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:
#34,153
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
582
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
100
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0
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Photo of Houborg1
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mase8
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zopiac
2.18/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Chilmer
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Aerocraft67
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A bit fizzy but otherwise deserving of its top rating in the category. Probably deserves to compete with more prestigious lagers than American adjunct. This is appropriately quaffable with no distracting flavor notes, lacking its peers sour taint of mass production. I'll take a 30 pack of this over any of the true AALs any day. A pretty good proxy for "regular beer" in this age of over-abundant choices.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drinkAK
2.37/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Brook82
2.41/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Acidic laced aroma, hazy, yellow/gold color w/ a rocky head that maintained nearly finger width throughout in Pilsner glass. Hops dominate overall taste. Does not belong in AAL grouping imo. 7.99 + tax for 6 pk cans.

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Photo of mj24053
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too hoppy for a lager, too much like a weak IPA. It ends up being neither. Doubt I'd get it again, as there are better versions of each style out there.

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Photo of BeerBrotherJaymo
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is what I picture when I drink lagers. I think it was a good standard but the tryhards on this site are prolly like "fuck that shit"

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

Photo of Staygolden
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17.99 for 24 pack 12 oz. can. Can't beat the price. Better than beers at similar price. Not for drinking mass quantities, but it's as beer should be.

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Photo of eafowler7
2.77/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.25

TOO HOPPY! Why is the craft scene so obsessed with over-hopping beers? I really don't understand. Brewers, if you take a traditional style and then put a "twist" on it, is it really still that style? I would say no. This tastes like a weak APA or IPA. Please brewers, stop claiming that you are inventive by just throwing hops into a style that it has not place in. This beer occupies a space that is neither an AAL or a session APA/IPA, and is less satisfying than both. CHEERS!

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste is just like a cheap ordinary lager. Watery and low ABV so I guess its a decent backyard type beer. Nothing special really and I'd rather drink a Yuengling Lager or a Pabst over this any day of the week.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewMaven
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been a while since I had a lawnmower beer..Nice rich golden hue with no real head or lacing. Slight corn was picked up by the sniffer..Clean grain and a bit of corn sweetness followed by a dry finish...Has a thicker than usual mouthfeel for a AAL with mild carbonation..A good summer beer but I doubt Founders could make it competitive on price.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeenTired
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lesiergreshman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Latarnik
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of edward_boumil
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours with a big fluffy head, eventually it settles down. Lots of apparent carbonation. Beer is bright and golden colored. Ever-so-slight haziness
S: Aroma overall is mild. Good for an AAL. Very grainy, some light overall sweetness, corn. Hops are very faint but are herbal, zesty, and fruity. Some light touches of citrus fruit. Overall once your brain is trained to the aroma level its quite pleasant.
T: Flavor is pretty neutral, perhaps light. Has a hearty yet subdued maltiness, this is a nice balance between savory/sweet. Touch of dryness and bitterness on the back of the palate. Corn certainly makes it presence known here, normally I'm not a fan but I quite like it here, hard to describe why it is different. Perhaps it is fresher and of higher quality than macros, I am not sure and trying not to be bias but I can't help but like it. On the finish is also light touches of zesty citrus hop oil that is quite lively.
F: Mouthfeel is completely up my alley. Super refreshing, as a good lager should be. Beer has a bit more body than a typical light lager though its still very light, effervescent. Yet at the same time it has a substantial body, it makes its presence known without assaulting the palate. No hints of astringency or ethanol. Carbonation is crisp and on the higher end though not "prickly" on the palate. Perfectly balanced overall.
O: This is an expertly crafted lager. I am a fan, I could certainly see myself adding this into the rotation of regular drinkers, especially given the price point. This is a lager you can easy toss back with friends, while also being a lager you can sit back and appreciate. Its highlights are nuanced yet critical. It should be noted that I am a lager freak, however, so I am quite fond of this.

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Photo of sarcaustic
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 582 ratings