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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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BA SCORE
80
good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally released as Batch 371, this was released again as Saint Goötz.

(Beer added by: weeare138 on 07-19-2005)
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Photo of ybnorml
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean dark brown beer with big ruby highlights. Has a big foamy beige head, no lace. There is a strong overripe banana character that dominates the aroma. Hints of clove and sweet malt dance lightly in the background. The flavor has a earthy dark pumpernickle character with a hint of banana on the finish.

ybnorml, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of jtell
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured a mahogany brown with 1 finger head that dissipated quickly. Smells of spices and banana. Definitely a wheat beer. When the beer is cold all the flavors are masked. As it warms the spices and fruity flavors come through a little more. With that said it didnt blow me away. Tasted like a pretty typical dark wheat. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Some wheats have a more creamy texture to them and I didnt find it in this example. Overall it was a pretty average, not bad, not great beer. One and done with this beer.

jtell, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a dark dark ruby red with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Lots of aromas in this one. First off, very spicy scent with sweet fruits, such as cranberries and bananas. I'm intrigued by this smell

T: Very wheaty, with a bit of very light hoppyness. Can taste the spice and fruits mentioned above.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth with a lingering of the spicyness. This is not a very drinkable beer. Maybe one or two, but after that, the taste most likely would wear me out.

bjohnson, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of jslot38
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Awesome looking bottle. Freshness date notched.

Appearance: Small tan head forms over a dark body. Slight amber hues around a deep drown, almost black. A bit clouded, can barely see through her. Head doesn't stay around long, and the lacing is almost non existant.

Smell: Notes of cranberries / banana (yes, just like that odd, but good, cranberry banana bread stuff), an herbal spice lingers. Deep smell of port, sweet fruits.

Taste: Spiced, clove taste surrounded by sweet fruits and a dark nutty roasted background. Mild oils, notes of earth laiden hops are quickly enveloped by an interesting malt backing.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation up front masked by a smoothness on the downing.

Drinkability and Notes: Magic Hat could be on the verge of something great with this brew. A stronger appearance and a bolder flavour would go a long way to making this a lovely brew. Still, an enjoyable one, and certainly a nice introduction to the style. A good brew for the winter.

jslot38, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Phatz
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a very strange and unique beer. It is worth a try simply for the sake that I have never had anything like it before. It may just be that I am not very familiar with the Dunkel style but it seemed to me like this was a cross between a wheat beer and a stout. Interesting. However, I don't think I need to get this again. It is extremely dark, basically black but oddly it is partially translucent. You can't see through it but a little bit of light does get through the otherwise opaque beer. Small head. Banana banana banana. Smell and taste I got banana. Then a bit of cloves and cinnamon, then more bananas. In the taste I got the same banana, cloves, cinnamon, and then a bit of banana bread. Some dark, sort of burnt, wheat flavor, a hint of charcoal and then a weird sweetness that may by likened to a fruity caramel. The mouthfeel was a medium weight with a partly full flavor and very crisp; yet it was also a bit empty in spots like the thinness you may typically find in a wheat beer. This is a very hard to describe beer. It was to extreme and bizarre to me, to be very drinkable. It was interesting but most of the way through the first one I was ready to move on to something else. If you are brave and want to try something new give this a try, but I would not recommend taking a case of this to you Macro-Beer drinking friends.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of unknownlamer
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy brown with a large off white that lingered for a while, but left almost no lacing (and what lacind it did leave slid down the glass quickly). The smell was fairly spicy with hints of dark fruit and bannana, a bit of earthy hops, yeast, and mainly sweet malt.

The taste was sweet and yeasty. A bit of caramel came out with some clove like tastes, and a fairly sweet finish. The alcohol became moderately noticeable in the finish, and added a bit of zing to it. A fairly rich taste.

It had a medium body with moderate carbonation that made it oddly refreshing depsite the strong yeasty flavor. Far more drinkable than I thought it would be.

unknownlamer, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of alexwag
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the Night of the Living Dead 12 pack, bought around Hartford, CT.

Appearance: A nice ochre, one finger of mocha colored head with solid lacing.

Smell: Faintly Belgian, i.e. yeasty, with clove, spice, and some darker fruit. A bit sweet. I'm interested.

Taste: Following the smell, yeasty and wheaty, hearty and hale. Fades to a light hop/clove that lingers for quite a while. Thought I had some bananas and cherries in there ... Definitely dunkel malt, bit of sweet caramel too.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. Substantive without being too much. A bit creamy. Carbonation is well balanced.

Drinkability: Taste is a good balance for drinking the whole way through, and possibly repetitively, though it's not terribly complex.

As a new offering, not bad, but worth killing Heart of Darkness (which it's replacing, I think) or Humble Patience? I'm not sure. It would have been a welcome compainion, perhaps. I'm still annoyed with MH.

alexwag, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of ski271
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, very dark reddish brown with a very small, tan, fizzy, quickly diminishing head. The smell is of moderate yeast and roasted malts with a light hop spice. Ripe banana, caramel, light smoke and a touch of chocolate are also present. The flavor is equally complex, with flavors banana, roasted malts, cola, coriander, orange and light peach. The finish is medium in duration with flavors of wheat and light spice. It has a medium body and a fizzy texture. This one is very complex and different. Another intriguing beer from Magic Hat that’s worth a try for sure.

ski271, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as a Saint Gootz bottle.
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown. Agitating the last quarter of the bottle generates tubidity, a haze of tan yeast particles floating within the beer's depths. Tan froth, fizzing like soda to quickly settle into a broken mist. Cobwebby lace. Nice aroma. Mild banana, with a heavier phenolic clove character creating an overtone of complexity above the chocolatey malt. Somewhat creamy, a vague, sweetish chocolate milk presence. A bit of coffee (with cream). The flavor starts with a smooth, milk chocolate maltiness. Slightly caramelled, a bit sticky with sweetness, easing into fluffy banana fruitiness. Mildy clovey in the finish, hinting towards plastic phenols. Slight wheat malt sourness, finishing up with a chocolately, bittersweet cocoa flavor. Somewhat nutty and doughy, although it works with the flavors. Kind of like banana bread with chocolate chips. As it warms, there's a touch of heat in the swallow. Is there oatmeal in this, or is that just the wheat softening things up? Medium to light bodied, kinda chalky on the palate, with moderate, sturdy carbonation.
Not incredibly complex, I actually prefer the draft version, even though it's more clovey and less fruity. Either way, a great winter beer. I'm sad to see Heart Of Darkness go, but this is a worthy replacement. Not really an authentic bavarian dunkelweizen, as the chocolate malt is a bit too heavy, but a tasty bavarian wheat/irish dry stout hybrid it certainly is. I'm glad I opted for a full sixer, instead of just a single. Very easy to drink.

UnionMade, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the winter pack from Magic Hat...

Pours dark brown, translucent but not much light peeking through since it's so dark. Slight brownish short head that dissipates quickly, good carbonation. Smells of coffee, sweet fruits, malts. Taste follows well with strong coffee, toasted malts, sour sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, sour lingers without much else. Overall, it's OK.

aquatonex, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burgandy brown/reddish color with a solid, tan head. Smells spicy- lots of pepper, nutmeg, clove, and corriander. Doesn't taste as spicy at it smells- soury, yogurty, twangy, even. A hint of banana in there too.

Mouthfeel feels like when you eat spicy food- warming and tingly. Dances on the tongue and palate. Overall a very drinkable beer, a nice flavorful, spicy change.

scooter231, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of necoadam
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dirt brown color with some head which disappears eventually. Smell was rather light, but did consist of mostly roasted aromas, a tad on the sweet side, and quite a bit of malts. Taste was rather light to my surprise, yet flavorful. Cloves and vanilla make an impact, along with strong wheat flavors. Starts to get sweet towards the middle, but does go down fast. Mouthfeel was light to medium, but ok carbonation. Quite crisp actually. Overall not too bad at a style that we don't see everyday. Don't know if I would want more than 2 in a sitting.

necoadam, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of arguemaniac
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, earthy brown with a somewhat rocky tan head. Clean banana aroma plus a touch of clove. The palate includes a fairly rich banana flavor with a pretty distinct clove note as well and, finally, a touch of roastiness rounds out the finish. A mild citrus bite makes an appearance. Mouthfeel is a little thin (but then again, what do you want from a wheat beer) with tangy carbonation.

Pretty good, very drinkable. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

sulldaddy, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells of banana and clove with a nice nuttiness. A nice breadiness to the aroma.

Taste of nutty roastedness upfront followed by a nice banana cloviness. Finishes fairly clean.

Body is a bit on the thin side.

Easy to drink, a nice version of the style.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of kelticblood
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer doesnt look like the bottle pictured. It does say Saint Gootz,but doesnt say batch 371 on it. I'm assuming its the same thing.The neck label says dark winter wheat seasonale offerring.Poured a huge head that slowly shrank to about half an inch. Spotty cream colored lacing. The color is a very dark reddish-brown,but not black.The mouthfeel has a creamy texture but lacks in carbonation.Has a very dry mouthfeel. Tastes of molasses and coffee with a sweet malt finish. Could use more hop character in the taste and aroma.Hints of coffee and smoke are noted. I bought a six-pack but I wish I only bought a single now. This beer is way too sweet and malty for me.

kelticblood, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of akahn
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with big sediment bits floating around. A tall foamy head with big bubbles. It recedes quickly. Not the greatest appearance.

Smell is somewhat dank and smokey.

Tastes warm and lemony-tangy, wheaty with some spice flavors, allspice and cloves. Mildly puckering, sour finish. My vocabulary is failing me because I can taste a pretty strong flavor that I can't put my finger on. Also, some fruitiness, including banana from the yeast. Just a smidge of coffee in the dark malts.

This beer tastes good, but it isn't all that complex or interesting. I don't think I'd buy a 6-pack of this if they were available. I'll have to explore this style some more to really see how this one stacks up.

akahn, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a little cranberry color with a very dark tan head. Smells of melons, currants, black pepper and earth. Tastes like old coffee and orange juice with a dry dirty and metallic finish. These are some strange flavor combinations, but it isn’t entirely unpleasant. Mouth feel is thick with lots of little bubbles. This beer is very “interesting”, but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not yet.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of donchata
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The tap version had an uninteresting head, thin with a nutty brown color. I thought the smell was a mix of sour apple, caramel, chocolate and wheaty cherries. Taste and mouthfeel where both uneventful. Heavy, rich chocolate with wheat overtones dominated and prevented any other flavors to permeate through. Overall I could do one and move on to a more flavorful winter draft.

donchata, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Viggo, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brown with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Nice medium level of carbonation. Smell is bannana with a touch of clove and a little bit of nuttiness. Also a yeast note in the smell. Taste is a little like bannana bread with some walnuts mixed in. Mouthfeel is a little heavy. I didn't rate this real high on the drinkabitlity scale. It's worth a try but i won't seek this one out.

beermanbrian, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, deep mahogany color with a light tan head. Quite pretty in the glass.
The smell is quite striking; one can detect this guy from a good distance away. Very spicy with the banana and the coriander and the nutmeg why dont you.
Tastes milder than it smells but has all those spicy components in the flavor. Malty sweet and spicy.
Mouthfeel is tart and tangy with the spices and banananess. It's a bit flat and a bit juicy.
Not terribly drinkable for the style... halfway through a twelve ounce bottle and I got a little bit tired of it. A nice now and then sort of brew... maybe it should be paired with a good pumpkin soup or a slice of pumpkin pie.

ommegangpbr, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of akajimmyd
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stain Gootz labeling on the bottle. Freshness notch.

Appearance – Dark brown. Very cloudy even with much yeast left at the bottom of the bottle. (Can be poured to produce large clumps of yeast) Solid little head lingers and laces.

Smell – Smoky scent, maybe a little nutty. Hints of banana and florals. Some roasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel – Very complex, I’ve been grappling with this beer for a few weeks. Sour but not in a wrinkle your face way. I get some bananas and maybe a little bit of clove but they are subtle. Full body and flavor. I can’t think of another way to describe the lingering aftertaste than the taste and feel of a cigar puff. Not a clean finish.

Drinkability/Notes – I ended up with a dozen of these and I am slowing going through it. Not the most drinkable, good for one or two. Probably better with a greasy sausage. My first try with this style, so I’m not 100% sure of it. I hope to revisit this beer next year and try something else in the style. 12 pack came with some cool coasters.

akajimmyd, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.25/5  rDev -35%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 28, 2005
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.

ppoitras, Nov 24, 2005
Batch 371 (Saint Goötz) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.