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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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Photo of beerphan
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet, part of the summer sampler.

A nice 2 inch head that quickly disappeared, medium carbonation with a stray bubble popping up throughout.

Light golden straw color with a very very slight haze present.
Smells of banana, clover and light yeast.

Refreshingly light going down. Lots oof banana flavor and i slight lemony hop. A good summer brew, but nothing spectactular or groundbreaking.

edit: 2007
bumped the scores on this one as i think it has improved.

Better appearance, better aroma, better drinkability, creaminess

beerphan, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of gcamparone
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

gcamparone, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of necoadam
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a light yellow/gold color with a nice size head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Smell consisted of ripe bananas and a faint aroma of cloves. Some sweetened malts and yeast also blend in. Would of liked to see a bit more clove in the nose. But the taste was not bad I must say. Good banana flavors with some cloves and yeast also riding along the banana flavors. Hops finished up this beer. Mouthfeel was light-medium with some soft carbonation rolling on the tongue. Probably one of the better beers in the Saranac summer packs.

necoadam, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a Weihenstephaner yesterday, well, the Saranac, while not bad, just doesn't hold up too well. This is golden, not perfectly clear but close (!?), and small head that falls to a simple ring. Smell has hints of wheat, mild citrus, and maybe a touch of banana, but not much. Taste finds the banana notes over a base of bubbly, nearly malt lagerish flavor. The wheat comes through, with more banana in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and the finish is short. Nothing offensive and nothing that grabs you. Try it in the summer pack, it won't hurt you and it is not expensive.

pentathlete, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the summer pack, poured into a weizen glass. Nice golden color, slightly hazy, small head that doesn't stick around long or leave lacing behind. Nice assertive clove aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Taste follows the aroma, a smooth sweet wheat malt immersed with banana and bubblegum flavors upfront, a nice spicy clove on the finish. Moderate to low, carbonation, not as smooth and creamy as the best examples of the style. This is easily the best wheat beer in the Saranac summer pack, good attempt at an authentic Hefe from the brewery.

cubedbee, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of sabrills70
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

sabrills70, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of sebaastionb
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

sebaastionb, May 24, 2014
Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

raythealeman, May 04, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a weizen glass

a: light straw yellow, 1/2" head that quickly reduces to a lacing cap. Like the rest of Matt FX's beers I have had, it has a boat load of carbonation.

s: tart wheat scent, slight clove. slightly more fragrent than the usual from Saranac

t: sweet when it hits the tounge, it becomes balanced with clove and slight flower pedals.

m: Medium bodied, I like my weizens to be a bit lighter in the mouth.

O: not a bad beer, it does feel a bit restraigned though.

UDbeernut, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This weizen pours slightly hazy with a just darker than golden color. It has a one inch white head that actually retains and laces more than I would have expected from the Matt brewery.
The aroma is just a bit of wheat with faint traces of clove.
In the flavor, banana is quite apparent with trace amounts of clove and malts.
Mouth feel is light in body and actively carbonated.
Although this is a non offensive beer, I think that there are plenty of better hefeweizens.

Naes, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a light hazy orange with a frothy white head that faded quickly. The smell is mostly of the banana and cloves as advertised on the bottle with some sweet notes and a healthy dose of the wheaty/bready smell expected from a hefe. The taste starts out suble and sweet, with the wheat up front followed strongly by the banana and a kick of the spice at the end with a banana aftertaste. A decent mouthfeel with a good and interesting balance in flavor, and decent carbonation. This one is refreshing and a good quality hefe with a dominant yet not offensive flavor. Definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the style. Cheers!

wingman14, May 23, 2007
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.

zdk9, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

chasmandocharles, Mar 25, 2012
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.

RedChrome, Dec 04, 2007
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 booga73
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

booga73, Wednesday at 05:18 AM
Photo of TheTrevor
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.

TheTrevor, May 31, 2008
Photo of Beastdog75
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.

Beastdog75, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of kb2250
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

kb2250, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of abrodsky
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

abrodsky, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of GiantMidget
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

GiantMidget, Jul 21, 2012
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.

riored4v, Dec 03, 2011
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.

Ragingbull, Jun 23, 2009
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.

allboutbierge, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of Didier
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Didier, Nov 07, 2013
Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.