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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

155 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 155
Hads: 509
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 7.46%
Wants: 42
Gots: 26 | 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

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Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010

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Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Fry's Foods on 10/2/12 for $7.99. Bottled on 7/12/12.

Beer comes out in a perfect pour, nice 2 finger white head, with little lacing left behind.

Nose is typical for a wheat, not much there. Some hints of lemongrass.

Taste has hints of lemongrass with a nice even hop balance that makes for easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light to medium , refreshing.

Overall this is a nice wheat beer that is very refreshing. (436 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow with a fluffy white head that sits atop the beer. Some haze from the yeast in the bottom of the beer.

Aroma is of wheat and clove mostly. There is a little frutiness but it is mostly in the background.

The taste is mostly of bread and wheat. Very typical wheat beer flavors. Nice finish that is balanced towards sweetness over bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and body is medium.

Overall this is a typical wheat beer. It is technically flawless but it does not jump out as anything amazing. That being said the beer is very refreshing and rather enjoyable. (570 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque orange gold. Fine white head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Unripe banana, banana peel, orange, touch of lemon grass, sweet wheat.

T - Big, raw wheat flavor throughout the profile. Lemon acidity, edge of green banana.

M - Creamy, medium-full body. Nice carbonation.

O - Refreshing with a bolder flavor profile than most summer seasonals. Nice raw wheat character. (384 characters)

Photo of errantnight
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (2,003 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. The new FW bottles are awesome. They have the bottled-on date dot matrix printed on the bottle as well as clearly printed on the label. This is more than I can say about the numerous local beers I've picked up, contemplated and put back.

The beer itself is a hazy orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk, leaving some lacing, this looks decent. Despite not being particularly cold, the nose is lacking. It does have some banana and some clove, but both notes are modest and not expressed fully enough. A fresh, bready aroma is also present.

The palate is light in body and opens moderately strong on the clove but without enough banana. The fruit profile (from the yeast, of course),is a bit on the weak side, and coupled with the thin palate with bready flavors but without the fullness from the wheat, this beer does come across as flawed. In addition, the acidity, while higher than you'd expect, doesn't really work with the flavor profile. The carbonation is medium-high, adding to the acidity and keeping the finish from picking up too much flavor. While this is a rather excellent combination of an American Pale Wheat Ale and a Hefeweizen, it does, by definition, come up short on the hedonic scale. Worthy. (1,279 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.16/5  rDev -40.3%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of Berndt
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 06/13/2012

Aroma - citrus, then Saison "zing"

Appearance - cloudy, orange

Flavor - tastes like a mild Saison initially, with a bit of sour in the aftertaste, along with a bit of German wheat clove.

Mouthfeel - light-medium body, medium carbonation

A good beer - flavorful, especially good in warmer weather. However, I thought it was considerably more flavorful last year, when I had it on draft a few times. (424 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (595 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Mild wheat and malt aroma. Starts with a moderate wheat ale with fruit, strong citrus flavor Finish is sour, acidic and soapy. Starts out OK, but not a very pleasant finish. Medium bodied and a decent mouth feel, otherwise a rare FW miss for me. No solace here. (349 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with nice head. The aroma is a little on the funky side with yeasty and gummy notes. I know that's what they are going for, but for me it can be off-putting. The yeast and spices dominate the palate with hop bitterness coming through and a dry finish. It's definitely a hybrid of sorts - not a true American Pale Wheat - with certain characteristics of a Saison and even a traditional Hef. I appreciate what they are going for, but for me this is not the summer beer I wanted it to be. It's a little too busy to lay back with, but from a technical standpoint FW can be commended. (605 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy haze of pale golden treasure, with a huge white head that has some lacing.

Smells of sweet wheat malts, with the barest hint of tangy lemon and yeast.

Taste is similar, with a hint of the sweet malts, clean and mild. Enough hops to balance and let you know they are there, and a light yeasty, kind of sweet aftertaste.

Texture is extremely smooth and drinkable, delicate, with a almost crisp, not quite dry finish.

A high quality brew. Flavors are balanced and nice. A session ale for sure, do not look for huge flavors, but do look to have this on a hot sunny day.

DOA (583 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light orange body, with half a finger head, lots of lacing

S: Spice, clove, lemon,

T: Follows the nose. This could pass for a light Hefeweizen, in my books. Banana, clove, lemon, but perhaps a bit spicy for the style.

M: Smooth, perfect amount of carbonation. Nice.

O: Quite nice brew! (300 characters)

Photo of goldendenizen
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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! (708 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (357 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of Bobheed
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sort of a honey golden color with tons of haziness. Has about a two finger soapy white head.

S: A little bit of spices in there, but mostly plantain and bread

T: Really crisp and bready, a little bit of orange sweetness to it as well. Definitely pick up the plantain more in the taste as well

M: Fairly high carbonation, really smooth, drinks super easy

Overall this is very good. A pretty simplistic beer, but a great representation of the style (453 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (724 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger width white head. Nice carbonation and medium retention. Pale gold-orange color with nice clarity. Fluffy lacing.

S- Wheat, light malts and subtle hops. Sugar, bubblegum, cloves and other sweet smells.

T- Crisp and bold sort of flavor. Wheaty and sweet. Wonderfully refreshing. Not particularly flavorful however.

M- Light bodied, heavy carbonation and wet finish.

O- Very drinkable but ultimately plain wheat beer. (497 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright gold with a hazy appearance. Tiny head and not much lacing.

Smell: Banana, appealing yeast, and light lemon aromas. Smells fresh and light.

Taste: Big banana flavor and a strong wheat bill. Yeast flavor is subdued, yet still noticeable. Not much else grabbing my attention.

Mouthfeel: Light and soft with medium carbonation and a smooth finish. Minimal bitterness.

Overall: Straightforward wheat beer that doesn't have much to distinguish itself from others within the style. (498 characters)

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