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 drxandy on 06-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,478
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
553
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
91
Trade:
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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of brandonld23
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Porkenheimer
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of neenerzig
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a white head that’s about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a fairly thick white ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing of traces of surface foam. Aromas of some grainy malts with a bit of breadyness along with some earthy, herbal hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with some bready, grainy malts and a bit of earthy, herbal hops for some balance. Has a crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and aftertaste. I wish all beers of this style tasted like this. Very refreshing and enjoyable on this warm and fairly humid late summer night here in Cleveland.

Eric

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a pale golden straw color with a tinge of haze and a thin white head-------- the aromas are of sweetness, corn, bread dough and floral notes-------- the flavors are of light citrus, light Carmel sweetness and a light hoppyness, this beer has a thin mouthfeel with a nice hoppy finish without the bitterness-------- overall this beer was good - this was a good American lager nothing special, just a light easy drinking lawn mower beer

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Photo of Antg8989
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's one of the better lagers I've had.

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Photo of rmarquardt17
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gvickery
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is typical clear Golden with moderate carbonation.

Smell is surprisingly ale like with some citrus.

Taste is very ale like, I don’t really detect any adjunct. Very clean, bright, citrusy and refreshing. It really tastes a lot like an ale because of the hops and neutral malt.

It’s nice and refreshing.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillWillows
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of omahawk
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decent drinking lager. Good balance of maltiness and dryness with minor hop flavor, quality ingredients. Worthy of the Founders label.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow glass: color is gold, quite solidly, head is brighter white with fine bubbles, it quickly dissipates and leaves some spots on the glass.

Smell is light malt, hint of corn, grassy hops with some sharpness, fairly prominent hop aroma.

Taste is similar with a bit more hop presence and sweetness from the malts - light toast, then some sweet corn and light fruity flavor; hops are earthy and crisp.

Mouthfeel is quite sharp, bittering hops and carbonation leave a strong presence on the tongue.

Overall a slightly sweet, notably bitter adjunct lager - earthy/grassy hops, corn and bread sum up this brew but the carbonation level is just a bit much.

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Photo of elamb106
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJHophead4
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm a big fan of founders. PC Pils is one of my favorites. This one, however, is an Adjunct beer. There is only so good that you can be when you add corn or rice to a beer. Is it better than Budweiser? Yes. Is it a lot better? Not really. It is not unpleasant, but it is Bland, flat, and kind of tasteless. Ice cold on a hot day, this would not be objectionable, but I can't see every buying this again with so many other great beers out there.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Little over a finger of standard white foam, so airy that it takes only a few seconds to fully dissipate, as you’d expect after that there’s zero lacing. Hazy bronze hued liquid, invitingly holds light inside the glass, naught but the most random of bubbles visible. Cracker, sandwich bread, suggestion of quinine to sparkling mineral water, spicy with a solid mat foundation, the basic peach, apricot fruit scents come through clearly, finishes with a waft of lemon. Medium-bodied, no lightweight and you feel it through to the finish. More citrusy here and the graininess brings more roughness than breadiness, the corn element moderately present. Yeasty aftertaste. Green hay or straw more than hoppy herbaceousness. Carbonation is steady, good level for overall feel. Same thing with the fruit here, apricot, apple, peach subtly present, light dab of molasses to it. To this imbiber lagers can be hard to assess because it’s more about the whole than the sum of the parts which lend themselves better to analysis. But this one is solid, tasty and not wimpy, could drink a few ice cold at a ball game or such.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a pint glass at Beer Head Pub in Schaumburg, IL. The appearance is a slightly hazy gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is malt driven with grain. The taste is a basic AAL

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Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 553 ratings