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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
695
Ratings:
3,277
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 695 | Ratings: 3,277
Photo of teal
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great summer beer that I look forward to every year. Been forever since I rated a beer so FWIW - it's a consistently decent beer that goes great with dinner on the water while watching the world go by.

The tartness isn't overpowering, the taste flows across the tongue without residue and the mouthfeel isn't one of any grainy fluid at all. Not at all like eating raspberries at all, no little seeds or anything.

The nose is perfect without being overpowering, good head, nice lacing in a clean glass. Overall good beer. Better than average.

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Photo of zshaft
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours really nice clear red with nice head. smells of nice fresh picked rasberries. really nice. taste is ... well. . raspberry and some tartness. very refreshing and probably the best fruit beer ive had. if your looking for a beer this may not be for you but what a great beverage. kind of like a good soda. can only have one but the taste is authentic and not forced.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from the bottle, was offered one to try from my sisters husband, so I couldn't pour it.

Smelled fruity as the name would imply, not very much like an ale.

Tasted surprisingly tame, very raspberry flavor, but not too sweet or overpowering.

Had a nice feel to it, flavorful, full bodied.

Overall, for a fruit beer not too bad, not too strong in the fruit taste. Not my thing but it was okay.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £3.75 for a single bottle.

Pours a translucent, dark amber-red body, that when held to the light shows a modest amount of fine, visible carbonation. A two-finger in height, foamy, white head reduces quickly to a thin cap and collar, leaving small amounts of soapy lace on the glass.

Sweet, jammy, raspberry puree-like profiles dominate the inviting but relatively simple nose. Traces of malted wheat and earthy hops are faintly perceptible underneath, but undoubtedly play only a supporting role in the overall aroma. Taste follows suit, leading in much the same way with fresh juicy raspberries and a mixture of raspberry and strawberry jam-like sweetness upfront. Lightly bready malts become apparent around the mid-palate, while at the same time, raspberry profiles transition from sweet and fruity to mildly tart, tangy and faintly acidic. In the mouth, a medium to full body and moderately lively carbonation give a reasonably smooth and slick feel, despite starting a tad syrupy. Towards the end, hints of hop bitterness and earthy, seed-like nuttiness provide excellent balance to the initially sweet start, somewhat redeeming the mouth-feel by finishing, clean, crisp and slightly dry.

Overall this is a very good beer. The body could be slightly lighter, and as expected, taste is predominately dominated by the added fruit. Unlike many in the style however, it does capture a natural flavour, balancing both sweet and tart raspberry profiles incredibly well, and contains enough complexity to maintain interest without effecting drinkability. Recommended.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the sultan of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark pinkish/violet color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of raspberries. Taste is raspberries, tart, yet some sweetness as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light and tasty. Great beverage for the beach. The color is an icky Champale pink. The smell is sweet like a raspberry soda. The taste is SUPER sweet, but with enough bitterness to balance it without being nasty bitter.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I look forward to every spring and summer for this great brew. Founders consistently has some of the best beers around and this is another gem in their yearly hoard.

A fruit beer that has just enough tang and flavor to keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours vibrant ruby reddish pink with a frothy pink-ish white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Sweet juicy raspberry dominates, a little lactic tartness, and some light crackery malt.

T: Big sweet raspberry, countered with a little lactic tartness, tart cherry, faint very mild funk, a hint of citrus, and a little crackery malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, can feel a bit syrupy.

O: Maybe just a bit on the sweet side, but a very nice raspberry beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant magenta. Great look at
Funky sweet fruit, berry, slight grain
Berry. Not specifically raspberry, underlying grains very subtle
Lost me here. Almost no carbonation, syrupy almost heavy feel

As i drink it, its getting very sweet. A bad beer, no. But not for me. I would like more carbonation to break up that sugar, syrup thickness. Would be interesting on nitro.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what it is, this a very well executed beer. Looks beautiful, would of liked a tad bit more raspberry on the nose, the taste borders on a sour but then the middle and back end are all raspberry sweetness. I could drink plenty of these, very well done.

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Photo of depiesdesjacobins
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap rubaeus tastes like a light wheat beer with notes of cherry poured over whipped cream. A pink color with a thick white head that lingers make this an interesting brew, but it falls short of feeling like the intended flavor profile is achieved

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkish amber colored beer with a small pinkish white colored head.

Smells of raspberries and malt. Caramel and faint grassy hop scent. But mostly this smells of natural raspberries.

Starts out mildly sweet and tart with the taste of raspberry being the strongest flavor. Fruit tartness not vinegar sour. Mild bitterness but really mostly raspberry.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a superior Raspberry Ale.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a nine-pack of cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander about a week ago. The packaging date states this one is about ten weeks old. Poured right from the fridge into my Founders pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear bright ruby with about an inch of strawberry-tinged eggshell head that dissipates fairly quickly down to a weak thin and ring that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Mild, lazy visible carbonation present.

S: As advertised, big raspberry bouquet on this one. A touch of cherry and grape notes in the mix, as well. For those familiar with New Glarus' Raspberry Tart, there are some definite similarities, though this one is toned down a bit--not quite as juicy nor tart. The fruits fairly well dominate the nose, but there is a bit of subtle cracker/bready malt underneath. Perhaps a suggestion of grassy hops, as well.

T: A moment of neutral cracker malt at the very front, followed by the perception of tart on the corners of the tongue. Immediately following, the raspberry makes its presence felt--initially fairly tart but mellowing and turning sweet by the back end. The middle brings the tart to a crescendo, with the taste of grape (more precisely, a sweeter wine) at its most insistent: that middle could almost be a red zinfandel. There's some cherry that comes across in the middle as well, and this flavor builds into the back with the raspberry. The close is big fruit: raspberry, cherry, and just a touch of hoppiness, which registers as more astringent than bitter.

F: Lighter-bodied--bright, crisp, just slightly creamy, and astringent in turns. There is a nice level of carbonation to this one that helps brings out the flavors without making it feel like a soda. Light enough to keep it from feeling syrupy, with just enough astringency at the close to remind you there are hops in this one. Quite drinkable.

O: I was a bit skeptical about this beer--maybe it's their advertising campaign--but I needed to pick something up that my wife and mother-in-law might enjoy. This one was a pleasant surprise. It brings a good deal of real fruit flavor to a beer that drinks a little bigger (almost 6% ABV) than similar offerings. I don't think this one is at the same level as the fruit beers that New Glarus makes, but it's certainly worthy of a regular spot in one's summer beer arsenal.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much better than I expected. Smooth and velvety feel. Raspberry is definitely present and lends the perfect amount of sweetness. A little tart and snappy. Well done.

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Photo of qchic
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely bumped up on nitro! Helped the appearance for sure. Smell is on sweet raspberry (duh) and the flavor was actually enhanced by the nitro--it seemed to give the usually thinner fruit beer added dimension. Fun for a sample, even if it's not your usual fare.

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Photo of gshak
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders has captured the essence of a raspberry inspired ale. Appearance is light red with some head, and plenty of prickly carbonation that works well for this style of beer. Atom is very very fruity with raspberry, strawberry prominently on the nose. Taste starts out sweet with some refreshing balancing tartness, and finishes with a slight hop bite. Mouth feel is medium. Overall, a fantastic take on the style, that I wouldn't mind having on a sunny afternoon out on the patio, or barbecuing with friends.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can dated 03/09/16

Pours clear bright ruby red with a quickly receding frothy light pink head. Smells like fresh pure raspberries with a hint of malt underneath, and some slight grassy piney hop notes. Tastes pretty sweet, almost like a jolly rancher candy with bright raspberry juice, mild malty cracker undertones, and a slight earthy grassy pine finish. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a nice, sweet and tart raspberry ale.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased a bottle of this from a Trig's Cellar 70 in Wausau, WI. Rubaeus pours a dark red hue with a moderate head and a decent lacing. The aroma is sweet and syrupy but in a good way. The flavor starts out with a sweet raspberry crispness and finishes with a bit of a tart bitterness which I really enjoyed. This is a fantastic fruit beer that would be great during the warmer months of the year.

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pinkish red, like raspberries, with a raspberry-white chocolate head. Aroma is of fresh picked raspberries in a field of raspberries. Flavor is of raspberry jam, raspberry preserves, raspberry jelly, and a mouthful of raspberries right off the vine. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but super drinkable. Overall: raspberries.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep grapefruit color. Bready, Belgian-type nose meshing well with the raspberries. Taste starts with raspberry,then breadiness mixes in. Slight bitterness comes at the end bringing a fine balance.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronzish pink in color; 1 finger faint pink head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: raspberry, but not very assertive; definitely a mineral note as well;

t: a lot of raspberry flavor; sweeter up front; a little tartness in the middle; sweeter again on the finish with a little tartness again in the aftertaste; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate, fizzy carbonation;

O: a very good fruit beer;

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Photo of Sparty21
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This "beer" poured out a light purple color with what looked like a cider style drink in the glass. I could tell that there was something added to this beer. The taste was sweet and thick, almost a syrup consistency.

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Photo of MACrist
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A very clear red, with a small amount of tiny bubbles rising. About a half finger of strawberry head that dissipates quickly down to a ring. Very slight lacing left down glass.
AROMA: Prominent raspberry, and an underlying funk or tart quality.
TASTE: Big sweet and tart rasberries. Get a nice funky thing happening underneath...the yeast, IDK?
FEEL: Mild carbonation, slick feel up front, then drying on finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: Would be berry refreshing on a hot day, pun intended. Easy to drink, too.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this beer.
Aroma is very fruity with berries.
Taste is very smooth and fruity. It has a light and crispness that accompanies the fruit.
Really nice deep pink coloring to the beer as well. Not as light though as a normal fruity beer.

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Photo of klmerreot
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. It is delicious and a really easy beer to drink. I also heard that if you mix it with Bells Oarsman ale it is incredible, so I did and it's true. Rubaeus is a beautiful red color when poured and retains a nice foamy head (if poured correctly). It gives a wonderful mouth feel during the first sip, similar to carbonation from pop. It is also a very sweet beer, which I enjoy for nights around a bonfire.

A great choice from Founders and make sure to try it while it is out on the shelves!

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