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Batch 371 (Saint Goötz) - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Batch 371 (Saint Goötz)Batch 371 (Saint Goötz)

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: weeare138 on 07-19-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally released as Batch 371, this was released again as Saint Goötz.
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tend to like this style. Brewed as a winter seasonal, with roastiness, oily, and a tad sour. Great dark colour and good roast and wheat aroma. Chocolate malt, well malted, its biased on the sweet fruit side. On-tap at the brewery. Medium mouthfeel, but strongly carbonated.
Not as good in the bottle I had sveral days later which waas grainy, and very coffee ground-like, also significant sourness.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color beer with a small dark head with minimal retention. Weak aroma of roasted malt is detectable. Taste is dominated by sour malt and seems to leave little place to anything else except maybe a bit of roasted malt. Not sure if this is what was intended or if I had a bad bottle but surely not something that I will revisit anytime soon.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saint Gootz is a fair enough beer, and probably one of Magic Hat's better brews. It's got some character to it and it has all of the trademark requisites of the dunkle weizen style, albeit it slightly muted.

It pours a cloudy brown body with amber highlights beneath a full head of off-white that holds fairly well before dropping to a thin cap. The lacing could be better.

In the nose, delicate ripe banana and mild clove work their way in amidst yeast fruitiness and a smear of malt.

It's medium bodied and spritzy in the mouth.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with mild phenolics peeking through the malt and yeast esters. The clove is perhaps more pronounced than the banana; and the maltiness delivers a nice, wheat and toast character with just a suggestion of cocoa. Nice!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown with a red tint, a short tan head that fades quickly and doesn’t leave much lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, wheat and a touch of dark fruits.

T: It doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells. The flavor is bready, metallic and a little smoky with some chocolate in it. The after-taste is similar to that of a Stout or Porter.

M: Smooth, with a medium body, light-to-medium carbonation.

D: It’s not too filling and has some flavor to it, but something about it just isn’t thrilling me enough to make want another. Overall I just didn’t like it very much.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- Cloudy brownish amber with a thick three fingered head that shows some retention.

S- Smells of liquid banana nut bread dusted with powdered clove. Slightly strong fruity esters.

T- Beef broth, sharp clove-like spiciness. Semi-harsh fruity ester with a thick toasted wheat bread crust character. Dirty earthy yeast. Soft ghost like suggestion of vanilla bean within the malt sweetness.

M- Full bodied with a sizable crispness.

D- I hard to come by style coming from an American brewer, its better to pair this with something rather than drink it on its own. Not a bad stab at the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.27/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The bottle that I got was simply marked as "Batch 371" with a direction to check out mysterybeer.magichat.net. Hmmm. Guess what? I am not a big fan of surprises. I didn't like 'em as a kid, I hate 'em as an adult, and I refuse to spring 'em on my students. That being said, let's start the review.

It poured with a thick, tannish/off-white head that reduced so rapidly that before I even took the first sip, it was almost gone. I questioned in my notes whether or not it might be bottle-conditioned, since there was a lot of yeast suspended following the pour. As such, it was a VERY cloudy orangish color with a coppery yeast scent on the nose. The mouthfeel was thin, approaching watery. I noted a good bit of malt on the palate at the start, but the finish was utterly bland. I just didn't get a whole lot out of the experience.

Not one to give up, I ordered a second bottle and this time, I decanted it VERY carefully to sse if that would make a difference. This time, it was a clear, coppery color with a musty, yeast-driven nose. The taste remained nondescript with a slight tang on the finish. Overall, it was a rather boring beer.

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Photo of Gavage
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish burgandy in color with a 1/2" head that quickly falls to a surface foam. Some spotty lacing develops. The nose picks up some roasted nuts and burnt butter. Flavor is of roasted malts, wheat, burnt nuts, hints of banana and molasses. It is also buttery and has a decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smoothat the start. Finish is dry and smooth, with the burnt tones lingering long on the tongue. Drinkability is average, as this dunkel weizen has just too much in the way of burnt tones.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this treat on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC (was told they will be closing up the joint on 1-1-06) pours cloudy brownish/chocolate, with a minor off white head, typical lacing, nose is fruity bananas and some minty chocolate, nice. this is a nicely crafted, dark wheat, with lots of bananas, mint, chocolate and other asssorted fruity/yeasty notes. Love the style and this is a version thats well worth seeking out, especially on tap , if you get the chance.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've had this labeled as Saint Gootz. I actually had pours from the first known keg outside of the tasting room at the brewery of Batch 371 at American Flatbread in July of '05 and I thought it was outstanding at the time.
This one has a freshness date of Feb '06...guess I'm getting around to this one about 6 months late, so I'll try to be fair.
Appears a dark, dense, murky reddish brown with a 2 finger light tan head that slowly fades into a small cap. Little chunks of spent Bavarian yeast drops into the goblet and settle near the bottom. Spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, light toffee, and cocoa dusted bananas. Slight amount of spent yeast/oxidation in the aroma that is ever so faint and expected for being a half year past it's prime...especially in a wheat beer.
Taste is of the same aromas. Little hints of cocoa dusted banana and caramel that are typical of the dunkel weizen style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet on the tongue at first, and slick along the tongue leading to a dusty and semi-dry finish.
Not too bad for being aged a small amount of time.
Todd H.- please, please, please up the abv on a batch of this and turn it into a Weizenbock for the champaign bottles.

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Photo of plaid75
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale brown hue with a 3 finger pillowy head. There was decent retention but poor lacing.

The smell was mostly roasted malt with a bit of an earhy nose.

The flavor was of toasted wheat, with an unidentified and unpleasant sharpness. Relatively dry and a bit metallic. Someone said unripe banana, and I agree. Needs more of a yeast character. Not something I would like to try again.

The mouthfeel was thin and dry.

Not very drinkable. The flavor is entirerly off. Not a good example of the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color but no yeast left in the bottle. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a hoppy wheat. Starts and finshes as totally balanced with some yeast overtones. Got the 12oz bottle as a trade, this is available in most supermarkets here in NH as part of a 12-pak.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Feast of Fools 12-pack purchased locally somewhere.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Head lasts very well, with prevalent sticky foam. Aroma is sweet wheat, with tinge of roastiness. Taste resembles the nose, but with some underlying citrus character, and a fuller roasty character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. This is way better out of the bottle than the time i had it on draft awhile back.

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown from the suspended yeast, quite dark, with a dense tan head and nice lacing. Chocolate wheat aroma with some roastiness and spicy hefe yeast. Light sourness with brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. Chocolate in the finish and a bit of dark malt dryness. Round body with soft carbonation. An enjoyable dunkelweizen. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown/red, small tans head, spotty lace on the glass. Smell is chocolate, whwat, caramel, grass, grains, some spice. Taste is chocolate, coffee, sourness, spice, wheat and cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is low. Not bad, thanks northyorksammy.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy milk chocolate brown color with a decent beige to light brown head and low to decent carbonation. Nice balanced banana yeasty and light chocolate aromas. Light yeasty fruity banana flavors with a touch of cocoa. Medium bodied and creamy smooth.


Per MH website: 5.8% ABV. 1.054 Gravity.
Malts: Wheat, Munich, and Caramel Wheat
Hops: Tettnang

Drink By (end of): Dec '05'
Tasted: 11/09/05

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer "blind," in that I didn't check to see what style it was before sampling. It certainly fooled me - my impression was more of a dark Belgian style - the yeast flavors seemed more Belgian-esque than weizen, certainly interesting. Poured a dark, walnut-cola color. A bit on the sweet side, with layers of yeast flavors playing throughout. Some caramel in the malt. Some sharp, peppery flavor at the finish, and I'm surprised to see this is only 6.2% abv. Thanks to brother Far333.

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Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"The Cosmic Wheel is a Very BIG Deal"

Hazy red brown color with a small head that fades all too quickly leaving a rather "static" beer after a while. Spicy aroma of banana and clove, malt sweetness, and wheat. Bold zesty clove flavor, dried banana, and some slight hops in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Goes well with spicy food.

A nice, easy going dunkel that can't quite pass as authentic. Nice enough though - and head and shoulders above Batch 370.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a deep reddish-brown color with impressive tannish head, that proved to be long lasting that left nice lacing on the side of the glass as it slowly fell to a thin ring. Smell was very nice, with strong notes of over-ripe bananas. Taste was also very nice, with an intense sweeness mixed with more bananas. Some toastiness and caramel also present. Finishes very creamy, and the banana caress to the nose with each taste was extraordinary. A very different beer, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Ct. River Brewfest: This one pours a cloudy brown color, with almost no head or lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, with notes of lemon, wheat and floral notes. The taste is wheaty, citrust, slightly bitter, slightly malty. A pretty nice summer brew!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy deep amber brown with an off-white head that could hardly even emerge and then left before even attempting to lace the glass.

The aroma was wheat aroma with a distinct chocolate malt character. Also present was a burnt caramel aromatic and a smoky vibe.

The flavor was lightly fruity with a banana flavor and chocolate melded with wheat. A bit of the same burnt caramel and smoke was present and made the beer more interesting.

The finish was dry with a lasting graham flavor of that burnt caramel, but the aftertaste was not bad at all. The body was medium and the carbonation low. Not a bad beer, but nothing too exciting here.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Todd
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep, dark brown with a rich ruby red hue. Beige head is thick, tight and creamy with a trailing stick along the glass and good retention.

Roasted malts, fresh crack wheat, husky, toasty bread and chocolate in aroma. Faint earth / clay in the background.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium, even body. Creamy carbonation. Chocolatey / carob flavor that mingles in the moderately roasted character. Bready with toasted crusts. Weak coffee. Crisp and dry edge, and a well-balanced hop snap of bitterness. Herbal, pithy, grassy. Mild, but pleasing, sour/tangy note that melds well with the wheat flavors. Some herbal lingering in the finish along with faded wheat and hint of powdery spice and earth.

Probably Magic Hat's best attempt at a wheat ale.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at a local store. I am sampling at room temp in a pint glass. The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a 1 cm spongy tan head foaming up easily. THere are some white yeast chunks that come out unexpectedly at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is sweet and fruity with red grape and raisins mixing with chocolate and caramel. There is just a hint of wheat twang in there too.
First sip reveals an average body with average carb that is a bit prickly on my tongue.
Flavor is a little mild with some chocolate and again fruitiness with red grape and cherries appearing and then fading for the finish of slight wheat and then nothing, the beer doesnt leave much of a linger in my mouth. It is tasty and very easy to drink. I am surprised that this is listed as 6.2%. Would have guessed 5.0% tops. It is a decent easy drinking beer with some complexity. Not a bad brew from Magic Hat.

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Photo of arizcards
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the 12 pack sampler bought in Vermont in early October.

This beer poured a cloudy brown color creating a tan head that left a little lacing. Nose was a hint of banana. Taste was a subtly sweet wheat beer with a a nice strong finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but decently carbonated. Overall drinkability was pretty good as this was an interestng beer try!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy brown with some red/amber highlights with an enormously puffy light tan head after a vigorous pour.
Aroma of banana nut bread and with some spicy yeast and dark fruit notes.
Flavors of dark citrus and lightly spiced cloves dominate at first and then soem dark wheat bread characteristics take over. Doesn't really blend well together.
Mouthfeel is little past medium with some lingering fruity stickiness.
Drinkability is above average but something just doesn't seem to meld and combine well here, almost feels rushed and experimental in nature. Don't the really well-balanced taste test that I would expect from the style. Kind of disjointed flavors thrown around.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Happy to find this one when it Boston. It pours a muddled dark brown color with very sparse head and no activity on the carbonation. I'd like to see a better carbonation and head here. Nose is very roasty. I've been trying to place this aroma for a while now, and I'm convinced it is a type of wheat, torrified or roasted or something, but its not roasted barley. Its different. Flavor is not doing it. The roasted is there, but initially there is a sourness, almost like a soured milk. Not all that tasty. This fades on the finish, leaving a wheaty fullness on my pallate. I am not happy with the sourness. The feel is moderate with a very light carbonation. I'd like more carbonation and a bit more chewyness as well. Overall, I'm not as happy with this as I was hoping. The flavor really is hurt by the sour character. I'd not have this again, but I have more of it.

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Batch 371 (Saint Goötz) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.