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Saint Saltan | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Spring

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Added by tone77 on 01-20-2013

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +11%
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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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Confess very limited familiarity with this style, and I sampled it without, at first, knowing or guessing the style. Sparkling clear despite a thin coat of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle.

Light and tart, as expected for style, but with a lemon and apricot fruitiness. Good dosage of coriander; sufficient to have a clear yet subtle effect on the flavor, aroma and aftertaste. Light body with medium-high carbonation that's a bit coarse.

Overall: A light, fruity and refreshing version of this style. Little in the way of salt or wheat. Improved with warming, allowing more of the malts to come forward.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one was part of a local, in-person trade with tone77.

From the bottle: "The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorful beer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious melange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!"; "Do Good, Drink Well, Be Saintly"; "a performance in every bottle".

I am very curious to try this as Gose is not an everyday style. Also, as a U.S. Navy retiree, I am definitely a "salty dog"! I used a heavy-hand to begin the pour, resulting in a pseudo-cascade, settling into a finger off bone-white (salt-white?) head with fair retention, dropping into a skim across the top of the beer. Color was a button-bright sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled like sea spray. I kid you not, I felt like I was back on the forecastle of any of the four ships on which I served. Man, my mouth was watering, both from the memory and at the prospect of what was to come! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was salty, sure and slightly spicy, but in both instances, they seemed muted. This lacked Ooomph! to make it a really standout Gose. Finish was dry, but it could have been so much more.

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Photo of Jason
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date

Bight clear golden hue, bubbly thin lace. Vague coriander and salt, bread crust, green plantians, mustard seed, and nutty yeast in the nose. Semi-smooth, crisp moderate sized body with a dryish palate. Maltiness lands a little watery though does express some biscuity and grassy flavors. Modest hop bitterness goes well with the saltiness and subtle coriander. Grainy finish.

Not half bad, just misses the mark a bit more me ... still a decent drink.

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2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The patron saint of gose? Why not? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, coriander, sweet biscuit, and a twinge of sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though everything has congealed into a characterless mass of vague wheatiness and sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate and a fluid feel. Overall, a bland, meek excuse for a gose, one that comes across more as a weak pale wheat ale than anything resembling a gose. Shame, really...

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of cjgator3
2.31/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle

This beer is brewed with coriander and sea salt.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice off-white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is very faint malt, coriander and salt. Not much else to note in the aroma.

T- The taste like the aroma is faint malt up front with an almost salty finish and a moderate amount of hops in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation creating a prickly mouthfeel.

O- Overall, not bad but not something that I would want to drink again. There just wasn't much flavor, and the faint flavors that were there just didn't do much for me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.02/5  rDev -5%

Photo of bubseymour
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow and fairly clear with 1 finger head. Decent retention

Smell - Very earthy and grassy.

Taste - Very grainy on the pallet. Otherwise its a fairly bland tasting and watery beer. Not sure how this is even considered a Gose.

Mouthfeel - watery.

Overall - A not so interesting beer yet easily sessionable.

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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +17%
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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3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly reduces to a thin cap

A: Some wheat, a touch of sweetness, and a little yeast. Very clean and simple

T: Again, very clean and simple. Wheat, a light sweet fruitiness, and a hint of the house yeast which lends a little buttery flavor

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A little to clean and simple for me. It's almost like a more flavorful BMC-type lager... I'm sure this would be a nice easy drinker in the summer, but it's still a little too cold out in the spring to get the most enjoyment out of this

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3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CHickman
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear macro brew yellow with a 2 finger foamy snow white head that was full of tiny bubble and faded slowly , leaving pretty good lacing.

Smells husky and of vegetables, grains, biscuit, lemon zest, light coriander and funky yeast; very grainy nose that is like an earthy toasted wheat bread, and very much like a Euro lager and very basic.

Tastes of husk, vegetables, seawater, toasted grains or malts, biscuit, lemon, light coriander, herbs, tea leaf or faint hops, caramel, funky yeast and salt; like the nose, it’s full of malt / grains and on the herbal and earthy side with very basic flavor accents. Oddly enough, the coriander lingers and the caramel peeks through, but then the aftertaste is very basic and reminds me of a Bud or Michelob.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with mild fizzy carbonation, a light body and a grainy aftertaste that has a hint of citrus zest or bitterness.

The salty aspect reminded me of dirty bathtub water, for you readers out there with kids…I respect the experiment, and like the low ABV and drinkability, but I doubt that I’d have this again if it wasn’t included in a Magic Hat variety 12 pack.

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Saint Saltan from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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