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 drxandy on 06-24-2008

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Ratings: 558 |  Reviews: 169
Photo of porters4life
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brad007
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mild gold hue with thin head into my glass. Sweet and doughy upfront with touch of hops in the background. Crisp, sweet with a decent hop bite. Is it really an AAL? Mouthfeel beats out most of that style, not "watery". I would get this everyday. It helps that the 6 pack was $8.49. Dee-cent!

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Photo of mikeinportc
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As named, brassy gold, with white head.

Smell ? Not a lot, but some. Biscuity grain, and slight, sweet floral aroma. Thankfully, no corn smell. Less is more in this case.

Flavor is similar to aroma, with some drying bitterness.

Feel is on the light side of "medium", with moderate fine carbonation working with the slight bitterness, for a drying finish.Less than a pils, but more so than a typical AAL. The extra hops help. (20 IBUs, vs the usual 8-10).

Overall, very simple, not a lot here, but that's what it is designed to do. The sum is greater than the parts. Good with my meal, and that's how it's probably best, rather than a stand-alone. The name is the best description : Solid

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Photo of basaywhat
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours a golden yellow 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. Could see me drinking a bunch of these during the summer!

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Photo of dbarny76
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like this beer! Great Lager! to me this is how the style should be. Definitely a American Lager! Good summer beer.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow in color with a small head. A somewhat sweet smell mixed with grains. Crisp lager with no normal adjunct aftertaste. If all you like is Bud light try this, a much better beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can served in my Spiegelau pilsner glass. Pours a lovely translucent copper with a rocky, half inch, bright white head that dissipates into a consistent froth. Nose expresses hints of corn and earthy hops. Taste is consistent with nose with the addition of some biscuity notes; however, it's missing some of the adjust sweetness I tend to associate with the style. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation and crisp finish. Overall, I was excited to try this but was a little let down. Probably would pair well with burgers and pizza.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap:
Pours a clear pale golden, as expected. The white head lasts as a thin cap, even in a shaker pint.

Nose is floral and near perfumy. There is a bit of white bread, and maybe a light note of stone fruit.

The stone fruit to white grape not brings a little pseudo-tartness to a clean, somewhat biscuity opening taste. Some light grass notes come with the countering bitterness - which isn’t too distinctly powerful. Slight metallic aspect as well.

Clean, but not quite as light as expected. An ok beer, it seems in the American strain more than old world. Drinkable but not a winner for me.

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Photo of tmcarter23
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Commandophile
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schoolboy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I remember back in the early 90's when Cleveland only had a couple breweries (more brew pubs). I worked for the chairman of Crooked River (at his software company) and their comment about their lager they brewed for the Indians new Progressive Field was that it was designed from profit. The stuff was expensive for the fans. American Lagers are not necessarily easy to make, but if you know what you are doing, they can be consistent and cheap to make. This one from Founders is quite good, and it is priced appropriately.

It pours golden with not enough head but clear and clean. The aroma is quite good. Very good finishing hops. The taste is one dimensionally bitter and there is a slight bite. There is a slight funky malt taste too - what is that, it's in a can, so it isn't from light. It's not a complicated taste and maybe not as delicate as some of the style (say a Rolling Rock).

Not recommended. Take the Rolling Rock.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves spotty lacing

S: Sweet malt and corn, as well as some citrusy and grassy hops

T: Starts off with some moderately sweet maltiness and corn and then goes into the citrus and grass notes. Light lager yeast in there as well

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: If there was ever a top-tier for AAL's, this would be one of the very few in it. Very easy to drink with plenty of flavor. Definitely worth checking out if you're someone who ever drank AAL's and somewhat enjoyed them

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Photo of zeff80
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, pillowy, white head of foam. It smelled of floral notes and grains. Sweet caramel taste with a mild bitterness.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mnrider
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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 StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
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 LeftyMike
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luckydog91
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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 shigg85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid Gold from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 558 ratings