Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders RübæusFounders Rübæus

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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Reviews: 733 | Ratings: 3,425
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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Photo of Buck89
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear pink color with a modest white foamy cap. Strictly raspberry on the nose. Raspberry up front, with a sweet malty backbone and a slightly tart finish. A bit syrupy and sticky. Nice after dinner.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a plump raspberry color with a 1 cm white with a twinge of red head. Head retention is moderate-poor with no lacing left behind. Aroma is very much raspberry, so much so it is tough to pick up other notes. It does have a bit of a puckering-power, lactic twinge. The flavor profile is all raspberry with a bit of malt to make it a little more bold. While it is simplistic in its number of overarching notes, the raspberry flavor does develop throughout the dynamic of the beer. An initial sip is sweet, before fading into a twangy tang sensation and finishing tart and a tad lactic sour. Certainly nothing sour enough to nuke any taste buds. Just a nice zap on the end to make a statement. Mouth feel is smooth, velvety, easy to drink, and slightly filling. An overall medium-thick consistency keeps the texture feeling bold. Overall, it's a great beer. While the raspberry aspect is certainly different, it is done well and kept in balance.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £3.75 for a single bottle.

Pours a translucent, dark amber-red body, that when held to the light shows a modest amount of fine, visible carbonation. A two-finger in height, foamy, white head reduces quickly to a thin cap and collar, leaving small amounts of soapy lace on the glass.

Sweet, jammy, raspberry puree-like profiles dominate the inviting but relatively simple nose. Traces of malted wheat and earthy hops are faintly perceptible underneath, but undoubtedly play only a supporting role in the overall aroma. Taste follows suit, leading in much the same way with fresh juicy raspberries and a mixture of raspberry and strawberry jam-like sweetness upfront. Lightly bready malts become apparent around the mid-palate, while at the same time, raspberry profiles transition from sweet and fruity to mildly tart, tangy and faintly acidic. In the mouth, a medium to full body and moderately lively carbonation give a reasonably smooth and slick feel, despite starting a tad syrupy. Towards the end, hints of hop bitterness and earthy, seed-like nuttiness provide excellent balance to the initially sweet start, somewhat redeeming the mouth-feel by finishing, clean, crisp and slightly dry.

Overall this is a very good beer. The body could be slightly lighter, and as expected, taste is predominately dominated by the added fruit. Unlike many in the style however, it does capture a natural flavour, balancing both sweet and tart raspberry profiles incredibly well, and contains enough complexity to maintain interest without effecting drinkability. Recommended.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks goes out to the sultan of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark pinkish/violet color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of raspberries. Taste is raspberries, tart, yet some sweetness as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light and tasty. Great beverage for the beach. The color is an icky Champale pink. The smell is sweet like a raspberry soda. The taste is SUPER sweet, but with enough bitterness to balance it without being nasty bitter.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I look forward to every spring and summer for this great brew. Founders consistently has some of the best beers around and this is another gem in their yearly hoard.

A fruit beer that has just enough tang and flavor to keep you coming back for more.

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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 RyanK252
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours vibrant ruby reddish pink with a frothy pink-ish white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Sweet juicy raspberry dominates, a little lactic tartness, and some light crackery malt.

T: Big sweet raspberry, countered with a little lactic tartness, tart cherry, faint very mild funk, a hint of citrus, and a little crackery malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, can feel a bit syrupy.

O: Maybe just a bit on the sweet side, but a very nice raspberry beer.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant magenta. Great look at
Funky sweet fruit, berry, slight grain
Berry. Not specifically raspberry, underlying grains very subtle
Lost me here. Almost no carbonation, syrupy almost heavy feel

As i drink it, its getting very sweet. A bad beer, no. But not for me. I would like more carbonation to break up that sugar, syrup thickness. Would be interesting on nitro.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,425 ratings.
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