White Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Saranac Prism

Added by Edward19 on 01-06-2014

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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by BrianCuoz:
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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Photo of pgrose
4.83/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: cloudy, what you'd expect from unfiltered
S: peachy
T: peachy but with a ipa Hoppiness
F: medium carbonation
O: very fruity but tastes like it'd be a great summery beer

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got three Sixers at local grocery for $3.99 a piece! Couldn't believe the deal! This is a fantastic every day beer for those of us that prefer a bold ipa, a crisp pilsner, or tart lager.

This beer has character, yet maintains just above the session level abv... but not too high abv category. A keeper...

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zapx
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Mantooth
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of williamtlow
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong unique grapefruit like smell and taste. A lot of carbonation. Not smooth. Otherwise great flavor and aroma. No real great head. Thin layer of foam that doesn't retain on the glass. If the mouthfeel was smoother and slightly more round, it'd be a 4 to 5

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.64/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Deep hazed sunshine golden with an eggshell white capped head, fine chunky lacing sporadic on the sides of the glass. Aroma has bright citrus peel flowing, hints of spices like coriander, very bright lemony/orange citrus component absorbs all the attention from my nares. Flavors orange pith bitterness provides balance to the wheat ale breadiness, however all aspects are overshadowed by a bitter lacquer of bitter spices it tastes like you just swallowed perfume when you walked by the tester displays at your favorite department store. Mouthfeel, dry bitterness in the finish, lingering cloying aspect provided by those layers of harsh spice additions lacks balance in both flavors and how it effects the palate, carbonation soft slightly creamy texture is all for nothing light to medium bodied with a lingering harsh character left behind each sip. Overall, it's a rough one more in line with their White IPA, considering this one is representing with 42 IBUs much higher than your average witbier out there.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30th 2014.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with a white head sitting on top. A bit too hazy to see any visible carbonation. Once the head dissipates there is some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Big aroma on this that I was not expecting. Hits you with a full on mango and tropical fruit right off the bat.

T: First thought was that I am glad this is not classified as a wit bier. Certainly fills the shoes of an American Pale Ale much better. A dose of hoppiness is the first thing I get on the flavor profile. That is followed up by the natural fruit flavors added to the beer. A good amount of mango or passion fruit collaborates with what I assume are citra hops.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. A dry and crisp finish from the hops. Also ends relatively clean keeping it easy drinking.

Overall this is a pretty solid offering from Saranac as long as you do not mind the added flavors.

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Photo of Mszwejb
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbratt93
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mempath
4.79/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

surprisingly complex (if you let it sit....and forget it's Saranac....not sure why folks beat up on it so much)

expected cloudy golden obtuse shimmer ;)
massive head (please pour it in the right glassware in the right way....!)

candied apricot nose

tangy-sweet bright/light fruit esters...amazing spectrum

mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like...maybe the hops can't help beef up the wheat/wit aspect...best place to be 'weak' at

an amazing brew....silly label...what's inside counts

highly recommended

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac Prism White Ale
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1424306131502"

Notes: Cloudy yellow-gold body. Bright white head. Very good head retention. Initial lacing is impressive. Floral, very fruity/citrusy nose... pineapple, melon, papaya, lemon, orange, strawberry. Slightly yeasty/chalky and peppery. Flavor is vastly different, yet retains citrus. Nice, light note of orange. More pine than pineapple. Some grapefruit. Mostly Pith. Resinous. Raspy. I don't find the spices that the label suggests other than a bit of dull coriander seed, and perhaps some black pepper. Some very nice wheaty malt. Solid bitterness. It definitely lingers on the palate. L-O-N-G finish... bitterness fades to residual tangy citrus. An interesting beer that's kind of like a Belgian wit but lacking the yeast, and somewhat like an American wheat but with more bitterness. The neck label reads "LIKE THIS? TRY THIS: WHITE IPA", and that seems to be where this is headed. The bitterness could be dropped a bit. I love the aroma but the flavor seems out of balance. Halfway through I can't decide if I'd have another, yet I've still got half a glass left, which says something.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The prism is a decent wheat beer. It pours a hazy yellow (with floaties....I hate floaties) and white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has citrus notes to it. The taste is starts yeasty then finishes with a grape fruit kick. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall its ok.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of k47k
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks sort of like a semi-clear wheat. Head is average and lacing pretty good. Aroma hits right up front with white peach and other citrus. Smells awesome !!. Taste is similar to aroma with lots of peach and a nice hop bitterness. This beer IMHO is very well balanced and a great refreshing offering from Matt Brewing. Cheers !!

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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White Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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