Saranac Hefeweizen - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Reviews: 196
Hads: 293
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

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Reviews: 196 | Hads: 293
Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a mild film and collar.
Smell is of sugary bananas and crisp wheat with just a touch of pepper and clove.
Taste is a bit one dimensional leaning toward the banana note perhaps combined in a bowl of frosted flakes...they'rrre OK!
Mouthfeel is crispy and bubbly on the front of the tongue and roof of the mouth with a snap on the back of the tongue during the swallow.
Drinkability...slightly acidic and bubly on the tongue. Sort of reminds me moreso of an American Wheat but showing signs of a true German. (577 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden Color with a nice head, clearer than most Hefenweizens ive had. Sweet amora with hints of citrus. Light and refreshing orange spicy taste, almost the same as Saranac's Belgium White Ale, in the summer 12 pack. Overall easy to drink and the taste stays with you on your tongue (282 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of a summer sampler 12 pack, this was one of the better beers. It was a hazy orange color with a small head. Aroma was banana, a little strong at first, but it settled down. Nice taste: spices, not at all too sweet. Good mouthfeel, a little more carbonation than I wanted. Still, if you're looking for a hefe, this would be a good one. (339 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of DaggerEyes
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness dating

A- typical hefeweizen color: hazy straw yellow, with a small head that disappates to show a decent amount of lacing

S- Much more aromatic than I had expected froma Saranac brew, strong banana and clove scents

T- Nothing out of this world but still a tasty hefe, the banana and clove scents carry through and show themselves to be the main players in the taste butds

M- Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation

D-Really emjoyable without a doubt This is the Crown Jewel of the Saranac Summer Mix 12 pack (576 characters)

Photo of barknee
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium gold, with a fluffy head that diminishes to a slick. Ample nose of banana, yeast and to a far lesser degree clove. This is by far the most aromatically active brew produced by Saranac that I have sampled. Taste is slightly astringent with a light malt character. Finishes with a slightly ferric-metallic aftertaste. This brew is generally light and refreshing; a tame and immature version of the style, but nevertheless one of the better products from this house. Relatively true to the style, but not worth knocking yourself out to procure. (570 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazed pale yellow with a creamy white head that actually stays put.

Aroma is very wheaty, with notes of lemon peel, banana, and subtle clove and yeasty spice. Mild, but pleasant nose.

Flavor is surprisingly on point. Crisp wheat with a hint of fruity sweetness, plenty of banana, clove, coriander, and yeasty spice makes this a quite tastey offering.

Body is almost medium, with a slick, "juicey" mouthfeel and good drinkability. This beer beats the heck out of lots of other American hefe's and it cost $9.99 for a mixed 12-pack. (549 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very drinkable hefe. Poured out to a cloudy yellow color with a small but present head of white foam. Some lacing. Overall medium low carbonation. Aromas of banana and clove were very present, and a hop aroma also made it's presence known. Taste was very quaffable; I'd have no problem drinking this stuff day in and day out. Very smooth rich flavors of citrus, yeast, mild malts, herbs and sweet spices. Nice. Mouthfeel was average, as I would've like a bit higher carbonation, but it was still acceptable the way it was. A good level of drinkability. A recommended hefe. Wish I could get this in Metro Detroit. Special thanks to connecticutpoet for the sample. (664 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.24/5  rDev -36.2%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle from the 12 beers of summer 12-pack. Poured into my Aventinus glass (and good lord does the glass for a Hefeweizen really seem to making a different for everything regarding presentation, especially versus a Hefe in a pint glass).

Appearance: Nice hazy golden yellow, once I swished and poured the yeast in (whether others are adverse to it for not). Decent sized head that's sicking out the duration, and decent bubble lacing. Not bat at all, and pretty pleasant to look at.

Smell: Banana and clove spiciness is more well-done than I thought would be the case. Still could be a little creamier, and maybe a little maltier with the wheat. Not too bad, though

Taste: Maybe one of the better commercial Hefeweizens around. All of it's there, the creaminess, the spice, the banana, and the clove, but it's not necessarily pushed enough, or maybe just not balanced enough? I suppose it may not be the balance, but possibly the slightest bit watered down. Still, the aftertaste is great, and I'm enjoying it still very much as it gets near the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy body. Moderate carbonation is also working well. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: I could certainly make this a session. With some tweaking this could be an excellent brew. Still, I'm very impressed, and this may be my favorite Saranac brew. (1,323 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color. Thin white head disappears very quickly. No lace left when the head disappeared. Citrusy smell, with banana thrown in too. Smells a bit grainy, something I smell in all the Saranac lineup it seems. Tart, good flavor of wheat malt, but that is where it drops off. Not much banana or clove flavor at all. Seems watered down. High carbonation, light body. I was not impressed with this. Good aroma, but fell short on the flavor for me. (468 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy light orange in color, with a nice thick well-retaining head. Sweet wheat malts, bananas and cloves on the nose, all delicate yet noticeable and pleasant. Wheat malts and banana peel, almost doughy in nature, a tinge of bitterness off the cuff. The body is overall sweet and is complimented with grains, lemon peel and kisses of black pepper; stingy hops come to play, but aren’t around long. A solid hefe, one that should be appealing to most. (457 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Haze pale orange with three fingers deep of a head that seems to want to stay around.

S- Dusty stale clove, faint banana with a wheat malt sweetness in the nose.

T- Solid wheat malt character holds the beer together. Mild clove-like spiciness milds with a fermented wheat banana twang. Faint nutty yeast in the back with more bready wheat malt.

M- Decent smoothness with a moderate body and flowing carbonation.

D- I did not get tired of drinking this after two bottles.

Certainly a beer to drink in the summer but not a bad beer to have around all year either. Perhaps one of the best beers to come from Matt Brewing IMO. (686 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden yellow beer. Has a small white head that vanishes quickley. There is a lovely traditional yeasty aroma with banana and clove notes. The taste starts out with a mild grain note followed by a hint of banana. The finish has a slight sharp sour bite. Not as flavorful as my favorite Hefe. But clean and refreshing. (326 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a hazy yellow beer with a half finger head made of large bubbles, that died away rather quickly, leaving only a ring around the glass, no lacing.

Aroma was of bananas, yeast, cloves, and light sweet fruits. Pretty good.

Taste was definitely of banana on the forefront, with wheat malts, and a little spiciness on the end.

Mouthfeel was OK... a little more carbonated than I would have liked, but to be expected in the style.

Drinkability is a little better than average, but it wasn't tremendous, because the flavors didn't really grab the tongue, more like washed over it gently. (601 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of summer sampler pack. Poured a hazy amber color with white head that fell to a thin ring. Smell is of cloves and other spiciness. Taste is of wheat and cloves and a nice finishing dryness. Pleasant taste and feeling in the mouth. A plesantly surprising beer. (265 characters)

Photo of ColForbin
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Hefeweizen pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white layer of foam. Smell is full of cloves, bananas and a bit of hops. Taste is very spicy, almost overwhelmingly so, dominated by cloves with a slightly malty finish. Mouthfeel is nice, but the spiciness of the beer would make it tough to drink more than one of these. Pretty good as far as American bottled Hefes go (they weren't afraid to use a yeast strain that throws a lot of esters), but not quite as balanced as a good German example. (503 characters)

Photo of claytri
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head. Some lacing spots develop through the drink. The aroma is of wheat, banana, and spice. The flavor is rudely dominated by strong wheat, malt, and banana tones. In the background some clove, citrus, and a bit of bitterness were detectable.

Nice carbonation levels. The mouthfeel is crisp and dry. The finish is dry with the strong wheat tones riding the tongue briefly. This beer seems unbalanced and not as refreshing as I would like, causing drinkability to be very average in my book. (541 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wowww, interesting brew here. I hope they keep thsi around. It looks nice as it pours a hazy golden color with a nice creamy thick head. The smell was prominently banana but also some other spices. The taste is nice and malty. The moutfell i smoderate. Very drinkable. (268 characters)

Photo of cracgor
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not especially cloudy, but a light golden haze. The head pours to a cake-like white consistency that reduces down to a thick collar that doesn't produce lacing but looks nice regardless. I feel like the body could be cloudier so it deserves a 2 while the head is good and deserves a 4--thus my appearance rating of a 3.0.

Smell: Grassy wheat smell, hints at what is described as a banana, but the cloves dominate my nose.

Taste: has the distinct "banana" flavor (personally I don't think any hefeweizen tastes like banana-it is a different distinct flavor that reminds me more of fresh bread than banana). The spicy/clove flavor comes in second and provides balance to the sweeter bread flavor. However, nothing special in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: spicy feel, medium bodied, but once again nothing great. Could also be a little more interesting with carbonation or fullness to my preference.

Drinkability: easy to drink a glass. Not that high on flavor so all in all a pretty good summer drink, very refreshing.

Notes: this isn't the best hefeweizen you can buy, but if it comes in a mix pack, it is worth the try to introduce you to the style. It has the basic qualities even if they are not as perfectly created as others. (1,249 characters)

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