Solace | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle stamped with bottled on date of 7/12/11.

Served cold into a pint glass, Solace is a hazy straw yellow color with about a 1/2" of short-lived head. No lacing so a pretty common looking wheat ale. Nothing wrong with that.

Aroma is nice with elements of German and American wheat ale yeasts. A little banana and clove mixed with some spicy hops.

Flavor is good and clean, dry and crisp. It has ample hopping without turning into an extra pale wheat or something like Lagunitas would make. Good sweetness from the malt goes a long way to balance it out. At 6%, it's one of the stronger pale wheat beers out there, bridging the gap between hefe and saison or weizenbock.

Mouthfeel is smooth and balanced, an easy-drinking summer wheat ale.

Overall, this is definately a good version of the style. I'm not sure why the other reviewers don't see it that way. Maybe if they used wild yeasts, barrel aged it, and made it 12% ABV it would score higher.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Firestone Walker's seasonal Solace pours a slightly hazed, honey-orange. An inch of white head sits atop the brew, and it fades away to leave a minimal amount of lacing. Bready malt and wheat notes create a foundation that allows slight citrus and banana aromas to shine. The same pale malt and wheat base underlies subtle hints of banana, pepper, and an earthy yeastiness. A touch of tartness rounds out this easy-drinking, medium bodied "Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer."

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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 JackieTH
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks mom for retrieving this one from the Left Coast. Fizzy pour that kicks up a big although very transient bubbly head leaving zero lace or trace of foam. Body is slightly hazy, honey colored. Smell is lemongrass, chalky, hint of bananas. Taste is nice. Faintly lemony, hint of bananas, light sweetness, refreshing and wet. Body is medium light and crisply carbonated, works well with the taste. Overall I could drink a half gallon of this very thirst quenching beer, even better if it wasn't January in Minnesota but rather July.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - A hazy orange/yellow brew with a 2-finger head that held decently before dissipating into a thin lace atop the beer. It held that same thin lace for awhile & dissipated further into a ring but left no lacing.

S - A typical American Wheat aroma, yeasty with bubble gum, soft banana, muted clove. Wheat with a soft malted barley and orange fruit. It's a nice refreshingly inviting aroma.

T - A very flavorful brew with lots of orange & lemony citrus cutting through the wheat & yeast throughout. Soft banana/orange/zests and clove middle to end, and it finishes with a noticeable hop flavor and clove on the finish. Just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Smooth & creamy with a nice medium-full body. Moderate crispness.

D - This is probably the most flavorful American Wheat Ive had! Flavors are awesome & thirst quenching, a few of these would be great with fish or chicken. Very drinkable & highly recommended. Cheers!

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

"Women give us solace, but if it were not for women we should never need solace."

--Don Herold

Lightly hazy lemony orange topped by a thick slice of firm foam that is dark enough to be considered ecru rather than ivory. The suds melt slowly, leaving a sparse collection of lace on the sides of the glass. Love the unfiltered look, though.

The aroma has character to burn. This is definitely more than a garden variety American pale wheat ale. The nose has hints (more than hints as it warms) of citrus and spice, not unlike a good German hefeweizen.

Firestone Walker Brewing calls Solace a 'Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer'. That isn't a style (obviously), but it describes this seasonal offering very well. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn that a hefeweizen yeast strain was used. No other way to get that distinctive clove-like flavor.

There isn't much banana, but a tart 'n tangy lemon peel fruitiness is present. Probably the combination of acidulated malt, hops and yeast. Most big beer lovers will find the flavor to be on the subtle side, but it's pleasing my palate mightily this morning. If the ABV was a little lower, this would be an ideal summertime session ale.

The malts taste mostly pale, with a slight toastiness in the background. Willamette and Strissel Spalt hops provide a fair amount of flavor and just enough bitterness (15 IBUs) to keep things in relative balance. Even more hoppiness would have been great... as always.

The mouthfeel could stand to be a little bit bigger and more expansively creamy. That said, it keeps the 'pleasurable' and 'easy drinking' trains rolling right along.

Firestone Walker deserves credit for not brewing yet another bland American pale wheat ale that would bore the palate of most craft beer lover to tears. Solace is an outstanding summertime quaffer. I find some solace in the fact that it's available on-line. Too bad shipping is ridiculously expensive.

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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 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 emmasdad
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden color, with a decent cap of bubbly off-white foam. Aromas of floral hops, somewhat grassy, bubblegum and biscuit. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of good hops, as well as some pears, peaches and biscuit malt.

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

A: cloudy gold bright white head. head is small lace is ok

S: sweet banana with spice very inviting smell much better with the yeast swirled in like a hefe

T: banana and clove with slight tart finish makes this refreshing not much funky flavors like a normal saison

M: light Mouth med carbonation

D: refreshing very drinkable

overall: This beer needs the yeast! without swirl and pour at the end it would get a much lower grade from me. I am shocked they dont tell you to pour this like a German hefe. A very good beer.

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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 industrialswill
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got nothing bad to's all good.
Appearance is as you would expect of an unfiltered ale.
The head, [which I could not care less about] sits as it should at the top of the glass. I will wait for it to turn back into beer so I can enjoy it. Another reason for drinking straight from the bottle.
Aroma is very, very, very, much like that of beer! WoooHooo!!
Actually, the aroma is fairly intense.
I love the flavor, could not care less what the officionados think about it, this is very good beer. Let's not make false pretense with a bunch of over analytic Bull's a good 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 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 JustinA1
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of mjohnson17
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottling into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy orange reminiscent of a mimosa. Small white head that dissipates quickly. A nice head swirl odors on the top.

S: cracked wheat, citrus, oranges, lemon zest, a bit of spice, coriander, citrus rind.

T: Light, crisps, refreshing. A great summer beer. A bready yeast, crisps citrus, oranges, a bit of lemon tang. A balanced wheat backbone.

M: Thin. It works in this case as it makes this beer light and refreshing. I'd have no trouble putting a few of these down at the beach. But it does distract from the beer a bit. With the nose and taste being a little fuller I was left a bit let down with a watery mouthfeel.

O: this is a really nice summer beer. A light, crisps, clean, refreshing wheat with a really clean citrus taste. Definitely worth picking up for the beach or a summer BBQ, especially if the crowd is the Blue Moon type. I'd rather drink this than a Blue Moon and probably Oberon.

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Photo of vkv822
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Bobheed
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Sort of a honey golden color with tons of haziness. Has about a two finger soapy white head.

S: A little bit of spices in there, but mostly plantain and bread

T: Really crisp and bready, a little bit of orange sweetness to it as well. Definitely pick up the plantain more in the taste as well

M: Fairly high carbonation, really smooth, drinks super easy

Overall this is very good. A pretty simplistic beer, but a great representation of the style

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma really had a big wheat character with banana, clove spice, slight citrus and bready malty notes. Upfront on the palate the maltiness stike first that did mesh quite well with the banana and clove spice flavors but also had slight citrus accents. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet slight citric but bready grainy malt finish. It drank alright but not great and was pretty tasty. I could probably drink 2 12oz but that's it. Good offering from firestone;good job.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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 (

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)

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Photo of veinless
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear tan yellow/gold with a decent amount of white foamy head that dissipated quickly and left a little bit of lacing.

Smells of tropical fruit, namely jackfruit, wheaty malt, and a light aroma of banana.

Taste has a lot of banana and tropical fruity flavors, though not jackfruit in the taste. Very rich tasting beer, full bodied and creamy in texture, which is delicious. Hops and citrus help keep this beer from being too creamy. The clove and other spices are evident as the beer is swallowed.

Carbonation produces a light tingle when first sipped, but isn't really present otherwise. Highly drinkable beer, as the finish is crisped by the hops that are there. Well balanced, tasty wheat beer.

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Photo of Berndt
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of minterro
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from Little's Wine and Liquor, paired with pizza and a episode of The Wire

A&S: Lively translucent pale orange colored beer. Fizzy white head that fades very fast till there isn't even a thin layer left. Very yeasty and orange citrus notes.

T&M: Very orangy upfront, fades to more earthy hoppyness. Crisp, pale malty finish. High carbonation and on the lower side of the body spectrum.

Overall: Extremely drinkable. Not as good as I remember, but it still much better then the majority of the wheat beer out there.

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

Bought a 6-pack of this from Albertsons Grocery in Los Angeles, CA for $8.99. Grabbed one of the 12 FL OZ baby blue bottles with a sun around the O in Solace and poured into my 0,4l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. No freshness date on the bottle. (Enjoyed before Game 1 of the World Series- STL vs. TX.)

Aroma- Strong grapefruit aroma from the beginning with tons of grain. Has a nice hop aroma but everything well balanced in the aroma. Seems like it is going to be smooth and great tasting Hefeweizen style brew.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies very quickly (unusual). Has a deep golden color body that is hazy and nice to look at. At this point, others at the party are wondering what other brews I'm going to be breaking out since these have such good appearance. Leaves good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Has a good grainy taste to start and then the citrus flavor kicks in huge! Very nice tasting, sweet and has good strength. This Hefe puts some pop into your mouth!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, and has good flavor all the way through past enjoyment!

Overall Impression- This Hefe was almost stronger than the ABV's are listed! I didn't mind this though since the citrus flavor was so dominant. Since this is a limited release, I don't think I'm going to be seeing this one anytime soon (until next summer if I go back to Cali).

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Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 511 ratings.
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