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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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DoubleJ

California

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker has a new wheat ale on the block! Because it is a FW product, I expect good things. On to the beer:

It's slightly cloudy with a dark yellow color to it. The head is showing good retention, a little lacing, and a creamy texture. Malted wheat sweetness and a hint of banana and gum in the nose. There's something to it.

So is this a hefeweizen or a pale wheat ale? It's like both in the same beer. Quite a strong taste for the style. Orange banana bubblegum with a dash of clove is the best way to describe the taste. The aftertaste is a littel sweet with shredded wheat flavor. It's light medium carbonated with a medium heaviness.

Success. Firestone Walker has created an American Wheat Ale that's worth a damn, and worth at least a six-pack purchase for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 05:56:58 | More by DoubleJ
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-14-2013 12:23:22 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solace is a wonderful thing, but it's an ugly looking beer that apparently takes the colour and form of pineapple juice. It looks thick as an oatmeal gruel. The complexion is dulled and turbid, muffing both highlights and clarity. Its head is missing a few key pieces and is suspiciously shoddy were wheat is concerned. (Usually that makes for better retention.)

The aroma indeed smells like an unfiltered, unpasteurized wheat beer - it has a field-like scent of fresh cut grain (and a bit of hay-like must too). Fruity esters are stirring and notes of rotting apple and other assorted, over-ripened tree fruits register (whether from the alcohol or yeast or shelf-life, who can be sure?). Surprisingly, banana is noted as well.

I suppose the trace of pungent hop flavour and extra notch of alcohol technically qualify this as American wheat beer - not to mention, the fact that it's actually brewed in the United States! - but the notable presence of banana flavour, the almost creamy wheat flavour, the herbal qualities and the slight bubblegum taste all point to a German hefeweizen.

And a mellow, but faintly zesty acidity settles it. Drinking this I see black, red and yellow, not stars and stripes. I'm not exactly swept away to Bavaria, however, as this would pair unfavorably against most commercial German examples. It's a little too heavy, with a spiciness that is somewhat of a nuisance, and it's in need of a few more bubbles.

I don't know that Firestone Walker could release any brand of ordinary-style beer that would come anywhere close to matching the ratings of their limited, higher gravity offerings. Still, Solace is a terribly disappointing offering from a brewery capable of not only complex blended beers, but great conventional brands like Union Jack and Double Barrel as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 23:41:30 | More by biegaman
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John_M

Oregon

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

I'm surprise there aren't more reviews of this beer, as it seems to be all around town in Portland right now. Had a glass last night at Belmont station.

The beer pours a peachy gold color with OK head retention and some light lacing. The nose is pretty standard for a saison I think, with honey, clove and a touch of underlying spice. Flavors replicate the nose in this moderately sweet beer, with just enough hoppy bitterness in the finish to keep it in check. I get a bit of orange citrus on the mid palate as well, which think is nice. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though this beer has plenty of flavor and is fairly smooth on the palate. Drinkability is quite good, and the flavors are interestig enough to make drinking this beer enjoyable.

Nothing really speacial going on here, but I otherwise thoght this a nice enough beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 15:05:26 | More by John_M
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

06-28-2013 06:06:13 | More by rab53
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather dark appearance, almost orange for a wheat beer, cool. Definitely unfiltered. Aroma was largely summer-esque, i.e. wheat and lemon.

Good dry mouthfeel, wheat % definitely noticeable, almost rye like quality as well. Solid hop bitterness is present. Not up to the level of Sumpin or Gumballhead, but its in the next tier for sure. A little bit of that spice and yeast leans a little to Belgo for me. Not overpowering clove and banana, but more than desireable. Stays light bodied throughout without sacrificing full flavor.

Good, wouldn't turn it down, but there are more interesting summer offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 17:24:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Hazy yellow/amber with a thin skim and collar of white bubbles. Wheat cracker aroma, slight fruitiness, toast, mild citrus and spiciness. Low bitterness with wheat and malt, not a lot of sweetness, toasty with a flash of grassy hops and slight spiciness in the finish. Light bodied with carbonation on the low side, fairly dry. It's well done for what it is, a subtle beer that's not out to clobber you with over the top aromas or flavours.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:27:24 | More by DrJay
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

09-22-2013 16:26:54 | More by sendbeer
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lightly cloudy, light gold color with a tall, white head that had good retention and light lacing.

A mild wheat scent blends with a bit of hops and some malt. On the tongue the wheat is less noticeable, with the hops being a bit more prominent.

The body is smooth, crisp and well-rounded. Drinkability was very nice, it went down easily and left me wanting another one. Another fine brew from a fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 21:16:25 | More by beertunes
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Tone

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 14:37:48 | More by Tone
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

03-08-2014 02:46:10 | More by zestar
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +9%

05-30-2013 01:44:34 | More by dmorgan310
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-14-2013 18:09:35 | More by drummermattie02
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

08-28-2013 19:06:33 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/17/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to pastradul for including this as an extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Paul!

A: It's cloudy straw yellow, with a splash of graham cracker crumble to it. A good pour creates a two finger head and reasonable lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, a drop of liquid smoke and Bananas Foster.

T: Nila Wafers and hints of charcoal smoke. The banana essence barrels through, and with a touch of drizzled caramel, finsihes this one off.

M: A bit too fluffy and bubbly, it feels much lighter then I'd want for a Wheat. Considering this is a summer seasonal, I can understand why it drinks as it does; you don't want anything too cloying on a 99 degree day.

O: Though I'm not a fan of the style, Firestone's Solace is a nice little beer. The ability to showcase more then the banana profile really made this one worth returning to sip after sip. Yet another drinkable brew from Firestone-Walker.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 17:09:19 | More by Rhettroactive
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-25-2013 20:25:15 | More by HuskyinPDX
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LiquidAmber

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Mild wheat and malt aroma. Starts with a moderate wheat ale with fruit, strong citrus flavor Finish is sour, acidic and soapy. Starts out OK, but not a very pleasant finish. Medium bodied and a decent mouth feel, otherwise a rare FW miss for me. No solace here.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:58:21 | More by LiquidAmber
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flagmantho

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 17:54:35 | More by flagmantho
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

08-07-2013 15:22:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 03:06:47 | More by twiggamortis420
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 06:23:42 | More by DefenCorps
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dgilks

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pale gold colour with a small, shortlasted white head. Fine.

Clear, orangey, witbier yeast. Nice balance. Soft. Slightly frainy.

A touch sweet. Wheaty. Mld fruitiness. A decent witbeir but not as good as the aroma.

Meidum body with moderate carbonation. Decent.

A solid if unexceptional witbier. Fine.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 21:42:52 | More by dgilks
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vfgccp

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Opaque orange gold. Fine white head with ok retention and low lace.

S - Unripe banana, banana peel, orange, touch of lemon grass, sweet wheat.

T - Big, raw wheat flavor throughout the profile. Lemon acidity, edge of green banana.

M - Creamy, medium-full body. Nice carbonation.

O - Refreshing with a bolder flavor profile than most summer seasonals. Nice raw wheat character.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 18:47:47 | More by vfgccp
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illidurit

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 21:04:13 | More by illidurit
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-11-2013 23:16:14 | More by WoodBrew
Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.