Saranac Amber Wheat | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Amber WheatSaranac Amber Wheat

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a yellow beer with 1/2" head and minimal particulate (wheat) floating around. Aroma was grainy.

Taste was a bland affair, easy enough to drink but far from enjoyable. Its just there. Everything Saranac makes is always a toned down affair, and that's fine and all. Wheat beers have always suffered from a bland descriptor, and this one is bland for even an alleged bland style.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch whitish-orange head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace sink back down into the remaining beer with each sip. Smell is of wheat and toasted grains. Overall smell is pretty subdued really. Taste is of toasted grain, caramel, and some wheat flavors. A bread-like aftertaste after each sip. Carbonation level is pretty good with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer. My first of this style so I can cross this off the style list. I wouldn't get this one again.

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2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

dark brown color that yielded a big head of tan that faded quickly and only moderatly coated the sides of the glass. interesting, but nothing really to go nuts over. aroma is off chocolate, wet hay, moldy grain and campfire smoke, it just did not work for me, i wish it had, as i wanted it too. the flavor was a touch better as the chocolate died down and more of the grains and a touch of dark fruit came through which served it much better.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper-amber. Decent head retention. No lacing. Considering they call it unfiltered it is relatively clear. Kind of odd but alas it's a decent looking beer.
S- Toasted bread, caramel and a bit of wheat aroma.
T- Malty with toast and caramel being the big flavors in this one. Enjoyable but pretty simple. I really didn't get much of definite wheat presence in this one. In this sense it was a bit disappointing.
M- Lighter than it should have been. Decent carbonation.
O- A decent beer, but nothing all that memorable. Easy drinking, but I didn't find it as wheaty as the label suggested.

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Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. Sparkling clear. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a chalky faint caramel and a slightly toasted malt.

The taste was light and rather neutral with traces of caramel and wheat.

The mouthfeel was thin for the style.

Overall an uneventful experience.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes from a tasting of this summers 12.

A-Cloudy medium amber with a large creamy eggshell head that settles a bit then sticks around.

S-Cream wheat and malt

T-Predominantly malts but a rather thin profile overall. There is not much going on here complexity-wise. A touch of citrus.

M-Light, and a decent quencher.

D-Pretty decent overall brew to knock back in the hot summer sun, but nothing to call home about. Another, sure, why not.

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Saranac Amber Wheat from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 94 ratings