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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 261
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 gestalt162
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle...

A: Light apple cider in color, with tiny bubbles forming a white head that disappears eventually. Not much lacing to speak of. Average.

S: Clean with an earthy, bready wheat malt. Hints of orange and (more prevalent) spice, which I'm told to be coriander. Overall though, the smell isn't as spicy or enticing as other Witbiers I've had.

T: More of that smooth bready wheat/oat malt. Faint hint of citrus at the front of the tongue. Coriander follows. Leaves a lasting dry wheat and light spice-citrus flavor in the back of my mouth. Again, I just wish that spice and citrus had more play in this brew.

MF: Smooth, light to medium bodied, but well-carbonated. The spice-citrus flavor is accentuated by the twang of the carbonation. Right on.

D: Great mouth feel, and smooth malt, but is otherwise bogged down by a lack of the flavor that characterises the style. One is good enough for me. Average for a belgian white.

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Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -Head quickly disipates leaving a hazey multi-toned golden yellow with bronze highlights...

S - Malt and wheat at first... Citrus and lemon zest follow... Spices and clove subtley rise through at the end of the scent...

T - Definately a grainy wheat on the palette first...

M - Light and dry... Crisp and refreshing...

D - Very drinkable... Smooth and

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy copper with a two-finger head that subsides to a thin lace. The smells is of standard wheat variety with some sweet malt and perhaps some understated banana or spices. The taste starts off with some sweet malt with some tart fruitiness that gives away to a little bit of spiciness. The mouthfeel has a bit of thickness to it with a fair amount of carbonation. This is a pretty standard witbier, but you could grab something a lot worse on a warm summer night.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours hazy light brown with some head that dissipates to almost nothing. No lacing show here.

S. Some candi sugar and sweet wheats. What a treat.

T. Wheaty and sweet. There are some almost fruity qualities to it, hard to put my finger on it.

M. Agressively carbonated and light bodied. A bit slick for which I took a half a point off. Leaves an almost sour after taste.

D. Fairly drinkable witbier here. Doesn't do quite so well as it approaches room temperature.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
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 LeftyBWS
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The 12 beers of summer are here.
A: Hazy yellowy brew with plenty of carbonation visible. Head is thick and white, but it bubbles away quickly.
S: Whiffs of oranges, wheat, some faint spices, grains.
T: Soft and wheaty up front, leading into some fruity flavors. Tiny spice nip towards the end, but the finish is faintly citrusy.
M: Soft, watery, refreshing. Kinda weak for a witbier, but it's satisfying for sure.
D: Best part of this one, I guess. So easy to drink.

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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 PatrickJR
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Hazy, straw yellow with smallish head that receded to white cap, minimal lacing. Surprised by the lack of "whiteness" in the color.

S - Smelled a lot like any witbier, a tad less complex. Obvious coriander, slight citrus, but very little wheat malt presence.

T - Not bad, but bland. The coriander is the most obvious aspect early on, but it dies quickly and almost nothing is left aside from a vague lager-like taste. No real wheat or barley profile, hints of citrus, and the coriander doesn't even carry. A very, VERY tamed witbier. Absolutely no depth of flavor.

M - On point with any witbier; a good deal of carbonation and light bodied. No problems here.

D - It would be easy to drink a few of these in a sitting, and I certainly wouldn't mind doing so, but it's not a very interesting brew.

I was excited to find this in Saranac's Summer variety pack, but I'm a bit disappointed. It isn't a bad beer, but it's quite devoid of much of the character that comprises a witbier. Seems like a witbier for those stuck on Bud and Coors.

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Photo of bboven
2.18/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark straw body, cloudy with no head or lacing. Definitely not to style there.

Huge coriander again; seems to be a Saranac theme. A little bit of honey-like sweetness accompanies, but it's barely there.

Way too much coriander in the flavor, not in the least bit subtle.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and full, which is good here.

Not at all what I think when I want a wit. The coriander and citrus should play a part, not dominate like they do in this beer. Pass.

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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 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 aerozeppl
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color. Minimal white head.

S: Yeasty with some malt.

T: Decent wit. Fits the style well. You can pick up on the correander a little bit.

M: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: It is a wit. Super drinkable. Another decent super market beer from Saranac.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold. I guess I poured too strong. Big chunks of white sediment are floating around. Nose is mild citrus and wheaty yeast. Flavor is crisp with obvious citric influences. At the end I get a metallic spice as a long awaited for aftertaste. The feel is fairly thin on the liquid with a decent enough carbonation. Overall I am going to say that this one is better than I had expected. There is a bit too much of a metallic edge to it, but I say it is very drinkable.

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date - brewed with oats, wheat, barley, coriander and orange zest. The beer is a turbid, highly-carbonated toasted gold, with big floaties and an inch of loose, off-white head that leaves moderate lacing. Wheat and some malts in the nose, along with a general citric presence and a big coriander/orange zest kick. The wheat is tart and nutty on the palate, with coriander underneath, and orange underneath that. There are also hints of green hops, and, although the flavor is good, it's a tad watery. The body is medium, with equal carbonation and a light finish. Overall a pretty tasty witbier, but there is some tough competition out there.

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Photo of biggmike
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange color with decent white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of citrus coming through. Flavor was good with notes of banana, citrus, and spice. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but not watery. Very smooth drinking. Not great, but very drinkable, nevertheless.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good refreshing beer. It would be a good stepping stone into the world of witbiers. I find that the folks at Matt Brewing offer good stepping stone beers but nothing over the top. The beer poured with a fluffy white head that offers good retention but little lacing. Has a rather clear amber color considering all the sediment floating around (almost like a snow shaker).

Smells of spices, sweetness and orange/citrus. The nose is your typical wit.

The mouth feel is light and carbonated. Tastes of malt, spices, and citrus. A good offering but nothing above average.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Had a medium sized, white head that left moderate lacing around the glass. Very active carbonation. 'Color was yellow and cloudy.

Aroma was coriander, oranges, pear and light hops.

Pretty refreshing beer. Tasted like a light wheat beer with some fruity undertones.

Nice beer, but pretty reserved.

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Photo of jackorain
2.11/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A-Cloudy gold, floaties from the swirl and pour. Big head that fell rather quickly to a nice 1/4 inch coat. A little lace.

S-Orange and corriander (faint) sour yeasty as well. overall faint aroma.

T&M Watery and creamy at the same time, odd. Nearly no feel of carbonation on the pallete. Taste of ornage corriander and yeast all faint.

D-I appreciate this style, even the american interpretation like the old celis white and Victory whilwind wit, but this one, eh eh. Dumped it

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Photo of mnj21655
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-straw color with a bit of yeast visible and a half finger white head that dissipates to just a thin coating and leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is fairly mild with citrus notes, some spices, namely coriander, supported by a pleasant wheat aroma. Taste is reserved. There is a slight sweetness at the beginning that yields to a nice citrus flavor which is joined by a hint of spicyness that dominates the somewhat crisp finish. All of these flavors are supported by a pleasant wheat backbone. Decent mouthfeel, fairly light body with moderate-high carbonation. Good drinkability, very refreshing, crisp, great for a hot summer's day. I really enjoyed this brew and would certainly recommend it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/yellow color with a cloudy sediment circulating throughout. It had a white, foamy, one-finger head and left no lace.

S - It smelled of orange, yeast and wheat.

T - It tasted citrusy (orange & corriander). Also, a strong wheat flavor. There was a tiny hop taste.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent wit. Nothing special but it could make a good session beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a very pale golden yellow. Big white fluffy head that lasted for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving a nice layer of lace around the top. Hazy with a good amount of carbonation visible. Smell was light, lots of yeast and a touch of some peaches, or light grass. The taste was also very light, but good. Very pale in flavor, light yeast and grain. Good mouthfeel. Overall this was a decent belgian white, but nothing extraordinary. It was nice in the sampler though, would probably have one again.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a deep gold with quite a bit od sediment, a one finger head, poor retention but OK lace. Good malt aromas mixed with honey, citrus and a wheat tartness. Again decent malt flavors mixed with citrus and a good balaced hop flavor. Not the best Wibier out there but a decent one that is fairly inexpensive.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sediment turned this light straw color a bit cloudy. Quater inch white color head faded rapidly to leave a thin coating on top. No carbonation bubbling leaves the sediament to hang without much movement. Lacing is minimal.

Interesting spices in the nose is mostly corriander, but includes a big allspice hint. Very sweet up front woith a bitter finish. Nice, but strangely different for the style.

Spices are the only taste here, but even then they are a bit weak on the palate. Same two spices from the smell come to the tongue, but fade away quickly.

Watery consistancy to the liquid. Carbonation is extremely minimal on all of the surfaces.

A decent beer in the mixed pack. Good with a plate of sugar cookies. This one isn't worth hunting down, but is worth trying from the mixed pack.

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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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