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Founders Cerise - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1389
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%

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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: philbe311 on 04-03-2009)
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Photo of david131


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy ruby red with a lot of pink mixed in. The head is slightly pink and creamy and has pretty good retention. There is absolutely no streams of carbonation making their way to the top.

S- Sweet cherries and a nice bready aroma. Oddly similar to Rubaeus. A little bit of cinnamon is noticeable as well.

T- Tastes exactly like a cherry tootsie pop when the chocolate center is just starting to come through. A perfect balance of sweet and tart.

M- Kind of tart. The carbonation level is a bit low, but it works decently.

D- A tasty beer for a change of pace. Not as tart as most other cherry beers. Drinks a bit easier than the ABV would lead you to believe. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 05:33:28 | More by david131
Photo of BMoney575


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 4-14-09

Pours a very cloudy salmon color, with a wispy white head and clingy rings of white lacing.

Smell is almost non-existent, slightly fruity.

Taste is very different, sweet/sour cherry up front which becomes slightly bitter, followed by a distinct and very enjoyable sugar-coated almond flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, but its fits very well.

Drinkability is good, but the sourness really builds up.

Overall, a very cool beer, that's not too fruity or too cherry, which I expected. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 22:30:51 | More by BMoney575
Photo of PoolhouseRebel

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Bought this hoping Founders could turn me on to a Cherry beer.

Pours a very light red, kind of pinkish. Not much of a head with some lacing.

Smell is pungent cherry, not too sweet though.

Light wheat taste at first and right after the swallow theres a huge tart cherry smack in the mouth.

I really liked the mouthfeel on this. Super smooth, thin but not gassy, just the right amount of carbonation and at 6.5% if it werent for the unpleasant tart cherry taste I could pound a sixer or this easily.

I cringed and puckered up a bit after the first sip tried a little more and gave it to my girlfriend who didn't want to drink it either. Disappointed but I guess the style just isn't for me

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 21:08:26 | More by PoolhouseRebel
Photo of nlmartin


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer body is the color of light cranberry juice. The head quickly resolved into a white ring of foam. Spotty lacing remains behind on my glass to mark the passage of the beer.

Smell: Sweet and tart cherries rise above the bready crust of the wheat.

Taste: My mouth was greated by a sweet cherry flavor. This quickly toned down to a very pleasant tartness. Well done I like the sweetness going to tartness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The carbonation comes close to being biting. Not too shabby but I dont think I will be getting anymore of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 10:14:24 | More by nlmartin
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pinkish red. Pink head. Nose is bland. Cherry and one-dimensional. Flavor is cherry, and it is so-so. Too much fruit juice, not enough beer. Feel is thin on liquid and the carbonation is fairly vibrant. I don't dig this. Too much fruity and not enough beerness.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:30:33 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Mitchster


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.70 for a 12oz bottle @Jacks. 15 IBU's and 6.5% ABV per the label. No info on the website at this time. Pours out to a somewhat cloudy bright ruby red, forming a small pink head with poor retention and absent lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is akin to Sam Adams Cherry Wheat...very similar. Fruity, with cherries over the top of a light american wheat base. Mouthfeel is thin and flimsy with a light body. The difference ends there, however, as the flavor pops with the sour fruitiness and zest of red cherries that the Sam lacks. This is balanced by a light bitterness which balances out the mild sweetness of the brew. The aftertaste definitely has an ale character...I think this brew would actually fare quite a bit better if it were a lager. Very distant hops...I'm guessing Cascade.

This is a decent fruit beer, but it doesn't seem quite up to Founder's standard of taking it to the next polished level. It seems over-priced considering how light it is. I wouldn't bother buying it again, which is unusual as far as Founder's and I go.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 21:34:46 | More by Mitchster
Photo of peabody


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a really clear effervescent cherry color with some near white suds. Two fingers with some slight lacing.
Smell is cherry cola, yeast and maltsugars.
Taste is a bittersweet cherry that starts out bitter, then hits sweet then back to bitter in the aftertaste. The sweet cherry flavor is sticky and it stays true through the entire drink.
You can't taste the alcohol and you can't really feel it either, it was well hidden in this fruit beer.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but it helps this drink from becoming cherry cola.
Drinkability is not the best here but if I were in the mood I might drink two or three at one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:27:43 | More by peabody
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry soda with a kick!
Lovely red color upon pouring, it certainly makes for a conversation starter when amongst company.
This might put of some people that are expecting "a beer" when drinking this down but I don't have any problems with it. Authentic and tasty cherry flavor. Clearly, if one doesn't like cherry flavor then don't bother here.
Aside from cherry there's some nuttiness in the foundation of the flavor that serves to balance this out quite nicely, and helps to remind one that you're not drinking a cherry soda.
Very refreshing and a nice change of pace. Give this to someone who "doesn't like beer" and see what kind of reaction you get.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:22:38 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of Shumista


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I'm always excited to see new offerings from Founder's so I've been looking forward to trying this one.

A- Founder's Cerise has an interesting look to it. Pours a clear light red/pink with a large fluffy pinkish white head.
S- Lots of cherries.
T- Sweet, tart cherries. Subtle light malty background.
M- Crisp.
D- I'm not quite sure what to do with a beer like this. It's a little bit too sweet to be sessionable, and it's not exactly refreshing but seems like it would be good on a hot day potentially. Probably some interesting food pairings could be thought up.

my bottom line: It's like Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat, but good. A 4-pack my girlfriend and I can agree on.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:08:06 | More by Shumista
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a pinkish / light red color with a 1/4" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: loads of cherry comes through to the nose. Some softer wheat or grass qualities are far in the background.

Taste: cherry is most dominant flavor but it is muted and creates a balanced beer with a mild malt profile, soft bitterness, and grass. For a fruit beer this is well done.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is soft and focuses on the cherry flavor.

Drinkability: for those that are not fans of fruit beers, this one will change your mind. The flavors are well balanced and you may actually want more than one in a session which rarely happens in this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:53:16 | More by Gavage
Photo of LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light red to pink in the glass. Beautiful rose color - with a bubbly appearance that made it gorgeous in a 16 oz glass

Smell: Cherry, rose petals, yeast.

Taste: The taste actually introduces itself and then opens up into a beautiful sparkling rose with hints of red fruit before opening up further to finish with the bittersweet taste of cherry from a cherry pie aspect. This beer isn't sweet, it fragrant - it's not fruity, it's complex - it has potential and opens up as you take another sip. Very enjoyable and not overly carbonated or a cheap knockoff to flavor like the other fruit/vegetable beers I've tasted.

Mouthfeel: Enlightened. This brew would be perfect with some vanilla ice cream or tart cobbler. Soft tannins. If you are a rose lover or even a sparkling wine lover - this beer will satisfy those flavor profiles while giving you the craft flavor satisfaction you're looking for.

Drinkability: I wouldn't session with this beer but instead would enjoy it on every/any occasion that doesn't necessarily call for beer. This is one over those brews you can use to convert people to the craft beer world - a brew that even the most loyal wine lovers can enjoy. Founders has hit the nail on the head with this one and I look forward to having this beer again with some great food to complement.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:03:58 | More by LauraAlberts
Photo of DrJay


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear, bit of haze, with a definite red hue. Fine whitish bubbles formed a thin ring and a few remained on the surface of the beer, producing some short-lived spotty lacing between sips. Mild aroma, floral hops were up front with a subtle fruity character. Yeah, there some cherry there, but also a bit of earthy berry. Certainly balanced towards sweetness, bitterness was light and really only noticeable up front. Sour cherries and sugar/caramel became prominent mid-palate and sweetness increased into the finish. There was a hint of crackery malt and some tartness towards the end. Medium bodied with carbonation slightly less than average, a bit viscous. Not bad overall. The cherry flavour had a bit of a medicinal quality to it as the beer warmed, but the malt kept it closer to cherry pie territory.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 00:43:04 | More by DrJay
Photo of WakeandBake


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 12oz,bottled on date 04/01/09. A pretty light Mars red color body with a thin soapy head that fades rather quickly,leaving some spotty lacing,lots of soft carbonation. Aroma is of ripe cherries and a wheaty malt,and a very subtle funk type yeast note. Flavor is slightly sweet up front with a bit of carbonation wash and then a some nice wheat flavors, followed by the tart cherries,leaving a nice sweet cherry Jolly Rancher type flavor on your lips,cherry in the finish ,not super complex but has layers of flavors that fit togeather nicely.Fruit Beer is not my favorite style,especially if too tart, but this stuff is very good,very drinkable .

Thank You Founders

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:58:54 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of tburkhart


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Why do I buy cherry beers when I don't like cherries???? Oh yeah, because it's Founders and they make damn good beer. If it wasn't for the fact this beer came from Founders, I probably would have never purchased it. I tried to review the beer objectively. And now onto the review...

Appearance: Light red with excellent carbonation rising throughout the glass. The head sticks around quite nicely for a fruit/vegetable beer. Lacing is minimal.



Mouthfeel: Very smooth across the palate.

Drinkability: Would be very drinkable for someone who enjoys cherries. Since I don't care for cherries, one will be more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 00:23:32 | More by tburkhart
Photo of BierFan


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Small pinkish head on top of a slightly hazy red body. The small head doesn't last for long. The smell is like maraschino cherries. While I wasn't blown away by the appearance or smell, the taste of this beer is truly great. The four pack was definitely worth the $12.99.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 19:40:39 | More by BierFan
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack for $11.99 in Columbus, first time I've seen it. In retrospect this seems a bit too pricy for this beer, but I do like most things from Founders so it seemed like good odds. The beer is reddish-orange color, very clear, with a thin sticky white head. The beer smells a little like cherry pie, I get some cinnamon and cherries and maybe a little fresh bread out of this. I think the taste is OK for what it is, but fruit beers are usually not my thing. Sweet upfront and a little tart in the aftertaste. Medium body and easy drinking (so long as you like cherry pie). Not to be purchased again by me, unlike other Founders beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 21:36:16 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red in color with no head at all on the pour. Plenty of carbonated bubbles around the edges, and racing up the side of the glass. Smell is all cherries. Very sweet and sugary cherries. Taste is more of the same. Very sweet, ripe cherries. I kind of like the lack of being highly carbonated. This could be quite possibly the easiest drinking beer I've ever come across. You could really put this away without even thinking about it. I would like a few other flavors to make it a bit more complex, but this is what it is. Decent spring/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 18:23:55 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of philbe311


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Muted strawberry red color... Translucent with an orange hue... Thin pillow-like crisp white head... Thin veil of delicate lacing, slightly thicker around the edges of the glass...

S - Cherries, prominent but not overwhelming... Shortbread...

T - Cherry... Mostly sweet, but remotely tart... Minor biscuit... Slightly salty...

M - Syrupy... Light to medium bodied... Slight carbonation pringles the tongue... A tad on the dry side... A very mild tart finish...

D - Light and refreshing... An interesting summer brew, but not overly memorable... I would drink again in the future, but probably not something I would seek out myself...

Note - Previously Founders Cherry Pale Ale, this has been slightly reformulated and bottled as Founders summer offering...

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:02:03 | More by philbe311
Photo of megahurts4


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Cerise
On draft at Fraunces Tavern, New York, NY

Appearance: rose red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: grain and light cherry.

Taste: nice malt, pleasant cherry, and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a very pleasant brew. It is very smooth and the flavors mesh very well. It is a perfect summer drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 03:42:25 | More by megahurts4
Photo of downeyj4


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For a Fruit Beer, this is good. At the end of the day, it is still a fruit beer. It has a red hue to it and it tastes like cherries. If you want a beer, look for something else. If you love cherries, then you will love this. I'd definitely get it again, but I would have to be in the right mood (and also I would have to make sure that none of my friends would see me drinking it).

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 03:42:11 | More by downeyj4
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Village Draft House. Served in a chalice.

A - bright reddish amber with a thin layer of soft, white head

S - thick, syrupy cherries; almost juice-like

T - cherries, syrup, red wine, juice, very sweet

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, sticky, thick, syrupy

I'm not a huge fruit beer fan. I thought this was a bit sweet at times. All things considered, it was a very tasty, drinkable beer. The cherries were forward and delicious. My only real complaint is that this beer is a bit thick. It comes across at times more like juice than beer. Nonetheless, it's worth a try especially if you're a cherry fan.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 09:12:38 | More by tdm168
Photo of chefhatt


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a growler of this at mari's 6 pack.
I poured it from the growler it has a nice dark rose color body wiht no head or lace to it. The smell is of light cherries and sugar with some grain coming through.
The taste is up front sweet like cherries with the malt character coming on the back of the tonge. The sweetness stays the whole way through. The mouth feel is good, nice and smooth, carbonation is good. Overall a sweet and drinkable beer. I would want to session this but one once in a while for a change is good for me.

Serving type: growler

08-20-2012 02:10:21 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –The beer has a vibrant hazy pinkish-red color with a just off white head. The head fades quite quickly to leave a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is not as heavy in cherry as I would have expected from the look. It has a light cherry aroma with heavier sweet smells of a sugary/candy nature as well as smells of grain.

Taste – The taste begins of a sweet cherry taste mixed with some malt base. As the flavor advances however the sweetness of the cherry begins to fade some and sour and tart notes come to the tongue. The maltiness however at the end seems to be accentuated and balances out the more sour flavors of cherry to leave a mellow candy semi-sweet taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was rather moderate with the carbonation level being very average. Both fitting for the sweet and sour fruit tastes of the beer.

Overall – It is a refreshing and easy drinking beer and although a bit sweet, it is quite nice. If a fruit beer is something you are craving, then I say go for this one, as it is rather nice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 00:37:46 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a weird one. pours majorly cloudy pink color, like pepto bismol almost. small lacey white head. not totally appetizing in appearance, but most certainly intriguing. smells like cherries and an overdoese of yeast. not a sour beer, but soe definite tartness going on. flavor isnt bad at all, lots of fresh cherries, which is the dominant flavor by far, but some interesting yeast character and a crisp finish. mouthfeel is weird, this is a heavy beer in a lighter genre, its almost too much to drink a glass of this, let alone several. good carbonation but kind of chalky. overall i am glad i tried this, but this assuredly isnt the brew that made founders famous. not bad, very out there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2012 15:11:51 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at gulu gulu cafe in Salem ma... Poured into Cisco pt glass

A: served a hazy lightly pinkish red. With about a finger of pink foam that recedes nicley and leavs excellent lacing... A nice looking cherry beer.

S: a little tough to smell with all the other aromas around me at the moment. Deffinatly getting a light tussin like cherry cough syrup aroma... Mixed with cherry skin, does not smell very tart or sour to me. But again being in the gulu there are other aromas interfering with my smell.

T: loads of cherry flavor... Flesh and skin, a touch of earthyness in there as well... Deffinatly more of a fruit beer them a sour... There is a touch of tart cherry. But if your lookin for a good cherry fruit beer here yah go.

M: medium bodies with medium carbonation, a little heavy for the style? I think? But still nice and drinkable.... Fluffy mouthfeel.

O: a good beer if you like fruit beers or cherries, or both.... Give this a whirl.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 00:24:51 | More by PeterIngemi
Founders Cerise from Founders Brewing Company
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