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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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155 Reviews

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 509
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 43
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of benclimbs
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours very light with zero head and a slight bit of lacing...

smell is nice, all yeasty and wheaty with some spice and fruit...pleasant for the style

taste is ok, a little yeasty...some spice, some bananas and some wierd sweet skunk...very sweet in fact.

feel is a bit on the light side

overall this is a nice beer, very drinkable but a bit too sweet

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Photo of scottfrie
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy glowing honey color with a very thin short lived white head that disappeared into a faint collar that didn’t leave any lacing.
S: Sweet notes of overly ripened banana and a hint of wheat.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but the flavor is still overwhelmed by creamy bananas. There is a good dose of spices in the mix too, and the aftertaste has a dash of lemon and orange zest mixed in.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation and a tingly, almost sharp, mouthfeel.
O: The flavor was decent enough but the carbonation was distracting. I would drink this again if it were there but I don’t think I’d spend any money on it.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of azdback
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Bright, but cloudy orange color. Lots and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a strong two finger head, that is creamy and bright white. Lace sticks in a nice ring pattern.

Smell is very soggy bread. Lots of yeast smells an not much more.

The taste is pretty much on the same lines as the nose. Lots of belgium yeast flavors. Tons of earth and lemongrass, maybe even hay notes, and very sweet. Not my cup of beer!!

Mouth is fairly fresh and refreshing (if you can ignore the flavor). I think if this was my style I might enjoy many of these on a warm day.

Overall I did not like this. I generally don't like wheats or Hefe's. So for me to not like this is pretty on par. For the style I must say it stayed musty and earthy. This was a bit sweet though.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.
Bottled on 4/14/2011.

Aroma: Spicy yeast with a slightly Belgian profile. Some vanilla, and a hint of apple juice.

Appearance: Very hazy tan/orange body (per style), 1 finger off-white head, which disappears almost immediately. Minimal lacing. I was expecting more foam and lacing with this one, but it fell a bit short.

Flavor: Similar to the aroma. I got a slight metallic twang toward the front. Some more apple juice/apple skin shows up in the middle, and a subtle bitterness appears at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high CO2. Medium-full body.

Overall: A tasty-enough beer, but, I rate it around average. A bit more sweet spice to it than anticipated for an American wheat ale. It's likely that this one is better on draught, so I will keep my eyes out for it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly for a wheat beer; not much lacing, either

Smell: Smells a bit like banana custard, with bananas and vanilla prominent, along with clove and a hint of citrus peel

Taste: Bananas, clove and vanilla, up front, but the flavors take on a decidedly sour tone by mid-palate; increasingly yeasty in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This one may have a bit of age on it - hence the prominence of the sour twang; still, the combination of flavors of an American Wheat and a Saison are not something I would really crave again

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Photo of hreb
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single was bottled on 4/18/13. Chilled. Pours into pint glass a sickly yellow, nicely cloudy, with a moderate white head which rapidly falls. Aroma of lemon, wheat, and a hint of clove. Sharply fizzy and of moderate body. The carbonation helps to accentuate the tart flavors here, which I'm going to attribute (having cheated and looked at the brewer's notes) to the acidulated malt. Spicy clove flavors come through in the taste as well, but not much else does. Mild and enjoyable, and it would be a great summer session wheat ale *except* for the overly carbonated mouthfeel.

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Photo of itlnstallion11
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from bottle...like a champ
A- The bottles alright, has a summery feel to it. Looks arabic. hAs anyone seen man-bear-pig?
S- Smells like banana whitefruit honey, slight caramel smelll and with a tinge of honey. And white malts.
M- Light yet silky. Deifnitely light for an ale.
O- A great summer beer. A Bavarian style hef. Flavorfull without the fillingness.

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Photo of popery
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy orange/straw color. Poured a thin white fizzy head that went to nothing. No lacing.

S: Citrus and banana Banana. Light spices, cloves and coriander and wet bread.

T: Banana and clove are very pronounced in the front and middle. Finish is sweet with mild coriander.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, refreshing and slightly sweet.

O: Beyond its lackluster appearance, nothing really wrong with the beer. Nose a little muted and maybe should be a bit more carbonated. Just seemed to have a couple misses here and there.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a light touch of haze. Effervescence is good, but there is absolutely no head at all -- not even a thin layer. Plain.

Smell: lightly fruity, refreshing aroma. Not particularly strong, but clean and at least a little intriguing.

Taste: decent wheat flavor with a bit of a bock-like sweetness. Practically no bitterness and the finish has an almost sickly sweetness. Not bad, but not perfect either.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a light level of carbonation. Not particularly interesting.

Overall: this beer does not wow me in any way. It is decent, but like a lot of other APWAs I don't feel the need to revisit this well again anytime soon.

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Photo of JBogan
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Firestone has long been one of my favorite breweries so I was looking forward to trying their newest offering.

Solace poured a hazy light orange with a small head which left almost no lacing in my Firestone glass. Not a bad looking beer but nothing exceptional either.

The aroma was of honey, wheat and a bit of lemon.

The taste followed the smell closely. The lemon seemed a bit more noticeable, and there was a hint of earthiness as the beer warmed. No sign of alcohol to be found. I must say however that the overall taste was very faint, almost to the point of being weak. It really needed a boost, perhaps a more tart presence would have been nice. I gave this a 3.0 (Average) in this department, but had to convince myself to even give it that much.

The mouthfeel was decent. Very light and smooth, and with moderate carbonation. It's just about right for the warmer months coming up.

As mentioned, I enjoy nearly everything Firestone puts out, but this beer misses the mark IMO and I'd say it just might be my least favorite of anything they've released. Maybe it will grow on me with time, but for now I'll be reaching for their other beers first.

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Photo of cb462
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy goldenrod, with a 1/2" fluffy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Clove and coriander, banana, and just a tad of lemon peel.

T: Sweet banana and clove again, almost saison-ish without the Belgian yeast characteristic. A little too sweet.

M: Light and crisp, fairly refreshing. Carbonation is high.

O: Overall, a decent beer. It kind of reminds me of a Belgian farmhouse ale, but not completely there. It is a little sweet for my liking, and the taste just makes me want to have a nice saison.

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Photo of t420o
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize/gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, hint of alcohol, citrus, hint of hop, and a hint of dough. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of dough, yeast, slight citrus, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Overall, poor appearance, but good aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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

Cloudy gold pour with a wispy white head. Aroma is sweet and fruit-salady, mainly banana with a candied citrus note. Smooth wheaty palate with a refreshing citric twang and the odd watermelon seed note. Drinkable and quenching, maybe a bit on the watery side. A nice warm-weather beer.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Warm orange-golden hues. Appetizing.

S - Reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Perhaps a very faint scent of yeast with citrus undertones.

T- Pleasant, quite wheaty, but not particuarly remarkable in my book.

M- Highly carbonated, which although true to style description, overpowers the mildness of the taste,which somewhat spoiled the overall experience.

O-Would be highly drinkable if it weren't so aggressively carbonated. Maybe a style thing, but I wouldn't buy this again, although I would drink it if offered.

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

Pours a cloudy, pale, yellow orange color.

Smells a little like bananas and yeast, some sweetness. It tastes pretty much how it smells, some sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated.

Its not my favorite for sure but I might not mind drinking these on a hot day, but thats about it.

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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 TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If I had known it was these easy to find Solace, I would have immediately hit the liquor store during my times of distress. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, powdered sugar, a pinch of nutmeg, a tiny touch of lemon peel, and some banana throughout the background. The taste holds notes of orange zest, coriander, and light banana. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little pale wheat, one with a mild wit character that makes it pretty easy-going.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Appearance> Looks pretty average. Pours golden yellow with a nice frothy white head. However, it is more lively than others and the bubbles are very big, like a softdrink. Slight lacing. Not much head retention.

Smell>Smells great. Wet hops and farm scents.

Taste>Nice. Well balanced. Goes between hops and berries and some maltiness in the finish. Really enjoy the taste. Shame the mouf is killing my enjoyment.

Mouf> Far too carbonated. Instead of frolicking around my tongue, I feel like it is attacking it. It's like a bad date.

Drink>Probably couldn't have much of this. Sad face.

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