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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Photo of SirSketch
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Hazy gold color and a thin white head. Smells very sweet with an orange and pineapple fruitiness. A bit medicinal, though. The malt flavor is an inoffensive light grain taste behind floral and herbal notes. Some strange flavor mixed in that tastes something like bubblegum or paste. The mouthfeel is creamy with a light foam texture. The oats really seem to contribute to the nice body. Overall, a pretty unimpressive witbier with some apparent flaws.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from Saranac's 2011 Summer Mix

A-Cloudy deep yellow.

S-Lemon, although it seems slightly artificial. Also some wheat.

T-Wheat and bread, no bitterness. As the beer warms seems to be a little more metallic.

M-Light with no carbonation.

O-Another miss in the witbier category. It seems like most are too light and slightly artificial.

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Photo of wfuqua
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Cloudy and orange without much head

Smell-I’m getting orange peel and other citrusy aromas.

Taste-Sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish. Taste is a little nutty and a little citrusy.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, but still satisfying unlike a light beer.

Overall: This is a great beer. It’s refreshing, tastes great, and easy to drink. I could definitely go for another.

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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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Photo of Ragingbull
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold in color with little to no head. Mild fruit to the nose, but still pretty clean and easy. The attack is clean and is followed by a mildly fruity flavor. The flavor has a certain kind of creaminess to it as well. The creamy nature of the mouthfeel and flavor pushes the fruit forward on the palate. There is some bite up front as well, but the finish is dry. It seems that in between these two drying sensations is where everything happens, but that fruity creaminess is much closer to the bookend on the front.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from their mixed pack. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a cloudy pale yellow color with about two fingers of dense bone white foam. Nose and taste is of light orange peel and oils, mildly spicy , wheat, and a bit of lemon notes. A tad thin bodied and I'd like to have a little more carbonation in this one. Still quite quenching though.

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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 KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with very little foam. Some sediment, as contemplated on the bottle's label. No lacing is evident.

Smells of citrus and spices. Hint of banana.

Taste is citrus (slightly sour) with some malt backing. No sembalnce of a hop bittering. Very smooth and fruity in the mouth, carbonation is minimal. Finish is in the tartness.

A good Belgian white replica, certainly not the best I've ever had, but a good selection in a brewers mix pack - something the folks at Saranac put together very nicely.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.64/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - poured a cloudy orange amber with a 1/2" head that left a loose ring

S - oranges, lemon, coriander, malty and a very slight touch of hops

T - citrus, apples, tartness, hoppy finish

M - light bodied, light/medium carbonation, slight chewiness

D - decently drinkable but the taste is quite unsatisfactory

Overall - Reviewed from notes, an ok Belgian style witte... tastes better than some others I've had but is dwarfed by many. I would not get this again. Even Hoegaarden is a much better brew than this.

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Photo of yesyouam
1.8/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saranac Begian White is chock full of particles with a fluffy, white elastic head. It has an herbal, almost minty aroma-- like spearmint gum. There is a hint of sour. It is astringent, reasonably smooth, light-bodied, and gritty. It's lightly bitter; tart and citrusy. It be ugly . It comes down to the yeast and this one seems too dry and wooden. The citrus flavor seems "put-on". Begian Wit dem nasty thangs floating all up in there.
(rated May 8, 2007)

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Photo of Vendetta
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
July 5, 2008

I'm not a huge fan of belgian styles but this beer was pretty good. Aroma isn't anything special. Citrusy, light flavor that would have been a lot better with some added spiciness. Drinkable. Had it poolside on a hot summer day and it was incredibly thirst-quenching.

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Photo of kshankar
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Might as well get a hold of all the wits before they go out of season (except for Hoegaarden and Allagash, which I always find)

Appearance: Golden/yellow with not too much foam, which is a little lacking for the style. Overall looks fine.

Aroma: Citrus, yeast notes, very minimal on the spices, and I can detect some hops

Taste: Average. Citrus is there. Its actually got more hop bitterness than I expected. I think these guys were trying to emulate Celis, as opposed to Hoegaarden, because the taste attempts to be "sharper" or have some bite to it. The bitterness is off putting though. Celis also put spices in and balanced with the citrus. This doesn't.

Mouthfeel: Thin, kind of watery, and no signature creaminess that one finds in a classic wit. Crisp from carbonation and the sharpness though

Drinkability: Eh, I'll pass on this one, but I'll have it if its there. Not a bad wit, but that's about it. Still refreshing and light though, enough reason to have a couple with ease. Just not interesting enough for me.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer mix pack ($11.99/12)

This one was quite confusing. Seemed a lot more complex than other Witbeir's I've had and I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing. Has the usual lemony flavor but there's hints of other flavors which I can't seem to conjure up similarities to. I think I would prefer a more simple Wit than this one.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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 changeup45
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/1/2004. Cloudy golden color, medium head but seemed to leave a nice amount of lacing. Citrus aroma with a hint of hops. Main flavor was citrus, mostly a lemon taste. Perhaps too much lemon. But I found it refreshing and smooth drinking. October 1st and it's such a nice day today so I'm just happy to be enjoying this outside.

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

Amber colored beer with sweet orange citrus aroma which is enticing. Spices and orange notes dance around the tongue lightly evading capture. This is not a Belgian White to run home and tell the fam about but a nice effort. The yeast sediment in the beer is a nice touch that I enjoyed.

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Photo of ragnarsword
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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 brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color witha modest head, especially for a Belgian wit; the retention is not great and there is little lacing

Smell: A slight floral character but none of the spice profile I would have expected

Taste: Opens with a little citrus tang and if I really think about it I can get a hint of coriander; after the swallow, there is a bit of orange peel but it all fades quickly

Mouthfeel: A bit light bodied and watery with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Well the best I can say is that it is a thirst quenching brew on a hot summer day

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle has a light blue label which looks nice. Bottlecap is gold with "Saranac" printed in black.

Poured into a weizen glass an opaque honey-golden color. Head was thin and vanished quickly, but not completely, and left just a hint of lacing. The carbonation was very active the entire time the beer was in the glass. I really liked the look of this beer.

Aroma is of yeast, hops, strong citrus - especially orange, vanilla and a hint of peach.

Carbonation comes through in the early sips, but as it warms carbonation significantly decreases. The light-medium body is good with the carbonation to slice through it, but a little watery without. Feels a little slick.

Taste is citrus, orange, yeast, and a little hops at the beginning and a surprising amount of hops at the finish, with a tinge of alcohol.

I would say the taste was a little underwhelming after seeing and smelling the beer. This is an ok beer, but probably my least favorite so far of the Saranac Summer Sampler I picked up in Albany last weekend.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.92/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- It pours an orange/yellow color with some sediment in the glass. The head did not last long but there was some nice lacing.

Smell- Nice citrus and spice aroma.

Taste- It I felt this was blander in flavor than other beers of this style. The flavor was just weaker than I had hoped.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied for the most part other than the chunks of sediment.

Drinkability- Average and somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat cloudy orange with minimal head that died quickly but left some lace patches. A very strong citric smell (lemon peel then orange) with a good clove scent in there as well. A light-to-medium bodied beer that is not only smooth but balances a heavy citric taste with some clove and pepper, giving it a dry but easy riding backbite without being overly sharp (there is some crispness). A tad simplistic, yes, but this is a quality Witbier that I could keep drinking. I think I might be a little off it too giving it such a good grade but I like this stuff alot.

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Photo of BigMike
2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My neighbor bought a mix pack of saranac and when i arrived home from work today he offered me one and i chose the Belgian white.
Hazy yellow color with little head.
I wasn't real impressed with this one.
Very light and very little flavor. Maybe it was too cold but it really tasted watered down and thin.
I must admit that on a 90 degree day right after work it was refreshing. I just like em a bit more complex.
Maybe a sample that wasn't ICE cold would reveal more complexity.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was awesome, one of my favorites from the Saranac mixed party park. A smooth beer with citrus spices and a little bit of fruity hops. I liked it a lot without the orange, dont think i even want to try it with it. Was perfect on a hot day. Went well with grilling food.

Try it!

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured, swirled, then poured into a weizen glass yields a somewhat hazy pale golden body with steady trickles of active carbonation and a fluffy two-finger white cap of fine-bubbled foam that leaves thick rings of lacing. Looks nice.

Smell is wheaty and malty with a gracious plenty of orange and coriander. Smells okay, but the orange comes across as artificial.

Taste is a bit wheaty, but only sourly so, and a bit malty with a pronounced sting of sourish-orange and coriander right up front. The grains are not very strong, nor is the thin body of the drink, which feels okay at the swig, but finishes almost watery. What is strong is the sour, fake-feeling orange and the lettucey coriander, neither of which account for themselves well in this beer.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable, but far from great.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
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
3.3 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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