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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 weazal
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: A mild aroma of primarily earthy orange/tangerine. The grainy wheatness mellows out the sweetness while an appropriately dash of spices balances it all out.

T: Nice creamy smooth body with a little bite of carbonation underneath. Flavor of mostly spices that slowly rolls into a long, earthy/grainy finish.

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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 livewire78
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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Photo of felipe2toes
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy pale orange, with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

S: Didn't really smell much of anything. Bready and yeasty if anything. Maybe some grass.

T: Yeasty and just a little citrus. Not much else. Was expecting a lot more from this.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Crisp and clean.

D: Lack of taste or complexity definitely makes this less drinkable, but it's light and refreshing if anything.

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Photo of gtn80
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained through a trade with StarRaptor. Poured from bottle into Guinness tulip glass.

Smell was pretty weak, definitely can tell it's a wheat beer through the aroma, but not a ton of aroma coming through.

Looks orangy yellow, cloudy due to being an unfiltered wheat.

The normal weizen tastes are there, banana & clove, but not in a typical German weissbeir way. Tastes almost citrusy, light.

Mouthfeel is good, silky smooth. Lost it's head quickly, but light and carbonated.

Drinkability is great, even at 6%. Great summer beer, hot weather is perfect for this beer.

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Photo of ebin6
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of shwillivanilli
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours hazy golden yellow with a tint of orange, thin white head, very little lacing

S- banana, cloves, wheat, spice. Light citrus note

T-mostly a light wheat with banana note, light spice with clean finish kind of dry

M-light and refreshing. Good carb.

O- not a huge fan of wheat beers, but always good alternative on a hot day. Better of the style in my opioin. I could probably sit down and drink a 6 pack to myself. Light and resfreshing. Wish it came in cans so I can take it to the pool! Lol

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Photo of anchordrinker
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, orange-golden appearance that glows in the light. Initially big head dissipates to a small rim. Not much lacing.

S- Sweet banana, spicy yeast, honey, wheat/grainy aromas with subtle citric undertones. Smells like a bavarian hefe with a little more acidic citrus, maybe even a little of sourness in it.

T- Banana, honey, very subtle hints of lemon juice, with an underlying dry grainy wheat flavor that comes through on the finish.

M- Light to medium body, ample prickly carbo further lightens it up.

D- It's very drinkable, but finishing one doesn't make me instinctively reach for another the way some other summer session beers might on a nice, warm spring day like this.

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Photo of JonathanG
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle, bottled on 3/28/12.
2012 batch ABV is 4.8%, according to the bottle.

A: Hazy golden color, with a moderate head.

S: smells of bananas and light cloves, and hints of bubblegum, definitely like a belgian yeast strain, along with a hint of mandarin orange.

T: bananas, cloves, and mandarin orange upfront, then a grain-filled midpalate and finish, with hints of pear flesh, almost a hint salty too, like sea-air, along with more of the belgian yeast. I also like the little sour hints too.

M: Nice entry, the midpalate seems a touch soft, before the easy finish. Needs a touch more oomph, in my opinion.

O: I'll be curious to see how this does in the warmer upcoming weather. Seems like a nice refreshing American Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of goldendenizen
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of ifnkovhg
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise. Cloudy, orange color. Not much head upon pouring, but it lasts. The label didn't give any indication, but I was expecting an APWA based on its "craftily unfiltered" tag.

I'm not nearly as learned as most, I'd bet, but this reminded me more of a saison ala Great Divide's Colette. Somewhere between juicy and semi-dry, this is beer has a smooth, semi-full mouthfeel, with spicy and fruity notes. I'm getting a flashback from my cider days in Edinburgh.There's also yeast, of course. Carbonation is assertive. Definitely worth a try!

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Photo of digitalbullet
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of DijonKetchup
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is and orange opaque beer that is cloudy with a decent head on it.

The smell here is weak you get a little wheat, but its very minimal.

The first thing that I thought of when i tasted this beer was that it was light and watery. The was a fruity flavor to it though, it was banana orangy. Then it dissipated to watery.

As for the drinkability of this beer this is something I could drink on hot days, all day, because its not bad and its not going to feel you up, and you most likely wont get sick of the flavor, or lack there of.

Firestone I always want to like all there beers cause there brewery is 30 minutes from my house. This one just wasn't what they can do. Advice is if this is you first firestone try the double barrel its a much better beer.

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent unfiltered heff. Very smooth, but has a tangy zest to it. No much wheat or chew, but an excellent overall heff. Thing of Blue Moon but more character and flavor. Mouthfeel was ok, I found myself trying to get rid of some of the bubbles, bit I can deal deal with that. Overal I thought it was outstanding and would buy this over blue moon or pyramid.

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Photo of cocojoe
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden apricot color

S: Very light sweetness, fruity, hints of bubblegum. Pineapple, tropical fruit notes.

T: Very bright and pineapple like. Crisp and clean. That smoothe wheat body is there but has all of those bright notes to balance it out.

M: Crisp, bright, and clean.

O: This is a bottle from the summer that has been around for awhile. I'm sure I would enjoy it even more if it was fresh.

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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 irishgurl4
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker shaker pint glass, Solace pours a hazy yellow-orangey-pale brown with a slight white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Aroma is very slight but some agitation and warming yields a mild fruitiness. Definitely an American Wheat. Taste is fruity, but not overly, with no real hop bitterness. Aftertaste is kinda earthy. Mouthfeel is crisp and brisk across the tongue. With such a light body and mild flavor, but still packing a decent 6% abv, this beer is highly drinkable and would make a great summer in the backyard beer.

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Photo of unseenbyyou
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to get a six pack for $8 at Trader Joe's. Had this last year and was unimpressed, but perhaps it is going to be better. (Nah...but still better than BMC)

Appearance: some head, limited carbonation, a nice opaque yellow, with minimal lacing

Smell: bananas, wheat, some sweet spices

Taste: a tad spicy at the end, wheaty, some citrus, but not tangy (might be improved with a piece of orange!)

mouthfeel: eh...the weakest part of the beer...leaves an average impression on the tongue...not impressed

Firestone Walker does so much great...but maybe they need to revamp the recipe for Solace to really drive sales on this one.

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Photo of vertigelt1
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 KhourysBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy, hazy gold with a moderate, quick-to-dissipate white head.

S - lemon and orange peel, banana.

T - quick flash of Runts candy, leading to classic bavarian hefe-bananas. lingering but light finish; slighty bready and herbal.

M - not overpowering at all. great carbonation and slipperiness. very well balanced to the taste.

D - very high. I could see myself having a few of these this summer, especially at 6%.

Overall, I really dig this beer. Very well balanced and drinkable. I swear, one day I will find something on here to write a scathing review about.

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Photo of ahemahem
2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear golden color

Smell: like a lager

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation

Overall: I thought I'd try something different. Firestone markets it as a limited edition. It should remain that way. To be fair, I usually go for stouts, mostly porters.

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Photo of Brewermeister
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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

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Photo of keenberg87
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Produces a very thin head which dissipates quickly. Golden with a hint of orange hue. For an unfiltered beer, there is curiously no hint of sediment. Medium to high amount of bubbly carbonation seen around the edges and in towards the middle. Smell is of wheat malts, astringent. taste is of wheat, orange, honey. Feels heavier than expected not he palette and salty. Overall a decent but forgettable brew.

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