Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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:
729
Ratings:
3,410
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Photo of MiScusi
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- good clarity, strawberry red. very small pink head, fades really fast.

S- very nice raspberry smell. Smells real fresh.

T- very light base with a good raspberry flavor. Not as tart as I thought it would be just from the raspberry flavor, but still quite good.

M- very light, carbonation on the higher side, as expected.

D- a good fruit beer. One of the better ones out there.

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Photo of gshak
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a pink wine color from the bottle, but as it fills the glass and settles it sits at more of a brick red color. Opacity is @ 70%. The head is bubble gum pink, with traces of white. Lacing is left in sparse graphics on the sides of the glass.

S : Fresh, tart raspberries, maybe crushed. This is the spotlight. Beyond that I can smell dry jarred barley.

T : Very tart, very fruity. The raspberry is very loud here and has a great mix of tartness and sweetness. Behind that luscious fruitiness it takes on more of a Blonde Ale character : golden and toasted malts, a tiny bit of grassy hop. At the tail end there's a snap of ginger and a squeeze of lime.

F : Pretty creamy while being extremely refreshing. A lively carbonation stays beneath the body to pop it up into excitement. A semi dry finish wraps it up.

O : Apparently raspberry fruit ales are impossible to make, because this is the only solid one I've had thus far. I love raspberries, and I love beer, but it seems like the two can never marry together properly, or at least a multitude of brewers have trouble doing it right. Founders was not one of those. I really enjoy Rubaeus and would have it again!

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Photo of Zach136
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, deep pink with a light pink top.

Aroma: Raspberry syrup.

Flavor: Sweet and slightly tart raspberry. Virtually no malt/hop/yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather refreshing.

Overall: There's not much to say about this brew. It tastes like raspberries, and it tastes awesome. Nothing insanely complex. Just delicious raspberry beer. Nothing wrong with that, and I look forward to it every summer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby color with a short head that fades quickly to a rim. Smell is of beautiful fresh raspberries and a touch of malt in the finish. taste is very refreshing, but a tad light, and it crys out for some more tartness. Nice ripe raspberries, a touch of astingency, and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to light and quite quenching. Very drinkable on a hot day.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish-pink with a light, frothy, but quickly disspiating head.

S- Smells like a raspberry lambic. Lots of raspberries, and slight floral and yeasty aromas.

T- Surprisingly tart compared to the sweetness of the smell. Although it's very good, not much comes through beyond the flavor of raspberries, maybe a little crisp citrus.

M- Light, crisp, pretty heavily carbonated.

D- A little heavy on the carbonation, but not too sour or too sweet.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured Rubaeus into a pint glass.

A - The beer pours cloudy strawberry red color with a half finger of cream light reddish head.

S - Yeah its red raspberries in there I must say. Smells nice for a fruit beer.

T - Getting a raspberry bomb. Some light malt if any at all. This is a really flavorful raspberry beer. Not bad at all.

M - The mouthfeel is excellent on this fruit beer. I have to admit it's much smoother and richer than expected. Medium on the mouthfeel with medium to high carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. A real nice summer beer. Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of Jkolls
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: a slightly burnt red color, slightly pinker than it is red. almost no head.

smell: pretty authentic raspberry smell, quite sweet, slightly tart.

taste: pretty much in line with the smell. Authentic raspberry taste, but a little too sweet.

feel: light bodied, tart, nice carbonation.

Good beer, only complaint is that its overly sweet.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful fairly clear pink color with a fizzy pink carbonated head. Smell is mainly raspberries, tart, but with some sugary notes present as well. Taste is somewhat malty, some grainy notes are present in the background, but the tart raspberry flavor shines here. The raspberry flavor is definitely real, not sickly and artificial tasting like most fruit flavored brews. This is very nice on the mouth, smooth as can be. Their is a different aftertaste here I cannot put my finger on. Overall all a very nice fruit brew that is very drinkable, but I wonder if I could handle drinking more than 2 of these at a time. Nicely put together Founders.

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Photo of Duster72
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a funny pink color with a very small off white head. Aroma is fresh raspberries. Taste is sweet raspberries. Not really a beer flavor to it. Some malts. Interesting brew - doesn't taste like a malternative, but doesn't taste like a beer. Overall, it delivers what it advertises - raspberry flavor. My wife really liked it. If you want to buy a raspberry beer, I think that this is the one to get.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded yeast ridden suspension tone pink tinged with a large foamy pink head. Looks a bit like Raspberry Jame in color. Thin lace sticks sporadically around my pint glass. Aroma has strong raspberry puree' not overly candy, but it has a nice earthy mix that goes really well tegether, even a bit of raspberry seed. Flavors toss in tart raspberry slurry touch of alcohol presence with realy natural semi swee fruit juice notes, again it's hard to deny the earthy raspberry seed coming through. Mouthfeel is medium bodied crisply carbonated with an assertive sparking raspberry wine dryness left behind on the palate, not syrupy or overly sweet at any time, a killer fruit ale. Drinkability is solid all around strudy alcohol stands up to the earthy fruit sweetness a surprisingly pleasant experience in my glass.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet.

Pours a vibrant red with a finger’s worth of light pink head. Fresh raspberries on the nose, almost like raspberry pie. First sip is thick and sweet, covering the entire inside of my mouth and ending with a slight tartness that cuts the sugar. Mouthfeel is excellent. It want to take really big gulps of this. The raspberries don’t seem as fresh and bright on the tongue as they did in the aroma, but the flavours are well-balanced with just the right amount of malty backbone. There’s some bitterness, slight booze and sugary pastry. It’s a little too sweet for me to be really refreshing, but it’s extremely drinkable and pretty delicious nevertheless.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An inch and a half of almost white head jumps off of the body and fades to just a skim in a couple of minutes. Body is a deep rich ruby red that is very attractive almost like a nice red wine. Nose is very sweet and almost like raspberry hard candy, as it is very fresh and vibrant. A layered tart feel hits the tongue but quickly is joined by a almost creamy lager feel. The sweetness of the raspberries kind of prickles the tongue the height of the palate. Slight sour feel stays dominent throughout this brew. Mouthfeel is somewhere close to eating a tart. I'm not a huge fan of raspberries, but they are presented well here and the beer is nicely drinkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It's kind of a ruby red color. I'd didn't get much head. I didn't even get am inch of the white foam.

S - It is loaded with raspberries. I get a little bit of a wheat smell.

T - This tastes like raspberry purée with a hint of beer. This is by far the most raspberry tasting beer that I have had. Most raspberry beers have a stale flavor that I find off putting. This beer tastes fresher and more flavorful.

M - Moderate and pretty smooth

O - I read the hype for this fruit beer and was skeptical. Raspberry has been my least liked fruit beer so far. This beer tastes way fresher than any other raspberry beer. I am glad the cherry crop suffered in Michigan, so I got to try this beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap poured pint

Creamy faint pink layer

Reddish clear liquid

Aroma of raspberries , berries

Taste of raspberries over malt , mildly sweet

Flat , no sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to UncleFlip for the bottle, as part of his way-too-generous beer trade. I understood it was his last one, too. Quite a guy.
Pours a hazy, muted rose color, topped with a pale mauve head. The head erupts violently upon pouring, foaming up to the top of the glass with less than an inch of liquid at the bottom. I finally got all the bottle's contents in a tumbler, with a mountain of pale mauvey-pink erupting out of the glass. Whew! Holds a ton of lace, however, sticking in sheets. Great retention, fed by furiously rising streamers of carbonation.
Pungent raspberry in the nose, more tart than sweet, with a backing of wheaty, slightly sour malt. Some toastiness.
The flavor begins with softer maltiness, helped along by initially sweetish raspberry. Pleasant fruitiness, not overbearing. It shares dominance with the malt. Unlike most fruit beers, this brew actually has some body and presence. Raspberry flavors become a bit tart into the finish. Real raspberry, all the way down to that wierd sharp tartness of the seeds. Some wheaty sourness, and a slight alcohol burn in the back of my throat. An odd kind of tart prickliness in the swallow, too. Charged carbonation, relatively full bodied. Very smooth, with a pleasantly dry finish.
Pretty good, especially for being a fruit beer. Fruit flavor isn't overbearing, and the tartness of the raspberries only works with the beery qualities. I'd had this beer on my radar for a bit, and I have to thank Uncle Flip again for sending it to me. I like Founders' brews, and I had to see what they did with a fruit beer. Everything I expected. Good stuff.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap at the Founders brewery. A dark red color with a creamy head. Definitely a raspberry beer.. maybe with some cranberry or cherry flavor in there as well. Very sweet but it is refreshing. I had no idea this beer was around 7% when I tried it.. would've guessed much lower.

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Photo of keoki182
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rübæus pours a nice vibrant red with just enough brown notes to suggest this isn't artificially colored. Minimal head; just white lacing five minutes after pour into glass. Aroma is very subdued raspberry, mildly sweet malty aroma. The sip has an exquisite tartness that I wasn't expecting. Really a unique beer. There is just a really nice low-key sweetness from the raspberry, but the sourness is what makes me want to keep drinking. Hides the almost 7% pretty darn well. The drinkability numbers are a pinch lower than they should be because the raspberry sweetness might get a bit cloying after too many of these. Very nice fruit beer from the good folks at Founders.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Mavigo
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this off tap at Reno's East in East Lansing, I've been looking forward to this beer for some time. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a deep crimson-ruby color, slightly transparent, with a short, fluffy pink head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Very sweet, sugary, raspberries predominate, hints of cherries, vanilla, wheat

T: Despite the smell, it is not overly sweet and sugary but has breadth to it, quite mature really, more of a beer than a fruity wine cooler. Wheat, malts, vanilla predominate, with hints of raspberries, cherries, fruits and vanillas also compliment.

M: Medium bodied beer with subtle amounts of carbonation, rich fruity aromas blended nicely with malty wheat beer.

O: This was what I was expecting and hoping for. Something different but not overly sugary and fruity and this was just that. Although expensive, I feel the uniqueness will justify it.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found out that Raspberries are too expensive and Mr. Founders is retiring Rubaeus...such a sad time in the universe. This extemely drinkable quaff is unique in the right amount of raspberries added to the beer flavour, not too sweet, not too malty or hoppy. Appearance is slighly pink with light lacing, smell the raspberries as your nose nears the glass rim...the light and flavourful mouthfeel makes this truly a brew worth missing!!
Come Back Rubaeus!!!

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Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Gorgeous scarlet with nice pink head that I wished persisted a little longer.

Smell: Raspberries. Not much else to say, but I like it.

Taste: Raspberry dominated, with a mix of the sweet and tart. There seem to be some deeper fruit and caramel notes as well. The finish is peppery, tart and even a little tannic.

Feel: A little sticky from the amount of juice, leaving a coating on the teeth. The drier, tarter finish does help.

Overall: I am happy that they brought this back, as I prefer it over Cerise, but I am partial to raspberries over cherries.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Red ale with brownish undertones. Single finger head with did not last.

s. Fruity and sweet, almost like a wine cooler smell

t. Raspberry with a hint of malt. The after-taste reminds me of a wine cooler from back in the 80s. - been craving a revisit of this beer.

m. Very smooth going down.

o. A bit sweet and I like sweeter beers. This was very good, would revisit on a summer day.

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Photo of matcris
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Czequershuus
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown with a pink hued head. The aroma is fresh raspberry followed by a toasty malt The flavor is lights, but extremely pleasant, with the promised raspberry taking the lead. While I may not reach for fruit beers with regularity, this is one of the best I have had. Direct, simple, and very tasty.

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