Saranac Wild Hop Pils - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Wild Hop PilsSaranac Wild Hop Pils

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery 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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Photo of SoulFroosh
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured into a tulip glass
Best By date: Oct 17, 2014
Pour date: August 18, 2014

APPEARANCE: honey, golden yellow with great clarity. One inch white frothy head which settled quickly, but just enough retention to leave a little lacing on the walls of the glass.

SMELL: Tangerine, some graininess, not much to this one.

TASTE: Hop flavours don't really come through aromatically on the tongue as they do on the nose. The bitterness qualities are noticeable, making for a really crisp finish.

FEEL: thin, crisp, bubbly.

OVERALL: A great session beer and a very good buy. The label is awful in opinion.. If it weren't for the price I would have overlooked it.

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.

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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....

Photo of tastybeer
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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!

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a wine glass. I had this last year, and I remember it as being magnificent, so let's see if this is as good as I remember.

LOOK: Clear bright yellow with a finger and a half of fluffy white head that leaves streaks of lacing.

SMELL: Apple, pear, lemon, orange, yeast, honey, and clover. Smells like a cross between a typical pilsner and an IPA. Very fresh, fruity, and inviting.

TASTE: Oh yes, this is as good as I remember! Sweet tangerines and melons upfront, biscuit and honey malt in the middle, and then finishes with green apple, lemon zest, white grapefruit, pear, clover, and grass.

FEEL: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, and slightly creamy on the finish.

OVERALL: This beer is ridiculously good. This is the beer that got me into craft pilsners after assuming all pilsners were skunky and gross. I would highly recommend this is to any beer drinker!

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Trader Joe's and a rarity in San Diego as for brewer. Liking the concept of hoppy pilsners amongst all the ABV wars but still approaching with a bit of trepidation for sure. Poured into a globe glass, the Wild Hop pours a clear light golden with a thin cap of off white foam.

Smell of a good dose of noble hops, touch of lemony Saaz perhaps though also a bit soapy at times. More citrus and spice with warming is quite pleasant.

Taste is a bit dry however, of perhaps overdone or singular in nature malt breakdown. Not very characteristic for a pils yet not bad either. Feel is decent and full given the hop presence. As such this drinks more like a light Belgian Pale than a German Pils. Still it struggles with a very short finish. Still I'd buy it again, an interesting offering.

Photo of Gmann
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, clear, and a nice white head on top.

S: Crisp with a lovely hop aroma. Light and floral with grapefruit overtones. Light malt aroma, but the hop definitely take the lead.

T: The hops are subtly, but nice. Slight tropical fruit, as well as grapefruit. The malt character is very subdued. With the clean finish, and slightly higher bitterness, this drinks like a water pale ale.

M: Thin, with very high carbonation. There is a little bit of linger in the finish from the hops.

O: Overall it is light, crispy and has a touch of zing. I appreciate that they are trying to showcase a new hop, but the hops upstage the style. Still a good beer, and would be great for hot days.

Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Crystal clear, and deep brass bodied yellow to bronze body color off the pour. Lots of fine carbonation, and a head that is fluffy white, thin, with about three fingers tall, and settles at a simple pace going down. Decent looking for a pils.

Aroma is very buried. Faint hints of herbality, hints toward classic spice, but not much else going on. There's a bit of simple doughy pils like malt backbone, and the bready sweetness that comes with it. But for the most part pretty quiet, if ok.

Palate comes a bit slammed down, and uneventful. Mild notes of herbal hops, but with a drying paper mache pasty quality. Body is slightly wet, but with virtually no classic pils or hop angle in the flavor department. Really not much going on here.

It's inoffensive, but doesn't give the pils angle justice. Looks and aroma brings some goods, but the package doesn't deliver.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of the Saranac summer pack.

Clear golden yellow, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Fairly hoppy aroma for a Saranac beer, this new hop smells pretty nice. Fairly grassy, with some citrus fruitiness.

The taste is similar. Nice crisp hop bite up front, some nice pine and grass, and ends with citrus fruitiness, and some light maltiness.

Light bodied, crisp, smooth mouthfeel, decently high carbonation. Very, very drinkable.

One of Saranac's best beers, this is a success.

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a hefty head of big-bubbled foam. Smells fruity and floral with some lightly sweet toasted grain and a hint of grass. I definitely get that berry-like aroma that comes from Belma hops, though it's subtle. A little too much caramel breadiness in the flavor upfront (for a pilsner), but the strawberry, citrus, and melon quickly blends in, resulting in a fairly unique pale lager. It actually results in something closer to a Vienna lager with a hoppy twist. Light, but not without a certain creaminess before finishing crisp. Ignoring the "Pils" on the label, this is a fine, drinkable lager.

Photo of Coopaloop2112
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer. Cool can. Great fishing beer.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of melons.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but I don't get any grassy hops—only flavors of oranges and melons. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very nice offering from Saranac that goes down easily but is very tasty. The use of the Belma hops added pleasant citrusy aromas and flavors. These make it more like an IPA than a pilsner, so I would have labeled this as a "Wild Hop IPL".

Photo of fx20736
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of a mixed 12 pack from Beers of the World on 5/23/14. Poured into aa Pilsener glass at fridge temp.

appearance: rich gold with an ivory white head, nice lacing.

smell: a tad sweet for a pils but a nice balance of spicy noble hops atop bready malt.

taste: pale malt, spicy hops, soild representative of the style.

mouthfeel: good.

overall: great beer for the price, a keeper.

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured herbal hops and a light pale grain.

The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal hop with some grassy notes atop a crisp planer malt. Slight residual sweetness detected.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty easy drinking pils. Enjoyable.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Ah good just found this a few days ago and it was bottled fresh! Into a pint glass.

A - Nice 1/2 inch rockin head that takes some time to dissipate. Color is an expected bright golden yellow with carbonation fed bubbles. Great lacing.
S - Smell is not that hoppy or pilsner like it's more sweet like a Helles lager which I guess is the BA description of it. I taste.
T - Well it does have a sort of grassy taste to it not sure if it's hops but I guess it's not bad. Mostly vegital and sweet corn. Not any metal or sulfur taste so it's better than BMC.
M - Light to medium drinkable I guess...

Overall not worth picking up again. In a way it's actual not a bad Pilsner/lager but I am not a big fan of the style in the least. Sorry.

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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.