Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 1,056
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 2.6%
Wants: 118
Gots: 319 | 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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Photo of zaphodchak
3.51/5  rDev -17%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the sweetest beers I've ever had, but that's not a knock against it. I want to now try everything I can get my hands on that was aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels.

Poured on tap into a 7 oz flute at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a hazy, creamy looking orange color. 1 inch head, pretty nice lacing and retention down the glass.

Smells like Werther's Candies, maple syrup, bourbon, and brown sugar.

Tastes like the aforementioned smells (so much caramel in this one), with subtly folded in tastes of bourbon. Not bourbon forward really- it's well integrated. Brown sugar and molasses make appearances, obviously rich maple syrup, marshmallow, and sweet butter.

Full, creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. Very full bodied.

A decadent beer if I ever tasted one. Sinful, almost. (829 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in an 8 oz tapered glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam.

S- Boozy bourbon aroma. Literally like I'm sniffing a shot of Woodford Reserve or something. Just all alcohol with just a little sweetness and vanilla character.

T- Now the taste, on the other hand, is wonderful. Sweet vanilla maple bourbon goodness. Slight hop bitterness but mostly just sweet and oaky. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden though you would've never expected it from the nose.

M- Sharp booze bite at first that smooths away once the sticky maple coats the tongue. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Can't stand the aroma but the rest of the beer more than makes up for it. (866 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks a million Reid!). No dicernable bottling date but released 11/13. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a bright, clear orange/gold with two fingers of fluffy pale head. The froth lingers until settling to a halo that leaves large sheets of clumpy lace. This is a nice looking beer.

Aromas of bourbon, sugary maple syrup, vanilla, wheat and oak. Definately sweet and quite inviting.

Plenty of bourbon an booze bite initially. As it warms layers of fantastic wheatwine goodness set in. Maple syrup, biscuity wheat, vanilla, toast, mildly charred oak, caramel, marshmallow, piney bitterness, faint coconut and fusel alcohol. The boozy and bourbon notes remain at the forefront but blend well, particularly as the chill fades. It's like boozey hot maple bourbon caramel candy.

Sticky, syrupy, medium heavy body with mild carbonation. Strong alcohol and bourbon linger in the finish with notes of maple and burnt caramel.

I remember my first bottle being a bit sweeter with less alcohol burn than this but this remains one of the best wheatwines that I've come across. Excellent depth of flavor. I find the maple really strengthens the malty base and bourbon heat. I'm glad to have a modest stash and will enjoy tracking it's progress over the next few years. (1,307 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of johnyb pours a mostly clear copper color with a very dense and creamy off-white head. Very sticky lace and the head has some longevity for sure.

Nose is interesting for sure, they got the 'sweet' part right, lots of maple syrup and bourbon. Not a whole lot from the wheatwine side of things...pretty much all wood and syrup.

Lots of wood on the flavor too, like licking a freshly split cedar log. The maple is there, as is the bourbon. Hell, blind this could be any number of beer styles...barrel treatment did a number on this beast. It all plays fairly well though, the underlying malt has a softness to it that Founder's has a knack for and the alcohol is well integrated. Its sweet for sure, but not cloying and drinks as smooth as any 12-13%'er Ive ever had. This is a really good beer, I would like to get my paws on another bottle or two. (873 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeously clear, golden amber color with hints of pink and ruby. The beer forms a small head that quickly works down into a scrim of off-white bubbles that are nearly tan. The bubbles cling to the glass and leave thin tendrils of lacing alongside pretty hefty alcoholic legs. In body, this beer is shockingly clear, especially given the barrel-aging, with some definite viscosity. The beer is bright and translucent in the light, with no floating particles and practically nothing in terms of haze. This beer looks like a lager!? On the nose, the booze and oak make themselves nicely present. Smooth oak and rich bourbon tango on the nose with touches of sticky maple syrup that are subtle, but also present. Coconut, toasted oak, stale bread, marshmallow, vanilla, and soft fusel alcohol waft across the nose along with just a hint of rubbing alcohol. There is even a light brininess to the nose, but oak and Buffalo Trace bourbon are the dominant notes on the nose. The smell is rich, but very subtle and doesn’t blend as nicely as I hoped. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy sweet. An alcoholic heat tingles in the start of the sip and again as the beer flows down the throat. Sweet maple and wheat malt tango with tannic oak bitters and slight bready malt. The finish is rich booze and sweet malt. In flavor, the beer begins as vanilla, marshmallow and booze that then transitions into rich bourbon, much like (if not exactly the same as) the Buffalo Trace I drank last night. Touches of vanilla wafer, coconut, and praline also cross the palate. As it warms, caramel comes out along with maple syrup in the middle of the sip. The finish blends boozy bourbon with maple syrup and oak tannins, and is of a middling length, but leaves a long sweet booze feeling at the very back of the palate. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a touch of weight at the finish. This beer is oddly smooth and light for its ABV. Carbonation is soft, and the mouthfeel is pure velvet and light syrup with a touch of rough alcohol that prickles at the beginning of the sip. The aftertaste is of stale bread, light nail polish, and praline with licks of maple syrup. The mouth is left with a sticky coat of booze and spittle with a hot tingle of alcohol. Overall, this beer is very hot with the bourbon character. Bourbon is the predominant flavor, and I kind of wish there was more of the maple syrup and less of the bourbon. As is, it reminds me of Buffalo Trace, malty beer, and a touch of oaky maple blended together. This Sweet Repute is a little over a month older than its release date, and from what I have read, its stepped off on its sweetness. This is still a sweet beer, but that sweetness is blended with all of the other flavors of bourbon and just a touch of maple. I also feel like the hot alcohol is starting to come out a little more in this beer, which is odd. You need to like bourbon to really appreciate this. The beer is rich and complex, but not my favorite from Founder’s barrel aging program. This is a great beer, but Founders has done better for me, and the wheatwine character is practically nonexistent here. (3,157 characters)

Photo of Skull40
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml split with friends. Thanks to my brother-in-law from bringing this one back from the source.

A: Pours a burnt golden with a frothy, greasy, off white head slowly faded into an oily bubbly film. Oily, greasy, spotty, lace was left down the glass as the head faded into a fuzzy, long lasting and well retained, collar.
S: Bourbon and sticky hop resin stand out alongside syrupy sweet notes of molasses and brown sugar. Perfumey notes, floral notes, raisin, a bready wheat backbone come through as well.
T: Creamy wheat and biscuit backbone with layers of toasted marshmallow, whiskey and vanilla oak. Hints of greasy white chocolate. Maple hits in the finish with a smooth woody notes that is just sweet enough to cancel out some of the boozy. Not cloying or syrupy. The finish is leafy with earthy and herbal hops, but is not overly bitter. There’s a good amount of fresh whiskey flavor and warming alcohol. Mild tobacco notes in aftertaste.
M: Full body, sticky slick and warm mouth, warming boozy alcohol, low smooth carbonation, very drinkable but definitely strong.
O: Very smooth and flavorful. Could use a few months of age but very drinkable and rich now. Layered flavors, and a great use of balancing molasses sweetness. (1,236 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark orange copper color with a creamy thick lacing ring and gentle carbonation.

S - Maple/maple sugar, bourbon, light candy toffee, with significant alcohol effervescence.

T - Maple and bourbon dominate the palate with this beer, lots of alcohol warming and effervescence, vanilla, honey, sweet toffee, some lemon, and oak.

M - Thick and viscous with substantial warming on the way down, sticky.

O - It would have been nice to have an extra bottle of this to cellar and see where it goes, as of now, it's very bourbon/alcohol forward, borderline too much and definitely something to split with a friend! (628 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy orange amber with a thick white head...good lacing and retention. aroma has some mild fruity sweetness...almost cognac...lightly boozy and bourbony...sweet. flavor has vanilla and earthy hops...lightly oaky and mild boubon...maple sweetness, citrus and bourbon really giving a cognac note...enough oak and hoppiness to cut through the sweetness. mouthfeel is full and resinous with a dry oaky/earthy/boozy warming finish that lingers for quite a while. (465 characters)

Photo of CMUbrew
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange-amber color with the body being slightly clear. Tremendous-looking off-white head forms on top and sticks around for a couple minutes. A thin layer of foam lingers with some sticking to the glass.

S: Light, sweet bourbon nose. A whiff of alcohol accompanies a tiny bit of a mapley smell.

T: Delicious bourbon, alcohol, light maple and a hint of butterscotch.

M: Big body with a silky feel. Alcohol warms the mouth.

O: A big complaint with this beer seems to be that it's too sweet, but I think it could actually stand to be sweeter. If I could pick up more of the butterscotch marshmallow that others seem to be doing I think I would like it even more. Nevertheless, this beer is great. The Backstage Series has regained some credibility with me. (764 characters)

Photo of Swik
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance I really don't know what to compare it to, no floaties or anything of that nature. Nice Amber hazy color.
Smell WHEW straight bourbon with a lil sweetness
Taste simply blew me away this beer is complex from start to finish sweet for sure, even picked up some slight fruitiness, finishes amazing.
Overall I wish I could grab this in bombers and stock pile, had a founders tap takeover going on in town and it was obvious this is what everyone showed up for and for great reason, thank you Founders, this one hit the spot! (531 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, November 2013
Boulevard tulip

A: Pours like an IPA. Hazy orange yellow color. Nice full layer of bright white. Sticky lacing. Seems to be nicely carbonated.

S: Booze. Maple. Bourbon. Vanilla. Sweetness.

T: Sweetness. Caramel. Vanilla. There is some booze heat. It's pretty tasty though. Finish is long and lingering.

M: Full bodied. (347 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, brown sugar, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but fairly boozy. (688 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear orange, some stuff floating around, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Maple, good deal of it. Bourbon, grass, wheat, lemon.

T-Good deal of maple, rather sweet, then nice balanced bourbon. wheat, lemon and citrus.

M-medium bodied, hidden alcohol heat, sweet.

O-A solid maple bourbon barrel aging. The maple seemed to dominate but it wasn't a detraction form the beer. (394 characters)

Photo of Or80rowley
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hard to find here, so I'm excited

A. Cloudy honey , half finger white head

S. Oak, brown sugar, toffee, little alcohol

T. Bourbon, wood, sweet, warm alcohol

M. Thick, mouth coat, clean finish

O. This is a strong one, but the balance of sweetness, bourbon, malt, make it work, I made a good choice (315 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well, this a mighty fine beverage we have here! Nothing too complex about this, just seamlessly put together flavors that go on and on. The base wheat wine is sweet and smooth and becomes sweeter still with the maple notes that give it some further depth, and the double barreled Bourbon it of the two barrels is noticeable instantly on the nose and builds to a nice spicy sweet finish with vanilla and caramel notes. Beautifully structured, a very nice after dinner sipper. (474 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a cloudy, amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is filled with sweet bourbon and maple. The texture is thin, delivering a sweet taste with hints of bourbon and maple. Surprisingly interesting that delivers a unique taste that no other beer delivers. (268 characters)

Photo of kylelenk
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed both on tap and from the taproom.

A:Poured into a snifter in which the paper white head dissipated quickly leaving only a slick like residue on top of the liquid. Pours an almost golden body with a slight copper hue to it.

S: A lot of barrel character on the nose. A bit bourbon that surprisingly lacks an alcohol burn. You get some sweet taffy mixed in with a bit of fruit and lots of cream/marshmallow/caramel/etc. notes.

T: You get a blast of the barrels up front with huge amounts of charred oak and just a faint hint of the maple. To say this is sweet is quite an understatement as it's likely the sweetest beer I've ever had. After the bourbon barrel taste, you pick up quite a bit of vanilla and the huge malt presence is reminiscent of rock candy. Hop presence is very muted.

M: On tap, it's lighter in body. The bottle has quite a bit of carbonation to it. A very sticky mouthfeel as this one will leave you feeling like you just drank soda syrup...lots of sappy, viscous feelings.

O:Will be interesting to see where this goes. It's not quite hot right now but it could definitely use some time to develop as it's still very sweet. Still, an outstanding beer from Founders. (1,200 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
pours a deep golden/amber color with a good sized bubbly white head that persists forever leaving spotty lace on the way down. Aromas of dark caramel, vanilla, wood, nuts, a bit of spice and an odd but enticing pineapple coconut thing going on. The flavor is maple and dark sugars with a tart tropical fruit flavor with a spicy wheat edge and bits of vanilla, alcohol, and bourbon oak. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I enjoyed sipping on the one for most of the afternoon. Its and odd but enticing brew. (579 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with friends

A- One finger egg shell white head dissipates to a thin frothy ring around the glass. The appearance is just like a unfiltered IPA. Allot of sediment. Color is golden brown.
S- The aroma is very mellow and minor. Slight hint of fruit but i could not distinguish what the fruit could be, very hard to pull any notes or characteristics out of the aroma. Slight maple, sugar, as it warms up get more rich sweet toffee notes.
T- The taste is more impressive then the aroma. The maple syrup is very present, especially in the backend. Really sweet, rich beer, toffee, slight vanilla comes out as it warms up.
M- Medium mouthfeel, dry on the palate. sticky finish.
O- Enjoyable. Have no desire to try it again, but definitely glad i got to try it once. Really liked the maple syrup taste, really shined in this beer. (833 characters)

Photo of N_Schleret
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber color. Pours a one finger white head. Light lacing. Almost looks like an IPA.
S: A fruit smell up front. Maple at the back end with very light bourbon.
T: Very sweet malty drink. Toffee, caramel, light honey and vanilla; kind of tastes like a marshmallow.
M: Medium on the palate. Sticky and bitter. Alcohol is noticeable, but a very drinkable beer.
O: A good Backstage beer. I wish I could pick out more of the bourbon. Extremely sweet and easy drinkability with the high ABV. As it warms up I pick out some of the bourbon favors. (547 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with a thick viscosity a hazy sunset amber color with a whole lot of sediment. Standard pour brings about a fingers worth of off white head that quickly recedes to a collar, which over the coarse of about 15 minutes dissolves completely.

S - Smell is quite sweet, the initial impression I got was of marshmallow. I also get some graham cracker, caramel, moderate bourbon (not too "in your face", meshes well with the base), vanilla pudding, and some slight astringent alcohol.

T - Definitely a big, sticky, sweet beer. The caramel/marshmallow sweetness hits the front of the tongue and doesn't quit, lingering after each sip. Thankfully the barrel character cuts in and provides some depth; bourbon, sweet tobacco, leather, vanilla, and oak all assert themselves prominently middle of the mouth and into the finish. I wasn't getting much maple character at first, but it really shines as it warms, mostly in the finish.

M - Sticky and full bodied with a low carbonation. Slight heat, but it's the sticky sweetness that really makes this gal a sipper.

O - If you don't like sweet beers, stay away from this one. If I had to describe it to a non-BA, I'd call it an alcoholic s'more, just without the chocolate. A lot of caramel, marshmallow and graham cracker, with well integrated barrel character, but just so damn sweet, it really hurts the brew. A nice beer but not worth $25 (I know, I overpaid for it). (1,422 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to catch this

A- very amber an orange haziness. Fantastic lacing clashing the edges with a frosting like presence. Bold and bright, with an excellent look.

S- bourbon and sweetness blast forward with the initial scent. Just bursting with exuberance. I can pick up the sweetness after the sting of the bourbon

T- sweeet caramel flavors intro before the bourbon. Very delicious flavors that sting a little but are very delicious. Bold and syrupy, sweet repute is very enjoyable

M- smooth but clinging flavor.

O- great flavor and a bottle I wish I sought out. (570 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell: light bourbon, some mango/guava, perhaps some banana, breast notes.

Taste: marshmallow. Seriously, so much sweet marshmallow.

Overall: an interesting and very unique beer, but just so immensely sweet. I would be happy with a 4 oz pour. Glad I tried but wouldn't drink again. (285 characters)

Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.