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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

485 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 24 | 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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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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

Arizona

4/5  rDev +9%

A: cloudy gold bright white head. head is small lace is ok

S: sweet banana with spice very inviting smell much better with the yeast swirled in like a hefe

T: banana and clove with slight tart finish makes this refreshing not much funky flavors like a normal saison

M: light Mouth med carbonation

D: refreshing very drinkable

overall: This beer needs the yeast! without swirl and pour at the end it would get a much lower grade from me. I am shocked they dont tell you to pour this like a German hefe. A very good beer.

06-14-2010 23:53:11 | More by JamisonM
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digitalbullet

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

06-13-2010 17:43:52 | More by digitalbullet
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ebin6

California

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

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

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

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

"Women give us solace, but if it were not for women we should never need solace."

--Don Herold

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
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jdense

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

05-31-2010 04:05:13 | More by jdense
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -6%

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.

05-28-2010 04:38:27 | More by SpdKilz
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -12%

12 oz bottle courtesy of tjensen3618 is a recent NHL BIF, thanks Tyler! Pours a very hazy medium gold color with a surprisingly small, lifeless off-white foam. Poor retention and zero lacing.

Nose has a ton of wheat tang and huskiness to it. Mix in some bubblegum and bananas with a shot or two of alcohol. Pretty unique smelling brew, not bad at all.

Kind of an oxidized malty flavor and sweet wheat. Somewhat creamy with too heavy of an alcohol presence for a summer brew. Almost gets cloying, but a little hop bite on the end keeps it from being so. Undercarbonated, for sure as not even a swirl can not get any bubbles to rise to the top. I was really looking forward to drinking this, my first FW brew. I would like to try it again to give it a fair shake, but this bottle was a bit disappointing.

05-28-2010 03:06:47 | More by twiggamortis420
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

05-28-2010 02:29:48 | More by ocelot2500
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searsclone

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

poured into a pint glass, butterscotch yellow with yeast floaters and a decent head and lace

smells bready and a little spicy

tastes bready, malty, and a little smokey and a mild sweet finish

mouthfeel is somewhat thick with a mild carbonation

drinkability is high, not my favorite wheat beer, but definitely one I will have again.

05-28-2010 02:06:24 | More by searsclone
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blackc5

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

A - Cloudy and golden, this lacked much head at the pour, and minimal lacing as well.

S - Fairly mild scents of citrus, banana, some spice and bread.

T - Quite nicely balanced. Some hefeweizen there in the wheat and banana, with just a touch of saison spiciness and fruit. This is a nice mix.

M - Just moderate carbonation and light bodied, it was nevertheless fuller than a typical hefe.

D - Very refreshing on a warm day, and I liked the mix of styles. Will pick up more of this while it is in season.

05-27-2010 00:11:52 | More by blackc5
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vertigelt1

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

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

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Pours with a hazy dark gold color with generous white head at first that dissipates to not much soon thereafter. Nose is very faint with some lemon/orange. Palate has light malt & wheaty flavors with a hint of citrus. Light bodied and light on the finish. Easy drinking.

05-24-2010 18:43:13 | More by yemenmocha
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popery

California

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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

California

2.05/5  rDev -44.1%

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.

05-21-2010 08:05:08 | More by Overlord
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

This is a golden cloudy color with a slight head and a little lacing. The scent is very citrusy, mainly lemon and oranges, but the wheat is present.

The taste is pretty typical of a wheat ale. There is a little bit of a bite at the end which is nice and it is also quite smooth.

This is great on a hot summer day.

05-19-2010 04:17:45 | More by VWBuggirl
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t420o

California

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Bought a 6-pack at at BevMo.I hate how they keep some of their beers warm. My 6-pack was warm so I gave it a day in the fridge and poured into a pint glass.

Appearence is excellent. All my friends remarked that every beer should look so good. Unfiltered and beautiful. Golden yellow and orange and cant see a centimeter into it.

Sadly that was the best part about it.

Smell- lacking one. Mildly sweet and fruity.

Taste- Lacking one also. Very mild. Very weak. It's not bad, just not what I was expecting from a Firestone Walker beer. Hints of fruit. Just bland.

Mouthfeel- Pretty good from what I remember. Not too heavy or light.

Drinkability- Too easy. The lack of taste and fact that it's extremely smooth make consuming it too easy. I killed the 6er in no time.

Not a bad beer, just would like some more flavor. No offense to the women out there, but I think this is a good beer for the ladies.

05-18-2010 23:28:12 | More by t420o
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Chizoad

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

I was quite impressed by the pint that came my way. Not much in the way of head, but a beautiful, cloudy, unfiltered mass of beer. Orange-yellow.

Picked up some fruit, perhaps orange blossom and grapefruit on the nose, along with a bit of sweetness.

It's really too bad that the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, although that's not to say it tastes bad. I got muted fruit, and mostly sweetness.

Medium body, light carbonation. Pretty easy drinking, just left wanting slightly more from the beer than it gave me.

05-15-2010 16:21:33 | More by Chizoad
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womencantsail

California

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
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Spikester

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

05-14-2010 06:12:40 | More by Spikester
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nickd717

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

05-09-2010 02:09:14 | More by nickd717
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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DijonKetchup

California

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

04-29-2010 20:59:14 | More by DijonKetchup
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livewire78

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

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!!

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

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Are they testing this in the Vegas area? I think the last 5 reviews are all from us in town! Anyways tried this from a pint glass. Hazy golden, on the light side of the color spectrum, with virtually no head and subsequently no retention or lacing. I was really surprised about that. Smell was very pleasant, almost hefe like. Some banana, yeast, straw and biscuit, a little citrus. Taste was good but not as nice as the smell. A subtle dry malt with some lemon and citrus. Some grassy/straw parts there too. Overall thought it was under carbonated and left a dry feeling in the mouth behind. This was not a bad beer at all. I applaud Firestone for doing something that probably isnt their specialty and doing a good job. Just not a great job.

04-22-2010 22:36:14 | More by bunnyhustle
Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.