Saranac Prism - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 44 | 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

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Beer added by: Edward19 on 01-06-2014

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Photo of pgrose
4.83/5  rDev +33.8%
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

Photo of Sonofalime
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smelt of peaches and pears. Gotta say I'm not one for Saranac but his one was a home run for me. Easy drinking and went down smooth.

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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...

Photo of williamtlow
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep hazed sunshine golden with an eggshell white capped head, fine chunky lacing sporadic on the sides of the glass. Aroma has bright citrus peel flowing, hints of spices like coriander, very bright lemony/orange citrus component absorbs all the attention from my nares. Flavors orange pith bitterness provides balance to the wheat ale breadiness, however all aspects are overshadowed by a bitter lacquer of bitter spices it tastes like you just swallowed perfume when you walked by the tester displays at your favorite department store. Mouthfeel, dry bitterness in the finish, lingering cloying aspect provided by those layers of harsh spice additions lacks balance in both flavors and how it effects the palate, carbonation soft slightly creamy texture is all for nothing light to medium bodied with a lingering harsh character left behind each sip. Overall, it's a rough one more in line with their White IPA, considering this one is representing with 42 IBUs much higher than your average witbier out there.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mempath
4.79/5  rDev +32.7%
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 place to be 'weak' at

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

highly recommended

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of hophugger
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
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 !!

Photo of puboflyons
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of slow3v
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must say, not a giant fan of Saranac beers especially of late, but this one took me off guard. Decent appearance, it's only slightly filtered so it's cloudy. Pours a nice light amber with a small light head. Very good smelling beer, lots of grapefruit and peach notes with a bit of hop. Taste follows the smell to a T, with a huge blast of grapefruit with a subtle but not weak hop note followed by a nice light peach flavor on the finish. Overall, a great beer. Should be a summer seasonal, it would be amazingly refreshing - not quite what I'm looking for when it's 3 degrees outside like right now, but great overall! Will definitely be drinking more of this.

Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw color, with a white head and lacing. Smells of wheat, lemon citrus, and floral hops. In the taste, bready wheat, cracker, lemon, hop bitterness. Well balanced, drinkable brew. Medium bodied, well carbonated, cleaner finish. Overall, this is a solid, refreshing wheat.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of timmy2b
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Very, very strong fruit smells from the glass, dominated by pear. Very light color with an off white head that dissipated rather slowly. Looks very similar to most Belgian Pale ales, golden color with a little bit of orange. Tastes sweet, with some fruit, mostly pear flavors coming through. Easy on the tongue and fairly smooth. Overall this is an average beer with a lot of pear for the scent. I enjoyed it but will not be running back to get another.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Compared to other whites this is really bad. Too much orange with a very bitter taste.

Photo of utopiajane
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a light straw color yellow with a peachy blush on it. It started with a fat white head that fell a bit too fast and left a thin ring and sheets of lace to look at.

Nose is darn good with a nice fruity peach, soft and ripe. Grapefruit and the zest of that fruit. There's a bit of earthy coriander on the nose that does not overpower the sweet and tart fruits. Malt is a light sweet grain that has a touch of honey on it. Just wonderful and herbal. Aromatic.

Taste is pretty good too. There is a tart grapefruit and a soft ripe peach in the background. The malt is honey kissed and light. A nice little grain sweetness. The lactic sour from the yeast is perfect and the spice does not outdo the fruit. It's tremendously dry. Strips the palate actually and finishes a touch thin and watery. Mouthfeel is effervescent and dry. It's tart and while the grapefruit seems to compete with the peach for center stage the grapefruit and the tartness wins. This one would have been very refreshing except for a parching dryness.

Saranac continues to surprise with offerings that seem to be getting better. This one fell short only in the fact that the dryness was overdone and detracted from a fuller mouthfeel. I asked myself two questions while rating this beer. If this had come from stillwater as a saison instead of saranac would I have liked it better? And is that thinness really as bad as all that in a witbier? You be the judge.

Photo of dank203
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a hazy yellow gold color with lots of white head. aroma is fresh peach and apricot. lots of citrus on the flavor, some of the Belgian yeast-like textures as well. light and crispy, summery. a lot of bright flavors. its nice, pleasant, aromatic. a pretty sensuous brew

Photo of Brad007
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy whitish-blond with a frothy white head into my glass. Looks very appealing for a beer that I haven't had yet.

Strong apricot aroma greets the nose. Smells artificial. It's backed up by a touch of grapefruit as well.

Both flavors stick around in a mellow way. They give way to a metallish, grainy "white ale" that doesn't taste as good as I'd hoped.

The mouthfeel is terrible too. I would argue that the use of more citrus and spices is to cover up a fairly weak white ale.


Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Saranac Prism from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.