Solid Gold | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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 cl3 on 10-24-2017

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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Commandophile
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I remember back in the early 90's when Cleveland only had a couple breweries (more brew pubs). I worked for the chairman of Crooked River (at his software company) and their comment about their lager they brewed for the Indians new Progressive Field was that it was designed from profit. The stuff was expensive for the fans. American Lagers are not necessarily easy to make, but if you know what you are doing, they can be consistent and cheap to make. This one from Founders is quite good, and it is priced appropriately.

It pours golden with not enough head but clear and clean. The aroma is quite good. Very good finishing hops. The taste is one dimensionally bitter and there is a slight bite. There is a slight funky malt taste too - what is that, it's in a can, so it isn't from light. It's not a complicated taste and maybe not as delicate as some of the style (say a Rolling Rock).

Not recommended. Take the Rolling Rock.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Sweet malt and corn, as well as some citrusy and grassy hops

T: Starts off with some moderately sweet maltiness and corn and then goes into the citrus and grass notes. Light lager yeast in there as well

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: If there was ever a top-tier for AAL's, this would be one of the very few in it. Very easy to drink with plenty of flavor. Definitely worth checking out if you're someone who ever drank AAL's and somewhat enjoyed them

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, pillowy, white head of foam. It smelled of floral notes and grains. Sweet caramel taste with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnrider
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a nice golden color. Two fingers of bubbly white head which quickly dies down to almost nothing. Tons of carbonation bubbles. has an overall fizzy look.

S: Nothing special here. Mostly grains and weak malts. Some lemon and light spices. Fades fast.

T/M: Malts and grains. Lemon with a hint of spicy hop bitterness. More grassy grains. Crisp with a smoother finish. Some hop bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

O: Good Beer. Better than the vast majority of watered down Adjunct Lagers. Not sure it’s worth the price though.


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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. canned on 02 05 18

Pours clear gold with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like mild citrusy hops, some grapefruit, candied lemon, orange citrus, sweet malty grains, corn, with some earthy herbal floral grassy pine. Tastes like candied lemony citrus, sweet corn, malty grains, orange citrus, grapefruit pith, with earthy herbal floral grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and slick with low carbonation. Overall a really great flavorful AAL.

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Photo of LeftyMike
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luckydog91
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a crystal clear golden color. A vigorous pour yields an enormous foamy white head that lasts longer than expected for a beer containing corn. It dies down after a few minutes, leaving some foamy film and chunky lacing.
The aroma is grass, lemon, sweet pilsner malt, white bread crust, honey, clover.
The taste is hops upfront, lemon, grass, mint, and clover. Next comes the malt. Slightly toasted white bread, honey, and a hint of corn. Finishes slightly sweet but light and crisp.
The beer is light but not watery, highly carbonated, with a smooth, bubbly, almost creamy feel; crisp and clean and quickly rushes off to a slightly sticky and well-balanced finish.
A really solid (heh) effort from Founders at a making a more flavorful adjunct lager. I'd say it succeeds, as it hits all the right marks with no real shortcomings.

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Photo of shigg85
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of serade
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a deeper gold color than most in the category with an off-white foamy head. Clear without any haziness.

Smell: The nose is perfumed with a more hopped aroma than most lagers. Lemon, fresh-cut grass, and other herbal qualities come through. Nothing terribly aggressive but present enough to be easily noted.

Taste: A sweet taste of malt and cereal grain is equally met with an herbal hop quality. Finishes slightly dry yet sweet and refreshing.

Overall: a great beer that occupies it's space perfectly. Has enough flavor and dryness to attract the most ardent of craft beer drinkers yet approachable enough for the Coors and Budweiser drinkers. Absolutely try this out. Price as on point as well.

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Photo of Half-full
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American adjunct lager with depth of flavor and a slightly assertive hop character. What's not to like? Poured from 12-ounce can into a vintage Encore logo glass. The clear, golden color with a tinge of copper gives the appearance of Scotch whisky in the glass. Aggressive pour yielded several fingers of white head that settled after only a couple of moments, leaving no trace. Grassy and herbal hops on the nose, with some biscuit malts, light caramel, grain, corn, and a touch of citrus. Quite a bit of sweetness on the palate, although not overpowering. Notes of Meyer lemon and lemon zest, with the 20 IBU's lingering on the tongue and soft palate. Good carbonation. Although low in ABV, this has a ton of character. An aptly-named and a very good beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A clear gold with a solid white head with solid retention and lacing, this looks good. The nose is clean, grainy, a touch sharp and with a lightly toasted wheat note. The palate opens clean and mildly sweet, with honey, wet grain, corn and a mild earthy hop character. Drying on the finish, this beer is light and crisply carbonated. Solid lager, but this style is just so damn boring.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can nabbed at a beer store in Austin, TX.

20 IBUs. "Premium lager." 4.4% ABV. Canned 02.26.18.

Competent, with its corn adjunct well-disguised.

High C+ (3.25) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 1/26/18, consumed 3/17/18

Poured absolutely crystal clear golden honey colored with an inch of head that very quickly dissapated and left almost no lacing.

Aroma is bready, sweet grains, grassy notes, and some faint lemon citrus hops. Very nice, clean, and inviting.

Taste is a bit less than the aroma, standard bready and grainy, less sweet, again faint citrus fruit at the end.

Mouthfeel is soft and light, good high carbonation, low bitterness, clean dry finish.

Overall, this is a craftier, more-flavorful alternative to the general AALs out there. For the price, I'd probably prefer some other craft pilsners going forward, but this is a nice step up from everyday basic lagers.

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Photo of BlueTomorrow
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Quackershnoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale yellow color; fizzy white head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: citrus notes (which I did not expect at all); some grains; yeast; grassy hops

Taste: starts with the citrus brightness which carries through the whole taste; moves into the grain bill; corn sweetness; light grassy hop notes on the back

Mouthfeel: smooth; light

Overall Impression: this is probably as good as an adjunct lager gets; I would drink this again, but only as a step up from BMC; but for friends who only drink swill, bringing this to a BBQ would be a great idea

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 113 ratings