Solid Gold
Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #8
Ranked #26,140
3.62 | pDev: 12.43%
Apr 15, 2022
Jun 24, 2008
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Notes: 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
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3.88 by KLHBB from Arkansas on Apr 15, 2022
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5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by LT5 from Georgia

From the restaurant bar in a can to cold glass at Drakes in Chattanooga TN. This is one cheap but solid tasting beverage! Will definitely be getting it again!!

Mar 26, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hankp59 from New York

19.2 oz can pours hazy yellow with line head and small bubbles. Smells citrus with malt malt and hops notes. Nice balance of malt, citrus and mild hops. Refreshing and better than the average adjunct. This is not a German lager. Refreshing and drinkable. Try some.

Jan 18, 2022
3.4 by QuintusHorace from California on Jan 08, 2022
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3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Canned 9/22/21

You know, it’s a weird juxtaposition, drinking the top rated beer in a style but having it be an adjunct lager. I’ve had this beer a few times before and it’s a solid choice, but it feels strange to review the beer. I’m gonna do it anyways, so let’s just stop wasting time and get into

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

There’s at least a bit more character aromatically in this one, but it’s still simple. I’m picking up on aromas of toasted grain, corn, sweet honey, grassy hops, and light lemon rind

There’s still not much substance in taste, but it’s more hoppy than others in the style. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting bready malt, white pepper, lemon rind, and cereal grain. The swallow brings notes of grassy hops, toasted grain, corn, and bready malt

A light body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp beer. Finishes dry and lightly bitter

I would say this is a solid version of the style with a little more heft to it. Nothing special, but I suppose that’s a hallmark of the style

Dec 14, 2021
3.71 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 01, 2021
3.24 by Winzlow from Florida on Nov 27, 2021
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3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Foam from Pennsylvania

A good reasonably-priced pilsner lager / session beer.
Not going to win any awards for deep complexity but that's not the point here...
This is a refreshing thirst-quenching hot weather or any time when you want something cold and refreshing kinda beer...
Something to lead up / appetize to some food without becoming too inebriated on stronger, more hoppy beer...
My current favorite overall reasonably-priced session beer.

Nov 17, 2021
3.5 by Meddwol from Michigan on Oct 15, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by NeutroMan from Illinois

12 oz can, canned on 7-7-21, poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden straw color. Not much in terms of head or lacing, not that I expected any different.

S: Sweet corn adjunct, but none of the skunk or unpleasantness you typically associate with macro lagers. Some grassiness as well.

T: Lemon citrus makes its entrance after I was unable to detect any in the nose. Also crackers and of course the corn adjunct. None of the flavors stand out, but at least they complement each other well.

F: Medium bodied, smooth, well-carbonated. Very drinkable.

Aug 21, 2021
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by mcbraxt from Michigan

look- really attractive golden color; lives up to its name beautifully. roughly 1 finger of soapy white head, solid retention and fades into a thin blanket after a few minutes. intermittent lacing throughout.
smell- enticing bready, golden malty aroma. minimal hop aromas, but yeast aromas combine with malt to give it a nice biscuity smell.
taste- really disappointing. very mildly flavored. slightly sweet maltiness is the primary flavor. very faint hops character, but enough to balance it out, preventing it from being overly sweet. it tastes fine, just nowhere near as interesting or bold as it smells.
feel- good. decent body for a beer of this type and good carbonation make it very drinkable.
overall- solid lager, but could have been great. very drinkable, and certainly far better than any other mass market american lager. its drinkability and lower abv make this a great beer to drink several of over a saturday afternoon. will definitely finish the case eagerly.

Aug 19, 2021
4 by Nage37 from California on Aug 17, 2021
3.6 by odement from Michigan on Aug 07, 2021
3.2 by sbuck from New Mexico on Aug 02, 2021
3.36 by loch8534 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2021
3.81 by joran from Kansas on Jul 21, 2021
3.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 16, 2021
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3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by RoyalT from Michigan

Appearance – The color is solid gold as promised by the name with a big, exploding head that went down quickly as intended.

Smell – This is definitely an adjunct nose, hard to distinguish from American macro lagers. I’m getting rice and moldy corn.

Taste – The flavor unfortunately mirrors the nose with an added ashtray aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied and incredibly smooth, almost like it is coming out of the tap. The carbonation is light as well.

Drinkability – It’s a shame that this lager has such as cheap flavor because it is highly quaffable. As long as you drink it with something salty or spicey you’ll be alright.

Jul 10, 2021
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BigIronH from Michigan

Pours straw gold. Smell is some hop, lemon, grass, and bread. Taste follows suit with tart lemon however so slight taking center stage with all the others following up. This beer is complex and well blended for what it is. Feel is crisp but still full. I found it refreshing and it definitely has a spot in my summer cooler.

Jun 25, 2021
3.59 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jun 16, 2021
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2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

Smells like an citrusy IPA a bit watered down.

May 19, 2021
4 by redfox405 from California on May 08, 2021
3.6 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on May 06, 2021
3.5 by Dicers from Colorado on Apr 20, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by MNAle from Minnesota

The smell has lemon, cracker, bread, grass. Hints of sweetness.

Pours with a 1 inch white and bubbly head with OK retention... becomes a thick cap within a couple of minutes, and leaves spotty lacing. Heavily carbonated amber-yellow color, darker than your typical AAL (sorry, "Lager - Adjunct" just doesn't have the same je ne sais quoi as "AAL".

The taste is the lemon, grass, and cracker from the aroma, with a bit of tropical fruit as well. No bitterness to speak of, but a very slight (and I mean VERY slight) tartness or sharpness in the finish. It has an overall refreshing quality that is somewhat hampered by the body of the beer.

Speaking of which, the body is more substantial than expected for the style, which lends a bit of a coating to the finish which even the heavy carbonation cannot moderate.

The flavors of lemon & grass, backed by cracker & bread are well done. I enjoyed drinking this, which is fortunate, since the only way I could find it here is in 15 packs. I won't have any problem with them... in fact, they are unlikely to actually make it to the real hot weather here in the southern Twin Cities Metro.

Overall, as I said, not quite as refreshing as a typical AAL, due to the lack of crispness and the body of the beer, but it does go down easy and it has much more flavor than the typical AAL (which, no doubt, accounts for its high ranking in style).

The side of the can says "Puerto Rico". Was this brewed there, and so, not exactly a home-grown craft AAL, despite the Founders name on the can? IDK. The label also says "Brewed and Packaged by Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan," which I note does "by" and not "at". Oh, well, a tasty AAL regardless of its heritage.

Apr 12, 2021
3.6 by TommyG22 from Wisconsin on Apr 09, 2021
3.41 by mcplant from New York on Apr 06, 2021
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2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by KingoftheHaze from Pennsylvania

Drank out of a cold can. This beer is underwhelming in many ways. It is very high in carbs (13) for being only 4.4% ABV. The sip is weirdly heavy for the ABV. Though drank out of a can, you can tell it has no head. Weirdly bitter flavor, not in a good way. This beer tastes like someone tried too hard to make a low-ABV beer flavorful. Bad beer from a usually great brewery. This is a flat 2.

Apr 05, 2021
4.19 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Apr 03, 2021
3.46 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Mar 27, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Poured a beautiful golden amber color and was topped by a 2 finger head that left scant lacing.
The aroma was one of light malts and bread, pleasant and inviting.
The taste was quite good, biscuit and malts were dominant, and the after taste had lemon, very faint, unless I'm imagining it. Didn't even notice until I finished the beer.
The feel was what I really like in a beer, more viscous than water, but not much. Makes it easily drinkable.
At 4.4 ABV, this packs a fair amount of flavor. I can see having this around in case of company or to take to a party of people who may not normally drink craft beer.

Mar 25, 2021
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by DrBeergood from Ohio

L: Pale amber. Clear. Light carbonation.

S: Hop extract.

T: Hop extract. Malts are done right.

F: Melts in your mouth. More lively than it seems.

O: Not the worst. Not the best either.

Mar 20, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: Crystal clear gold with a nice head that dissipates leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Lemony herbal hops and light grainy malt.

T: Fair amount of bitterness for the style, moves into grainy corn and barley flavors with a good deal of lemony hops.

F: Very light and watery. Moderate carb, fairly crisp.

Overall: Fantastic for the style, but the style is boring. I really don't know whether to give this a 4.5 or a 3.5. Definitely a great candidate for session drinking.

Mar 18, 2021
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Scotchboy from Idaho

On-tap in Meridian ID.

A: Starts out chill hazed but is actually bright, clear light gold with a fluffy white head.

S: Bready, malty, grainy, somewhat grassy, clean lager aroma, even a hint of fruitiness.

T: Crisp and clean with that malt base, grainy pale malt crispness, light grassy hop profile, faint lemon.

MF: Clean, crisp, light body with mellow sweetness.

O: A pleasant lager. Crushable. No off flavors. Makes sense that its the #1 lager on BA.

Feb 19, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by aotimes4 from Arizona

Mildly wheaty smell, and smells more hoppy than it is, but otherwise very little aroma. I like the fact that it doesn’t taste as hoppy as it smells, because in my opinion IPAs are garbage. Tastes like a typical American lager, but with a bit more wheat and grain. Has a slight hint of sweetness to it. Not sugary but like others mentioned, almost like sweet corn. Think of this as a Budweiser with a bit more complexity and depth, which is a good thing. Would totally buy again. A good afternoon or evening beer to enjoy without having to think about it.

Feb 16, 2021
3.67 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 15, 2021
4.19 by ArsMoriendiOU818 from Virginia on Feb 05, 2021
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

The Best easy drinking plisner money can buy.

Feb 05, 2021
4 by grapeshops from California on Jan 28, 2021
4.15 by Carl_R from Oklahoma on Jan 07, 2021
Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
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