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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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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 126
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 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 aquatonex
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the winter pack from Magic Hat...

Pours dark brown, translucent but not much light peeking through since it's so dark. Slight brownish short head that dissipates quickly, good carbonation. Smells of coffee, sweet fruits, malts. Taste follows well with strong coffee, toasted malts, sour sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, sour lingers without much else. Overall, it's OK.

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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 necoadam
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dirt brown color with some head which disappears eventually. Smell was rather light, but did consist of mostly roasted aromas, a tad on the sweet side, and quite a bit of malts. Taste was rather light to my surprise, yet flavorful. Cloves and vanilla make an impact, along with strong wheat flavors. Starts to get sweet towards the middle, but does go down fast. Mouthfeel was light to medium, but ok carbonation. Quite crisp actually. Overall not too bad at a style that we don't see everyday. Don't know if I would want more than 2 in a sitting.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, earthy brown with a somewhat rocky tan head. Clean banana aroma plus a touch of clove. The palate includes a fairly rich banana flavor with a pretty distinct clove note as well and, finally, a touch of roastiness rounds out the finish. A mild citrus bite makes an appearance. Mouthfeel is a little thin (but then again, what do you want from a wheat beer) with tangy carbonation.

Pretty good, very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle at a local store. I am sampling at room temp in a pint glass. The beer pours a dark mahogany color with a 1 cm spongy tan head foaming up easily. THere are some white yeast chunks that come out unexpectedly at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is sweet and fruity with red grape and raisins mixing with chocolate and caramel. There is just a hint of wheat twang in there too.
First sip reveals an average body with average carb that is a bit prickly on my tongue.
Flavor is a little mild with some chocolate and again fruitiness with red grape and cherries appearing and then fading for the finish of slight wheat and then nothing, the beer doesnt leave much of a linger in my mouth. It is tasty and very easy to drink. I am surprised that this is listed as 6.2%. Would have guessed 5.0% tops. It is a decent easy drinking beer with some complexity. Not a bad brew from Magic Hat.

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

12 oz. bottle

Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells of banana and clove with a nice nuttiness. A nice breadiness to the aroma.

Taste of nutty roastedness upfront followed by a nice banana cloviness. Finishes fairly clean.

Body is a bit on the thin side.

Easy to drink, a nice version of the style.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer doesnt look like the bottle pictured. It does say Saint Gootz,but doesnt say batch 371 on it. I'm assuming its the same thing.The neck label says dark winter wheat seasonale offerring.Poured a huge head that slowly shrank to about half an inch. Spotty cream colored lacing. The color is a very dark reddish-brown,but not black.The mouthfeel has a creamy texture but lacks in carbonation.Has a very dry mouthfeel. Tastes of molasses and coffee with a sweet malt finish. Could use more hop character in the taste and aroma.Hints of coffee and smoke are noted. I bought a six-pack but I wish I only bought a single now. This beer is way too sweet and malty for me.

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Photo of akahn
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with big sediment bits floating around. A tall foamy head with big bubbles. It recedes quickly. Not the greatest appearance.

Smell is somewhat dank and smokey.

Tastes warm and lemony-tangy, wheaty with some spice flavors, allspice and cloves. Mildly puckering, sour finish. My vocabulary is failing me because I can taste a pretty strong flavor that I can't put my finger on. Also, some fruitiness, including banana from the yeast. Just a smidge of coffee in the dark malts.

This beer tastes good, but it isn't all that complex or interesting. I don't think I'd buy a 6-pack of this if they were available. I'll have to explore this style some more to really see how this one stacks up.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a little cranberry color with a very dark tan head. Smells of melons, currants, black pepper and earth. Tastes like old coffee and orange juice with a dry dirty and metallic finish. These are some strange flavor combinations, but it isn’t entirely unpleasant. Mouth feel is thick with lots of little bubbles. This beer is very “interesting”, but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not yet.

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Photo of donchata
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The tap version had an uninteresting head, thin with a nutty brown color. I thought the smell was a mix of sour apple, caramel, chocolate and wheaty cherries. Taste and mouthfeel where both uneventful. Heavy, rich chocolate with wheat overtones dominated and prevented any other flavors to permeate through. Overall I could do one and move on to a more flavorful winter draft.

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Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown/red, small tans head, spotty lace on the glass. Smell is chocolate, whwat, caramel, grass, grains, some spice. Taste is chocolate, coffee, sourness, spice, wheat and cherries. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, carbonation is low. Not bad, thanks northyorksammy.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy brown with a medium sized head that dissipates quickly. Nice medium level of carbonation. Smell is bannana with a touch of clove and a little bit of nuttiness. Also a yeast note in the smell. Taste is a little like bannana bread with some walnuts mixed in. Mouthfeel is a little heavy. I didn't rate this real high on the drinkabitlity scale. It's worth a try but i won't seek this one out.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy, deep mahogany color with a light tan head. Quite pretty in the glass.
The smell is quite striking; one can detect this guy from a good distance away. Very spicy with the banana and the coriander and the nutmeg why dont you.
Tastes milder than it smells but has all those spicy components in the flavor. Malty sweet and spicy.
Mouthfeel is tart and tangy with the spices and banananess. It's a bit flat and a bit juicy.
Not terribly drinkable for the style... halfway through a twelve ounce bottle and I got a little bit tired of it. A nice now and then sort of brew... maybe it should be paired with a good pumpkin soup or a slice of pumpkin pie.

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Photo of akajimmyd
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stain Gootz labeling on the bottle. Freshness notch.

Appearance – Dark brown. Very cloudy even with much yeast left at the bottom of the bottle. (Can be poured to produce large clumps of yeast) Solid little head lingers and laces.

Smell – Smoky scent, maybe a little nutty. Hints of banana and florals. Some roasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel – Very complex, I’ve been grappling with this beer for a few weeks. Sour but not in a wrinkle your face way. I get some bananas and maybe a little bit of clove but they are subtle. Full body and flavor. I can’t think of another way to describe the lingering aftertaste than the taste and feel of a cigar puff. Not a clean finish.

Drinkability/Notes – I ended up with a dozen of these and I am slowing going through it. Not the most drinkable, good for one or two. Probably better with a greasy sausage. My first try with this style, so I’m not 100% sure of it. I hope to revisit this beer next year and try something else in the style. 12 pack came with some cool coasters.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color beer with a small dark head with minimal retention. Weak aroma of roasted malt is detectable. Taste is dominated by sour malt and seems to leave little place to anything else except maybe a bit of roasted malt. Not sure if this is what was intended or if I had a bad bottle but surely not something that I will revisit anytime soon.

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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 DrJay
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown from the suspended yeast, quite dark, with a dense tan head and nice lacing. Chocolate wheat aroma with some roastiness and spicy hefe yeast. Light sourness with brown sugar and a bit of vanilla. Chocolate in the finish and a bit of dark malt dryness. Round body with soft carbonation. An enjoyable dunkelweizen. Thanks northyorksammy!

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

Part of a holiday sample 1/2 case. Poured a deep, ruddy, murky tea-like umber. Head was lively, loose, slightly off white/creamy. Strong yeast nose, with earthy traces, malts, some burnt hues...trace of nuts?...yes

Odd taste...hard to pin. Yeast is strong, kinda chalky, some paper/wood characteristics. Mild malts, roasted grains, odd sweetness...this is pecular. Finishes quazi-sweet, maybe raisin, slight aftertaste.

I did not particularly care for this one. It was by far my least favorite of the seasonal 1/2 case. I'll wait until #372 to try again.

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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 Naes
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a very dark brown beer with a small light tan head. No lacing.
The aroma is of dark malts and a bit of yeast.
The flavor is of roasted malt, some burnt flavors, dark fruit and citrus.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

This is something different, unlike other dunkel weizens that I have tried.

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

Part of the 12 pack sampler bought in Vermont in early October.

This beer poured a cloudy brown color creating a tan head that left a little lacing. Nose was a hint of banana. Taste was a subtly sweet wheat beer with a a nice strong finish. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but decently carbonated. Overall drinkability was pretty good as this was an interestng beer try!

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Photo of Franchise
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first time tasting this style, it looked very interesting so I picked it up. It pours a very dark brown cloudy in appearance, on the bottle it say swirl the beer to pick up the sediment to enhance the flavor. The smell is great, I smell some banana, clove, as well as some tobacco. The taste is smooth, very nice. I taste some caramel sweetness as well as chocolate and maybe a hint of pear. Overall this is great beer, one that is made for sipping.

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Photo of riversider76
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of this to give it a try. I'm not sure what i got into! Pours a cloudy brown,with a tan head. Smells of roasted banana. Mouth feel was light. Taste is like a wheat beer with a kick. I liked it. I've never tried this type of beer before. It's a dark wheat beer. I'm sorry I only bought one!!

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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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