Fruit Beer – American: Founders Rübæus

  As the weather is getting warmer, I’m going to start my warm weather beers over the first month and a bit until the typical dreary Engish weather returns. The beer today is a Fruit Beer made by Founders Brewing Company. I chose this beer because it’s a great example of the style and it actually uses fresh raspberries instead of extract or concentrate to flavour the beer. It is also a good way of introducing yourself to Fruit Beers, as they are quite often sour. This one still retains the sweetness of the fruit. Let’s start with Founders Brewing Company‘s description of the beer:

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.  

Quite a short and sweet description, but informative none the less! This is definitely a beer to drink in the Garden or when camping on a hot day. It is seriously refreshing and at 5.7% ABV it certainly does the job if you’re on a session too.

The recipe for Rübæus is kept quiet and under wraps. My guess for this beer is Pale Malt, Wheat Malt, Either Crystal or German Magnum hops and, of course the fresh raspberries added at various times during fermentation. This makes the recipe quite expensive, as you need a lot of raspberries to do this and Founders even stopped producing it for 5 years. Luckily, it’s back now and it’s better than ever.

This beer pours with an impressive Deep Ruby colour with a thick, dense Pink head. Yes, that’s right, the head is pink! Once the head settles down it leaves a foam on the sides of the glass, almost covering it entirely. The smell of this beer is almost like it’s a Raspberry Pie, lots of Raspberry Jam, Wheat, Sweet Malt and a little bit of Cranberry and Red Grape. You can definitely tell this is a Fruit beer! When tasting this, it’s much the same, a big sweet raspberry hit to start off with some wheat beer influence finishing off with a slight floral hop bitterness and some tarty sourness. This beer is so smooth and refreshing I can’t even stress, it’s very light, it’s not extremely carbonated but it’s still got a medium carbonation which aids the tart finish. I’d say this is one of those perfect summer beers.

As always, something I would buy again and of course something I would recommend.

You can purchase Founder’s Rübæus in the UK at:

Beers Of Europe

Ales By Mail

As always, a google search is good too!

For any bars, shops etc that are interested, Founders products are distributed by James Clay in the UK and come in Cans and Bottles. Rübæus only comes in Bottles at the time of writing.


EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%