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 KenC411
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a very thin head. Laces a bit on the side.

Smell: Citrus, malt, and wheat

Taste: Malty with a wave of hops. A bit of a cereal taste, which is a bit off-putting, but quickly disappears behind.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, dances well on the palate.

Drinkability: Crisp and refreshing, not off putting. A good warm weather beer.

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Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a tight tan head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of a light toasted grain and malt, some brown sugar and caramel. The taste is of mineral water, some nuttiness, toasted grains, lemon, and a tea like hop. Don't think I am picking up much from the wheat. Light to moderate feel with fizzy and airy carbonation; finishes dry and a bit sour. A decent dark wheat brew for a ho-hum style. I did pick up some nice toasted qualities but not much from the wheat.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Saranac Amber Wheat is a cloudy amber beer with a thin white film of a head that leaves some good lacing. There are notes of banana, resin and bread in the nose. It's thin in the mouth; a little watery and a little metallic. It's lightly flavored. The grassy bitterness is light. It's a little resiny and it tastes like wheat. It's not really my thing, but it's chuggable.

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Photo of mempath
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

not a favorite style, but let's give this a fair shot.

pours rich and deep as expected. ok head and lacing. it's neither transparent nor opaque in its amberness, but i like the faux fogginess.

smell? barely anything there. a torn piece of malt?
maybe it's allergies, but i got plenty from the previous Saranacs an hour ago.

taste is fine. sour sweet wheatiness delivers. but nothing to make it special. maybe it's not supposed to...seems like a red lager. a yuengling. i prefer the latter.

it is somewhat thick and creamy, but the citrusy sharpness seems off-balance due to the mouthfeel. too too much carbonation sparkling around, keeping the quality guests from entering the fray. well, there's no fray to speak of...

this isn't boring but compared to others, relatively, it IS. sure, it beats ANYTHING from the big three macros and a host of many micros....but plenty pummels this. why settle for unabashed mediocrity?

it's still a hair above average for drinkability. nothing to session with. best with a spicey meal. interepret that at will...;)

i will say this...the remaining 3 of these from the case will be ice cold and enjoyed either with thai food or after mowing the lawn...i know they will find their niche therein!

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a refreshing wheat and caramel malt scent along with a hint of yeast esters. It's dry with a light hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a bone dry wheat malt flavor that goes down easy with a bit of cara/roasted character. It finishes with a slight fruity feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker, although I'm not crazy about the style or their interpretation.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yup this looks like an amber wheat beer. Only it's kind of ugly amber.. like really dirty rust or a rotten orange. Maybe those are just negative adjectives but it just looks a little weird. Decent sticky head though so not totally bad.

Sort of an aggressively burnt caramel aroma with a good dose of noble hops. Bottle says it's brewed in the tradition of a DUnkelweizen which I find strange but maybe it's a better context than amber wheat.

First sip starts off really astringent but mellows out nicely and rounds out a bit with the malt. Finishes dry and cardboardy.

Mouthfeel is quite light and I like the cold bubbles down my throat towards the end of the sip. Very refreshing.

I feel like this is a pretty average beer when examined piece by piece but I enjoyed drinking it and would pick it up again. Nice alternative to some of the other wheat beers out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 1119-1617. Sampled on Memorial Day 2009. It pours cloudy with a copper color tinged ith red and a smallish beige head that does not last very long. The smell has a sort of roasted bread and malts combination. The mouthfeel is about average. The roasted sensations are noted in the taste nut it has a heavy feeling to it. A god brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a clouded light amber copper hue with a nicely formed white head creamy and thick. Aroma has some American wheat grain and yeast notes but definitely no dunkel weizen characteristics as mentioned on the label. Flavor is straight forward semi sweet with some powdered yeast notes nothing too impressive maybe a touch of fruit, green apple perhaps. Overall I would compare it to Michelob Hop Hound amber wheat. Not offensive just a bit bland and boring, mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation nothing much to report here. Drinkability overall, it is what it is another Saranac 12 beers of summer offering. Thirst quenching is this brews best quality.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle. I'm rapidly making my way through all 12 beers and it's not even summer yet.

A: The wheat beer is relatively dark, a fuller copper color that renders the ale nearly opaque. Head? What Head? Nothing to be seen here.

S: Caramel grains stand out in the nose, giving the ale a fuller aroma. Underneath the caramel is a mild wheat aroma, light with just a pinch of tartness.

T: Caramel leads the way with a fullness that is uncommon for Saranac beers. The darker malts sit atop the wheat, allowing its lighter flavors to percolate up from time to time. Especially near the end, the wheat flavors become more prevalent.

M: The wheat and dark malts work well together, alternating between sweet caramel and lightly tart wheat. No real frills but it doesn't disapooint.

D: Another low alcohol beer that goes down really easily. The fuller malts make be a little too much for a hit day so try a lukewarm one.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick tiny bubbled off white heading. Slight globbage of laacing throughout.

Smell is kind of spicey, with hints of orange. A nice sweet smell as well.

Taste is pretty much the same. Slight bitterness throughout.

Mouth is a little bit heavier than I would have thought. Crisp, bubbly, light-medium bodied.

Drink is good but a little to bitter to really drink a bunch mybe on a nice sunny day.

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Photo of smerkinb
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slim 1 finger head, fizzy and soapy looking, quickly dissipates. Hazy burnt orange color.

Malty sweet grains with citrus backdrop and yeast to round it out.

Classic American Wheat--zesty malts with sweet spicy bite. Sweet lingers behind the citrus and malts.

Zesty, alive mouthfeel with active carbonation. Prickly on the tongue with a sweetly dry finish. Not too thin.

I think this is a bit m ore than decent. It's not super complex - more a straightforward, refreshing drink. Good flavor with no "off" tastes, nothing that wasn't cohesive. It's nice on the palate, fun in the mouth. I could definitely have several of these without a problem. Solid.

Saranac 12 beers of summer is 2/2.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the 12 beers of summer mix pack,

Bottle neck claims this as a Dunkelweizen by the way.... Anywho, beer pours a cloudy light brown/orange color. Pretty nice head to it, decent amount of lacing as well. Smell is very bready, a nice subtle aroma to it. Nice mouthfeel to it, a biscuity taste to it, not too appealing but not too harsh either. A little on the lighter bodied side. Nothing too spectacular here, a nice drinkable brew with a decent amount of flavor that'd be nice on a hot day. Would never seek it out but would gladly drink one if it was handed to me.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac- Amber Wheat

A- cloudy orange brown with a small light bubbled head. No lacing and a solid thin head.
S- Light spiced malt and wheat.
T- Spicy malt with hints of caramel and brown sugar and wheat. Thick malty finish.
M- Spicy and dry body with a creamy malt finish.

Overall- A decent offering. Light, like most of Saranac's beers but full of flavor and a good warm weather beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a weiss glass.

This brew is a hazy amber color with a white head that thins out but still leaves a good deal of lacing. The aroma is mostly yeasty with a hint of wheat beer spices. The taste is pleasant and the medium body and mild carbonation are enough to make this brew pretty easy to drink. Spiced flavors and slight earthiness before finishing up on the dry side.

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

The name is the color, it is a cloudy amber. A small head fades away quickly.

The aroma is faint ale smell, nothing special at all.

The taste gets better as you go, even though there isn't really much of one. I don't know how to explain it.

This beer is easy to drink, and would probably go good as a summer beer.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.77/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

Doing an all out re-review (a whole day later!) since this brew's reclassification.

A - Light amber with a very minimal haze. Still mostly transparent. About 2 fingers of very light tan head rise. Retention is fairly short leaving a thin cap. No lacing.

S - Expected "dirty" American wheat beer aroma. A little more interesting than expected with subdued notes of caramel and sweet/sour fruit.

T - Standard APWA "dirty" tastes hits first mixed with mild and indistinct fruit flavors, maybe something distant approaching the banana flavors present in it's foreign cousins. A fair bit of wheaty sourness takes over mid palate, but there's little accompanying flavor aside from more dirty wheat. Caramel tries to creep in on the corners but never fully manifests. Bizarre bitterness begins late palate and persists well into the aftertaste.

M - Spritzy almost. Fairly thin body, many sips seem quite watery. Carbonation is higher than my previous go at this beer with a moderate-high level. Crisp overall.

D - Well, it is what it is. Nothing outstanding about this beer but perhaps a decent tamed down version of a dunkelweizen for American audiences. Absolute lack of banana/dark bread flavors and creamy mouthfeel. It isn't bad, but it is pretty uninteresting. Sadly, yet another forgettable Saranac.

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Photo of Brad007
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium reddish color with a one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma is full of clove and wheat in the nose. To be expected from this style.

Taste is full of clove and wheat upfront. A bit of banana. Otherwise, a solid wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering wheat and clove but it feels a bit creamy. Not too watery either. Not bad at all.

Give it a shot. Again, it's from Saranac so it may not meet your expectations if you're a geek.

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Photo of mlasher1
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light amber with a decent head. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Smells grainy with only a hint of any yeast..

T- Not much there... initial taste is grainy (wheat) and not much else follows. Overall tastes a bit watered down.

M- Thin mouthfeel with medium level of carbonation

D- A very light beer with little complexity... while not a go-to by any means, it's still mildly enjoyable.

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Photo of bsend
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy amber color. A standard pour creates a one inch white head that dissapates quickly.

Smell: Not getting much out of this. Yeasty light tones followed by grain.

Taste: Light flavor (part of their summer theme I am assuming). Starts out with parts of yeast, and ends surprisingly sweet, almost passion fruit like finish.

Mouthfeel: Very watery and light. Small amounts of carbonation.

Drinkability: Definitely a drinkable beer. Light, watery body helps these go down easy. Most likely the purpose as its a summer beer.

Final Thoughts - I was hoping for more from Saranac but I guess they were trying to make an easy drinking unfiltered beer. In that regard it was a success but unfortunately I was expecting more from the name. Try it in the mix pack.

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