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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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle of the recently introduced St. Gootz, purchased yesterday.

Appearance: A big, rocky, dirty white head of both large and small bubbles. Chocolatey brown in the glass with burnt ochre around the edges, slightly cloudy from the sediment. Loads of lacing.

Smell: Bold bananas and cloves loft from the glass, some subtle malt sweetness.

Taste: Tart finish tending towards sour. Minimal malt, subdued cloves and bananas which betray the nose.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, light body. A bit hard on the mouth with the sourness. The yeasty sediment gives it a grainy/gritty feel.

Drinkability: This is not as easy going down as its smell promises it should be. It seems to be missing the maltiness that I expect. Slightly off the mark.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

woww. interesting. This poured a golden amber color with a great creamy head. There was an assload of yeast in here. to quote my girlfriend "WOAH why is it all chunky, thats cooool". Not the normal weizen aroma though. The first few whiffs i wondered why this smelled like dirty sweatsocks mixed with snot. But after it warmed and calmed down i noticed bana flavors, colvem and strong ass fruit flavors. Most prominent in the taste is wheat, clove and banana. All things I love in beer. This was nice and creamy in the carbonated way. Very drinkable(if you can avoid smelling it).

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Photo of Hagbard
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Don't wait to Thunder until you're six feet Under."

My weizen glass fills with a dark gold colored liquid suffused with amber highlights. Looks the same color as honey, it's darker at the top than the bottom. A huge beige head fills the empty space at the top of the glass. After swirling and dumping the yeast, a globulous mass disperses throughout the beer turning my glass into a lava lamp for 30 seconds or so. The aroma is nice, if a bit subdued. I pick up traditional weizen aromas including some soft cloves and banana hints. There's a sweetness in the background. I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by the taste. It begins with a strong wheaty tang, which gradually gives way to a small touch of clove and banana. It finishes with the strong wheaty tang. The carbonation seems high, but I'm not sure if that's the style. It goes down very easy, so drinkability is high. I was pleasantly surprised by this offering since I was disappointed by Jinx this year. I didn't pick up any of the diacetyl that tainted Jinx. A very nice beer that I look forward to drinking again.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.24/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was a very large disappointment for me, didn't think the "Hat" could produce something this bad.
Colour is a deep murky bronze with a tiny head of very short duration. The carbonation within the boundaries of the glass appears very lively.
The aroma is foremost of alcohol within a glass of "Sherry"
The body is weak and then some.
The taste eludes me...hints of banana, cloves maybe, problem is that it is so dry that any pretense of taste quickly disappears leaving an alcohol aftertaste.
Not impressed. Maybe I got a bad one.

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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 asabreed
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle out of the Night of the Living Dead 12-pack. Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: You guessed it, a murky and hazy brown. To me any form of a weizen is some of the best eye candy that can put into a glass. Head fades slowly, not too much lacing but the head is still about a quarter inch thick as I keep drinking; it's holding on.

Smell: A bit of alcohol upfront in the nose, which is not extremely pleasant, mainly because it masks the banana, which I know is there and wants to come out. Some dark bread and yeastiness. And some sweet clove spiciness.

Taste: Again, alcohol is a bit too strong at first, which is why the ABV seems so much higher than it actually is. Then the banana comes through faintly, with a bit of spiciness and clove. Rounds out nicely with a semi-dry finish, with some hops and slight bitterness lingering on the tongue. Less alchol-burst and more balance and it would be much higher.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, though a tad slick. Carbonation is right on, though.

Drinkability: Maybe not the best beer to make a session out of, but I'm not one for making a dunkel weizen a session anyway. Worth a shot, but as it stands there are certainly much better examples of the style out there. I hate to say take it to the grave, but I know Magic Hat can do much much better.

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Photo of jakester
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from a sampler case I bought at Shelbourne Beer Distributor. I drank it in a pint glass.

Pours a very cloudy dark reddish amber with a two finger head of beige colored foam. The head drops to a ring around the glass, with almost no lacing. Yeast sinks to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is over-ripe bananas, with hints of cloves, all spice, and nutmeg. Can't really detect hops, but the malt smells dark and sweet.

Flavor is like burnt banana bread, fruity and sweet. The amount of hops for bittering is barely there, giving this a sweet profile. I can really taste toasted and dark crystal malt, also. Flavor is a little thin, but OK. Aftertaste is sweet and burnt.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with soft carbonation across the tongue. Finish is a little astringent.

This isn't really one I would seek out, but it's not a bad beer at all. Recommended.

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Photo of sacfly
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

“Heed the warning of early morning” under the cap. December is notched on the side of the label. Neck label says “A rave or to the grave?” Nothing to hint at the style.

Pours a hazy orange brown color. Light, tan head with huge bubbles. Smell is clove and banana, more heavy on the banana. Hey, is a dunkel. One thing that really annoys me about magic hat. It’s not until now that I knew what the hell I was going to be drinking. Good thing I like Dunkels.

First taste brings out more of the clove. Very yeasty. Rather unpleasantly bitter aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. The aftertaste is really getting on my nerves. Not a drain pour, but the aftertaste really keeps me from liking this more.

Most definitely not a "rave", but with a few tweaks this could be solid. Hard to find a good Dunkel. As is, I would have to say “grave” on batch 371, and hold out hope for a latter batch

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish,copper color witha full two finger head.The taste is a sweet hoppy wheat mix witha bit of the usual fall spices.This beer is a "mystery' from Magic Hat,but tastes like a seasonal wheat beer to me.This is O.K.Like all Magic Hat beers this one looks better than it tastes,but it's still not a bad offering.

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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 cubedbee
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the fall sampler pack. Pours a murky reddish brown with a finger of beige head that vanishes quickly, not much lacing. Smell is a strong spicey clove and banana, with a pronounced sweet malt aroma underyling all. Taste was a nice fruity malt, not too sweet, with a nice smooth wheat taste overlaid with citrus, apple, and bananas, and a slight clove spiciness in the background. Mouthfeel is slightly on the light side with a nice carbonation level. This is a pretty good mystery batch beer, one of the better I've had from Magic hat, and I'll definitely enjoy the other two bottles.

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Photo of wedge
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"The Cosmic Wheel is a Very BIG Deal"

Hazy red brown color with a small head that fades all too quickly leaving a rather "static" beer after a while. Spicy aroma of banana and clove, malt sweetness, and wheat. Bold zesty clove flavor, dried banana, and some slight hops in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Goes well with spicy food.

A nice, easy going dunkel that can't quite pass as authentic. Nice enough though - and head and shoulders above Batch 370.

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Photo of MarineHokie
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

A- Brown, translucent, cloudy. Rocky head. Good retention not much lacing.

S- Big banana and some clove.

T- Slight toasted hazelnuttiness wrapped up in malt sweetness with some clove tasted as well.

M- Thick and full.

D- Good but feels big/thick/rich. One is enough in a good way.

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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Ct. River Brewfest: This one pours a cloudy brown color, with almost no head or lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, with notes of lemon, wheat and floral notes. The taste is wheaty, citrust, slightly bitter, slightly malty. A pretty nice summer brew!

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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 far333
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy caramel color with a finely bubbled head that rises up quickly, and settles down to a half inch head that extends thick fingers up to the rim of the glass.

Aroma is doughey and yeasty, with nuances of ripe fruits, caramel, and banana. Flavor is rich and yeasty upfront, and morphs quickly into ripe banana and grainy brown sugar. Some pepperiness and clove emerges in the finish, again coupled with banana and some marshmallow. A yeasty flavor lingers in the aftertaste, and is quickly punctuated by the bitter, tangy flavor of overripe banana.

Mouthfeel's a little overly carbonated, too tingly. Not very drinkable for my tastes due to the yeastiness and predominating banana flavor.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inviting aroma that's bready, nutty, and banana(y). Heavy handed pour produced a small, foamy, light brown head that faded quickly to a thin ring. Hazy, dark brown beer with an amber hue. A nice balanced mix of cocoa and banana. There's a faint fruity flavor in there (apple?) that never breaks through. The flavor fades into the finish with the cocoa riding on top. The mouthfeel is soft and watery. The aromas and flavors are almost there, but the mouthfeel is lacking and the beer remains decent.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting dark wheat beer. Good though. Much better than MH's batch 370 Hefe Weizen. Cloudy amber brown in color with a cream/tan color head that fades into a thin skin-like layer over the beer. Smell is of clove and nutty yeast with creamy bananas and biscuit. There is some tartness in the smell. Taste is solid and pretty well blended, but the same tartness in the smell comes out of nowhere right before the finish and then lingers in the aftertaste. Aside from that the beer tastes of clove spice and fruits. Yeasty toast and wheat tastes come through and balance the clovey spice. I like the mouthfeel, its pretty decent. Medium body and crisp carbonation that compliments the tartness. Easy to drink but I wouldn't want just this all night.

Pretty good. I'm very happy to find it surpasses the 370 by a good amount.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- Cloudy brownish amber with a thick three fingered head that shows some retention.

S- Smells of liquid banana nut bread dusted with powdered clove. Slightly strong fruity esters.

T- Beef broth, sharp clove-like spiciness. Semi-harsh fruity ester with a thick toasted wheat bread crust character. Dirty earthy yeast. Soft ghost like suggestion of vanilla bean within the malt sweetness.

M- Full bodied with a sizable crispness.

D- I hard to come by style coming from an American brewer, its better to pair this with something rather than drink it on its own. Not a bad stab at the style.

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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 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 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 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 jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color but no yeast left in the bottle. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nose is a hoppy wheat. Starts and finshes as totally balanced with some yeast overtones. Got the 12oz bottle as a trade, this is available in most supermarkets here in NH as part of a 12-pak.

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