Saint Saltan - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.26/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
This beer was shared by StonedTrippin, so a big thanks to him!! We poured a brew of solid yellow coloring. It held a one finger head of foamy white bubbles, showing quick retention. Minimal spots of lacing were left clinging to the glass. There was a mild chill haze, but otherwise no real obstruction to the clarity of sediment. Carbonation appeared active. The aromatics were kept very simple, with bright coriander spice, mild clovey phenols, raw wheat, corn, dirty scrap metal, and big adjuncty dryness. With warmth came light orangey zest freshness on the back. Our first impression was that the flavoring was wrought with adjuncts, taking away from the raw wheatiness and ground saltiness we were hoping for. The sip opened with white flour, pale grain, barley, tinny metals, faint earthiness, and light grassiness. The peak came with buttered Wonder bread, light lemony bite, powdered stone, and light muskiness. The spice finally came in with the finishing wash, which showed a lightening of the malts to a watery nothingness, leaving room for that coriander, clove, and faint boozy bite to finish the palate off. The aftertaste breathed of wet wheatiness, dirty dishwater, coriander, dried cilantro, light saltiness, and mineral water. The body was lighter, and the carbonation was medium to full. Each sip gave light froth, cream, or slurp, with only decent smack and finishing pop. The mouth was briefly coated and wet, with light chalked dryness to the tongue. The abv was fine, and the beer drank okay.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its lightness, and decent spiciness on the back. With this amalgamation of raw and unfiltered ingredients we were worried about getting a big muddled ball of contrasting elements. We were pleasantly surprised to find the opposite, as the finish, while watered, was clean and relatively spicy. This beer was actually much more reminiscent of a lighter, more watery Wit than your traditional Gose. The spice was there through clove and coriander, but any salty wheatiness fell to the wayside with more pale, overly adjuncty malts as a whole. The yeast was also a bit too overrepresented, giving palpable muck to the feel and powder dryness. While we commend Magic Hat for attempting the style, we are left wanting a bit more substance and a lot more flavor.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2013 20:42:43 | More by TheBrewo
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2.83/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Appearance: pours a 1/2" white head that recedes quickly with virtually no lacing. Color is a hazy golden with sediment in suspension and significant carbonation present.
Aroma: smells much like a pilsener to me (this is my first ever Gose style). There is a smell of clean water, lightly toasted malts, a little yeast, and maybe a slight tart hop smell.
Mouthfeel: is light and watery. Finish is fairly dry.
Flavor: tastes much like a pilsener combined with a wheat beer. There is a pleasant barley malt flavor with a mild hop bitterness and just a hint of spice (from the coriander I assume, but it is not strong the way coriander sometimes shows up in Belgian style ales).
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2014 16:42:49 | More by Foyle
Saint Saltan from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.