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: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 261
Photo of thecdp
4.62/5  rDev +40%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly fantastic example of a belgian, with a deligtful orange/citrus smell and taste that really goes down beautifully on a warm late summer night. The citrus isn't overwhelming as it is in some other belgians I've tried, I would highly recommend this to beer lovers and novices alike.

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Photo of Rehtakul
4.43/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll start off by saying that Saranac (Matt's Brewing) holds a special place in my heart, growing up in upstate NY. Oh, for the days of hanging out at a local park with an ice-cold Matt's beer ball, 4 or 5 good friends, a radio, and a frisbee. But that was 20+ years ago...Matt's is no longer brewed, don't think I have 4 or 5 'good' friends these days, and playing frisbee now would most likely lead to a hip injury. But I digress...I eagerly await the appearance of the 12 Beers of Summer sampler each year, and was happy to find it at Sam the Beer Man yesterday. A bit saddened that the six flavors are the same as last year, but I loved 'em then, and I will love them now. While this is not a world class, award-winning witte,(ala Ommegang Witte), I still think that this is definitely one of the best American-brewed Belgian White's available here in the NE. Just wish I could buy this by itself in 6 packs or cases, instead of just in the sampler pack. Anyway, I highly recommend this brew, as well as the other 5 in the variety box. Way to go Saranac. As for all the specifics on taste, appearance,... etc...there's plenty here already.

PS: I encourage everyone in the northeast to go out and buy some Saranac product. Let's all support this fine brewery in light of the recent brewery tregedy. Bottom's up!!

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Photo of hopsgirl35
4.3/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from there summer variety pack.
I poured it into a pint glass and the apperance
came out a pale golden cloudy color. With a small ring.

The aroma has a fruity creamy smell. Not to

The taste is a nice combination of spices with zest.

The mouthfeel is a little hoppy that also feels
creamy with an orange taste going down.

Overall this was one of there best beers from there variety pack.
I would like to compare this belgian white to others.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.24/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Hazy dark yelllow color with some head.

smell - Spices and lemons.

taste - Fruity taste like lemons and spices.

mouthfeel - Light body medium carbination, crisp feel.

drinkability - Nice spring beer, crisp and refreshing beer. I enjoy Witbier's. This came in the 12 beers of Summer pack.

Whoooo my 100 beer review on BA.

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Photo of shippos
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from the 2003 winter pack, hazy yellow-straw color with a thick whtie head. very nice orange aroma not much corriander though. taste starts off with a good fizzy dose of co2 followed by a smooth creamy texture. very refreshing and a very good example of the style. would like to see more corriander though.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours gold, with a dull clarity and a dense two finger head. Good retention, and patterns of sticky lacing. Coriander, orange peel, and wheat yeast in the nose. Citrus spice taste, lemons and orange, with a cleansing hop aftertaste. Light bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes clean and semi-dry. Rich belgian wheat flavor, but retains a smooth and drinkable character making it a nice choice for summer session ale

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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 Schwarzbart
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pale honey colored brew with a nice big white head. The head was very light in texture and faded quickly to a white ring.
Smell: At first it smells dominantly spicy and peppery. As my nose got used to the spice the orange became more apparent along with the wheat malts and coriander.
Taste: A fruit taste of orange and lemon with plenty of coriander spice and quite a sweet malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium course and crisp.
Drinkability: A decent Belgian White that is easy to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appropriately cloudy, straw yellow. Disappointing head: not very thick nor very long-lasting. some lace

Impressive aroma of wheat malt, spice (coriander, according to the bottle) and citrus (lemony, not orange peel as the bottle suggests). Very smooth, full, and round.

Lots of citrus up front in the flavor. The wheat malt comes through immediately thereafter, then it settles into a predictable sourness. Full bodied (probably from the oats) and chewy with excellent carbonation (very fine and plentiful bubbles).

Overall, I like this beer because it is refreshing, smooth, and not overly tart (as are some Belgians).

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle from the beers of summer pack. Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a two finger width white head. Smell is strongly wheaty with some spicyness and of yeast. Taste is like that of a belgian white ale. Strong wheat taste with some spices (coriander?) and maybe some citrus orange thrown in with some yeast. The mouth is pretty good, light with some good carbination. A good drinkable beer.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Picked up the summer pack and let me say, I enjoyed all of them.

Poured a cloudy pale-golden with a 2-inch foamy head. Smells of grass and orange with a little sweetness. Goes down smooth; aftertaste of orange and spice. Finished these pretty quickly.

The summer pack is my favorite Saranac sampler so far.

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Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow color with a medium sized white head that laces the glass pretty well on the way down. Has a nice witbier aroma of sweet wheat malt, some lemon, orange, and coriander. The taste is good for a witbier as well - nice wheat underneath nice amounts of flavors of orange, lemon, and coriander. It has a really crisp mouthfeel which makes a decently drinkable beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of tj4288
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly cloudy, slightly orange
S- citrus, sweet, light
T- slightly citrus
M- very good
D- very easy, overall good

i drank this beer with a chicken sub that had jalapeno peppers on it, and i enjoyed it very much. very refreshing and thirst quenching. slightly disappointed in the small head, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of maek228
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: a cloudy orange with a good lacing

smell: spices abound

taste: initial taste is the spice mixed with light sweet malt...which gives way to orange and lemon peel flavor. hops are barely present

mouthfeel: this is espeically carbonated and crisp which works so well with the the spice. great

drinkability: i could drink a few of these with ease

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Photo of dherling
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy white head dissiaptes quickly over a murky copper brown beer. First thing my nose gets right away is a floral smell, like you would get off a scented soap. There's also baby powder, apple, honey, maple syrup. Lots of funny things, but in a good way. Pretty striking at first for a white ale, but it bottoms out in the finish. Some orange, malt, and floral hops. Finishes nice and clean, very drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy orange toned gold with a fluffy 2 finger white head that slowly fades out. Nice amounts of scattered lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary orange peel, crisp wheat, and some freshly cracked coriander.
Taste is actually not bad with the same level of orange, wheat, and coriander coming together with a sugary bounce of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and light with some lively carbonation hitting the roof of the mouth.
Actually not a bad outing at all. I'll drink this one again during the summer months.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish-golden color with a one finger head that settles to a thin lacing. Rather active carbonation, the tiny little bubbles keep rising inside the glass. Aroma is spicy, lots of coriander with a hint of citus peel in the background. Taste is tangy wheat, with the coriander & orange peel fighting for 2nd place in the middle. Finish is citric bitterness with a touch of hops. Nice mouthfeel to it. I find this to be a rather refreshing brew, I'd buy this one again, and would love to try it on tap.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not as cloudy as most wheat beers, has a respectable head, light orange color. Medium sweet orange smell. Very smooth wheat beer with an orange taste, taste almost the same as Saranac's Hefeweizen found in the same summer 12 pack. Overall very drinkable and refreshing

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Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.50... Originally part of a Saranac best-of-summer series gift pack...
Most beers from this brewery are usually hit-or-miss, but I immediately noticed a layer of fine sediment on the bottom of the bottle...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky, straw-colored appearance with a minimal head that soon dissipated and left hardly any lacing... so much for first appearances...
Smell was more or less on point for the style, replete with coriander, citrus, lemon, lime, and fresh florals...
The taste was surprisingly good, crisp, clean, and sweet, with obvious nuances of ripe fruit, pears, apples, candied sugars, wheat, citrus, grapefruit, and melon coming through... For an American brewery, they did pretty well with this depiction of a classic Belgian style...
Crisp, clean mouthfeel with no interfering factors present, just lots of wheat, citrus, and a pretty full taste...
Easy drinkability for a Witbier... This one went down like water and I could definitely down a few of these without any problem...
Good stuff...

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Photo of finepaws
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy yellow, not as much as most witbiers I've had. Head was good at first, then dissapated. It di mantain some lacing on the glass though, and a ring of head around the edges. Smells like oranges and spice. Has a sweet/tangy taste, somewhat peppery. Had lots of carbonation. A nice drink all in all. Not the best, but if you like Blue Moon, I'd suggest it. Glad I grabbed a 6 pack.

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Photo of mlasher1
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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 kunzbrew
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours an orange straw color with a nice white creamy head that leaves a silky lace in its tracks.

The hop aroma is mild and the orange peel pours out of the top of the glass. A earthy wheat aroma fill the nose as well.

A strong orange and corriander flavor sting the tongue. The wheat malt sticks to the tongue and upper part of my mouth.

Drinkability is good but not great the corriander my be a little strong for the style.


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Photo of pootz
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle ( thanks Eric)

Poured a glowing clouded orange ale in my Hoegaarden tumbler....intense 3 finger fluffy cap that lasts and laces.

Aromas more intense than the Hoegaarden I have tasted on tap here...more sweet corriander and tangy orange peel aroma..very light mustiness.

Up front a big dose of non cloying sweetness mingles with a fairly intense corriander presence...mid palate the orange peel adds some citrus tartness to the bittering hops and unmalted wheat,,,then the whole thing turns dry and clean in the finish with lingering spice and citrus tones.

A nice witbier and certainly better than the original from Inbev.

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Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: First pour was a clear lemon/orange body; the second pour had more yeasties. White head, frothy cap.

Smell: a slight touch of coriander spice, pepper and pale malt.

Taste: Light simple wit flavor with some wheat that comes out a little more in the mouth than the nose. Nevertheless the wheat attribute is a bit smaller than I’d like to see but it has plenty of spice zesty feel in the back of the mouth. Peppery spice after taste that tingles on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Zesty feel on the cheeks with a wheat malt medium body and very refreshing dry finish.

Drinkability: As very easy easy drinking as many of the best whit but with a bit less depth and complexity than some. Still a nice beer overall.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Saranac Belgian White from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.3 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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