Solid Gold | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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 drxandy on 06-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,903
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
606
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
104
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Photo of BB1313
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 3/5/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have hints of malt, corn, pear and green apple. Some floral hops. The flavors basically follow the nose. It starts off slightly sweet, but becomes balanced the more you get into it. More hints of pear and green apple. Fresh grass is there. Subtle earthy notes. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to active carbonation. It's smooth and easy drinking stuff.

This is a nice lager. It's not flashy and basically stays true to the style. It is what it is. The craftsmanship is on point. It's refreshing and something you could drink alot of.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SomethingClever
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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 MrDarcy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kitekid
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blogjackets
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden lager that is a great example of the style. Session-like ABV at 4.4. Very drinkable if not enticing beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a very light and clear yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells a lot like toasted corn, lemon, grainy malt, and lager yeast.

I suspect this won't quite work for Founders like they probably intend it to. It's probably got too much flavor for AAL drinkers, and not enough flavor for craft beer junkies. Despite all that, I still think it's pretty alright, but it's just a little boring. There's a lot of corn flavor here, but it's not that creamed corn garbage I get from a lot of adjunct lagers, it's more of an authentic slightly toasty corn flavor, with a crisp fruity lager bite, a bit of lemon rind, and grassy hops.

This is super drinkable, with a very crisp mouthfeel, and a normal level of carbonation.

This is a really solid attempt, but I don't imagine this will be a regular purchase for me.

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

Photo of TheWolf
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dexterk1
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gruves33
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HardyA
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Colt45
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This is what I imagine when the word lager is used. Little hops up front with an amazing malty back end. Wish they had 24 packs in California

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Photo of Vach33
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of R11415
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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 Jame515
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This caught my eye today so I picked up a sixer. Pours a beautiful golden color and lively hue. Nose is mild grain and corn and a touch of honey.

This has a big flavor for a lager, and while simple is very tasty. Smooth finish, with no metal in the aftertaste. Definitely will have this again.

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Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 606 ratings