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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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295 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: ale207 on 05-02-2013

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.
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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear medium deep gold with a nice thick white head. The head settles down leaving some soapy lacing. The aroma is just the slightest hint of noble hope and the taste is also barely there. Nice weight and feel to the body. Wish this was more flavorful because everything else about it is well-done.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.94/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Trader Joe's and a rarity in San Diego as for brewer. Liking the concept of hoppy pilsners amongst all the ABV wars but still approaching with a bit of trepidation for sure. Poured into a globe glass, the Wild Hop pours a clear light golden with a thin cap of off white foam.

Smell of a good dose of noble hops, touch of lemony Saaz perhaps though also a bit soapy at times. More citrus and spice with warming is quite pleasant.

Taste is a bit dry however, of perhaps overdone or singular in nature malt breakdown. Not very characteristic for a pils yet not bad either. Feel is decent and full given the hop presence. As such this drinks more like a light Belgian Pale than a German Pils. Still it struggles with a very short finish. Still I'd buy it again, an interesting offering.

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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tbeckett
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Got this bottle at the Sunoco in Lake Placid.

A - Pours very light golden colour. Bright with good carbonation. One finger of soapy white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Grassy, honey, corn, grain.

T - Honey, grain, sweet corn. Not much 'hop' profile to be found.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a sweet honey finish.

O/D - Definitely not my cuppa. The hop profile is definitely not prevalent and it ends up being closer to a European adjunct lager. Not worth the time.

Photo of BitterHopHead
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Yeldarb92
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of EliHammett
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Best by 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.

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3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Saranac Wild Hop Pils from Matt Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.