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Saranac Hefeweizen - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen

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283 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 283
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 aaronh


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This cloudy, orange-amber beer pors with a two finger head that s-l-o-w-l-y fades. The aroma is of clove and that nice bready-yeasty smell, with a hint of banana (but not as strong as many German offerings). There is a slight astringent (for lack of a better word) character to the aroma as well that seems out of place. The taste is good, but seems a little "watered down". There is a definite hefe yeast taste, with some hops, clove and a fruity alcohol sweetness, but it seems very thin. The mouthfeel is light with the carbonation noticable, but the thin, watery feeling seems to leave me wanting a little more body. It is very drinkable as a beer, and decent as a hefe. One of the Saranac beers I would buy again, considering the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 14:54:12 | More by aaronh
Photo of IrishRedRock


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

This isn't a bad brew by any means, but comparing it to other Hefeweizens, both American and German, it doesnt hold up. Cloudy with a bit of a spicy clove aroma. Smooth mouthfeel with some yeasty banana flavors, but not complex at all. I could also ask for a bit more of a kick in the tastebuds, a bit more spiciness, like a Paulaner dishes out, or against American Hefe's, a Widmer. I guess for an American interpretation it isnt bad, but there seems to be much better out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 19:20:14 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't say I've been overwhelmed with Saranac's beers as a group, but they hit the nail on the head with this one - spot on for the German style. Hazy and yeasty - nice nose and flavor of cloves and a bare hint of banana. Not too sweet, and finishes up clean and a touch sour.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2002 16:49:51 | More by Brent
Photo of Bighuge


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden in color. A clingy marshmellow like head sticks around for a while. Pretty nice banana/vanilla mix on the nose. This beer has some nice things going, but lacks the overall complexity needed for a higher rating. Spiciness is lacking, but the smooth banana esters are nice. Very, very slight clove is detected in the background. Very little hop contributions, as it should be, and some slight lemony refreshing notes are present. Body is close to medium. Decent and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 19:22:36 | More by Bighuge
Photo of QXSTER1


4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why but I wasn't expecting much from this beer and was pleasantly surprised. Poured light straw with a bit of haze and a snow white head. Banana clove upfront much more prominent than some domestic hefes and a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Some grain, spicy wheat and a hint of lemon make this really enjoyable. Wish I would of had this on a hot summer evening on the deck.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 16:38:49 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of ADR


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

Yea! its hazy, though not as much as the label claims. Initial bright white head of little duration. Estery aroma, yeasty and banana. Nice esters, banana and clove with minimal lemon impression, though there's a strange sense of burnt butter early. Finishes full and pleasant, maybe a little sweet. I'm not much of a Hefe fan but this is a nice beer to refine for the future.

My Saranac "sojourn" is over...

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 10:33:21 | More by ADR
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice one, this is! It pours with a finely carbonated head, on top of hazy gold or light amber liquid. Nose is classic Hefeweizen:some clove, some banana...do I smell a bit of caramel as well? Taste is a light-bodied blend of malt, spicy clove and some yeast fruitiness. It finishes light and refreshing, not as tasty as a German example, but almost a "Hefeweizen Lite", not dissing it though! A nice effort from F.X. Matt.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 12:20:20 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Delirium


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

Engagable stark white head comes and goes leaving behind quite a sedimentry brew with lots of kind balenced flavor.
The alcohol in this beer says "hello I'm here" and overcomes the grainy tones which almost pull through. Nothing too unusual or particular about it except that it is well rounded and drinkable, unfortunately a lot lighter than many wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 12:36:18 | More by Delirium
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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company
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