Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.
Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch fluffy bone colored head that fades to a small cap. Sticky chunks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of wheat bread, mild spices, yeast, and some citrus zest. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wheat beer that is nice and refreshing to drink.
10-08-2011 19:05:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
"Women give us solace, but if it were not for women we should never need solace."
Lightly hazy lemony orange topped by a thick slice of firm foam that is dark enough to be considered ecru rather than ivory. The suds melt slowly, leaving a sparse collection of lace on the sides of the glass. Love the unfiltered look, though.
The aroma has character to burn. This is definitely more than a garden variety American pale wheat ale. The nose has hints (more than hints as it warms) of citrus and spice, not unlike a good German hefeweizen.
Firestone Walker Brewing calls Solace a 'Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer'. That isn't a style (obviously), but it describes this seasonal offering very well. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn that a hefeweizen yeast strain was used. No other way to get that distinctive clove-like flavor.
There isn't much banana, but a tart 'n tangy lemon peel fruitiness is present. Probably the combination of acidulated malt, hops and yeast. Most big beer lovers will find the flavor to be on the subtle side, but it's pleasing my palate mightily this morning. If the ABV was a little lower, this would be an ideal summertime session ale.
The malts taste mostly pale, with a slight toastiness in the background. Willamette and Strissel Spalt hops provide a fair amount of flavor and just enough bitterness (15 IBUs) to keep things in relative balance. Even more hoppiness would have been great... as always.
The mouthfeel could stand to be a little bit bigger and more expansively creamy. That said, it keeps the 'pleasurable' and 'easy drinking' trains rolling right along.
Firestone Walker deserves credit for not brewing yet another bland American pale wheat ale that would bore the palate of most craft beer lover to tears. Solace is an outstanding summertime quaffer. I find some solace in the fact that it's available on-line. Too bad shipping is ridiculously expensive.
06-07-2010 12:24:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
Appearance: Pours a relatively clear honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly for a wheat beer; not much lacing, either
Smell: Smells a bit like banana custard, with bananas and vanilla prominent, along with clove and a hint of citrus peel
Taste: Bananas, clove and vanilla, up front, but the flavors take on a decidedly sour tone by mid-palate; increasingly yeasty in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Overall: This one may have a bit of age on it - hence the prominence of the sour twang; still, the combination of flavors of an American Wheat and a Saison are not something I would really crave again
04-28-2012 18:14:12 | More by brentk56
3.05/5 rDev -16.9%
hazy bright golden yellow coming through immediately. Nice white puffy head on top quickly faded leaving behind a broken crown and some nice carbonation.
The aroma was odd. Very light and almost non existent at times. What was there seemed a touch artificial to me to be honest. Light grain and some off fruit notes, not very appealing at all. The flavor was a little bit better, but still very weak in my eyes. It started with a nice rush of light grain, some mild fruitiness as well. Light touches of peach and passion fruit I guess highlighting it, but leaving quickly with only a touch of light grass like flavor in the finish, which was itself short-lived.
08-27-2011 02:08:12 | More by mikesgroove
3.08/5 rDev -16.1%
A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a moderate white head on top.
S: There is a slight sourness to the nose which is present in many of these pale wheat ales. A bit of bread and lemon/citrus as well.
T: There is a nice spice character to the beer that I did not expect from the nose. Cloves and a hint of banana make this seem almost hefeweizen-like for a moment. The sweet, bready and caramel malts follow.
M: The body is a bit on the light side with a moderate carbonation.
D: One of the only "meh" offerings I've come across from Firestone Walker. This isn't bad, but I wouldn't really be interested in having this one again.
05-15-2010 02:49:40 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev -6%
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.
05-30-2013 19:37:55 | More by TMoney2591
3.1/5 rDev -15.5%
12 oz stubby bottled on 06/08/10.
Cloudy, yeasty blond in my glass. An inch of head forms initially, but it settles away to nothing more than a thin crown.
The nose is citrusy, tropical, wheaty, rather sweet with a honey-like presence and a touch of banana.
The flavors closely resemble the aroma; yeasty spice, citrus and wheat malt are prominent. There's a bit of grainy astringency and a light peppery kick, but not much in the way of bitterness. The finish leaves some lingering banana and spice on the tongue, along with an odd astringent harshness that becomes wearying after half a bottle.
Pretty boring beer overall. Not necessarily bad, but decidedly mediocre.
10-12-2010 03:38:41 | More by largadeer
3.78/5 rDev +3%
i thought this was a very nice fruity summer wheat beer, maybe my favorite of the season thus far. pours a hazy golden to brassy orange color, with an average white head. smells like hefe yeast, banana notes, some spice. flavor is equally yeast dominated with a major fresh banana palate. also some good wheat malts in there that give it a light but flavorful body, and some late hop additions that crisp it right up in the finish and make it feel lighter than it is. feel is excellent for a summer beer, enough body there to maintain interest, but also very drinkable. a good outdoors beer. bright carbonation and quick finish make it a nice refresher without being too fruity or citric. overall a well balanced summer beer, and a major departure from the woody hop bombs firestone walker usually produces.
05-06-2012 20:28:18 | More by StonedTrippin
3.15/5 rDev -14.2%
Looks like a Hefeweizen, with the cloudy golden amber color in the Ommegang chalice. Nice head and general sudsiness in the mouth. A faint fruity, wheat malt aroma.
The striking characteristic is how dry this beer is. If it's true this is a half brother to a Saison, that might explain it, but it doesn't make it any better. Just a ghost of wheat malt, like a touch of bubblegum without the estery flavors. Maybe an improvement on many of the scratchy and dull American Wheats, but the bitter club soda taste obscures the hoped-for kiss of malt.
It's another flavorful beer in the lower-alcohol range, so I give it some credit. But that bitterish, cardboard aftertaste just doesn't go away. 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.
05-16-2012 04:39:00 | More by mactrail
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
a - Pours a orange-golden color that is somewhat murky. Pours an inch of white head that leaves quickly annd high carbonation evident.
s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and wheat. Also has some musty, earthy malts to it.
t - Tastes of fruity malts, bananas and tropical fruit, hint of citrus, cloves, and wheat.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.
d - A pretty easy drinking pale ale. I would have liked more fruit in the smell and less musty/earthy tones, but the taste made up for it. Could definitely drink a few of these. Would give another shot.
09-03-2010 21:04:07 | More by mdfb79
3.08/5 rDev -16.1%
12 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a hazy orange with a light white head, good retention.
S: Peaches, candied oranges, but rather light.
T: Stone fruit, nice yeastiness, but overall a mild fruity flavour. It's just OK and doesn't stand out in this category.
M: Crisp and clean, medium-bodied.
D: This could make a nice summer refresher, but it's not very complex and is really more like an American Wheat Beer than a Saison.
04-11-2010 22:04:05 | More by Halcyondays
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Appearance: hazy orange yellow with a short wispy head.
Smell: yeast and some citrus tones come through to the nose.
Taste: mild malt profile with some grassiness, a bit of pepper, lemon zest, and an overall earthy quality. Bitterness is mild.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp throughout and mildly refreshing.
Overall: an easy to consume beer. This one is not overly exciting either, but drinkable.
12-23-2011 15:40:59 | More by Gavage
2.9/5 rDev -21%
12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-gold.
Sm: Light and pleasant citrusy/floral notes. Very mild in strength, but incredibly inviting.
T: Light cream on the open is very welcome, and the body is light plain barley. The real joy is in the floral, honey, and light citrus notes atop the foundation. It's a simple beer, but a balanced and pleasant one.
Mf: Very light. Very smooth and wet, suiting the understated flavours.
Dr: It's very drinkable, and with how light it is I'm impressed it's 6%. I'd have it again on draught. I wish it were more complex, but for what it's trying to do it's successful. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.
10-05-2011 01:20:44 | More by kojevergas
3.58/5 rDev -2.5%
Draft at The Wurst Place in Seattle, WA.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with prominent grassy hops along with tropical/citrus fruit notes, bready yeast and pale malt. There's also some biscuity malt countering the grassy pine and citrus.
Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a balance of earthy hops, tart yeast and light fruit. Tight carbonation with spicy coriander and clove followed by lemon rind, bread and pale malts. Dry, tart finish.
08-08-2012 00:35:27 | More by corby112
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured a cloudy yellow with good carbonation and a nice white head. Nose is light wheat, banana and citrus. Taste is some citrus, banana and clove. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with clove, banana and some wheat. Drinkability is good. Would drink again but not to seek out.
04-30-2010 04:45:03 | More by barleywinefiend
4.33/5 rDev +18%
(Served in a bowtie glass)
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.
07-04-2013 04:03:15 | More by rhoadsrage
Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.