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RATINGS: 1022   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2006
The Rubaeus pours out an interesting shade of red with very little head. The aroma is nothing but raspberries, and is very nice. Taste is interesting because of the mouthfeel--good raspberry flavor, but is almost too flat. This one could be more interesting I think, but definitely tastes like what it says it will.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Poured a light ruby color almost no head and no lacing. The aroma was super stong raspberries, i mean across the room could smell it. Flavor was much the same with some honey and floralness to it. Mouthfeel was tart. Okay but nothing amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Another beer I picked up for my wife... Color is a purply red. Very little visible carbonation. Fizzy purple crown that disappears rapidly. Aroma is raspberry. Flavor is mostly raspberries and delicately sweet. A slightly tart ans acidic twist in the finish. Kind of reminds me of a raspberry wine spritzer or wine cooler with a hint of beer malt in the background. The important thing is that my wife really seemed to like it. 12 oz bottle, $2.00 from River’s Bend.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours barely carbonated and quite red. The aroma is very strong of obvious raspberries. Flavor is not much else either, it’s quite tart with minimal sweetness. All-in-all, it’s rather medicinal. So, basically, this is alco-pop with little to no discernable beer qualities.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Poured a ruby to light clear garnet color, v. small head, no lacing. The aroma was strong raspberries, not much else, perhaps some floral notes. The flavor was raspberries, honey, some light bready malts in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was carbonated and acidic / tart. A bit spritzy. Interesting, not really quenching, though (a little orange juice like works to describe that aspect).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle courtesy of hippie4beer. Huge head- overflowing. Can’t tell if this is a bitter brown ale that overrides the sweetness of a fruit beer or a sweet fruit beer that overrides the bitter brown ale. Nonetheless, the flavors don’t go well together. Feel like the addition of more raspberries would make this a better beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
can8ianben (1343) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2006
Tart and sweet is a great start here... very little malt, hop, or other beer characteristics. High carbonation, very delicous, beautiful raspberry red colour... just maybe not beer like enough for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2007 I don’t like fruit beers, and I’ve only reviewed 2 others---but this brew is outstanding! All the smell and flavor of raspberry soda pop, but without the sweetness, and with the background of a top flight beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Brilliant ruby red with brown and yellow twinges at the edge; head is lost almost immediately, leaving an oily perception, like a raspberry-oil salad dressing. In form, it follows all that you would expect from a fruit beer--the intensity of the fruit is notable (unlike raspberry wheats and some others that leave notes of mineral water, carbonation, or strange wheat dimensions). It’s all fruit. There’s some sourness but it’s really quite sweet--if there’s a fault, it’s too sweet, especially compared to the great joys of a New Glarus Raspberry Tart or something like that. You could have told me it was 4% abv, not 7%, and I wouldn’t have questioned it. This beer is not highly drinkable--it is highly chuggable, like a glass of cold orange juice. Decent, enjoyable, but not my idea of the ideal fruit beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Pours a cloudy deep pink with some violet highlights and a thin white head- some lacing. Aroma is straight up tart raspberries with hints of chlorine-y light lactic tartness. Flavor is lightly sweet with a somewhat salty taste and lactic tart finihs- lots of fresh raspberries, but I think they probably get more tart as the bottles get a bit older.


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