Solid Gold
Founders Brewing Company

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #1
Ranked #40,457
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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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Photo of ncdmz
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's fine but a bit underwhelming according to what I expected based on it's high lager score. Dosent really stand out with a definitive taste. A bit canny. Drinkable however but I probably would not seek it again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the founders bar at GR airport

Pilsner glass, clear, golden yellow liquid, one finger fizzy white foam cap , quickly recedes

Sweet straw aroma

Nice beer

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Photo of gregO59
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

rated for its style only lager in its style with great drinkability . I laugh when i go to beer store and see corona light 12 pack for 18$ and founders s g lager for 12$ FOOLS

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Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours slightly murky, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is straw and slight earl grey tea. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp and slightly bitter. Makes for a slightly above average version of the style.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 Enero 2020. De BeerRepublic. En copa Alhambra. Jugando a Full Throttle Remastered. Bastante maltosa pero con oxidacion algo pasada de rosca que al principio no molesta mucho pero termina pasando factura y resultando seca. Avg 2.43.

17 Feb 2020. En copa Alhambra. Guardando etiquetas de birra y estudiando. Mucho mejor que la anterior que probe. Ahora no aprecio notas oxidadas y si bastante malta y un agradable perfil de lupulo citrico/herbal

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Photo of Engender
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Don't let the other reviews mislead you. This tastes nothing like a German or Czech pilsner. The primary taste is what ever taste you find in almost all other American microbrews.

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Photo of Purdom
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Really good take on a pils. Might want a bit more bite on the back end but much better than most of the west coast Brewers that just dump in a bunch of hops and call it good.

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Photo of Mandpasbury
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a glass tumbler. Nie golden color with sweet aroma. Great taste with a somewhat "sweet" finish, though it is certainly not going to be perceived as a heavy lager for sure. Great sweet finish. this is an instantly crushable brew that I will certainly get again!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is the number one adjunct lager. I had it from a can, served cold. Poured a little out for the sensory evaluation.

It’s a thinly bodied, crisp and crushable brew, with a mellow sweetish finish.

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Photo of entheos
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A nice looking lager, brisk and refreshing for a hot day. It smooth, but has a bitter after taste. Better than a regular Budweiser, but not my choice of brew.

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can from Boise Co-op. Medium golden, foamy head fades to spotty covering. Full grainy aroma, clean and clear. Nothing amiss here. Taste continues with big grainy notes, mild sweetness, and finishes with a nice gentle bite. Pretty damn tasty, good lager.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack cans $8.59 Tamura's
106 days old
Smell of wheat
Golden color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Malt flavors, well balanced
Overall its a good beer. It tastes like what a beer should taste like. No fancy flavors, just beer as it should be. I would drink again.

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Photo of Foyle
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. A thin white head drops quickly with minimal lacing. Color is mostly clear gold with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma is floral, pine, a hint of citrus and grain. Mouthfeel is light and frothy with a fairly dry finish. Flavor seems little unbalanced as the hops outweigh the malt sweetness. There is some sweet malt in the middle of the taste but the beginning are finish are bitter hops. Overall: very good, but I was hoping for and expecting more out of this one.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: The dense, bright white, one finger head goes away fairly quickly and leaves behind a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a beautiful, clear, bright gold color.

Smell: It's a soft, simple and pleasant smell of malt with some fruity and floral notes in the background.

Taste: It's a rich, malty taste with a hint of bitterness to balance things out. There's also some very good citrusy flavors and a nice floral character towards the end as well.

Mouthfeel: it's light and very refreshing with a bit of creaminess when it first hits the palate and a crisp, medium high carbonation finish.

Overall: A great "daily drinking" beer that's simple, light and refreshing. The aroma, taste and texture keep things interesting so it's not boring by any means. Mies van der Rohe's "less is more" rings true in the beer world a lot of times. If you need proof, look no further than Solid Gold.

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

Picked up a 19.2 oz can from TW Arrowhead 8-12-19 for $1.99. Canned on 8-26-19; consumed on 10-6-19.

Beer poured golden with a good head with the initial pour that dissipated quickly.

Nose has a nice corny grainy essence with a touch of lemon.

Taste is corn and lemon forward over a heavier than expected malt base. Finishes with a light sour pucker.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall exceeds expectations. Small abv brew with some nice use of hops to add a flavor that keeps me interested.

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Photo of beertunes
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Idiotic 19.2oz can, dated 8/6/19, poured into 14oz teku. Why does the can say "Puerto Rico. Protect the enviroment. Do not litter"? Is littering a bigger problem in PR than elsewhere? Why is this "Michigan" brewery calling out Puerto Rico? Wutevz. Poured a lightly cloudy medium gold color with just a thin cap of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was grain-forward, barely, but otherwise neutral. The flavor was equally benign, tastes like "beer".

The body was light-medium, smooth, and had a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was fine, but 19.2 ounces got boring in a hurry.

Overall, it was what was expected. Beer.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid lager. Maybe a little underwhelming. The smell is very clear it’s a bit muted. Still enjoyable but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Solid Gold pours a golden color, with a small, but long lasting head. Neutral aroma, very weak, not too much there. Flavor is just a tad grainy, but has a nice buttery flavor. Good full body. Overall, this is a nice lager, very easy to drink, nice flavors, no frills.

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Photo of tone77
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 19.2 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, faint hints of lemons. Taste is of malts, some light grains and lemons. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I have had better AAL's at a much cheaper price.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, frothy head, handsome can. Indifferent aroma, slight yeastiness and beer-y. Very light taste, but clean and definite malt with light but definitive hop flavors. Body is also weak, not watery but here is where you get the lighter body and lower ABV. For a craft drinker of more full bodied lagers and ales, this is a nice alternative for when you just really want just a beer.

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Photo of jkrich
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated can: orange-golden pour with a foamy, sustained white head. This was a deeper golden hue than I anticipated for an adjunct lager.

Despite being past its prime per the freshness date, this is surprisingly freshly aromatic of orange and citrus.

This has a very good and refreshing flavor profile of citrus hops (lemon) with a nice malt background. I am especially pleased with the malt profile as it really adds some depth to this otherwise pedestrian lager. The mouthfeel offered a rounded mouthfeel without excessive carbonation. The flavor profile is short-lived on the palate, but what can you expect from this style?

All in all, I am quite satisfied with this lager. It is most appropriate for this unusually hot and humid Florida summer. The 15 pack box states "Drink fresh." Unfortunately, this is not the case here, but I still think it is very good. I will be on the lookout for a fresher batch in the future.

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Photo of DFred
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours up a beautiful golden yellow with a nice one inch head--dissipates by half pretty fast but that's okay. Nose is spot on for an adjunct lager and it tastes great--nice balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness. It's everything you'd want in an easy to drink summer lager--and at 4.4 ABV you can have two! Give it a try if you can find it.

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Photo of theBubba
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Popped the top and took a whiff. OMIGOD...smells like an IPA which I am not fond of. The 20 IBU's on the label mislead me into thinking this would be a mild creamy sort of Lager. Quite the opposite. Tune down the hops guys or at least give us a warning. The bitterness on my palate lingers.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright gold color, light and refreshing. Quite unremarkable. But it does have it's place as a pleasant, sessionable summer thirst quencher. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – As the name suggests, the beer pours a nice clear golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades fairly fast leaving a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of a caramel and grainy malt smell. Along with these aromas comes some light fruit smells of apple and peach as well as a little bit of an herbal smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel taste mixed with a good showing of a grainy and bready taste. As the taste advances the sweetness fades ever so slightly and some hop flavors of an herbal and earthy flavor come to the tongue to leave one with a semi-sweet but crisp grainy taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little higher carbonation may have been slightly better, but overall the feel was pretty good.
Overall – A rather nice sorta sweet, but crisp and balanced lager. Rather flavorful and easy drinking.

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 800 ratings