Solace - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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502 Ratings
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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 34
Gots: 25 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010)
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Photo of irishgurl4
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of SoulfulRover
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of unseenbyyou
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of hallospceboy
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of vertigelt1
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of duxky
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of goosewhisperer
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of xcbrewski
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of misterranger
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of cb462
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of KhourysBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Photo of ahemahem
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

Photo of Brewermeister
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Photo of jreveles
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of keenberg87
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of meersand
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of JustinA1
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Snifter

A: Pours a bright gold color with a clean, white head. Lacing dissipates rather quickly, Big bubbles mixed in with foam. Not transparent but cleaner than you'd expect.

S: Nice crisp pear smell with a bit of banana and tropical fruit.

T: More banana, clove, and light malt flavors. A little tart and a little sour with a really clean finish. A lot of flavors you'd expect in a Hefeweizen and Saison, nicely blended.

M: Medium body with a slight pucker from the sourness but overall not very astringent. Good mouth coating, light carbonation. Very smooth for a hybrid of these categories.

D: Great replacement for Blue Moon-like beers in my fridge: Light, refreshing, and just way too easy to drink. Seems like it would pair very well a salad on a warm day.

Photo of Berndt
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 06/13/2012

Aroma - citrus, then Saison "zing"

Appearance - cloudy, orange

Flavor - tastes like a mild Saison initially, with a bit of sour in the aftertaste, along with a bit of German wheat clove.

Mouthfeel - light-medium body, medium carbonation

A good beer - flavorful, especially good in warmer weather. However, I thought it was considerably more flavorful last year, when I had it on draft a few times.

Photo of lmmayne
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of dfbvFBFBDFBDFbVb
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of wheat beers and to be honest didnt know this was one when I bought it. Really like the flavor of this beer as it's got a distinct flavor that I dont find in any other weizens around. At %6 it's pretty worthy and very drinkable at that. Has become a regular pick up and turned me around on good wheat beer.

Photo of RandyMartini
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful, cloudy gold color. Small white head.

S: a rich citrusy aroma with a hint of wheat and honey.

T: A balanced and light drinking wheat, with enough citrus contrast to keep your pallet interested.

M: a little bit of sunshine in your mouth.

O: the overall flavor is clean and crisp. A great beer for a hot summer afternoon. A very good wheat with some German roots.

Photo of merman69
1.96/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm trying not to be too harsh, but I really could not drink this beer. It poured well, had a nice hazy unfiltered look with a descent head (what you should expect from an unfiltered wheat beer), but immediately I could tell that I wasn't going to like it. The aroma was overwhelmingly of banana esters and sweet off 'bubble-gum' like flavors. I took a sip and it was just more of the same. After two sips I decided that I couldn't drink it. It's probably just my personal preference, since I HATE bananas. If it was a flavor that I enjoyed this probably could have been a good beer. Odd that it has such a distinct and odd flavor profile. Oh well....

Photo of dougflanagan4
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Nickdrake
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%

Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 502 ratings.