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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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264 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 42 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: puboflyons on 05-03-2013)
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Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. BB OCT 31, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a golden pilsener body with a relatively thin white head. Crisp and clear, decent carbonation.

Smell: Bright citrusy tropical hop aroma with a touch of pale pilsner malt. Very nice!

Taste: Nice crisp pilsner taste. The wild Belma hops are light and fruity flavored, yet still provide a nice crisp bite. Great taste!

Mouthfeel: Appropriately full bodied yet not too heavy. Nice carbonation.

Overall: A great little pilsner. Great appearance, aroma, taste and at a great price too, especially for this "experimental" beer. It has been a long time since I have had anything from Saranac, but I used to love the lagers they put out. I will seek out more!

JednoPivoProsim, Apr 11, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of SoulFroosh
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Has a light lager appearance, not so much of a pilsner.
Looks more like a PBR (that I pour regularly)
The taste follows on that note. Like a classic light lager, but with more of a hoppy bite and well crafted. Imagine Jesus turning water into wine, but intead of water, it's PBR, which he turns into Saranac Wild Hop Pils (that sounds like too much of a compliment)

I love the style and this beer, but I've had much better of this kind (ie PEAK's Fresh Cut)
Better yet, if you want a true pilsner, go with Urquell.

Overall, a very refreshing summer beer.

PS: I love my wife.

SoulFroosh, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

TimoP, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can.

Clear golden hue, great lacing all around. Fresh cut grass, mild citrus, and wild flowers flaunt a hoppy nose. Deep crispness within a lighter bodied brew. Solid backbone of bready malt, on the dry side. Clean with a hint of alcohol, long lingering floral note and graininess.

Extremely well balanced with a pretty unique hoppiness though not too far off the deep end, simply just subtle which is all that is really needed in a highly drinkable pils.

Jason, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Billolick, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

dogfishandi, May 31, 2014
Photo of mte1972
3/5  rDev -17.4%

mte1972, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden pale fizzy beer with big fluffy white head fine speckled lacing evenly dispersed down the sides of my glass. Aroma light Belma hops grassy citrus biscuit malt simple combo but very tasty. Flavor well made beer using a new hop variety found growing wild in the Yakima Valley. Unique bite of citrus and ample bitterness light biscuit malt sweetness crisp refreshing drinking beer. Mouthfeel is even keeled on the palate finishes crisp and dry light bodied ample carbonation keeps each sip rolling. Overall a tasty summer beer I hope to see it available in six packs.

WVbeergeek, May 18, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle Saranac Wild Hop Pils.

Pours clear, dark golden with a sudsy head that has decent retention. Somewhat low visible carbonation for style.

Aroma: fairly balanced mix of malts and wild hops.
Flavor: more hop dominated, as expected for style.

Feel: near medium body with lively carbonation.

O: an interesting beer worth trying for the rare Belman hops.

chinchill, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of BadJustin
4/5  rDev +10.2%

BadJustin, May 11, 2013
Photo of Zonian1
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Zonian1, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a bit hazy but clears up for the most part, and a dark yellow-gold in color. The head begins over a finger tall and shows more impressive strength and resilience than is typical from this lineup. Particularly impressive is the cluster of intricately webbed lacing for the first couple of inches.
Immediately, earthy, dusty and doughy notes roll out of the aroma with a grassiness. Most of that drops back to give way to a strong note of orange peel.
The orange peel is strong on the palate, and this beer has some pith to it. Earth is there along with some herb and a spiciness into the middle with a grassy finish. Biscuit and lots of dry, crisp malt are prevalent.
The body verges on light but is nice and crisp, giving up just a little cleanness for more smoothness underneath.

Brenden, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Date tasted: June 23, 2013... Glassware: Paulaner pilsner... Occasion: a good work weekend comes to its end... Appearance: nice golden body; white head is crisp, thick and foamy--tantalizing... Aroma: prime,, pleasant fragrance of softened hops; citrus and a bit of musky malt makes for an intriguing, antagonistic pair... Palate: a rounded mouthfeel, unexpected in a pilsner; definitely profiles as a thicker,, grainier version... Taste: a taut ping that resounds, then a malty base of hops keeps this less dense and less "wild" than expected; heavier aftertaste as well doesn't endear... Overall: a bit warming as the glass drains; a different experience when arranged with others of the same style....overall, a compliment to Saranac that it is a unique product by their standards....

dacrza1, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of tastybeer
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light fully clear gold colored beer. Aroma is sweet chewy grains, Vienna like malt, and crisp grass, floral, citrus, and a soft presence of strawberry ice cream. Taste is nicely grainy as well. Fruity berries, creamy malt, light lemon peel citrus as the bitterness hits. Not really a pilsner but definitely a refreshing lager with a unique hop profile.

tastybeer, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

tdm168, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

avisong, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Betajeff
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Betajeff, May 12, 2014
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

chrishiker1409, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Caddant
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Caddant, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of my Saranac twelve beers of summer. Poured from bottle, pint glass.

Pours bright golden color, see through, some white foam on top. Light beer smell. Mild. Clean, crisp pils taste, modest hop build up, and then a quick finish. Light bite. Light bodied, yet noticeable flavor. Good beer for a summer mix pack.

KTCamm, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of disruptor32
4/5  rDev +10.2%

disruptor32, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Treyliff
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear & golden color with a fizzy and foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving some lacing behind. Flowery hop aroma with a hint of grassy notes. Fruity and crisp flavor with some berry notes, floral notes kick in before giving way to a bready malt backbone. Medium body with moderate carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish. Nice flavorful pilsner with high drinkability

Treyliff, Sep 19, 2014
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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
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