Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 509
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010

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Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy, hazy golden straw color with light foam that rapidly died down. The nose is full of a light banana and clove aroma. Not a big domineering aroma but it makes its presence known and is rounded by a light, slight funk—not in a bad way, more beery/estery. The flavor has a big banana bubblegummy estery goodness to it, much more pronounced than the aroma would lead one to believe. Lightly tart, too. Nice carbonation keeps this light and easy drinking. Effervescence and enjoyable, went great with pizza and salad.

No bottled on stamp but I saw the place on the label where it should have gone. Go figure.

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Photo of Overlord
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a hazy copper color with a nice lacey white head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is wheaty with lemon and slight caramel. Subtle but good.

Flavor is wheat, Munich malt, caramel, lemon, banana, spice, and some grain. Decently tasty, but nothing outstanding. Clean, crisp, and somewhat dry on the palate.

Medium body for the style.

This is pretty drinkable, and definitely a reasonable summer wheat beer. Very enjoyable in the right situation. I heard this one was a flop from one of the first people I knew who had it, but I'd disagree. This one should go over pretty well with Joe Sixpack and shouldn't offend the serious beer geek. For an American Pale Wheat Ale, it's pretty damned good.

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Photo of rawfish
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw body with a good amount of haze. On the pour you can make the head as large as you would like but retention is poor and lacing is barely hanging on.

Not much of an aroma, yeasty and slightly musty with Belgian saison spice of coriander and powder. Husky and raw malt aromas come up while hops are light and grassy with a note of lemon zest.

Bready with a lemongrass and wheat twang. Light coriander and powder spice notes. Hops are balancing and grassy. Very crisp but the raw husky taste of the wheat and malt keeps it from being very clean.

Adequate carbonation and a slight bitterness keep the palate scrubbed nicely with lingering grains. Moderate body, heavier than most summer ales.

A hybrid saison and wheat beer, spice notes make it bright and things interesting on an overall average brew. Easy to put down a few.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/27/2013. My first beer from Firestone Walker in quite some time, and this might possibly be my first review of one of their beers.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. #properglassware.

A - Pours just under a finger of off-white suds that disappears quickly. Body is a dark golden yellow with a murky tint to it. Some bubbles floating topside.

S - The smell isn't really doing it for me. Light wheat, grass, some lemon, some grains, but there is too much bubblegum malt & cloves for my liking.

T - Taste follows the nose with pervasive bubblegum malts and clove overpowering the light grains, wheat, & lemongrass. Some orange, some grainy wet cardboard. There's a hint of funky yeast on the finish, which is nice, but I was still hoping for an earthier, grassier beer, considering this classifies itself as an "unfiltered wheat beer".

M - Feel is crisp, with a bitter & dry finish. Some clove spice lingering.

Overall, it is a highly drinkable beer, but I am just not enjoying the flavor profile. Tastes too "Belgian" to be an American pale wheat ale. It was nice to try, but I'll stick to Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer.

Firestone Walker Solace ---3/5.

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Photo of Offa
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is good, but a bit strong for what you get.

Hazy pale amber-orange, it has a small off-white head soon vanishes completely. It looks just ok.

Aroma is mineral, grain, hay, some apple, faint hints of clove and banana. It's good, but not great.

Taste is grain, light raisiny alcohol, fermented pears, hint of clove-like bubblegum, lemony zestiness. It's a bit sweet, but has good, well-rounded character and good depth. It has a nice, full feel and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of WeisGuy
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle stamped with bottled on date of 7/12/11.

Served cold into a pint glass, Solace is a hazy straw yellow color with about a 1/2" of short-lived head. No lacing so a pretty common looking wheat ale. Nothing wrong with that.

Aroma is nice with elements of German and American wheat ale yeasts. A little banana and clove mixed with some spicy hops.

Flavor is good and clean, dry and crisp. It has ample hopping without turning into an extra pale wheat or something like Lagunitas would make. Good sweetness from the malt goes a long way to balance it out. At 6%, it's one of the stronger pale wheat beers out there, bridging the gap between hefe and saison or weizenbock.

Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced, an easy-drinking summer wheat ale.

Overall, this is definately a good version of the style. I'm not sure why the other reviewers don't see it that way. Maybe if they used wild yeasts, barrel aged it, and made it 12% ABV it would score higher.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep pale straw in color and sports a thin hard fought cap of foam. Retention is bit brief.

Nose or wheat and barley with a touch of lemony hop. Yeast notes expand with warming to offer a touch of funk and light pear notes.

Flavor carries forward the wheat influence and is somewhat sweet of lemon, particularly given the light carbonation which seems at odds to the rest of the six pack. Offers a smooth feel and finish with a nice touch of spice on the close and a long citric finish.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was straw orange. Light gray lacing that went away very quickly. No film on the sides.

Initial smell was alcohol, then came the banana and cloves. Circus Peanuts, grass, wheat, bread, bubblegum, and some light lemon citrus notes.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got wheat, cloves and banana up front. Also grass, bread and light Circus Peanuts (not as much as the smell).

Light-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Refreshing.

I’ve had the Solace many times before, but this was the first time I rated it. It was just like I remembered it, decent, but not good. It is good for a June/July day, though.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden orange color with less than a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving lackluster lacing.

Smell - Grains, wheat, slight hops and bready malt. Slight citrus such as lemon zest.

Taste - Honestly an odd taste. Prevalent wheat and lemon/orange zest. A slight metallic flavor also? Kind of an "ehh" beer to me.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability - I guess if I was drinking this on a hot summer day it might be better, but I'm just not feeling this beer.

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Photo of Phelps
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the tap into a small tasting glass.

Cloudy sunflower yellow, hazy enough to obscure most everything behind — which makes sense, since this stuff is “craftily unfiltered.” A frothy, sticky, glorious one-inch head of egg shell diminishes slowly, leaving lines of sticky lace gripping the walls. Lots of beautiful spatter.

Wheat, hints of lemon peel and coriander in the nose are nice, but they’re all behind a soapy character that's hard to get away from.

The flavor has rid itself of soap, thankfully. Here we have oodles of wheat, a bit of pear, orange peel, coriander spice and a hint of banana. I’d rank this somewhere between a Belgian wit and an American pale wheat ale.

Light, massaging bubbles amidst a velvety medium body with nice, soft smoothness. It’s a little heavy for the style, but the finish is drying and clean.

I’m not finding solace in Solace. The flavors aren't bad, but there are better, more refreshing wheats out there.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white 2 finger head, good retention, leaving behind a thick, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of heavy yeast. Notes of banana and wheat.

Taste - A light bubblegum yeast and banana upfront, a touch of spice. Aftertaste rings with a hint of citrus, and a mellow pineapple zing. Complex and delicious!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Silky smooth and a touch creamy. Carbonation is lively and leaves a nice tingle.

Overall - This beer is simply fantastic. I'm really impressed. Drinks closer to a hefeweizen, but I can definitely taste the saison influence, particularly in the finish. Only available in the summer months? Boo! We want year-round release!

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle : tulip snifter

Lightly hazy, golden orange with a foamy white head.

Aroma and taste is mostly fruity banana and wheat.

Medium body, smooth, prickly carbonation.

An easy drinking, well made beer. Definitely well suited for warm weather.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy light gold/dark straw. Head is bright-white and drops to a wispy nothingness in short order. Lively carbonation.

Smell: Wheaty. Grass, touches of banana and clove. Sweet. Corn and apples. Was this hit with a Belgian yeast strain. Reminds me of a traditional hefeweizen. Loaded with fruity sweetness. Very bright. Some bubblegum and pale malts. Mildly earthy.

Taste: Lemon and earthy fruit. Dirt, grass, and the distinct bite of wheat. Yeast drops some big ripe banana with a faint clove spiciness. Sweet and pale. Lingering sweetness. Bubblegum on the back. Yeasty without being overbearing. Very clean. Some mild funk layered in the back, but it's mostly hay. Slightly toasted.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light with a decent carbonation. Incredibly clean and bright. Easy drinking and highly quaffable.

Overall: Hello summertime in a bottle. If this doesn't make your list of hot summer beer, nothing will.

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Photo of DCon
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack of this from Albertsons Grocery in Los Angeles, CA for $8.99. Grabbed one of the 12 FL OZ baby blue bottles with a sun around the O in Solace and poured into my 0,4l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. No freshness date on the bottle. (Enjoyed before Game 1 of the World Series- STL vs. TX.)

Aroma- Strong grapefruit aroma from the beginning with tons of grain. Has a nice hop aroma but everything well balanced in the aroma. Seems like it is going to be smooth and great tasting Hefeweizen style brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies very quickly (unusual). Has a deep golden color body that is hazy and nice to look at. At this point, others at the party are wondering what other brews I'm going to be breaking out since these have such good appearance. Leaves good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has a good grainy taste to start and then the citrus flavor kicks in huge! Very nice tasting, sweet and has good strength. This Hefe puts some pop into your mouth!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, and has good flavor all the way through past enjoyment!

Overall Impression- This Hefe was almost stronger than the ABV's are listed! I didn't mind this though since the citrus flavor was so dominant. Since this is a limited release, I don't think I'm going to be seeing this one anytime soon (until next summer if I go back to Cali).

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Photo of jdense
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Alembic SFO 5.29.2010, $6.00 for imperial pint poured into nonic glass.

Light golden fairly clear body (chill haze?) one finger white head, medium dissipation with some lacing. Nose is pretty spicy, coriander with some lemon zest. The taste is quite sweet, more like a wit than a APWA, a bit too sweet for the style, may be attributable to the yeast, a bit funky. Mouthfeel is medium, minimal effervescence. Pretty drinkable, but once again too sweet for the style. My least favorite Firestone Walker beer to date.

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Photo of Spikester
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold with a two finger white head. Few lacings. Head recedes to a tiny ring.
Aroma is rising bread dough. Taste is somewhat puzzling though. First thing I thought there was some macro-type corniness which transitioned to a Belgian type yeast. Has all the goodness of a wheat beer with the take no prisoners yeast flavor. I like it though it probably won't be have a regular place in my cooler.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of light wheat and citrus notes.

Tastes of wheat notes with some spice on the end. Notes of banana and clove come through. Citrus notes also present with some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is light and has a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Yellow straw color with a hint of orange. Very hazy although a differnt hazy from other Wheat's I've had. One finger head the instantly disappears and leaves no lacing.

S: Banana, cloves, coriander, lemon. Light graininess. Typical wheat beer. A tad muted.

T: Banana is the dominate flavor. Cloves are next. Coriander spiciness comes through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Could definitely be creamier. Tad high in carbonation. Still refreshing as a wheat beer should be.

O: Disappointing, only because this is Firestone. I'm getting to a point where if their beer doesn't blow me away then I'm disappointed. Still a good beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of bottles of Solace in a grocery store while vacationing in Nevada. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow gold color and is an unfiltered cloudy. Modest white head leave little or no lace on the glass.

Smell is faint and sweet. There are soft fruit notes like peaches and pears, along with some light grain scents.

Taste is very sweet, more like a witbier I think. A little sweet bread flavor up front and then a ton of sweetness, pears and melons maybe a bit of a pineapple flavor when you put it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but fairly clean.

Overall a very drinkable and flavorful wheat ale.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a pint glass, the color was an hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. The smell of yeast and mild hops were evident in the aroma. The taste had a pleasant flavor of fruits and spice. Although, even with the pleasant flavor, it was just a little on the weak side, of flavor. But, overal it would be a great summer sipper!

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Photo of rowew
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, ABV is marked but I don't see a date.

Appearance: Orange yellow with a slight haze, average head that fades to a think layer that sticks around.

Smell: Yeast funk, a bit of banana, and just a hint of floral hops. Wheat aroma comes through more as it warms.

Taste: Nice combination of wheat, spicy yeast flavors, and just a little bit of citrus. There is some hop bitterness in there balancing things out.

Overall impression: Great wheat beer, could definitely enjoy several of these. I can't think of another wheat off hand that I'd rather have.

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Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, hazy, golden-yellow in color with a thick, fluffy, white head.

S: Toasted wheat, banana, spice, bread.

T: Fruity, bready, sweet, toasted wheat and malt. Tasty stuff.

M: Smooth, sweet, crisp. Good body and good flavor.

O: A very good wheat beer that I would gladly drink again. And hopefully will be able to again on draft.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.