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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

485 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010)
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Maurod4d


1/5  rDev -72.8%

01-05-2013 18:11:33 | More by Maurod4d
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merman69

Arizona

1.96/5  rDev -46.6%

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....

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

California

2/5  rDev -45.5%

09-30-2012 04:36:30 | More by Paige
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FarmerTed

Colorado

2/5  rDev -45.5%

09-15-2012 20:00:20 | More by FarmerTed
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Skunkdrool

California

2/5  rDev -45.5%

11-17-2011 20:10:15 | More by Skunkdrool
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2neardead

California

2/5  rDev -45.5%

09-03-2012 02:07:03 | More by 2neardead
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Overlord

California

2.05/5  rDev -44.1%

I love this brewery, but this beer is a complete misfire.

Pours gold, with a big white foam head. Slightly hazy.

No real smell. Maybe just a whiff of wheat-y grass and yeast. Not pleasant.

Tastes like sickly, weirdly farmyard-y wheat, some light ... I don't know ... chaff.

Really not sure what they were going for. Too bubbly with a light mouthfeel.

05-21-2010 08:05:08 | More by Overlord
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harrymel

Washington

2.08/5  rDev -43.3%

Bottled 27MAR12

Pours a light sap color with solid white, thick sheet. Nose of some citrusy hops, and plenty of sweet wheat with a bit of yeasty character. Very delicate flavor profile - some sweetness, some yeast, some floral tones; all low players. Way too thin for my preference and low carb as well leave this beer watery and disappointing. I'm not a fan, could be the 5 months in the bottle, but I don't find American what beers to generally be much better fresh.

08-19-2012 05:19:50 | More by harrymel
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ahemahem

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

Appearance: clear golden color

Smell: like a lager

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation

Overall: I thought I'd try something different. Firestone markets it as a limited edition. It should remain that way. To be fair, I usually go for stouts, mostly porters.

05-01-2012 03:10:08 | More by ahemahem
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errantnight

California

2.35/5  rDev -36%

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.

09-15-2012 05:02:34 | More by errantnight
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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.

08-17-2011 04:05:54 | More by Beaver13
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jreveles

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-19-2012 13:29:00 | More by jreveles
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beerbtl

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

06-23-2013 20:37:10 | More by beerbtl
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jenray

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

11-23-2011 23:58:52 | More by jenray
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John11486

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-15-2012 21:58:34 | More by John11486
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

03-16-2014 03:09:37 | More by Fettpopps
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JimHulley

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

02-18-2012 22:53:18 | More by JimHulley
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sharpski

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-01-2013 20:07:21 | More by sharpski
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WeisGuy

New York

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%

a - deep golden color, one-finger white head, little retention or lacing, pretty hazy

s - banana peel, clove and wheat dominate the nose, some lemon citrus, no alcohol noticeable

t - like the nose, banana and clove flavors up front and on the midpalate, finish is fairly sweet with muddy spice and fruit flavors, very light hoppiness

m - medium-bodied, lower side of carbonation, somewhat sweet on the finish, no alcohol warming

d - not very complex or interesting, I'm just not into the beer and don't particularly want to finish the bottle

A bit disappointed in this offering, as I'm a fan of most other FW beers. The whole beer just seems muddy and confused.

06-17-2010 22:20:44 | More by WeisGuy
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SB_Brewmaster

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

04-03-2014 03:24:52 | More by SB_Brewmaster
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Gtotango

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

11-06-2012 19:01:23 | More by Gtotango
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KevMo84

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

05-30-2014 06:08:22 | More by KevMo84
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notchucknorris

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

A: Looks good. Very hazy orange/brown color that seems to glow in the glass. Reminded me of Sanctification a bit looks-wise.

S: Characteristic hef yeast, banana, some sort of melon which I eventually thought was cantaloupe and some honey.

T: And here's where it goes wrong for me. Starts with wheaty/hef taste and then goes to a creamy finish with some orange, honey and spice. The problem is that it's way over-carbonated. The flavors are subtle and it feels like this beer would have a lot to offer if the carbonation didn't blast all the flavor off your tongue. So much potential but not that great in the end.

02-25-2011 15:08:58 | More by notchucknorris
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

05-12-2012 05:50:16 | More by StubFaceJoe
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duxky

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

09-12-2012 06:41:29 | More by duxky
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Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.