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Saranac Wild Hop Pils - Matt Brewing Company

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271 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 44 | 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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5/5  rDev +38.1%

BitterHopHead, Sep 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

jryanj927, Aug 11, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +27.1%

Co365030, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Keithandandrewdotcom, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

bubseymour, Jul 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ConorGolden, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ShepardCommander, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

CaliforniaJohnson, Aug 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Stermax, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

robfaivre, Jun 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ntorch, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
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
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4.16/5  rDev +14.9%

Mopey82, Sep 01, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a true gold with pristine clarity. A flourish of bubbles that settles to a steady wafting of pilsner bubbles to the top. Lush and beautiful head of off white foam. This beer is a beauty in the glass. The nose is lovely clean lightly sweet grain. It has a mysterious lightly fruity scent. It's some kind of berries. Maybe blackberry. For a beer tht has the hops in the name you would think it would be very hop forward but no. This is all authentic pils style scents except for that exciting bit of exotic fruit. Little bit of grass in the background. Drinks like a dream. A nice lightly grainy malt that's dry and crisp. Perfect carbonation and that fruit! So subtle so tantalizing. This beer is crisp clean and refreshing and finishes with a bit of herbal grass and just a mild little hint of hop bitter.

Love it! I could not wait to buy this beer again this year.

utopiajane, May 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BadJustin, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Betajeff, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

disruptor32, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

tugdriver7, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

logicalparadox, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Immortale25, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

fx20736, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a foamy 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, wheat bread, butter, caramel, floral hops, brown sugar and piney hops; very nice balance and more aromatic than most pils.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, floral hops, tea leaf, piney hops and it has a grainy finish that is bready and almost clean. Starts off malty, then the hops wash over and add nice complexities that are way above normal for the style.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a medium body, average carbonation and a bready finish that's on the dry side and clean. Overall a very nice pils that is much hoppier than most pils and much more flavorful.

CHickman, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

1BadblueSS, Jun 30, 2013
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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.