Saranac Belgian White | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Belgian WhiteSaranac Belgian White

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

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Ratings: 265 |  Reviews: 200
Reviews by NJpadreFan:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Belgian White was a beer I was skeptical about drinking.I don't like the look of it.

Belgian White poured a foggy yellow with a big head- lots of big bubbles on top.
The smell was slighty spicy.
The taste was very pleasant. A very slight fruit tinge to it. I detect orange and banana. Not a fruity beer though.
Very very smooth and very crisp. No aftertaste just s_m_o_o_t_h!

Belgian White was a delight to drink and would be a delight to stock up on. I'll keep an eye out for it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mlasher1
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light hazy golden color with single finger head, leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of malt and citrus. No hop aroma.

T: Malty and hints of orange peel with little bitterness.

M: Sweet and crisp.

D: Good summer beer, fitting for the summer sampler.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.64/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Hazy orange gold in color with very thin head that dissipates extremely fast to nothing but the thinnest ring of white. Practically no lacing.

S: Spices mixed with wheat and pale malt. Somewhat sharp on the nose.

T&M: Dry and spicy like a bouquet for the palate. Light in weight but full of flavor. The wheat is lost at the beginning but comes on strong in the finish, leaving a long tight dry linger. There is a bit of a tart flavor that comes through and I really don't know what it is bit it seems like it belongs there somehow. Carbonation is fine and abundant and works very well but keeps the brew from being smooth or creamy as the dryness and carbonation keeps things kinda sharp on the tongue - probably a good thing for this style.

D: Spicy. Fruity. Tingly. Dry. There are a lot of good things about this brew and overall, it's not bad. It does seem a little rough around the edges but still very enjoyable. Pretty good.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #53 (June 2011):

From the crack of the cap is a thick, mildly soapy spiciness, which makes it hard to pick much else out of the aroma other than some vague yeast and grain. Completely clouded over, with a tight white lacing. Thin-ish body and a quick kiss of crispness. Coriander is prevalent, almost dominant, but soon drops down to let some citric peel, yeast and grain through. Hops are there but set way back. At first, there was some worry about the nearly soapy aroma and flavor, but there is some balance here. Lands in the middle of the pack for the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.52/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was part of a 12 pack summer sampler. This was one of the OK ones. It was a hazy orange color with a medium head and some slight lacing. Carbonation was good. It had a sweet, spicy aroma. The taste was sweet, citrusy, with some good spiciness. A pretty good witbier; would drink it again.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, spicy and tangy everything I love about Belgian white ales. This is a well done Belgian that has a cloudy light golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is pleasant and fruity. Its flavor is nicely balanced, sweet and a little bit tangy. Wheat malts, smooth coriander, tangy orange peel and yeast flavors all play well together on the tongue. The palate is smooth and creamy with a medium body and a nice average carbonation.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A- Cloudy due to the sediment being stirred up and poured into the glass, good pale orangey glow. Thick two fingered head takes forever to dissipate.

S- Sweet coriander with faint spices and orange peel. Clean aroma.

T- Light coarseness from the spices, soft coriander though. Sweet malt blends with the spices well.

M- Ample crispness, light to moderate body.

D- Better than the so called original. Not soapy like many of the rest, very easy to drink.

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Photo of merlin48
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd Saranac bottle, sampled from their Holiday 12 beer sampler box. Not familiar with what a good Belgian style white should be, but here's my review of this offering. Pours a slightly murky golden color into a goblet, the white head quickly leaving but some nice lacing left behind. Nose is orange zest, just as the label suggests, and I do smell the underlying coriander. Mouthfeel is carbonated and tart, somewhat spicy bitter. Taste is spicy bitter, and carbonated. Very little malt flavor is noticeable to my palate, but I do feel some hoppy balance. This is fairly light on the senses, and would be excellent on a hot summer day. Not that great, not too bad either. I will probably edit this review in a few weeks when I sample a better example of the style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, w/o freshness dating. Pours a dull yellowy golden, somewhat cloudy, head is white and moderate lacing is left behind. Nose is very close to a creamsicle, ice cream pop with some pepper in the back ground. Notes of coriander, light pepper and more orangy ice cream sweetness. This is a pleasant enough light wheaty/yeasty brew. Middle of the road "belgian white" at best.would be fine with lunch on a hot summer day. This was going for $4.99 a sixpack, thats about what its worth and as usual you get what you pay for...

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the beer selections at the neighbor's party this weekend. A welcome change from the Corona/Heinie/BMC swill that clogged the coolers.

Color is a hazy dull amber, with a touch of whie lace on the bluc plastic cup. Aromas are quite sweet, with notes of orange and peppery spices. Flavor is quite mild, with some hints of spices combining with a "wheaty" flavor. Unlike other beers of this style I've had. Thin in mouthfeel and not as refreshing as expected. Finishes sweet, with a lingering aftertaste that sat on the palate.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of niknar
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy straw color with a small head. Decent retention, but very little lacing. The smell is of citrus and spices... my nose isn't tuned enough to pick out any particulars beyond that. The taste is fairly decent, though not ground-breaking. It definitely tastes better while ice-cold... so don't let this one gather sweat on you! Not bad as it warms, but I do prefer the crisp flavors it offers when straight out of the back of the refridgerator. It does taste relatively true to the style, but seems slightly more bitter than it should be. The bitterness reminds me more of fruit rind than of hops. Not unpleasant, but just a little different. The mouthfeel was a high point. Not overly carbonated, but still crisp and light. Overall this is a moderately priced alternative to the macros. It might even be a good stepping stone if you are trying to convert a macro drinker over from the "dark side." Plenty of better beers out there, but I would still drink this one again if it were offered to me!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A clouded golden tone with a a fluffy creamy white head, lacing is full and evenly rung aound my Hoegaarden tumbler. Aroma: Predominantly contains the orange peel funk, with some coriander doesn't leave much room for and hops or other tones infact a bit one sided toward the citrus/coriander combo. Taste: A bit tart and bitter from the orange peel, not a fan I will stick to my Wittekerke or Hoegaarden when approaching a wit, similar to the Blue Moon White but I find this one much more cloying with each sip a little harder to put down. Mouthfeel: Is light to almost medium in body with a spritzy overcarbonated mouthfeel, it makes each sip wanna turn into a coriander with orange peel burp, Drinkability: Mediocre attempt at a wit very similar to Sam Adams shot at it.

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Photo of ragnarsword
3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A much better effort from Saranac than their IPA. The appearance is very typical of a Belgian White/Wit. Golden and a bit hazy with a decent head that retains for a decent period. The smell is decently aromatic with a subtle floral note. It is not pungent, however, and requires your nose to be almost in the beer itself to get the bouquet. What makes this beer more of an average Belgian is the taste itself. Nothing about it wows me. The overall flavor is weak, as if the smell that is apparent betrays what is to come. The mouthfeel is weak as well. I expect a Belgian to have a very complex aftertaste to it. This one does not impress. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, if you aren't hoping for a complex Belgian, especially for the price.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lemony orange body... mild effervescence and slightly opaque apprearance... soapy-sudsy head settles nicely into a one-finger white cloud--a good start... bright perfumy initial smell with clove and lemon zest arriving on second inspection... fresh hay scents as well--little hop, zero malt here... medium-bodied, moderately fizzy palate... tickles the teeth with a light soda mouthfeel... little aftertaste... a fizzy, fruity combination tat refreshes, but as a wit has a strange berry finish, almost like pomegranate from the sampler (is this the spice? coriander?)... the beer arrives as an italian soda...and I'm not interested in fruit beers unless they wear the fruit on their sleeves--a bit of licourice and apple late (?) don't constitute complexity to me...

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Photo of tastybeer
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with fine suspended particles and a small white head. Aroma is very light. Wheat, citrus, and a little candy-like some how. Not bad but not much. Taste has more obvious wheat, spice and orange. Straightforward but enjoyable if you like witbiers. Sharp, tingly carbonation and light-moderate body. Slick, wheaty texture and easily drinkable.

This wasn't so far as entertaining but I did drink it very easily. Pleasant but not a lot of personality.

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Photo of ABokononist
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

AP: Pours out hazy with floaty sediment and a frosted golden amber color. The carbonation is only mild for the style but it's able to create a scattered, thin "head" that is almost totally gone rather quickly.

nose: Wheat and yeast, lemmon citrus, grainy malt with a subtle herbal hop whiff way down.

flavor & Feel:: The citrus lemmon and spices hits first and hard then spicey and sour yeast flavor takes over with a light,crisp and dry but rather refreshing feel that this style demands. the malt is a grainy-wheat malt flavor that is a bit bready with a hearty green and herbal hop finish.

DA: The flavors seem to be doing battle with eachother instead of co-existing together.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from the 12 beers of summer 12-pack.

Appearance: I swirled the yeast since it looks so much better in the glass, and the hazy golden yellow is shining through nicely. Light to moderate lacing, and a head that's staying right above the plane of the brew.

Smell: The yeast is present initially (from the swirl and pour?), with some citrus zest, slight coriander, and Belgian spices.

Taste: Coriander, some slight berry flavor, slight spice and moderate citrus zest. Definitely some sweetness, of course, also, though for the most part it's decently balanced I suppose.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, slightly crisp, though maybe a little more carbonation than I'd prefer, as it tends to decrease the potential for the creamy body staying that way.

Drinkability: A decent Witbier, and one that could easily be a session. It's the closest to Blue Moon that I've had, though I think this is better, as the sweetness isn't overly cloying and crazy. However, even are still many Witbiers out there, this one's worth a shot, especially for the 12-pack of Saranac summer brews if you can still find it (which I did in mid-to-late October).

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Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellowish gold with 2 fingers of head that fade to a thin lacing. Smells a little grassy with a hint of lemon zest and yeast. Taste is also grassy and citrusy. There's no hint of the coriander promised on the bottle or expected from this style of beer. As the beer warms the orange peel becomes noticeable if only faintly. This beer is a little thin and very carbonated. The mouthfeel is light and watered down.

Not a great Belgian ale in the least. If you're trying to break out beyond BMC lagers and you thought Blue Moon was good, then this is for you.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a light orange lemonade with on finger of white head, minimal lacing...

In the smell I get dried mangoes, and citrus sours, as well as some sweet bread

Spices and sour apple appear first, a little pepper and then green tree and semi tart cherries make of the aftertaste. I like it, however as you move through the experience the flavor tends to become a blatant lemon juice experience.

The mouthfeel is a light medium body, some cushy carbonation and a very refreshing clean presence

Overall a decent beer, not too sure how true to style it tastes but it is a tasty beverage, slainte!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Fairly bright yellow, closer to Hoegaarden than to something like Blue Moon that markets itself as a Belgian white.

Smell: A fair amount of yeast combined with some lemon and banana hints. Mostly neutral.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit sour, but I like the yeasty notes. I wish the mouthfeel would stand up to that.

Drinkability: An ok wit.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An appropriately hazy orange body displays tiny, effervescent bubbles with swirling sediment visible. The short, bright-white head dissolves shortly into an average collar, leaving behind minor spotty lace.

S: Orange peel is clear in the nose with a light note of coriander.

T: The flavor displays more coriander than the nose suggests, but it's far from spicy, and the orange is still present, although it's a bit soapy (from the yeast?). It's well-balanced by a subtle bitterness.

M: The body is light-medium, and a very fine bubbled moderate carbonation lightly caresses the tongue.

D: Easily accessible. Interesting. Refreshing.

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Photo of Damian74
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of cjgator3
3.72/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a semi-hazy golden orangish color with a creamy off-white head, a little different than the lighter whitish Witbiers of Belgium. The aroma is sweet malt with orange and coriander, classic Witbier scent. The taste is similar to the aroma, it is slightly tart with some wheat, orange and some spices. Overall, Sarana Belgian White is a pretty decent stab at a Belgian style Witbier.

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Saranac Belgian White from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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