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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

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3.89
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12.34%
 
 
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Bright red body. Almost no head. A few off white bubbles.

Smell - Bright raspberry. Juicy and fresh smelling. Sweet and maybe just the slightest aroma of a beer back there.

Taste - Raspberry juice. Slight tartness, but it's more of a sweet raspberry flavor. Faintest bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - Like its New Glarus brethren, it's mostly juice. I think I'd take the lighter versions over this, though.

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Photo of Cresant
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. undated bottle into a pint glass. Achieved no head. Body was a flat cranberry red/mauve/brown. Rich and nearly opaque.

Smell was fantastic. Fruity raspberry sweetness.

Taste was tart raspberry. Non-cloying. Malts peeked through but primarily this tasted like a nice alcoholic raspberry soda. Alcohol taste was very minimal but I did feel it's presence. It tasted great, but not really beer-like. This is my first fruit beer so it is a bit difficult to review within the style.

Mouthfeel was solid medium bodied with minimal carbonation. i would not want more than one.

Interesting offering but not one I will likely buy again.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cranberry red with a thin layer of head. The nose is tart and the flavor is light and fruity. The raspberry flavor really shines through in this offering.

I enjoyed my small sample and certainly can appreciate the craft that went into making this offering, but it tasted more like a mixed drink to me than a beer. As I was drinking this, I actually thought that I finally found a beer that my wife (who hates beer) would enjoy.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a deep clear reddish purple color with a smallish pink/white head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells like raspberries. Sweet and tart raspberries is all I can find in the aroma really. Maybe a hint of bread if I think about it really hard. The flavor is sweet and tart raspberries with a hint of malt in there and a touch of earth. The mouthfeel is sticky and a bit syrupy, carbonation is low to moderate and the body is moderate. Wine cooler or beer? I enjoyed this a bit and I could drink it again, maybe not my favorite beer but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter; received in trade from froggyfrog (Oct 2006), questionable whether this one has held up...it's been refrigerated since receipt, so I'll take my chances. No "best by" date.

A: First pour is ruby red, maybe a touch orange, and very clear. Notable bubbly/fizzy head, huge and pure white - at least 4-fingers high... Second pour was similar though became cloudy with the brackish sediment that had settled on the bottom. Still, a pretty color and good carbonation. Lace is minimal...

S: Of course this smells like raspberries, more tart than sour...it's a nice but singular smell and stays in the pint glass rather than bursting from it...

T: Hmm, raspberries? Again, it's pretty one-dimensional (like the smell) but it's a rich, fresh crushed-type flavor, nothing syrupy sweet or artificial. Nicely tart, vaguely sour.

M: Crisp mouthfeel and quite a bit of carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit tingly. Raspberry flavor thickens as it warms and clings on the front-center of the tongue & cheeks.

D: Fun to try, good berry flavor, almost more fruit drink than beer. Gets to be a little too much towards the end and ABV, at nearly 7%, isn't conducive to having much more than one glass. I'll bet this could be used in some interesting recipes, desserts in particular. Glad to have tried it and worthy picking one up if you see it. Thanks again, Jeremiah.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Enjoyed: 21 November 2013

Appearance: A deep burgundy red with an ever so slightly pink head that builds quickly and fades just as fast, leaving a small ring of bubbles on the edges of the glass.

Smell: A sweet bouquet of raspberries and not much else. This doesn't smell as strong as Lindemann's Framboise.

Taste: This is a sweet fruit beer. The raspberry flavor is especially pronounced, but lacking any sourness whatsoever. Almost tastes like raspberry juice, but there is certainly an amount of beer-like bitterness on the very back of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Not especially effervescent, and quickly looses carbonation.

Overall: A decent brew, but not one I would search out again. I prefer sour fruit beers over this, and if I want to drink a raspberry beer, I'll go for a raspberry lambic.

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Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/26/13. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours ruby red with a hint of purple. There's one finger of a light pinkish head

Smell: Fresh raspberries, grainy malt, tart. Slight Belgian quality as well.

Taste: Tart raspberries, malt sweetness, light breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the better fruit beers out there. This is exactly what I'm looking for in a summer beer. Only downside is the relatively high price given what this beer is.

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Photo of KajII
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass or Flute]

The pour was a murky almost dark cranberry red with a small light pink fizzy head that was fully diminishing and produced no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was all about raspberries, with a light grain malt and a sweet yeast along with notes of candi sugar, a light vinous odor and a moderate tartness.

The taste was boldly sweet with a nice malt undertone and a huge raspberry presence from the start and was present throughout, progressing slightly with a wheaty sour taste latching on towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a fruity tart taste left behind on the taste buds to linger for a short while longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body and somewhat syrupy in texture with a strong ticklish carbonation.

Overall this was a very refreshingly tasty Fruit Beer, it possesses a bold fruit taste along with a mild hint of wheat only to be topped with a decent tartness making it very enjoyable and refreshingly easy to drink...

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Photo of dexterk1
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in NYC. Appearance is dark amber/ reddish.
Odor is of ripe raspberries mostly.
Taste was raspberry front and center. Almost like a fruity sparkling wine. Sweet but not over powering or drying. The fruit is almost all of the flavor profile. Perhaps some other brown sweetness in there but very little.
Mouth feel is carbonated and light. Easy drinking.
Overall, not overly sweet (which I was afraid it would be). Raspberry beginning, middle and end. Nice lambic-like beer.

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Photo of davey101
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Date is smudged but I can make out that it's from June 2013. Pours a deep red/violet body with two quick fingers worth of pink stained foam. Pretty solid lacing and retention. Aroma is raspberry jam and some caramel malts. Zero hop presence. Taste is similar with tart raspberries and malts. Not as juicy or fruity as New Glarus raspberry tart but on a similar page. Slightly syrupy but never daunting. This is a really solid fruit beer, I just can't believe I'd be in the mood for it that often.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby coloring with no head. Aromas of rich, darkly sweet raspberry, like when you boil the fruit when you are making jelly/jam. Flavors are rich and sweet, heavy in legit raspberry fruit flavors. It does a very good job avoiding the sugary or syrupy sweet characteristics. Tart and slightly bitter notes at the end of the palate. The body is smooth and slick. Rich, sweet, and tart aftertaste that starts to pucker a bit as you continue to drink. Slick, slightly cloying finish with a decent tart linger. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of carolynschaf
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry fruit flavor. Very sweet, hard to drink more than one. Very nice color and consistency. A very good choice for people who do not love the beer flavor and are more into cider style drinks.

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Photo of morris786
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours strawberry red with small head and minimal lacing. Smell is earthy herbal raspberries. The fruit flavor in the beer taste very real. You don't get that medicine taste that I've had with other fruit beers I've tried. It's a fresh raspberry with fruit herbal tea flavor and a malty backbone. Very tasty for a fruit beer but I must admit I'm not a fan of the style.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer make a return. Picked up a 4-pack a couple weeks ago, finishing it up now.

The beer is maroon colored with some clarity. A pink head starts at about a finger in size, falling to a thick ring and patchy cap, leaving some lace behind.

Nose is raspberries. Sweet, fruity and authentic with light tartness. Decent strength.

Taste is mostly fresh raspberries and that's it. Good mix of sweetness and tartness. Slight grassy and stemmy tastes hiding in there, and make this not so one-dimensional, but it's pretty much all about that fruit. Some lemon maybe in the finish.

Full-bodied with high carbonation that's just a bit spiky. Otherwise smooth and malty, drinks pretty easy.

It's simple yeah, but a very solid straight up fruit beer. Nice fresh taste, light and drinkable, good summer release. Pure raspberry ale.

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Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this first at the Green River Brewfest in June. Enjoyed then, but they were only serving about a half ounce. So I bought a bottle in a mixed six to try.

Poured into an amber wine glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A deep clear red. No surprise there. Finger thick white head vanished rather quickly, leaving a very thin partial surface foam and virtually no lacing.

s: Fruity. Still no surprise.

t: Raspberries! Unsweetened, with a bitter aftertaste which lingers forever. Initial reaction was it was like drinking a dry red raspberry-flavored wine.

m: Medium due to the tart raspberry taste. Refreshing but almost mouth-puckering.

o: A most unusual beer. Rubaeus certainly delivers the raspberry flavor. However, at the price point it might be possible to get just as much fruiity flavor (with more than twice the ABV), from a bottle of Wild Vines or Arbor Mist. I'd recommend this only if you LOVE the flavor of unsweetened semi-ripe raspberries, and don't really want to get a big buzz.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks! Pours a deep almost neon pinkish red with a very small slightly pink head that recedes quickly. Aroma of sour berries and funk, with more malt presence than I expected (silly me for expecting a Blushing Monk type of brew). Flavor is big bold raspberry with some other flavors mixing in that I can’t put my finger on. A definite malt presence in the finish. Dry finish and plenty of carbonation. More like Cerise than Blushing Monk. Solid overall, but not spectacular.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crimson caramel topped with a frothing of pink-glinted ivory.
Aromatic of mashed raspberries and caramel-fudge nougat.
The first draught suggest all raspberries, and all the time. But it is neither all berries, nor exclusive, though the pulpy, seed-laden, fleshy berryness is prevasive, and predominant. Malt assembles, full of milk chocolate, and cakey breadiness. Berries stand true and tall through it all, even as the malt fades, and the lightly tannic and tart fruitiness dominates the hindquarters. A glimpse of wine-cooleresque sweet alcohol is noted late, and hops are excluded for the most part.
This certainly pulls no punches. It's unabashed raspberries. Not so out-of-sorts as to be compared with things like Leinies Berry Weiss. The attention to the malt end helps elude such a fate. But the manic sugars and lightly cloying nature would prohibit me from drinking more than one. Fans of Lindeman's Framboise or New Glarus Raspberry tart will find a like minded brew. But for me, the wine-cooler element seems underlined here.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink-amber with a thin white head. The aroma immediately reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise for the rich raspberry. The flavor is similar but lighter in body and not quite as strong in flavor. I mean, if you want real raspberries in a glass, you've got it here. There's a mild earthy note that distinguishes this from a raspberry flavored beer and it's almost juicy at times, finishing with a sweet and sour tang.

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

Holy smokes, this beer is tart. The flavor is all raspberry, and while refreshing on a hot day, it lends itself more to sipping than anything else on account of its intense flavor. That being said, I was glad I only bought a single bottle: one was most certainly enough for me.

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

At the outset of this review, I feel a disclaimer to be somewhat necessary. That is, this is a fruit beer--a style that has become a bit of a laughing stock in the craft beer world. I have seen this occur close to home with Magic Hat's flagship #9 which is altogether disregarded by most of the beer snobs I know. That said, Founder's has yet to let me down and I love raspberries, so I figured I'd shell out the seemingly overpriced $4 for a single and give it a fair shot.

A: Beautiful ruby, as you would expect from, say, raspberry juice.

S: Raspberry again, with almost nothing else. Very pleasant, though.

T: As expected, the raspberry flavor is quite overwhelming and, although very pleasant, it is quite difficult to tell that you're not drinking a raspberry juice cocktail of some sort. No hints of alcohol or malt for me or those who tried my pour. Most doubted that I was in fact drinking alcohol.

M: Substantial and impressive.

Overall, especially due to the price of this offering, I would generally dissuade others from shelling out the $13 or $14 for a 4-pack considering the low alcohol content. However, I don't regret trying it at all and, if someone approached me asking for my recommendations for fruity beers, this would be chief among them. Very well done for the style, but not a beer I can see many flocking to considering the pricetag.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

On-tap 8/5/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a coppery brown color, with a short pinkish-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong raspberries, light caramelized malts and not much else.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong raspberry flavor. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is very mild as you would expect. This one is all raspberries. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you crave the raspberry flavor.

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Photo of grub
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one from Aprilluvsbeer as part of BC2. thanks april!

12oz bottle.

pours crystal clear red colour with a wisp pinkish white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. raspberry bread. touch of alcohol. light sweetness. it does come across as slightly medicinal, but not overly so.

taste is good. lots of raspberry. big bready malt. bit of alcohol. light sweetness. slightly tart. bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. the raspberry character is strong, but still lets the base beer show through. nice level of sweetness without reaching an undesirable sticky sweet level.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz twist top stubby poured into a pint glass.

Clear crimson with a huge, Whitish pink head that leaves globs of lace.

Smells of real raspberries, not berry flavoring. Some floral hops underneath pair well with the berry tartness.

The raspberries are also strong in the taste, with the suggestion of hop bitterness again working with the berries. Not much else going on, but I do appreciate tasting real berries instead of generic berry juice/synthetic flavoring.

Moderate to light mouthfeel. Unimpressive but I don't see anything fuller helping this one out. This could be a good hot day beer, or a good one to pair with poultry.

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Logical raspberry aromas arise from a burned burgundy-colored liquid. Fudge and caramel sundae topping and tootsie roll aromas beef up the bouquet considerably. It's a dry moutful of dusty red fruit tannin, dense malt weight (a Founders signature) and vibrant raspberry fruit flavors. A dry, crusty caramel-flavored foundation is obvious. A streak of sweet alcohol flavor joins the finish. Punctuated fruit acidity and bitterness on the finish roughly counterweigh the sweet, plump elements. Another parade of good tasting ingredients from Founders. While it is impeccably crafted and well-proportioned, there are no surpises here. Nothing happens to the raspberry and slo-poke flavors on their way to an admirably dry finish. Though this beer may be a prescription for boredom, the brewers should be praised for their craftsmanship, skill and market sensibility.

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

Poured an attractive raspberry color with less than a 1/2 finger head in a stein.

Strong raspberry aroma.

The beer was lightly carbonated.

There was little alcoholic presence in the beer. It tastes more like a fruit soda, or a fruit drink.
Refreshing, but not my style of beer. A times it almost tasted like cough syrup.

Even though I am not partial to this style of beer, it seems well brewed. There is balance in the beer.

It would work well at barbecues on hot sunny afternoons.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
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