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

Added by cl3 on 10-24-2017

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

Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a Michigan Wolverines pint glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color. It is topped with two inches of off white head that disappears quickly leaving spotty lacing.

The aroma is malty and grainy with lemon and lime from the hops. It offers a nice balance.

The taste is malty and grainy. There are some vegetal flavors. There is light lemon in the finish.

It has a hefty mouthfeel as far as lagers go. It is smooth.

This is not your macro, light, crisp lager. This beer has some oomph to it. It is easy as hell to drink. It reminds me of a lot of these "pre-prohibition" lagers only way better. I have a fishing beer to fill the void of when PC Pils is not out.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

6-pack of 12 ounce cans - $8.99 at Charlie's Beer & Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow-toned body with around an inch of loose, speedily evaporating, white suds.

Smell: Modest aroma, featuring some slight, slender hints of gently toasted grain, dried corn kernels and yeast.

Taste: Lightly grainy maltiness, a mild flourish of corn and a nimble sweetness. Hops remain light, giving some citrus and a low bitterness that's sufficient enough to balance things out. A zip of suds on the clean, easy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: "Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret." Well, let's not get carried away with ourselves, guys. While the price didn't break the bank, the beer wasn't so exceptional that I wouldn't have been just as satisfied with a cheaper macro.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer 2 days fresh and felt was untrue to style and ended up tasting like a session IPA; very much resembling All Day with its hop forward crispness but then it leaves you with a very lemony, lemongrass flavor. Having it 2 days old is pretty exciting and do find it refreshing. Be perfect in the summer and as a tailgate beer but what I wanted was a lager.

However letting it age for 3 more days I get the lager I wanted. The hops had faded and got more grassy, floral, corn, malty grain flavors resembling German lagers. No lemongrass presence and can still taste hops but very tamed. I feel fortunate to have drank this 2 days fresh and glad to see it develop to the beer I had expected.

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Founders Solid Gold
A: Founders shot at the slowly coming back American adjunct lager style pours, as the name indicates, a rich, brassy gold. The pure white head amounts to about two-and-a-half fingers on a moderately aggressive pour; the bubbles that make up the head are unusually large and sudsy. Retention is lackluster (which is actually part of the style). Clarity is perfect (as it should be), though carbonation seems lazy. Color, clarity, and head are on point, but it fails to tick a few important boxes. 4/5

A: Solid Gold certainly smells every bit the part of an AAL with sweetish bready malts, grain, distinct corn, very light floral hopping, and a classic yeasty "beer" smell that will no doubt be nostalgic for many a drinker. There really is not much going on here, but, of course, that is what this style is all about. Those expecting complexity need not apply; this beer is not for you (cue "Brewed for us" joke). 4/5

T: As is to be expected from a craft brewer, there is a little bit too much hop flavor here (though nowhere near as much as Urban Chestnut Urban Underdog or especially Surly #Merica), which comes across mostly floral with a little bit of spice (there is a slight drawback in a touch of soapiness that is most likely a hop flavor). That said, this is still really very stylistically accurate with comparatively slight hopping, sweet corn and other grains, a little yeasty "beer" (just like the nose), and...not much else. Bitterness is perhaps a bit high, but it enhances the very clean finish and sends drinkability into the stratosphere. Again, there is not much complexity, but that is par for the course dealing in AALs. 4.25/5

M: Most bigger nearly-national breweries like Founders almost always succeed in mouthfeel (Sierra Nevada in particular excels in this category across styles), but somehow this falls short of both the style and enjoyment. Carbonation is just too low, which hurts the all-important crispness and makes the sweetness of the beer come across as heavy, the opposite quality one wants in an AAL. It is almost creamy, which is very, very wrong in this style. Drinkability suffers heavily due to the carbonation. This is really the only slip-up, but it is a massive one. The finish is very clean, which swings the pendulum back, if only a touch. 2.5/5

O: Founders has mostly nailed this beer according to style guidelines (except in maybe the most important aspect), but it goes almost too far down the AAL rabbit hole. Halfway through the beer, it is almost indistinguishable from the better macro options like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller High Life, and Narragansett; in fact, it almost tastes like an amalgamation of the hoppiness and sweetness of Pabst and Schlitz with the very crisp "nothing" finish of Budweiser. Unfortunately, Founders forgot to add the carbonation of the "Champagne of Beers." When a beer is this close to beers quite a bit cheaper, there is really no point in buying it. It does not stand out in any way, and it is overpriced for what it is. Buy Pabst, High Life, Coors Banquet, Schlitz, or Narragansett instead (or seek out the aforementioned Urban Underdog or #Merica). That the drinkability is hindered so much by the carbonation really drags this one to Hell where enjoyability is concerned. Pair with any of Six Feet Under's Graveyard Classics abominations in which they (very poorly and in a very rote manner) cover heavy metal classics in an uninspired brutal death metal style. 2.25/5

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Photo of msscott1973
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ranbot
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From can approximately 3 weeks from packing poured into a pilsner glass. In the glass Solid Gold has a predictably nice gold color with a white cap. Smell is mild and grainy. There's not much to smell, but that's pretty typical for an AAL. Flavor is lightly toasted grains, mild corn sweetness, and a pleasantly mild touch of hop bitterness. Refreshing with a moderately full mouthfeel that quickly dissolves away after swallowing.

To be very clear, Solid Gold adheres to AAL style characteristics you'd expect from any of the big brewers. There is no reinvention of the wheel happening here [nor does it need reinventing]. That said, I think the mild toastiness in the malt and a tad more hop bitterness makes Solid Gold stand out some from the typical AAL, despite the very narrow style guidelines, which make it very difficult for any AAL to stand out. If you're familiar with the mild bitterness of Hamms or Yuengling Lord Chesterfield, then Solid Gold is just a touch more bitter in my opinion. I don't think typical AAL drinkers would be turned off by Solid Gold, assuming they aren't highly sensitivity to price or blindly brand loyal. However it's probably not going scratch any itches for most craft beer drinkers. It will be interesting to see how the beer does in the market.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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 mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of y2jrock60
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark gold forming a light head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Smells of sweet corn with sharp floral hop notes on the end. Very complex flavors for an adjunt lager. I pick up corn and toasted malts upfront that transitions into a pleasant sweetness with a sharp floral hop finish. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very satisfying and easy to drink. It's nice to enjoy a craft American lager in a hop dominated market.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold with a tall white colored head, pour carefully.

Smells Strongly of noble hops and nothing else. Grass and perfume with a bit of soap. Distinct memory of Aqua velva from the scent.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of tobacco and a grassy finish. Mild bitter finish. This has a herbal flavor that is had to describe, tastes a bit like English style hops. Tastes like an English Lager.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall, inoffensive and tasty.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matcris
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: A beautiful, rich, gold, with a finger + of white foam that lingers. Loads of bubbles swirling around and a mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Lightly toasted malt and a wee bit of a hay and lemon.
TASTE: Smooth with light toasted grain, a small amount of hay/grass, and a nice bit of lemon towards the finish that lingers.
FEEL: A bit under carbonated, smooth, medium thin body, and a bit slick overall; drying on very finish.
OVERALL: Just different enough with that citrus/lemon vibe to make me want to have a few more.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ahonky
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Perfectly named, displaying with a deep gold clarity. Head builds nicely from an aggressive pour and hangs around a bit longer than your typical AAL. Leaves some decent lacing as I work my way down the pint glass. The taste is what you would and should expect and really stands up without any flaws. Sweetness is in check and the grains makes themselves present in a way that makes sense. A real delight to drink and I'm left wanting nothing more than another glass.

Masterfully executed. I can say for certain this will be in heavy rotation. It's also a reminder that beer shouldn't always be so serious, and that better times can be had when beer serves as lubricant for good times and not be something discussed as you consume.

This is not selling out. This a respectable brewery reaching a wider audience with a beer style that is American as baseball.

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

Extremely crisp, clean and highly refreshing, Founders brewmaster fills a void in their brewery portfolio with a classic American premium lager that's finally been updated.

Solid Gold strikes gold with a medium, bright golden appearance. Its creamy white froth sends a blend of cereal, spice and light fruit to the nose ahead of a crisp taste of fresh baking bread, corn chip and medium grain sweetness.

The sweetness bounces effortlessly from the palate while the remnants of grain continue to drift above the tastebuds with cereal and starch. A balancing hop bite brings a light and bitter spice to the finish with hints of lemon zest and apple to close.

Light bodied and carrying a remarkable thirst quenching property, the beer's brief aftertaste of corn chip and tea-like verbena resonates softly afterwards.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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 mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 344 ratings