NY Local Weiss German Style Wheat Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

NY Local Weiss German Style Wheat AleNY Local Weiss German Style Wheat Ale
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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #277
Ranked #35,272
3.64 | pDev: 8.79%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
NY Local Weiss German Style Wheat AleNY Local Weiss German Style Wheat Ale
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This will be another of my entries for New Odds & Sods Sunday (Week 633). I recently completed a massive horizontal of New Belgium beers & now I am drinking & reviewing (mostly) single-o beers from The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. My efforts are really beginning to pay off in that I am seeing movement & floor space + my guilt is beginning to abate.

From the bottle: "Fourth Generation Family Brewery"; "A unique NY beer brewed with local grains such as wheat, rye, oats, and barley. Have a Weiss and try to say 'unique New York' twice!"

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. As with the previous beer, I am unsure as to whether it should be swirled or agitated before pouring, but I am going to strive for initial clarity & revisit it with a later pour. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with moderate retention that slowly fell away to wisps. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a sweetish cast, like my late-Pops breakfast Wheaties, but that is imprecise since I smelled a light, spicy tartness which I usually attribute to rye. I will guess (at least) wheat & rye in addition to the standard barley in this one. Mouthfeel was big, full and creamy. Having cheated and looked at the label, I attribute this to the inclusion of oats. The taste was lightly tart, very much of wheat, with a pleasant amalgam of all of its inherent grains. This was what the previous beer seemed to be striving for, but never achieved. Finish was semi-dry & highly refreshing. I could drink this on a regular basis.

As promised, I am going to try a second pour to see if anything different occurs with this beer. The cloudiness increased slightly, but I would have preferred clarity. Nose now had a slightly unpleasant funkiness. Mouthfeel was still creamy. The taste was more muddied so that it would have been difficult to parse out the various grains. Finish was semi-dry to dry. I would suggest a gentle decanting, but to each, their own.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one is nice; it's got a hoppiness behind it that gives it some taste, but it's not particularly strong in any beer drinking sense. It's a decent beer, just not great.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle chilled in a wheat glass.

the color is golden with light haze and 2 plus fingers of white fluffy head with very fine bead and fast rising bubbles. The smell has a faintly toasty and bready yet fruity scent with yeast and a mild citrus aroma. The feel is soft yet full with moderate carbonation and light citrus texture adding light acidity in back with low bitterness and gentle sweetness with a semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with a malt flavor that is semi-sweet and lightly toasted wheat that blends with the mild citrus taste mid palate. There is a slight spice quality with wheat presence having a natural taste with mild yeast in the taste. I consider this a very tasty wheat with a nice citrus addition- not too sweet and the citrus is refreshing.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, lemons, hints of wheat. Taste is bready malts, lemons, some wheat tanginess, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overal is a decent beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Market Basket
Brilliantly clear medium golden color with a good sized frothy white head that persists. Pilsner malt on the nose some earthy grainy tartness in the flavor. Very mild for a wheat based beer. I wasn't really expecting much but it is a bit pedestrian.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE: August 21, 2016... OCCASION: awaiting guests for yet another "fortieth birthday" celebration... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen...reasonable bubbles sprout from a dark amber body.... the head is slightly off-white, clumpy with pocked marks settling to bubbles and smears around the glass... the prerequisite bubble gum and banana are pronounced and appreciable, while the sweet malts leave an earthy, oat-tinged fragrance that suggests this is a bit heavier... and it is, in palate--a back-heavy profile, with a medium-bodied delivery and reasonable effervescence... its finish is dry, with a drag that is a bit turbulent... enough apple and banana dominate the profile, with oats, bubblegum, subtle citrus and dry malts... overall, a flavorful wheat ale that holds its own, with the cool claim that many of its ingredients are farmed locally,,,

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A new on in this years summer box. Probably my favorite of the lot this year, fashioned after an old world here type, but done up with a whole bunch more cool local grain, rye, oats, barley, and the wheat. The flavor of all these malts isn't as complex as it might be, but there is a round cereal quality to it, slightly more nuance than most of these have, and a lot of body and texture that it brings, pretty cool. The yeast is classic in flavor but very mild, clove and banana with a little bit of flick from the rye. A crystal malt flavor is here too, bready and sturdy, the oats add some heft as well. Loosely German, and while the beer is in a lot of ways more interesting than the standard, it's also very light, especially for a malt forward brew like this. Very very drinkable, well carbonated and expansive on the palate, and really refreshing and satisfying. It cannot be denied that these guys have upped their game significantly in recent years, and are now more worthy of being the beer of the Adirondacks. This is very good for what it is.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, orangish-golden
Some banana, fruity, some yeast
Sweet, banana, wheat
Effervescent, medium feel

Very good beer. Id consider it a Hefeweizen though.

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Photo of Gmann
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden color with a short tight white head that settled into a light cap with some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and grainy. Multi-grain bread notes and a metallic twang in the end.

The taste is bready, lightly sweet. Slightly toasted brown bread. Some general fruitiness from the yeast. Hint of grassy hops in the finish.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Well balanced on the palate; finishes slightly bitter.

An average American wheat ale. No off flavors but nothing exciting either.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.11/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours hazy burnt orange with a solid head. nice looking wheat beer.

smell is just ok, nothing special. notes of citrus and grass. not much banana/clove, etc of most wheat beers.

taste is crisp, citrus in this for sure. orange taste, finishes sweet and slightly tart. slight bubblegum feel at the end, hard to describe. goes down smooth, not bad at all. nothing special but will definitely finish my 3 bottles.

overall this is pretty good, not the best wheat beer i've ever had but certainly not the worst. worth trying, it came in the Saranac summer variety (which was $15 for 12, good deal).

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NY Local Weiss German Style Wheat Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 26 ratings