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Saranac Wild Hop Pils - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Wild Hop PilsSaranac Wild Hop Pils

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295 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ale207 on 05-02-2013

This unique pilsener is the first to use the Belma hops, discovered growing wild on a farm in the Yakima Valley. Crisp. Refreshing. One of a kind.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Saranac Wild Hop Pils
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BB Oct 31,2014 0834 0247" (3 days past "best by")
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

An interesting beer, no doubt: "The first to use the Belma hops, discovered growing wild on a farm in the Yakima Vallley". It's slightly hazy in the glass, perhaps from dry-hopping, and topped by a fluffy head of bright white. The head retention is quite good, as is the lacing left behind. In the nose it's a touch minty, softly grassy, delicately floral, and subtly fruity (apple) over a straightforward, grainy, golden malt base. The same hop components remain in the flavor with the almost spearmint like minty-ness stepping forward. It's not very bitter and therefore the malt seems quite solid and somewhat sweetish, yet it remains balanced overall. However, the two components don't really seem to mesh well. The hops appear, backed by the malt, and it pretty much stays that way until the swallow where the bitterness comes up a bit, as do the more grassy flavors of the hops. On the other hand, a little less malt would leave the beer lacking overall. It remains interesting, enjoyable, and refreshing. Worth trying!

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild malt sweetness followed by some breadiness from flavors of grain and lager yeast. The hops presence is mild but good for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent poundable beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with some golden highlights. The white head is short and dense; settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a grassy hop aroma with some metallic notes. Smells like a pils. A little bit of a fruity note.

The taste is of a biscuity malt; fairly dry. The hop flavor is grassy just like in the aroma. Again there is a metallic and fruity note.

Light to moderate feel with airy carbonation. Slightly bitter on the palate and finishes fairly dry. Drinks pretty clean and crisp.

A decent pils. I would like to see it a touch drier and perhaps a touch more grassy but the flavors are on point for the style.

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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"This unique pilsener is the first to use the Belma hops, discovered growing wild on a farm in the Yakima Valley. Crisp. Refreshing. One of a kind." Brewed in the style of a German Pilsner, available as a summer seasonal offering, available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy frothed head of a pale gold white color over a golden yellow body with a mild haziness and plentiful spritely carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Cracker and grain malt build with a moderate acidity and a light sweetness. The hop profile is fruity, lemony and grassy with a medium perceived bitterness for a unique blending of hop notes. Potency is mellow. 3.75

(Taste) Dry cracker malt with a low sweetness and a slightly tart acidity. Finishes with a fruity, herbal and citrusy hop with a very mild bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft, chewy, moderately dry. Carbonation generates a medium level of bubbles for a moderately crisp mouthfeel. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is evenly bitter and acidic to sweet. Alcohol presence is very low, there are no off characters to note. 4

(Overall) I'm fairly impressed by the hop profile which generates a subtle, but very flavorful arrangement of pleasing hop notes to make a fairly enjoyable and unique Pilsner. Perhaps my greatest complaint would be the body of this beer, which falls just a touch shy of expectations, and may be perceived as a bit too thin and watery for some. With a bit more body and a slightly amplified hop flavor, this could become a much more revered and appreciated name amongst the Pilsner beers. 3.5

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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
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