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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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234 Ratings
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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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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.4%

02-13-2014 01:53:25 | More by djrn2
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy and grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of melons.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but I don't get any grassy hops—only flavors of oranges and melons. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very nice offering from Saranac that goes down easily but is very tasty. The use of the Belma hops added pleasant citrusy aromas and flavors. These make it more like an IPA than a pilsner, so I would have labeled this as a "Wild Hop IPL".

05-24-2014 21:04:08 | More by metter98
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

03-29-2014 21:08:28 | More by acurtis
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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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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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3.79/5  rDev +4.4%

brewed with the newly discovered belma hops, I like this pilsener that has a lot more hop flavor than most of these do. its got an enticing pale yellow color, but the head falls down a bit, struggles to maintain itself. the nose is hoppy for the style, lots of darker fruits amongst the mold bitterness, and very unique complexion. the pilsener malts appear german to me, light and dusty, with that cornbread sort of sweetness, but much more delicate. the flavor is just like the nose, with the hops actually taking a bit of a back seat to the grains, although the hops are very interesting and new to my palate. I get an almost blackberry flavor in the finish, u really like this in the summer mix. ultra light in body, and impressively clean in the finish, but still bringing a lot of flavor. this is really nice in the summer, a beer I will happily return to when it is around. maybe the surprise of this years beers of summer.

06-15-2013 14:46:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-21-2014 02:57:13 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-23-2013 05:14:20 | More by oriolesfan4
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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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-27-2014 22:39:39 | More by Billolick
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a deep golden color with fine clarity. The foamy white head sticks around forever it seems, and for sure looks inviting. Underneath the veil of froth the aroma is bright and hoppy with some toasted bread. In the taste, citrus and some dirtier, earthier aspects. Has a light spiciness to the hops as well. The body is light and decently carbonated, and the finish has a clean citrus to it. Overall, Matt Brewing knows how to make easy drinking beers and this is no exception. A nice option if you're looking into Pilsner.

07-06-2014 03:47:04 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-09-2013 01:05:48 | More by BillRoth
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3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Crystal clear, and deep brass bodied yellow to bronze body color off the pour. Lots of fine carbonation, and a head that is fluffy white, thin, with about three fingers tall, and settles at a simple pace going down. Decent looking for a pils.

Aroma is very buried. Faint hints of herbality, hints toward classic spice, but not much else going on. There's a bit of simple doughy pils like malt backbone, and the bready sweetness that comes with it. But for the most part pretty quiet, if ok.

Palate comes a bit slammed down, and uneventful. Mild notes of herbal hops, but with a drying paper mache pasty quality. Body is slightly wet, but with virtually no classic pils or hop angle in the flavor department. Really not much going on here.

It's inoffensive, but doesn't give the pils angle justice. Looks and aroma brings some goods, but the package doesn't deliver.

07-13-2014 17:26:39 | More by smakawhat
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured herbal hops and a light pale grain.

The taste consisted of a vibrant herbal hop with some grassy notes atop a crisp planer malt. Slight residual sweetness detected.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty easy drinking pils. Enjoyable.

05-13-2013 23:55:33 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Pristine clarity with a corn-orange coloring that shows a quick rate of macro-carbonation. Dirty sea-shell white head is milky thin with a rather short rate of retention. Small whispy eye lash streaks for lacing.

S: Nice soft scent of fresh lemon, lightly dry pilsner grains with a soft flowery wiff of spicy saaz hops. Lightly dry hay and citrus.

T: Some bright citrusy hops, wet, with a soft dry pilsner backing. Light dry orange peel, lemon hay, with some hints of semi-dry grapefruit and nobel hops. Things finish out with a dry, warmth of spicy hop flowers.

M: a mid-range of carbonation with a decent amount of depth. Slippery texture, spicy warmth of citrus hops on the hold.

O: Overall good drinkability, softly balanced making for prime session material. Won't blow you out hop wise but is more subtle and traditional finishing out with a spicy bite perfect for that warm summer day in the backyard. The hops seem to get more appreciable deeper into the drink.

06-12-2014 23:48:08 | More by beerthulhu
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-26-2014 00:35:48 | More by tdm168
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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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3.63/5  rDev 0%

Pours a bright gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Love the new label design by the way. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Spicy with a nutmeg flair that adds an interesting contrast to the style. I'm not sure what the hops themselves are supposed to be like (Belma).

Taste is more refined with less of that nutty essence and more of a focus on piney, grassy notes from the hops.

Strongly resembles a belgian ipa in most aspects, especially the mouthfeel. Lingering spicy yeast and nutty notes from the hops make up the mouthfeel.

This shouldn't be classified as an American Wild Ale because it is a pilsner.

05-06-2013 00:09:27 | More by Brad007
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass, the beer is a crystal clear, straw yellow coloring with a frothy, clingy, bright white head and champagne amounts of carbonation bubbling. Toasted grains and floral highlights fill the nose, with hints of resiny hops. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a honey and floral backbone and resiny overlay. Roasty and sweet aftertaste, with a dry feel at the end. Great clinging lace as you drink. The beer is kept light and frothy by the carbonation. Clean and effervescent finish. Interesting take on the style, and rather tasty.

06-10-2013 21:04:42 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-20-2013 01:33:30 | More by tobelerone
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Ah good just found this a few days ago and it was bottled fresh! Into a pint glass.

A - Nice 1/2 inch rockin head that takes some time to dissipate. Color is an expected bright golden yellow with carbonation fed bubbles. Great lacing.
S - Smell is not that hoppy or pilsner like it's more sweet like a Helles lager which I guess is the BA description of it. I taste.
T - Well it does have a sort of grassy taste to it not sure if it's hops but I guess it's not bad. Mostly vegital and sweet corn. Not any metal or sulfur taste so it's better than BMC.
M - Light to medium drinkable I guess...

Overall not worth picking up again. In a way it's actual not a bad Pilsner/lager but I am not a big fan of the style in the least. Sorry.

05-07-2014 05:50:00 | More by DrDemento456
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-15-2013 21:54:43 | More by claspada
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-26-2014 00:25:58 | More by Boone757
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New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +3%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 3, 2013 from the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer Pack (2013).

The pour is pale yellow with a long lasting, foamy white head and active carbonation.

The aroma greets me with the pale malts, grains and biscuit of a decent German Pilsener followed abruptly by a clean, hop sensation that even has a kind of vague fruitiness.

The body is light.

The hops can be found more clearly in the taste after I get that quick grain note. Low bitterness and highly drinkable warm weather beer. I thought it was pretty good.

05-03-2013 22:03:59 | More by puboflyons
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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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Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
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