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Saranac Hefeweizen - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen

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196 Reviews
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Reviews: 196
Hads: 294
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

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Reviews: 196 | Hads: 294
Photo of Brad007
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with decent carbonation. Aroma has faint hints of both banana and clove. Banana tends to stand out more. The flavor is quite smooth with more of a banana flavor showing through. Not quite as strong as Long Trail's version but it is quite decent. There's not much going on for aftertaste but I will rate this as decent for the style it's supposed to represent. The only thing I find lacking is the aftertaste but that is more of a personal preference.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.37/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - Cloudy straw color, small head with some lace.

smell - Wheat, bananna, and some straw.

taste - Nice Hefe taste. Bananna, clove, spices, wheat.

mouthfeel - Medium body with some carbination.

drinkability - Came in the Summer12 pack, Says limited release. BA says it is a winter release?
Get this great one.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.32/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saranac have made a really nice Hefeweizen here. It has that nice Hefeweizen flavour along with some spiciness and banana esters. Hefeweizens aren't usually my favourite beers, but this is the best thing Saranac make.

A: Straw colour and a 5 mm head that fades quickly to sparse lacing. 3.5

S: Has that tangy grain smell you always get with a Hefe. Also, some spicy clove aroma. 4

T: Spicy clove highlights over a nice hefe base. Some banana-like esters in the aftertaste. Very nice. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: This is a very nice Hefe. Well done Saranac. 4

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of tjd112
4.27/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass in some hotel some years ago. Poured a somewhat pale golden color with white head and cloudy body. Smell is of bananas and clove with, of course, wheat, and the taste basically follows the smell. Mouthfeel is light, yet somewhat fizzy. This is a very drinkable beer and FX Matt needs to do a seasonal 6 and 12 pack of this.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass

A- pours a slightly hazy deep yellow. Small white head that quickly disappates and leaves very little lacing.

S- wheaty, bananas, heavy spices and clove. Very pleasing

T- crisp and refreshing! Nicely balanced spices with some banana and yeast notes in the background. Excellent.

M- light carbonation. Medium body.

Overall an excellent hefeweizen. A tasty brew without a huge price tag. I just wish this variety pack had more than 2 of them so I could enjoy more. A must try

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Photo of vicg12
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this is the Saranac Summer pack, might be the best one in there.

Appearance - Goldenish and cloudy some what

Smell - wheat

Taste - wheat and the best Hefeweizen I have evre had

Mouthfeel - on the light side, not watery with no shortage of flavor.

Drinkability - very high drinkability, very good. Try this!

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Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this one. I don't like really astringent hefeweizens but the very mild ones like Widmers are not great either. This is a nicely balanced beer with the banana, cloves and astringency all prominently featured without being overpowering. Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice big head that quickly dissipates. The smell is very pleasant with the banana and cloves very apparent. The taste is very good, once again cloves, citrus and banana. Mouthfeel is nice and rich. For fans of this style, I'm sure there are much better examples but for this hop-head IPA lover, this is a good hefe. I just wish places like Bonefish, Atlas Diner and Red Robin had this one on tap vice Widmers.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 19, 2012. It begins with a golden-pale yellow pour with a quick fizzy head that settles to a session-long ring and good carbonation. On the nose there is a definite banana and clove ester, both of which overtake the more subtle wheat. The body is light and on the smooth side. The taste ramps up the banana and clove with an almost citrus tart appeal toward the end. Altogether a crisp finish. This was had at the end of a busy day of yard work on an 80-degree day and it felt perfect for the occasion.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Brewed with winter wheat, 2-row malt, Tettnang, Mittelfruh, and German hefe yeast. It pours into the weizen glass a mildly-cloudy, toasted amber hue, with medium carbonation and an inch of medium-bubbled, tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of banana pudding, lemon, nutty wheat, and hints of clove. The flavor is very much the same, with the addition of grassy/leafy/spicy hops that impart a mild bitterness, and some toasted wheat and malt that makes a nice addition. It has a light body with medium carbonation and a light and refreshing finish. Nice flavor and well-structured - one of the best from Saranac.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't say I've been overwhelmed with Saranac's beers as a group, but they hit the nail on the head with this one - spot on for the German style. Hazy and yeasty - nice nose and flavor of cloves and a bare hint of banana. Not too sweet, and finishes up clean and a touch sour.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into standard pint glass. "Best Before Sept. 2011" printed on bottle.
Cloudy, amber/orange in color, with two-inch whipped eggwhite head of foam. Nice looking brew.
Aroma-Subtle clove and banana notes.
Taste-Banana, clove, wheat. Very drinkable and refreshing. A nice warm weather quencher. Simple, refreshing, and affordable.

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Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow gold in color with a massive 2 finger white head that faded quickly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of banana, clove, yeast, wheat, caramel, brown sugar, grass, coriander and spices; a really nice smelling nose.

Tastes of banana, clove, yeast, wheat, caramel, grass, hay, brown sugar, flowers, lemon, coriander, orange peel, light cinnamon and spices like pepper or floral hops; nice hefeweizen taste that is spot on for the style with a nice blast of the classic yeast funk at the end.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and a chewy feel that trails off funky and goes down like water. A really nice enjoyable beer that I would have again, and a good American version of a German classic.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty, bubbly high foam head but this dissipates to a cap in a minute and a half or so. Also, the color is less brilliant than many hefes and the sediment seems outnumbered by the carbonation. The nose is proper for the style, athough a little faint.

Taste is broad and satisfying with the requisite banana clove lined with malt and less numerous hop tones. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Dry enough to keep the flavor and lock it down on your tongue.

Not an exceptional hefe but tasty and reasonably priced. I would rate this the highest of all the beers in the summerfest sampler 12 pack. It seems like they kind of made up some of the other beers a ("mountain ale"!) and made a leap of faith on others but it's tough to make a bad hefeweizen.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased for $1.50 from Super Saver in Somerville... Originally part of a Summer gift-pack from Saranac...
"Unfiltered wheat ale" on the front logo sticker...
Pours a hazy, and cloudy, straw-colored hue with a minimal frothy and foamy head that quickly receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Smell was very on-point, extremely sweet and bursting with citrus and floral notes...
Bubblegum taste with noticeable coriander, wheat, citrus, florals, lemon, and candy essences...
Creamy, sweet mouthfeel - not as thick as I was hoping for, but still pretty good overall...
Easy drinkability for a Hefe, with a modest 5.6% ABV...
Overall, not a bad stab at a German style from an American brewery...

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Hefeweizen pours a little cloudy, even after swirling the bottle. It has a beautiful stark white head, though, and a great aroma of bananna, cloves and other things my nose can't identify.

At first I thought the taste wasn't that special. But after drinking more, I realize that this is a good beer. The bananna and clove character of the smell carries over to the taste quite well.

This is one of the better American hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a slightly cloudy medium copper with a two finger head and good lace. Good wheat malt aromas mixed with some clove and banana. Good hefe flavor as well. More of an American hefe but still solid. Good wheat malt flavors mixed with clove, banana, slight citrus and tart. Not a top of the line hefe but a very good one indeed. IMHO it is Saranac's best beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy straw hue with three fingers of foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was strong with banana and a spicy clove aroma. The banana was strong out of the bottle, but mellowed out soon afte poured.

The flavor was a nice banana and clove mix. There was also a notable biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was nice and full with good carbonation.

A good drinkable wheat beer. Not quite Paulaner, but definately a nice example of the style.

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow label with a painting of a rocking chair on a hill. Kudos to Matt Brewing for changing up the logos on their Saranac labels, even though they leave the bottlecap the same.

Pours an opaque yellow-gold into a weizen glass. Half inch of foamy head which reduces to a film and leaves a trace of lacing. The carb action, unfiltered opacity and beautiful color make this a sexy beer.

Aroma is banana, lemon, spices, banana, yeast, did I mention banana?

Mouthfeel is a little slick, with a light-medium body and medium carbonation. The chewy slickness reminded me of eating a slightly overripe banana. The carbonation enhances rather than distracts in this brew.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Very light, very summery, wheaty, a little nutty with banana and citrus characteristics.

Overall, although I am very new to this beer's style, I think this is a solid brew. I will definitely be revisiting this beer.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good deal of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, took several consecutive swirls and pours to be sure it was all decanted.

Poured a murky, ugly maize-yellow, just as it should, but the head was lacking for a wheat beer.

Yeasty, bready smell, slight lemon astringency.

I only have tasted Franziskaner to compare this to, but it seems very similar, if just a little bit thinner.

Nice chunky taste of wheat and yeast, a bit of clove flavor. I still don't get any banana out of the style. Smooth and chewy, could be a bit more pronounced... a little too watery, but well-done overall.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles poured into a 24 oz weizen glass. Standard hefe look, not much head. Orangish hazy gold.

Aroma of sweet wheaty malt. Some slight spices come through.

A quite traditional hefe. Banana and clove, with nothing out of the ordinary. A nice nutty wheat sweetness.

Excellent drinkability comes with the territory in a hefe, and this one does not disapoint.

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Photo of imullica
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
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).

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Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark golden yellow with a white foam.

Smell and taste were what you'd expect from a hefe - very strong on the banana side, with a smooth wheaty taste. Some citrus buried in there. Good buzz in the mouthfeel.

Not the best hefe out there, but a good addition to the variety pack.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, hazy, slightly coppered, and sort of orangey golden. Creamy big size eggshell head. Retention okay but with just a little bit of lace.

S: Smells right – great actually! Cloves, yeast, bready wheat, muted mashed banana, grainy sweetness, and just a touch of spice. Nice proportions of everything, all blending well, and fairly aromatic.

T: Like the nose – cloves, banana, bread, wheat, yeast – again with great proportions, balance, and super well melded. Core hefe flavors are rounded out by fruity (tropical & apple) esters, hints of citrus & pepper/spice through the middle, and some smooth bitterness pushes through at the end. Super nice – character, roundness, depth, balance – very well done hefe.

M: Body is fairly average with carbonation a bit over balanced to lighten and enliven. Could be just a bit smoother, but overall it is quite refreshing.

D: Nice job! Totally hits the right notes. Very balanced, approachable, and drinkable. Not the best Hefe in the world, but for the price point it is pretty damn good. Best of the summer 2011 mix pack.

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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.