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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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257 Ratings
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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 0
Gots: 38 | 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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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 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, Today at 01:43 AM
Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts followed by lager yeast and spicy, herbal, grassy hops.

Taste: These wild Belma hops are nice. I could see these hops used more in the future. Nice malt backbone too to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, light bodied, refreshing, a little dry, a little chewy, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Nice pilsner. I'll take another.

Flounder57, Today at 01:18 AM
Photo of CobraKai29
4/5  rDev +10.2%

CobraKai29, Monday at 01:30 AM
Photo of qchic
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

qchic, Sunday at 07:00 AM
Photo of PastelBlack
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

PastelBlack, Saturday at 05:11 PM
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Best before 10/31/14.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and apple juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but the hop presence in this one is pretty subtle and doesn't remind me of a typical pilsner.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Didier
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

Didier, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of KWolf
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

KWolf, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of delia0027
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

delia0027, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of evergreen_machine
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

evergreen_machine, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Chinaskifan1, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Gregwa, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Catalin
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Catalin, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of KevMo84
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

KevMo84, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: Honey gold with a decent head that disappears quickly. Moderate lacing, very little carbonation.

Smell: Grains, spice, herb.

Taste: Grains, malt, spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate hop bitterness.

The Verdict: Surprisingly good. The wild hops give it a nice flavor and a hint of complexity. Good session beer at a good price.

TheMarkE, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Mikexw
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Mikexw, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of droomyster
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a golden body with a small white head with good retention and a bit of lacing. Aromas are sweet and practically epitomize the word "grassy." I get a light citrusy note as well. Taste is very balanced between English muffin-like malts and grassy hops with an orange peel prickle. Grains linger long on the finish. I like this a lot. Very solid.

droomyster, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

A bottle of this from Trader Joe’s set me back a whopping $.85!
This pours a light golden in color.
There's an aroma of a fruity, almost floral hopping, with some melon characteristics that come through.
The flavor snaps with a pleasing hop profile that demonstrates more of the melon flavors. Not bad and a steal for the price.

elNopalero, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of neurobot01
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

neurobot01, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Mopey82
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

Mopey82, Sep 01, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -3%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

NJBeer265, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Consumed directly from the can at Camp Treetops Friends' Weekend 2014 in Lake Placid, NY.

A: I poured an ounce or so into a plastic punch glass and it is a bright, golden beer with a short cap of white head. (3.5)

S: Aroma from the glass is flowery with some melon and light citrus notes. Maltiness is bready but pretty light with a little bit of corn. (3.25)

T: Flavor is straightforward on the malt side with light breadiness and a bit of cracker. The hops side is a little more interesting with very bright floral notes, a bit of honeydew melon, and grassy character. All pretty light but refreshing. Light-moderate bitterness. Clean without much if any yeast character and no alcohol. (3.5)

M: Clean and crisp with light body as a pils should be. Carbonation was medium-high with good scrubbing quality. Pleasant floral hops aftertaste without astringency. (3.75)

O: I enjoyed this beer although I kept going back to Adirondack Lager for its bready, more classic noble hoppiness -- more refreshing and flavorful at once. Wild Hop Pils is pretty good, but there are many better Bohemian and German pils out there. This one treads the line between the two although tends more to the German side.

argock, Aug 28, 2014
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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.