Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle. Freshness date is 3/28/12. Oops. Let's see how this is.
Bless these American brewers that are making awesome looking wheat ales - specifically, they seem to all come from California. Yeasty looking appearance, orange to brownish hues, lot's of carbonation... all this is missing is a nice, bold head to make it look as authentic as any great German hefeweizen.
Incidentally, as this is not a hefeweizen per se, it has a large addition of seasonal spices instead that make it a hybrid. This is apparent in the aroma, with mixed results. There's a great yeasty smell resembling toasted banana and coriander (as usual), but there's also lemon rind here and there. No alcohol, yet a sugary backdrop over the slightly acidic aroma.
The beginning is juicy and savoring, complete with thick sugary malts and wheat, as well as a generous portion of fruity yeast. Nevertheless, the middle ends up feeling quite hoppy (which lingers around the tongue the whole time), and the finish is a little too thin and watery. I think this is a great tasting beer, and the spices make it an interesting take on the style, but it's not as thick I like them. I always want my wheat style ales to be a *meal* in a bottle, and this doesn't quite reach that height.
Nevertheless, it is very refreshing. The inclusion of lemon-like spices make a great substitute for an actual lemon or orange, and it's still full of great flavors. I really wish this was as juicy in feel (or spicier in taste), but it's still a good take on the style and is recommended a try.
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2012 07:00:10 | More by magictacosinus
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