Sweet Repute
Founders Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,954
4.19 | pDev: 11.22%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Sweet ReputeSweet Repute
Notes: 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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Aged in bourbon barrels & bourbon maple syrup barrels. Drank within a month of release.

Murky dark orange hue.

Thick off-white head; strong lace.

Wood, cream soda, bourbon & a hint of caramel on the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Cream soda up front, caramel apple middle & an oak-y, bourbon finish.

Complex, but a bit too boozy & cloying. An interesting miss.

Oct 17, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter
Batch 1

A- pours a crystal clear amber color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention and eventually settles to a film floating on top

S- aroma is very citrus-forward up front, with notes of orange marmalade & fresh citrus zest. Some sweeter notes develop underneath, with notes of caramel, toffee & maple. Dried fig, molasses & oaky vanilla close it out

T- citrusy notes follow the nose with a sharp zesty note, along with that marmalade notes that is probably enhances by the sweetness of the maple. Mid-palate is sweet with notes of maple, caramel chews, fig & raisin. The finish gives some woody barrel character with a hint of vanilla, booze and more orange

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- this one has aged beautifully, nice citrusy notes, sweet maple and just enough barrel character, a nice sipper

Mar 17, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2016.

Pours clear copper with a chill haze and an inch of white head. Minimal retention and some minor lacing. Booze, bourbon, and maple blast from the glass along with hints of vanilla and toffee. On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky, gummy, mouthfeel. Figgy malt laced with bourbon, maple syrup, and vanilla on the palate. Sweet and warming with plenty of toffee and alcohol. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and maple-spiked whiskey over caramels.

What a sipper and certainly a great winter warmer. Just too sweet for me though.

Feb 13, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 9.4 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a ruddy orange color and is hazy. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves little lacing.

The maple is quite apparent in the smell. I also get fig, date and molasses.

The taste is sweet and similar to the smell. I taste the fig, dates, and molasses, but it has an anise finish like a black jelly bean.

Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel

It is a little sweeter than I like my wheatwines, but it is high abv and bourbon barrel aged. I look forward to the new batch coming out to compare tasting notes. I assume fresher is better.

Feb 07, 2018
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber brownish in color. Opaque in appearance. Vanilla, coconut, oak, earthy maple syrup, toffee and toasted malt. Dry finish. Medium bodied. Lower carb. Smooth. Nice boozy heat in the chest. Hint of bitterness. Drinking pretty well.

Apr 10, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer has a nice clear orange Amber color that has a fairly vibrant hue such that it is glowing. The smell is very good with a sharp fresh grain smell and a sweet alcohol note. The GOP note seems to be fairly minty with a hint of fresh celery. A deeper exploration reveals a delicious malty and slightly sugary malt note. The taste has a more bitter note with a slight hint of mint and fresh celery. There is also a bit of alcohol sweetness to it. The maple syrup is light but still noticeable and ties the beer together.

The feel is good. It has a nice heavy body and a syrupy feel to it. There is a slight thin feel but it isn't much.

Overall, a really good beer that is way more drinkable than you would expect.

Mar 31, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber with a one finger white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, maple syrup, caramel and bourbon.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Vanilla, maple, and caramel upfront followed by a big hit of bourbon and oak. The finish has a lingering alcohol burn.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is a big bad boozy wheatwine. The sweetness and barrell really shine. Definetly a sipper.

Jan 28, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into teku appears clear copper with slightly yellowish stained head 2 fingers strong that fades leaving soapy lace.

Aroma of sweet caramel, maple, oak and vanilla with a bit of bourbon tingle. Slightly herbal even with more wood becoming pronounced as it warms up.

Taste is sweet and boozy. Sweet with vanilla, caramel and maple yet boozy with oak and herbal interplay. As it gets warmer it has a bit of a medicinal thing about it.

This is medium to fuller bodied with modest carbonation. I like it, its very reminiscent of their first take on nemisis back in 2009.

Jan 24, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant peach-tinted, dark orange color with a half finger of off-white head that leaves modest lacing. Big bourbon aroma, with a hint of maple, anise, vanilla, herbal hops and overripe fruit. Similar tasting up front, but even bigger, with a vanilla-bourbon-French-toast thing going, along with a pepperiness and herbal bitterness cutting through the sweetness and a very hot backend. Lush, creamy mouthfeel that's top notch. Nice dessert flavors without being overly sweet. This is great.

Oct 16, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Golden-Amber color with good clarity. Head sputters out quickly. Thin traces of lacing.

S: Oak and sweet maple syrup and bourbon notes up front. Golden raisins. Bread pudding, runny caramel. Creme brûlée. Toast points. Dessert-like.

T: Creme brûlée, caramel, bread pudding, toast. Toffee and pecans. Golden raisin and some fig. Perhaps traces of some earthy hops. Maple syrup sets in middle to end. Lots of oaky barrel flavor picking up on the back end too. Barrel char. Bourbon packs a bit of heat, but it's almost welcome as it offsets the sweetness. Oaky barrel finish.

M: Thick body with some decent heft, but the wheat keeps it a little more lithe than it would be otherwise. A little syrupy in texture. Chewy. Light prickle of carbonation on the tongue. Deep whiskey warmth.

O: Age actually seems to have brought out more of the oak and barrel flavors. They definitely get the better of the finish, but also help swing the initial sweetness back into balance. A delicious and somewhat unique dessert sipper.

Sep 12, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle, atleast 2 years old cannot find a bottled on date

L - Deep amber, with 1 finger of head and some clarity

S -Booze and bourbon

T- Sweet barleywine, boozy, bourbon, lots going on here. A total sipper. Tasty

F - Medium body an not much carbonation here after a few years

O - A boozy barleywine, bourbon aged. My head is spinning. Very good. Good night

Aug 05, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks unassuming enough. Modest fizzy beige head, clear orange, maybe yellow. Only after you look more closely do you see that refractive quality of alcohol.

Nose is primarily bourbon, as if there's anything else in there, it's getting overpowered.

Taste is just, bracingly sweet and notably hot at the same time. How to describe the actual flavour. Well, there's bourbon, and what, cane sugar? Finishes with a slight hint of fresh Cavendish (sp?) pipe tobacco.

Feel is somewhere between smooth and syrupy. In a lot of ways, this one is sorta similar to Samichlaus Classic.

This is good but it's gonna be a wicked chore to take care of.

Jun 06, 2016
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As much as I love my hot, messy, boozy beers, this is disappointing work from Founders. Too hot, too messy, and too boozy. Reminds me of a blend of port and cognac with some weird Belgian quad-style spiciness. Oddly, bourbon is less noticeable than the other liquor flavors, but basically, it's like someone aged a strong ale in some crappy barrels of cheap booze and bottled it flat. Dark fruits come forward, but they're overripe and possibly fermented-tasting as well. Too much going on, too intense to make anything of it, and too thick and syrupy to give any respite. Probably needs another 2 or 3 years before I'll be able to make sense of this crazy brew, but I'd avoid it fresh if it ever came out again.

Apr 03, 2016
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/26/15 Home

Note: Have had this on more than one occasion but first review. Aged for two years

Look, brown caramel looking beer with good head and retentions. To be fair the only knock would be the amount of sediment floating in it. It doesn't bother me at all but strictly rating on look you'd have to mark off for this.

Smell is perfect. a blend of sweet bourbon and vanilla smacks you in the face. Like a backwoods backwoods on steroids.

The taste an insanely mellow sweet bourbon brew. Caramel and vanilla are in the distance enough to balance out the bourbon. One of the best tasting barrel aged beers I've ever had.

The feel is so mellow and smooth. This is definitely a sip and enjoy the glass as long as possible kind of beer.

Overall I've had this beer when it first came out and it was pretty good then, but this beer should be the poster child of what aging the right beer can do. Wish I had more of them to pop. World class for sure.

Nov 27, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Sweet Repute is brewed in the style of a Wheat Wine Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels and in Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a golden-pastel white color over a moderately hazy sunset amber body with ample, lively carbonation and sparse speckled sediment. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of unmalted wheat syrups and caramel malt with a strong nose of bourbon, fermented maple syrup and grains. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Bourbon, wheat malt syrups and caramel grains, earthy spiciness, peppery and moderately phenolic. Borderline cloyingly sweet but enough bourbon on the backbone to justify some balance. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, moderately residual, lightly sticky, creamy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy bitter, grainy and phenolic. Alcohol presence is medium/heavy and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Pretty strong and boozy, with a bold maple and caramel syrup sweetness underlying. Not quite as complex and balanced as I'd expect a wheatwine of this degree to be, but it's easy to warm up to. 3.75

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Oct 11, 2015
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured an amber/copper color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of toffee notes with intense bourbon notes and loads of residual sugar. Taste is quite the extreme mix of huge bourbon notes with warming alcohol with some toffee and caramelized cereal notes. The level of residual sugar is too high in my opinion which lessen the drinkability of this beer. Body is pretty full with OK carbonation with quite a bit of warming alcohol. Type of beers that needs to be share 15 ways in order to enjoy small sample due to limited drinkability and too mush residual sugar notes.

Sep 28, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Kyle.

A - Poured a clear honey hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and thin lacing. Swirls bring heavy lacing and blanket.

S - Aromas of...mint? Uhhhh. As it warms light maple and bourbon come out. Caramel sauce, sweet malts, Still there is a minty quality on the nose that does fade with time.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, rather sweet caramel, light maple, faint bourbon, the booze is hidden very well. Still though, I get a light minty thing going on. Really throws me for a loop.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, lIghtly boozy.

O - Overall this beer was a bit of a muddled mess. Nice bourbon and maple, but...minty? Bad bottle...sigh.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 16, 2015
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themind from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent beer, I like it. It's potent but the barrel aging really shines thru with balance of the flavor. Top notch beer that I acquired a growler full of that was aged a year.

Jul 17, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Jun 07, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle I've held onto for a while, hoping the booze would die down a bit and thankfully it did. 2013 vintage.

Mild small fizzy head barely forms then fades at a need pace, murky hazy sediment laden candy reddish orange color.

Nose brings tons of candy maple and barrel, lots of maple syrup, bourbon, candied bourbon and vanilla barrel, sweet candied wheat toasted malt aroma, some phenols, mild booze, caramel candy.

Taste brings big sweet malts, candy syrup caramel and tons of maple syrup, sweet maple syrup but not overly sweet. Some toasted oak and mild bourbon, little barrel, even coconut barrel notes. Mild phenols but just a hint or warming booze. Mild creamy wheat base too, little toasted and hint of biscuity caramel. Little grassy earthy hop in the background. Finish is little sticky sweety, just a hint of warming booze, lingering caramel and plenty more maple mixed with bourbon and little barrel with more candied creamy wheat.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, touch syrupy, just a touch of booze.

Overall pretty nice, great bourbon barrel notes, nice base malt, barrel really brings some interesting characters that go nicely with the wheat and malt, but in the end still just too sweet even for this style.

May 16, 2015
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Jjski from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Apr 23, 2015
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winningwes91 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Went in to this one not knowing what to expect. Pours a dark, murky amber color. Looks similar to Backwoods. Smells of sweet maple syrup, bourbon, charr, dark fruits, and some coconut. Taste follows suit. Wow. What a sweet, sticky beer. Such a treat. I actually prefer this to BB. Super surprised by this one.

Feb 25, 2015
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deakin from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

Jan 29, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honey and bourbon dominate this release. Very sweet and dessert forward, almost in the region of a fortified wine. Heavy maltiness - a warming heat comes through but does not overwhelm

Jan 10, 2015
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sculls65 from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Jan 02, 2015
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