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:
726
Ratings:
3,398
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually do the fruity beers but this was an oddball beer on tap at the restaurant today, I like raspberry so figured I'd try one for 'dessert'. On a nitro tap so watched as the glass filled with foam and settled before the bartender topped it off. Pour was a clear deep pink almost red with an inch of white/slightly pink head. Smell was all raspberry, tastes like raspberry sherbet. Not something I'd drink several of back to back but a nice change from my usual IPAs.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.91/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Red clear body, one finger white head.

Smell : Pure raspberry jellies.

Taste : Same as above, but with a bit of breadiness from the malt. Raspberry muffins anyone?

Feel : Medium body and carbonation, sweet and slightly tart at the same time. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lindemans stange. Pours a medium red amber with a one finger rose colored head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is dominated by raspberries with some light bready malt in the background. Flavor is also dominated by raspberry juice; fresh, aromatic, sweet and tart, hints of bready malt. An interesting finish very much like fresh squeezed raspberry juice with an interesting residual earthy flavor like biting into the raspberry seeds. Medium bodied with light creaminess and active carbonation. A nice, fruit beer with super realistic raspberry juice flavors. Sweet and tart like a fresh berry. I'm not a sour ale fan, but the fruit flavors here are fresh and well balanced with sweetness. The malt is buried under the fruit flavors, but supports the intense berry flavors well. I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it is indeed straight-up raspberry soda, but it is refreshing and tasty enough, and I kind of like it as such, as a guilty pleasure. I was happy to welcome Founders to Washington State because I had other beers of theirs in mind, but I'll take this one, too...

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had several fruit beers that I liked quite a bit, but this one isn't setting me on fire. It's got a lot of raspberries, that's for sure, but not enough else is going on for me to find it very interesting. It's not got much beer character, and isn't at all tart, so it is pretty close to a straight raspberry soda, albeit with some alcohol. Now, it is pretty well executed, if you like that kind of thing. I bought a 9 pack, thinking that it would be a good festive beer for the holidays. It would probably be better served cold on a hot summer day, when the cold fruitiness would be refreshing, rather than just uninteresting.

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Photo of donspublic
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip, tight 1/2 finger cream colored head. Clear light red in the glass slight lacing. Smells of raspberry. Taste pretty much the same, avoids the medicinal taste that can come with some of these beers. Slight tart finish, great drinking beer. Want fruit but not too sour this is ur beer.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Gorgeous ruby hue with a hint of dark amber, the texture is mildly hazed with thick soapy pinkish/reddish head that withstands with good retention before slowly subsiding to everlasting foamy film on the surface along with lots of sticky patches of lacing.

Raspberry is everywhere and lively pokes through a nose with touches of juicy, syrupy, tart, acidic, yet sweet and sour. Some earthiness in the middle as well as wheat twang and slight herbal yet medicinal scents, malt thereafter reveals in the background with a note of bread.

The taste is still good with a domination of raspberry ranging from fresh raspberry, raspberry syrup, and raspberry jam. It becomes much tart, sour, sweet, and acidic as the raspberry got development through the taste buds. Sweetness and breadiness closely follow trying to bring some balance and they are done well together with the help of earthiness, medicinal, and herbal notes.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its lively carbonation generated nice crispness and very refreshing feel throughout the palate, finish is pleasantly dry.

Very good brew considering its style, there is some complexity hidden inside but still truly refreshing, easy drinkable and simply tasty without doubt.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottle date of 9/28/16 into Stein.

L: VERY red! Thin head that is very light pink. Small amount of lacing.

S: Overripe raspberries, no maltiness or hops.

T: RASPBERRIES. Nothing else at all.

F: Leaves strange oily feeling on the tongue. Light bodied, maximum drinkability.

O: If you like raspberries, this is your beer. Decent beer, disappointing coming from Founder's, arguably the best brewery in Michigan. Wouldn't buy this again but if someone handed me a free one, I would of course guzzle this down.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(7/18/2016 bottled on date)

L: clear red with light pink head of foam about 1/2-inch tall; some sticking off head; keeping a thick collar of offwhite foam; not much lacing and the collar turns into this spread out soapy-bubbled thing that's a bit weird ... and cool; a little debris; stunning color and clarity, very pretty beer

S: dusty sweet-tart raspberry, more sweet than tart, like a sweet-and-sour candy; dusty/musty note leads and has just a hint of farmhouse to it ... just a hint, though -- this isn't "funky"; as it warms, a swirl pushes up a 1/4-inch head and a ton of sweet fruit aroma, no dust, must or anything else ... like a bag of sugar

T: yeasty sweet strawberry, raspberry, slight tart flavor in aftertaste ... no hop character and little-to-no detectable malt flavor, at least not any I'm used to; as I get into the glass, a little lemon peel earthiness starts building up in the aftertaste, but it's mostly sweet fruit with a pinch of tartness

F: crisp and light, loads of carbonation; almost enough body to call it a midweight ... carbonation feels like tiny little bubbles somehow

O: tasty brew and perfectly suited for warm-weather drinking; it's far from a lambic or wild ale, but there's just enough "beer" in it to keep it from tasting like a fruit soda; I'm not a big beer drinker with food, but I bet this would be perfect side-by-side with barbecue, Tex-Mex or something meaty and spicy

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro variety. On tap. Pours a well carbonated red color with a massive two finger head that sticks around and leaves an inch of lacing. Nose of raspberry and sour. Taste is a sweet and tart raspberry with a light, crisp finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. The nitro almost gives it the feel of a soda.
I think it's better on nitro than it is without the nitro. It was a bit sweet and I wouldn't have minded more tart. Fun summer/warm winter offering.

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Photo of SheaDawg
4.99/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can definitely taste the fruit, but it comes off as a great all day everyday beer. I can't say enough good things about this beer, but I'm drinking now and don't have the time!!

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Photo of breakingbland
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Red with an orange tinge and a lively light pink head. The aroma is raspberry as is the taste. There is considerable sweetness in the taste and a pleasant bit of sourness at the end. The body and carbonation are very nice.

Overall, this is a surprisingly good beer, and I enjoyed it more than expected. It's very heavy on raspberry and in a way doesn't resemble any other beer. I consider it a dessert beer and may be best enjoyed alone. Didn't find any food that it paired with. I'll get this one again even if it's not one of my regulars.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours reddish pink with a thin quickly vanishing head. Low carbonation. Aroma is intensely sweet of red fruit and sugar. Sweet to taste with a tart, dry finish, very light mouthfeel overall.

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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 HoodviewBrew
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very strong raspberry smell and taste. Very crisp taste and one of a few beers equally good very cold as warmed to proper temperature. Gotta be in the right mood to drink it because it is very fruity, though.

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Photo of Myotus
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 40°F from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 23Feb16) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 20Aug16.
SMELL: Colossal waves of sweet and tart raspberry entangle with mild aromas of honey and wheat along with subtle earthy hops and lemon zest
4.25 out of 5
TASTE: Near overpowering flavors of sweet and tart raspberry nuke the palate at first sip. The gargantuan fruitiness quickly finds balance as mild wheat flavors flow on to the palate. Subtle flavors of lemon zest offer an additional fruity complexity as they follow right after the wheat. Flavors of mild honey and subtle earthy hops finish off the theatrical as all previous flavors maintain.
4.25 out of 5.
NOTE: I was not prepared for the amount of raspberry in this beer. This was after half a year of sitting in a bottle. I cannot imagine this fresh. I feel anymore raspberry would be too much. The quantity I had was perfect. I greatly appreciated the supporting flavors. They blended very well with the fruity goodness.

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Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive red colouration. Gently rising bubbles. Thin head.
Soft berry fruit aroma. Sweet.
Raspberry sherbert flavour. Hint of malt and hop bitterness. Somewhat tart.
Refreshing at first and then cloying.

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Photo of JSBliler
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz can to a beautiful, clear ruby red color. To the nose you get a face full of raspberries and not much else. Taste was again chock full of raspberries with at bit of a tart finish. very slight maleness detected. Very sweet and fruity. Extremely drinkable, clean and refreshing. You need to be in the mood for a beer like this, but on a hot day for a refreshing desert, this is a good one.

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Photo of teal
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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 crimsonfloyd
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A rusty red color. Smells like a raspberry seltzer. This is very sweet with a respberry sherbet flavor, but with a tartness. If you're not in the right mood, this tastes like a fancy Emergen-C; on a hot summer day, this tastes like a quality raspberry soda. Overall, a decent beer if you're the mood.

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Photo of Trainman4beer
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clean crisp tast, best batch of a fruit beer my wife and I have ever had. Raspberry aroma and taste dominate. Like a nice dessert. If you don't like fruit you will not like it!

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Photo of zshaft
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -32.4%
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 Ottoj55
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on a nitrogen tap in a chalice glass, beautiful ruby red and hazy with soft pink foam. The smell was all raspberry. Taste is raspberry, then after a moment, the sweet malt presence comes through. Great smooth mouthfeel from the nitro pour, not dry like many fruited beers, a bit of bite from the raspberries. This is my second favorite fruit beer just behind Petreus Aged Red.

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Photo of DavidS333
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Founders' Rubaeus is a tasty raspberry infused brew. From the start you get the sense that you are dealing with an interesting fruit infused beer. The raspberry element of this beer is sort of apparent from the sort of "black cherry" color infusion into the otherwise sort of aley brown look of the beer. The froth is also suggestive of a lighter beer per se, having a bubbly, generous amount of froth associated with the brew.

Right from the start I was reminded of my time in Boston, where I used to have the Harpoon brand hefeweizen, with raspberry infusion, most memorably to go along with some tasty Boston oysters, so needless to say this brew brought back some fond memories per se.

The aftertaste of this brew, though not hoppy as the beers I am used to trying/drinking per se, has a sort of curl of raspberry, almost like a lollipop raspberry(reminiscent of the tart alluring smell of fruit flavored burnt sugar) aftertaste to the tip of the brew's taste. Apart from this sort of taste of raspberry, there is not much aftertaste to speak of per se. Apart from this, the beer is refreshing with its coolness complimented by the raspberry taste per se. One can also slightly sense the lingering raspberry flavor's tartness around the edges of one's tongue per se,.

This is a tasty fruit flavored brew, with a drinkable body, and a refreshing scent and taste. Amongst fruit flavored brews per se, I would rank this as quite a flavorful one, whose tartness really lends it a sort of tasty quality.
Tasty brew all around.

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