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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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BA SCORE
82
good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 33 | 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 thecheapies:
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

True gold color with a fat finger of white coarse foam. Audibly fizzing away, but drying up into crusty foam. All in all, retains okay.

Semi-dry grassy aromas with lager-y crispness and mashed grains. Somewhat husky, but not really promoting a lot of bitterness in the nose. Hop notes are miniature and slightly citrusy, but not really giving way to anything other than an herbal character. Lack of firmness takes away from a true pilsner nose.

Muddled flavors with some herbal hop, husky grain, and fermented muckiness. Cooked vegetable and mild sulfur spills forth on the tongue, and I realize that this has some serious corner-cutting going on. Still, there's some pleasant grassiness behind it all. The bitterness is fair-to-moderate in the opening and finishes decently. Carbonation keeps the excitement going, because the body is barely treading water.

Not worth going back to. Five more Saranac's to go in this mix pack.

04-27-2014 23:21:49 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-02-2014 21:51:51 | More by TimoP
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Jason

Massachusetts

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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Billolick

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-27-2014 22:39:39 | More by Billolick
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-06-2014 04:07:11 | More by mjtiernan
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dogfishandi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2014 22:58:04 | More by dogfishandi
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mte1972

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -17.4%

08-22-2014 15:43:16 | More by mte1972
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WVbeergeek

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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chinchill

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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BadJustin

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-11-2013 00:35:07 | More by BadJustin
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Zonian1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-29-2014 21:08:28 | More by acurtis
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Brenden

Ohio

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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dacrza1

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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tastybeer

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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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-26-2014 00:35:48 | More by tdm168
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-12-2014 02:46:28 | More by Betajeff
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chrishiker1409

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-04-2014 15:28:46 | More by chrishiker1409
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-27-2014 19:58:59 | More by Caddant
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KTCamm

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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disruptor32

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-11-2014 20:39:07 | More by disruptor32
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pjkelley82

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-04-2013 20:52:34 | More by pjkelley82
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Elicoleman

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-31-2014 01:59:26 | More by Elicoleman
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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.