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Saranac Amber Wheat - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Amber WheatSaranac Amber Wheat

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2009)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch whitish-orange head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace sink back down into the remaining beer with each sip. Smell is of wheat and toasted grains. Overall smell is pretty subdued really. Taste is of toasted grain, caramel, and some wheat flavors. A bread-like aftertaste after each sip. Carbonation level is pretty good with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer. My first of this style so I can cross this off the style list. I wouldn't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 03:00:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-01-2011 23:07:54 | More by djrn2
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

dark brown color that yielded a big head of tan that faded quickly and only moderatly coated the sides of the glass. interesting, but nothing really to go nuts over. aroma is off chocolate, wet hay, moldy grain and campfire smoke, it just did not work for me, i wish it had, as i wanted it too. the flavor was a touch better as the chocolate died down and more of the grains and a touch of dark fruit came through which served it much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 02:13:03 | More by mikesgroove
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Saranac Beers of Summer Box - $13.48 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an ever so lightly clouded, amber-tan body with a 1½-inch head of off-white foam.

Smell: An assortment compiled of scant notes smelling of toast, chocolate, yeast, apple, and past-its-prime spice. A decent array, but nothing in there ever really reaches out and grabs you. None of it.

Taste: Malty albeit mild impressions of chocolate, powdered toast, and light caramel with sweetness a notch or two above the 'medium' setting. Hint of pear and a sparkling apple juice. Pinch of spice. Vaguely herbal hops with a minimal amount of bitterness. There's a return of the choco-toast taste before the crisp, fast finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's lightness and looseness keep this one bland and mediocre. Not bad, mind you, just a gulp, a yawn, and it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 13:17:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

01-05-2014 04:07:05 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I think this finally finishes off my 12 Beers of Summer box. I think. It pours a hazy amber-tawny topped by a finger or so of creamy ecru foam. The nose comprises wheat, grass, flowers, light walnuts, and a touch of rye bread. The taste holds notes of dull wheat, light walnuts, flowers, light greens, and some earthy hops. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a nice bit o' brew, nothing fancy or special, but easily drinkable and a decent change-up for a summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:54:23 | More by TMoney2591
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Average head retention

S: Wheatyness that fades fast

T: Some grainyness, mineral & grassy hops up front, faint apple flavors too. Apple peel flavors dominates as this warms, dryness is there along with some grassyness. Finishes grainy & crisp with some pear flavor once very warm

MF: Thin, grainy with an okay carbonation level

Average drinkability this is a very forgettable beer in a very mediocre summer mixed 12 pack. I'm not sure I'll buy any future ones based on this group of 6 mediocre beers

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 02:31:16 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded light amber copper hue with a nicely formed white head creamy and thick. Aroma has some American wheat grain and yeast notes but definitely no dunkel weizen characteristics as mentioned on the label. Flavor is straight forward semi sweet with some powdered yeast notes nothing too impressive maybe a touch of fruit, green apple perhaps. Overall I would compare it to Michelob Hop Hound amber wheat. Not offensive just a bit bland and boring, mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation nothing much to report here. Drinkability overall, it is what it is another Saranac 12 beers of summer offering. Thirst quenching is this brews best quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 14:47:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a refreshing wheat and caramel malt scent along with a hint of yeast esters. It's dry with a light hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a bone dry wheat malt flavor that goes down easy with a bit of cara/roasted character. It finishes with a slight fruity feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, although I'm not crazy about the style or their interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 00:53:51 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From summer variety pack:

Pours hazy amber with a thin off-white head taht descends to a wispy cover. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of a light caramelish sweetness, some light must (wood?). Didn't get much "wheat" character. Odd all-around, but not bad - caramel hint helps it, a bit.

The taste is of sweet caramel with (peach-like) fruitiness. Sweetness, while not cloying, does linger a bit.

The feel is pretty watery. It has an effervescence that borders fizzy.

Rather bland. A mediocre brew with a light hint of caramel sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:38:39 | More by jwc215
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Halcyondays

California

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, the first from the summer mix pack, the legendary Saranac shows up in the Southland,

A: Pours a medium amber with a light head, no lace, good retention. The epitome of translucence.

S: Caramel sweetness, with some brown sugar, altbier like.

T: Minerals with some dark malt. Light amber malt flavour, not really wheaty at all.

M: Very light-bodied, fizzy, clean and smooth.

D: A nice inoffensive wheat beer. Nothing to think about, but some good flavours. My first Saranac brew isn't impressing me too much, but I liked it well enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 04:26:12 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear dark orange in color with a short one finger head. No lacing developed.

Smell:Some soft caramel and wheat tones are detectable.

Taste: caramel, wheat, pear, and green apples are soft but up front. Bitterness is light.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less so at the finish. Aftertaste is short as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: decent but the flavor profile is a bit weak here.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 17:15:05 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Took this from the summer variety pack. There's a wonderful cookie aroma with a little spice, but the flavor is pretty plain. There's just a plain, smooth wheat cracker taste. If you're splitting up the summer case, give this to someone afraid of beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 02:50:24 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle. I'm rapidly making my way through all 12 beers and it's not even summer yet.

A: The wheat beer is relatively dark, a fuller copper color that renders the ale nearly opaque. Head? What Head? Nothing to be seen here.

S: Caramel grains stand out in the nose, giving the ale a fuller aroma. Underneath the caramel is a mild wheat aroma, light with just a pinch of tartness.

T: Caramel leads the way with a fullness that is uncommon for Saranac beers. The darker malts sit atop the wheat, allowing its lighter flavors to percolate up from time to time. Especially near the end, the wheat flavors become more prevalent.

M: The wheat and dark malts work well together, alternating between sweet caramel and lightly tart wheat. No real frills but it doesn't disapooint.

D: Another low alcohol beer that goes down really easily. The fuller malts make be a little too much for a hit day so try a lukewarm one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 22:07:21 | More by akorsak
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the 12 beers of summer mix pack,

Bottle neck claims this as a Dunkelweizen by the way.... Anywho, beer pours a cloudy light brown/orange color. Pretty nice head to it, decent amount of lacing as well. Smell is very bready, a nice subtle aroma to it. Nice mouthfeel to it, a biscuity taste to it, not too appealing but not too harsh either. A little on the lighter bodied side. Nothing too spectacular here, a nice drinkable brew with a decent amount of flavor that'd be nice on a hot day. Would never seek it out but would gladly drink one if it was handed to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 20:59:40 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Saranac "Amber Wheat." I don't even know what that is suppose to mean. It is amber, it is wheat, it's amber wheat. This is a first for the style for me.

Poured from a standard brown bottle with no indication of freshness into a weizen glass. It appears a clear amber orange color with an initial half finger of slightly yellowish stained head that receeds to a thin layering atop the brew that creeps slowly to the outer limits of the glass. Constantly rising bubbles of carbonation rise in support of this outer ring of head that remains. Minor patches of lace cling to faint spots to the glass and the head maintains relatively decent but not top quality powers of retension. The aroma of this beer smells of buttery caramel malt with a slight indication of hops on the backend. Outside of that, there isn't much else going on in the scent department. Taste is light, somewhat crisp and modestly carbonated for the wheat style. The flavors apparent in this brew consist mostly of a light caramel/bready sweetness that finishes with a taste of butter and some faint hop bitterness.

I have zero basis for comparison when it comes to this brew and other examples of the style so it is both the best and the worst amber wheat I have ever had. Drinkable? Yeah, it is easy drinking but not all that enjoyable if you are looking for decent flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:35:41 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of the summer pack, on to the beer:

Bronzed orange color with a clean looking body. The head on top is a little creamy, and it leaves a little lacing on the glass. There isn't a whole lot in the nose, light toasted grains and a little dextrin. It hardly smells like a "wheat ale" of any kind.

It tastes more like a "cheap" English pale. I'm getting a little toasted malt, and also a little fruity ester flavor. The malt seems to dry, and th esters aren't the ones I'd die for. The light and airy mouthfeel with just a snap of carbonation was working for me at the time.

Well, I finally got to knock-off "American dark Wheat Ale" from styles that I've reviewed. I just hope that Saranac's version isn't typical of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:06:56 | More by DoubleJ
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-02-2011 04:08:53 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Sparkling clear. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a chalky faint caramel and a slightly toasted malt.

The taste was light and rather neutral with traces of caramel and wheat.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall an uneventful experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 02:20:44 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A glowing sunset orange yields a dome shade linen white capping atop that was respectable retention wise. A steady moderately paced showering of carbonation was observed through a fairly high rate of clarity. An amber wheat that wasn't quite amber in color, nor wheat (golden) but rather orange, so I guess they got it right. edit: i later learned this style was changed to a dark wheat ale which makes even less sense and warrants a reduction in points. A lack of lacing leaves the glass walls empty.

S: Light dried orange peels appear on the nose along with a soft wet flowery hopping. Sour dough yestiness appears after several swirls but quickly diminish as does my interest. A finishing trail of honey candy sweetness occurs.

T: Thin flavor, apples and pear juice fruitiness against a thin malt sweetness. Dried maize with a corn syrup sweetness and some honey. A bitterness of green mildewy leafy hops moves in for the finish. Not quite an amber, not quite a wheat, and certainly not a mixture of either much less a dark wheat. A fruity sweet start concludes with a faint mildewy hopping that will leave you wondering what the intention or direction of this beer was.

M: Very light mouthful offers an easy resistance, oily texture and only slight bubbly action on the tip of the tongue. Gets washy on longer holds with a bit of a tart orangey fade.

D: Not really impressed here, or would bother to spend my hard earned, or even easily earned money on this. Easy and sweet but ultimately easily forgettable with no real amber or wheat contribution. Overall hardly worth bottling or the marketing costs.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:37:00 | More by beerthulhu
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well this one at least looked the part. Aroma wasn't as disturbing as other selections, small amount of grain earthiness.

Another real easy to drink (i.e., not challenging) beer, but you get bored 2 sips in and are asking, hey, where's the caramel, the wheat, the lemon, the "anything that resembles the proposed style" of this beer vibe I always get w/ Saranac. Very pedestrian, and I didn't pick up anything of note to say in the taste profile. Mouthfeel lacks the tang I want in a wheat.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:48:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Brad007

Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium reddish color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of clove and wheat in the nose. To be expected from this style.

Taste is full of clove and wheat upfront. A bit of banana. Otherwise, a solid wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat and clove but it feels a bit creamy. Not too watery either. Not bad at all.

Give it a shot. Again, it's from Saranac so it may not meet your expectations if you're a geek.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 20:24:18 | More by Brad007
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from the summer variety case. Seems limited so maybe the only way to buy this beer.

A - Not really as amber as it should be. More of a semi light brown than amber in color. Head is nice though.

S - Caramel and roasted malt. Slight wheat backbone.

T - Caramel and roasted malts followed by a wheat bitter finish. Again not very complex but gets the job done.

M - Very light and refreshing. Seasonable.

D - Well I have three more of these and they did not offend. I don't know why some would give this a D because that's borderline BMC. I give it at least a solid B. Decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 20:58:15 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some wheat and spices. Taste is also mild, grains with a touch of spice, not a lot of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 14:02:54 | More by tone77
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-22-2013 15:53:59 | More by RBorsato
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Saranac Amber Wheat from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.