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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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH footed pint glass; deep, well, ruby in color, translucent, with a moderate clear white head that fades leaving a small ring of intricate foam.
Smells of fresh raspberries mostly; I'm trying to keep in mind "this is founders...this is founders..." because the smell of fruit and beer reminds me of so much gas station flavored malt liquor.
Taste is fresh, sweet raspberries over top of wide-open plain malt, wet and slightly metallic.
Mouthfeel is wet and thin.
Overall, I'm not very impressed by this beer. It's like a moderately better version of a standard raspberry-flavored malt beverage. Don't misunderstand me, it's far more drinkable and enjoyable than those abominations, but it's nothing amazing. Also, I'm not a fan of fruit beers anyway; I would have much rather enjoyed a raspberry sour.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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 Buschyfor3
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12oz draft served in a goblet at Holy Grale, Louisville, KY

A: A pure, ruby red that shimmers with highlights; small, pinkish head about a finger deep at its height.

S: Seductive, with tart raspberries balanced by some syrupy sweetness on the nose (imagine muddled raspberries with sugar in the bottom of a cocktail glass); reminiscent of homemade jam; slight vinous character, with the berry hints dancing alongside a musty note- that must be a hint of the wheat character underlying this beer.

T: Tart raspberry starts things off, followed by a rush of sugary sweetness (like a simple syrup); the combination of tart and sweet blends nicely with support from the malt backbone, with hints of caramel and a mild bready flavor; just the faintest suggestion of wheat comes through with a grainy flavor that is quickly swallowed by the lingering tartness of the raspberry carries into the short, crisp finish.

M: Crisp, refreshing flavors; sturdy carbonation is prickly on the tongue and cuts through the slickness to keep the proceedings light.

O: Drinkability is high on the charts, as the lower ABV content makes for a nice, easy drinking fruit beer. Not overly sweet but not puckering with tartness; a nice blend of fruity aroma and flavors with just enough of a malt/wheat presence to create a crisp, refreshing beer for all occasions. For a style of beer that is consistently maligned, Founders has concocted quite the pleasant surprise with this raspberry-infused beer. Would recommend for anyone who enjoys wheat beers or lambics – in my mind this seems to cut a middle ground between the two.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Ruby hued, with a short cap of white foam.
Aroma-Raspberry essence, faint malt note
Taste-Tart raspberry, malt sweetness, a bit undercarbonated. Refreshing and pleasant, though a bit sweet for my taste.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a reddish amber with a fizzy white head that fades rather quickly.
S-tons of raspberries with some maltiness in the background
T-raspberries up front followed by some caramel and more raspberries in the finish. Hops providing balance but does not lend any flavor
M-medium bodied, a bit smooth and slightly above average carbonation
O-a nice flavorful fruit beer that isn't sickly sweet. Wouldn't drink it all the time but definitely worth trying

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No bottle information. Founders' Rübæus is brewed in the style of a Fruit ale with a focus on Raspberries. Available as a limited summer seasonal release in 12 oz. 4 packs and on draft. I am comparing a fresh release alongside a bottle of the previous year's vintage to see how the raspberry character evolves.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a rosy ecru white head of a fizzy, crisp consistency over a burgundy amber body. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Sweet raspberries in a berry syrup amidst a very pale malt background, virtually transparent from the raspberry character. Clean but perceivably sweet and incredibly fruity. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor generates more diversity from the raspberry, notably a pleasing tartness up front which gives the raspberry angle a slightly more natural flavor. Regardless, there's not enough action coming from the malt and hop profiles to comment on how it all falls together in a beer sense. The raspberry comes through just about as much as it possibly could in a beer generating a thorough bodied, acidic and juicy raspberry flavor. Finishes on an everlasting raspberry sweetness dragging through fruit sugar. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, sticky, modestly syrupy and slightly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a mildly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium/high for the style, medium/high overall. Balance is fruity and sweet over tartness. Alcohol presence is very low, drinkability high particularly if you like sweet fruity beers. 4

(Overall) It's an experience to behold, as raspberry flavor transfers to beer to a degree unlike any other fruit. Thus, expect Rübæus to be one menacing fruity bomb of a beer. A touch sweet but shy of cloyingly so, tread lightly especially if you are expecting a fruit accented beer, because the fruit is the core of this beer. I consider this a very tasty beer but it's obviously not for everyone, especially the faint of heart. I could see fans of Leinenkugel's fruit-laden beers or wild blue find crossover enjoyment in Rübæus. 3.75

Founders Brewing's
Rübæus Pure Raspberry Ale

Vertical notes:

1 year aged: Head is slightly less rosy, more gray. Body is noticeably smoggier, otherwise very similar in appearance to fresh. Nose is similar with a creeping sourness and peppery grain character sneaking in to compete with the raspberry. Flavor is much the same, the tartness really not any bolder than the fresh vintage but the spicy, peppery yeast character generates a welcome kick to counteract all that raspberry flavor. The texture is a bit spritely compared to fresh possibly due to excessive carbonation and a slightly lighter body accentuated by a perkier spice character from the yeast. This was a fun experiment although I didn't find the aging to make much of a significant impact on this beer. The raspberry is still front and center in this beer regardless of how old or new it is. You shouldn't be too upset if you forget to drink one of these or decide to stash one in the cellar through the winter.

Recommended vintage: Try one aged, drink three fresh.

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Photo of Mikus
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love me some Founders. Took awhile, however, to give this a whirl. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter. Next to zero head, though a unique deep ruby hue that demanded a longer look than I give most brews. Aroma of clear raspberry (I hope, right?), light citrus, and a hint of malty goodness. Not as much actual raspberry to the taste... quite subtle really. A nice refreshing tart aftertaste. Light carbonation and slightly dry in the mouth (was thinking that it might be too syrupy sweet) and pleased overall. I would not buy this again (even though it was good, not really my thing)... but was happy for the experience. Delicate touch to a beer that could have been a raspberry nightmare.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Samuel Smith's Organic Wheat Beer Long Pint Glass.

A - Dark almost ruby Red with quite a thick pink head which fades to a cap and stays throughout. Very sticky lacing which almost covers the sides of the glass.

S - A lot of raspberry/jam first of wall with a hint of pale malt and a little wheat. I'd say some Red Grape juice and cranberry too.

T - Big hit of sweet raspberry with a bit of wheat, a touch of hoppy bitterness and tart at the end.

M - Medium carbonation, but not too much for this style. It helps with the tart finish. Very refreshing and goes down very smooth indeed.

Great beer.

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


Very light, crisp and refreshing. I've been looking for my "summer beer" and haven't found it yet. I'm a big fan of Porters and Stouts, which I've been enjoying regularly since last fall. The heat of summer has me wanting to get away from that heaviness for a while, but nothing has come up as the "The One", yet. (Firestone Walker Wookey Jack is "The One" in winter, followed closely by Henniker Working Man's Porter or Full Sail Imperial Stout)

I wouldn't make Rubaeus my everyday go-to, but it's definitely a go-to treat!

Bottle was dated 04/04/2014. Fresh-tasting with full bodied raspberry flavor. No buzz with just one. Left me happy to have tried it!

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Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle with a bottled on date of June 7th, 2014. Poured into a Lindemans flute. Translucent dark ruby red with a thick, bubbly, pink head. Head slowly fades to a thin crown. Thick, sticky lacing covers nearly every part of the surface of the flute as the beer goes down.

Aroma is a raspberry jam/puree. Slight touch of pale malts and the faintest hint of wheat. Vinous flavors, almost dark cherry and grape as well.

Flavor is raspberry and a hint of wheat. Raspberry, of course, completely dominates. It starts off a touch sugary, but ends with a tart finish. I can feel a tiny bit of hoppy bitterness on the finish as well, even if I can't taste it.

Light-medium body with moderate carbonation; certainly a decent amount, but not as much as it looks like during the pour. Tart finish keeps it from being cloying and maintains a nice, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a very good beer. I'm not sure if I'd put it up against the New Glarus Raspberry Tart, but it stands pretty well on its own. Nice balance of sweetness/tart and it's obvious it uses fresh, natural raspberries. What else should one expect from a fruit beer?

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear raspberry red, approaching a purplish hue, with a sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of syrupy raspberry sweetness. Maybe a hint of malt under there.

Tastes of sweet raspberry with a tartness that balances it out. Pretty much exclusively the fruit flavor, which is fresh and only ever so slightly medicinal.

Medium body with lightly bubbly carbonation and a slight sour pucker.

Founders went all in on fruit flavoring with this one, so like most fruit beers and lambics that stress the fruit, this is probably a love-it-or-hate-it brew. For my money, this is the right way to do a fruit beer. I want to taste the fruit if I choose a fruit beer and I want it to taste like real fruit, not artificial. This one pretty much hits the spot, is fairly thirst-quenching, and manages to still feel somewhat like a beer all things considered. If that sounds like your cup of tea, er, beer, then this is one of the better ones you'll find.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours amber / red / purple with a tiny wisp of cherry / white head.

S - Raspberries, sour apples, caramel.

T - Sweet raspberries, tart fruit, highly carbonated and has a mouth feel more like a soda.

O - Nice summer refreshing fruit beer, but could probably only have one as it is overly sweet and very one note.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very nice looking dark red color. Very little head and no lacing. Hard to tell its an alcoholic beverage by the appearance.

Aroma is very tart raspberry. Nothing artificial in the odor. Almost a syrupy scent, if that is even possible.

Taste is more of the aroma. Raspberries. Tartness. A little sour. The taste is very simply, but its well executed.

Light-bodied, pretty well carbonated.

Overall: Not a bad fruit beer. I'm gonna compare this one to New Glarus' offerings, which is probably unfair. But it is too one dimensional to compete with theirs. This beer does with it sets out to do, and I will give it that. But I wouldn't mind seeing a little more complexity.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a four pack for only 12 bucks! Into a pint glass.

A - A very pretty shade of bright red with a purple hue, clear with a solid 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to a decent lace ring.
S - Smells of over ripe raspberries, residual sugars and just a hint of wheat like base to remind you it's a beer but it could just be more sweet malts.
T - I would have to agree with other the first two were excellent bright tart fruit flesh taste mixed in with some sugar and malt sweetness that makes for a flavorful fruity beer which it is and not just some wine cooler. After the 3rd it does get pretty bland like a alcoholic juice so drink in moderation!
M - Light to medium in body the definition of a fruit beer lite, refreshing, and somewhat session able.

Overall just like all great beer it's meant to be enjoyed one or two per sitting. I had this next to Samuel Smiths Cherry beer and even the taste was lacking so its true you can have too much of a good thing! Recommended!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a real raspberry heavy brew, nice and fruity, and a little sweeter than it needs to be, but the authenticity of the fruit makes up for it. none of those artificial or candy fruit flavors, its straight berry here, both tart and sweet, on the cusp of ripeness, and really well added to the beer. pinkish red in color, rather clear, and not really collecting much head. the nose is heavy on the fruit, almost like one of those all fruit popsicles tastes, its that vibrant. the base beer seems nondescript here, although one sip shows me a whole lot of body, maybe more than necessary for what i assume to be an attempt at a light drinking fruit beer. the raspberry flavor is strongly sweet on the front end, with a little more tartness on the back end. gorgeous real fruit flavor, juice and ripe. there ends up being more residual sugar than i like, and with the sagging carbonation, it really makes the beer more weighty than it should be. it would be tough to drink more than one or two of these, as good as the flavor is overall. more bubbles would solve most of this i think. overall another clever and tasty founders beer, they really never miss. i think I've been drinking so many fruited sours that my palate is surprised by a normally fermented fruit beer. need to get back into it.

edit: revisiting this makes me realize how good it is. dryer than i gave it credit fore before, and really authentic on the fruit front. maybe freshness has a lot to do with the differences, but i am bumping up a few scores to reflect how much i am digging this one right now. very solid offering.

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Photo of zookerman182
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light pink color with a one finger fizzy head.
Aroma is grain, raspberries, malt.
Taste is a strange mix of raspberry, sugar candy and malt.
Lots of clashing flavors but in the end the raspberry candy flavor wins.
Too sweet for me. Compared to other better fruit beers it lacks well rounded flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium and crisp.
Glad I tried it but I couldn't drink more than a few sips.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 5.23.14

A - Ruby red, 1 finger of head and nice sticky lace left on the glass

S - Raspberries and lots of them! No booze, just raspberries...thats all!

T - Wow...its a spiked raspberry juice! So good! Apples and raspberries, alcohol is well hidden. An awesome brew.

M - Medium carbonation and light bodied.

O - A great beer. Just wish it was not so expensive, or this one would be a regular.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into 12 oz. tulip. Nothing resembling a head here, slightest trace of lacing, doesn't last too long. Raspberries come off strong immediately in the aroma and hide anything else that might be there. Taste is the same thing for me, the taste is delicious, but I really feel like I'm drinking raspberry juice. I haven't had a lot in this style so I'm not sure exactly what to look for in terms of depth and complexity. Incredibly refreshing however!

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Photo of Budinetz
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a rose color with a white foamy head that dissipates quickly.
Smells of...well...raspberries and tastes of sweet berries up front with a sour, tartness on the finish. No bitterness detected, but a great malt profile within. Low abv, but the acidity alone will kill your palate. Drink this one last.


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Photo of avalon07
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark red color and a thick texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Exactly what you might expect: Lots of raspberries and some malt.

T: As is usually the case with most of the best fruit beers, this beer's flavor is short on complexity and long on flavor. A big amount of raspberries and a little malt in the finish. Lively and tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Founders rarely seems to go wrong, and Rubaeus is no exception. It's extremely balanced and well made.

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

I am not a big fan of fruit flavored beers but i tasted this one a second time and it was much better than a year ago. Nice raspberry color flavor and aroma. It is something like raspberry soda but with less but ample carbonation and the flavor of raspberry is prominent yet not overwhelming. Great mouth feel for this type of beer. I could drink this on a nice tropical day and not get sick of it. Well maybe after 4 of them but i have a hard time drinking 4 of any of the same beer in one sitting. I like to mix it up.

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Photo of csheridan
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you like an ale with a hint of fruit, this is a go-to. Tastes like real raspberries, not the chemical/medicinal/candy flavor in a lot of the fruit ales. Sweet, but not overly so, very smooth, beautiful color...excellent all around as a summer refresher.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£2.40):
Raspberry red with tinges of purple & topped with a pinkish-white head that is bubbly, leaveing some nice lacing on the edges.

Strong raspberry notes but not overly sweet or sugary. A malty aroma from the start that offset the sweetness. Some sourness and berries come through as well and a slight amount of tartness follows.

Sweeter than the nose but not overdone, starting with sugary sweetness, touches of bitterness & plenty of raspberries plus some tart & sourness but very little in the way of hops.

Smooth & sweet with some hints of sourness & bitterness but naturally the sweetness prevails. Carbonation seems about medium & the body the same. It was a pleasantly refreshing beer overall.

A fairly good fruit beer, certainly up there with the best that I've tried. Easy to drink & it went down well with some nice malts & bitterness helping level out the sweetness from the raspberries. An enjoyable one but you'd be hard pushed to drink more than one of them in a sitting.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Today, the #USMNT beat Ghana, the Royals smoked the Tigers and the summer sun made its debut. Time to crack one of these tasties.

Initially looks like a hearty amber, but then when the light catches it just right, you pick up unique hues of red and even pink, resulting from the infusion of raspberries. Quite a pretty beer.

Sweet smelling like you would expect from a beer with this much fruit - juicy, fleshy, somewhat acidic.

Usually too sweet, fruit beers that I actually enjoy are few and far between. This one is the exception - while the sweetness is definitely there, it's not overpowering, maintaining the freshness of raspberries without turning them into syrup. Sparkling, bright, a bit sharp on the tongue,

Somewhat slick, making an easy runway for the raspberries to make their way to the pallette. The carbonation really cracks on the tongue, exploding raspberries through the mouth.

I really enjoy this beer - not only for its uniqueness, but also because it's really good.

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

Pours a hazy reddish color with hints of orange and brown. Head doesn't last long. Nose has fruity sour notes, and the obvious fruits of course. Delightfully sour on the palate, sweet, fruity, refreshing. Manages to be huge on flavor without being sickly sweet, or too sour. Glad I tried this one and set aside the usual stereotypes about this sort of thing being for the girls.

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