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 cl3 on 10-24-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,552
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
410
pDev:
11.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
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Photo of SHDoyle
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Description: Bright, clear and as its name implies, golden in color. Head is bubbly, thin and dissipates rather quickly. Smell is more malty and yeasty than hoppy, but there is still a subtle, underlying hoppiness. The taste follows the smell and it's predictably malty until the finish, where the bitterness of the hops appears albeit briefly. In general, the flavor is pretty pedestrian and lacks any really noticeable or desirable traits. It's highly carbonated and has a thin mouth feel, which is appropriate for the style.

Overall: 3.5 (This beer is average and I would not likely drink it again) Meh. I'm always skeptical when a brewer tries to fancy up a boring lager, and generally with good reason. If you're used to drinking the Budweisers and Coors Lights of the world, this beer is definitely a step up. If you're used to drinking hoppy IPAs, saisons, etc., this beer is not exciting. On the plus side, at $15 for a 15-pack it's a great price, so if you're going to a cookout or entertaining friends that aren't into craft beer (and I'm not sure why you would have friends like that) this might be a good option.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It is golden in color with a slightly off white head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: The aroma is a bit citrus and a bit of floral. It has a light grainy sweet aroma and is clean overall.

Taste: It is grainy sweet with a slight corn like flavor. The hops are low citrus and floral. There is a bit of cracker towards the after taste.

Feel: It has a fairly light body with moderately low bitterness. Carbonation is moderately high.

Overall, a refreshing beer overall with good flavor and clean overall.

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Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joe1510
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can
$8.99
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 mikeg67
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours golden with long lasting white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of slight herbal hops and biscuit malt. Finish is long and dry. Drinkable brew.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of calebc10410
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tastes sort of like popcorn. The aroma features some grass, lemon and corn and exceeds what the flavor has to offer. It's an American Adjunct Lager but it will get higher ratings than it deserves because it is Founders. Don't expect much more than a typical AAL or you will be disappointed.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpolewan
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hairnic
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Here is another new CAN to further The CANQuest (tm), a now never-ending attempt on my part to drink & review EVERY CANned beer in existence. I like that Founders is delving into Lagers in CANs, but as discussed in NBS (Week 681), the price point is a bit spendy for the style. I will now make my own informed opinion.

From the CAN: "Brewed for us."; "Finest Hops & Malts"; "Memorable Quality [-] Legendary Taste"; "Since 1997"; "Drink responsibly. They don't serve Founders in the clink."; "20 IBUs".

I Crack!ed the vent & began a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting Pilsner glass. Once acCANplished, an in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, bone-white head with modest retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, resulting in a visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all wanting a taste. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, just a step or two above watery, about par for the style. The taste was rather weak, very low in bitterness & lacking in discernible maltiness. Again, it was kind of par for the course. Finish was semi-dry, drier than most that I have had in the style, making it just that much more refreshing. It was kind of Meh overall, but that is what the style generally nets on the high end, with the other end of the spectrum being Bleah! This is tough to review to style, but I will try. That said, if there is a local AAL that you once liked & it comes in at a lower price point, I CANnot see Solid Gold beating out that one.

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Photo of EMH73
3.33/5  rDev -9%
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 DanGeo
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieWeisen
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IndySuds
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GOBLIN
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/12/18 draft @ Flipside

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Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 410 ratings