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: 234 |  Reviews: 83
Reviews by andrewh995:
Photo of andrewh995
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear and beautiful gold with a white head. Smells of grain, and light honey. Tastes of malt, slightly sweet bread, honey, and light citrus zest. Light body with medium carbonation. Overall a very exceptional lager. It's a shame that this beer will get low ratings due to the style, because for the type, it is truly one of the top in the class.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Czequershuus
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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 +1.4%
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 -10%
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 +22.7%
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 joe1510
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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 MNJR
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 ribby
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -16.5%
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 DanGeo
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.
This is Founders' take on an American 'premium' lager, complete with some rice in the mix.
Smooth, medium+ body and near medium carbonation.
Well crafted but why bother¿... Similar beers are widely available.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into Pilsner Glass. Canned on 1/31

A: Small White Soapy head that disappears to a film. body is a burnished gold with great clarity.

S: Sweet malts and some corn interplay with some floral and slightly fruity hops.

T: The corn and very grain like malts intertwine with a sweet floral and tangy almost peppery hops.

M: lighter bodied, but not quite watery with a crisp biting carbonation finishes dry.

O: It’s not a bad beer, but it’s a little odd. The taste is more wet grains and almost too sweet floral hops if that makes sense. It is fairly easy drinking though and for the price. I don’t know, I might buy it again if I wanted a non macro beer that is crushable. Otherwise it’s not anything to write home about.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light and refreshing lager, easy to drink with mild floral hops and notes of corn and malt. I always drink these beers ice cold so they don’t have much of a chance to warm up, but the taste definitely becomes a little more bitter and unpleasant the longer you wait. Nice clean finish, good amount of carbonation. Feels like a slightly elevated light lager due to the hops.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Wexford Ale House in Wexford, PA. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent had hints of grain and lemon. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with grain and citrus hints. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-A very nice light golden color with a very slight head and lacing.
A-Aroma had nice fruity malty hints.
T-The taste follows the nose with nice fruity malty flavors.
M-A light bodied well carbonated lager.
O-A well balanced nicely made lager.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 234 ratings