Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 116
Gots: 317 | FT: 70
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

One-hundred percent barrel aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product.
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Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly cloudy, dark golden amber color with golden copper edges and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Excellent retention for the style and high ABV, taking a while to settle and coating the glass with streaks of soapy lacing on the way down. Looks great!

Intense yet inviting aroma with a strong barrel presence that's decently integrated into the wheat wine characteristics. Strong charred oak/toothpick character along with some toasted coconut, faint vanilla and prominent boozy sweetness. In addition to the bourbon there is a heavy dose of booze/ethanol. I'm not picking up much maple syrup but there's a decent amount of spirit without interfering with the prominent leathery malts and ester-y fruit notes. The barrel masks most of the wheat character but the Barleywine elements stand out in the nose with notes of leather, fig, raisin, caramel and toffee. Complex and well balanced aroma but it could use more maple and wheat beer character for my preference.

Chewy full body with prominent barrel flavors that remain nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The maple that was missing in the aroma really stands out providing syrupy sweetness that compliments the oak barrel and boozy spirit. Subtle hints of bourbon along with dry, toasted oak and silky vanilla flavor. Has a lot of the flavor of a high end bourbon without any of the heat. There is plenty of boozy sweetness but nowhere near as much as the nose hinted at making this complex beer dangerously drinkable. Underneath, there is some nice wheat wine flavor with bready yeast, banana and faint light fruit notes followed by boozy sweetness, dark fruit and leathery malt. Overall, I was really impressed with the balance of this beer. There are some intensely flavorful barrel notes that provide multiple layers of complexity without completely obliterating the Wheatwine characteristics. Each sip reveals something different and the high ABV is excellently masked. Another great beer from Founders!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a honey tinged golden with a thinner white head atop,maple really stands out in the nose along with mild toasted oak and like others have noted a bit of butterscotch,quite warming.Maple,vanilla and toast flavors at the onset with some brown sugar and sweet alcohol lingering in the finish,at no point does it become cloying.A big sipper but packed with flavor,you can tell all the time and effort that was put into this.

Photo of MadScientist
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber beer with light copper hue, good clarity and a few small floating particles. The head is thin but long lasting made of creamy, compact off-white bubbles.

S: Lots of alcohol with strong oak aromas bringing mostly cinnamon with some of that green oak character. There is some clear bourbon notes a touch of cherries with a medium wheat and malt sweetness.

T: There is a medium-strong malt sweetness with some wheat flavors and a moderately-light caramel character. There is a medium hops bitterness that gives a balance that is still fairly sweet. Some fresh stone fruit flavors blend in but its the oak and bourbon flavors that take center stage in this flavor profile. Much like the nose the oak imparts flavors of cinnamon, oak with a hint of vanilla all blended with flavors from the bourbon like banana and caramel along with a slight booziness. The finish is long and sweet with the maple becoming much clear in the aftertaste.

M: A creamy, medium-full bodied beer with medium level of carbonation. There is a medium amount of alcohol warmth but not solventy.

O: A very warming, after dinner dessert sort of a beer that has a lot of oak and bourbon flavors on top of a wheat focused barleywine base.

Photo of barhoc11
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky and hazy, nothing special about its appearance but this was my first wheatwine

S: Smells pretty sweet and oaked

T: Very sweet taste at first, this is something I could see being good with a dessert

M: Very good mouthfeel, coats your tongue without being too hot

O: This is a great beer but not something I would craze. I can see how some may love this due to it being sweeter than your typical barleywine or imperial stout

Photo of sculls65
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and boozy with the barrels adding maple, vanilla, bourbon and coconut, making it one to enjoy over the course of an evening. Wish I had more.

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Orangish with decent white head and light lacing.

Smell: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, caramel and maple syrup.

Taste: Very Bourbon forward, with oak, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup and booze. Some light caramel and toffee, like a Barleywine, but not as forceful. While the beer is certainly sweet, the finish is more biting, with oak, vanilla and burnt syrup.

Feel: Silky smooth fairly and creamy. Not as thick as I expected. Dries up a little on the finish, making this much easier to sip than expected.

Overall: Nice to have another great Backstage beer from Founders, after some relatively weak ones over the course of the last year and a half. Not quite as good as Nemesis 2009, but still damn good.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber hued with significant haziness. Just a faint trace of white head is barely present on a tiny portion of the top. Brussels lacing. Intense aroma of very sweet pale wheat and apple pastry. Mouth is thick and sticky. The taste is initially loads of sweet pale wheat and the intensity of the sweetness of the bourbon and maple syrup seems to build in the fade.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a big Founders CBS glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy peach like amber orange. Lots of bubbles and a decent one finger of off white head that fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A sweet, fruity, toasty, and fairly boozy wheat driven aroma with big hints of whiskey barrel. Upfront barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, maple syrup, oak, and wood. Sweet bready wheat and toasty malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, grains, yeast, butterscotch, and nuts. Sweet fruit hints of mango, orange, grapefruit, and peach. Hints of sugar and honey add more sweetness. Some subtle earthy hops in the background. Light hints of pepper and clove like spice. A pretty interesting and good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very sweet and bready wheat driven taste with big notes of bourbon whiskey and maple syrup. Big barrel presence upfront with notes of bourbon whiskey, maple syrup, vanilla, oak chips, and wood. Bready presence of wheat and toasted malt with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, yeast, grains, straw, and nuts. Sweet fruity notes of mango, peach, orange, and slight grapefruit. More sweetness from some notes of candied sugar and honey. Light taste of pepper like spice. Hops are fairly subtle. Overall a pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty chewy and syrupy. Sweet but actually has a fairly drying finish. Some alcohol heat is felt but its still pretty smooth considering its 12.6.

Overall: A very good twist on a wheatwine brew. Big bourbon and maple syrup presence with some nice wheat and toasty caramel malt.

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

Medium amber with a durable off-white head.

Fruity, hoppy, bourbon barrel aroma with pretty good balance. Boozy.

Flavor is also rather boozy, and sweet. Made a great first impression but then became less enticing.

O: a bit strong and boozy, but given this, nicely crafted.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. $17.99 at the Basin Pub.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a decent white head. Leaves some real nice lacing on the glass. A bit dark in here to see much more but it gets the benefit of the doubt due to the lacing.

S: Initial bourbon aroma that blends into a sweet maple syrup. Pale malts linger in the background reminding you of its beer roots.

T: Very sweet on the tongue from the maple syrup. The maple flavors dominate the forefront until the bourbon follows up with a swift kick. Malt sweetness rounds out this brew.

M: Very full body with a smooth creaminess. Alcohol is present but not too hot. The stickiness from the maple syrup really shows in the mouthfeel reminding me of its presence.

Overall this is a really interesting beer that I'm real happy to have tried fresh. The components Founders go for; bourbon and maple, work well together and provide loads of flavor. Pick this one up if you can.

Photo of timc100
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer - slightly hazy golden orange with a big foamy head, looks more like an DIPA - don't know how they managed that with the extensive aging. Aroma is nice - sweet maple, surprising amount of hoppiness, vanilla and caramel - not a lot going on but very nice. Big notes of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, oaky vanilla and coconut and some clean piney hops. Feels like a big beer - boozy warmth, slick medium/full bodied with soft carbonation.

Very impressed - did not expect it to come together so well.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber with thin but consistent lacing.

Sugary, alcoholic nose.

Tastes kinda like candy cigarettes, and, inexplicably, celery. Some kind of blonde licorice (if that were a thing), and some kind of leafy herb—almost cilantro.

Not much carbonation, but kind of thick and unctuous.

Good, and has a lot going on, but I wish I held on to this and cellared it.

Photo of dirtylou
3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, Vintner on xmess eve

Just because something is "extreme" does not mean it is good - this a sweet mess of a beer. Maple bourbon barrels are a fun novelty and who doesn't love a good wheatwine, but my god this is a diabetic's nightmare. I really think Founders needs to dial it back with trying to push everything over the top and just make a great wheatwine. There are some fun things going on here - maple, vanilla, booze, and candy. In the end, just one dimensional and entirely too sweet.

Photo of Skull40
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The appearance was a soft orange with nice lacing. The taste incorporates a maple oakiness with bourbon, wheat bread and butter. Not much hop bite at all. The alcohol is also hidden well. It's a really nice, soft, malty wheat wine that I spent an hour drinking. Founders has another winner here.

Photo of CassinoNorth
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Buddy grabbed me a bottle during it's release. Probably wouldn't have sought it out otherwise, but here we go.

A- Pours an amberish hue with a one finger off white head with a moderate pour. Little lacing goes pretty quick.

S- Bourbon and syrup as the description would lend you to believe. Slight caramel notes as well. Loved smelling all 25 oz of this.

T- Right along with the nose, bourbon and maple syrup. Found it interesting that this didn't have nearly the bourbon presence that The Bruery's White Oak had even though that was only half aged in bourbon barrels. I believe the base for this wheat wine is much chewier and as a result, this thing rules. Little heat on the backend, to be expected with a 12.6% brew. Doesn't hide it much.

M- Slick and oily. Not sure if it's my favorite mouthfeel.

O- Liked this enough I'd certainly pick it up if I saw another on the shelf. I'd like to try it one more time in a year when I think it'll drink smooth as anything.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden amber. Mostly clear except for the floaties suspended in the beer. Small white head that settles to a thin collar. Some lacing and wisps.

Smell - Wheat and cracker malt. Maple syrup. Oak and bourbon.

Taste - Sweet up front. Oaky immediately. Bourbon. Lots of grainy wheat. Astringent. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Viscous and syrupy. Astringent. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's tasty, but it's super sweet. And a barley wine would have been much tastier than this wheatwine crap.

Photo of zimm421
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass. Appears a deep orange color with hints of ruby sneaking through. There's a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a ring around the glass with some lacing.

The nose is very sweet, and keeps drawing you in for more. The bourbon is very evident here, with hints of dark fruit, vanilla and caramel coming through as well. Very deep and complex here. The taste follows along the same lines with more of the dark fruit and caramel, but adding in maple and hints of marshallow. The bourbon comes through in the middle, and holds on through the finish. There's a slight hint of alcohol on the back end, but otherwise, well hidden.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied, with low carbonation, and very sticky. The stickiness lasts long after the finish, keeping that bourbon flavor around. Overall, this is a deep, complex beer that has the ability to warm, and the ability to knock you out in more than one way. Glad I was able to find this out of state, and wish I had more bottles to savor.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and honey colored. Large fluffy white head that resolves quickly leaving behind only and outer ring.

Oh my it smells sweet. Vanilla, butterscotch, coconut. I perceive a little pineapple, giving it a piña colada twist. Then there's maple... Lots of maple.

Same in the flavor. It melds so well. Vanilla and maple syrup dominate with a huge backdrop of butterscotch. It's amazingly smooth fir such a high abv. The barrels pull a ton of wood and vanilla.

Smooth and buttery mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right. Very clean and leaves a sweet aftertaste.

A superb beer. The flavors pulled from the barrel blend do nicely without being overtaken by booze.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at a Founders Tasting....very good stuff

Photo of deakin
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just had this today for Founders Cellar Raid and wanted to get my thoughts down on this extremely complex beer before I forget them.

L: Slightly hazy, hazelnut-colored beer with some red tint. Wispy, off-white head. Good amount of alcohol lacing throughout the session.
S: Wow. It's been a long time since an aroma has blown me away like this one did. The first smell had the maple syrup up front alongside a bouquet of dark fruits (cherries, figs, some berries) as well as the crisp wheat character. Bourbon is present but not overpowering.
T: This one is a sipper. An up front sweetness dominates the taste for me, lots of brown sugar, caramel, and almost a fudge-like sugary-ness. The wheat character is near the back for me, as the bourbon barrel characterizes the middle of the flavor with its characteristic woodiness and booze flavors. Very complex, I wish I had written more notes down during the tasting.
F: Very much wine-like. Thin carbonation but just enough to carry the flavor.

Overall an enjoyable drink. It's certainly taxing in its sweetness, but such a unique maple flavor deserves a big beer body to carry it. Thanks for the fun night, Founders!

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A year has done the repute well.

Cloying sweetness on release has turned into cordial like balance, while retaining beer background. Honey, maple bourbon with sticky orange candy.

Seems more effervescent due to lightening of the sugar load.

A worthy nemesis for wheat wine advocates. If JW Lees floats you, than give it a whirl if you can find it. I like thick sweet barreled variations, and will continue to age the few I have left.

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The flavors present a lot of tropical citrus with oranges, tangerines, nectarines and kumquat. Additional flavors of maple and fig accompany a wheat and wine. I never found this cloying and it was very smooth.

Photo of n2185
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of frothy white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, caramel, and mead-like aromas dominate here with some sweet honey bread toward the finish.

T: Maple syrup, vanilla, and caramel dominate with oak and bourbon following strongly. The finish is sweet and bready with a little bitterness as well. There is only a light alcohol burn considering the abv.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet but avoids being watery.

O: A really enjoyable beer overall. Sweet, but delicious. I'd like a little more of the wheatwine characters to come through and a bit more carbonation, but that's about it.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Founders snifter.
12.6% ABV

A - Lightly hazed, this goldenrod beer pours with a nice skim of off-white foam despite it's high alcohol level. Loose, soapy bubbles circle the snifter and leave specks of thin lace on the glass in it's wake.

S - Sweet Repute overflows with sticky caramel sweetness drizzled with sugary maple syrup all stirred with a damp bourbon barrel oak stave with soft, wet wheat becoming an afterthought but doing a great job of balancing and softly smoothing the nose out. White grape and apricot punctuate Sweet Repute's big aroma with nice fruitiness.

T - Semi-melted caramel cube, a dribble of maple syrup and an abundance of soft wheat flavor wash over the tongue, coating it in sweetness that's rich and flavorful and somewhat balanced by thinning bourbon alcohol on the finish.

M - Full-bodied, Sweet Repute has a near cloying level of sugary sweetness that's balanced with care by a perfect level of bourbon barrel aging; not too big, not too little, the thinning, warming alcohol balances out the big maltiness on the finish without becoming too hot. Abundant wheat maintains the beer's smooth body and soft nature for a supple feel.

O - Sweet Repute is undeniably sweet through and through but when shared with fellow beer lovers, the smaller pours spread around should be enough to facilitate a wonderful drinking experience; soft wheat, rich caramel maltiness, subtle maple syrup, and warming bourbon barrel oak with that classic Founders barrel-aged profile. Sweet Repute isn't hot so it's great for drinking fresh but would age wonderfully as well!

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass.

Candy orange body amber color, apricot dark with a slight bit if haze. Slight soapy collar and some staying power on the collar as it manages to keep it's sudsy ring.

Bouquet is lots of sticky caramel, with a thin slight wet honey sense. Spiced clove and tannic wood. Not too boozy smelling, but definitely sugary.

First sip is lots of icing sugar and controlled brown sugar sweetness. Big whiskey and caramel action with sticky butterscotch. Good coating on the mouthfeel slightly syrupy but with a nice light feel. Very controlled boozy character, has more of a whiskey feeland flavor with malt depths subdued. Aftertaste is a little off bitter with a strange crazy finish that get a little medicinal and menthol like.

Overall not bad, obviously sweet but controlled except the finish. Fairly enjoyable though if a hint too sweet for my tastes. Drinkable could consider a future bottle.

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.