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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

507 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 37
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of dcook11
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a two finger white head into the pint glass that dissapears within 20 secounds. High carbonation. No lacing. The color of the beer is dark yellow or very light orange. Pale and hazy because of the yeast.

S- Over ripe bananas, clove, spice, cotton candy, and a touch of hops.

T- Over ripe bananas spice, and a touch of hops.

M- Light to medium bodied.

O- Great summer beer! Refreshing!

Photo of Brewermeister
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Rather taking a well-traveled path, Firestone Walker is paving a new one by overlapping beer styles. Part German Wheat and part Saison, which is great as standard summer Wheats are aplenty these days. Typical hazed orange color with good head retention, check. The aroma beats expectations with well-rounded malt, floral hops and a mild, yeasty nutti- ness. Very smooth, with a fluffy, moderate-size body. Lots of malt to go around; toasty and malty with a quick kiss of sweetness. Hops lay down a balancing bitterness while the yeast and acidulated malt provide a refreshing twang in the drying finish.

Why just a summer seasonal? The brewer surely knows this rivals many of the well- known Wheat Ales. Firestone raises the bar for Wheat Ales everywhere.

Photo of JosiahS
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

g: Pint

a: Typical hazy golden orange color. Nice 1-2 finger white head, very uniformed. Minimal lacing.

s: Initial, wheat grain aroma. Getting past that, i get coriander bubblegum and lemon. Super soft cracker. That's about it.

t: Noticeably more flavorful that some other american wheats i've had, which is refreshing. Very juicy, mango-orange flavor, nice light citrus hop throughout. It still has the coriander and bubblegum as well. Finishes clean.

m: Medium, juicy mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation.

d: One of the better wheats i've had so far, very drinkable.

Photo of Nickdrake
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of TheMarkE
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale gold, with moderate foam and lacing.

Smell: Wheat and banana.

Taste: Wheat, lemongrass, banana. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

The Verdict: Excellent. Well balanced and tasty, this is the best summer seasonal I’ve had this year. I really need to try and get up to the brewery soon and try a fresh draft of this.

Photo of dwilson01
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass, small amount of head that is pretty clean looking, dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

It's got a great look to it, I love that unfiltered cloudy appearance that it has. It looks like the meat of a mango after you cut into it which is cool.

Smells like this is going to be a refreshing one, it's very mellow on the nose, lots of fruity scent here. Mostly banana and maybe just because I think it looks like a mango this is a preconceived one, but I smell mango too, not only that but a perfectly ripe one too.

The taste is, well let me quote myself talking to myself..."good, that's really good," I was surprised to be honest, and I did have fairly high expectations for this beer to begin with as well! Lots of maltiness in this one, it's smooth and refreshing, and although there is a lot of malt it's not too sweet at all. A great blend between a hefeweizen with the citrusy flavoring and what I guess you call a "saison." The fruity blend in the flavor is mostly apricot, and definitely the banana I picked up in the nose. The finish leaves a bit of a sour taste in the back of the throat as well, but just like the sweet flavor it is very smoothed out and barely detectable.

Mouthfeel is definitely not bad, but it's not the defining characteristic of this beer like the flavor is. It is definitely a thicker malty cream feel throughout the taste and I enjoy it thoroughly.

Quite drinkable, the smoothness, sweet and sour dichotemy, and great fruity flavors in here make this an extremely enjoyable beer. It's got the base of a wheat beer but it's so much more at the same time. Whereas many wheat brews seem to require a slice of lemon or orange to make them drinkable this one stands all on its own and I think that's the way a beer should be broken into.

Photo of blackc5
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Auraan
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Pretty standard for the style. Scents of clove and banana. Flavor is mild with doughy bread overtones, a bit of spice, slight citrus peel and a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Another good summer wheat beer, refreshing and sessionable without being overwhelming.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Destral
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of sukwonee
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.