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Saranac Hefeweizen - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen

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282 Ratings
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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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 zdk9


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange with a finger of large bubbled head and no lacing.

S- The scent of lightly toasted wheat bread and a touch of bannana and orange flavor whafts over my nose.

T- There is a nice complexity to this beer. Bannana and orange comes to the forefront. Some toasty malt flavors as in the nose. The back of the mouth fosters spicy notes of coriander, and possibly pepper. There is also some hops present in the flavor which I'm enjoying as a balance to the rest of the brew.

M- Smooth, and suprisingly hot- the alcohol is not well hidden.

D- A great beer with great aspects of taste and mouthfeel which I consider to be far more important. Recomended as a great summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 21:59:13 | More by zdk9
Photo of RedChrome


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very faint haze to thee dark golden color. Head was limited to a small white sheen on the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising rapidly. Watery lacing rings.

Very light banana presence. Spiciness is subdued and unidentifiable as anything specific. Malt and yeast aromas hang in the back of the nose. Light plastic hint.

Watery flavors have a dominant taste of dehydrated banana chips. Fruit has a plastic like coating to the flavor. Hints of allspice and clove. Nice blend, but weak.

Watery body runs away from taste centers. Carbonation makes a quick pop on the surfaces and dies quickly.

Above average beer. Nice pairing for a more delicate German style dish. Nothing to go crazy for compared to others in the style. Decent to try out of the mixed pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 07:22:58 | More by RedChrome
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 23:49:04 | More by claytri
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Saranac "12 Beers" sampler, 2002 edition).

This is an American attempt at the German style that for the most part remains true to the style, but it does seemed a little "dumbed" down, probably for American tastes. This bottle had "limited release" printed on the label, and I don't know if this one is still in production, but if it is it would be a good introduction to the style.

Saranac Hefeweizen pours a light golden color that is almost crystal clear until the sediment is added, and only then is there a desirable amount of cloudiness. A thin foam head lasts for about 30 seconds and then dissipates, but leaves some decent lacing. The smell is strong on those typical hefe scents: cloves, spices, and yeastiness, with only a hint of banana. The mouthfeel is kind of thin and somewhat watery, and it is very lightly carbonated. The spicy/clovey/yeasty flavors are dominant throughout this brew, and it is one of the sweeter hefes that I've tried. For me, I didn't detect that much banana. There is a slight wheat presence, and perhaps even a hint of butteriness in there. The hop bitterness was on the light side. Going into the aftertaste was some moderate dryness, and it finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This was a pretty valiant attempt at an American hefe, but it seemed a little one-dimensional to me, as it was a bit sweeter than I would have liked, and a little watery in other facets. That doesn't stop it from being quite a quaffable beverage, however.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 05:37:03 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy gold with a two-finger head that didn't last long. The smell has the distinct aroma of banana with some wheat and spices also present. The taste starts off with some sweetness with some citrus and banana characteristic that gives way to some slightly spicy overtones. The mouthfeel is fairly thin with a decent amount of carbonation. I'd consider this beer pretty drinkable and wouldn't mind having a couple on a warm summer night. This is a good example of the style, it's a shame they don't make it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 01:30:04 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of chasmandocharles


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

03-25-2012 13:54:25 | More by chasmandocharles
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +21%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 02:54:20 | More by gcamparone
Photo of AMCimpi

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-17-2014 18:01:45 | More by AMCimpi
Photo of riored4v


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a hefe style glass. Swirling bottle lead to a hazy, slightly dark golden body. 1 finger, white head.

Aroma had some mild banana and clove aroma. Fruity and yeasty with a mild sweetness. Slightly metallic.

Taste was slightly metallic upfront that turned to a lightly malty and sweet flavor. Some mellow notes of banana and clove. Mild spicey hop bitterness in the finish. Some fruity flavors. Slight grainy/bready flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium body with medium carb. Crisp finish.

Overall it's a decent, easy drinking hefe. Hoped for a tad more body and stronger traditional hefe flavors, but still tasted good and approriate to style.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 01:47:29 | More by riored4v
Photo of GiantMidget


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-21-2012 00:53:37 | More by GiantMidget
Photo of Ragingbull


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark yellow color with thick foam head and a moderate amount of prickle. The nose is very mild, but has the expected banana and other "yeasty" smells floating off. The attack is clean and easy with a fruity flavor and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and enjoyable in the mouth. The finish dries a little bit and is quite a contrast to the mouthfeel. That is the most interesting thing about the beer to me. . . the juxtaposition of the creamy mouthfeel to the dry finish. Its okay, but there are other hefeweizens that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 15:44:19 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of allboutbierge


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange/yellowish cloudy with a brown tinted hue. Head pours adequately but disapates rather quickly leaving the tiniest lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is clovelike. Flavor is much the same but paired with a strong essence of bananas and something else I cant yet put my finger on. Mouthfeel is good; the brew just tickles your tongue and throat all the way down. Drinkability is good--body doesnt fill your stomach up and flavor is entertaining enought to merit more than one or two in an evening, if Hefe's are your thing. I thought I liked them alot but I have been slowly stepping back from them. Regardless this is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 15:03:33 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of SickGnar


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:50:58 | More by SickGnar
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 01:41:31 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of sacfly


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, part of the beers of summer pack 2006
Pours a cloudy yellow straw color. Ample head of medium white bubbles. Aroma is largely of banana bread. Taste mimics the aroma in every way. Another solid example of the style. I think Saranac with this summer pack is hitting the style guides nicely. Nothing outstanding, but all average to above. I would like to see them push the envelope a bit now that they have clearly nailed most styles they do. (no, I don’t mean another caramel porter. Yech.)

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 18:57:43 | More by sacfly
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

3/5  rDev -13.5%

02-12-2014 06:41:42 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
Photo of PSUDREW


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark straw color, or light amber. Has little to no head, and about an equal amount of lace.

The predominate flavor of this hefe is banana. It has a nice hint of cloves, but at best, it is ony a hint.Bananna is def the predominate hweat flavor that they got going on here.

Honestly, this is a verynice, light beer. Not light in the sense of bud or coors, but light in the sense of wow I could have 6 of these and I have room for more. It finishes off crisp and smooth, and makes a nice intro beer to the un-educated. Well played, both lighjt and some what fufilling in he same fell swoop.

While it is not the most complex of beers, it is still very much drinkable/ enjoyable, and, should be more avalaible

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 05:21:06 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of packetknife


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy light yellow, heavily carbonated with a broken white head that faded quickly. Smelled of dry hay, reminds me of my old bosses feed shack. The taste runs the gamut, long grass, hay, some spice on the finish, a lingering wheat bread taste that lingers on the nose too (after drinking). Felt thin for its appearance, regulary drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 09:18:59 | More by packetknife
Photo of h4ger


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

08-24-2012 04:06:53 | More by h4ger
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Saranac Summer Beer Sampler.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weis glass.

A - Poured a yellowish color with slight orange hues. Pour produced a small head of white foam. Good carbonation and faint lacing made this look a little more like a Pilsner than a Hefeweizen.

S - Yeast and slightly musty with hints of spice (clove) and banana.

T - Malty with a very slight hint of citrus and spice. Definite hits of banana. Finishes of slightly dry.

MF&D - Pretty much what I expected. Doesn't measure up to it's Greman counterparts, but not a bad effort. A good summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 17:10:03 | More by nasty15108
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac comes through again. I love the hefes so when I can get a sixer for 5.99 I am all for it. Saranac does not brew the most complex beers, but it brews good, cheap, tasty ones none the less. Poured a foggy golden yellow with a huge whipped cream like head. Some decent lace retention even. The smell was a little lacking and just had some indistinct smells hovering about. Taste was very light and refreshing, with sweet nectar like flavors a fair bit of honey and bannana malts and a nice lemon zest. If you are strapped for cash and need something that is good, but working on the complexity here it is. Great summer thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 08:00:02 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never been much of a hefe drinker, but Saranac has given me faith in this style. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thick white head. The aroma is of wheat and citric fruit. The taste has an orangy feel with a nice wheat palate. Grainy. I like it. The perfect summer session.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 03:39:12 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of jar2574


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to glass, we get a nice dense white head and good carbonation. The beer is a light golden color. Left the beer for a quick phone call and noticed excellent head retention when I came back.

A strong clove scent here, enjoyable. The taste is of malts and clove, but it's watery / flat.

Not a lot of bite in this hefeweisen, it's a pretty smooth drink. I like a little crisp kick in my hefeweisen though. Pretty average brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 12:20:16 | More by jar2574
Photo of Milkysunshine

New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

05-28-2012 00:08:24 | More by Milkysunshine
Photo of RWACKO

New York

2.5/5  rDev -28%

02-11-2013 00:42:54 | More by RWACKO
Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.