Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #5,317
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
Oct 09, 2021
Jul 03, 2020
Notes: Imperial golden ale with coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla and milk sugar.
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Rated: 4.46 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Goddamn good beer. Bronze color, very dirty with particulates. Smell of vanilla and chocolate and coffee. Taste is vanilla forward with a good presence of coffee and chocolate, but it still tastes like a beer. Medium bodied, strong alcohol presence, slightly dry finish, mouth filling. At a couple months old, still very flavorful and tasty. Founders knows how to make adjunct beers well, this is no exception.
Oct 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a golden color with an orange hue, one-finger foamy white head reduces to a ring around the edge

S- creamy vanilla and milk sugars are complimented by notes of blonde coffee, cocoa nibs, light undertone of caramel

T- slightly sweet up front with notes of sweet cream and whipped vanilla. Mid-palate brings out some light roasted coffee that adds a hint of earthiness. Undertones of chocolate and caramel follow, before finishing with more earthy coffee that continues into the linger, along with more creamy vanilla

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- this one hides the abv well, and the coffee and sweet vanilla cream notes are a fantastic compliment
Jun 23, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by samEBC from Belgium

Jun 08, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by Shanex from France

Apr 14, 2021
Rated: 3.89 by Grupatre from Michigan

Apr 12, 2021
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Rated by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Too sweet for me!
Mar 27, 2021
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Mar 04, 2021
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Reviewed by vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Golden cloudy amber color, strong milk chocolate smell, nice head light carbonation that disperses quickly. Smooth lager like hit, followed by a hot chocolate after taste.
Feb 22, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
Rated: 4 by aztraz from Sweden

Feb 09, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2021
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Marvelroast has a thin, white head, (cottony) sediment-filled, deep orange, lazy bubbles, some lacing. The aroma is of mild, light coffee, barley, and vanilla. The taste is of strong golden ale (white bread crust), vanilla, faint coffee, and no bitterness. Marvelroast has a medium body and a dryer- than-expected finish.

Jan 05, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by robebo44 from Virginia

Dec 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear golden amber color. A thumb length foam head is followed by a ring of lacing.

The presence of the adjuncts dominates the nose. Sweet and roasty aromas of cocoa, coffee and vanilla are supported by notes of biscuity malt.

Chewy and sweet notes of caramel and biscuity malts provide the base. Meanwhile, mouth coating flavors of cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, sugar and coffee dominate the palate.There is a mild roasty bitterness that adds balance, while the finish has a dry alcohol spice to it.

Full bodied and ultra smooth. The carbonation is gentle.

What an Interesting beer! Hard to perceive it as a Blond Ale given all the coffee and cocoa flavors. Nevertheless, this was pretty yummy.
Dec 25, 2020
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Rated by Malacant from Louisiana

4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A delicious flavorful beer. All notes are noticeable.
Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.7 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Dec 19, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by mycousinvinny from New York

4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
look. golden brown color, nice 1/2 inch white head, some lacing
smell chocolate, caramel , coffee and vanilla
taste Nice bodied Low bitterness black coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate.
feel light and smooth, medium body mild carbonation
overall this is one of my favorite beers this is perfect winter beer
Dec 04, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by gr0g from New Jersey

Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 29, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by jakea from Wisconsin

Nov 28, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Nov 23, 2020
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a tawny golden-orange body with a creamyish, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, candied, liqeuer-esque nose of vanilla-infused sugars, splash of dairy cream, chocolate sauce and roasty coffeebeans.

Taste: Sugary and sweet. The taste follows the aroma decisively, delivering an abundance of its additives. There's no trying to barely discern any of the nibs, the lactose or vanilla, it's there, in spades. However, let's not starting touting any subtle nuances that aren't present. It's a big, sweet beer, even a bit cloying, though it falls mercifully short of being hot or grotesquely sugary (Lizard of Kos, I will never forget you in that respect).

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-soft carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I was worried this would be too sweet for me. It was too sweet for me. Looking at the label, under the 'roa' in Marvelroast, there's the word SUGAR giving me a shit-eating grin. I would say it was a better Not Your Father's Cream Ale, though I suspect it's merely a more expensive Not Your Father's Cream Ale.
Nov 22, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
2020 release. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium golden pour with big foamy white head. Great retention/lacing.

S: Coffee, vanilla, and cocoa. As advertised.

T.F: Sweet-ish grains and coffee. Chocolate, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow, and more espresso. Oily mouthfeel... relatively smooth. Medium bodied with more coffee and some roast to finish.

O: It hits the advertised flavors but it really didn't do much for me. Reminds me of a 'golden stout'. Too much coffee and sweet... not enough yeast/grain. I'm usually a fan of the Founders barrel-aged series but for this one I'm glad I only bought a single.
Nov 13, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by Bruno74200 from France

Nov 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bottled on 6/21/20. Picked this up my local liquor store as I wanted it before the favors faded. But even over 4 months after bottling, I am impressed. Perhaps what impresses me most is the presence of cacao nibs. Such a great blend with the coffee and vanilla. Aroma is definitely roasted marshmallows/s'mores. Taste is everything you read on the label. This could be my new favorite from founders. Definitely picking up more.
Nov 12, 2020
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Reviewed by TBoneJones from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appears golden blonde and with a fair head and moderate lacing.
Nose is sugary vanilla with sweet dessert coffee roast, with complex cocoa notes, in a most surprisingly pleasant way.
Taste is much like what the nose provides. There’s ample vanilla. It’s like a strong ale that’s blonde, and for dessert. It’s very much like a superb cream soda beer, in the sense that’s really a thing.
Feels full and creamy.
The name threw me off because I didn’t like the name so much, but it really is accurate. Not normally a fan of coffee in beers other than stouts, but this does its thing.
Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by andrewjraab from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - pours a golden brown with some clarity and a Hughe pancake bater of oily and creamy head.

S - Loads of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, some hops, and coffee.

T - Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, followed by a delicate balance of hops and malt. Sweet and creamy finish on the back end.

O - Very solid roasted coffee blonde ale. I'd recommend one to start your tailgate on a Saturday morning before watching college football.
Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by Mitchster from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
8% ABV, 20 IBUs, brewed with cacoa nibs, vanilla and lactose. Pours out to a deep golden with flittering bits of gunk floating around, forming a modest slightly off white head with very good retention and lacing and a creamy sticky consistency. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.75 carbs or so. The nose is ripe with vanilla and coffee, basically like opening a bag of vanilla coffee beans with some chalk on top. No hop aroma. No off aromas. Mouthfeel is sticky, dense bodied, full. The taste is like drinking a super dense sweet syrupy vanilla coffee dosed with hersheys syrup with some type of beer character. Very minimal hop bitterness. Sweet syrupy finish. No off flavors. No fusels, oxidation. Not hot, can't taste the alcohol. Well brewed.

An interesting dessert beer. Richer than the 8% would suggest. Worth a try. Could see myself buying this one again if I was in the mood for something sweet and different.
Nov 06, 2020
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Scon galletas tostarica. Delicioso café tanto en boca como en nariz toma el protagonismo, junto a notas a lactosa y vainilla bien ajustadas que le dan sedosidad y cuerpo.
Nov 04, 2020
Rated: 4 by MacStinson from Michigan

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by HardyA34 from Michigan

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by desint from Belgium

Oct 31, 2020
Rated: 3.68 by Chilmer from Iowa

Oct 31, 2020
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Reviewed by Freonicus from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Absolutely spectacular. Highly underrated. This is a beer anyone will love, from your girlfriend to your grandma. Strong taste of S'Mores, marshmsllow, chocolate, vanilla and the slightest hint of coffee. Not overdone with coffee like many stouts and coffee beers. This is thick in the mouth, sweet and a delight to drink. No alcohol taste whatsoever. Founders has never made a beer I don't like.
Oct 28, 2020
Rated: 4.67 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Oct 26, 2020
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