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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

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156
Ratings:
511
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
25.34%
 
 
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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of tjensen3618 is a recent NHL BIF, thanks Tyler! Pours a very hazy medium gold color with a surprisingly small, lifeless off-white foam. Poor retention and zero lacing.

Nose has a ton of wheat tang and huskiness to it. Mix in some bubblegum and bananas with a shot or two of alcohol. Pretty unique smelling brew, not bad at all.

Kind of an oxidized malty flavor and sweet wheat. Somewhat creamy with too heavy of an alcohol presence for a summer brew. Almost gets cloying, but a little hop bite on the end keeps it from being so. Undercarbonated, for sure as not even a swirl can not get any bubbles to rise to the top. I was really looking forward to drinking this, my first FW brew. I would like to try it again to give it a fair shake, but this bottle was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy dark gold color with generous white head at first that dissipates to not much soon thereafter. Nose is very faint with some lemon/orange. Palate has light malt & wheaty flavors with a hint of citrus. Light bodied and light on the finish. Easy drinking.

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Photo of azdback
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Bright, but cloudy orange color. Lots and lots of tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a strong two finger head, that is creamy and bright white. Lace sticks in a nice ring pattern.

Smell is very soggy bread. Lots of yeast smells an not much more.

The taste is pretty much on the same lines as the nose. Lots of belgium yeast flavors. Tons of earth and lemongrass, maybe even hay notes, and very sweet. Not my cup of beer!!

Mouth is fairly fresh and refreshing (if you can ignore the flavor). I think if this was my style I might enjoy many of these on a warm day.

Overall I did not like this. I generally don't like wheats or Hefe's. So for me to not like this is pretty on par. For the style I must say it stayed musty and earthy. This was a bit sweet though.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/27/2013. My first beer from Firestone Walker in quite some time, and this might possibly be my first review of one of their beers.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. #properglassware.

A - Pours just under a finger of off-white suds that disappears quickly. Body is a dark golden yellow with a murky tint to it. Some bubbles floating topside.

S - The smell isn't really doing it for me. Light wheat, grass, some lemon, some grains, but there is too much bubblegum malt & cloves for my liking.

T - Taste follows the nose with pervasive bubblegum malts and clove overpowering the light grains, wheat, & lemongrass. Some orange, some grainy wet cardboard. There's a hint of funky yeast on the finish, which is nice, but I was still hoping for an earthier, grassier beer, considering this classifies itself as an "unfiltered wheat beer".

M - Feel is crisp, with a bitter & dry finish. Some clove spice lingering.

Overall, it is a highly drinkable beer, but I am just not enjoying the flavor profile. Tastes too "Belgian" to be an American pale wheat ale. It was nice to try, but I'll stick to Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer.

Firestone Walker Solace ---3/5.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy glowing honey color with a very thin short lived white head that disappeared into a faint collar that didn’t leave any lacing.
S: Sweet notes of overly ripened banana and a hint of wheat.
T: Not as sweet as the nose but the flavor is still overwhelmed by creamy bananas. There is a good dose of spices in the mix too, and the aftertaste has a dash of lemon and orange zest mixed in.
M: Medium body, fizzy carbonation and a tingly, almost sharp, mouthfeel.
O: The flavor was decent enough but the carbonation was distracting. I would drink this again if it were there but I don’t think I’d spend any money on it.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours very light with zero head and a slight bit of lacing...

smell is nice, all yeasty and wheaty with some spice and fruit...pleasant for the style

taste is ok, a little yeasty...some spice, some bananas and some wierd sweet skunk...very sweet in fact.

feel is a bit on the light side

overall this is a nice beer, very drinkable but a bit too sweet

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Photo of DijonKetchup
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really excited to get this brew a few days ago, and being a fan of FW, I have high expectations for Solace. On to the beer...

Poured a bright yellow/oranage, looks very enticing. Head falls apart amazingly fast, which seems odd for a wheat-based beer. Smells of some citrus and yeast, not getting the banana or clove as anticipated. Maybe a bit bready. The first sip, I think there's something missing. Decent mouthfeel (from the wheat I assume) as expected, but it's just not there. Wow, just very ho-hum. Sure it's drinkable, but I am quite disappointed. No sense in saying "after mowing the lawn, 100 degree weather" beer, because I think that the adjunct lagers have that market sewn up. Nice try, no cigar.

**EDIT** I think it bears mentioning that this review was done as this beer was classified as a saison, not an American Wheat Beer. I guess that's the problem with "hybrids" and reviewing according to BJCP style guidelines.

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Photo of shwillivanilli
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours hazy golden yellow with a tint of orange, thin white head, very little lacing

S- banana, cloves, wheat, spice. Light citrus note

T-mostly a light wheat with banana note, light spice with clean finish kind of dry

M-light and refreshing. Good carb.

O- not a huge fan of wheat beers, but always good alternative on a hot day. Better of the style in my opioin. I could probably sit down and drink a 6 pack to myself. Light and resfreshing. Wish it came in cans so I can take it to the pool! Lol

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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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Photo of Murrhey
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger width white head. Nice carbonation and medium retention. Pale gold-orange color with nice clarity. Fluffy lacing.

S- Wheat, light malts and subtle hops. Sugar, bubblegum, cloves and other sweet smells.

T- Crisp and bold sort of flavor. Wheaty and sweet. Wonderfully refreshing. Not particularly flavorful however.

M- Light bodied, heavy carbonation and wet finish.

O- Very drinkable but ultimately plain wheat 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 MoorBeerPlz
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass....

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half a finger head that dissipated quickly to very little lacing around the glass. A little on the fizzy side.

On the nose, not too much going on.... wet grains, wheat, maybe grass and a yeasty note. After swirling, a little more yeast, banana esters and bubblegum comes through.

Tastes of bread, wheat, a slight sour/tartness and maybe a little funk or off-taste (can't decide). A citrus note here along with just a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not too dry with a bitter yeasty aftertaste, medium carbonation.

Decent wheat beer and certainly not something anyone should run from or flatly refuse if offered. Sessionable and a good summer beer wherever you are. For me, this one is in the middle of the pack compared to other wheat beers I've tried.

Cheers!

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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 keenberg87
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a light white head, good retention.

S: Peaches, candied oranges, but rather light.

T: Stone fruit, nice yeastiness, but overall a mild fruity flavour. It's just OK and doesn't stand out in this category.

M: Crisp and clean, medium-bodied.

D: This could make a nice summer refresher, but it's not very complex and is really more like an American Wheat Beer than a Saison.

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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 LiquidAmber
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a light orange amber. Mild wheat and malt aroma. Starts with a moderate wheat ale with fruit, strong citrus flavor Finish is sour, acidic and soapy. Starts out OK, but not a very pleasant finish. Medium bodied and a decent mouth feel, otherwise a rare FW miss for me. No solace here.

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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 Phelps
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the tap into a small tasting glass.

Cloudy sunflower yellow, hazy enough to obscure most everything behind — which makes sense, since this stuff is “craftily unfiltered.” A frothy, sticky, glorious one-inch head of egg shell diminishes slowly, leaving lines of sticky lace gripping the walls. Lots of beautiful spatter.

Wheat, hints of lemon peel and coriander in the nose are nice, but they’re all behind a soapy character that's hard to get away from.

The flavor has rid itself of soap, thankfully. Here we have oodles of wheat, a bit of pear, orange peel, coriander spice and a hint of banana. I’d rank this somewhere between a Belgian wit and an American pale wheat ale.

Light, massaging bubbles amidst a velvety medium body with nice, soft smoothness. It’s a little heavy for the style, but the finish is drying and clean.

I’m not finding solace in Solace. The flavors aren't bad, but there are better, more refreshing wheats out there.

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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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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 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 notchucknorris
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Looks good. Very hazy orange/brown color that seems to glow in the glass. Reminded me of Sanctification a bit looks-wise.

S: Characteristic hef yeast, banana, some sort of melon which I eventually thought was cantaloupe and some honey.

T: And here's where it goes wrong for me. Starts with wheaty/hef taste and then goes to a creamy finish with some orange, honey and spice. The problem is that it's way over-carbonated. The flavors are subtle and it feels like this beer would have a lot to offer if the carbonation didn't blast all the flavor off your tongue. So much potential but not that great in the end.

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Photo of WeisGuy
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a - deep golden color, one-finger white head, little retention or lacing, pretty hazy

s - banana peel, clove and wheat dominate the nose, some lemon citrus, no alcohol noticeable

t - like the nose, banana and clove flavors up front and on the midpalate, finish is fairly sweet with muddy spice and fruit flavors, very light hoppiness

m - medium-bodied, lower side of carbonation, somewhat sweet on the finish, no alcohol warming

d - not very complex or interesting, I'm just not into the beer and don't particularly want to finish the bottle

A bit disappointed in this offering, as I'm a fan of most other FW beers. The whole beer just seems muddy and confused.

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