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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,672 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1672
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%


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.

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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours one of the most stunning color of any beer I have ever seen - clear as hell and a gorgeous ruby red. Head is small, fluffy and off-white.

Nose is raspberries...galore. Some supporting toffee malt shows as well as a bit of boysenberry syrup. Definitely sweet.

Tastes like the raspberry syrup in the syrup carousel at IHOP. Diabeetus? Possibly. Its not as good as some of the New Glarus fruit beers, but neither is it unappealing. Id have to say it is a good fruit beer, but I am more curious to see how this can compliment another beer in a blend than drink my remaining 2 by themselves

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 01:58:10 | More by twiggamortis420
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby coloring with no head. Aromas of rich, darkly sweet raspberry, like when you boil the fruit when you are making jelly/jam. Flavors are rich and sweet, heavy in legit raspberry fruit flavors. It does a very good job avoiding the sugary or syrupy sweet characteristics. Tart and slightly bitter notes at the end of the palate. The body is smooth and slick. Rich, sweet, and tart aftertaste that starts to pucker a bit as you continue to drink. Slick, slightly cloying finish with a decent tart linger. Very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 00:48:13 | More by GarthDanielson
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a red/pink/amber color with a very small white head. Aroma is pleasing, but it's pretty much just raspberries and it's both sweet and tart smelling. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's sweet and tart raspberries, very nice. I don't notice any hops or alcohol taste in the beer. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good, although I think this is more of a dessert beer. I don't know if I could drink more than a couple of these at a time. But overall I think this is a good beer. It's not too sweet and not too tart, it's a great example of what a fruit beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 03:40:27 | More by bluejacket74
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from moose3285. Thanks, Mike! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Crimson with a solid one finger head that's light red in color. Head recedes to a disk rather quick. Leaves some lace on the side of the glass as I swirl. Looks like what I'd expect a raspberry beer to look like

S: Pureed raspberries with no artificial anything. A hint of malt in the back, kind of like a cracker-like. Intriguing.

T: There's no hiding the raspberry flavors in this one. Raspberries all the way, start to finish. Mild alcohol presence on the finish. This reminds me of a diluted NG Raspberry Tart

M: Light with nice carbonation - maybe a little thin for the sweetness?

D: This one's a treat but if i want a raspberry beer, I'd grab the NG one

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 05:50:24 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours ruby red with a small pinkish head that doesn't stick around very long and leaves no lacing. Smell is, not surprisingly, raspberries, mostly sweet but with a hint of sourness at the end. The taste is also dominated by raspberries but there is definitely a beer backbone in there - malts and a faint hop taste in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good on this one especially since the sweetness is toned down a little in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 02:02:03 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours an eggshell colored head with good retention. A little spritzy looking, but thats ok. Leaves islands of foam in the center and outskirts of my drink. Colro is a bright yet slightly muted ruby.

Smell- A good amount of real rasberry smell with hints of lemons and wheat.

Taste- Starts out with some rasberry seltzer water notes, but quickly get a good syrupy pop of real rasberry flavor. Intermingled with said rasberries is a seltzer quality that I can't ignore along with some natural notes.

Mouthfeel- The carbonation allows for a pleasant and refreshing tonic water beer. Good for deserts and night caps. Especially with the ladies.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 03:53:13 | More by scruffwhor
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crimson caramel topped with a frothing of pink-glinted ivory.
Aromatic of mashed raspberries and caramel-fudge nougat.
The first draught suggest all raspberries, and all the time. But it is neither all berries, nor exclusive, though the pulpy, seed-laden, fleshy berryness is prevasive, and predominant. Malt assembles, full of milk chocolate, and cakey breadiness. Berries stand true and tall through it all, even as the malt fades, and the lightly tannic and tart fruitiness dominates the hindquarters. A glimpse of wine-cooleresque sweet alcohol is noted late, and hops are excluded for the most part.
This certainly pulls no punches. It's unabashed raspberries. Not so out-of-sorts as to be compared with things like Leinies Berry Weiss. The attention to the malt end helps elude such a fate. But the manic sugars and lightly cloying nature would prohibit me from drinking more than one. Fans of Lindeman's Framboise or New Glarus Raspberry tart will find a like minded brew. But for me, the wine-cooler element seems underlined here.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 04:55:15 | More by cokes
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champ103

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A four pack purchased from Whole Foods. This just hit the Houston market.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color. A two finger pink head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Sweet and jammy raspberry. A hard candy like sweetness, and that is about it. Simple, and to the point.
T: Up front the only thing here is raspberry jam and sweet hard candy. The sweetness lingers on for a while. Though at the very end of the finish is some toasted malt and bread crust.
M/D: A medium body with high carbonation. A bit sticky and syrupy from all the fruit additions. Fairly easy to drink. Once I adjust to the big sweetness, I can take deep gulps. The reasonable ABV helps as well.

Overall not bad at all. I have had other fruit beers I liked better. This is an easy drinking and fairly simple version, and pretty refreshing in this Texas heat. I will enjoy the rest of my four pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 22:03:48 | More by champ103
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a deep clear reddish purple color with a smallish pink/white head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells like raspberries. Sweet and tart raspberries is all I can find in the aroma really. Maybe a hint of bread if I think about it really hard. The flavor is sweet and tart raspberries with a hint of malt in there and a touch of earth. The mouthfeel is sticky and a bit syrupy, carbonation is low to moderate and the body is moderate. Wine cooler or beer? I enjoyed this a bit and I could drink it again, maybe not my favorite beer but certainly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 00:01:42 | More by johnnnniee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Bright red body. Almost no head. A few off white bubbles.

Smell - Bright raspberry. Juicy and fresh smelling. Sweet and maybe just the slightest aroma of a beer back there.

Taste - Raspberry juice. Slight tartness, but it's more of a sweet raspberry flavor. Faintest bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Like its New Glarus brethren, it's mostly juice. I think I'd take the lighter versions over this, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:53:27 | More by Alieniloquium
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased in Grand Rapids this month and served in a snifter.

Deep red, lightly hazy, with a thin head that barely covers the top despite a fairly vigorous pour.

Raspberries!!! This brew is all about the raspberries and they are there in spades, both in the powerful aroma and in tasting. In both, the rasperries have a very natural tasting presence. The aroma is largely a cross between fresh raspberries and raspberry jam. Excellent tart/sweet balance shades to the tart side.

O: Founders’ answer to New Glarus Serendipity (or is it the other way around?). Close in quality to that world-class brew although notably lower carbonation, if memory serves. I’d love to compare them in a simulataneous tasting. Highly recommended (unless you do not care for fresh raspberries).

{revisited with bottle of same vintage in Feb. 2014: remains at least as impressive}.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:10:32 | More by chinchill
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francisweizen

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the tap room in Grand Rapids. This one is a dark ruby red colour with an off-white pink-tinged head of foam that held up pretty nicely. Aromas of artificial raspberries and booze as well as some earthy/musty hints way in the background. Taste is cookie malts with a nice boozy raspberry syrup sort of taste. Drinkability is good, although the mouthfeel is a little coating and overcarbonated. A decent enough, higher abv fruit beer. Scarily many of the regulars were mixing this in half and halfs with the breakfast stout, imperial stout, and even devil dancer!

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2006 15:43:25 | More by francisweizen
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tpd975

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish pink with a small white head. No real retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of light raspberry, candy sugar, and pale malts.

T: Raspberry for sure not sweet not tart, just somewhere in between. Light malts with hints of caramel sweetness.

M: On the lighter side of body, peppy carbonation.

D: Not bad, just not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:36:45 | More by tpd975
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a clear red with a small pink head. Poor saturation. Aroma of raspberry fruit juice. Flavor is equally juice-like, maybe a touch more beer-like than some of the fruit beers but still not a very good "beer." A good fruit beer is hard to find...
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 16:17:41 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, tight, violet-white head sits atop a dark cherry body. Tart raspberry and cherry, sourish apple skins, sweet candy (cherry pixie stix?). Interesting aroma. Ripe raspberries and cherries at the forefront. Sugary at first then turning tart and juicy. mellow malt backbone provides a nice platform. It tastes like they put a ton of fruit in here! I like that. Tart, acidic finish. Moderate body with a mellow feel. Not as effervescent as other raspberry beers I've had. Nice job on a unique beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 19:57:53 | More by alexgash
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GClarkage

California

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/07/08- Purcahsed at Chuck's Wines and Spirtis in Chagrin Falls, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Raspberry puree in color. 1/4 inch head at most forms and quickly evaporates. No real lace traces to speak of.

Smell- Reminds me of a nice fresh raspberry field. Not to sugary in the nose.

Taste- Not like the lambic style I was thinking it would be. This one has a quick dash of sweetness followed by a very slight tartness that comes in after the swallow. This one also has a nice malt base and even some hops that jump in the mix. Raspberry flavor is very fresh.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, not a huge lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Worth trying for sure. Don't expect Lindemann's, but it's still got enough sweetness to almost be considered a lambic. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 16:02:52 | More by GClarkage
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Brenden

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rubaeus is...dare I say it?...raspberry red in color. It really is, though, darker than the typical mauve/dark pink/light red, more of a medium red even with a light violet hue. The off-white head develops nicely up to between one and two fingers tall. As it recedes, it leaves creamy rings, several, in fact, that all interconnect through legging and webbing. There's some really nice structure here.
Not too sweet but certainly not devoid of natural sweetness, the juiciness and balance of sweet and tart that are evident make this a refreshing beer from the get-go, even smelling it. Malt is evident but doesn't overtake the fruit. There's even just a faint hint of some earthy and almost floral notes. All in all, it's not quite as big and juicy as the very best, but it is in a higher league than most.
The mouthfeel is a little fluffy, a bit more than effervescent in a light body. It's pretty crisp, generally, and the carbonation that continues to rise through the session somehow isn't too overdone.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:20:56 | More by Brenden
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - ruby with a short, fizzy, pink head that has decent retention

S - tart raspberries, some faint malt, a creamy note similar to cool whip

T - mildly tart, big raspberries, a bit sugary, creamy similar to the nose, faint malt in the finish

M - medium bodied, a tad sticky, crisp but not over carbonated

This is one of the better fruit beers I have ever had. It's full flavored without being overpowering or cloying. It has depth of flavor but showcases the raspberries perfectly. For an fruit beer fan, raspberry fan, or simply someone who likes a well crafted beer, this is definitely one that is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 22:22:10 | More by tdm168
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gained this bottle as an extra in one of my early trades, now lost in the mists of time & dozens of other trades, with beerisheaven. Only now rescued from the back of the fridge as my annual lust for a fruit beer has mysteriously struck.

Not surprisingly, this beer looks & smells like a raspberry.

Holy Bartles & James wine coolers. I'm having unholy flashbacks to Colorado, circa 1989, & being the only guy "grandfathered" into the liquor laws & thus being able to buy alcohol with extremely low ABVs, the primary purpose of which was to make you pee, a lot. We used to ride our bikes into Castle Rock, 25 mile round trip (yes I just looked on Mapquest), just to put a bunch of beer & wine coolers in our tents for the weekend. Damn, we were hard back then.

Oh, yeah, the beer at hand. Seriously. Wine cooler. If this wasn't Founder's, I do believe they'd be roundly mocked for making an updated version of the wine cooler. Tastes light & springy & fruity, without a hint of alcohol or beer on the tonuge.

And that can't be bad. Thanks Brian for the trip down memory lane!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:28:25 | More by maximum12
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mynie

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, part of a 4 pack purchased at Eagle River Liquors in Fulton, Illinois.

Pours like a lightly carbonated Juicy Juice. This may seem like an insult but remember that Juicy Juice was the juice that was 100% juice and so wasn't all unnaturally fluorescent. Still it's kind of dull.

Smells like fresh, juicy raspberries. Nice. Everyone likes those. But that's all it smells like. There's nothing else there. Just big, firm raspberries. Is this juice? I mean, it's pleasant but there should be at least a little beeriness, right?

Tastes like a really firm and juicy raspberry lambic only with none of the yeast funk (and none of the yeast). It's very creamy and smooth. Tastes more like a raspberry smoothy than anything else. Big, big fruit, the teeniest bit of an ambiguous middle that tastes like neither malt nor yeast but is probably beer or else something resembling beer. Then more raspberries. This is still a wonderful taste and still pretty complex, but it's not quite up to the level of the New Glarus beers I assume it's trying to imitate.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 07:15:45 | More by mynie
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a snifter this beer was the color of grape juice. There was a very small white head.

Very sweet fruit aroma.

A pronounced raspberry taste.

Very, very sweet.

I'm not much for fruit beers; generally they're too sweet for my taste. This one was really sweet, and not that enjoyable. Like drinking a non-carbonated soda.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 02:18:29 | More by lordofthewiens
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CrazyDavros

Australia

2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark garnet with a large pink head.
Aroma of raspberry confectionery and little else.
Simlar flavours, very sweet. Raspberry lollies again sums it up perfectly. Very little to it really.
Could use more carbonation.
Much too sweet. Nothing apparent behind the raspberry.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 06:34:00 | More by CrazyDavros
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a reddish, "framboise like" body with pink head and minimal lace. I mostly smelled raspberries with my beer, possibly some hops and grainy malt but to be honest nothing but razzies for me. I will say that thankfully this beer isn't thick or sticky, and by that I mean the dominant taste profile is raspberry but it's not like drinking raspberry flavored smoothies with alcohol. It is a balanced beer, as there are some hop bites that add crisp, bitter backbite, there is some tart and sweetness, and there is a good amount of raspberry but everything is balanced and it feels more like a beer with raspberries, not raspberry beer. Also, I appreciated the balance because it never gets too sugary/sweet but nor does it get so tart it borders on puckering/sourness. I still gave it a "low" overall score because personally I couldn't drink more than 12 ounces and the pint I had started to wear on me. Pretty good beer that probably is best served as a dessert beer because it is a little bit of meal in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2013 14:58:06 | More by clayrock81
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a reddish copper hue with a small offwhite head that quickly falls into a small ring. Some patchy lacing. Aroma is malty caramel and fresh raspberry. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and light medium bodied. Taste is tart raspberries and malty caramel and toffee. Not hint of the 6.9 % abv here. No hops presence. The raspberry tastes a bit artificial, but is much better than most of its ilk. A refreshing and tasty fruit beer that is much better than most American efforts.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 23:47:16 | More by merlin48
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.25.13
06/19/13? Partially rubbed off

A - Pours a cloudy ruby red with a fizzy pink head that fades fast.

S - Sweet raspberry and malty.

T - Super sweet raspberry, hard to get much else.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Very sweet and fruity. A bit syrupy. ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 06:09:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.