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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Ratman197
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle cortesy of adneilsen (thanks Aaron) poured a cloudy gold with a lasting white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, coriander and citrus. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of wheat,yeast, light coriander and ligt citrus with a crisp lingering yeasty finish. Smelled promising but the flavor let me down.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

me least favorite of saranac brews by far. pours a hazy wheat color with a decent white head. smells sour and fruity, citrus. taste is an overly yeasty wheat beer that is overly fruity, orange and spiced to oblivion. the balance is off, and the mouthfeel is only okay. too heavy for the style and leaves a rather unpleasant dead beer type aftertaste. get this one out of the summer mixer next year please

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Photo of riored4v
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swirl of the bottle led to a hazy, golden yellow body with a 1/2 finger off-white head in to my pint glass. Some rather large clumps of sediment found as well.

Aroma was mellow but had notes of orange and coriander. Nice fruitiness with a crisp, malty sweetness.

Taste was very mellow. Subtle notes of citrus and orange. Light, citrusy bitterness on the end. Somewhat grainy with a mild sweetness.

Light/medium body with a medium carb and a crisp finish.

Overall it wasn't big on a flavor, but the flavors also tasted a bit dull. Decent, but nothing great.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Cloudy golden straw color with a fizzy white head that, in my opinion, fell too quickly for a witbier.

S: Orange peel, lemon, belgian yeast, and grain.

T: Yeast, with hints of orange peel and coriander. Finishes kind of bland.

M: Light, watery, medium-high carbonation.

O: Somewhat of a disappointment. Wouldn't mind pairing this with a blue moon to get a better idea of how mediocre it really is.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured a light clear yellow color, with a bit of white foam that dissipates fairly quickly. On the nose I get some Belgian yeast, banana, some wheat and a little peppery spice. On the palate, this one is very light bodied and refreshing, with flavors of light lemon, some apricot and maybe pear/apple, along with some Belgian spicing, pepper and yeast.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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 tjsdomer2
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a fairly translucent honey hue. Barely any head. Leaves some lacing.

S-Coriander and citrus. Smells like Fruit Loops cereal. Delightfully sweet. The aroma is pretty decent here. Probably my favorite aroma so far from the Saranac brews I have found.

T-Fruity sweetness. Grainy as well. Lasting wheat and citrus. Light spice and coriander. Pretty easy-going flavor. I must say, I do enjoy the nose a bit more. The nose is softer and more inviting.

M-Creamy and a bit slick. I do not like the carbonation all too much here. The carbonation is so aggressive it takes my attention away from the flavor. If it sits on the tongue too long, it is even a bit unpleasant.

O/D-Not bad. Carbonation is a detractor. More solid than I expected, out of the variety pack I was least excited to try this but it was pretty legit.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very Hazy, even murky, dark orangey golden. Bone-white smallish cap of foam. Actually a few chunks of yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. Keeps a solid ring, but lace does not seem to adhere to glass as well as it could.

S: Lots of coriander, sugar cookie sweetness, orange peel. Three main aroma components are rounded out by fainter bready wheat and yeast. A bit clean, but strong enough.

T: Coriander not as overpowering as nose implied. Nice blend of lemon and herbal in the coriander. It blends well with the sugar cookie sweetness. Citrus/orange peel at the edges until the end where it shows through stronger. Good, surprisingly rich actually, base beer – bready & wheaty after initial sweetness with hints of malty bread crust. Nice yeast aspect with hints of earth and spice. Ghost hint of balancing hops at the end.

M: Body just under medium with carbonation a bit over balanced. Expressive, soft, and cushiony mouthfeel really showcases the coriander and Wit character.

D: Nice Wit. True to style & very approachable. Leaning to coriander rather than peel. This one has a nice balance rather than being overly lemony (my biggest peeve with some Wits). Smooth with a great mouthfeel. Pretty darn good, especially for the price.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #32
Served On: 8/14/2011
Glassware: Wheat Glass

Another one from the 2011 Saranac summer mixed pack.

Look: Poured a hazy golden yellow with steady carbonation. Head was a thin white ½ finger of tight bubbles. It looked like your typical wheat beer (like Blue Moon or Alexander Keith's White).

Smell: Biscuit and lemon peal made up most of the aroma. There were some faint fruity notes of banana and peach.

Taste: The lemon peal hit the palate first, then a bland biscuit in the middle. The finish was dry with yeasty notes of bread and biscuit. Mouth feel was very light and drinkability was naturally high.

This was your textbook Witbier with nothing too out of the ordinary. I can say there was that signature Saranac malty backbone that I get in most of their offerings. Overall this is a solid beer and I will certainly have it again if given the chance.

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Photo of cbutova
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of the summer mixed pack.

A- Hazy golden straw body into my pint glass. White head forms to a one finger size but fails to retain much at all. It ends up as a small white cloud and ring.

S- Very fruity aroma initially but it fades out rather quickly.Har to pick up much but there is some bread, citrus fruit and floral hints.

T- Really citrus forward, like biting into some kind of orange lemon hybrid that ends up reminding me a lot of a Fruit Roll Up or juice blend. Also pale malts, caramel, bread and grainy hints in the background.

MF- Creamy light bodied ale with high carbonation. Silky and slightly bitter.

Very heavy on the citrus fruit and a bit too much if you ask me. Feels more like a juice cocktail to me than a Witbier.

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Photo of cavedave
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy, pale gold pour is topped briefly by a finger of off white foam. Some nice lace coats the glass.

Light aroma of tart and mineral yeastiness, a bit of bready sweet, merest hints of spicy esters.

Also not much to the taste, pretty much just what the nose predicts, but with more spice to it, a bit of pepper and clove, and some grassy hop. A simple beer, simple Belgian yeast character, good grain flavors to it, good for what it is. Finish is a bit of a disappointment, could be cleaner for sure.

Light in the mouth, med. carb, okay finish, but refreshing.

Another Saranac beer that doesn't excite, doesn't disappoint, middle of the road goodness for a great price.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Hazy pear colored brew topped by a one finger head. Retention was pretty good, and the lacing was present yet minimal.

S - Cherries, orange peel, and fresh fruits combine to create an enticing aroma. A definite yeasty quality is also present.

T - Initially rather sour, although this quickly fades. Yeasty profile, with pepper and sage also present. A potent sugary finish causes a hit here.

M - Light bodied with a low carbonation level. Finishes very clean.

D - Not bad at all, and surprisingly complex. For the price it is a steal and a comparable wit to some of the bigger guys.

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Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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 AmericanGothic
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with one finger of off-white head. Not much retention or lace. Large, dark sediment in the bottom of the glass....

S: Okay aromas, typical wheat notes but not much spice.

T: Flavor is wheat with no spice. Not bad but not good, just average. Meh.

M: Light but unremarkable.

O: An average beer. Nothing to search out, but I supposed I would have another if nothing else were available. Wish I could find something to like about this, but it's just not happening.

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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 JoeAmerican77
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jadpsu
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clody, hazy pale orange with a full white head that has real good retention.
Aroma: I pick up the colander, which reminds me of cloves. Has a smell akin to a cleaning solvent.
Taste: Again the colander, which is not as heavy as I had feared. Has a crisp lemon tang as well.
Don't generally like this style, but find that this one did not offend me.
Trying to rate it for its style, despite my bias.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Belgian White is a tasty, but uninteresting white ale.

A: Cloudy yellow colour and a 1 cm head that fades to good lacing. 4.5

S: The smell is yeasty with a hint of clove spiciness over a wheaty tang. 4

T: Mild wheaty base. The strong spiciness that is present in the aroma is missing from the flavour. 3

M: Foamy. 4

O: Decent enough, but uninteresting. 3.5

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange color with a white head and lots of carbonation.

It has a very faint smell. Hard to pick anything up except for the slightest orange smell.

Taste like an Orangina soda. Very mild flavor, no bitterness at all. It is hard to detect any hops.

Mouthfeel is a little watery. Goes down easy.

It is ok, not a bad summer time drink if you are in a mood for a fruity beer.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

reviewed on 6/8/11 - from notes:

A: a very hazy dull orange. vivid carbonation can still be seen around the edges. a tight white head tops it all off.

S: heavy on the orange peel and coriander. pretty similar aroma to a blue moon. cant find any hops or even malt on this one. would love for some Belgian yeasty characteristics as well.

T: a bit of malt dough, quickly followed by a nip of light alcohol and fizz. a nip of black pepper as well. flavor is a bit lacking.

M: not effervescent but a fine carbonation.

D: a little too one note in my opinion. wish the yeast and malt played larger roles.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Cloudy gold in color, with a big cloud deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Wheat, faint spices.
Taste-Coriander, faint orange peel. A strange tartness creeps in that's a little off-putting for a witbier, and lends an unbalanced quality that takes the grade down a couple of notches.

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Photo of CHickman
2.55/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy piss yellow in color with a massive 2 finger cloudy white head, leaving decent spotty lacing.

Smells of wheat, yeast, clove, banana, lemon, orange peel and heavy toasted grains; the nose ends very earthy like peat moss and a bag of roasted grains.

Tastes of wheat, yeast, clove, banana, lemon, orange peel, herbs, coriander, pepper and toasted grains which trail of funky and zesty. This beer has too much earth and funk, and not enough spice or hop flavor - not really digging this beer at all.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light, fizzy carbonation, a light body and a grainy overall flavor. Not sure if it's the style or the beer, but I didn't care much for this.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a cheater pint

A: hazy straw yellow, 1/4" head with good retention

S: clean, nothing stands out other than slight sweetness

T: slightly sweet, hint of spice. I think the orangepeel stands out the most but it is not very noticable. Very bland beer.

M: light mouth, feels watery.


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Saranac Belgian White from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.3 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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