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Firestone Walker Solace (-2011)

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer

“Never under estimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made (fish) taco and a cold bottle of (wheat) beer.” Tom Robbins

Product Specs:
OG = 14P / 1.057SG
FG = 2.5P / 1.010SG
Color = 6 SRM
IBUs = 15
ABV = 6.0%
Appearance = Hazy / Opalescent

Brewing Program:
Multi-step infusion mashing program using wheat to insure a creamy mouth feel
Traditional biological acidification program to insure bright zesty acidity
Warm (free range) farm-house style fermentation to add tropical flavors and spicy aroma
Cold conditioned and blended to soften, mellow and round
Presented unfiltered to retain all flavor, aroma, texture and visual opalescence
Lightly hopped with a unique blend to add spicy balanced drinkability

Recipe Components:
Hops: Yakima Valley Willamette, French Strissel Spalt
Malts: North American 2-Row Malted Barley, North American White Wheat Malt, Toasted Wheat, Munich Malt, Acidulated Malt, German (Weyermann) Cara-Wheat, German (Weyermann) Cara-Foam.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2010
bottle, thanks to travita, hazy gold pour with some short bubbles, grainy banana and fruit aromas, fruity lemon and wheat flavors with a smooth finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Bottle (marked 4/16/2010). Pours with a hazed golden body and a large white head. Aroma of banana, wheat, cardboard, vanilla, and freshly baked bread. Taste is vanilla, orange peel, wheat, banana custard. Not a whole lot going on, but an excellent session beer. Light bodied, medium carbonation, very drinkable!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of travita) Pours lightly hazy golden orange body with a moderate white head. Aroma of wheat, lemon, and banana. Flavor of banana, wheat, caramel, and citrus with a soft mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) clear yellow with very few bubbles. Nose of coriander, wheat and lemon. Taste of dry wheat, heavy spices and a lemony finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Plump wheat, bready yeast and banana esters are enlightened by citrusy angles in this refreshing but raucous Wheat Ale .

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam decorates the cloudy, almost murky, yellow.
-The aroma is a tad disappointing for the style.
-The mouthfeel needs some tightening up for this to be a world-class example. This is neither crisp nor polished.
-The soft and sparse bubbling doesn’t quite work with the flavour profile, imho.

On tap at a restaurant in Santa Barbara.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1161) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Draft. Pours a hazed straw golden with decent size loose white head. Light lemon, wheat, bit of toasted corn and hints of banana. Pretty much wheat forward with touches of clove, lemon, banana and vanilla. Still getting light corn in the finish. To be fair, I had a bottle of this almost 2 months ago and recall it being better...so not sure if it is the draft lines or a difference in batches.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
On tap at Monks Kettle. Poure light yellow with a decent white head and a light floral aroma. There is a standard wheat flavor with noticeable sourness. This one is easy to drink, but not particularly remarkable.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Off the top i thought this beer was garbage. being an "unfiltered ale" from a company i normally enjoy, I expected to smell some hops. I didn’t. I really didn’t like the stuff at all. not very refreshing, sort of thick and flat. then, I came to this site to rate the thing and find out its a wheat beer. No wonder it sucks. Okay, so after a barbecue full of coronas, an oil can of fosters and two budweisers, I’m ready to rate this for what it is... hold on let me grab one.okay pours hazy. smells exactly like banana bread. taste may have a little more citrus, but the honey notes kinda override it. still very thick feeling. Even for a 6 percent beer. this could not be refreshing unless i was hungry. i guess in a way this could be like a honey-lemon carbonated iced tea... sounds decent enough right? I guess just think of it as that, not beer. There is not much carbonation here. This after a budweiser makes me kinda want to stop drinking beer, I don’t want another one of these.. it will be hard to get back into a beer drinking mood. wheat beer is horrible if you ask me. I guess this is the best attempt at it I’ve ever seen whatever thats worth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Wheat malt, tropical fruity notes, some banana. Pours cloudy orange golden, no head or lace. Flavors of wheat malt, tropical fruit, a little vanilla, banana, some lemon throughout. Wheat malt rounds out the finish. Quenching lemon notes as well. Smooth bodied, interesting hybrid wheat beer in my opinion. I would drink much more of this if I had it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a small white head that has fair retention. The aroma is mild with lemon, breads, and light spices. The flavor is overtly lemony with a bit of biscuit filling in the sides. The palate is smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering citrus. Overall: Simple, subtle and elegant, a great summer cooler


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