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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

453 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010)
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keenberg87

California

3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Produces a very thin head which dissipates quickly. Golden with a hint of orange hue. For an unfiltered beer, there is curiously no hint of sediment. Medium to high amount of bubbly carbonation seen around the edges and in towards the middle. Smell is of wheat malts, astringent. taste is of wheat, orange, honey. Feels heavier than expected not he palette and salty. Overall a decent but forgettable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:24:33 | More by keenberg87
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merman69

Arizona

1.96/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm trying not to be too harsh, but I really could not drink this beer. It poured well, had a nice hazy unfiltered look with a descent head (what you should expect from an unfiltered wheat beer), but immediately I could tell that I wasn't going to like it. The aroma was overwhelmingly of banana esters and sweet off 'bubble-gum' like flavors. I took a sip and it was just more of the same. After two sips I decided that I couldn't drink it. It's probably just my personal preference, since I HATE bananas. If it was a flavor that I enjoyed this probably could have been a good beer. Odd that it has such a distinct and odd flavor profile. Oh well....

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:47:48 | More by merman69
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MoorBeerPlz

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass....

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half a finger head that dissipated quickly to very little lacing around the glass. A little on the fizzy side.

On the nose, not too much going on.... wet grains, wheat, maybe grass and a yeasty note. After swirling, a little more yeast, banana esters and bubblegum comes through.

Tastes of bread, wheat, a slight sour/tartness and maybe a little funk or off-taste (can't decide). A citrus note here along with just a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not too dry with a bitter yeasty aftertaste, medium carbonation.

Decent wheat beer and certainly not something anyone should run from or flatly refuse if offered. Sessionable and a good summer beer wherever you are. For me, this one is in the middle of the pack compared to other wheat beers I've tried.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:37:36 | More by MoorBeerPlz
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Jdbateman83

California

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent unfiltered heff. Very smooth, but has a tangy zest to it. No much wheat or chew, but an excellent overall heff. Thing of Blue Moon but more character and flavor. Mouthfeel was ok, I found myself trying to get rid of some of the bubbles, bit I can deal deal with that. Overal I thought it was outstanding and would buy this over blue moon or pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 05:38:19 | More by Jdbateman83
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/27/2013. My first beer from Firestone Walker in quite some time, and this might possibly be my first review of one of their beers.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. #properglassware.

A - Pours just under a finger of off-white suds that disappears quickly. Body is a dark golden yellow with a murky tint to it. Some bubbles floating topside.

S - The smell isn't really doing it for me. Light wheat, grass, some lemon, some grains, but there is too much bubblegum malt & cloves for my liking.

T - Taste follows the nose with pervasive bubblegum malts and clove overpowering the light grains, wheat, & lemongrass. Some orange, some grainy wet cardboard. There's a hint of funky yeast on the finish, which is nice, but I was still hoping for an earthier, grassier beer, considering this classifies itself as an "unfiltered wheat beer".

M - Feel is crisp, with a bitter & dry finish. Some clove spice lingering.

Overall, it is a highly drinkable beer, but I am just not enjoying the flavor profile. Tastes too "Belgian" to be an American pale wheat ale. It was nice to try, but I'll stick to Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer.

Firestone Walker Solace ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 03:40:18 | More by mfnmbvp
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minterro

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Little's Wine and Liquor, paired with pizza and a episode of The Wire

A&S: Lively translucent pale orange colored beer. Fizzy white head that fades very fast till there isn't even a thin layer left. Very yeasty and orange citrus notes.

T&M: Very orangy upfront, fades to more earthy hoppyness. Crisp, pale malty finish. High carbonation and on the lower side of the body spectrum.

Overall: Extremely drinkable. Not as good as I remember, but it still much better then the majority of the wheat beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 23:56:51 | More by minterro
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Warm orange-golden hues. Appetizing.

S - Reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Perhaps a very faint scent of yeast with citrus undertones.

T- Pleasant, quite wheaty, but not particuarly remarkable in my book.

M- Highly carbonated, which although true to style description, overpowers the mildness of the taste,which somewhat spoiled the overall experience.

O-Would be highly drinkable if it weren't so aggressively carbonated. Maybe a style thing, but I wouldn't buy this again, although I would drink it if offered.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:38:50 | More by abeeronthebeach
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hreb

Washington

3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single was bottled on 4/18/13. Chilled. Pours into pint glass a sickly yellow, nicely cloudy, with a moderate white head which rapidly falls. Aroma of lemon, wheat, and a hint of clove. Sharply fizzy and of moderate body. The carbonation helps to accentuate the tart flavors here, which I'm going to attribute (having cheated and looked at the brewer's notes) to the acidulated malt. Spicy clove flavors come through in the taste as well, but not much else does. Mild and enjoyable, and it would be a great summer session wheat ale *except* for the overly carbonated mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 03:43:44 | More by hreb
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
Bottled 4/18/13
A- This beer pours a glowing hazy to the pale orange body with a bubble white head that fades to a ring after a few sips. There is a gentle carbonation that works its way to the surface.

S- The unripe fruity hops blend with some green banana esters and a bread dough note in the finish.

T- The dry green hops have some jammy fruit hints with white bread notes that lead to a dry field corn flavor. The finish is a nice mellow unripe fruit hops flavor that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a full crisp fizz in the finish.

O- The great blend of flavors compliment each other with unripe fruit hops and green fruit esters in a very sessionable, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 04:03:15 | More by rhoadsrage
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker's seasonal Solace pours a slightly hazed, honey-orange. An inch of white head sits atop the brew, and it fades away to leave a minimal amount of lacing. Bready malt and wheat notes create a foundation that allows slight citrus and banana aromas to shine. The same pale malt and wheat base underlies subtle hints of banana, pepper, and an earthy yeastiness. A touch of tartness rounds out this easy-drinking, medium bodied "Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer."

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 21:49:40 | More by phishsihq
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rawfish

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw body with a good amount of haze. On the pour you can make the head as large as you would like but retention is poor and lacing is barely hanging on.

Not much of an aroma, yeasty and slightly musty with Belgian saison spice of coriander and powder. Husky and raw malt aromas come up while hops are light and grassy with a note of lemon zest.

Bready with a lemongrass and wheat twang. Light coriander and powder spice notes. Hops are balancing and grassy. Very crisp but the raw husky taste of the wheat and malt keeps it from being very clean.

Adequate carbonation and a slight bitterness keep the palate scrubbed nicely with lingering grains. Moderate body, heavier than most summer ales.

A hybrid saison and wheat beer, spice notes make it bright and things interesting on an overall average brew. Easy to put down a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:28:03 | More by rawfish
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, hazy, pale-golden colored ale topped with a foamy, white head that holds decent retention. Fresh aroma with plenty of yeast, wheat, citrus, faint bubblegum. Tastes are nutty, wheat, yeast, grassy, lemon zest - nice balance. Fuller bodied, creamy, nice carbonation. What I expect from a APWA. Nothing wrong with it, nothing extraordinary, but just a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 20:42:56 | More by barnzy78
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If I had known it was these easy to find Solace, I would have immediately hit the liquor store during my times of distress. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, powdered sugar, a pinch of nutmeg, a tiny touch of lemon peel, and some banana throughout the background. The taste holds notes of orange zest, coriander, and light banana. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little pale wheat, one with a mild wit character that makes it pretty easy-going.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 19:37:55 | More by TMoney2591
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mjohnson17

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottling into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange reminiscent of a mimosa. Small white head that dissipates quickly. A nice head swirl odors on the top.

S: cracked wheat, citrus, oranges, lemon zest, a bit of spice, coriander, citrus rind.

T: Light, crisps, refreshing. A great summer beer. A bready yeast, crisps citrus, oranges, a bit of lemon tang. A balanced wheat backbone.

M: Thin. It works in this case as it makes this beer light and refreshing. I'd have no trouble putting a few of these down at the beach. But it does distract from the beer a bit. With the nose and taste being a little fuller I was left a bit let down with a watery mouthfeel.

O: this is a really nice summer beer. A light, crisps, clean, refreshing wheat with a really clean citrus taste. Definitely worth picking up for the beach or a summer BBQ, especially if the crowd is the Blue Moon type. I'd rather drink this than a Blue Moon and probably Oberon.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 19:32:18 | More by mjohnson17
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Auraan

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Pretty standard for the style. Scents of clove and banana. Flavor is mild with doughy bread overtones, a bit of spice, slight citrus peel and a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Another good summer wheat beer, refreshing and sessionable without being overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 07:55:55 | More by Auraan
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Btld 3/30/13

Cloudy yellow with white head and spotty lacing.

Smells gumball sweet and crushed wheat grain with citrus.

Lemony citrus upfront followed by coriander and banana.

Medium body that leans to the sweeter side with decent carbonation that keeps it in check. Very drinkable.

Reminds me of, along the lines, Allagash White and Ommegang Witte. As always fresh is the best and FSW labels such visibly. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:12:54 | More by joeseppy
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TheMarkE

California

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale gold, with moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Wheat and banana.

Taste: Wheat, lemongrass, banana. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

The Verdict: Excellent. Well balanced and tasty, this is the best summer seasonal I’ve had this year. I really need to try and get up to the brewery soon and try a fresh draft of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 03:04:07 | More by TheMarkE
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cocojoe

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden apricot color

S: Very light sweetness, fruity, hints of bubblegum. Pineapple, tropical fruit notes.

T: Very bright and pineapple like. Crisp and clean. That smoothe wheat body is there but has all of those bright notes to balance it out.

M: Crisp, bright, and clean.

O: This is a bottle from the summer that has been around for awhile. I'm sure I would enjoy it even more if it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 04:27:18 | More by cocojoe
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mom for retrieving this one from the Left Coast. Fizzy pour that kicks up a big although very transient bubbly head leaving zero lace or trace of foam. Body is slightly hazy, honey colored. Smell is lemongrass, chalky, hint of bananas. Taste is nice. Faintly lemony, hint of bananas, light sweetness, refreshing and wet. Body is medium light and crisply carbonated, works well with the taste. Overall I could drink a half gallon of this very thirst quenching beer, even better if it wasn't January in Minnesota but rather July.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:52:54 | More by JackieTH
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a dark straw colored body.
Aroma of honey and grain, light and airy.
Flavor of lemons, apples and honey. Nice and balanced.
Fizzy texture but carbonation remains at a reasonable level. Light to medium body.
An above average ale..

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:33:12 | More by Fatehunter
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arizcards

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Fry's Foods on 10/2/12 for $7.99. Bottled on 7/12/12.

Beer comes out in a perfect pour, nice 2 finger white head, with little lacing left behind.

Nose is typical for a wheat, not much there. Some hints of lemongrass.

Taste has hints of lemongrass with a nice even hop balance that makes for easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light to medium , refreshing.

Overall this is a nice wheat beer that is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 01:35:42 | More by arizcards
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a fluffy white head that sits atop the beer. Some haze from the yeast in the bottom of the beer.

Aroma is of wheat and clove mostly. There is a little frutiness but it is mostly in the background.

The taste is mostly of bread and wheat. Very typical wheat beer flavors. Nice finish that is balanced towards sweetness over bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and body is medium.

Overall this is a typical wheat beer. It is technically flawless but it does not jump out as anything amazing. That being said the beer is very refreshing and rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 01:40:15 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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vfgccp

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque orange gold. Fine white head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Unripe banana, banana peel, orange, touch of lemon grass, sweet wheat.

T - Big, raw wheat flavor throughout the profile. Lemon acidity, edge of green banana.

M - Creamy, medium-full body. Nice carbonation.

O - Refreshing with a bolder flavor profile than most summer seasonals. Nice raw wheat character.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 18:47:47 | More by vfgccp
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errantnight

California

2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So I gave this another try with a reformulated recipe. Only noticeable difference is that now it's lower in alcohol. Which I suppose makes this ok?

Still, this is a seriously disappointing beer. Bland and empty on the palate, with no distinctive wheat character (if going straightforward American Pale Wheat Ale then have an Anchor Summer, for it is king), it manages a kind of perky bubblegum/banana sweetness in the nose that falls of entirely once drank that is pleasant, but less so than any self-respecting Belgian Ale or real German Hefe would ever be, and the tepid refusal to introduce any spicy esters leaves it incredibly one note.

Just a forgettable, pandering, empty brew. I couldn't love Firestone Walker more for virtually every other beer that they make, but they'd be a thousand times better off to simply bottle the Hefeweizen they contract brew for however many restaurants and bars (Blue Palms, say). It's infinitely superior to this bland, boring beer.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
3.0/2.5/2.5/4.0/2.0
First beer that has really disappointed me from Firestone Walker... and I'm a devotee of the Double Barrel, which gets no love.

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw with a finger or two of purdy craggy head... that dissipates far too quickly and leaves little to no lacing and has very little retention. A wheaty, saison/hefe/pale/whatever should at the very least have a gorgeous head.

Aroma is perfume-y, hints of bubblegum, maybe some banana and just a touch of pepper. Light bread character.

On the palate this is a medium to light bodied beer with excellent, lightly creamy texture and a crisp finish. Unfortunately, it's also relatively bland, and the faintly ester-y aroma is muted behind some fine, but not terribly appealing pale malt. Very little wheat character, although there's a slight twang in the finish.

Fine, whatever, but at 6% I'd expect a very different experience, more esters to start with, and a bit more grain and maybe hops on the palate. This SHOULD be better.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:02:34 | More by errantnight
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. The new FW bottles are awesome. They have the bottled-on date dot matrix printed on the bottle as well as clearly printed on the label. This is more than I can say about the numerous local beers I've picked up, contemplated and put back.

The beer itself is a hazy orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk, leaving some lacing, this looks decent. Despite not being particularly cold, the nose is lacking. It does have some banana and some clove, but both notes are modest and not expressed fully enough. A fresh, bready aroma is also present.

The palate is light in body and opens moderately strong on the clove but without enough banana. The fruit profile (from the yeast, of course),is a bit on the weak side, and coupled with the thin palate with bready flavors but without the fullness from the wheat, this beer does come across as flawed. In addition, the acidity, while higher than you'd expect, doesn't really work with the flavor profile. The carbonation is medium-high, adding to the acidity and keeping the finish from picking up too much flavor. While this is a rather excellent combination of an American Pale Wheat Ale and a Hefeweizen, it does, by definition, come up short on the hedonic scale. Worthy.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 06:23:42 | More by DefenCorps
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Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.