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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 corby112
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Wurst Place in Seattle, WA.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with prominent grassy hops along with tropical/citrus fruit notes, bready yeast and pale malt.  There's also some biscuity malt countering the grassy pine and citrus.  

Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a balance of earthy hops, tart yeast and light fruit.  Tight carbonation with spicy coriander and clove followed by lemon rind, bread and pale malts. Dry, tart finish.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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 barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, hazy, pale-golden colored ale topped with a foamy, white head that holds decent retention. Fresh aroma with plenty of yeast, wheat, citrus, faint bubblegum. Tastes are nutty, wheat, yeast, grassy, lemon zest - nice balance. Fuller bodied, creamy, nice carbonation. What I expect from a APWA. Nothing wrong with it, nothing extraordinary, but just a great example of the style.

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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 maximum12
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rau71 for this extra in a recent trade, one of the few Firestone Walker regulars that hasn't passed through my intestines yet. 12 oz. bottle popped open while my wheat-hating wife is out & about (or out & aboot, if you're Canadian). Bottle date is MIA.

Pour is liquid. Yellow, too, light. Nose is heavy on the clove & banana, which almost drowns out the background wheat.

Solace could almost stand up to my favorite wheat beer makers in WI, New Glarus...almost. Wheat is more evident in the taste than in the nose, but the classic clove/banana comes on hard on its heels. Fleeting ghost of citrus. Lively & easy to drink, this is one that goes down in ounces rather sips.

Classic wheat beer that doesn't deviate from the formula, but is very easy on the lips. Good beer.

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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 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 BeerAdvocate
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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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 Fatehunter
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a dark straw colored body.
Aroma of honey and grain, light and airy.
Flavor of lemons, apples and honey. Nice and balanced.
Fizzy texture but carbonation remains at a reasonable level. Light to medium body.
An above average ale..

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper in color, with a big white head that fades rapidly. No lacing.

Smells of faint metal and orange.

Tastes citrus sweet, with a slight grainy quality. It's actually rather tasty and refreshing.

This is close to medium bodied, with a slight creaminess. It's very pleasant.

Above average drinkability.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not what I expect from FWB but I guess they need a patio wheat beer to compete in that growing and lucrative market. That being said this is pretty good for the style though it verges on the Wit side with some cloves and banana notes in the nose and finish. Very drinkable though a little thin this is patio fodder and worth picking up for that reason.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks good. Very hazy orange/brown color that seems to glow in the glass. Reminded me of Sanctification a bit looks-wise.

S: Characteristic hef yeast, banana, some sort of melon which I eventually thought was cantaloupe and some honey.

T: And here's where it goes wrong for me. Starts with wheaty/hef taste and then goes to a creamy finish with some orange, honey and spice. The problem is that it's way over-carbonated. The flavors are subtle and it feels like this beer would have a lot to offer if the carbonation didn't blast all the flavor off your tongue. So much potential but not that great in the end.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw, near white head, lots of lace. Looks inviting.

S - Sharp, a little bite, a little funk. Malt way in the background.

T - Taste pretty close to smell, but not as inviting overall. Getting wet paper in the end.

M - Medium to light, good carb, don't really love the finish or balance.

D - Extra cold on a hot day, not too bad, I would bet!

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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 harrymel
2.16/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 27MAR12

Pours a light sap color with solid white, thick sheet. Nose of some citrusy hops, and plenty of sweet wheat with a bit of yeasty character. Very delicate flavor profile - some sweetness, some yeast, some floral tones; all low players. Way too thin for my preference and low carb as well leave this beer watery and disappointing. I'm not a fan, could be the 5 months in the bottle, but I don't find American what beers to generally be much better fresh.

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Photo of flexabull
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours a bright gold color with a faint white head.

Nose has a pretty strong honey presence. There are also some cream, and hard candies in there as well.

Taste is creamy, sweet, with that hard candy aspect also there in flavors. The beer has a definite thick feel, honey like, with a citrus lemon like zing on the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice and thick, smooth too.

Drinkability is good. A nice refreshing beverage. Strikes me as being a good gateway to craft beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Fry's Foods on 10/2/12 for $7.99. Bottled on 7/12/12.

Beer comes out in a perfect pour, nice 2 finger white head, with little lacing left behind.

Nose is typical for a wheat, not much there. Some hints of lemongrass.

Taste has hints of lemongrass with a nice even hop balance that makes for easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is light to medium , refreshing.

Overall this is a nice wheat beer that is very refreshing.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow gold with a medium white head that quickly goes to a thin collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is hefeweizen like - banana and clove with some light citrus, pepper and wheat.

The flavor is a bit subdued and watery with some yeasty banana and wheat with some sweet fruity malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, I was not too impressed especially at $10 for a 6 pack. It's watery with too much banana for me. It does get a bit better as it warms.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a cloudy, hazy golden straw color with light foam that rapidly died down. The nose is full of a light banana and clove aroma. Not a big domineering aroma but it makes its presence known and is rounded by a light, slight funk—not in a bad way, more beery/estery. The flavor has a big banana bubblegummy estery goodness to it, much more pronounced than the aroma would lead one to believe. Lightly tart, too. Nice carbonation keeps this light and easy drinking. Effervescence and enjoyable, went great with pizza and salad.

No bottled on stamp but I saw the place on the label where it should have gone. Go figure.

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