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Saranac Wild Hop Pils - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

242 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 52
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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SoulFroosh

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

08-12-2014 01:50:26 | More by SoulFroosh
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TheMarkE

California

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.

09-02-2014 00:37:29 | More by TheMarkE
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Mikexw

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

09-02-2014 00:09:08 | More by Mikexw
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droomyster

Virginia

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.

09-01-2014 09:04:45 | More by droomyster
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elNopalero

Texas

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.

09-01-2014 06:06:05 | More by elNopalero
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neurobot01

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

09-01-2014 03:40:17 | More by neurobot01
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Mopey82


4.16/5  rDev +14.6%

09-01-2014 02:10:24 | More by Mopey82
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -3%

08-30-2014 18:44:44 | More by BeerForMuscle
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-29-2014 23:29:01 | More by NJBeer265
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argock

Virginia

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.

08-28-2014 04:27:00 | More by argock
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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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Caddant

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

My local, frequent in-person trade, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!
From the CAN: “A Family Brewery Since 1888”; “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.”; “Like this? Try this: Adirondack Lager”.
I just love the sound of a good Crack! in the morning. Leave it to Saranac to brighten the day with something wild. I celebrated with an inverted Glug and then sat back and watched the pseudo-cascade. It developed into two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with great retention. Color was solid-Gold (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity. Of course, this acted as the clarion call for Midas, Mammon and Croesus to show up and begin squabbling amongst themselves for a taste. I CAN hardly put up with it any more. Nose had an earthy, peppery bite and I was inspired to ask my neighbor to plant peppers next year. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very earthy, like something freshly harvested. Wet-hopped, perhaps? It also had a cereal-like maltiness, so I would put it as a German-style Pils. Finish was crisp and dry and would make an excellent addition to the cooler on a hot, humid Summer’s day.

08-27-2014 13:32:04 | More by woodychandler
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CHickman

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

08-27-2014 04:20:04 | More by CHickman
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-27-2014 03:01:36 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-26-2014 18:03:46 | More by Beermazter310
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danipp

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-26-2014 05:06:19 | More by danipp
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MisledTitan

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-25-2014 21:46:03 | More by MisledTitan
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GeoChase90

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-25-2014 06:23:37 | More by GeoChase90
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mjforres

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-24-2014 20:35:51 | More by mjforres
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JamRad

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-24-2014 02:47:29 | More by JamRad
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mte1972

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-19-2014 23:38:14 | More by paulish
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CaliforniaJohnson

California

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.

08-19-2014 05:53:58 | More by CaliforniaJohnson
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DAS30

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

08-16-2014 20:42:28 | More by DAS30
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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.