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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

476 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 23 | 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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barnzy78

Illinois

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

12oz bottle, hazy, pale-golden colored ale topped with a foamy, white head that holds decent retention. Fresh aroma with plenty of yeast, wheat, citrus, faint bubblegum. Tastes are nutty, wheat, yeast, grassy, lemon zest - nice balance. Fuller bodied, creamy, nice carbonation. What I expect from a APWA. Nothing wrong with it, nothing extraordinary, but just a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 20:42:56 | More by barnzy78
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Gobzilla

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma really had a big wheat character with banana, clove spice, slight citrus and bready malty notes. Upfront on the palate the maltiness stike first that did mesh quite well with the banana and clove spice flavors but also had slight citrus accents. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet slight citric but bready grainy malt finish. It drank alright but not great and was pretty tasty. I could probably drink 2 12oz but that's it. Good offering from firestone;good job.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 19:01:39 | More by Gobzilla
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy orange/straw color. Poured a thin white fizzy head that went to nothing. No lacing.

S: Citrus and banana Banana. Light spices, cloves and coriander and wet bread.

T: Banana and clove are very pronounced in the front and middle. Finish is sweet with mild coriander.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, refreshing and slightly sweet.

O: Beyond its lackluster appearance, nothing really wrong with the beer. Nose a little muted and maybe should be a bit more carbonated. Just seemed to have a couple misses here and there.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 19:54:13 | More by Haybeerman
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popery

California

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

City Beer Store. Oddly bland and boring for Firestone Walker. I don't think this one was a very good choice for their new six-pack beer. Pours a cloudy light golden color with a decent white head that dissipated a bit quickly. The aroma is weak - mild but decent malt, a touch of citrus/orange, nondescript yeast. The flavor is just nondescript. I'm not a big fan of "summer beers," and I imagine that was what they were shooting for here, but this is a beer that I won't remember in a week. For that matter, this beer is getting a healthy style bump - I don't get why there are so many bland American-style wheat ales. Sorry, FW, you make a lot of incredible beers, but this isn't one of them.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 04:42:11 | More by popery
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-08-2014 03:16:58 | More by KAF
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9%

07-07-2014 03:10:58 | More by wrightst
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rau71 for this extra in a recent trade, one of the few Firestone Walker regulars that hasn't passed through my intestines yet. 12 oz. bottle popped open while my wheat-hating wife is out & about (or out & aboot, if you're Canadian). Bottle date is MIA.

Pour is liquid. Yellow, too, light. Nose is heavy on the clove & banana, which almost drowns out the background wheat.

Solace could almost stand up to my favorite wheat beer makers in WI, New Glarus...almost. Wheat is more evident in the taste than in the nose, but the classic clove/banana comes on hard on its heels. Fleeting ghost of citrus. Lively & easy to drink, this is one that goes down in ounces rather sips.

Classic wheat beer that doesn't deviate from the formula, but is very easy on the lips. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:07:18 | More by maximum12
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

06-17-2013 04:04:40 | More by enelson
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper in color, with a big white head that fades rapidly. No lacing.

Smells of faint metal and orange.

Tastes citrus sweet, with a slight grainy quality. It's actually rather tasty and refreshing.

This is close to medium bodied, with a slight creaminess. It's very pleasant.

Above average drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 02:58:26 | More by EgadBananas
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Not what I expect from FWB but I guess they need a patio wheat beer to compete in that growing and lucrative market. That being said this is pretty good for the style though it verges on the Wit side with some cloves and banana notes in the nose and finish. Very drinkable though a little thin this is patio fodder and worth picking up for that reason.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 18:27:47 | More by canucklehead
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

08-10-2013 20:55:15 | More by AngusOg
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twelveinches

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-31-2012 05:47:46 | More by twelveinches
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

05-18-2013 22:29:28 | More by smartassboiler
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cdwil

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-29-2013 13:20:44 | More by cdwil
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harrymel

Washington

2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy glowing honey color with a very thin short lived white head that disappeared into a faint collar that didn’t leave any lacing.
S: Sweet notes of overly ripened banana and a hint of wheat.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but the flavor is still overwhelmed by creamy bananas. There is a good dose of spices in the mix too, and the aftertaste has a dash of lemon and orange zest mixed in.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation and a tingly, almost sharp, mouthfeel.
O: The flavor was decent enough but the carbonation was distracting. I would drink this again if it were there but I don’t think I’d spend any money on it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:28:03 | More by scottfrie
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-14-2014 01:18:02 | More by mattmarka1
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flexabull

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours a bright gold color with a faint white head.

Nose has a pretty strong honey presence. There are also some cream, and hard candies in there as well.

Taste is creamy, sweet, with that hard candy aspect also there in flavors. The beer has a definite thick feel, honey like, with a citrus lemon like zing on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice and thick, smooth too.

Drinkability is good. A nice refreshing beverage. Strikes me as being a good gateway to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 19:28:22 | More by flexabull
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw, near white head, lots of lace. Looks inviting.

S - Sharp, a little bite, a little funk. Malt way in the background.

T - Taste pretty close to smell, but not as inviting overall. Getting wet paper in the end.

M - Medium to light, good carb, don't really love the finish or balance.

D - Extra cold on a hot day, not too bad, I would bet!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 23:19:22 | More by srandycarter
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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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gtermi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-12-2013 06:45:52 | More by gtermi
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-27-2013 20:58:25 | More by ste5venla
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emmasdad

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly off-white foam. Aromas of floral hops, somewhat grassy, bubblegum and biscuit. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of good hops, as well as some pears, peaches and biscuit malt.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:20:22 | More by emmasdad
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-30-2014 00:46:33 | More by DarthKostrizer
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-01-2012 00:58:48 | More by crobinso
Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.