Founders vs Bell's: Head to Head

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    HOP_KING Initiate (118) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Hi Everyone, hope you enjoy start of summer.

    Alright pick one or the other I'll tally at end.

    To me, hands down Founders wins. Love their beers especially in comparison to Bells. But curious what you all think. Cheers!
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  2. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (197) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota

    Founder's...but can't go wrong with Bell's either.
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  3. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Poo-Bah (3,109) Oct 15, 2011 Maryland

    I'll take 'em both, I'm hardcore
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  4. HarmonMW

    HarmonMW Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 Missouri

    I think I'd go Bell's. Tough call though.
  5. MgoJohnStamos

    MgoJohnStamos Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 Michigan

    Year rounds goes to Founders for sure. Founder's year rounds are fantastic.
    Stout goes to Founders with KBS, and BS
    IPA goes to Bells with Hopslam and Two Hearted.

    The true winner's are us, because I love them both.
  6. fuzzylogic

    fuzzylogic Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Bell's easily. A more diverse portfolio and they just do a wider variety of styles better. They easily have better IPAs and wheat beers, and they arguably have better stouts (at least a wider variety). They make a kick ass lager, oktoberfest, and berliner weiss (Oarsman).

    The only Founders has over Bells is their Old Ale with Curmudgeon and I think Third Coast is pretty close.
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  7. RPH2327

    RPH2327 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I'll go with the one from Michigan.
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  8. caskstrength

    caskstrength Aspirant (275) Nov 26, 2008 Minnesota

    Founders beers are good, especially when compared to the goodness of Bells beers. But Bells beers are good too, often when compared to other beers, or not, sometimes Founder.

    Damnit, what was the question?
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  9. Quantum_Dong

    Quantum_Dong Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2013 Wisconsin

    I give a slight edge to bells, and that's only because I just bought the mini oberon keg.

    That thing is badass!
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  10. Houser

    Houser Defender (640) Sep 10, 2012 Pennsylvania

    bell's. the beer that is good with everything, all the time, two hearted, trumps all.
  11. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Initiate (188) Jun 21, 2009 Virginia

    It's so one-sided that I don't even have to name the brewery.
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  12. JohannBock

    JohannBock Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2011 Virginia

    Bells, but just barely
  13. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    Three Floyds isn't in the title of this thread and my head just exploded.
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  14. Vitacca

    Vitacca Crusader (779) Sep 15, 2010 Wisconsin
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    If it's strictly six pack offerings, Bells. Four pack offerings, Founders.
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  15. DVMin98

    DVMin98 Poo-Bah (3,381) Nov 1, 2010 North Carolina
    Moderator Society Trader

    Founders made CBS...'nuff said
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  16. Gtreid

    Gtreid Crusader (762) Mar 27, 2008 Florida

    Founders, but it's close. 2 of my 3 favorite breweries.
  17. whiterabbit

    whiterabbit Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2010 Ohio

    Great question! Love them both, both are strong in their own ways, but will give the nod to Bells, again becauseTwo Hearted on draft is really hard to beat.
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  18. Jfriz25

    Jfriz25 Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2012 Wisconsin

    Didn't you start this same thread like 2 months ago? (Which was eventually nuked)
  19. Cotton_27

    Cotton_27 Devotee (486) Feb 22, 2013 Michigan

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  20. MeBeerGood

    MeBeerGood Initiate (31) Jan 27, 2010 Massachusetts

    Haven't tried anything from Bells yet, and really want to. But, they would have to be kick-ass for me to enjoy them better than Founders (my personal favorite brewery).
  21. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,878) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Really? You'd rather do that than set up a poll. OK...
    I have to look at this question as "What Bell's or Founders beer can't be replaced by some other beer?"
    This leads me to realize that while I like KBS, I like Parabola at least as much. So I'm OK there.
    I love Expedition, but there are other comparable, readily available non-BA imperial stouts.
    Founders Porter is a favorite, but I've found a great local one I like at least as much.
    I've only had Hopslam a couple times but there are plenty of good sweet DIPAs out there.
    None of the other Founders IPAs have really blown me away. They're about average.
    Yep. The only beer I haven't found a 100% suitable substitute for is Two Hearted. So Bell's it is.
  22. riemster

    riemster Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2011 Ohio

    Founders by far. Not even close. Hopslam and Two Hearted are overrated. For me, the only thing worth drinking from Bell's is Black Note.
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  23. lookrider

    lookrider Defender (653) Apr 22, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Both are very good - Founders is slightly better
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  24. MortalKombat14

    MortalKombat14 Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Michigan

    For variety it's Bell's. For quality over variety and quantity it's Founders
  25. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Meyvn (1,001) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Seems familiar, didn't we just do this thread within the last couple months?

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  26. MortalKombat14

    MortalKombat14 Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2012 Michigan

    Also from the same region I'd take Three Floyd's year round beers over the year round lineups of Bell's and Founder's. Since Red's Rye is no longer year round, Founder's year round value drops at least 15% to me.
  27. RyanGoodman

    RyanGoodman Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2011 Bolivia

    Why does this exist? Can't we just enjoy both?
  28. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,591) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    When Founders tries a lager....ANY lager....or wheat beer.......or........basically remove the dark beers from their portfolio (of which theres a zillion fine examples out there) and they're sneakily not as impressive as they seem.

    And by "try" I mean have one in their regular line up.
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  29. KingBiscuit

    KingBiscuit Defender (664) May 30, 2005 Illinois

    Founders by a long shot. Wait, no make that Bell's. No no no no, Founders. I am sure this time. But on the other hand...
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  30. Jtc2811

    Jtc2811 Initiate (145) Dec 13, 2011 California

    Founder's easily. Bell's IPA's are good but don't wow me like Double Trouble and now All Day, and while their special release stouts are delicious, they still fall short compared to IRS, KBS and FBS. Founders you always know the beer will be great, Bell's is either very good or terrible.
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  31. IpaSipa

    IpaSipa Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2013 California

    Bells. 100% based on loyalty. They're both amazing.
  32. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    You sir are out of control! Two Hearted is all that is good in this world. I kid of course but you are still a little out of control saying Black note is the only thing worth drinking from one of the best breweries in the country....

    Also Two Hearted alone makes Bells the winner for me, it is better then any Founders beer I have had by far... Both are crazy good breweries so choosing in semi pointless anyway... Which is better a million dollars worth or gold or platinum????
  33. Travcofarms

    Travcofarms Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This person understands.
  34. TimfromGR

    TimfromGR Initiate (78) Apr 11, 2013 Michigan

    Growler offerings - Founders :wink:
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  35. brewtaster

    brewtaster Initiate (92) Sep 20, 2008 Indiana

    Both are fabulous no doubt. From a personel preference though I love the Red's Rye P.A. so I gotta give a very slight edge to Founders. The two hearted Ale from Bell's is a great one as well. Like the guy said before me..............I'll go with the one from Michigan :wink:
  36. HOP_KING

    HOP_KING Initiate (118) Jan 30, 2013 Illinois

    Hey now. This thread is the first time I posted curious about comparison and your opinions. The thread a few months ago was about Bells being over rated and it was shut down because of a few rabid posters on this board. A few from bells area in particular.
  37. Ivegotmule

    Ivegotmule Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 North Carolina

    Founders RIS over Expedition (very close)
    2 Hearted over Centennial.
    Hopslam over Double Trouble.
    Founders Porter over Bells Brown.
    KBS over batch 9000 or Black Note, also close.
    Then Doom, Bolt Cutter, Better Half, Curmudgeon, Breakfast Stout, etc, vs. Oberon, Oarsmen, and many other very good ones.

    I thought close at first, but other than the IPAs, Founders nearly takes the sweep. Hopslam is one of my favorite beers, to the point I take the day off work to drive around and buy as much as possible, but the matchups speak for themselves. Founders barrel program gives them the edge. Loved Doom!
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  38. brewsader

    brewsader Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 New York

    founders because they distribute in NY.
  39. brewtaster

    brewtaster Initiate (92) Sep 20, 2008 Indiana

    I agree with you 100% Overall Red's Rye P.A. is probably the best beer in general that I have ever had. I have tried a lot of beers and live in the backyard of FFF's which is also great but if I was told that from now on I could only drink one beer and I had to decide right now what that beer would would be Red's Rye P.A.
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  40. joelwlcx

    joelwlcx Aspirant (224) Apr 23, 2007 Minnesota

    Two Hearted

    Backwoods Bastard

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