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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #24
Ranked #12,346
3.91 | pDev: 12.02%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned December 28th 2019.

It pours a clear raspberry red(ha!) with an impressive head of white, with some hints of pink, foam. Lacing is good.

The smell is like raspberry puree with some notes of wheat, that brings both the sweet and the tart. Ahh..

The taste almost lives up to the smell. Sweet and tart thing going on almost equal in proportions; sweet wins out by a slim margin.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

So darned drinkable for me. Ya gotta love the raspberries to enjoy this one and I do.

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Photo of SAUbrewcrew
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a stemless wine glass. The brew was a reddish pink with a half inch of disappearing slight pink head. The beer smells like a fresh ripe raspberries with some crisp sourness to it. The taste matched with the smell and was of crisp raspberries. Very flavorful and complex taste too it, there seemed to be notes of other mixed berries in the back end as well. The flavor is intense in a pleasant way and the late bitterness works well with the raspberry. This brew is carbonated like many other fruit & field beers.

Overall, I think this is a great product. This beer checked many boxes for appearance, smell, and taste. I will definitely purchase more in the future as I was quite honestly pleased with this.

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Photo of kookajamo
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised by this offering but it's a Founders so I was expecting something palatable. Beer has a great raspberry flavor but isn't sour or acidic at all. If anything, it's a bit overly sweet but I enjoy that about this beer because, while the beer is sweet, it's not a syrupy or medicine-like sweetness. I only picked one up at the store to try it and would definitely buy it again if I was looking for a fruited but not sour beer. Finishes clean and doesn't have any residual sweet flavors.

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Photo of PathofChaos
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Most beer made with tart fruit tends to be so acidic and carbonated so thickly it's like trying to swallow a 3rd grade science fair project. Rubaeus not only avoids this common cardinal sin, but it also succeeds at showcasing the fine flavor of ripe raspberries without failing to be a proper ale.

Performs an impressive balancing act between sweet and tart, malty and spritsy. Moderate carbonation and light bodied. Surprisingly smooth, like biting into a delicate raspberry moose. The ale component has an important role, but its behind the fruity red curtain of Rubaeus' performance; acting like a good stage director, making sure that no two elements are ever disproportionate to one another.

This ale pours an off-pink color reminiscent of grapefruit with a small sugar-white head, fleeting lace, and has a bouquet to match the aforementioned pallet.

If you've gotta have a tart fruit ale, I strongly recommend Rubaeus by Founders (yes, I know this page says DuClaw but I've notified BeerAdvocate to correct it. Source: https://foundersbrewing.com/our-beer/rubaeus/)

Reviewer's notes: Bottle-aged at 42 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 years. Bottling date: April 4th 2016. Enjoyed on 01/06/2020

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Photo of Anders91
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: nice dark red, with a good pink head

Smell: not much smell, but what is there is pleasant

Taste: very very sweet, I personally prefer a lambic, but for those who think lambics are too sour this could be a good choice.

Feel: think, smooth, almost syrupy

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Photo of maddogruss
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Based on a review from 2013. Had this on draft.
A: pours dark ruby red body with small white head with nice retention and lacing
S: sweet, raspberry jam smell; really sweet
T: sweet, raspberry juice tasting beer; like a not sour lambic
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth; nice
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combo; nice drinking beer overall

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Photo of entheos
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the best sweet beer I have ever tasted! It’s what I would have for dessert when given the option! I must add that this beer is exceptional when served on tap with Nitro! It becomes a delightful cream soda. Find it, drink it, and enjoy it!

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmm...smells like a wine cooler but tastes better...

Outside of the appealing reddish hued coloration the rest of this brew is was an exercise in love and hate. Mouthfeel was lovable with a thick, full-bodied texture, but the smell was not necessarily something to hate but still mostly reminiscent of a wine cooler. The taste was a bitter mixture of raspberries and hops - not blending well in my opinion. Overall I found this to be decent, something I would bring to open people's eyes to something more than Bud and Seagrams...

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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, canned on 10/24/18. Pours clear ruby red with a small creamy light pink head that goes to a thin film and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet and slightly tart raspberry with some woody malt.

The flavor is sweet syrupy raspberry with a little dry tartness and some woody malt in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, big raspberry but a little cloying for me.

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Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had small pours of this beer on multiple occasions and I generally like the tart/sour raspberry flavor. However, in this style of beer, I tend to only want about 4 to 6 ounces at a time. Thus, I tend to order it as part of a flight or when I can share with my spouse (a rare beer that she will drink).

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage; drank 7/21/15 on draft @ Village Inn.

See-through strawberry appearance.

Pink head; decent lace.

Strong raspberry soda notes in the nose.

Thin mouthfeel. Sweet strawberry soda flavor, to the point of being cloying.

One note, & not a great note either.

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Photo of defunksta
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark ruby red color with a large, off-white, rose colored head. SRM of about 17. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of raspberry. Some cream and floral notes too. A little perfumy, but not overpowering. (3.75)

Flavor: Strong flavors of sweet raspberry and cream. A lot of sweetness, like a raspberry and yogurt parfait. All from the raspberries. No malt profile. Finishes sweet. (3.75)

Feel: Medium to heavy bodied. More than I expected. Drinks pretty flat. A slight syrupy feel left on the palate, but it's not that offputting and actually fits it sort of well. (3.75)

Overall: I'm not a fruit beer fan, but this one drinks decently well and heavier. Really nice raspberry flavor, but it leans a little sweet and syrupy like many Founder's beers tend to do. A little too much like a raspberry cocktail. Not really something I would grab in the summer, but maybe more so for a dessert beer in the winter when I want something with fruit rather than coffee. (Final Rating 3.78)

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Photo of Radome
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Duvel glass.

L - Color is bright pink with a light brown or dark golden highlight; fairly clear. Head is white with a pink tone and is fairly thick and persistent. It looks more like a wine cooler than a beer, other than the beer-like head.

S - Very strong raspberry aromas with layers of other berries underneath; pretty one-dimensional. Malt and hops do not have significant presence in the nose. Some yeast fruitiness.

T - Sweet, fruity raspberry juice. No nuance. No malt, hops or yeast.

F - Medium to thick body with a mouth-coating sweetness. Low to moderate carbonation. Some hops bitterness that does help cut the sweetness. Low alcohol presence.

O - Not a beer for me. More like an alco-pop or wine spritzer. It would be enjoyable in any situation where one of those is what you want to reach for; however, I prefer to reach for a beer.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (335 ml) can into a custom taster pint; canned 07/19/18.
A: Pours a hazy, rose color with a two to three inch head, pink chiffon head, spotty cap retention, and solid rings of lacing.
S: Aromas of honey, cranberry, but mostly raspberry.
T: Sweet and ever so slightly tart. Palate basically the same as the nose. Bitterness reminiscent of strawberry pips.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A really sweet, refreshing, and enjoyable raspberry beer. Just right for Summer.

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Photo of joeltorto
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great fruit smell and taste. The perfect summer beer for the person seeking tart tastes. In a glass, a can or a bottle always tasty. Sit down outside with a burger and enjoy.

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Photo of Reef
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can dated April 15, 2019

Clear garnet color, one finger of creamy white with pink highlights head. The head sticks around with thick spotty lacing
All raspberries on the nose
Sweet, ripe raspberries with some delayed tartness which saves the beer from being a fruit cooler. Depth of the fruit tastes increase as it warms.
Light and refreshing, but full flavored.
Perfect match with cans and hot weather outdoor fun.

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Photo of stoutman
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear red with low pink head. Aroma of raspberries, plenty of them, with almond/vanilla notes. Sweet and fruity with a subtle smoothness thanks, of course, to the Nitro tap, Taste is sweet, slightly artificial, candy like raspberry finish. Nice n easy to drink,

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We have to keep in mind that this is a fruity beer. So let us rate it along those lines.
This reminds me of the raspberry syrup in club soda drinks I had as a kid, back in Europe. Except that there is no soda here or syrup. And I haven't been a kid for a long time.
Anyway, a lively pour with a rusty red colour and a sweet, refreshing nose. Very nice. The taste is just as I expected, which is good, as it was the reason for the purchase. A bit too sticky and as I am about to have my second one, maybe a tad too overwhelming in the sweetness as well. Still, a good fruity beer for summer nights/days.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/2/19 (Chicago): 12 oz canned 3/19 purchased as six pack for $10.25 at Beer on the Wall 5/29/19. Two pours into snifter glass. Pink purple pour, pink/off-white head puffy, leaves generous lacing. Strong sweet, slightly tart raspberry aroma. Slightly tart raspberry taste, dry crisp mouthfeel, carbonation fizzy and holds. Overall good pour.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355 mL can from a sixer purchased at the LCBO; dated 03.04.19 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a beautiful purplish-magenta colour with good clarity; one finger of foamy, pinkish off-white head lasts for the better part of three minutes, steadily receding down to a tight collar of froth. A messy spattering of lace completes the gorgeous visuals. The aroma is not exactly what I'd call complex - the raspberry fruit flesh & juice both come through, obscuring a hint of the beer's grainy pale malts. I like it, but more of, well, everything would be appreciated.

Thankfully the juicy flavour profile saves the day - I love raspberries, and Rübæus delivers a bushel and a half of authentic raspberry deliciousness. Sweet, tangy raspberry jam and fruit flesh start things off, underlain by a grainy pale malt backing that remains firmly in the back seat... or even stuffed into the trunk, because there's no room inside this metaphorical car for anything but raspberry. Light raspberry juice and cherry sweetness continue through to the finish, with raspberry tartness lingering into a fruity, mildly juicy aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with low carbonation levels that limply brush against the surface of the palate; feels smooth and slick. I don't dislike the texture but it seems to be missing something in that respect. In any event, it's excessively easy to knock back, and a damn pleasure to do so.

Final Grade: 4.07, an A-. I'd recommend Rübæus to anyone who has ever enjoyed a raspberry beer in the past - or to anyone who has never experienced a quality one in the first place. I haven't committed to a six pack of fruit beer in years, but in this case I'm not even sure it'll be enough to last me through the weekend. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, this is technically the lowest grade I've given to a Founders product - but I suppose that says more about the overall quality of their portfolio than it does about this brew specifically.

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Photo of BabaBucc
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into glass, I thought it could use a little more carbonation. It wasn’t too sweet for being a fruit forward beer in my opinion. Raspberry is definitely the flavor profile. Definitely a good choice for those into fruit beers.

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Photo of jkblr
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz canned 3/13/19 (2 months ago) poured into a Founder's shaker pint glass at fridge temp 5.7% ABV 15 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright red tinted light amber with rose tinted off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint grain and red raspberry. The taste is semisweet red raspberry jam on top of a mild nuetral grain bill. The finish is non bitter, but not cloying and semidry. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation. Overall, very good. I like that balance on this fruit beer. It's not really tart and it's not super sweet either.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on nitro in a tulip glass at Axelrad Beer Garden (Houston, TX). Bright reddish pink with a fine pink foam. Smell and taste of lush, sweet raspberries, more sweet than sour. Creamy smooth, light bodied with very soft carbonation. Raspberry fruit forward and refreshing, though lacking much depth or complexity.

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Photo of wl2bill
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite fruit flavored beers. Not my usual type of beer although I enjoy one once in a while. I really enjoy the raspberry sweet/tart flavor.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Definitely appreciate the freshness and care taken adding fruit to this ruby red ale. The taste is sweet and simple--good, enjoyable, if you like sweet beer. Me? Not so much.

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