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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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221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  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 KajII:
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North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%

[Suggested Glassware: Pilsener Glass]

The pour was a clear golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white soapy head that receded at a steady pace, down to a medium film and collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a mild biscuit malt, grassy and floral hops and a light sweaty yeast with notes of citrus (lemon peel), topical fruit, dust and an slight odor of an adjunct.

The taste was lightly bitter and a tad malty with a touch of citrus early on, progressing quickly with a decent hop presence, a hint of fruit and a harsh citrus peel bitter finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with the bitter fruity taste fading slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a carbonation that just passed medium in intensity.

Overall I found this to be a pretty basic for a Pilsener, although it did posses just a hint of tropical fruitiness and slightly more of a hop presence than most beers of this style...


11-25-2013 21:04:43 | More by KajII
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-02-2014 21:51:51 | More by TimoP
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3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

04-27-2014 02:38:53 | More by Jason
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-06-2014 04:07:11 | More by mjtiernan
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2014 22:58:04 | More by dogfishandi
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

05-18-2013 19:24:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

08-02-2014 21:54:46 | More by chinchill
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-11-2013 00:35:07 | More by BadJustin
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

07-12-2014 02:38:11 | More by Zonian1
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-29-2014 21:08:28 | More by acurtis
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

09-24-2013 19:38:35 | More by Brenden
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

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....

06-26-2013 03:15:02 | More by dacrza1
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North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-11-2014 00:57:37 | More by tastybeer
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-26-2014 00:35:48 | More by tdm168
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-15-2014 01:34:48 | More by avisong
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-12-2014 02:46:28 | More by Betajeff
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-04-2014 15:28:46 | More by chrishiker1409
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-31-2014 01:57:47 | More by atlbravsrno1
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New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

06-08-2013 20:38:34 | More by KTCamm
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-11-2014 20:39:07 | More by disruptor32
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-04-2013 20:52:34 | More by pjkelley82
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-31-2014 01:59:26 | More by Elicoleman
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New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +3%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 3, 2013 from the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer Pack (2013).

The pour is pale yellow with a long lasting, foamy white head and active carbonation.

The aroma greets me with the pale malts, grains and biscuit of a decent German Pilsener followed abruptly by a clean, hop sensation that even has a kind of vague fruitiness.

The body is light.

The hops can be found more clearly in the taste after I get that quick grain note. Low bitterness and highly drinkable warm weather beer. I thought it was pretty good.

05-03-2013 22:03:59 | More by puboflyons
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-28-2014 16:13:47 | More by twillingthenoz
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New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Pristine clarity with a corn-orange coloring that shows a quick rate of macro-carbonation. Dirty sea-shell white head is milky thin with a rather short rate of retention. Small whispy eye lash streaks for lacing.

S: Nice soft scent of fresh lemon, lightly dry pilsner grains with a soft flowery wiff of spicy saaz hops. Lightly dry hay and citrus.

T: Some bright citrusy hops, wet, with a soft dry pilsner backing. Light dry orange peel, lemon hay, with some hints of semi-dry grapefruit and nobel hops. Things finish out with a dry, warmth of spicy hop flowers.

M: a mid-range of carbonation with a decent amount of depth. Slippery texture, spicy warmth of citrus hops on the hold.

O: Overall good drinkability, softly balanced making for prime session material. Won't blow you out hop wise but is more subtle and traditional finishing out with a spicy bite perfect for that warm summer day in the backyard. The hops seem to get more appreciable deeper into the drink.

06-12-2014 23:48:08 | More by beerthulhu
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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
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