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Founders Rübæus | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
693
Ratings:
3,256
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
591
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Reviews: 693 | Ratings: 3,256
Photo of IBUnit63
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. into Ommegang chalice...

Pours like rose champagne with pink/amber body, tight, moderate mauve head and ample carbonation.

Bountiful raspberry, yeasty scent with malt hint - very fruity.

Mild, syrupy-sweet with essence of raspberries, yeast and carbonation. Pleasant yet slightly artificial.

Tight, puckering mouthfeel with tingle from carbonation. A little shallow with tart finish.

This is enjoybale but I wouldn't hit more than one at a sitting 'cause of the syrupness.

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Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a couple of BA's who sent me this
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that left fast followed by the lightest of lace. The body was a light raspberry color.

Aromas of raspberries dominate this one and overwhelm your nose in a pleasant way

Flavor is raspberry and a good representation at that. It starts of sweet and finishes a little tart in the end. The only thing I might change would be the mouthfeel; it is a tad light for me.

A good desert brew, treat it as such. One of the better fruit beers I have tried

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark red with a one-finger pink foamy head.

S - Aroma is lots raspberries with grain, and sweet malts.

T - Lots of raspberry. That's really all that's going on in the flavor. There is a light amount of malt t balance out the flavor.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crisp refreshing mouthfeel.

O - A very good fruit beer. Drinks more like a raspberry soda than a beer. A nice summer beer.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.36/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thank You Gnomefest!

A - Deep red almost purple body with very thin light tan head that fades away very fast. The look of the body is interesting but the consistency of the whole appearance doesn't become a good rating.

S - Raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, I wish it had some Halle Berry. I bet that would smell good.

T - There's a strong raspberry flavor in this brew followed by a bitterness and a finish leaving much to be desired.

M - The brew is wet at the lips but finishes quite dry. Impressive.

~ Unfortunately I'm going to struggle finishing this because of the flavor. It is far too fruity for my liking, or to even really be a beer in my opinion.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark red color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a fruity raspberry aroma. Nice raspberry taste. Mild amount of bitterness. Not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one is very good and refreshing.

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Photo of ATPete
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A- Pours a pinkish, red, brown color with a solid pink/white head.

S- Remember those raspberry candies your grandmother used to always have out...that.

T- Tart and semi-sweet, fresh raspberry and some mellow bitterness.

M- Bright like a lambic, but feels like an ale, slightly coating with a thin/medium body, good amount of carbonation.

D- I liked this one. Could i see myself drinking a 4 pack of this, no.

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured a clear ruby red body with a thin ring of pinkish head. A good looking fruit beer, very bright and inviting. Scents of sweet and slightly tart raspberries, raspberry tart and indeterminate red berry flavors. Overall impression of aroma is of a very fruity, raspberry dominated profile that is pleasant, but a bit one note. Still very nice for a fruity beer. Flavor begins very sweet, with strong notes of sweet raspberries and lesser, though still moderate flavors of strawberries and blackberries. A slight sweet malt is in the background. These flavors continue into the middle. Finish is sweet with the same flavors on display, with a bit of an apple flavor also present and a slight acidity. Aftertaste is raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and sweet and grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a sweet and very fruity beer. Those flavors dominate and make this a pleasant and refreshing, but a bit one note. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, slightly tart and juicy feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice, light, refreshing beer that is very pleasant. Overall this is a good fruit beer. It is light, fruity and very refreshing with a wonderfully pleasant aroma and nicely sweet flavor profile. This is further enhanced by the mouthfeel. It is a bit one note, like many fruit beers, but it is still good for the style.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro tap at the Founders brewery. A dark red color with a creamy head. Definitely a raspberry beer.. maybe with some cranberry or cherry flavor in there as well. Very sweet but it is refreshing. I had no idea this beer was around 7% when I tried it.. would've guessed much lower.

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Photo of TomMorris
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant hazy ruby; smells of raspberry (duh) jelly donuts. The initial taste is an explosion of natural raspberries - very little to no cloying syrupy sweetness here. Finishes with some light breadiness, really drinks like a raspberry danish or some other fruity confectionary. Taste lingers well after drinking but does not overstay its welcome.

This is a fruit beer done correctly. Great summer beer.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the reddest I've ever seen a beer poured. Beyond mahogany, this delves into a deep rosé, befitting its sweet nature. Minimal head and no retention brings it down slightly in my book.

When you sniff at this beer the immediate impression is... fermented raspberries. This may not appeal to everyone, but for a 'pure raspberry ale,' it seems appropriate.

Tasting, it is much of the same. The raspberries ARE the show here, they don't steal shit. It's their sweet nature that lures you in initially, seducing your tongue and lulling it into a comfortable dream state with its bubbly personality, but soon it goes stale (ok, not stale, per se; more... fermented. but stale fit the narration better. so sue me.). Her underlying bitterness seeps in towards the end, and you leave with the impression that she is [a] tart (deal with it).

This is one of those brews that will probably see much of the variety in its ratings due to the age old struggle of personal taste vs stylistic integrity. It's definitely not for everyone, or for every occasion, but for what it is, it is done quite well (not that I would expect any less from Founders at this point). It's easily the best fruit beer I've had, but I wouldn't necessarily find myself reaching for it ahead of other items available that often. Well worth the price of admission, but I won't pine for her when she's gone.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red in color with a hint of tan and a pink soap foam. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Head has good retention for a fruit beer.

Nose is dominated by a big sweet raspberry note with a subtle grainy malt backbone. Smells fairly balanced for a fruit beer.

The sweetness that was present in the nose is also present in the taste however it's balanced out nicely with tartness from the raspberries. There is also a bready malt smoothness that helps balance the sharp sweet and tart notes.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation, light feel and very refreshing

Overall very good for a fruit ale, one of the better ones for the style.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful dark ruby pour with little head or lacing. The nose is of raspberry overlaying a sweet backbone. Almost medium bodied with a carbonation level set to provide crispness and a flavor explosion. The smooth mouthfeel translates to an expertly well balanced raspberry, tart and sweet flavor profile. Raspberry predominates, then the tartness hits the palate and ends on a sweet note. The finish is crisp with a lingering tartness after the raspberry and sweetness fades. Another masterpiece from Founders.

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Photo of JRed
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark ruby in body with white head that stays around. Smells of big, juicy, mouthwatering, raspberries. Tastes of smooth raspberry juice. Smoothie-like in body. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Does any other American brewery do fruit beers like Founders?

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Photo of Goliath
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich semi clear (but not hazy) ruby color. Absolutely no head formed on the pour.

Aroma is nice. Simple scents, with sweet raspberry, and some very familiar aromas that for some reason I can't put my finger on right now.

The taste is much better than the average raspbery hefe for me. They are usually really weak and boring. The raspberry flavor is more pronounced in this beer. A tart note follows. Alcohol also present, which is not impressive since it's only 6.9%.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to low. Flavor is decent, alcohol is moderate, but I just don't see it being consumed in bulk. A 12 oz may be difficult to finish.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Very little head. Deep, opaque raspberry red body.

S - Raspberry jam; tart berries; bready yeast.

T - Fresh raspberry to a mix between sweet raspberry syrup and cranberry juice like tartness.

M - A bit watery and flat on the front of the tongue. Very light carbonation. An almost clean, tart finish leaving behind a slight film.

O - I found the first few sips to be refreshing, but the raspberry juice like qualities make this a sipper. An enjoyable, fresh-tasting fruit beer. The smell was by far the most enjoyable and balanced part of the this beer.

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Photo of qchic
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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 mtomlins
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass

A: Crystal clear and ruby red. The head dissipates quickly to a thin bubbly collar leaving no lacing.

S: Sweet raspberry with a touch or tartness.

T: Big upfront raspberries, sweet but not overly with a nice tart, dry finish. A very fruity beer that hides its 5.7% very well.

M: medium-light body and lots of carbonation yet still smooth.

O: A very good fruit beer, light, refreshing and very easy drinking. Maybe a bit nm the sweet side for my tastes.

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Photo of Winter
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First attempt at pouring filled my glass with a foam. Pours a tawny ruby red in color. Cloudy in appearance. Airy light pink head. Sweet red raspberries on the nose. Some alcohol too. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Taste initially is filled with the taste of sweet raspberries. Not overly sweet though, as it exhibits a nice berry tartness to it. Malt flavor follows. Alcohol definitely present in the finish.

This is what a berry beer should be. Assertive raspberry flavor that's not cloying at all. The 6.9% abv give this beer some punch. Nicely done!

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Photo of gshak
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 sleazo
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a hazy brown which reveals magenta when held to the light. Zero head, zero lacing.

S_The aroma is farily strong with a raspberry jam type aroma. There is also a nice lightly toasted malt aroma which reminds you that you are drinking a beer.

T_Runs the gamut of the flavours of the raspberry. Starts out with a good fruit sweetness followed by a bit of the seed. The finish is nicely done as it mimics the tartness of the actual fruit. There is also a nice biscutiy malt component as in the smell to keep thigns grounded. Not much in the way of hops, but that really isn't the point.

M_Slightly syrupy with a mild carbonation.

D_A very nice fruit beer that doesn't become cloying. Makes for a good dessert. I could use a bit more head, but who couldn't?

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Photo of Powderhornphil
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice summer beer. Looks appealing. Deep ruby red with a pinkish head.

Smells of jammy raspberries. Very sugary sweet on the nose but not overpowering.

Tastes of sweet ripe raspberries. Follows the nose on the sweetness. Not something I could have more than one in a sitting. Would like it a bit more tart.

Medium carb and feel.

Worth trying on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in North Attleboro, MA

A- Pours a dark ruby body with a small, light red head that reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing.

S- Heavy raspberry juice and not much else.. maybe some caramel and malt in the background but the overwhelming berry aroma is hard to get past.

T- Extremely sweet raspberry juice, maybe some red grapes, and a hint of malt on the follow through. The finish is slightly tart.

M- Somewhat thick with medium-low carbonation. Kinda syrupy.

This just isn't my kind of beer.. there was way too much sweet raspberry flavor and not much balance at all. It's pretty one-dimensional.

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Photo of bobhits
1.55/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

"chicks should dig it" But well they won't "drink a lot."

Founders has been on a overly sugary mess role lately. The entire back stage series should read "crap we put to much sugar in it" series. This is staying with that theme. I'm really starting to consider down grading the brewery as they just keep turning out bad beer after bad beer lately.

Pour a fruit juice body with a bit a head.

Sugar, raspberry, alcohol, hint of hops, and sugar. Yes I said sugar twice.

There's some beer here, hints of hops and hints of wheat but all of it over blasted by sugary rasberry. It hints at tart but isn't tart. It brings out flavors I like in sours but it isn't sour. This is a huge step back from their Ceries which at last has some sour elements even if it's mostly a sugary cherry mess.

I have no desire for more of this and I can't imagine drinking this outside in the heat. The sugar would just make one sick.

It's not normal I guess so have one? But it's a beer I'll never have again. Not good. If this is a style stop making it. Founders look guys, you're better than this!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a mostly opaque darkish ruby with a one finger light pink head. Quick to dissipate the head leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Fresh raspberry is the biggest part of this beers aroma. Not too fake smelling. Touch of fermented dark fruits as it warms.

T: As anticipated this has loads of raspberry with a complimenting malty finish. A bit sweet of a beer but does have some good tartness. Still has some malt roots to it, hasnt been consumed by fruitiness.

M: Fairly light body with ample carbonation. Not as sticky of a finish as most fruit beers which adds to this ones session-ability.

Overall hits a sweet spot in the summer time. I've always been a fan of raspberries so this one is a no brainer. Certainly can be like by most people.

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Photo of beveritt
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle, but I picked it up from a reputable store that has a high turnover rate.

Appearance: A medium brown with a tint of red/pink color to it. Has very little head to speak of and that that it does dissipates quickly.

Smell: Strange, but this beer doesn't have much of a smell. If you swirl it around enough, you can pick up hints of raspberries. That's about it.

Taste: This is a tart beer, which I think is a good thing. Think of how fresh raspberries taste, that is the pucker factor you get with this beer. Very little malt, no hop flavor, but a good balance of fruit taste, residual sweetenss, and the sour taste of fresh raspberries.

Moutfeel: Carbonation level is high enough to balance out the tartness of the berries. Leaves a slick feeling in the back of your throat.

Drinkability: A good fruit beer. So many taste like sugar water, this preserves the tart/sour flavor of true raspberries. The only detractor is that having several of something this tart might start to build in your mouth after awhile. Overall, I like it. I will definitely grab more next time I see it around.

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Founders Rübæus from Founders Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.
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