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 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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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what it is, this a very well executed beer. Looks beautiful, would of liked a tad bit more raspberry on the nose, the taste borders on a sour but then the middle and back end are all raspberry sweetness. I could drink plenty of these, very well done.

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Photo of depiesdesjacobins
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap rubaeus tastes like a light wheat beer with notes of cherry poured over whipped cream. A pink color with a thick white head that lingers make this an interesting brew, but it falls short of feeling like the intended flavor profile is achieved

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Photo of bubseymour
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red cherry color beer with a pink 2 finger head in my Sam Smith pint glass. Smell screams of rasberries. So nice and sweet. Extremely full bodied, sweet of the rasberries bot still nicely balanced with the hops to make it easily drinkable and not overly sweet and sickening. This is an exceptional fruit beer that is quite easily enjoyable by a wide range of people. I could see many non craft beer drinker appreciating this beer, and beer afficianodos also respecting how well crafted this one is.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkish amber colored beer with a small pinkish white colored head.

Smells of raspberries and malt. Caramel and faint grassy hop scent. But mostly this smells of natural raspberries.

Starts out mildly sweet and tart with the taste of raspberry being the strongest flavor. Fruit tartness not vinegar sour. Mild bitterness but really mostly raspberry.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a superior Raspberry Ale.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice ale pours a lightly chill hazed reddish amber with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ting, light pool, and light lacing. Nose of raspberries and sweet malts....period. Flavors follow but exceed by flavor with rich raspberry notes on all sides, light honey, and light grassy herbal; hops on the rear and aftertaste. Very nice mouth feel, crisp, effervescent, and lively with a light warming aftertaste saturated in raspberries. Excellent for the style.


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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a nine-pack of cans at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander about a week ago. The packaging date states this one is about ten weeks old. Poured right from the fridge into my Founders pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear bright ruby with about an inch of strawberry-tinged eggshell head that dissipates fairly quickly down to a weak thin and ring that leaves almost no lacing on the glass. Mild, lazy visible carbonation present.

S: As advertised, big raspberry bouquet on this one. A touch of cherry and grape notes in the mix, as well. For those familiar with New Glarus' Raspberry Tart, there are some definite similarities, though this one is toned down a bit--not quite as juicy nor tart. The fruits fairly well dominate the nose, but there is a bit of subtle cracker/bready malt underneath. Perhaps a suggestion of grassy hops, as well.

T: A moment of neutral cracker malt at the very front, followed by the perception of tart on the corners of the tongue. Immediately following, the raspberry makes its presence felt--initially fairly tart but mellowing and turning sweet by the back end. The middle brings the tart to a crescendo, with the taste of grape (more precisely, a sweeter wine) at its most insistent: that middle could almost be a red zinfandel. There's some cherry that comes across in the middle as well, and this flavor builds into the back with the raspberry. The close is big fruit: raspberry, cherry, and just a touch of hoppiness, which registers as more astringent than bitter.

F: Lighter-bodied--bright, crisp, just slightly creamy, and astringent in turns. There is a nice level of carbonation to this one that helps brings out the flavors without making it feel like a soda. Light enough to keep it from feeling syrupy, with just enough astringency at the close to remind you there are hops in this one. Quite drinkable.

O: I was a bit skeptical about this beer--maybe it's their advertising campaign--but I needed to pick something up that my wife and mother-in-law might enjoy. This one was a pleasant surprise. It brings a good deal of real fruit flavor to a beer that drinks a little bigger (almost 6% ABV) than similar offerings. I don't think this one is at the same level as the fruit beers that New Glarus makes, but it's certainly worthy of a regular spot in one's summer beer arsenal.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Much better than I expected. Smooth and velvety feel. Raspberry is definitely present and lends the perfect amount of sweetness. A little tart and snappy. Well done.

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Photo of qchic
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely bumped up on nitro! Helped the appearance for sure. Smell is on sweet raspberry (duh) and the flavor was actually enhanced by the nitro--it seemed to give the usually thinner fruit beer added dimension. Fun for a sample, even if it's not your usual fare.

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Photo of gshak
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Founders has captured the essence of a raspberry inspired ale. Appearance is light red with some head, and plenty of prickly carbonation that works well for this style of beer. Atom is very very fruity with raspberry, strawberry prominently on the nose. Taste starts out sweet with some refreshing balancing tartness, and finishes with a slight hop bite. Mouth feel is medium. Overall, a fantastic take on the style, that I wouldn't mind having on a sunny afternoon out on the patio, or barbecuing with friends.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light pink tinged color with thin lazing
Raspberry tinged aroma gives way to a raspberry sweet highly effervescent beer. This was a fun one to share.

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3.89 out of 5 based on 3,425 ratings.
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