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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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Ratings: 3,576 |  Reviews: 768
Photo of B_B
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.91/5  rDev +26.5%
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 tubeyes
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy mother of raspberry, very fruity , good starter for tonight

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Photo of Timtac
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandonwnw
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BeerWithMike
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of token_23223
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VashonGuy
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
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 mmorris15
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skipple
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of donspublic
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Gawz
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbarnes9
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fern22
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 jmich24
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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 -2.1%
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 -2.3%
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 Commandophile
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 3,576 ratings
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