Founders Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #23
Ranked #14,484
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.
Reviews: 837 | Ratings: 3,805 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark pink with an off-white head. Faint fieldberry on the nose. The taste is sweet/tart raspberry with a nice malty background. You can tell that this is real raspberries and not just flavouring. A nice summertime quencher.
May 8 2021

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Sigmund from Norway

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger (also available there on 355 ml bottles). Red colour, thin off-white head. Strong and lovely aroma of ripe raspberries and raspberry flowers. Medium sweet flavour, distinct notes of raspberries throughout, refreshing. Nice fruit beer.

Apr 17, 2021
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

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

Fruity and beery enough in good measure, so if you're gonna drink fruit beer this one is suited to the job. Raspberries properly the flavour the beer, but is maybe not solid enough on the nose. Pale pink, not much by way of a head or lacing. Drink this if you like raspberries. Simple and tasty is what it is about.

Mar 30, 2021
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TomQBigBeerGuy from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear pour with pink and raspberry tone. Impressive white head with light pink shade. Lacing was good. Aroma was nothing crazy, but with tad hints of raspberry. Most likely due to puree mix. The taste was dominated by raspberry, but not overwhelming. I also tasted tart and malt. Moderate carbonation with light body. Surprising smooth. Only 15 IBU and reasonably priced. Fruit beers are easy to mess up, but the overall balance presented well for me.

Mar 09, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raspberry red, not much of a head. Smell is muted— strawberry, apple, a watery softness. Taste follows— raspberry, strawberry, apple, light sourness on the finish. As I drank it, it seemed to get a bit more syrupy. Feel is nice, moderately carbonated.
If I had a sip of this blind I might guess that it was a raspberry soda. It’s good for sure, but I’m left wanting a bit more complexity from it.

Mar 08, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having a bit of an age problem, the 6 pack of cans I received is right on the cuff of being expired, having been produced on July 25th, 2020 I fear I may under-rate or experience unfresh notes.

From the pour, however, I am noticing a delightful color of orange-Rasberry-hued nectar. The smell is enticing, both fruity and a bit yeast malty notes. The head was a large rush of carbonation, though after settling I have a small light lacing on top of the beer.

The first taste is a large amount of fruit up front, mild carbonation, a malted balance that supports the heavy sweetness with a syrupy finish. Too cold and the beer tastes of cough syrup, but warmed up the esters of the fruit notes are smooth and very sessionable. Large flavor with a lot of smoothness behind the 5.7% ABV this one is packing. In comparison to others, this is a bit too clean but this no Blushing Monk.

Jan 02, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look: big frothy light pink head, beer is a lovely clear ruby red colour, good levels of carbonation in the beer.

smell: lovely fresh fruit aroma, raspberry, obviously, some cherry, white bread malt, biscuit, hint of citrus fruit, sweet of course, smells good.

taste: all raspberry really, some malt flavour, white bread and biscuit, also some citrus fruit, and cherry, hint of caramel, really sweet, nice enough, just a little one dimensional.

feel: light to medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, little watery, drinkable enough, refreshing.

overall: nice enough beer here, good just use a little more character and depth of flavour maybe, but it’s still pretty nice

Nov 26, 2020
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Viaduck from California

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-burnt orange color with minimal head. Aroma: not very strong scent of berries. Sweet/slightly tart. Very pleasant flavor, very berry & raspberry & wheat. Ample carbonation. Overall, very tasty.

Nov 06, 2020
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Much more raspberry if not even raspberry soda than beer. If there is any beer taste underlying the raspberry flavor, I don't detect it at all. Would much rather it have at least a little bit more beer character to it

Sep 25, 2020
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TedHead from Illinois

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

Pours a raspberry pinkish red with a pink head that dissipates quickly. Smells like fresh raspberries with a little bit of maltiness to it. Taste is simply amazing. It's like fresh raspberry juice with barely enough malty sweetness and the slightest hop bitterness to remind you that you're drinking beer instead of soda. The feel is slightly more carbonated than your average brew, but it doesn't detract from the experience at all. Overall this is a genuinely awesome beer. If you like fruit beers this one is for you.

Sep 20, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Apr 29, 2020
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

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.

Apr 25, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

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.

Apr 05, 2020
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PathofChaos from Maryland

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

Jan 07, 2020
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Anders91 from California

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

Jan 03, 2020
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maddogruss from New Jersey

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

Dec 29, 2019
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entheos from California

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!

Nov 11, 2019
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jjamadorphd from Florida

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...

Oct 27, 2019
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Beaver13 from Colorado

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.

Sep 20, 2019
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

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).

Sep 05, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Sep 02, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

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)

Jul 28, 2019
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Radome from Florida

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.

Jul 14, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Jun 30, 2019
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joeltorto from Wisconsin

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.

Jun 17, 2019
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