Solid Gold | Founders Brewing Company

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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

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Ratings: 623 |  Reviews: 191
Reviews by Buster:
Photo of Buster
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of mrfosters
1.86/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Looks good in the glass , but you know what looks can be ,large foamy head that became surface film in no time. Oh, and no lacing. Aroma was highly citrus , with no malt either in smell or taste. I do know that lagers are supposed to be balanced.The lemon drop hops were overkill .That was basically all there is to this. I know that Founders prides itself on NOT brewing to style , but hey , if your going to do that , then at least put the word lager in quotes. I should have learned a few months ago when I ordered a draught of their "Pilsner" , and it tasted like grapefruit juice. If Solid Gold was a gladiator ,sorry , thumbs down.

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

Picked up a 15-pack of this for $14.99 at the local supermarket.

A solid beer that doesn't demand much from the drinker. On the 90F day on which I drank a cold one, I could have imagined myself drinking 3-4 more. Really refreshing. Might resemble what PBR or Schlitz was back in the day, but who knows.

Although it could definitely use an injection of a bit more flavor (little more bitterness, hops, etc.), it's certainly fine on its own, if you don't expect too much from it.

For ~$1 a can, hard to find many faults. If it was any pricier, I'd definitely be a bit more picky.

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

Solid Gold has a thick, off-white head, a mostly clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance, and minimal lacing. Aroma is of sourdough and lemon rind. Taste is similar and a bit acidic. Some tea notes, too. And, metal. Low medium mouthfeel. Solid Gold finishes medium dry.


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Photo of cardfan212
2.19/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - Relatively plain looking, but it isn't cluttered with anything unnecessary and looks mildly classy.

Smell - Lemony hops, and that's about it. No malt, corn, or other grain notes that I can pick out. Doesn't make me think of an AAL at all.

Taste - Like mixing a Surly Xtra Citra with a Budweiser. Strong hops presence to start with followed with a strange corny aftertaste. Not the best flavor.

Feel - Thin body with next to no carbonation. It's quite easy to drink.

Overall - I was hoping to settle down with a quality adjunct lager. Instead, I got something far too hoppy that didn't satisfy my craving at all. I wish craft brewers weren't afraid to make a lager that wasn't completely drowned out in excessive hops.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I looked up the style, I thought $8.99 a sixer, all-right Founders, that's a good price for a craft beer, now we're talking something competitive. Smell and taste, I was thinking this beer just tastes like a decent AAL. Surprisingly it is an AAL and a darn good one. Unfortunately $8.99 a sixer for AAL is just a stupid buy. At least 2-3 others for 30-50% less that are equal or better. A good beer, but if I want an AAL I'll save some extra coin and go with a decent macro.

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Photo of DADZIG83
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes like an adjunct lager so much that you’ll probably wish you’d have just bought your preferred one instead. Personally I’ll likely buy a case of yuengling premium since that is what the taste of solid gold made me think of first. FYI When I saw solid gold in the store I read a review on BA that said that it had an “APA bite” or something but I’m not getting that.

As an update it’s probably actually closer to yuengling’s lord chesterfield ale which is a good thing. After a few of these throughout the course of a week it grew on me a little and I didn’t see it quite as underwhelming as I did after the first two I tried.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale gold with an average head. The aroma is powerfully driven by wheat toast, biscuit malts, as well as walnut, toasted almond, and cumin. The flavor is broad and grainy, dominated by wheat toast and cereal grains, with notes of toasted almond, autumn leaves, and sawdust. The mouthfeel is light with a decent clinginess and soft carbonation. Overall this is a nice lighter beer, but I would have preferred it a touch crisper. Maybe it is my style preference, but the sweet oiliness just seems unnecessary.

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Photo of superspak
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 2/26/2018. Pours fairly crystal clean medium golden yellow color with a small foamy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a slight spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of lemon cracker, corn, white bread dough and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of melon, mint, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, citrus zest, cracker, corn, white bread dough and lightly toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of melon, mint, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, citrus zest, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, mint, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a very good American pale lager style. All around nice robustness and balance of pale malt/corn and light-moderate citrus/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful with a nice body for the ABV. The lemondrop hops certainly give it some unique character, a little odd at first but I liked it. Nice clean malt/corn flavors and nice hop presence for the style. Not overdone on adjuncts at all. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example as expected.

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Photo of EMH73
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hate to say it but I expected far more from a lager by Founders. Basically a higher end AAL and at $7.99 for a six pack just not worth it. Worst part of the beer was a funky/skunky finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
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 mnrider
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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 joe1510
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
Iron & Glass - Romeoville, IL

Solid Gold is solid gold. It's bright and effervescent. The finger high head is snappy and crackles while managing to retain a nice crown. The body glows bright when backlit. This is what a drinker should look like, clear, but not crystal, bright and inviting.

Smells cold & wet. Freshly cracked grains kick it off followed by damp grains and a soft, rounded sweetness. There's a brisk little green apple character along with a squeeze of lemon and some spiciness on the finish. This beer smells like what it should. It's crisp and bright, simple and approachable, with a nice little twist on the backend.

The lemon gets it going on the tasters. It's vibrant along with the freshly cracked barley. The lemon softens in the middle where the damp graininess picks up and that well rounded sweetness kicks in. The swallow is lemon, Granny Smith, and fresh grain all over again. This beer is cleaner than hell.

The body is soft. Sitting a couple notches below moderate in weight, it goes down incredibly easy. It's active in the carbonation department with a bit of zest and the 20 IBUS show up on the dry finish with a hint of lasting bitterness. This beer is very approachable without being dumbed down.

Sold Gold is a mighty fine lager from Founders, but what else would you expect? It's crisp and clean with just enough going on to keep things interesting. These go down fast.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L - Golden with a little hazy and mostly opqaue, with a thin white, fizzy head that dissipates quickly - no real lacing to speak of.
S - Malt and yeast with a very faint hint of hops. The smell is pretty faint.
T - Malt and yeast along with a faint hint of hops along with hints of lemon and biscuit. Not too strong on the flavor though - it's somewhat watery.
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The feel is actually pretty decent however and would be refreshing on a hot summer day.
O - For the style, this is pretty good, overall it's really a poor effort from Founder's in my opinion. Sure there's more flavor than most for the style, I just feel that they could have done way better. Personally, I'd prefer a Sam Adams to this - even a modelo Especial.

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Photo of MNJR
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's good. Blows away the macros brewing with corn. Sweetness, nice lemony hops, good body and perfect big bountiful large carbonation for the style. A true refresher, light and tasty with a nice fizz. This will be in my fridge this summer for sure.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into Wide-mouthed mason jar
Canned on 2/6/18
L- pours a 'solid' gold with thin lacy white head
S- sweet creamy aroma
T- similar to nose, with real nice subtle hop presence
F- light-bodied but not watery, super easy drinking
Overall i might start drinking this instead of

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Photo of ribby
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz can. Pours a pale clear gold. Decent head but dissipates quickly. This is a reasonably well executed beer for the style, but the style has a very low ceiling. Even if you are looking for a light, easy drinking summer beer I suspect that Bell's Oatsmobile or New Holland Xtra Time will be more appealing. Nothing wrong with it, just not enough right.

3/28/18 Retasted head to head with Oatsmobile. The flavor is definitely less intense than Oatsmobile. Well crafted and drinkable, but unexciting. I have also tested Oatsmobile head to head vs Xtra Time. I would call that test a tie, but the tie breaker goes to Oatsmobile for better appearance, with a deeper golden color.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz can into Spiegelau Lager glass. Canned March 23rd, 2018.

L: Pale yellow, quite clear, little to no head but bubbles are white.

S: Grainy, sweeter corn, maybe some light herbal hops.

T: Grain again, sweet for aure but the hops are more present on the tongue, floral and herbal. But very light. Decent bitterness.

F: Light, crisp, clean.

O: This is definitely a ploy to draw in Bud Light/Bud etc. drinkers. Not bad at all but not a craft beer drinkers specialty.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 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 tectactoe
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Founder's for the release of 2013 KBS. Pours a slightly hazy and cloudy golden and yellow hybrid color. A foamy white ring is all that's left once the already small head dissipates completely. Some slightly wet patches of lacing are left behind.

Not sure what an "extra" pale ale is exactly, but I'd never turn down anything from Founders. The aroma has a moderately low, peppery-hop character. I guess I say "moderately low" because I was expecting more hops due to the work "extra" in the beer title. That's what I get for jumping to conclusions, though. With some time, the hop profile opens up a bit more while still retaining that peppery feel; ashy and leafy with heavy herbal characters. Some light fruity notes join the party, as well. Lemon zest and orange peel rest lightly on the even lighter malt infrastructure. Pretty muzzled aroma when all was said and done.

The taste is basically a continuation of the aroma - grassy, herbal, and slightly spicy hops with a refined but noticeable bitterness that rides the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue. The fruit may be a bit heavier on the palate than the nose - more orange peels and lemon zest, however not too much citrus or anything else, really. Malts are also a bit more substantial - sweet and lightly bready. A bit more orange zest in the finish along with a lasting, faint bitterness from the herbalness of the hops. Thin-medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation and a lightly crisp mouth feel.

Not a bad beer, but at the same time, it didn't really have much going on. Kind of boring, but still somewhat enjoyable and easy to put down. Definitely a weaker offering from Founders, but it was a bit better than the Diamond Mountain Brown ale I had the same day.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I didn't think too much of this one. Just not a good beer.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
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