Solace | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
28
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Photo of 1759Girl
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Appearance> Looks pretty average. Pours golden yellow with a nice frothy white head. However, it is more lively than others and the bubbles are very big, like a softdrink. Slight lacing. Not much head retention.

Smell>Smells great. Wet hops and farm scents.

Taste>Nice. Well balanced. Goes between hops and berries and some maltiness in the finish. Really enjoy the taste. Shame the mouf is killing my enjoyment.

Mouf> Far too carbonated. Instead of frolicking around my tongue, I feel like it is attacking it. It's like a bad date.

Drink>Probably couldn't have much of this. Sad face.

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

I've got nothing bad to say...it'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 Shit...it's a good beer.

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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 irishgurl4
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

3 oz. Tast @ Portland, Oregon Spring Beer & Wine Fest April 3rd, 2010. 6.0% ABV. 15 IBU's. Foamy cloudy darkish lemon gold color. Wheat ester front. Odd citrus wheat fruit ester body. Clean banana Hefe slightly too sweet fruity end. (3.0 / 5.0)

Firestone Walker Brewing Company solace--Craftily Unfiltered Ale--Limited Release 2010--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 15 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Foamy mild lace white head. Clear bright orange gold color hazes creamy orange with rich sediment. Light floral wheat ester citrus clove hop hint front. Tangy dry sweet creamy malty wheat mild fruit delicate spice smooth refreshing body. Dry citrus end. Sampled. 8/19/2010. 6- Pack--$9.49.

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Photo of gtn80
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained through a trade with StarRaptor. Poured from bottle into Guinness tulip glass.

Smell was pretty weak, definitely can tell it's a wheat beer through the aroma, but not a ton of aroma coming through.

Looks orangy yellow, cloudy due to being an unfiltered wheat.

The normal weizen tastes are there, banana & clove, but not in a typical German weissbeir way. Tastes almost citrusy, light.

Mouthfeel is good, silky smooth. Lost it's head quickly, but light and carbonated.

Drinkability is great, even at 6%. Great summer beer, hot weather is perfect for this beer.

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Photo of dfbvFBFBDFBDFbVb
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Pardishcreel
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is and orange opaque beer that is cloudy with a decent head on it.

The smell here is weak you get a little wheat, but its very minimal.

The first thing that I thought of when i tasted this beer was that it was light and watery. The was a fruity flavor to it though, it was banana orangy. Then it dissipated to watery.

As for the drinkability of this beer this is something I could drink on hot days, all day, because its not bad and its not going to feel you up, and you most likely wont get sick of the flavor, or lack there of.

Firestone I always want to like all there beers cause there brewery is 30 minutes from my house. This one just wasn't what they can do. Advice is if this is you first firestone try the double barrel its a much better beer.

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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 JosiahS
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

g: Pint

a: Typical hazy golden orange color. Nice 1-2 finger white head, very uniformed. Minimal lacing.

s: Initial, wheat grain aroma. Getting past that, i get coriander bubblegum and lemon. Super soft cracker. That's about it.

t: Noticeably more flavorful that some other american wheats i've had, which is refreshing. Very juicy, mango-orange flavor, nice light citrus hop throughout. It still has the coriander and bubblegum as well. Finishes clean.

m: Medium, juicy mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation.

d: One of the better wheats i've had so far, very drinkable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - golden/hay color. Not a lot of foam at all, good carbonation though.

Smell - a little on the worty side. Maybe a little floral essence, some spices.

Taste - spicy (not hot) in taste too, but all around very balanced.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy, but still light in feel.

Drinkability - A very unimposing beer. Not really a good conversation starter, but good enough in and of itself. Easy to come back to.

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

A- Pours a cloudy orange hue with little to no head.

S- Banana, apricot, hints on wheat.

T- Lots of wheat, smooth banana and light fruit with a malty backbone.

M- Medium viscosity and carbonation.

D- This is a great, refreshing summer beer. Not one that I would drink everyday but its a nice change of pace.

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

Firestone Walker has a new wheat ale on the block! Because it is a FW product, I expect good things. On to the beer:

It's slightly cloudy with a dark yellow color to it. The head is showing good retention, a little lacing, and a creamy texture. Malted wheat sweetness and a hint of banana and gum in the nose. There's something to it.

So is this a hefeweizen or a pale wheat ale? It's like both in the same beer. Quite a strong taste for the style. Orange banana bubblegum with a dash of clove is the best way to describe the taste. The aftertaste is a littel sweet with shredded wheat flavor. It's light medium carbonated with a medium heaviness.

Success. Firestone Walker has created an American Wheat Ale that's worth a damn, and worth at least a six-pack purchase for the summer.

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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 spoons
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale, yellow orange color.

Smells a little like bananas and yeast, some sweetness. It tastes pretty much how it smells, some sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty highly carbonated.

Its not my favorite for sure but I might not mind drinking these on a hot day, but thats about it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Xul
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent golden with some amber highlights, capped by a one finger white head, which dissipates almost immediately. Some scant lacing is left behind.

S: Smells like lightly toasted wheat up front, with some light banana, lemon zest, and yeastiness. Pretty one-dimensional aroma.

T: Wheat up front, with moderate banana, clove, and some light peppery spice. Finished with ripe banana and a bit of lemon zest.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a bit too heavy on the tongue for the style.

D: Goes down very easy and it wouldn't be hard to session...however, I'm not sure I'd really want more than one, it's just not an interesting beer. Glad I just got a single of this.

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Photo of weazal
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: A mild aroma of primarily earthy orange/tangerine. The grainy wheatness mellows out the sweetness while an appropriately dash of spices balances it all out.

T: Nice creamy smooth body with a little bite of carbonation underneath. Flavor of mostly spices that slowly rolls into a long, earthy/grainy finish.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to snosage22 for sending me this beer.

Pours a very cloudy and hazy pale orange color with a thick bubbly two finger head.

Smell is very citrusy and earthy. Lots of great pear and orange notes.

Taste is pretty dang good. Crisp fruit up front, pear, banana, lemon and orange. Light hops as well, maybe saaz. Very nice and refreshing flavor, this may be my favorite style for the summer and this beer is a great example.

Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, I am quite impressed with it.

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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 BeerManDan
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a pint glass, the color was an hazy golden yellow with an orange hue. The smell of yeast and mild hops were evident in the aroma. The taste had a pleasant flavor of fruits and spice. Although, even with the pleasant flavor, it was just a little on the weak side, of flavor. But, overal it would be a great summer sipper!

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Photo of felipe2toes
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy pale orange, with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

S: Didn't really smell much of anything. Bready and yeasty if anything. Maybe some grass.

T: Yeasty and just a little citrus. Not much else. Was expecting a lot more from this.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Crisp and clean.

D: Lack of taste or complexity definitely makes this less drinkable, but it's light and refreshing if anything.

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