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Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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:
693
Ratings:
3,256
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 693 | Ratings: 3,256
Photo of blazemon
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Red in color. Smells sweet and like raspberries. Tastes the way that it smells-- sweet and like raspberries. Slightly sour and tart, but the flavors are not overpowering. The raspberry presence is not overpowering either. Overall, sweet, balanced and flavorful.

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Photo of defilli2
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was very nervous to try a "fruity" beer because I was worried about the sugar. I was wrong! This beer poured out as a deep red color, reminded me of a rye beer. The head was white and very large but settled quickly. The smell was of raspberry and natural fruits, made my tongue water. The taste was amazing! Natural sugar to complement the raspberry taste, still tasted like a "beer" and not a fruit drink. Very refreshing, I could not get enough! One of my absolute favorites now!

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Photo of tomakara
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was very good! Probably my favorite Founder's beer. It had a strong berry flavor and was refreshing and pleasant. Although it was strong it went down very easy. Perfect for a warm day!

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at Summer House Santa Monica in a Pint. I really wasn't feeling this beer. I do like some fruity beers, but I feel this was way to fruity with nothing there to knock your socks off. You get tremendous amounts of raspberry flavors w/ a kool-aid red color to it. This just didn't do it for me and I probably won't order it again. Overall not my style of a beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can into a tulip.

Pours raspberry-hued and fizzy. A quick and fizzy head dissipates quickly. Something unique about the fizz and color combination.

Smells a bit funky... Maybe a bit of diaper but it's faint. Nutty and sweet before the tart raspberry arrives.

Taste is a major upgrade from the nose. Much more of what you want/expect from a raspberry ale. Up front is a vanilla, nutty, sweet malt that sets things up nicely for the tart berry.

Up front creaminess, sweet nuttiness, while a tart fruitiness carries throughout. Very light and almost spritzy. Something incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well now I got the fruit for my diet today. Wow.

I love this - a fruit beer that doesn't say, "Pardon me." More like, "Here I come." This is the latter. It is very pretty in the glass. Ruby red with a VERY nice continuous head. The aroma says fruit salad - with yeast all over it. The taste is a nice sour that never tries to be bitter in any way. Rich and luxurious.

This is an excellent fruit beer and I think I probably should stock up a few sixers.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2015 edition. I’ve forgotten this beer in my beercellar and the printing on the bottle says: "best by January 28, 2016" - Time to drink it!

The beer pours hazy with a beautiful red color. Two finger high, white head.

Nose: Sweet raspberry and cherry, very fruity!
Taste: Sweet malt, a little sour taste at the end. Raspberry of course. Tart. Love it!
Mouth: Medium body. Medium, soft carbonation. Sweet and sour.

Wow! I still love this beautiful beer! This bottle is three months "out of date" but it still is GREAT!

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Photo of fitzy84
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a medium sized head that quickly dissipates to form a ring around the glass. The beer has a clear reddish pink appearance with visible carbonation. Aromas include a sharp raspberry taste that fills the nose. Really rich. Taste follows the nose very well with a very sweet and tart raspberry flavor. Really good carbonation and medium body makes this beer slightly creamy with a crisp carbonation. Overall, I was really blown away by how rich the raspberry flavors were, both in aroma and taste. A really excellent fruit beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You can't deny that it's beautifully pinkish red. It smells and taste like rasberry with the lightest and cleanest of base beers. Very thin and quite drinkable with a lightness and faint tartness. Cheers!

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Photo of BigGold
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First had at Finch's Brasserie, Bloomington, Indiana, on draft into pint tumbler. Normally avoid non-Belgian (or Belgian-style) fruit beers; tried this because of the brewery. Fruity but balanced.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a light cherry red with a pink head, head is full and fluffy, beer is clear, average amount of carbonation, slight lacing, looks thin.

A: Raspberries, fresh raspberries, also smells like mineral water, very fruity, no alcohol at all on the nose, just a tart smelling beer.

T: Nice punch of raspberries up front, touch of fruity tartness, finish is all raspberries, semi-sour, semi-tart, very fruity, not bad.

M: Light bodied with lots of carbonation and a juicy finish.

O: It's very enjoyable, definitely get the raspberries, taste natural as well, touch of tart and sourness, very drinkable, I can see myself drinking this during hot southern CA summers, very tasty.

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Photo of Masonz223
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste: raspberry cherry grenadine raspberry tartness taste a lot like a kitty cocktail.
Overall: this is a solid beer light bodied really dry finish. maybe just a little to sweet. Wish it was more tart and less sweet.

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Photo of ferndave
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You'd better like Raspberry. Tons of rich raspberry flavor. Almost two levels of light and dark berry. A little too much on first sip, was sold after a few more. Great occasional drink the right time of year. Agree that it doesn't taste much like beer. It could be used in cocktails or drinks asking for a fizzy berry flavor.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - pours a small white head that dissapates quickly. Body is red
S - raspberry!
T - yeast barley up front but it is over taken by the raspberry. Really sweet
F - super light easy to drink beer that is ideal for the warmer months
O - treaty drinking beer, first of this kind I've ever had. It's supposed to taste like raspberries and it does. It's pretty sweet so I can only handle one at a time

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark pink, and settles in the glass a deep purplish color with a thin, pink tinged head. Kind of interesting, but it's also a little off putting to see such a vibrantly colored beer. Smells like a raspberry jelly donut and red wine. The taste is very sweet with a slightly dry finish. Again, lots of raspberry flavor here and a little more like wine than beer, I couldn't really pick up any identifiable beer flavors. Very little bitterness to counteract the sweetness. Feel was medium and sort of syrupy and unpleasant...mine didn't have a lot of carbonation and that combined with the sweetness made it feel like raspberry jam in my mouth. Leaves a kind of cloying aftertaste and coating on the tongue. I might drink one again in the future and see how it pairs with dessert, but overall, it didn't impress me much.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark pink hue with a two inch light pink head. Sweet aroma and taste of raspberry. The raspberry taste is fresh, distinct raspberry, and not too sweet. However, it does taste more like carbonated raspberry juice/cider than beer. Interesting and refreshing but I am not digging it that much.

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Photo of Benjo87
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look - light red almost pinkish in a glass. 2 finger white head that dissipates into a lacing.

Smell - Smells like real raspberries, sweet malt, slight white wine like smell.

Taste - you get the raspberries, but it's more like a raspberry spritzer than a beer. Like a fizzy flavoured white wine. If I was blindfolded, I'd have no idea this was a beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Founder's Rubaeus, pure raspberry ale. 5.7% ABV.

A: Slightly pink tinted head; about a finger and a half's worth. Dark rose pink in the glass, with a slightly pink tone in the dimple. Decent sheeting. Nice lacing.

S: Similar to the Blushing Monk, it smells like a sweet glazed, raspberry filled donut. Sweet, doughy. Big raspberry jelly aroma!

T/MF: Taste is not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Raspberry seed flavor is present, but light enough. Just a pleasant raspberry flavor for a beer. Light doughy malt character, but the raspberry is the star. Raspberry tartness is mostly noticeable, under the tongue, along the sides. The flavor is light enough that this would go good with a summery salad, or a lighter dessert. Or, some chocolate would be good, too.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Sintech
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap, poured into a pint glass. Look is muddled reddish pink. Smell is sweet, muted raspberries. Taste is really good. Easy to drink, little sweet...crushable. Mouthefeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation. Overall a really nice beer. Grade (A-)

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell is faint and subtle.
The overall taste is like a fruit tart with a "mini" mix of creamy (nitro) melting and invigorating your mouth!
This is a must get on tap/nitro!!!

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a clear red-hued straw body.
The aroma is raspberries.
The taste is mellow raspberry, just sweet enough and some tart. Good balance.
The texture is crisp.
Really enjoyable.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one brew that seems to get a lot of negative talk but I really enjoy it. Nice ruby red color and excellent flavor. Best enjoyed in the summer but its in my fridge year round. Glad to see Founders has made this a year round beer now, will make my life easier. LOL

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Photo of MattSlem
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I could have like twenty of these. A bit sweet and heavy on the mouthfeel, but damn. I am a huge fan of Alaskan Brewing's raspberry wheat, but I think I've found my new favorite.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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 tekstr1der
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hard to review as a beer, but pretty tasty nonetheless! Pours ruddy, with no foam. Aroma is definitely raspberry. Very nice, I'll definitely suggest this to my next girlfriend. Taste is a nice balance of sweet and tart, true to the real berry. It's a bit more carbonated than I like and leaves a tart aftertaste. Kinda weird, kinda good.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.
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