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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

492 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 34
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Rainier, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of dcook11
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

dcook11, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of OgreSanchez
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Schwillis
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Schwillis, Sep 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

theempire, Jun 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Wedcat, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

goosewhisperer, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

creez, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Waveoff
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Waveoff, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Inviting hazy golden-yellow color with a 3 finger off-white head which leaves good lacing.

S - Delightful aroma of butterscotch, clove, and fruit

T – Esters of banana, nectarine, lemongrass, and clove. Malt comes in just enough to bring balance without ever becoming prevalent. Lingering aftertaste is subtle hops. So well balanced that one flavor never really dominates.

M – Well carbonated (one could say perfectly so), medium bodied, finishes clean and crisp.

O – Wow, is this good. A complex, flavorful, brew that Blue Moon only wishes it could be. This is my new favorite for the style. Kudos to Firestone Walker.

TempeBeerMan, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Brewermeister
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Brewermeister, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

JosiahS, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of blackc5
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

blackc5, May 27, 2010
Photo of TheMarkE
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

TheMarkE, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of dwilson01
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

dwilson01, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Nickdrake
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%

Nickdrake, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Auraan
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Auraan, May 09, 2013
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Jul 08, 2012
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.

Destral, Apr 17, 2010
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!

sukwonee, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mom for retrieving this one from the Left Coast. Fizzy pour that kicks up a big although very transient bubbly head leaving zero lace or trace of foam. Body is slightly hazy, honey colored. Smell is lemongrass, chalky, hint of bananas. Taste is nice. Faintly lemony, hint of bananas, light sweetness, refreshing and wet. Body is medium light and crisply carbonated, works well with the taste. Overall I could drink a half gallon of this very thirst quenching beer, even better if it wasn't January in Minnesota but rather July.

JackieTH, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of PintOHops
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - A hazy orange/yellow brew with a 2-finger head that held decently before dissipating into a thin lace atop the beer. It held that same thin lace for awhile & dissipated further into a ring but left no lacing.

S - A typical American Wheat aroma, yeasty with bubble gum, soft banana, muted clove. Wheat with a soft malted barley and orange fruit. It's a nice refreshingly inviting aroma.

T - A very flavorful brew with lots of orange & lemony citrus cutting through the wheat & yeast throughout. Soft banana/orange/zests and clove middle to end, and it finishes with a noticeable hop flavor and clove on the finish. Just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Smooth & creamy with a nice medium-full body. Moderate crispness.

D - This is probably the most flavorful American Wheat Ive had! Flavors are awesome & thirst quenching, a few of these would be great with fish or chicken. Very drinkable & highly recommended. Cheers!

PintOHops, Aug 06, 2010
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

Drinkerofales, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker's seasonal Solace pours a slightly hazed, honey-orange. An inch of white head sits atop the brew, and it fades away to leave a minimal amount of lacing. Bready malt and wheat notes create a foundation that allows slight citrus and banana aromas to shine. The same pale malt and wheat base underlies subtle hints of banana, pepper, and an earthy yeastiness. A touch of tartness rounds out this easy-drinking, medium bodied "Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer."

phishsihq, Jun 24, 2013
Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.