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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Lager - American
Ranked #13
Ranked #16,284
3.89 | pDev: 7.71%
Dec 04, 2021
Jun 10, 2017
Very Good
Notes: Trigo is a 6.3 percent ABV “pale wheat lager” brewed with American hops that is a collaboration with Spain-based Mahou San Miguel. The art on the can was created by Founders culinary team member Cody Levon, “an incredible kitsch painter whose work emulates the beautiful methods of the old masters
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3.4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 04, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Golden colour, large white head. Aroma of fruity and grassy hops, hints of orange marmalade. Refreshing flavour, mid between dry and sweet, citric notes, moderate hops.

Apr 17, 2021
3.74 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 15, 2021
3.5 by Cotton_27 from Michigan on Jun 30, 2020
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Apr 12, 2020
4 by Pisshhead from Ireland on Apr 05, 2020
3.6 by detroitpat from Michigan on Dec 05, 2019
4 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Sep 08, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours clear golden with a white head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: It has aromas of apricot with some doughy wheat. There are low levels of floral in the background.

Taste: It has flavors that are balance between the apricot and floral hops with the doughy wheat in support. The two sets of hops lightly clash with each other.

Feel: It has a medium body with the hops lasting long in the aftertaste.

Overall, the flavors are decent, but the hops clash a bit which each other.

Aug 03, 2019
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3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Since I spent a couple/few days celebrating CANada Day on 01 July, it only seems right & fitting to spent this four-day weekend drinking, reviewing & rating AmeriCAN-owned & made beers. Cheers!

From the CAN: "Brewed For Us"; "Artprize"; "Hoppy Wheat Lager"; "Crack it. Pour it. Love it."; "Drink responsibly. They don't serve Founders in the clink."

From the Brewery's Website: "We’re strong believers that the only thing better than brewing beer is brewing beer with friends. We worked with our pals at Mahou San Miguel to bring the recipe for Trigo (Spanish for ‘wheat’) to life. They brought their lager-brewing expertise and we brought our hopping expertise. The result is a clean and crisp wheat lager with big, American-hopped aromatics. Salud!"; "IBUs: 35".

These guys clearly get it! It all begins with the Crack! of the vent & so it was in this insCANce. I was rather aggressive in my Glug since. as a wheat beer, it was most likely going to be cloudy. I watched as it roiled, fizzed & foamed to create a finger of fizzy, foamy, soapy, bone-white head that quickly disappeared. 8=( Color was a slightly-hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). The nose was interesting. It had a tropical & citrusy fruitiness, plus a slight tartness from the wheat. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, about on par for the style. The taste was another CANundrum - the style does not allow for more than a medium bitterness & yet the hops were what were prevalent. Hmm. I liked it in that it was not too tropical nor was it too citrusy, but at the same time, it was too … too. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I wish that the wheat (& other malts) had been a little more assertive, especially when reviewing to style. This was not one for purists, but if you are looking for a refreshing Summer beer, you CAN do MUCH worse! YMMV.

Jul 05, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a weizen glass.

Pours a medium straw with a soapy cap that recedes to lace. Moderate chill cloud.

Aroma is bready malt, slightly sweet and with a wheat twang. Hops are apparent the aroma but not at the front. Smells like a wheat.

Flavor is sweet crystal malt with a big hop presence for the style. This is sweet rolls and banana bread with fruity resinous hop. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Little bit of fusel alcohol in the swallow. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. A bit slick on the tongue.

Good refreshing lager, nice easy drinking beer.

Jun 08, 2019
3 by chiefz1 from New York on May 27, 2019
3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan on May 03, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

A: Murky gold with 1" white foamy head and abundant lacing.
N: Wheat, grapefruit, citrus, and hops.
T: Follows the nose, very crisp wheat flavors with grapefruit and citrus.
M: Clean, refreshing and light.
O: I really enjoyed this beer, it was refreshing and clean. Flavors were awesome.

May 01, 2019
3.52 by ninaturner from Florida on May 01, 2019
3.96 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Apr 29, 2019
4 by BrainCaperKid from Georgia on Apr 20, 2019
4.11 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Apr 20, 2019
4.06 by Jbalintjr from Pennsylvania on Apr 15, 2019
3.75 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Mar 23, 2019
4.26 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Mar 20, 2019
4.1 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Mar 10, 2019
3.81 by jenrhart from Minnesota on Mar 08, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the can, it pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice white head and leaves lacing as you enjoy it. Spicy scent in the nose. In the mouth, it is a bit of malt.

Mar 03, 2019
3.87 by Boone757 from Virginia on Mar 03, 2019
4.18 by robebo44 from Virginia on Mar 01, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

Served on tap in a snifter. Orange colored liquid, hazy. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, wheat, a touch of pine. Flavor is bright, and pretty much lives up to "hoppy wheat": citrus and wheat, but not as bitter as a self described hoppy ale sounds like it would be. Decent.

Feb 28, 2019
3.94 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Trigo has a very thick, creamy, ivory head, a hazy, gold-orange appearance, and moderate glass lacing. The aroma is of citrus and white wheat, and the flavor is similar, with some hop resin. Bitterness is noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium, and Trigo finishes medium sweet.


Feb 26, 2019
5 by battlecryawesome from Michigan on Feb 18, 2019
4.27 by jmarko579 from Minnesota on Feb 17, 2019
3.78 by AMCPhD from Virginia on Feb 17, 2019
3.84 by monorailred from Texas on Feb 15, 2019
3.88 by Mark-Leggett from Missouri on Feb 14, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 11-7-18 for $1.83. Canned on 9-6-18; consumed on 2-13-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured a golden orange with a decent white head with the initial pour.

Nose is lemony with a hint of grapefruit.

Taste is lemon forward over a lager yeast infused wheat malt base. Finish is a medium grapefruit rind that leaves a residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a somewhat unique beer combining old world lager yeast with current world hopping.

Feb 13, 2019
3.69 by ZinFanDave from Georgia on Feb 13, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bruno74200 from France

Clear white with almost no head.

The aroma is citrusy and a bit tropical. The taste as a berry final
The malt bill is clean
Very drinkable with a moderate carbonation

Feb 12, 2019
3.92 by tbeer40 from New Jersey on Feb 09, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

Deep rich body, slightly hazy with a touch of edged chestnut brown and muted brass colored body. Some linear carbonation, but more so a thick beaming lathery fine as thick as a fist bellows out. Settles eventually with some pill and soapy lacing, for an aggressive posture.

Nice hop nose, coming a bit herbal and somewhat juicy smelling on the hop angle. Aroma has minimal sensing chewy depth as it is big on hop forward action. Some nice mild perfume like florals seem to come out as well.

Palate seems to be pretty basic. There's a touch of fade here in the flavor (checks can date.. Oh my..) but it's still palatable. Palate on the hops angle seems considerably more fruity with touch of juiced orange a bit, mixing with a little tropical as well. Touches a bit of cantaloupe and melon quality as well, but with a lighter body.

A bit of fade here (that's on me) but also an almost session like malt body, still the base flavors are very solid and enjoyable.

Feb 03, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a nice light straw color with a slight head and lacing.
A-Aroma has lemongrass and wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with lemongrass and wheat flavors.
M- A light bodied well balanced beer.
O-A nice refreshing wheat beer

Jan 27, 2019
Trigo from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 226 ratings