Solid Gold | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
For those of you familiar with the Solid Gold we’ve featured in our taproom for years, this is not the same beer. Our Brewmaster, Jeremy, completely revamped the recipe and it now features lager yeast, corn and lemondrop hops for just the right hit of flavor. Our take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable golden lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret.

20 IBU

Added by cl3 on 10-24-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,178
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
381
pDev:
11.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of ben_tries_brews
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a single 12 oz can into a willibecher on a hot day, this pours a clear solid gold with a nice 1 finger white head that subsides slowly and leaves some decent lacing. Nose promises some grainy malt, some lager yeast, and more citric/lemony (but sweet lemon) hops than I was expecting...the citrus seems strange for the style. Taste is better, with the grain and some corn coming through. No layers or subtlety, but substantial. Feel is full and surprisingly soft, with carbonation middling. This isn't real subtle and the hops run some unnecessary interference, but it still has loads of flavor for 4.4%.

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Photo of LarryV
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with a minimal head that was quick to dissipate. At 4.4% ABV, it makes this a sessionable brew which is the reason I bought it. I wanted something that I wasn't going to get trashed on over the course of the afternoon. This fit the bill nicely, easy to drink and decent flavor - better than the macros imho. Crisp, clean and refreshing. It's not something I would normally seek out but it was perfect for the occasion. A solid lager.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lovecraftian_IPA
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenjaGrif
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 fl oz can at Emil's Tavern on June 14, 2018. A classic drinkable premium lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients.

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Photo of Duffman79
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, an IPA light perhaps, after drinking the pc pils, recently, I have to ask do we have new ideas?....Ok beer but with loads of IPAesque beers to choose from what's the point?....

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Photo of TheBrewsky
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Light grains and mild citrusy hops.

T/F: Crackery grains... lightly hopped. Pleasant lemony citrus and floral character. Mild grass and floral notes. Light bodied... well carbonated.

O: A light and easy-drinking lager. Nothing special but not bad either. Something to drink with dinner. WAY better than the macro adjuncts.

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Photo of 94rocker1
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great for the style. Light hops and smooth malts make it a good summer beer. Goes down easy!

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Photo of golf4collet
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cardfan212
2.19/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - Relatively plain looking, but it isn't cluttered with anything unnecessary and looks mildly classy.

Smell - Lemony hops, and that's about it. No malt, corn, or other grain notes that I can pick out. Doesn't make me think of an AAL at all.

Taste - Like mixing a Surly Xtra Citra with a Budweiser. Strong hops presence to start with followed with a strange corny aftertaste. Not the best flavor.

Feel - Thin body with next to no carbonation. It's quite easy to drink.

Overall - I was hoping to settle down with a quality adjunct lager. Instead, I got something far too hoppy that didn't satisfy my craving at all. I wish craft brewers weren't afraid to make a lager that wasn't completely drowned out in excessive hops.

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Photo of JRed
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden body with white head that dissipates. Aroma of grain, light floral. Tastes of grain, light lemon, light grass, light floral. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for what it is - AAL. A touch of sweet corn, light bready malt character, a touch of lemony hops. Goes down easy and is refreshing. Good session beer.

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Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trscottc
2.61/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is decent, it's just not what I expected. It's more like an IPA with a little malty sweetness. I was expecting a sweet, malty beverage. I had been eyeing this on the grocer's shelf for a while and I was disappointed. Not a bad beer, just not as advertised. I won't go out of my way to drink this again.

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 381 ratings