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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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Reviews: 695 | Ratings: 3,283
Photo of MWolverines66
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at a tasting event this past week. Not usually a fan of fruit beers but this was an exception. It poured a nice maroon color and you could definitely smell the fresh raspberries.

Taste was extremely clean, sweet, but not over powerful sweet. I had this alongside the Bell's Wild Raspberry which was much more tart compared to this. This was very smooth. Definitely something I would try again, hoping I can find some bottles at a store in NYC

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Photo of Brian700
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a....well raspberry-like shade of red, really it does. There is a very small white head that quickly becomes a ring around the glass leaving minimal lacing.

The aroma is pretty mild, there is some raspberry presence but not much else to speak of.

The flavor is heavy with raspberry flavor and there is little touch of sourness that enhances the raspberry. It tastes like this flavor rides on the back of some pilsner malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, almost on the effervescent side.

The drinkability is pretty good. This is a tasty drink that would go down nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head is 1/16th of a finger thick, with scant lacing, and a dark red body,as protocol for a raspberry brew .

Smells like, yep raspberries, but one can still detect a a slight malt backbone.

I taste raspberries, along with earthy grains.

Mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Founders Rübæus - Founders Brewing Company a 4.5

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

12oz to standard pint, pours a bright red/slight pink shade, head fades to nice lacing.

smells of sweet raspberries, slight malts, bitter cotton candy

tastes of raspberries! malty alcohol, as drinking continues the alc presence is less noticable and becomes more of a sweet raspberry nectar, sourness, malts compliment nicely, bitter, tart, nicely done - blushing monk is even better!

mouthfeel is light, sweet, crisp, easy drinking for a high abv of this style

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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 Bowdoinbeerboy
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours with no head whatsoever. Carbonation is minimal. The beer itself is a very deep red bordering on a light murky brown.

The nose is also a bit disappointing, it is very subdued. I get a minimal hint of raspberry and that is it, it is very subtle.

The taste is easily the best part of this beer. It is fuity sweet up front with a fair dosage of wet-raspberry, this transitions to a much more muted berry flavor towards the middle and then finishes pretty wet with no hint of bitterness.

This is a pretty good beer, one or two once in awhile would be pretty good. I would buy this again to have around for a nice changeup.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful and rich dark pink hue, with an intense raspberry aroma. Very refreshing flavor, with a bit of a tartness to it. A really solid fruit beer.

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Photo of BryanCarey
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Rubaeus pours to a ruby color and a good pour produces a pink head of foam that artistically adorns its see- through body. The nose on this beer is one of raspberries with a touch of sourness in the background. The foam holds its own at first, but does subside in a couple of minutes, leaving just a small amount of lacing behind as you drink.

This beer offers the taste of raspberries, as expected, along with flavors of bready malts to keep it tasting like a beer should. The flavor bounces back and forth between sweet and tart with each sip, ending with an aftertaste of berries and bread, like a piece of raspberry pie. The beer is a little fuller than most summer brews, with a medium body overall.

This fruit- enhanced beer is not like other fruity brews and it outranks most of the competition. The most important reason why is because, in spite of its fruitiness, it still tastes like real beer. You can still taste the different bready, lightly toasted malts in the background- a subtle but very important reminder that the beverage in front of you is a beer, not a malt cooler. Then, there is the raspberry flavor itself. Founders doesn’t cheapen the experience with artificial flavoring, like some other breweries are known to do. It uses real raspberries at different stages during the fermentation process to enhance the flavor and lead to a fruit flavor that is natural and delicious.

I’m not usually a fan of most fruity beers for the reasons mentioned above, but Founders Rubaeus is easily one of the better raspberry beers on the market. It is nicely balanced between sweet and tart and the addition of natural raspberries- as well as true beer taste- keep it real and help it rank well above the average fruity brew.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, deep scarlet colored ale with a pinkish puffy head on top, slowly crackling away, compacting on itself. Pretty beautiful pour.

Smells like a typical raspberry beer. Sweet, lightly tart maybe. Grainy, husky notes in there...maybe a bit metallic.

Ok first sip was terrible. I don't know if that's because I just drank an IPA or what. But it tastes pretty off. Sweet, full bodied beer. Metallic for sure. The dreaded "artificial" taste that seems to plague most fruit beers. As the palate becomes more adjusted to the taste it is not as bad. Sweet, candy red raspberry flavor develops up front, and carries through till the end which is just a tad drier than the first sip. Leaves a sweetness on the lips. I get where they want to go with this. A fruit beer that's not a "light beer" but a robust, full flavored beer.

For someone searching for a beer that's not all that much like a beer, this would be a good option. Sweet, candy like beer that comes from a well known and respected brewer. I will not be trying this again, though I might recommend it to someone who is just easing into beer from the mixed drink category.

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

I've had this every year for the past 3 years but just now have had a chance to review it.

A - Dark amber, red color, like a raspberry soda. Smaller, pink head with good lacing. More soda like than beer with the pink hue but still appetizing.

S - Raspberry ale; imagine that! It's got a fresh raspberry note that is fruity with just a little bit of floral aroma and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Pretty soft on the palate with the sweet raspberry character holding strong. It doesn't have a chemical or overpowering fruit flavor as some tend to have but it is almost syrupy. In the middle the ale character shifts to the top with a sweet grainy, malt character accompanied by the ale yeast tones. The finish is light and still fruity.

M - Light mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. Light body makes this beer a refreshing beverage. I do think that either my palate or the batch is different but this beer is much sweeter and more soda-like than I remembered from last year.

Overall, this is still a very good summer brew but on the sweet side. This beer used to be the perfect example of a fruit beer but now I feel it is moving towards the sweeter and more commercial beer genre. I would still recommend this for a nice mix-up from the typical beer styles but at $12 a 4pk I probably won't get this more than once a year.

Glass- Perfect Pint

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very lambic-like in appearance. Pours a deep red, like a fruit juice. Nose will knock you out, heavy wafts of fresh raspberries. Very sweet and succulent. Initial taste was quite sour, but is backed up by a very nice fresh fruit sweetness. There is a faint beer like character, but mostly it is lots of fruit and fizziness. This is a very nice brew, a distinct change from the usual summer wheat beer schtick.

Makes a very nice after dinner treat on a warm summer evening.


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Photo of BitteBier
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bold cherry/ruby red with slight amber highlights. The sparse head is bright and white but very fine, fizzy, and fleeting. Transclucent with a lot of perfectly-suspended sediment. The nose is dominated by raspberry, but thankfully real raspberry, overlaid on a clean malt base. The taste is better than expected, given the formidable punch of the raspberry in the nose. The taste of raspberry is omnipresent, of course, but varies between smooth, sweetness in the middle and a pleasantly tart finish. Grains undergird things nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and light without being watery and features a bit of carbonated crispness too. Drinkable for its type, and perhaps the best fruit beer I've had to date.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby red color. Very effervescent with a white soda pop foam that dissapates to nothing. Aromas are mostly filled with raspberries, some biscuit malt, and a little alcohol. Hmm, flavor is super sticky, super sweet and basically an alcoholic raspberry syrup. Hops aren't particularly detected, nor are any malts used. Carbonation is too low; I feel a fruit beer should be crisp and light. This is quite a dissapointment, I expected something better. Alcohol and raspberry Italian soda, move on.

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Photo of roger617
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap poured into tulip

A: 4.0 deep red maroon color with 1 finger of head
S: 4.25 strong rasberry. Very sweet
T: 4.5 rasberry up front and lingering. Love it.
M: 4.25 carbed very well. Smooth and silky.
O: 4.25 I don't typically go for fruit beers, but this one hits the mark on so many levels. Not too sweet, not bitter at all, just an extremely enjoyable brew.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into heineken half pint - bottle is undated by legible means, but the notch is far to the right side of the label if that means anything to you...

A - Pours with a tremendous head that lasts and lasts, reveling in its bubbly thickness. Head is a nice light candy pink color. Lacing is as you might expect with such a strong head. Color is a slightly cloudy deep red (basically what Killian's might look like if it were craft-made and actually good). Lots of carbo bubbles.

S - Smell is all tart & sweet raspberries. The malt/hop underpining of this beer is overshadowed by the fruit

T - Again, raspberries completely dominate, but it is a much more natural and pleasing taste than I've gotten from some other fruit beers. The tart sensation and the fruit sweetness complement each other nicely. The Founder's website claims that they use "fresh raspberries" which I might conclude to mean that they don't use a syrup. I think the difference is noticable.

M - Highly carbonated yet light with a nice tart aftertaste/finish.

D - As with many fruit beers, I could see this working nicely as a dessert beer and pairing nicely with a variety of desserts, from chocolate to ice cream. Alcohol is fairly high for a non-stout fruit beer, but it is well hidden.

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Photo of zshaft
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 circus_cat
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've been reviewing a lot of fruit beers. Kind of embarrassing. Swear I only drink this many in the summer :)

A: Wow, wasn't expecting purple, yet here I sit with a purple beer. The body is the color of red wine. Basically looks like I accidentally put a bottle of pinot noire in the fridge and then poured it into a glass. And then there's the head: it's pinkish and originally about four fingers and rocky, but quickly dissipated into a half inch of soapy light pink to lavender.

S: Sweet/tart raspberry with a touch of grain. Raspberry dominates. Not much else to say.

T: Raspberry, hay, caramel malts, tartness (in that order). Again, raspberry dominates. This isn't an understated fruit beer. To me, this tastes like a lambic framoise. Not my cup of tea, but if that's what they were going for, they succeeded and I think a lot of people would like this.

M: Too sweet to be refreshing. Medium-bodied. I was expecting a hot summer day refresher, but what I got was dessert beer.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the raspberry taste, anything but artificial. HOWEVER, it didn't taste like a beer, it was a wine cooler with a bit more abv. It gave me a tummy ache it was so sweet and malty. Wouldn't be caught buying it, but I'd drink one if someone tossed it to me.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours well carbonated but no head retention, and gives a gorgeous ruby colored glow in the glass. Yup, looks like we're in raspberry town. Well, it is brewed with a ton of raspberries, added both before and throughout the brewing process.

Smells completely like raspberries and...well, that's pretty much most of what I'm getting from the nose on this one. Maybe more specifically like a raspberry soda, but a very all-natural one, not the kind that tries to taste like a Jolly Rancher. You get the idea.

Tastes...the same. Yeah, they really pushed for the raspberry demographic on this one. Sweet and a bit tart, just like a raspberry, and then just a hint of bitterness on the finish, which kinda comes as a surprise considering I was almost fooled into thinking this wasn't beer. Oh wait - it's not, it's a malt beverage. Well, I can't say it's not successful and very drinkable as a good hard beverage for the summer, though more like a sophisticated Smirnoff Ice than the fruity ale I was expecting.

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

12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a remarkable, clear, deep pink/red much akin to a rose wine. 1/2" fizzy white head that recedes very quickly. Not very much retention. No lacing.

S: Sweetish raspberry, hints of tartness, an overall juicy characteristic on the nose.

T: Very natural semi-sweet raspberry notes lead in. Mid palate features a bit more a of saccharine quality with just a faint hint of malt underneath. Finish is sharp & short.

M: Moderate carb & just enough body to remind you that you're drinking a beer. Quite refreshing.

O: Very enjoyable, not artificial tasting at all.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 12 oz. bottle into snifter glass. 5.7% abv

Appearance- Poures a deep garnet color with a thin head quick to dissipate.

Smell- Ripe raspberries dominate the aroma, very fresh smelling. Hints of a sweet malt but hard to decipher through the fruit.

Taste- Sweet raspberry arrives first, turning slightly tart midway through the taste. A bit of grainy malt, but not near as strong of a malt force as most beers are as the fruit stands above. Finishes slightly dry retaining the sweet berry flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin in body which makes this beer refreshing.

Overall- If this isn't a refreshing beer I don't know what is. Great for Summer. Reminiscent of a wine cooler but this is definitley a beer. A superior fruit beer.

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Photo of Vogie
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Ruby red, decent amount of bubbly carbonation. Small white head that leaves some lacing. Looks very inviting!

S: Fresh sweet raspberry's. Not getting much else...

T: Follows the nose with a large fizzy sweet raspberry flavor. I am also picking up a slight tart/sour taste on the back end.

M.F. Smooth, Chewy, Bubbly, Light feel.

O: Definitely a solid beer for the warm summer months. Fresh raspberry taste and great carbonation throughout. Perhaps a touch too sweet but it wouldn't prevent me from having more. I've heard that people mix this beer. It would be really amazing if Founders blended this with...say...Breakfast Stout. Yum!


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Photo of eagles22
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance...very dull...but a nice light raspberry color and some bubbles

Smell: wonderful...smells just like fresh raspberries

Taste: raspberries...sweet rapsberries at first but ends bitter which i dont really like

Mouthfeel very thing not good at all..aftertaste is alright though

Drinkability: not very high..good for a dessert beer

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Photo of hardysf
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Probably my wife's favorite beer - which will ultimately mean it is too sweet for me.

This pours a solid fuchsia color but is a bit cloudy. Smells of raspberries and more raspberries.

The carbonation dissipates really fast and it is almost like drinking a barley wine. It is smooth and creamy and the taste is of sweet raspberry. It is a sweeter beer but if raspberry is what your after this should be your choice.

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Photo of MACrist
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A very clear red, with a small amount of tiny bubbles rising. About a half finger of strawberry head that dissipates quickly down to a ring. Very slight lacing left down glass.
AROMA: Prominent raspberry, and an underlying funk or tart quality.
TASTE: Big sweet and tart rasberries. Get a nice funky thing happening underneath...the yeast, IDK?
FEEL: Mild carbonation, slick feel up front, then drying on finish. Medium body.
OVERALL: Would be berry refreshing on a hot day, pun intended. Easy to drink, too.

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