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Saranac Hefeweizen - Matt Brewing Company

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284 Ratings
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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.1%
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 hosehead83


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

05-16-2011 16:57:06 | More by hosehead83
Photo of wfuqua


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance-Cloudy, Orange, and Golden. Gorgeous.

Smell-I get a little banana and maybe some bubblegum.

Taste-I thought cloves and bananas were a weird combination, but that’s exactly what I taste and I like it.

Mouthfeel: Light and fizzy.

Overall: I really like this beer. I haven’t had too many Hefeweizens and this is my favorite so far. I’m definitely looking forward to trying more. Hopefully Saranac will sell this in 6-packs because I’d buy it again.

05-10-2011 00:41:23 | More by wfuqua
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

01-24-2010 16:34:03 | More by tjd112
Photo of vicg12

New York

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%

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!

09-22-2009 18:04:44 | More by vicg12
Photo of Ragingbull


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

05-12-2009 01:56:07 | More by KTCamm
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Harpoon weizen glass. Appears a cloudy pale straw color with about two fingers of bone white head. The head lingers for just about the entire glass, fading to about a third of it's original size. Smells and tastes of citrus such as lemon, typical banana and clove notes, a touch of spicy yeast, followed by a subtle sweetness with a wheat flavor from start to finish. Crisp, refreshing and medium bodied with ample carbonation for a hefe. No too bad, especially for the price.

05-08-2009 02:31:44 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of DmanGTR


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%

A - poured cloudy honey with a 1/4" head that disappeared quickly

S - nuts, yeast, banana, mild hops, wheat

T - very similar to the smell, nutty, citrus and bananas were more pronounced, light tanginess, mixes with wheat and pale malts. Fresh hoppiness but very light in that respect

M - light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish

D - quite drinkable, thirst quenching

Overall - An ok wheat ale, the banana notes were pronounced but pleasant. This would make a decent session beer but I've had better wheat beers.

01-08-2009 23:39:58 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of yesyouam

New York

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%

Saranac Hefeweizen is a hazy golden ale with a thin white head. The aroma is of banana, clove, raisin, dried mango and a touch of wheat. It is light and crisp on the tongue but... not watery! The flavor is slightly bitter and a little funky. Not bad at all.
(rated May 9, 2007)

12-20-2008 04:06:41 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Original Rating Date:
July 5, 2008

Smells very good, floral and banana. Looks hazy yellow like a good hefe should. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Tastes very floral, banana, citrusy. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, it doesn't compete with hefeweizens like Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Franziskaner, but it's far better than Sam Adams' effort. Check it out.

12-07-2008 01:39:51 | More by Vendetta
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.9/5  rDev -16.4%

Bought as part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer mix pack ($11.99/12)

Typical, run of the miill Hefe. At this point, still have yet to find a Hefe I can truly say I enjoyed drinking. Had the banana and clove aroma and taste but the body is just way too think and the lack of carbonation makes it tough to drink. Not something I would try again.

09-09-2008 23:08:12 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

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...

08-26-2008 01:36:52 | More by dacrza1
Photo of changeup45


2.5/5  rDev -28%

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.

08-24-2008 19:42:19 | More by changeup45
Photo of ljbrisson


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

08-22-2008 13:44:38 | More by ljbrisson
Photo of MTNboy


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Appearance- This has nice authentic German Hefe look. It was a nice yellow with a bronze hue. Thick off white head and lace. Maybe not as cloudy as actual German Hefe.

Smell- I felt I had a good banana-clove aroma.

Taste- Mild banana, malt and citrus flavor are followed by mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Thin for this style.

Drinkability- It is refreshing and easy to drink.

08-12-2008 14:27:28 | More by MTNboy
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

08-09-2008 17:10:03 | More by nasty15108
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured a two-finger head that stuck around and left some lacings on top of a very cloudy orange body. A decent smell of spices and citric notes, but a little weak. Almost full-bodied, this beer was fluffy and a little sweet from the wheat and had both citric tastes (bananas and pineapple more than citrus) and spices, but the spices beat out the other flavors just a tad for me. This isn't just a summer beer, it's a great all year round beer even if it isn't the greatest hefe to have.

08-08-2008 16:18:46 | More by clayrock81
Photo of pittvkyle7


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

a cloudy light amber with a fastly fading white head. Just a ring is left.

Slight banana smell while pouring but it does not last. Mostly a hay and grassy smell.

wheat, hay, grass. pretty sweet, honey. Nothing really from the hops maybe just a little spicey note. The yeast is slightly nutty and reminds me of wyeasts bavarian wheat.

meadium body with plenty of bubbles.

a nice summer drinkable hefe. Good representation of the style.

08-07-2008 23:24:05 | More by pittvkyle7
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

One of the better unfiltered hefeweizens I've had. Smooth, light, and a creamy mouthfeel make it easy to drink this beer. Other unfiltered hefe's have been a lot heavier. This one was very appropriate for the summer. A couple spice and fruit flavors...
and a slight hop here and there. I'd say try it while you can.

07-28-2008 14:22:28 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of imullica

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.3%

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).

07-21-2008 03:47:27 | More by imullica
Photo of philbe311


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Golden orange ale... Livery swirling carbonation... Head quickly fades...

S - Banana & wheat... Smells like a text book Hefe...

T - Light clove following by strong banana... Banana taste lingers...

M - Light & smooth... Refreshing... Oily texture...

D - Easy drinking... Banana sort of overwhelms the entire brew...

07-20-2008 15:43:56 | More by philbe311
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

12-ounce bottle poured, swirled, and poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy orange-amber body capped with a thick finger of fine white foam that shrivels to a ring that leaves no lacing.

Smell is bananas, oh yes, oh yes-- plenty of them, and ripe ones, too, all atop a toasty note of wheat.

Taste is fruity and sweet with banana and clove flavors atop a rich and tangy malted wheat note.

Medium-bodied, fresh and tangy, Saranac's hefe tastes good and has great drinkability.

07-19-2008 00:40:25 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of cjgator3


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12oz bottle poured into a tall weizen glass. Pours an cloudy unfiltered golden orange color with a creamy white head. The aroma features the typical Hefeweizen flavors with banana, clove, spices and yeast and maybe a hint of bubblegum. The taste definitely has some wheat flavors with some clove and other spices with the yeast coming out in the finish. This is a pretty solid at a Hefeweizen by an American brewer, and better than a lot of domestic versions, but it doesn't really compare to the classic German Hefeweizens. Nonetheless, it is a pretty good beer that is worth a shot on a hot summer day.

06-25-2008 20:11:01 | More by cjgator3
Photo of gestalt162

New York

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

12 oz. brown bottle, again part of the summer 12 pack. tulip/hurricane style glass...

A: Cloudy, bubbly deep golden/orange hue, topped off by a (surprisingly large) 2 finger head that's slow to dissipate. Lots of little carbonated bubbles running up the sides of the glass. Lacing is almost non-existent, just a couple thick strands, and what there is of it slowly drools away into the bottom of the glass. Good looking enough, but for a hefe, not that impressive.

S: Banana bread, sweet wheat malt, and (another surprise) a musty, earthy grassiness. Interesting.

T: Hits you first with a classic banana/clove wheat malt flavor. Balanced by a touch of earthiness in the middle, not nearly as much as the aroma seemed to indicate, and a mild hop bitterness in the back. Ends with a clove-spiced wheat flavor. Pretty well balanced.

This brew seems weak on flavor, like they took a higher quality hefe and watered it down a little. As time goes on, it gets even thinner and more watery. Kind of depressing.

MF: Light, a little too light and thin, with no legs in your mouth. Impeccably smooth. Carbonation doesn't bite like I thought it would.

D: Light and drinkable, but suitable for summer armchair ammo only due to its thin and watery feel and taste.

06-17-2008 03:48:25 | More by gestalt162
Photo of mlasher1


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

06-12-2008 00:58:18 | More by mlasher1
Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.