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Saranac Hefeweizen - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

286 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of TastyTaste
1.98/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright gold, like a lager, with a touch of haze and a creamy head. Smells like corn, more than most malt liquor I drink, what is going on here? Light bubbly flavor that is once again dominated by a corn-grain flavor. Another Saranac brew from the 12 pack sampler, another vast dissapointment. I knew it was too good to be true when I saw 12 different styles in one box.

TastyTaste, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of sleazo
2/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear darkish golden with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Clear hefe? This would look nice if it weren't a hefe

S-no phenol smells here like you would expect. Crisp and wheatlike though

T-very light banana and a clove. Really a crisp wheat with german hops

M-lighter body decent carbonation

D-not a hefe. Maybe an american wheat but this is not a hefe. If it weren't called this I'd probably like it better. All of the beers in this variety pack really taste similar.

sleazo, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of jfcaa193
2/5  rDev -42.4%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a very cloudy pale straw. Dense two finger head shows decent retention, but low lacing. Pungent medicinal/phenolic smell overpowers any other aroma, reminicant of play doh. The taste is very different, but also becomes unpleasent. A hefe type yeast and gentle floral hop notes upfront, then a mellow wheat flavor. The aftertaste explodes with a simple banana flavor that is niether dry nor residual, just stubborn. Medium carbonation and light body. The phenol presence is appropriate to style but totally overkill and ruins a potentialy smooth and drinkable beer with an unbalanced taste, cloying mouthfeel and harsh finish.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of corby112
2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slight cloudy, pale golden yellow color with a half finger white head that immediately fizzles into a thin ring. No lacing.

Earthy, slightly spicy aroma with some grassy hops and zesty clove followed by some bready yeast and light fruit. Floral but kind of bland with most of the traditional heffe notes kind of muted. Hints of apple, pear and subtle banana.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with tight carbonation and a prominent zesty spice presence up front. Lots of peppery clove and coriander that lingers throughout and dominates the flavor. There's also some dry earthy, grassy hops up front which are countered by subtle bready yeast and light fruit notes. Hints of apple and pear with subtle banana but surprisingly there's hardly any citrus flavor at all. Not offensive but kind of bland and not very flavorful.

corby112, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of RWACKO
2.5/5  rDev -28%

RWACKO, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -28%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of changeup45
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Certainly not the greatest wheat/hefe I've had. Cloudy yellow colored topped with just a small white head. Aroma is pretty strong bananas. Flavor is wheaty and bananas along with some spice and sour notes. Overall it's pretty weak though. Just not enough going on to excite me. No reason for me to seek this one out again with so many other better sun beers around.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Charlie's Beer and Wine in Marietta, Georgia. BB Sep 2012.

Appearance: Pours a lightly cloudy, darkish, dull orange-hued body with an ultra thin, white head that's gone in seconds.

Smell: Some malted wheat, some raw grain, some banana, some clove. Not much going on at all.

Taste: Lightly grainy, malted wheat with a low level of sweetness. Powdered sugar atop stale bananas. Pop of clove spiciness, which is the predominate taste until the hohum finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A rather weak, cheerless rendition of the style.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Another of my local, in-person trader, tone77's latest drop-off.

From the bottle: "This traditional German-style wheat beer (pronounced hay-fuh-vite-zen) remains unfiltered to preserve its natural smooth flavor and aroma. Don't be alarmed by its cloudy appearance or noticable sediment. The slight banana and clove aroma comes from authentic German Hefeweizen yeast. Crafted from winter wheat, two row malt with Mittelfreuh and Tettnang hops, it has a light and refreshing finish. Enjoy!"

I went with a very aggro pour as this is a hefeweizen and not a kristalweizen. As such, I got just over a finger of fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was more of clove than banana, which is more towards my sensibilities anyway. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the taste was fairly bland. It was faintly spicy with clove esters, but overall, it was a stretch to say that there was much there. Finish was likewise bland. I'll keep trying.

woodychandler, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of frank4sail
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow color with a decent white head. Wheat citrus nose. The brew lacks flovor and seems watery and too light. There are notes of lemon, corriander, and wheat but only hints on the tongue that tease. This watery feel and taste makes the beer a dissapointment.

frank4sail, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of Gruntlumber
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not overly impressed with this. It looks and smells the part of a hefe, but not a very good representation of the style. Could more appropriately be labeled an American Wheat. Pours with a nice head and some swirling effects from the bottle sediment. Surprisingly flat. Accompanied by the typical hefe notes of banana/clove, however not very well balanced. An odd oily mouthfeel. Semi-refreshing but I'd rather be drinking something else.

Gruntlumber, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of alesaram
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jrs3082
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

jrs3082, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of claytri
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours gold with a white head. The aroma is rather hoppy for an H-W. The taste is overwhelmingly citric, with a hop finish. If you dig deep you will find a bit of malt, but not much. It was appropriatly light and effervescent. I won't pour it out, but I see no reason to pass up a better HW for it.

claytri, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of mitch3114
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

mitch3114, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very slightly fogged amber orange. Minimal head. Nose is a real harsh orange yeasty mix. Not very smooth at all it seems. Flavor is another mess of citrus, mostly orange, and weird hefe characteristics. Feel is sticky. Overall, not very good. Weird orange citrus characteristics. Odd sticky feel. Hits in all the wrong ways. More drain pour.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Ispeakforthetrees, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of vfgccp
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

vfgccp, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Jeckel
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

Jeckel, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of TheRuss9585
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

TheRuss9585, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of JRed
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep, hazy golden in body with white head that fades to a thin film on top. Smells pop tart: candy vanilla, citrus, lemon cookie. Tastes like seltzer with vague notes of vanilla, lemon cookie, a bit of grass, citrus peel, hint of clove. Light in body with medium carbonation but zappy on the palate. A careless hefeweizen but drinkable.

JRed, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of erosier
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy and tall white head that settles fast and laces the glass nicely on the way down. It has the smell of sweet malt underneath a banana and maybe a bit of clove flavoring from the yeast. The taste delivers what the nose asks for which is nice. It tastes like sweet wheat malt underneath flavors of banana and some orange. Not much on the clove. It has a very smooth mouthfeel and is fairly drinkable. The banana flavor overpowers this one.

erosier, May 06, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: clear, straw yellow color, lacking the sort of haze associated with hefe weizens, and possessing a good, thick, pure white head.
Aroma: soft, citrusy, sly notes of banana & clove at first sniff, but becoming stronger with each passing moment, until it's quite thick, where it's nearly a blended banana cream pie!
Some and creamy mouthfeel, but lacking the grit and tackle in the texture that good hefe weizens should have.
Label speaks of cloudy appearance and noticable sediment, but both were MIA. Mmmmm, no, wait, they're there, just hiding, and insubstantial. Light body, middling malt, tiny hops.
Banana cream flavor utterly dominates, but without the yeastiness, it's not a very appealing weizen in the least. Not enough citrus or wheat, or a hell of a lot of things. Good thing I've got some Weihenstephaner in the fridge, to remind what a hefe weizen's supposed to taste like!
Too sweet, too watery, not a beer I'll turn to again.

feloniousmonk, Jun 12, 2003
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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.