Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,524
Reviews:
757
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
692
For Trade:
13
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Photo of scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks AutumnBeerLover!

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany that looks similar to cranberry juice. A thin white head surfaced that had just a shade of pink to it. Wispy lace.
S: Sweet and syrupy smelling with huge notes of raspberries and nothing much else. Smells enticing.
T: Follows the nose, as expected, with very sweet flavors of raspberry. Sweeter than blushing monk and more syrupy. Sugary finish, faint crackery malt aftertaste.
M: Medium-thick body, viscous mouthfeel, smooth carbonation. A fine sipper.
O: A very delicious raspberry beer. Definitely sweet, borderline syrupy, but the fruit has a natural (non-synthetic) taste and the mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Definitely worth seeking if you have a sweet tooth. Thank you, Kevin.

EDIT: Now that Founders is in CA I decided to try another bottle, and found it much more appealing. Score adjusted.

12oz bottle into tulip. Consumed 4/11/16
A: Pours a clear light ruby/peach color with three fingers of very active and effervescent head that fizzed away into a thick collar. Streaks of wispy lace were left down the glass.
S: Perfumey nose with light and fruity scents of flowers, perfume, strawberry, and of course, raspberry. The nose is light and airy as opposed to sickly sweet and cloying smelling. I get notes of crisp base malt and light graininess as well.
T: The base beer comes through much more than expected and a welcome change from the other usual fruit forward synthetically sweet fruit beers on the market. The raspberry is much like the nose, perfumey, floral, and only lightly sweet, but it also gives off flavors that remind me of a melted popsicle. There is candy-like sweetness throughout that sort of reminds me of a watermelon jolly rancher but far less sweet. The finish has notes of the base malts with light and crackery flavors. A very light fruity sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Light body, fuzzy and soft but very active carbonation, light and highly drinkable mouthfeel. The fruit or sweetness doesn’t lay on my tongue so each sip is welcomed instead of a chore.
O: One of best fruit beers I’ve had. The light base beer is perfectly balanced by the combination of sweet and fruity flavors. Well done.

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Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark garnet with a large pink head.
Aroma of raspberry confectionery and little else.
Simlar flavours, very sweet. Raspberry lollies again sums it up perfectly. Very little to it really.
Could use more carbonation.
Much too sweet. Nothing apparent behind the raspberry.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is dark pink, somewhat red. Almost no head.

Nose contains raspberry and a bit of a yeasty scent.

Taste is all raspberry, which I happen to love. Tastes very real, and not artificial as fruit-flavoured beers often do. Fairly sweet, but not extremely so. A little bit of tartness. Finish is a bit fry. Simple but quite nice.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Sweet, dries the mouth a bit,

Overall, simple but tasty, and very refreshing. Nice on a hot day. If you like raspberry, this is a well done raspberry focused (dominated) beer.

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

Photo of GreenMind
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

04/05/14 bottling date; a month old.

A: Pours a clear deep red. Medium-sized fizzy light pink head. Almost soda like. Looks one step away from raspberry soda but the head is a little fluffier and longer-lasting. Retention is decent but there is sparse lacing.

S: What do you expect? Raspberries and more raspberries. Sweet and lightly pungent. I love raspberries so it's a very inviting smell. Also very one-dimensional of course so I can't rate it TOO highly.

T: Raspberries, raspberries, more raspberries. Sugary sweet up front. Sweetness gradually fades, leaving a nice contrasting tartness and even some dryness in the aftertaste. A little bitter in the aftertaste too, maybe a touch of indistinct hops?

M: Medium bodied, very refreshing.

O: Well, it's pretty much pure raspberry. Alcoholic raspberry soda. The only way you can tell it's not soda is the light bitterness in the aftertaste. Really tasty, crisp and refreshing. Great warm weather beer. It's not the most complex and a it loses a lot of typical beer characteristics but I don't think that's the point here. I enjoyed it a lot. Probably the best raspberry flavor in a beer, short of NG raspberry tart.

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Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTJman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear light ruby color with a light pinkntonwhitenhead and a little lacing

S-sweet, raspberry, slight tartness, little malt

T-raspberry, sweet, light malt, minimally tart

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and light

O-decent fruit beer, but too sweet for me, wish it had a lot more tartness

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of khargro2
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anteater
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 3,524 ratings.
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