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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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255 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 54
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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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

Belittle, Aug 05, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

JPowell712, Jun 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

TheBigBoy, Jul 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

cornpone, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of KajII
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%

[Suggested Glassware: Pilsener Glass]

The pour was a clear golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white soapy head that receded at a steady pace, down to a medium film and collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a mild biscuit malt, grassy and floral hops and a light sweaty yeast with notes of citrus (lemon peel), topical fruit, dust and an slight odor of an adjunct.

The taste was lightly bitter and a tad malty with a touch of citrus early on, progressing quickly with a decent hop presence, a hint of fruit and a harsh citrus peel bitter finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with the bitter fruity taste fading slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a carbonation that just passed medium in intensity.

Overall I found this to be a pretty basic for a Pilsener, although it did posses just a hint of tropical fruitiness and slightly more of a hop presence than most beers of this style...


KajII, Nov 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

mte1972, Aug 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Zonian1, Jul 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

JOldewurtel, Jun 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

CKav, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

RHB33, Jun 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

YeastEnthusiast, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

braedon_peluso, Jun 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

djrn2, Feb 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

thefuneral, Jul 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

LPJones, Jun 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

devilfluff, May 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

morefackinghops, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

rderedin, May 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

cbord459, Jul 12, 2013
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, Friday at 04:34 AM
Photo of TeamMathis
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%

Appearance: Clear and golden. Head quickly disappears into a partial lace.
Smell: Floral, with a hint of citrus. Some honey.
Taste: Slightly bitter floral.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy carbonation.

There is nothing really outstanding about this drink. It's enjoyable and refreshing. You could almost guzzle it like tea. It's basically a very lightly hoppy floral brew that works well with hot days. I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'd drink it again.

TeamMathis, May 06, 2013
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%

From twelve ounce undated bottle, out of 2013 Summer Beers Collection.

An aroma that's floral and spicy. Pours deep golden yellow with decent white head. Head has poor retention. Spotty lacing to the glass. Taste is of a delicate hop and bready grains , a touch sour in the finish. Decent, but not delectable!

CaptJackHarkness, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Apr 27, 2014
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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
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