Batch 371 (Saint Goötz) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Batch 371 (Saint Goötz)Batch 371 (Saint Goötz)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally released as Batch 371, this was released again as Saint Goötz.

Added by weeare138 on 07-19-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.62/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We sampled this at the brewery. It was unbelievably fresh and tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed this puppy. It was not listed on the tap board nor was the tap handle readly identifiable but when I asked the gent manning the taps in the tasting room if it was on tap he justsmiled and pulled me two samples. (It was on the web site.) This is an outstanding dunkelweizen. A bit more life to it than Ramstein's Winter Wheat which I also love. Very tasty. Any fan of this style must try this one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the Feast of Fools 12-pack purchased locally somewhere.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" tan head above the burgundy brown brew. Head lasts very well, with prevalent sticky foam. Aroma is sweet wheat, with tinge of roastiness. Taste resembles the nose, but with some underlying citrus character, and a fuller roasty character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. This is way better out of the bottle than the time i had it on draft awhile back.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #371 Dunkleweizen from Magic Hat Brewery
Received this in a NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 12 pack
which contained my favoirte Magic Hat concoction JINX.
Getting back to #371, its a great late summer/early fall beer
Tastey, creamy with a zip to it. Caramel Malty and delicious
not to heavy, very much a Magic Hat beer, they just have a
distinct taste to many of their best beers that keep me coming
back. Totally different than Jinx, yet it compliments the upcoming
fall offerings as well as #9. This has a great taste going on and
just enough alcohol, I can drink plenty of these no problem.
I love all the "weizens" I've tasted, this ones exceptionally smooth.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown.. well almost red... clear. patchy light foam. big chocolate-covered-banana aroma with a side note of honey nut cheerio. malty, sweet. taste follows through with extreme dark malt. vanilla and chocolate explosion, with creamy caramel and bunches of bananas. still maintains a beeriness and light body. still, a sipper for enjoyment despite assumed easy drinkability. delicious and smooth, one of the better mystery beers from the hat. recommended wholeheartedly.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy milk chocolate brown color with a decent beige to light brown head and low to decent carbonation. Nice balanced banana yeasty and light chocolate aromas. Light yeasty fruity banana flavors with a touch of cocoa. Medium bodied and creamy smooth.


Per MH website: 5.8% ABV. 1.054 Gravity.
Malts: Wheat, Munich, and Caramel Wheat
Hops: Tettnang

Drink By (end of): Dec '05'
Tasted: 11/09/05

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Dunkel Weizen. Pours out to a dark chestnut brown color that appears a murky blood red when held to the light. Small head of foam calms to a thin layer of bubbles over the surface of the beer. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of caramel and toffee, with a light roasted malt character. Nice. Flavor was very enjoyable and quite complex; an array of flavors from dark fruits, sour cherry, roasted malt, coffee and fresh hops swirled around the palate. Mouthfeel was accentuated by the carbonation, adding a "kick" to the finish. Good drinkability.

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Photo of scottum
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Magic Hat and in growler form.

A nice dark wheat obviously based on batch 370. 370, but add 1 and get something better. Nice rich dark wheat beer which is well balanced. Clove and yeast flavors come through in this nice brew. Doesn't drink as well as I had hoped, but I'm not the biggest wheat fan. Great to see Magic Hat is still brewing innovative beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saint Gootz is a fair enough beer, and probably one of Magic Hat's better brews. It's got some character to it and it has all of the trademark requisites of the dunkle weizen style, albeit it slightly muted.

It pours a cloudy brown body with amber highlights beneath a full head of off-white that holds fairly well before dropping to a thin cap. The lacing could be better.

In the nose, delicate ripe banana and mild clove work their way in amidst yeast fruitiness and a smear of malt.

It's medium bodied and spritzy in the mouth.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with mild phenolics peeking through the malt and yeast esters. The clove is perhaps more pronounced than the banana; and the maltiness delivers a nice, wheat and toast character with just a suggestion of cocoa. Nice!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as a Saint Gootz bottle.
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown. Agitating the last quarter of the bottle generates tubidity, a haze of tan yeast particles floating within the beer's depths. Tan froth, fizzing like soda to quickly settle into a broken mist. Cobwebby lace. Nice aroma. Mild banana, with a heavier phenolic clove character creating an overtone of complexity above the chocolatey malt. Somewhat creamy, a vague, sweetish chocolate milk presence. A bit of coffee (with cream). The flavor starts with a smooth, milk chocolate maltiness. Slightly caramelled, a bit sticky with sweetness, easing into fluffy banana fruitiness. Mildy clovey in the finish, hinting towards plastic phenols. Slight wheat malt sourness, finishing up with a chocolately, bittersweet cocoa flavor. Somewhat nutty and doughy, although it works with the flavors. Kind of like banana bread with chocolate chips. As it warms, there's a touch of heat in the swallow. Is there oatmeal in this, or is that just the wheat softening things up? Medium to light bodied, kinda chalky on the palate, with moderate, sturdy carbonation.
Not incredibly complex, I actually prefer the draft version, even though it's more clovey and less fruity. Either way, a great winter beer. I'm sad to see Heart Of Darkness go, but this is a worthy replacement. Not really an authentic bavarian dunkelweizen, as the chocolate malt is a bit too heavy, but a tasty bavarian wheat/irish dry stout hybrid it certainly is. I'm glad I opted for a full sixer, instead of just a single. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brownish mahogany, light tan head with medium bubbles.
Significant yeast cake from the bottle adds a thick haze with particles from small to flake.
Nice aromatics. Generous, but not overbearing german character.
Good balance of bannana, clove, with cocoa and a smidge of smoke.
Medium bodied and smooth.
Sips quickly. Carbonation could be boosted for a Dunkleweizen.
Tastes extremely similar to "Batch 370", except for an added chocolate component and more malt character.
Hopping appropiately subdued, and finishes fairly quick with roasted cocoa beans.
Maybe they should use the Bavarian strain in all thier beers instead of Ringwood.

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Photo of Billolick
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this treat on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC (was told they will be closing up the joint on 1-1-06) pours cloudy brownish/chocolate, with a minor off white head, typical lacing, nose is fruity bananas and some minty chocolate, nice. this is a nicely crafted, dark wheat, with lots of bananas, mint, chocolate and other asssorted fruity/yeasty notes. Love the style and this is a version thats well worth seeking out, especially on tap , if you get the chance.

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of andjusticeforale
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has about one cm of sediment thickness on the bottom of the bottle. And it has a great title. To be frank, At first I was a little bit wary of Magic Hat beers based upon No.9 having apricot flavoring in it; but since, I think they are very high on my list of domestic breweries and I rarely find a beer of theirs that I do not thoroughly enjoy. That being said, St. Gootz is no exception.

The bottle opened, the beer decanted into a goblet shaped beer glass, There was a murky quality, and a big smell of wheat. I expected a thin American wheat lagery type taste; and I was wrong. The initial taste is that of a dunkel hefe-weizen the big awkward wheat in the nose twang; but then, there is a fantastic underlying caramel chocolate malt flavors and some roasted flavor; with a sufficiently hopped and dry finish without residual sweetness.

This creates a terrific complexity and drinkability. The mouth feel is medium to full and changes throughout the warming of the beer in the glass. The carbonation is perfect.

If you don’t like hefe-weisse or berliner style wheat beers, you will not like this for the very principle and smell, but if you give it a chance, its pretty complex and original.

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Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep burgandy brown/reddish color with a solid, tan head. Smells spicy- lots of pepper, nutmeg, clove, and corriander. Doesn't taste as spicy at it smells- soury, yogurty, twangy, even. A hint of banana in there too.

Mouthfeel feels like when you eat spicy food- warming and tingly. Dances on the tongue and palate. Overall a very drinkable beer, a nice flavorful, spicy change.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer "blind," in that I didn't check to see what style it was before sampling. It certainly fooled me - my impression was more of a dark Belgian style - the yeast flavors seemed more Belgian-esque than weizen, certainly interesting. Poured a dark, walnut-cola color. A bit on the sweet side, with layers of yeast flavors playing throughout. Some caramel in the malt. Some sharp, peppery flavor at the finish, and I'm surprised to see this is only 6.2% abv. Thanks to brother Far333.

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Photo of karst
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House downtown Richmond. Beautiful pour

Following a pint of #9 from the tap - thought that Saint Goötz would be unique.
Found it a very likable Dunkel Weizen style which I am still learning and have limited contact with.

6 % abv higher gravity (1.062) Yeast is a German Weiss and provides a plesant banana nut bread aroma. Hopped with Tettnang with a low 20 IBSs provides a dry ending with some lasting clove. Caramel Wheat and Munich augment the main malted wheat for a medium body and nice deep brown. Suspect some chocolate malt although not listed by Magic Hat website.

Trying to swing the overhead halogen light to look at color. I find red glints before burning my fingers. Sitting in the booth across from the taps an attentive staff person brings me a glass of ice water without comment ( as if she has seen this happen before many time?)

brewed from a 14th century Germanic said to be inscribed onto an old challis.
Unique like no other - I have heard that is is similar to Heart of Darkness but never got to try it before its retirement.

So many beers so little time . . . Carpe Diem

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of steinlifter
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark hazy brown, tan head, with good retention.
aroma was subtle, chocolate whiff.
taste was fairly complex, chocolate,clove, hint of banana, dark fruits.
mouthfeel, was rather thin, and tangy.
drinkability is very good, I enjoyed this, and thought it was a very respectable example of the style, I will try again.

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Photo of ski271
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, very dark reddish brown with a very small, tan, fizzy, quickly diminishing head. The smell is of moderate yeast and roasted malts with a light hop spice. Ripe banana, caramel, light smoke and a touch of chocolate are also present. The flavor is equally complex, with flavors banana, roasted malts, cola, coriander, orange and light peach. The finish is medium in duration with flavors of wheat and light spice. It has a medium body and a fizzy texture. This one is very complex and different. Another intriguing beer from Magic Hat that’s worth a try for sure.

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Photo of bultrey
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me say what a treat it was to find this on cask at the Brazen Head in Brooklyn. I rarely see Magic Hat cask beers around here, except when there is a cask festival of some sort.
Anyway, this poured a nice mocha brown color with a fluffy tan head that was rather nice for a cask ale. The smell -- ah yes, that familiar buttery Magic Hat ringwood. Pretty much overpowers the aroma. Maybe a hint of toffee or caramel.
The taste is well abvove average. Ringwood works so much better with dark, roasty, sweet flavors, as in stouts, porters, brown ales, and this here dunkel. Here, the butteriness of the diacetyl melds into a beautiful toasty, burned brown sugar flavor, which produces an effect like dark, dark English toffee. There is just a wisp of hop bitterness, but the story here is the caramelized sugars of the dunkel. Strangely, the banana and clove flavors one would expect do not make an appearance. The aftertaste lingers as a pleasant, nutty coffee-like flavor. Mouthfeel, especially on cask, is very good. Drinkability is higher than almost any Magic Hat beer. I suspect that cask-conditioned is the absolute best way to have this beer.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque reddish brown color. It looks of rich mahogany. Very little head. There might be carbonation but I sure can't see it. Head is prevalent but leaves no traces on the glass.

Spicy winter-warmer smell. Malty, but sweet. The spices shoot out of the glass.

Nice spicy, malty winter flavor. Pungent winter wheat flavor. Slight sourness that works against the malty backing. If there are hops in this beer, I certainly can't find them. But that's to be expected.

Smooth but thick. A nice combination. Flavor sits on the tongue, but the thickness doesn't. Sweetness is a perfect balance of the malt and spice flavors.

The guy where i bought this from told me it was retired. Too bad. It's a fine, warming winter beer. Good bye St. Gootz. I'll miss you.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat creamy, lightly tan head that fades shortly after the pour. Some condensed lacing, but little strength. Murky amber with shades of burgundy and deep copper.

Big ripe banana nose with hints of tropical fruit: pear & melon. Semi-sweet, inviting maltiness.

Smooth and creamy malt character. An array of strong fruity esters: banana, melon, pear; and a sharp orange/lemon tartness that cuts through the mellow tropical fruit flavors. No bitterness with a touch of dryness in the finish. An aftertaste of banana, melon, and tart green apple.

Medium bodied; light due to the fruity qualities yet smooth and almost creamy if not for the acidic tartness.

A lot of interesting flavors going on here. A pleasant and unique offering from Magic Hat that I would have again...which probably means that Magic Hat will retire this one tomorrow. Probably the best thing being poured at the brewery's growler station.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. black bottle into a weizen glass the beer was an amber/brown color with a thick and frothy three-finger white heady. The rocky head dissapaited to about a half-finger worth and stayed there for the entire sample. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the sides of the glass and lace clung to the glass throughout the sample.

The smell was malty and fruitty. Some citrus and cloves in the nose. Definitley banana as well.

The taste was a malt and fruit fest with ample banana and "tropical fruit" taste. Cloves with a slight almost herbal spiciness in the background were solidified by a strong malty (but not chewy) taste. No bitterness and very little hop character.

Light bodies with very ample carbonation.

Easy to drink and enjoyable. Refreshing and slightly crisp. I'm sure there are better beers out there in the style, but this was done well enough to get my approval and a second bottle.

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Photo of lpayette
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cap says: “Don’t Climb a Ladder with a Full Bladder.” Fairly strong Banana, clove, and wheat smells. If anything, all I can say is that this beer both smells and tastes like I would imagine a beer would hundreds of years ago, which fits nicely into the story about Saint Gootz you can find at the bottom of a six-pack. Pours a very dark brownish/black with a little bit of head. Quite smooth on the palate, and finding that the more I get used to it, the more I like it.

UPDATE: I believe they changed the recipe on this one. I'm drinking a batch 371 right now and it seems quite a bit different than what I described and can remember about saint gootz. For one, batch 371 seems a lot more amber in color. Wish I had a saint gootz to compare side by side but I don't.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've had this labeled as Saint Gootz. I actually had pours from the first known keg outside of the tasting room at the brewery of Batch 371 at American Flatbread in July of '05 and I thought it was outstanding at the time.
This one has a freshness date of Feb '06...guess I'm getting around to this one about 6 months late, so I'll try to be fair.
Appears a dark, dense, murky reddish brown with a 2 finger light tan head that slowly fades into a small cap. Little chunks of spent Bavarian yeast drops into the goblet and settle near the bottom. Spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, light toffee, and cocoa dusted bananas. Slight amount of spent yeast/oxidation in the aroma that is ever so faint and expected for being a half year past it's prime...especially in a wheat beer.
Taste is of the same aromas. Little hints of cocoa dusted banana and caramel that are typical of the dunkel weizen style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet on the tongue at first, and slick along the tongue leading to a dusty and semi-dry finish.
Not too bad for being aged a small amount of time.
Todd H.- please, please, please up the abv on a batch of this and turn it into a Weizenbock for the champaign bottles.

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Batch 371 (Saint Goötz) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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