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Saranac Prism - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac PrismSaranac Prism

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 26.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Edward19 on 01-06-2014

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 162
Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The prism is a decent wheat beer. It pours a hazy yellow (with floaties....I hate floaties) and white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has citrus notes to it. The taste is starts yeasty then finishes with a grape fruit kick. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall its ok.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very hazy white ale, with a bit of a citrus aroma to it. A tart and sweet citrus flavor to it. Very crisp, and a very nice lawnmower beer for people who don't something hoppy like an IPA or a pale ale.

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Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got three Sixers at local grocery for $3.99 a piece! Couldn't believe the deal! This is a fantastic every day beer for those of us that prefer a bold ipa, a crisp pilsner, or tart lager.

This beer has character, yet maintains just above the session level abv... but not too high abv category. A keeper...

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 6/30/15.

Pours a murky light golden-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of peach juice, peach puree, and peach ring candy aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus juice, citrus zest, peach puree, and peach ring candy flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with really nice peach aromas and a solid mix of peach and citrus flavors that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. beer
Glass: Stone Ruination IPA pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $10.99 for a variety 12-pack (12 Beers a Springing)
Purchased: April 22, 2015
Consumed: April 23, 2015
Misc.: Best by June 30, 2015 at 3:30 p.m.

Poured a golden, straw, hazy color with two fingers of white, frothy head. Lots of slow-moving bubble streams coming up from the bottom. Minimal wet lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled a pleasant whiff of pineapple, coconut, mango, passion fruit and other tropical notes. Also got some light Citra, floral, fruit punch, peach and cherry. Really digging this nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted really close to the nose, but a little sweeter. Didn’t taste as good as I thought it would though. Tropical dominating again, getting coconut, pineapple, passion fruit, fruit punch and mango. Also floral, apricot, peach, Citra and black cherry soda. (Taste - 3.75)

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, tropical finish. (Feel - 3.75)

I really liked this tropical style beer. Glad to be able to have two more after this one. (Overall - 3.75)

3.86 | 87 | B+

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Photo of mick303
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent Wheat Ale, aroma is a bit strange with banana and lemon, with a yeastyness and sour milk. Taste is nice, smooth feel, with a good dose of citrus, creamy yeasy notes, apricot, quite slight bitterness but balances the creamy malt sweetness. A bit sweet but the beer is pretty good, bright citrus notes, and a lingering finish with a bit of cloying character. Not a beer I could drink more than a couple of but a flavourful option that works.

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Photo of BigC88
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely not your average Belgian white. This has a bitter backbone and flavors of either slightly underripe peach or apricot. The flavor is complex and really changes over time. I had this on tap and from a growler over the past few days, depending on the food pairing/weather/my mood, it seemed to take on different nuances. The only downside for me was the bitter backbone lends to a bit of an off aftertaste. Overall, a crisp, complex, and refreshing beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Hazy pale golden color. Aroma is very fruity, bright. Taste is not bitter at all, the hops are all flavor.a bit sweet. Medium bodied. Overall much better than I expected as I'm not normally a big fan of wheat.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the first saranac beer i actually enjoyed, and would probably buy again, in a long time. cloudy and golden, definitely looks appealing.
nose is sweet with notes of citrus and peaches.
Tastes sweet with bright fruity, especially peach flavors followed by a slight bitterness.
overall the most complex beer from saranac yet! definitely a nice summer drink for a hot day. well done saranac!

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Photo of mempath
4.79/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

surprisingly complex (if you let it sit....and forget it's Saranac....not sure why folks beat up on it so much)

expected cloudy golden obtuse shimmer ;)
massive head (please pour it in the right glassware in the right way....!)

candied apricot nose

tangy-sweet bright/light fruit esters...amazing spectrum

mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like...maybe the hops can't help beef up the wheat/wit aspect...best place to be 'weak' at

an amazing brew....silly label...what's inside counts

highly recommended

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; deep gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; OK lacing;

S: sweet peach;

T: sweet peach up front; the peach stays to the finish; a somewhat harsh bitterness comes in mid-palate;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: an interesting combination of the sweet peach and harsh bitterness;

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3/10/15 Draft - (The Laughing Man- DC) - Aroma flowery and sweet. Nice blond pour with mid carbonation and white head. Very sweet and light, nice fruity taste. Texture is light, nice feel. Usually do not go for sweet beers but this was very good.

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Photo of supervike
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A cloudy light orange, with medium carbonation. The smell is very fruity and flowery. Apricots and peach.. The taste is hoppy and packs a fruity/citrus punch without a lingering aftertaste. I doubt I'd drink more than one in a sitting, but would certainly enjoy drinking it. Just a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pale orange Color with a strong fluffy white head.. A/T very strong peach and apricot, orange wheat malt, as it warms a noticeable pine hop.. Very good beer wish it had little less pine hop though.

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Photo of hophugger
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks sort of like a semi-clear wheat. Head is average and lacing pretty good. Aroma hits right up front with white peach and other citrus. Smells awesome !!. Taste is similar to aroma with lots of peach and a nice hop bitterness. This beer IMHO is very well balanced and a great refreshing offering from Matt Brewing. Cheers !!

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Photo of pgrose
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: cloudy, what you'd expect from unfiltered
S: peachy
T: peachy but with a ipa Hoppiness
F: medium carbonation
O: very fruity but tastes like it'd be a great summery beer

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Photo of Manalto
2.19/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The others have described the characteristics of this beer pretty thoroughly. It has a decent, but short-lived head, balanced carbonation and pleasant cloudiness, but the elephant in the room is the ovewhelming scent and flavor of artificial peach, identical to that of those soft, gummy candies. That flavor is so dominant and such a peculiar choice for an ale, that it is grounds for rejection.

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Photo of williamtlow
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong unique grapefruit like smell and taste. A lot of carbonation. Not smooth. Otherwise great flavor and aroma. No real great head. Thin layer of foam that doesn't retain on the glass. If the mouthfeel was smoother and slightly more round, it'd be a 4 to 5

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

White gold color from the cloudiness. Good starting head provides extensive streaky lace.

There's the wheat and then there's a surprising floral hop nose. I also detect a sweetness that is reminiscent of candies peaches.

Sweet brew but not cloy. There's a bit of bitter dry in the swallow, yet the aftertaste is like the aforementioned peaches. Not as much wheat in the taste as fans of style might like, but the flavor profile is exceedingly complex. The body is full and the carbonation elevated.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 26, 2014.

It has a milky pale yellow pour leading up to a modest white fizzy head that fades. Nice bits of sediment floating about.

The aroma does not make me think of a witbier. It is more like a fruit beer considering the main notes I get are watermelon and mango. Any toasted biscuit notes are in the distance.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste is also on the fruity side but a modest bitterness kicks in to help make this feel more like a beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Prism White Ale
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1424306131502"

Notes: Cloudy yellow-gold body. Bright white head. Very good head retention. Initial lacing is impressive. Floral, very fruity/citrusy nose... pineapple, melon, papaya, lemon, orange, strawberry. Slightly yeasty/chalky and peppery. Flavor is vastly different, yet retains citrus. Nice, light note of orange. More pine than pineapple. Some grapefruit. Mostly Pith. Resinous. Raspy. I don't find the spices that the label suggests other than a bit of dull coriander seed, and perhaps some black pepper. Some very nice wheaty malt. Solid bitterness. It definitely lingers on the palate. L-O-N-G finish... bitterness fades to residual tangy citrus. An interesting beer that's kind of like a Belgian wit but lacking the yeast, and somewhat like an American wheat but with more bitterness. The neck label reads "LIKE THIS? TRY THIS: WHITE IPA", and that seems to be where this is headed. The bitterness could be dropped a bit. I love the aroma but the flavor seems out of balance. Halfway through I can't decide if I'd have another, yet I've still got half a glass left, which says something.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah Saranac always good for a tick and sometimes the beer really impresses! Got this mixed and matched for $1.75 poured into a pint glass.

A - A very dirty dark orange. Kind of ugly in it's non clarity or hue. Head is minimal just a 1/4 inch that fades to nothing just mild lacing on the glass.
S - Very interesting almost pineapple like hop bitterness to it. Along with some fresh squeezed orange sweetness the pepper spices smell great. I need to sip this.
T - Well I can't say it has any bright orange juice taste more peel and citrus hops than anything but it does taste like a balanced wheat pale ale. Wheat taste is husky and a sort of dry finish make me sip again and again. Definitely not a Witbier.
M - Light to medium its easy on the palate with surprising hop bitterness clinging to the palate every sip.

Overall its an extremely tasty wheat pale ale I am sure I will buy again since its at an amazing price.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30th 2014.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with a white head sitting on top. A bit too hazy to see any visible carbonation. Once the head dissipates there is some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Big aroma on this that I was not expecting. Hits you with a full on mango and tropical fruit right off the bat.

T: First thought was that I am glad this is not classified as a wit bier. Certainly fills the shoes of an American Pale Ale much better. A dose of hoppiness is the first thing I get on the flavor profile. That is followed up by the natural fruit flavors added to the beer. A good amount of mango or passion fruit collaborates with what I assume are citra hops.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A dry and crisp finish from the hops. Also ends relatively clean keeping it easy drinking.

Overall this is a pretty solid offering from Saranac as long as you do not mind the added flavors.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and isn't translucent enough to see if any carbonation is present. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—tangerines really stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has bright flavors of tangerines
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and slightly tangy on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer really stood out compared to Saranac's other offerings in that it has bright of pleasant citrusy aromas and flavors and showcases tangerines, which is a fruit you don't normally see in IPAs nonetheless a pale wheat ale. The wheat base also makes this very easy to drink.

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Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Longneck
A) Pours with a two finger white head that settles quickly leaving a big bubble lacing around the glass. Hazy straw colored body.
S) Notes of pineapple. Wheaty.
T) Wheaty. Subtle orange and apple.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Chalky and dry in the finish.
O) A tasty white ale with a pleasant aroma.

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Saranac Prism from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.