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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,376
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
625
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
108
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 625 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jrc1093
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 1/9/19

Pours a clear dark golden straw topped with a plentiful, thick, soapy head; decent effervescence is noticeable while the head shows nice retention, eventually receding to a frothy collar and cap over the surface; moderate lacing left behind.

Aroma floral alongside some gritty malt serving as a nice segue to a dense, woody stank; cloudy balance of malt and hops, with grain and herbal tones sneaking in.

Taste shows some dense, earthy straw bolstered partially by a gritty hop character; solid hit of corn, grain, and honeyed cardboard on the finish; somewhat watery.

Mouthfeel brings a light body heightened somewhat with a medium-level carbonation; stays fairly one-dimensional/almost flat before embracing a slight snap on the finish.

For an AAL, not bad. There’s a reasonable amount of flavor more diverse than I might expect for the style, with a decent malt/hop ratio and even a somewhat interesting exploration of grainy tones. It is admittedly pretty messy in its build (something I wouldn’t expect as much from Founders), but the brew’s individual elements find their way to an end product that’s at least fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ugh lagers, am I right? Probably the most boring beer style in existence. Plagued with the NASTY taste of corn. I saw this at my local beer store and I saw the name Founders (instantly associate that with quality) then the name "Solid Gold". Ok, now that's quite the hype name for a beer. I had to try it.

I poured it out in a glass. Instantly disappointed in the look. It looks like a typical disgusting BMC beer.

I smelled it. Ok, now you have my attention. This smells fantastic. You instantly smell beautiful citrus hops.

Took my first sip and I thought: "This is the greatest lager on the market". Does it have flaws? Absolutely. The mouthfeel is too light, the look is mediocre, but I'm honestly impressed. Its just an ok beer, but in the lager category? If this was the Westminster dog show, this would win best in breed.

If you took all of the nasty lager beers in existence (that's like 95% of the lagers being made) and just got rid of them, and instead just made this; I wouldn't be mad at all.

This would be a really good social, sessionable, summer beer. Throw away your bud light, your coors, miller, etc and try this out. If you are drinking those beers, this will seem like its on another planet of awesome.

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

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

Photo of Hunamaga
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

OK. Hard to distinquish lagers, but this is as good as they get at the CHubby Pickle in HIghlands NJ for the SuperBowl 2019
A) Clear lacks head or lace
S) Too Faint.
T) As promised lemon drop and plent of flavor.
F) Top marks
O) As good as Lager gets

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

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

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

Photo of CTHomer
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: not a lot of aroma - what's there is lemon and bubblegum;

T: not a lot of flavor either; follows the nose - the bubblegum is a little more prevalent; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: more interesting than massed produced AALs;

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

Photo of Halley1
1.36/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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

A little toasted malt, a little hop bite but not much. This reminded me of the Pabst APA but better executed.

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Photo of Nurt20
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jadpsu
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchase this as a 32 oz growler at the Lincoln Fill Station.
LOOK: Pours crystal clear pale straw with a scant white head that is gone in the blink of an eye.
AROMA: Grass, grain, that's about it.
TASTE; Not a lot here either, but it is clean, crisp and has easy drink-ability.
Has a drying finish. Good beer to have on a hot day in the middle of the summer.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yuriyt
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into glass. Light copper with slight haze. Subtly sweet malt aroma. A little extra complexity from the toasted malt with slight hop bitterness. Medium-light body. Finishes slightly sweet but still crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MercInc
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Even my "Bud" / "Bush" loving friends like this. I always have it in the fridge.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:. Pours a clear copper yellow color with a small white fizzy head and no lacing.

S:. Sweet malt, some grass, and a light bit of lemon and tropical fruit. Slight bitterness.

T:. Sweet malt and grain, some sweet lemon and orange.

F:. Light body and crisp.

O:. This is a pretty good American adjunct type lager.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at AJ bombers in Milwaukee
They only have 4 taps so this beer moves well.
Clear yellow with big white head.
Smell is malty and a little grassy but not much there.
Taste is that of a macro Pilsner at first sip. Smooths our a little and then becomes more palatable. You can smtsste some soft malt and a little lemon grass. Not a ton of flavor but a pretty crushable beer.
Ok but wouldn’t look to it over a New Glarus lager

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Photo of Jhops217
4.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This guy was smooth and had some aromatic aftertones. Didn’t see it in a glass. I stumbled upon this guy in the singles cooler and was surprised. Will buy again.

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Photo of Zbrewer80
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 625 ratings