Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

155 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 509
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 42
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010

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Reviews by errantnight:
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2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (2,003 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Rather taking a well-traveled path, Firestone Walker is paving a new one by overlapping beer styles. Part German Wheat and part Saison, which is great as standard summer Wheats are aplenty these days. Typical hazed orange color with good head retention, check. The aroma beats expectations with well-rounded malt, floral hops and a mild, yeasty nutti- ness. Very smooth, with a fluffy, moderate-size body. Lots of malt to go around; toasty and malty with a quick kiss of sweetness. Hops lay down a balancing bitterness while the yeast and acidulated malt provide a refreshing twang in the drying finish.

Why just a summer seasonal? The brewer surely knows this rivals many of the well- known Wheat Ales. Firestone raises the bar for Wheat Ales everywhere. (814 characters)

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beaver13
2.51/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is hefeweizen like - banana and clove with some light citrus, pepper and wheat.

The flavor is a bit subdued and watery with some yeasty banana and wheat with some sweet fruity malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, I was not too impressed especially at $10 for a 6 pack. It's watery with too much banana for me. It does get a bit better as it warms. (508 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of megamass
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Prospero
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JMSiefer
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather dark appearance, almost orange for a wheat beer, cool. Definitely unfiltered. Aroma was largely summer-esque, i.e. wheat and lemon.

Good dry mouthfeel, wheat % definitely noticeable, almost rye like quality as well. Solid hop bitterness is present. Not up to the level of Sumpin or Gumballhead, but its in the next tier for sure. A little bit of that spice and yeast leans a little to Belgo for me. Not overpowering clove and banana, but more than desireable. Stays light bodied throughout without sacrificing full flavor.

Good, wouldn't turn it down, but there are more interesting summer offerings. (611 characters)

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JohnLynch
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of dfbvFBFBDFBDFbVb
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of wheat beers and to be honest didnt know this was one when I bought it. Really like the flavor of this beer as it's got a distinct flavor that I dont find in any other weizens around. At %6 it's pretty worthy and very drinkable at that. Has become a regular pick up and turned me around on good wheat beer. (323 characters)

Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of Berndt
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 06/13/2012

Aroma - citrus, then Saison "zing"

Appearance - cloudy, orange

Flavor - tastes like a mild Saison initially, with a bit of sour in the aftertaste, along with a bit of German wheat clove.

Mouthfeel - light-medium body, medium carbonation

A good beer - flavorful, especially good in warmer weather. However, I thought it was considerably more flavorful last year, when I had it on draft a few times. (424 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Dirksen
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of switzer
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.