavor with a raspberry aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Rubaeus has an above average amount of carbonation that leads to a more full medium bodied mouthfeel that is crisp and still refreshing. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Overall/Comments: Rubaeus is another in a long line of excellent beers produced by Founders. Rubaeus is a bit on the sweet side and maybe could have used a bit of bitterness for balance. I really would like to try this mixed with a nice stout or porter. I recommend trying out Rubaeus if you have the opportunity! Classifed as a Fruit Beer at 5.7% ABV. Consumed 12/12/2013.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pinkish clear in color leaving a head which overfills the glass then quickly calms down to a film. Looks very carbonated. Smell is of raspberries and toilet water(?). Extremely tart with a punch that leaves a very sweet and tart aftertaste. Carbonation is much less than it appears. A smooth creamy mouthfeel that is becoming the trademark of Founders' products. After a sip it just sort of melts in the mouth with no prickly carbonation. Not syrupy or overly sweet. More tart than sweet. Leaves a tart sensation on the tongue and the liquid disappears. Very drinkable for a 6.9% and fruit beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this again yesterday. I generally prefer Blushing Monk because of the absurdly decadent mouthfeel. However yesterday this was on nitro and it makes a huge difference. The flavor is very similar to Blushing Monk, that one is just raspberries turned to 11.

This would be like "light" - but it was a perfect beer for a hot day. Lower ABV helped, raspberry was refreshing, but the nitro took it one step further in providing a a better mouthfeel.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found out that Raspberries are too expensive and Mr. Founders is retiring Rubaeus...such a sad time in the universe. This extemely drinkable quaff is unique in the right amount of raspberries added to the beer flavour, not too sweet, not too malty or hoppy. Appearance is slighly pink with light lacing, smell the raspberries as your nose nears the glass rim...the light and flavourful mouthfeel makes this truly a brew worth missing!!
Come Back Rubaeus!!!

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Photo of LeRose
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, illegible bottled on date other than 2013. Poured into tulip

Hazy, deep red, virtually no head other than a few wispy traces of bubbles.

Smelled of raspberry. Period.

Taste is a very nice raspberry flavor, sweetness, and acidic. The acid taste is nice, overbalanced the sweet, but in the end, sweetness wins out. Somewhat jam like, but the raspberry flavor is huge. Very nice tea-like characteristics on the finish that I have experienced before with high quality raspberry.

Very bright mouthfeel. Feels more carbonated than it is. There is a lingering sweetness along with a bit of sourness. Some stickiness, yet at he same time a little drying. Refreshing.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer for the raspberry lover (and I am one). Not complicated, very straightforward. Doesn't pull any punches...it is all about the raspberry. Will have gain.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25


Appearance: Dark reddish golden.

Smell: Bright and fruity.

Taste: Sweet. It tastes like raspberries (and not "raspberry flavor," real raspberries). Not quite cloying, but definitely sweet.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and heavy. Little carbonation.

Overall: Not exactly my test, but I can see why people like it.

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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 techfed87
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a well sized, rosy head to it.

Smells heavily of sweet, tart raspberries, almost on par with a lambic. However, unlike a lambic, this has a bit more bitterness to the after taste. That being said, this is a sweet, sweet beer. In essence, it is fermented raspberries in a bottle.

It does seem to be somewhat one dimensional in that regard. However as a semi-lambic, I'm more than comfortable with that title.

If you're into a sweeter beer, this one is definitely for you. Double if you're a fan of raspberries.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.