Beer Review: Firestone Walker Brewing Company Solace Unfiltered Wheat Beer

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Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Beer: Solace
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 4.8%
Character: Unfiltered wheat beer
Metal Connection: AFFLICTED – Ivory Tower

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Here’s a 2013 Spring-Summer beer release that fell through the cracks until now. I had actually drank this beer back in early October last year. The reason I wanted to include this beer on the site is because I know that Firestone Walker is a popular brewery, where most of their beers are put high on a pedestal. Solace is a nice, enjoyable beer. Here are my notes on this beer.solace

Using a Weizen Glass for this session, Solace poured a bright, light golden orange color. The beer was topped with about a 1.5 inch white bubbly head, which faded down to a thin ring, leaving small rings of lacing down the glass.

The aroma of Solace was nice and sweet like a good wheat beer should be. Scents of banana, and banana peel linger throughout, mixed with a tropical fruit blend, and spices of clove and coriander. There is a faint bubblegum aroma, and a nice bready yeast smell. Of course there is a layer of a wheat aroma

The taste is like a good traditional Hefeweizen style, in my opinion. Good strong presence of banana (peel included), and a clove spice hit the palate first, and for me, are the dominant flavors. There is a taste of citrus thrown in the mix, along with a faint bubblegum flavor as well. Underlining the whole flavor is a bit of bread, and a nice dry malt, and wheat essence.

The body is light, complimenting the aroma and flavor of this beer quite nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth with a little bite to it. There is a dry finish, leaving you wanting more at the end.

This is definitely a beer I will enjoy again, and given that we have hot as Hell days in Texas, I would like to enjoy this beer while in Season, instead of a couple of months after as I did last year with this one. I know I did not drink this one as fresh as I would have liked to, but it was still a very enjoyable beer. I do plan on seeking this beer out this year, and doing a nice update to this review. Let’s just hope that the distributors and stores coordinate this beer to be on shelves as fresh as possible.

ProdigalSunMetal Connection: As soon as I saw this label, I saw the sun drawn on there, and the first album cover that came to my mind was Afflicted’sDeath-vhs 1992 debut album, Prodigal Sun. The song that most Metal heads would remember from this album is the song, “Ivory Tower,” as it was featured on a Nuclear Blast released VHS video compilation back in the day called Death is just the Beginning Vol 1. Afflicted only released one more album in 1995 with a complete different style, opting for a more Power Metal approach. They broke up in 1995, as well.

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