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Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders RübæusFounders Rübæus

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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 rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer opened with a big “Pssst” and poured a full glass of light raspberry colored foam. The tiny body is a hazy reddish orange hue with a strong carbonation.

S- The aroma is a big fresh sweet raspberry with a hint of tartness but not a yogurt sourness.

T- The flavor is a big raspberry tartness without the berry flavor and some hoppy floral taste. There is a finish of pale malt in the body.

M- medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizz. There is some astringency or maybe just a big tartness.

D- This beer has the big nose of a great raspberry beer but it is missing the flavor. It was really over-carbonated but I don't think that affected the flavor much. It was missing flavors like fresh berries or malt or hops to balance. It just needs something besides sour.

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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark red color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Slight retention and good lacing. Smells of sugar, raspberry, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of an Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sugar, raspberry, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of grass. Overall, too sweet, and lacking sharpness, but otherwise a good beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz stub-nosed bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The ale pours with an unnatural crimson red color, very similar to the Lindeman's framboise. When held to light, a deeper red-brown color emerges. The head is luxuriously thick, clinging to the sides of the glass as if life itself were in the balance.

S: Sweet raspberry puree dominates the nose, syrupy and thick with a big sugary body.

T: While raspberry is the first and, arguably, the strongest flavor to come out of the beer, the body is nicely stabilized by a grainy malt body that is heavy on the cereal flavors. The raspberry flavors throughout the beer are the syrupy sweet kind, not dry, acidicly tart fruits. The finish of a sip has an element of tartness to spice things up a bit. An interesting, if not overwhelming drink.

M: The big grains stand up nicely against the raspberry flavors, preventing the beer from going too sweet.

D: The sweetness is strong, so this beer is not for everyone. I could probably have another bottle but that would be the extent of it.

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Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed the last four pack the store I work at had. The four pack is at least three years old.

Appearance: pours light, is a light crimson in color, off white head with hints of pink in the foam, translucent and not very cloudy

Smell: smells great, of tart raspberries, light and crisp, not very sweet. smells just like a raspberry tart.

Taste: tastes of tart raspberries and is not overly sweet, slightly malty, is dry and appealing, delicious. it tastes like a raspberry tart.

Mouthfeel: very light bodied, very crisp and well carbonated

Drinkability: extremely drinkable. I've had this beer before but this is top notch aged. I'd greatly recommend grabbing a bottle from someone if any remain. It's too bad this is retired.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled on 6/10/13, poured into a goblet.

Pours a vivid dark red color with no head with some fizzy carbonated bubbles on the top. The smell is huge.. and of nothing but raspberries. Exactly what it promises. Taste is a bit tart at first with a big raspberry flavor on the finish that lingers on your palate after you swallow. I'd say they nailed what they were going for on this one. Lighter side of medium bodied with low carbonation. I dare to say that the raspberry flavor might just be a bit too much, hurting the drink ability slightly.

Overall this beer delivered on what it promised - raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries. I would have liked it if it was a bit more tart and not entirely fruity, but overall i enjoyed it.

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark cherry red hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger foamy off-white head with a slightly pink tinge. Decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring with minimal lacing.

Aroma is dominated by raspberries with a bit of an artificial syrupy presence as well as a tart funky note.

Sour and tart but not too puckering that nicely balance out the sweetness of the raspberries and syrupy fruit flavor. This sweetness is still the dominant flavor but without the slight tart feel it would be a bit overbearing.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pink grapefruit color that appeared much darker in the glass of ruby-orange. The head was eggshell white in color, thin, bubbly, with pink hues. Upon closer inspection there was a big haze and turbidity nature to the beer with a few floaties to be seen.

S: Tart, fruity raspberries and some sugary sweetness combine to produce a soft, perfumy aroma.

T: sugary sweet raspberries. Very fruity and sweet overall. Wish I had more to say and elaborate on but that was pretty much it in a nutshell.

M The mouthful was medium, oily with almost no carbonation detected, while it left a tart berry tang behind on the swallow.

D: Overall it was overbearingly sweet at times and hard to imagine putting more then one of these down at a time. A six pack may last awhile and may be a bit much as don't see this beer having much redrinking value.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 5" blush-hued head over the 1/2" of raspberry-tinged amber brew. Head fades very slowly, I had dinner while it receded, with heavy, frothy lacing as expected with such a head. Aroma is something to behold, effervescent raspberries dominant. Taste is the same berries upfront, mellows with some malt body, and then closes with a bit of a sour tinge. Mouthfeel is not quite as smooth as I had hoped/expected, and seemed a bit over-carbonated, but still not bad. Drinkability was somewhat limited by how long it took to get in the glass. Not a bad fruit brew, but I've had better.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle on September 14, 2015. Look is pink, thin head and some lacing. Smell is tart berries and biscuity malts. Taste is sweet and lightly tart raspberry. Feel is light in body with a crisp finish.

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

Red grapefruit colour, hazy, topped by white foam with a pink cast. Smells like... raspberries! But still definitely beer. There's a bit of maltiness that comes through in the aroma. Starts with a little malty sweetness, but that's quickly overshadowed by a tart flavour that's not overly acidic. Dry overall with some fruity sweetness throughout. Slightly syrupy texture and ample carbonation. Long finish that tastes like you just finished eating some raspberries. Quite a nice fruit beer, not overly sweet with a good acidity level.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl., oz. bottle. Sampled on April 10, 2015.

Reddish-brown pour with modest head. The head fades.

The aroma is full of raspberry esters, which was to be expected. A little sweet malt character behind it all. But, yes, the fruit takes it over.

The body is light to medium.

The raspberry fruit is dominant in the flavor. If one was tom rate this by the taste it does deserve a very high rating because it is exactly what it promises to be. But this is a style I tend to avoid so my rating maybe lower. Sorry about the bias.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark reddish color with an off-white head that turns into a ring of lacing.

S- There is no mistaking the aroma. It is fresh raspberries all the way. What is great about the aroma is it smells like you have your nose to a bowl of fresh raspberries and not an artificial fruit-like aroma.

T- The taste is nothing short of amazing. Tart raspberries up front with a lingering sweetness coming in. At first, I think the sweetness will overpower but the tartness comes back in the finish to balance things out. Even though the taste is 100% raspberry, it does not taste one dimensional because there is so many waves of flavors in the taste.

M- One of the first things I noticed in the taste was the thickness of the mouthfeel. I was expecting a very light body and a high amount of carbonation but this beer is medium bodied with a moderate-average amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I am extremely impressed with this beer. It is a must try for anyone who loves raspberries. If you love raspberries, you will love this beer. If you dislike raspberries, you will dislike this beer. Highly recommended!

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

Picked up at Whole Foods in Chicago for $9.99 a 4 pack.

Pours a clear reddish pink, medium white head forms, some lace spots, thin layer forms, disappears to a thin ring. Smell is sweet, lots of raspberries, bready, general fruit, strawberries, not very complex but nice. Taste is similar, sweet malt, some caramel, very fruity, tons of raspberry flavour, nice fruity finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. The raspberries are slightly tart, nicely done fruit beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep looking ruby/scarlet red. Thick froth of pint tinted head. Very foamy and long lasting. Lace is quite good as well. Fresh raspberry aroma. Very nice. Like a raspberry torte. Also a little toasted maltiness in the background. Very inviting to say the least. The flavor is not quite as good as the aroma, but still, it's good. Raspberries offer sweet and tart traits. There's a happy medium between the two. The aftertaste is a little sour/tangy. Seems like some caramel maltiness lying below. The body of the beer is about medium. Nicely carbonated. Spritzy feel to it. Alcohol is not noticeable, and I guess this is about 7%. Pretty high for a fruit beer, but it works. This is a solid offering in the fruit department.

Thanks for yet another Founders brew cokes.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

I am drinking this exactly three months past its bottle date.
Big raspberry nose with a hint of light funk in the background. The glass is sitting on the table and I can still smell raspberries.
Brilliant ruby garnet, ½” pinkish foam cap quickly dissipates. Above average carbonation, slight oiliness, medium to medium light body.
Was afraid of getting a pop beer but it is surprisingly good. Big raspberry flavors are supported by a light tart touch over a hint of caramel and light bread.
A well balanced, refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sexy garnet with a thin head into my glass. Love the color. Love the idea that it's a break from the usual hoppy beers.

Aroma is full of raspberries and precious little else. In other words, it's not one of those fake fruit beers that are atypical of the season.

The taste backs up my assertion there. Luscious raspberry flavor that grabs your taste buds by the throat (ok, that was cliche). Pretty damn tasty regardless.

Ditto on the mouthfeel. Nothing but raspberries all around.

This beer was made for mixing with other beers. I have seen examples of it being mixed with imperial stouts, etc. You could drink it straight but it might bore your taste buds over time. Either way, it's definitely worth a purchase!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a clear crimson red color. Produced a lovely pink frothy head that really stuck around for awhile. Some good lacing too.

(S)- A vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness behind it.

(T)- Again, a vibrant blast of juicy yet slightly tart raspberries meets a subtle sweetness. What is nice is on the finish with just a touch of a light citrusy dry hop character from what I can tell.

(M)- Crisp carbonation level and a smooth velvety mouthfeel overall. It does get a touch sweet as it warms, but the subtle tartness helps out alot in that sense. Not overly complex, but a refreshing fruit beer.

(O)- There is no mistaking this is a great fruit beer. Are there better ones? yes, but this is really good. This is like Blushing Monk's younger brother.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a four pack for only 12 bucks! Into a pint glass.

A - A very pretty shade of bright red with a purple hue, clear with a solid 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a decent lace ring.
S - Smells of over ripe raspberries, residual sugars and just a hint of wheat like base to remind you it's a beer but it could just be more sweet malts.
T - I would have to agree with other the first two were excellent bright tart fruit flesh taste mixed in with some sugar and malt sweetness that makes for a flavorful fruity beer which it is and not just some wine cooler. After the 3rd it does get pretty bland like a alcoholic juice so drink in moderation!
M - Light to medium in body the definition of a fruit beer lite, refreshing, and somewhat session able.

Overall just like all great beer it's meant to be enjoyed one or two per sitting. I had this next to Samuel Smiths Cherry beer and even the taste was lacking so its true you can have too much of a good thing! Recommended!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark red color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Exactly what you might expect: Lots of raspberries and some malt.

T: As is usually the case with most of the best fruit beers, this beer's flavor is short on complexity and long on flavor. A big amount of raspberries and a little malt in the finish. Lively and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Founders rarely seems to go wrong, and Rubaeus is no exception. It's extremely balanced and well made.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy purple ruby with a foamy quarter inch lightly pink head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Sweet raspberry, light grain and raspberry seed, and soft floral notes form the aroma.

Flavor is intensely raspberry throughout. Sweet initially, the profile turns tart mid palate and finishes almost with a cobbler-esque biscuit malt character, which is slightly dry. The more I drink of it, it does seem somewhat cloying. Herbal hop notes linger in the aftertaste.

Body is moderate, with zesty carbonation, and light alcohol warmth.

Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits. More beery than a new glarus or blushing monk, but the fruit is clearly dominant. I need to buy more of these!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark, reddish pink. Body is murky. Pretty off white head with violet undertones.heads lasts forever and laces with purpose.

S-Sweet raspberry purée. Really concentrated in its raspberry sweetness. Jammy without much aroma behind the berries.

T-Raspberry jam. Very sweet. Very direct. I am about the biggest raspberry beer guy and this is too much. Where are the subtle undertones of secondary flavor? I don't want to call it cloying but...

M-Feels much fuller than a beer packing less than 6% booze. Sticky and jammy.

O/D-I have been wanting to try this for years. I thought Blushing Monk was a gem too. This was a big disappointment. Too sweet, sticky and one-sided. All things considered, I love me some raspberry beer and although I donate a relatively harsh review, this was still pretty decent.

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