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Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
83
good

473 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 473
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 21 | 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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vkv822

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle : tulip snifter

Lightly hazy, golden orange with a foamy white head.

Aroma and taste is mostly fruity banana and wheat.

Medium body, smooth, prickly carbonation.

An easy drinking, well made beer. Definitely well suited for warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 08:26:13 | More by vkv822
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9%

01-21-2013 19:52:08 | More by hiphopj5
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 03:40:18 | More by mfnmbvp
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Paccamacca

California

4/5  rDev +9%

06-02-2013 03:46:07 | More by Paccamacca
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mc4z

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-08-2013 09:02:48 | More by mc4z
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BucannonXC5

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was straw orange. Light gray lacing that went away very quickly. No film on the sides.

Initial smell was alcohol, then came the banana and cloves. Circus Peanuts, grass, wheat, bread, bubblegum, and some light lemon citrus notes.

Tasted pretty close to the smell. Got wheat, cloves and banana up front. Also grass, bread and light Circus Peanuts (not as much as the smell).

Light-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Refreshing.

I’ve had the Solace many times before, but this was the first time I rated it. It was just like I remembered it, decent, but not good. It is good for a June/July day, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 05:42:44 | More by BucannonXC5
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 22:11:46 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-22-2013 04:18:34 | More by csfcmitchell
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kew

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-01-2013 02:29:07 | More by kew
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-25-2014 00:15:26 | More by jzlyo
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

04-01-2013 02:22:46 | More by artoolemomo
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-11-2013 01:21:51 | More by ralphw56
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rowew

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, ABV is marked but I don't see a date.

Appearance: Orange yellow with a slight haze, average head that fades to a think layer that sticks around.

Smell: Yeast funk, a bit of banana, and just a hint of floral hops. Wheat aroma comes through more as it warms.

Taste: Nice combination of wheat, spicy yeast flavors, and just a little bit of citrus. There is some hop bitterness in there balancing things out.

Overall impression: Great wheat beer, could definitely enjoy several of these. I can't think of another wheat off hand that I'd rather have.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:22:50 | More by rowew
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-16-2013 17:38:25 | More by Hugonaut13
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BeerManDan

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a pint glass, the color was an hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. The smell of yeast and mild hops were evident in the aroma. The taste had a pleasant flavor of fruits and spice. Although, even with the pleasant flavor, it was just a little on the weak side, of flavor. But, overal it would be a great summer sipper!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:20:21 | More by BeerManDan
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TheSixthRing

California

4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white 2 finger head, good retention, leaving behind a thick, semi-sticky lacing.

Smell - Lots of heavy yeast. Notes of banana and wheat.

Taste - A light bubblegum yeast and banana upfront, a touch of spice. Aftertaste rings with a hint of citrus, and a mellow pineapple zing. Complex and delicious!

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Silky smooth and a touch creamy. Carbonation is lively and leaves a nice tingle.

Overall - This beer is simply fantastic. I'm really impressed. Drinks closer to a hefeweizen, but I can definitely taste the saison influence, particularly in the finish. Only available in the summer months? Boo! We want year-round release!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 22:02:39 | More by TheSixthRing
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rawfish

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw body with a good amount of haze. On the pour you can make the head as large as you would like but retention is poor and lacing is barely hanging on.

Not much of an aroma, yeasty and slightly musty with Belgian saison spice of coriander and powder. Husky and raw malt aromas come up while hops are light and grassy with a note of lemon zest.

Bready with a lemongrass and wheat twang. Light coriander and powder spice notes. Hops are balancing and grassy. Very crisp but the raw husky taste of the wheat and malt keeps it from being very clean.

Adequate carbonation and a slight bitterness keep the palate scrubbed nicely with lingering grains. Moderate body, heavier than most summer ales.

A hybrid saison and wheat beer, spice notes make it bright and things interesting on an overall average brew. Easy to put down a few.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:28:03 | More by rawfish
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RJLarse

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of bottles of Solace in a grocery store while vacationing in Nevada. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow gold color and is an unfiltered cloudy. Modest white head leave little or no lace on the glass.

Smell is faint and sweet. There are soft fruit notes like peaches and pears, along with some light grain scents.

Taste is very sweet, more like a witbier I think. A little sweet bread flavor up front and then a ton of sweetness, pears and melons maybe a bit of a pineapple flavor when you put it all together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but fairly clean.

Overall a very drinkable and flavorful wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:57:20 | More by RJLarse
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-12-2013 14:55:18 | More by SPRichard
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doughanson78

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Yellow straw color with a hint of orange. Very hazy although a differnt hazy from other Wheat's I've had. One finger head the instantly disappears and leaves no lacing.

S: Banana, cloves, coriander, lemon. Light graininess. Typical wheat beer. A tad muted.

T: Banana is the dominate flavor. Cloves are next. Coriander spiciness comes through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Could definitely be creamier. Tad high in carbonation. Still refreshing as a wheat beer should be.

O: Disappointing, only because this is Firestone. I'm getting to a point where if their beer doesn't blow me away then I'm disappointed. Still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 01:37:56 | More by doughanson78
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wiseman Justin Reporting (Reviews are averaged)
Had this ontap at the firestone brewery on Sunday, July 18, 2010. Paired with Kettle Classics all natural potato chips Spicy Jalapeno.

Appearance: This beer is a belgium/buvarian mix. How are they supposed to look? This beer is very cloudy. Opaque. The most opaque golden colored beer I've seen. No head.
(3.5)

Smell: Light Fruit. The jalepano chips burn my mouth; kinda distracting. Faint belgium smell. (3.5)

Taste: Spicy! ... Wait that's those damn chips! Taste like a very light, summer belgium. It's fresh and can easily be drank in the 90 degree range. Very citrusy (mostly orange) infinetly superior version of Blue Moon. I think this would be a very popular beer not my style though. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Tingly. It's light and easy for what it does. (4.0)

Drinkability: While I want another Union Jack because they are awesome, this is a drinkable beer on it's own. (4.0)

Pairing Score: C+ Jalapeno Chips not a great match but decent.

Wiseman Nick:
Had this on-tap on the Solace Release Party at the brewery in Paso Robles last night. According to the brewmaster, Matt Brynildson, this is supposed to be a saison-hefeweisen hybrid (http://beernews.org/2010/03/firestone-walker-solace-debuts-april-1st/).

Served in a 16oz. nonic.

Appearance: A short, white, foamy crown sits atop an opaque, honey-orange body. Decent head retention, though no lacing. Looks a lot like a hefeweizen. (4.0)

Smell: Banana, clove, moist vegetation, wheat malt, lemon, and spices. Really smooth. I only got a little bit of barnyard out of this smell though, which sucks since I'm a big saison fan. (3.5)

Taste: Wheat, lemon, hay, creamy banana, white pepper, clove, and moist, leafy hops. While I didn't write down coriander in my notes, I do remember tasting that as well. I'm starting to realize that this is much closer to a hefeweizen than a sasion. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Full and wheaty, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Light spiciness. Certainly feels like a saison. (4.0)

Drinkability: I preferred the preliminary batch I tried about six weeks ago, which had a lot more funk and sourness than this version. However, Firestone is trying to woo Blue Moon and Shock Top drinkers, and I believe this will do just that. Solace is a very easy-drinking, balanced, wheat ale. I'll happily purchase a six pack or two. (4.5)

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 14:21:57 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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sharpski

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

10-01-2013 20:07:21 | More by sharpski
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

03-13-2014 06:00:49 | More by oso
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-09-2013 01:09:37 | More by dertyd
Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.