Solace | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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82
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511 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThreeWiseMen on 04-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
511
Reviews:
156
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
14.05%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch fluffy bone colored head that fades to a small cap. Sticky chunks of foam line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, yeast, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of wheat bread, mild spices, yeast, and some citrus zest. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good wheat beer that is nice and refreshing to drink.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i thought this was a very nice fruity summer wheat beer, maybe my favorite of the season thus far. pours a hazy golden to brassy orange color, with an average white head. smells like hefe yeast, banana notes, some spice. flavor is equally yeast dominated with a major fresh banana palate. also some good wheat malts in there that give it a light but flavorful body, and some late hop additions that crisp it right up in the finish and make it feel lighter than it is. feel is excellent for a summer beer, enough body there to maintain interest, but also very drinkable. a good outdoors beer. bright carbonation and quick finish make it a nice refresher without being too fruity or citric. overall a well balanced summer beer, and a major departure from the woody hop bombs firestone walker usually produces.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy yellow-gold.

Sm: Light and pleasant citrusy/floral notes. Very mild in strength, but incredibly inviting.

T: Light cream on the open is very welcome, and the body is light plain barley. The real joy is in the floral, honey, and light citrus notes atop the foundation. It's a simple beer, but a balanced and pleasant one.

Mf: Very light. Very smooth and wet, suiting the understated flavours.

Dr: It's very drinkable, and with how light it is I'm impressed it's 6%. I'd have it again on draught. I wish it were more complex, but for what it's trying to do it's successful. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of brentk56
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly for a wheat beer; not much lacing, either

Smell: Smells a bit like banana custard, with bananas and vanilla prominent, along with clove and a hint of citrus peel

Taste: Bananas, clove and vanilla, up front, but the flavors take on a decidedly sour tone by mid-palate; increasingly yeasty in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This one may have a bit of age on it - hence the prominence of the sour twang; still, the combination of flavors of an American Wheat and a Saison are not something I would really crave again

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby bottled on 06/08/10.

Cloudy, yeasty blond in my glass. An inch of head forms initially, but it settles away to nothing more than a thin crown.

The nose is citrusy, tropical, wheaty, rather sweet with a honey-like presence and a touch of banana.

The flavors closely resemble the aroma; yeasty spice, citrus and wheat malt are prominent. There's a bit of grainy astringency and a light peppery kick, but not much in the way of bitterness. The finish leaves some lingering banana and spice on the tongue, along with an odd astringent harshness that becomes wearying after half a bottle.

Pretty boring beer overall. Not necessarily bad, but decidedly mediocre.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like a Hefeweizen, with the cloudy golden amber color in the Ommegang chalice. Nice head and general sudsiness in the mouth. A faint fruity, wheat malt aroma.

The striking characteristic is how dry this beer is. If it's true this is a half brother to a Saison, that might explain it, but it doesn't make it any better. Just a ghost of wheat malt, like a touch of bubblegum without the estery flavors. Maybe an improvement on many of the scratchy and dull American Wheats, but the bitter club soda taste obscures the hoped-for kiss of malt.

It's another flavorful beer in the lower-alcohol range, so I give it some credit. But that bitterish, cardboard aftertaste just doesn't go away. 12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

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3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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 mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hazy bright golden yellow coming through immediately. Nice white puffy head on top quickly faded leaving behind a broken crown and some nice carbonation.

The aroma was odd. Very light and almost non existent at times. What was there seemed a touch artificial to me to be honest. Light grain and some off fruit notes, not very appealing at all. The flavor was a little bit better, but still very weak in my eyes. It started with a nice rush of light grain, some mild fruitiness as well. Light touches of peach and passion fruit I guess highlighting it, but leaving quickly with only a touch of light grass like flavor in the finish, which was itself short-lived.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a orange-golden color that is somewhat murky. Pours an inch of white head that leaves quickly annd high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain, bready malts, and wheat. Also has some musty, earthy malts to it.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bananas and tropical fruit, hint of citrus, cloves, and wheat.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A pretty easy drinking pale ale. I would have liked more fruit in the smell and less musty/earthy tones, but the taste made up for it. Could definitely drink a few of these. Would give another shot.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a moderate white head on top.

S: There is a slight sourness to the nose which is present in many of these pale wheat ales. A bit of bread and lemon/citrus as well.

T: There is a nice spice character to the beer that I did not expect from the nose. Cloves and a hint of banana make this seem almost hefeweizen-like for a moment. The sweet, bready and caramel malts follow.

M: The body is a bit on the light side with a moderate carbonation.

D: One of the only "meh" offerings I've come across from Firestone Walker. This isn't bad, but I wouldn't really be interested in having this one again.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If I had known it was these easy to find Solace, I would have immediately hit the liquor store during my times of distress. Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet biscuit, powdered sugar, a pinch of nutmeg, a tiny touch of lemon peel, and some banana throughout the background. The taste holds notes of orange zest, coriander, and light banana. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little pale wheat, one with a mild wit character that makes it pretty easy-going.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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