Saint Saltan | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Saint SaltanSaint Saltan

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Spring

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4.25/5  rDev +32%

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3.82/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat Saint Saltan
12 oz. bottle, ink jet date code on neck not possible to read

A gose beer. Interesting. A good choice for Magic Hat.

It pours a hazy deep gold body beneath a fluffy head of bright white. Appropriate. Good head retention and lacing.

That Magic Hat yeast is still present in the nose. Malt. A light touch of fruit.

In the mouth it's medium to medium-light in body with a gently crisp carbonation.

The flavor is fuller and more rounded. It's not tart, but there is a suggestion of it, mainly showing in the finish. Salt, however, is present. Some coriander. OK balance between the components (somewhat wheaty malt, yeasty fruitiness, actual yeast flavor & chalkiness, saltiness, delicate spice, moderate bitterness) but it seems that the tartness is lacking. Hops take a back seat as they should, but maybe a bit too much so, just leaving a dusting behind.

It's an interesting beer, although it's a bit choked back like most of the other Magic Hat beers. A slight touch of sourness would really bring it into focus and leave it more drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The head, just the slightest shade away from white, rests at one finger or so, fluffy and fairly thick, on a cloudy golden brew. Activity continues steadily as it sits, and the head never diminishes beyond a pretty thick foam that leaves patches, though the body doesn't provide as much stick to the lacing as it should.
The yeast is heavy in this one with lots of earthiness, nuttiness and something green and raw along with dry, bready notes from malt and some kitchen spices. Interesting and not off-putting, though a sort of earthy/sulfuric/seaweed-like element, not to mention something skin to mustard (curious, but fairly subtle) could throw one off.
The taste isn't nearly as salty as I'd expect, though it's there. It doesn't overwhelm. I'd even expect a briny sort of finish, but I've had some DIPAs and stouts lately that gave much more of that brine than this beer. It tastes (and feels) like the malt base is wheat. There are also, however, more crusty/biscuity malts notes as well. There's a fruitiness underneath and a bit of sulfur as might be found in a pils or a Helles. Otherwise it's very earthy and there's something raw and grassy underlying the base.
At first, this beer is absolutely creamy and fluffy, with a nice body. That tapers off, and the crispness is left to carry it through, which it does.

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3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint: Pale, transparent golden-yellow with about half-a-finger of thin head that drops to a thin coating.

Mild, grainy smell with some coriander, a little bread crust, some lemon peel, slightly "lager-y" mineral note. All pretty subdued, a little thin.

Light citrus & a little cracker at first in the taste, but that fruitiness really gains momentum with some peach & apricot notes added, becomes pretty full & pleasant. Has a seltzer-y kind of dryness in the finish, not bad.

Medium-light-bodied, light but still full in mid-sip, ends with a satisfying sugary slickness that hangs around nicely.

All around pretty nice, simple brew. I can't say I really "know what to look for" in a gose, but I would've pegged this as an American witbier or pale wheat if I didn't know better. Kind of an odd offering for winter, but pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear pale yellow. A thin white head rests atop. Nose is of wheat, malt, crackers. Ample carbonation. This beer was crisp and easy to drink. Nice mellow smooth flavor of wheat, lemon zest, white bread. This beer was a nice simple break from the big bold beers I've had of late. My first of the style as well. Not sure how representative this is, but I liked it. Great beer for the summer months.

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3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was able to find this in the mix and match section at my local House of 1,000 beers. Not sure how I feel about a beer brewed with salt but I will keep an open mind. I don't think I ever had a Gose.

A - Looks sort of filtered with a bit of sediment floaties and a 1/2 inch of sticky white head that sticks around longer than I expected.
S - I do get that sort of "sea salt" smell but mostly a wheat base and the obvious spicy coriander. Has a touch of sour lemon as well.
T - Kind of a weak offering when it comes to coriander or even wheat. It does have a bit of drying salt bite in the end that seems to mix with a sour lemon twang. Guess I had too many Witbier's since I expected more spice or wheat. Not bad.
M - Very thin and watery like most Magic hat beers. Makes for a drinkable brew.

Overall I can't say it was terrible but if I wanted a German wheat beer I would seek out a Witbier over this offering. Not terrible just kind of forgettable.

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3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I give magic hat a lot of credit for always being bold and trying new things, ambitious styles, and just overall far out stuff, but I criticize them for doing all of them within the safe realm, not quite authentic, and sort of leaning towards mass appeal. usually it works just fine for me, but you cant half ass a gose. a salted wheat beer recipe resurrected from yesteryear cannot be played safe, im sorry. pours clean and mostly clear duller golden with a finger or so of off white suds, fine lace left behind. the nose is straight coriander, fresh green leaves, not seeds or extract, very vegetative, and it detracts from the minerally salt and bready wheat malt I want to be paying attention too. the taste is equally over-herbed, with the salt only coming in the finish. its not dry, not refreshing, sort of like a pretzel... its a great snack, gets the job done, takes the edge off the hunger, but doesn't fill you up or leave you completely satisfied, like a precursor for something that never comes. that's this beer through and through, much left to be desired. I want a salty stop in the feel, and I want an effervescent carbonation that keeps it moving, and both are absent, but I cant be too hard on this. nobody makes a gose, and I love the effort to reintroduce the style to America. I also love its drinkability. maybe I wouldn't call this genre defining, but it is playing a useful role in this summers beer spectrum.

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3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is salty, some grains. Taste is also salty up front, some malts and grains, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a different and pretty good beer.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Honey colored and carbonated, with a sudsy white head. After the head dissipates to a mere ring, there is no lacing left on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Inviting aroma of grains, a whiff of pear, European hops, and a definite salty presence.

Taste: Very light and crisp. There is a small spicy presence, particularly coriander, as well as a touch of lemon peel. Yeasty and bready. Sea salt is obvious in the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth very nicely - more than you would think for the style.

Overall: Very enjoyable, would be great as a summer session beer.

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Saint Saltan from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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