Solid Gold
Founders Brewing Company

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #1
Ranked #39,373
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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Reviews: 222 | Ratings: 739
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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Photo of paging12
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsener glass from a can, slow pour.

L: Golden amber, a few bubbles floating to the top. Frothy, remnants lacing the glass.
S: Honeyed apricot. Pistachio. A Mediterranean desert.
T: Bitter finish. Some sweetness lingers. The lager yeast lingers on the palate. Toasty and syrupy upfront.
F: Feels flat. A perceived grit on the finish.
O: Flavorful for the style. Easy to crush. Leaves some to be desired.

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Photo of KingBrent
2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I like the idea of a premium low-gravity lager. Sam Adams lager is a good example with lots of character. I was interested in trying Founders Solid Gold after a friend of mine - by no means a beer geek - panned this beer online for being too bitter. Founders is a wonderful brewery, but the problem with this beer has to do with balance. It’s modest 20 IBUs comes off a little overbearing for its 4.4 ABV. I’d like it better if some of those hops were held out and added later to give it more of a nose, and more character. Like the Saaz in Urquell and the Hallertau in Sam Adams.

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Photo of SAUbrewcrew
2.33/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I was very disappointed from this brew by founders. I feel they should stick to craft beer and stay away from AAL’s. I was excited to finally give this brew a try, but I believe to build up and the name solid gold made it even more of a let down. It appears by like another AAL by the look, but I could not get over the pine tree taste. I thought it may have been a bad can but it never seemed to get any better. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tall tap glass.

Pours gold and crystal clear with an outstanding foamy head that has good staying power. A lot of nice bubbles.

Aromas of grain, including unmistakable corn, and mild vaguely citrus fruitiness. The aromas give it away as an AAL, but it is a nice AAL aroma.

The brew is definitely skewed sweet, but nevertheless provides a good balanced approach to an AAL. The brew is bready on the tongue, with toasted corn and grain at mid quaff and a grassy slightly sour finish that features a touch of hops and citrus.

The brew is actually a bit more substantial than expected, at least medium light, but still light, crisp and drinkable.

Overall, a better than your average AAL, that was great on a warm day.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted into a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass; canned on 5/28/19.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden, not quite amber, but approaching it with a two to three finger, white head, more than rim retention, and complex lacing.
S: Aromas of dry grass, grains, and maybe a touch of lemon.
T: Semidry. Palate follows the nose. Bitterness slightly stronger than expected by the style.
M: Medium bodied with persistent carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, reminded me of a cream ale.
O: This is a very nicely designed, enjoyable lager. If they were all like this I would drink them more.

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Photo of Mugman8
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12 pack in cans of these at my local store. Good brewer and wanted something for the beach. Pours golden and slightly cloudy with pillowy head and some lacing. Very drinkable with nice fruity, hoppy taste and smooth finish. Light carbonation and modest ABV makes this one a good brew for those sunny day-drinking occasions. Will buy again.

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Photo of defunksta
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My rating on this beer is representative of the beer compared to a typical macro adjunct lager,

Appearance: Pours a deep golden-orange color that is bubbly and clear with a mild to moderate sticky head. SRM of 7.5 (4.5)

Aroma: Strong aromas of pale malts with a little honey and corn. Then some tropical hops. Light lemongrass and orange but also a heavy sweetness underneath that smells of sweet mango, melon, peach, apple, and apricot. (4.25)

Taste: Some yeast upfront. Followed by strong orange and lemon American hop flavors. A little tropical and stonefruit in the background. A detectable hop bitterness. Some toasted bread, toffee, and vanilla-cherry malt sweetness, but the yeast dries the palate nicely. A slight peppermint flavor. Alcohol is undetectable. (4.25)

Feel: Full bodied and heavier for the style than I expected. So smooth and clean on the palate. (4.25)

Overall: I'm rating this as an American Adjuct lager-- So flavorful with American hop flavors but lightly balanced with some toasty malts. It drinks like a lighter American Pale Ale, but attenuated hops and more of a malt showcases. Cherry & peach cream pie. Not a super exceptional beer, but for an AA lager and 4.4% ABV this is a masterpiece and sets the benchmark for the style. (Final Rating: 4.25)

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Photo of Logiebear
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Just as the name states, a solid gold premium lager. Color is a pale gold, overall taste is a familiar lager taste, with plenty of lightly roasted malts, and just a touch of hops (rare for a Founders beer) for a clean and crisp finish. Easy to drink a couple on a summers evening with good food and friends. At 20 IBUs and 4.4% ABV, this is one of few Founders brews that you can drink more than one and remain responsible. I definitely will pick up a six pack to have on reserve for midsummer night's.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Per the name, pours clear gold with fast fading head. That aal aroma is present. The corn taste a lager kindles and some slight bitterness. Light fizzy mouthfeel, harkens back to a High Life.
Smooth clean finish and easy going down. A definite pounding beer.

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Photo of darktronica
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale, lightly fizzy but not effervescent, a bit thick and syrupy for such a low ABV. A touch of crispness on the nose when first opened, but this fades quickly. The corn has a strong presence on the palate, with a sweetness that overshadows the hops. Good for an AAL, but this still highlights why I'd rather opt for a good pilsener any day.

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Photo of abnormal
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Tall boy into pilsner glass. Clear golden color, two fingers of crackly white head. Great retention and chunky lacing.

Aroma: Slightly resinous, corn bread, lemongrass.

Taste: Much like the aroma. Refreshing hop bitterness up front with an herbal/lemon flavor. Corn is there but not at the level of a High Life or other adjunct. Honey like sweetness and dry plain biscuit make up the malt.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing. Burp.

Overall: Bang for your buck right here.

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Photo of carlborch
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a 12 ounce can pours a beautiful light gold. Reminds me of the pilsners of my youth. Nice 2-inch head forms. Large pockets and settles in at 1/4 inch. The nose is sweet malt and hops, with the malt somewhat restrained. Medium-light body with some snappy hops on the palate, but I am surprised at evident sweetness. It is quite quaffable, but does not linger long. Medium carbonation. Some Belgian lace does form. Very clean. Very light. I am actually a little disappointed. This is a fine lager but would not be my first choice.

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Photo of NickTrop
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The perfect AAL. We've been waiting a long time for this. Yuengling Golden Pilsner came close, and until I sampled this brew it was hands down the best of the cheapies. But Founders simply nailed it. Someone finally pulled it off -- a craft brew at macro brew prices. Citrusy, grassy, bready. Nicely carbonated. Dangerously quaff-able. An AAL that actually has flavor and character that's sold at a MBC price range. An every day, every man kinda beer. Blows the macro big boy AALs right out of the water, Founders has proven it can be done. The new kind of the reasonably-priced brews. Excellent. This is sure to be a stable in the fridge.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.97/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24oz can poured into Duvel tulip. CANNED ON 02 25 19 printed on bottom of can. So this one is about 2 months old. Should still be freshest for at least one more.

Appearance - Pours large white very loose head with fairly low retention and virtually no stick. Medium hazy -- get this-- GOLD body. Clever name, guys. Right on the nose. I don't think I've seen many beers in this style this hazy or deeply colored. 4.5

Smell - Actually very hoppy for a lager. Also has a bit of citrus peel? This ain't no AAL you're used to. Just for the audacity I'm giving it a good score, despite it failing to be anything like the typical beer in style. 5

Taste - Wow. Actually wow. Nice and hoppy up front. Maybe 1/3 as hoppy as your average IPA. But very quickly gives way into a very thin honey like body, and a light refreshing finish. 5

Mouthfeel - Clean. No off characters. Good buzzing bite all the way through the finish which is extremely clean, light and refreshing. 5

Overall - This might actually be the perfect American Adjunct Lager. It's probably the best I've ever had, maybe besides one other. And despite the fact that it's nothing like any other AAL. But the way it morphs so quickly in the mouth. A burst of action up front but quickly gives way to easy drinking without a distracting aftertaste. One of a kind, and delicious. 5

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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Can
CANNED ON: 03.04.19

Poured into a Tired Hands glass a nice clean/clear dark golden orangey color, with some nice carbonation, which also leaves a nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, lemony. The taste is nice, malty, hoppy, with some lemon notes. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a dry finish. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

19.2 oz Can poured into glass
Look - golden yellow appearance, a little hazy. Medium foam head and some lacing
Smell - Mainly citrus. Some woodiness. A little honeydew melon. Spring water.
Taste - Nothing too complex. Light bitter citrus fruits and malty sweetness. A simple drinking beer for when the work is done. Enough flavor to stand out from the adjunct lagers but not enough to really savor. Carbonation is medium-high and body is medium-light. Easy drinking.

Overall, not bad certainly but this brewery makes a ton of better beers than this one. There are better options for lawn-mowing beers... Grade is a B

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Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. from a 12 pack bought from Fred Meyer in S.Salem OR.
Typical look for an American lager..corn oil yellow body with a nicer looking thick and frothy inch high head.
Aromas of mash, grain and small amount of honey.
Taste sweet , fizzy somewhat ..again slight honey..some hints of citrus ( lemon) hps..slight though.
Mouth feel is fine..the carboonation seems more refined than most macros and it helps with the body..sweet finish.
This was an OK lighter lager and it will go down well camping in the summer..but for me the local hero Full Sail Session is better, so will probably stick to that.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Founders never disappoints, especially with 15 packs, because some times a twelver just ain’t enough. Picked up a 15 of this and all day ipa for party. Now reviewing. Popping the top I get a nice bread smell of lots of malt. Pours to a bright yellow with a bright white head. On the taste this beer is neutral sweet and tart, great carbonation with enough hopping to keep the malt honest. A clean finish with slight sweetness. In my opinion this is one of the best lagers out there. Should be named Gold Standard. A great anytime beer.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a good lager! Bright floral hops with a lemon brings much more flavor and complexity than the average lager out on the American market but still remains crisp and easy to drink.

It’s no imperial Pilsner like Stone’s Tropic of Thunder (so amazing but also maltier) but it’s a really good clean, crisp yet flavorful craft lager.

Solid A!

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Photo of Nass
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

There is a canned on date on the bottom of the can. It pours like your typical American Adjunct Lager style just a little brighter than usual. The head did not stick around as long as I expected it to & the carbonation is fairly decent but I have seen better for the style. The lemon drop hops are coming through on the nose. On the taste i'm picking up some of the hops, some water, slight grain aspect. It's not a beer i'm just not crazy about the lemon drop hops for this style of beer, that's just a personal preference. Cheers! B

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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 739 ratings