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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

454 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 454
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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gtn80

Maine

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained through a trade with StarRaptor. Poured from bottle into Guinness tulip glass.

Smell was pretty weak, definitely can tell it's a wheat beer through the aroma, but not a ton of aroma coming through.

Looks orangy yellow, cloudy due to being an unfiltered wheat.

The normal weizen tastes are there, banana & clove, but not in a typical German weissbeir way. Tastes almost citrusy, light.

Mouthfeel is good, silky smooth. Lost it's head quickly, but light and carbonated.

Drinkability is great, even at 6%. Great summer beer, hot weather is perfect for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:05:40 | More by gtn80
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livewire78

Indiana

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

Poured a golden amber color. Cloudy and pretty. Head isn't much to brag about.

Smells of banana and yeast. A little subdued for my taste. I guess that's pretty typical of the style, though.

Tastes really good. Lovely, light, refreshing, and sweet at the same time. Small amount of banana and clove at the front that fades to a nice mellow yeastiness. I'm not getting the sour that others pick up. Not an intense blast of flavor but what's there is impressive.

Feels just the way I like it. Full and slick at the same time. Not chewy or oily. Yummy!!

They should come up with a new term to describe how drinkable this stuff is. Would be perfect on a hot sunny day or for just lounging and watching the Royals kick some ass!! Yeah, I said it. Royals!!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 00:30:45 | More by livewire78
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anchordrinker

California

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, orange-golden appearance that glows in the light. Initially big head dissipates to a small rim. Not much lacing.

S- Sweet banana, spicy yeast, honey, wheat/grainy aromas with subtle citric undertones. Smells like a bavarian hefe with a little more acidic citrus, maybe even a little of sourness in it.

T- Banana, honey, very subtle hints of lemon juice, with an underlying dry grainy wheat flavor that comes through on the finish.

M- Light to medium body, ample prickly carbo further lightens it up.

D- It's very drinkable, but finishing one doesn't make me instinctively reach for another the way some other summer session beers might on a nice, warm spring day like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 20:15:25 | More by anchordrinker
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ebin6

California

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried pouring it into both a pint and hefewiesen glass. The bottle poured into the hefe glass was noticeably better

A - Pours a dark, golden yellow with a solid head which sticks around for almost the entire drink

S - Smells like more of a hefewiesen than a saison. Nutty, very wheaty/grainy, but with a refreshing fruitiness at the forefront

T - Slightly fruity upon hitting the lips. Finishes with an excellent hef taste. Grainy, nutty, delicious!

M - Great considering the style. Washes over the tongue with force and lingers nicely

D - Out of this world. Instantly a summer BBQ must have IMO

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 06:43:44 | More by ebin6
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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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JonathanG

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, bottled on 3/28/12.
2012 batch ABV is 4.8%, according to the bottle.

A: Hazy golden color, with a moderate head.

S: smells of bananas and light cloves, and hints of bubblegum, definitely like a belgian yeast strain, along with a hint of mandarin orange.

T: bananas, cloves, and mandarin orange upfront, then a grain-filled midpalate and finish, with hints of pear flesh, almost a hint salty too, like sea-air, along with more of the belgian yeast. I also like the little sour hints too.

M: Nice entry, the midpalate seems a touch soft, before the easy finish. Needs a touch more oomph, in my opinion.

O: I'll be curious to see how this does in the warmer upcoming weather. Seems like a nice refreshing American Pale Wheat Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:02:03 | More by JonathanG
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digitalbullet

California

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

Appearance: Hazy golden in color. Thick airy head that dissipates at a medium pace.
Smell: Orange peel, coriander, yeasty breadiness and slight banana notes
Taste: coriander, citrus and bready malts.
Mouthfeel: A tad too thin IMO. Slightly under carbonated.
Drinkability: Good summertime beer. Nothing to write home about. But defiantly a good summer BBQ beer. Will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 17:43:52 | More by digitalbullet
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DijonKetchup

California

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really excited to get this brew a few days ago, and being a fan of FW, I have high expectations for Solace. On to the beer...

Poured a bright yellow/oranage, looks very enticing. Head falls apart amazingly fast, which seems odd for a wheat-based beer. Smells of some citrus and yeast, not getting the banana or clove as anticipated. Maybe a bit bready. The first sip, I think there's something missing. Decent mouthfeel (from the wheat I assume) as expected, but it's just not there. Wow, just very ho-hum. Sure it's drinkable, but I am quite disappointed. No sense in saying "after mowing the lawn, 100 degree weather" beer, because I think that the adjunct lagers have that market sewn up. Nice try, no cigar.

**EDIT** I think it bears mentioning that this review was done as this beer was classified as a saison, not an American Wheat Beer. I guess that's the problem with "hybrids" and reviewing according to BJCP style guidelines.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 20:59:14 | More by DijonKetchup
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Pardishcreel

California

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is and orange opaque beer that is cloudy with a decent head on it.

The smell here is weak you get a little wheat, but its very minimal.

The first thing that I thought of when i tasted this beer was that it was light and watery. The was a fruity flavor to it though, it was banana orangy. Then it dissipated to watery.

As for the drinkability of this beer this is something I could drink on hot days, all day, because its not bad and its not going to feel you up, and you most likely wont get sick of the flavor, or lack there of.

Firestone I always want to like all there beers cause there brewery is 30 minutes from my house. This one just wasn't what they can do. Advice is if this is you first firestone try the double barrel its a much better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 04:34:08 | More by Pardishcreel
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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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goldendenizen

California

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

A: Hazy, beautiful, straw, blonde.

S: Strong unfiltered wheat goodness

T: a light malt heavy wheat summer ale. Hefeweizen with some cajones

M: lots of carbonation

O: I would def. purchase again. A very tasty light wheat brew to compliment a day out during summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:43:20 | More by goldendenizen
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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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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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ifnkovhg

California

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. Cloudy, orange color. Not much head upon pouring, but it lasts. The label didn't give any indication, but I was expecting an APWA based on its "craftily unfiltered" tag.

I'm not nearly as learned as most, I'd bet, but this reminded me more of a saison ala Great Divide's Colette. Somewhere between juicy and semi-dry, this is beer has a smooth, semi-full mouthfeel, with spicy and fruity notes. I'm getting a flashback from my cider days in Edinburgh.There's also yeast, of course. Carbonation is assertive. Definitely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 06:54:10 | More by ifnkovhg
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itlnstallion11

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from bottle...like a champ
A- The bottles alright, has a summery feel to it. Looks arabic. hAs anyone seen man-bear-pig?
S- Smells like banana whitefruit honey, slight caramel smelll and with a tinge of honey. And white malts.
M- Light yet silky. Deifnitely light for an ale.
O- A great summer beer. A Bavarian style hef. Flavorfull without the fillingness.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 06:06:43 | More by itlnstallion11
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Destral

Nevada

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Drinking it now during the NHL Playoffs!

Appearance:
Golden, cloudy, with very little head retention.

Smell:
A lot of citrusy notes, with a bit of banana

Taste:
I love the blending of the hefeweizen and saison styles. A little citrus, a little sour, lots of wheat. Delicious!

Mouthfeel:
Feels pretty light considering all the big beers and imperial stouts I've had lately. A bit heavier than a standard hefeweizen, but goes down very easily

Drinkability:
Witbiers are my go to for warmer weather, but considering I can't ever get Allagash White this is going to be my new choice! If it stays stocked that is. This was very smooth and drinkable, and at 6% its not really a slouch in the ABV department.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 03:18:02 | More by Destral
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irishgurl4

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker shaker pint glass, Solace pours a hazy yellow-orangey-pale brown with a slight white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is very slight but some agitation and warming yields a mild fruitiness. Definitely an American Wheat. Taste is fruity, but not overly, with no real hop bitterness. Aftertaste is kinda earthy. Mouthfeel is crisp and brisk across the tongue. With such a light body and mild flavor, but still packing a decent 6% abv, this beer is highly drinkable and would make a great summer in the backyard beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:24:34 | More by irishgurl4
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unseenbyyou

California

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to get a six pack for $8 at Trader Joe's. Had this last year and was unimpressed, but perhaps it is going to be better. (Nah...but still better than BMC)

Appearance: some head, limited carbonation, a nice opaque yellow, with minimal lacing

Smell: bananas, wheat, some sweet spices

Taste: a tad spicy at the end, wheaty, some citrus, but not tangy (might be improved with a piece of orange!)

mouthfeel: eh...the weakest part of the beer...leaves an average impression on the tongue...not impressed

Firestone Walker does so much great...but maybe they need to revamp the recipe for Solace to really drive sales on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:19:46 | More by unseenbyyou
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vertigelt1

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Quite cloudy medium maize colour. About a finger of whitish head that disippated very quickly. Smells like a wheat beer. Tastes citruisy with bready malts. Reminds me a lot of New Belgium Sunshine Wheat or Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. A tiny bit of spiciness, a smidge of cloves, absolutely no hint of bananas. Mouthfeel is thin but refreshing, very drinkable. Decent wheat beer, almost approaching a Saison, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 02:36:17 | More by vertigelt1
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cb462

California

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy goldenrod, with a 1/2" fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Clove and coriander, banana, and just a tad of lemon peel.

T: Sweet banana and clove again, almost saison-ish without the Belgian yeast characteristic. A little too sweet.

M: Light and crisp, fairly refreshing. Carbonation is high.

O: Overall, a decent beer. It kind of reminds me of a Belgian farmhouse ale, but not completely there. It is a little sweet for my liking, and the taste just makes me want to have a nice saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 04:52:12 | More by cb462
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KhourysBeerGuy

Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy gold with a moderate, quick-to-dissipate white head.

S - lemon and orange peel, banana.

T - quick flash of Runts candy, leading to classic bavarian hefe-bananas. lingering but light finish; slighty bready and herbal.

M - not overpowering at all. great carbonation and slipperiness. very well balanced to the taste.

D - very high. I could see myself having a few of these this summer, especially at 6%.

Overall, I really dig this beer. Very well balanced and drinkable. I swear, one day I will find something on here to write a scathing review about.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 03:26:15 | More by KhourysBeerGuy
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shwillivanilli

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours hazy golden yellow with a tint of orange, thin white head, very little lacing

S- banana, cloves, wheat, spice. Light citrus note

T-mostly a light wheat with banana note, light spice with clean finish kind of dry

M-light and refreshing. Good carb.

O- not a huge fan of wheat beers, but always good alternative on a hot day. Better of the style in my opioin. I could probably sit down and drink a 6 pack to myself. Light and resfreshing. Wish it came in cans so I can take it to the pool! Lol

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 00:14:51 | More by shwillivanilli
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Brewermeister

California

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with slight head that fades quickly. The banana and cloves remind me of a German hef rather than an american...Also oranges as well ...a bit of spice from the yeast reminds me a little of a saison...A great summer beer. I love you Firestone Walker

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 05:28:07 | More by Brewermeister
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ahemahem

California

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 03:10:08 | More by ahemahem
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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
Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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