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Solace | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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
Ranking:
#34,348
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
511
pDev:
13.97%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 156
Photo of Overlord
2.06/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I love this brewery, but this beer is a complete misfire.

Pours gold, with a big white foam head. Slightly hazy.

No real smell. Maybe just a whiff of wheat-y grass and yeast. Not pleasant.

Tastes like sickly, weirdly farmyard-y wheat, some light ... I don't know ... chaff.

Really not sure what they were going for. Too bubbly with a light mouthfeel.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of nickd717
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a hazy copper color with a nice lacey white head that fades to a ring.

Aroma is wheaty with lemon and slight caramel. Subtle but good.

Flavor is wheat, Munich malt, caramel, lemon, banana, spice, and some grain. Decently tasty, but nothing outstanding. Clean, crisp, and somewhat dry on the palate.

Medium body for the style.

This is pretty drinkable, and definitely a reasonable summer wheat beer. Very enjoyable in the right situation. I heard this one was a flop from one of the first people I knew who had it, but I'd disagree. This one should go over pretty well with Joe Sixpack and shouldn't offend the serious beer geek. For an American Pale Wheat Ale, it's pretty damned good.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Inglewood
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Offa
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is good, but a bit strong for what you get.

Hazy pale amber-orange, it has a small off-white head soon vanishes completely. It looks just ok.

Aroma is mineral, grain, hay, some apple, faint hints of clove and banana. It's good, but not great.

Taste is grain, light raisiny alcohol, fermented pears, hint of clove-like bubblegum, lemony zestiness. It's a bit sweet, but has good, well-rounded character and good depth. It has a nice, full feel and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SpdKilz
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a golden orange color with less than a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving lackluster lacing.

Smell - Grains, wheat, slight hops and bready malt. Slight citrus such as lemon zest.

Taste - Honestly an odd taste. Prevalent wheat and lemon/orange zest. A slight metallic flavor also? Kind of an "ehh" beer to me.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, light carbonation.

Drinkability - I guess if I was drinking this on a hot summer day it might be better, but I'm just not feeling this beer.

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Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of HalfFull
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy deep pale straw in color and sports a thin hard fought cap of foam. Retention is bit brief.

Nose or wheat and barley with a touch of lemony hop. Yeast notes expand with warming to offer a touch of funk and light pear notes.

Flavor carries forward the wheat influence and is somewhat sweet of lemon, particularly given the light carbonation which seems at odds to the rest of the six pack. Offers a smooth feel and finish with a nice touch of spice on the close and a long citric finish.

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Photo of Spikester
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange gold with a two finger white head. Few lacings. Head recedes to a tiny ring.
Aroma is rising bread dough. Taste is somewhat puzzling though. First thing I thought there was some macro-type corniness which transitioned to a Belgian type yeast. Has all the goodness of a wheat beer with the take no prisoners yeast flavor. I like it though it probably won't be have a regular place in my cooler.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ffshore545
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Solace from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 511 ratings
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