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Saranac Hefeweizen - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

290 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002)
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Reviews by QXSTER1:
Photo of QXSTER1
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why but I wasn't expecting much from this beer and was pleasantly surprised. Poured light straw with a bit of haze and a snow white head. Banana clove upfront much more prominent than some domestic hefes and a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Some grain, spicy wheat and a hint of lemon make this really enjoyable. Wish I would of had this on a hot summer evening on the deck.

QXSTER1, Nov 14, 2002
More User Reviews:
Photo of mlasher1
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw color pour with a single finger head which leaves no lacing. Very clear for a hefe.

S: Traditional smells of bananas and cloves dominate. No hop aroma detected.

T: Sweet with banana flavors present.

M: Light and crisp with lille lingering taste.

D: Definately drinkable on a warm summer day, ok in other situations.

mlasher1, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale gold in color, clear, with an uneven white head. Head dissipates slowly but eventually leaves a bubble film with a thick white ring. No notable lacing.

S: Smokey wheat chaff smell with a faint citrus hops.

T&M: Malty sweetness, classic wheat flavor, with a slightly fruity kind of overtone. Carbonation is light, lending to a creamy texture. The finish tends a tad watery and a toward dry, then lingering with that wheat chaff taste so typical in wheat brews.

D: Nice texture. Decent taste. Very...wheaty. Not a huge fan of wheat beer but this one is okay but nothing special.

SIRIUS2, May 20, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of a summer sampler 12 pack, this was one of the better beers. It was a hazy orange color with a small head. Aroma was banana, a little strong at first, but it settled down. Nice taste: spices, not at all too sweet. Good mouthfeel, a little more carbonation than I wanted. Still, if you're looking for a hefe, this would be a good one.

lordofthewiens, May 18, 2006
Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac's Hefeweizen has a cloudy golden color with a thin foamy head. The aroma of banana is very strong. There is also a hint of spice and wheat in the aroma as well. Its flavor is mostly sweet with very little hop presence. There is a heavy dose of banana and lemon flavors along with a wheat malt base and some spicy clove. All of this is wrapped up in a medium body with a smooth texture and a mild carbonation. Another solid offering from Saranac.

generallee, May 20, 2008
Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

TimoP, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Haze pale orange with three fingers deep of a head that seems to want to stay around.

S- Dusty stale clove, faint banana with a wheat malt sweetness in the nose.

T- Solid wheat malt character holds the beer together. Mild clove-like spiciness milds with a fermented wheat banana twang. Faint nutty yeast in the back with more bready wheat malt.

M- Decent smoothness with a moderate body and flowing carbonation.

D- I did not get tired of drinking this after two bottles.

Certainly a beer to drink in the summer but not a bad beer to have around all year either. Perhaps one of the best beers to come from Matt Brewing IMO.

Jason, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

puffy head, develops to a tiny bubble film, leaves nice lace. Yeast in nose. Has some decent hefe flavors,banana mostly, but a bit thin and watery. not much follow thru in mid or finish. A hint of cabbage in thin finish. A so so starter wheat. Drinkable cuz, its light and light bodied....would do OK in a pinch or on a hot summer day with a salad.

Billolick, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Milkysunshine, May 28, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Janeinma, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Bike2work
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Bike2work, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy beer, a little tinge of orange in addition to the yellow, kind of looks like that Bitter Monk dipa swimming in brett. Mild yeasty banana clove aroma, standard fare.

Easy to drink, all the usual suspects in a hefeweizen are there, banana, dry yeast, a bit of lemon flavor. On the plus side, even though everything is slightly muted with Saranac brews, this one tones down some of the hefe flavors I'm not a big fan of, so in some ways this works, since it isn't overloaded with clove aspects.

Pretty straightforward and mildly enjoyable. Not recommending it, but not saying it sucks or to stay away.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

williamjbauer, May 01, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yea! its hazy, though not as much as the label claims. Initial bright white head of little duration. Estery aroma, yeasty and banana. Nice esters, banana and clove with minimal lemon impression, though there's a strange sense of burnt butter early. Finishes full and pleasant, maybe a little sweet. I'm not much of a Hefe fan but this is a nice beer to refine for the future.

My Saranac "sojourn" is over...

ADR, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a honey clouded unfiltered gold, with a bright creamy textured white head forming thick above the rim of my glass. Sparse speckled lacing sticks to my pint as the head dwindles. Aroma is upfront with the banana esters and limitied on the clove and vanilla aspects more bubblegum and other candy like esters flow. Sharp citrus bite peaks through as well with a really sulfur like smell coming throuhg as well. Flavor wise the banana esters and vanilla cream with chammomile tea like qualities really coat the palate. Powdered yeast cakes and an undertow of citrus with a spicy feel really lay it on as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly stick and cloying at times but carbonation carries it decently. Drinkability I can't get over the sulfur and banana bomb in the flavor, seems like their in the right direction but miss the mark just a bit. Much better than the likes of a Sam Adams labeled hefe that is just an American Wheat.

WVbeergeek, May 19, 2008
Photo of imullica
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in Weihenstephan glass and tasted from slightly chilled to room temperature.

Appearance: Decent head with a decent lacing. Coloring is a bit too transparent without the classic, amazingly cloudy hefe look to catch the light.

Smell: Nothing mind blowing, very light scent.

Taste: Tastes of banana which grows stronger as the beer warms. Stays true to the classic hefe style.

Mouthfeel: Light on the mouth without overpowering you with flavor. Rather low traces of carbonation while sitting on the tongue so not to overshadow the flavor.

Drinkability. Subtler, lighter flavors with a smaller amount of carbonation allow for a higher drinkability (more so as the beer reaches ~20C).

imullica, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, tall head billows up on the pour and settles on a mildly clouded yellow-gold brew. It ends up a pure white and lasts the rest of the way about half a finger high with a rocky denseness.
The aroma is wheat, lemon, yeast and a kiss of hops. A bit of clove is here but very lightly with very little banana notes to speak of. The yeast, though evident, doesn't impart that true character in the strength it should.
The flavor strikes me as almost more half hefeweizen / half APWA. There's definitely a good, strong wheat base with a good hops and malts balance and plenty of the yeast character. Lemon is actually prevalent as a flavor in this beer aside from the wheat. It's not as sweet or soft as some, having more of a citrus / lemon zest. Again, banana and clove aren't particularly evident here.
This beer does have very much the right feel for the style. The body is light but with plenty of depth. This is very crisp and refreshing without sacrificing smooth, blending into a creamy finish.

Brenden, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of alesaram
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker brown (too dark?) gently effervescent body with a quickly thinning soft white head... banana, clove and citrus as expected--little else to quantify... smooth, a bit active at the back teeth--medium-bodied and substantial--a surprising approximation of the style, with a lingering aftertaste to boot... the beer rewards with clove and banana shaking the wheat's hands on the exhale... abit sweet, and drier than expected... I must admit, for the Saranac swings and misses I've had, this stood up when I conducted a showdown between this and Paulaner's hefe--and I've enjoyed Paulaner's offering for years now... nicely attempted, Saranac...a good player in the summer mix pack...

dacrza1, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of tastybeer
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My pour is a barely hazy amber color with a very tiny white head. No lace either. Aroma is wheaty orange with faint spicy things. Flavors are very light and hard to grasp. Mouthfeel is ok but nothing exciting. Body is mostly light and it turns out this is easy to drink at least. Especially when your thirsty. Nothing very special but worth reminding me to get better hefeweizens.

OK

tastybeer, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting # 6 of the summer 12-pack.

AP: Hazy-dazy orange hued golden color with good carbonation that creates a thin 1/8" head that dissiptes rather slowly for a thin head with a good cover.

nose: Wheat, grains, cloves and banana scented yeast upfront along with a mildly sweet scented red-berries underneath.

flavor: Over-ripe banana with wheat and spices and a very herbal and fruity edge that rides shot-gun. The yeastie, sour-fruit flavors dominate the after-taste and a wet-earth on a hot day hoppy finish.

Feel: Everything you'de expect in an American Hefe, light, crisp, clean and refreshing.

DA: good 'nough

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from the 12 beers of summer 12-pack. Poured into my Aventinus glass (and good lord does the glass for a Hefeweizen really seem to making a different for everything regarding presentation, especially versus a Hefe in a pint glass).

Appearance: Nice hazy golden yellow, once I swished and poured the yeast in (whether others are adverse to it for not). Decent sized head that's sicking out the duration, and decent bubble lacing. Not bat at all, and pretty pleasant to look at.

Smell: Banana and clove spiciness is more well-done than I thought would be the case. Still could be a little creamier, and maybe a little maltier with the wheat. Not too bad, though

Taste: Maybe one of the better commercial Hefeweizens around. All of it's there, the creaminess, the spice, the banana, and the clove, but it's not necessarily pushed enough, or maybe just not balanced enough? I suppose it may not be the balance, but possibly the slightest bit watered down. Still, the aftertaste is great, and I'm enjoying it still very much as it gets near the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy body. Moderate carbonation is also working well. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: I could certainly make this a session. With some tweaking this could be an excellent brew. Still, I'm very impressed, and this may be my favorite Saranac brew.

asabreed, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with two fingers of head and nice retention; a lot of carbonation coming to the top. Smells of clove and spice with very mild banana coming through. Taste is mild banana and a more evident clove; rather weak flavor profile. Too heavily carbonated and thin; light and watery.

A beginner's hefeweizen if there ever was one. Flavors are light and mild. There's nothing here that stands out. One and done for me.

tdm168, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hint of whitish head doesn't lace as the lazy carbonation floats through pale orange haze...

Some sweet citrus in the nose, also wet wheat and cloves

Oranges, here, some vitamin C chews and heavy wheat. Love the malts. At first sip it truly makes a good impression on me.

Light bodied, and thin which is made up for by the tickling amount of carbonation.

Over all a very refreshing beer, would quench my thirst on a hot day really well

JoeAmerican77, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent! Fluffy white head floating on a pretty shade of amber that itself floats on a bubbly golden elixir.

Smell: Some pine and mineral tones. Cloves represent the strongest element of your traditional hefeweizen.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very lemony, possibly the most so of any hefeweizen I've tried. Subtle banana notes to this one, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel starts nice and crisp but flattens at the end.

Drinkability: Possibly the most accurate American interpretation of this style?

Overall: See drinkability.

tjsdomer2, Sep 19, 2011
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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.