Saranac Hefeweizen | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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80
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295 Ratings
Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
295
Reviews:
198
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of crzyd12
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firm head with light lacing. Light golden color with streams of tiny little bubbles. Cloudy so you can't see through it but I would like to see more sediment. Hints of banana and creme. A good example of a wheat beer but it seems like it was filtered ever so slightly, if that is possible. Light mouthfeel with no crisp after taste or bite. Refreshing on an Indian summer night in MD, worth a second helping.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle from Beers of Summer 12-pack sampler I picked up while on vacation in Georgia. Poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: cloudy, soft tan and orange colored body with soft white head that recedes into thin cap. No sediment or floaties.

Smell: lighter than normal scents of bananas and cloves with cinnamon. Very clean and distinct smelling.

Taste: upfront muddled taste of unripe bananas, wheat bread, lemon zest and cloves. Flavors are too weak though.

Mouthfeel: fairly well balanced with nice carbonation. A bit on the thin and watery side. Looking for a bit more body.

Drinkability: with soft flavors and carbonation that's just right, this beer is easily consumed, especially on these hot summer days.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this hefe. It pours with a small head and collapses rather quickly leaving behind very little lacing. Has a slightly hazy orange color.

Smells of banana, cloves, and some wheat mixed with sweet malt.

Tastes of fruits, some citric bitterness and a weird tangy finish. Not even close to top just stuck in the middle.

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Photo of jackorain
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear despite statement of unfiltered on the label. Color of straw with a dull golden hue. Very poor retention, 3/4 inch head fell to zip in seconds.

S-Feremented banana, wheat, yeast twang.

T-Citrus and tart fermented banans, yeast and light clove. Some bitter green hops mingle with citrc hops.

M-Light body. Tingly carbonation with a prickle that lasts long after the swallow.

D-Not bad, I could have a few of these. Probably one of the better american takes on this style.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a slightly cloudy medium copper with a two finger head and good lace. Good wheat malt aromas mixed with some clove and banana. Good hefe flavor as well. More of an American hefe but still solid. Good wheat malt flavors mixed with clove, banana, slight citrus and tart. Not a top of the line hefe but a very good one indeed. IMHO it is Saranac's best beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Vigorously poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a very cloudy light gold color with about 2 fingers of white head that quickly subsided and left only some spotty lacing. Aroma is of wonderful fairly strong banana esters, some clove, and wheat. Taste is of a bit of wheat at first, followed by banana-like flavors which gain strength into the finish. Near the finish clove-like flavors join the banana. At the end of the finish the banana flavor reaches its zenith at a point that is a bit too much for me. Mouthfeel is good. Light-medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that results in a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The creaminess is quite evident early on but dissipates noticeably with each sip. Drinkability is good, very refreshing. My only complaint is that the banana esters are a bit too pronounced. Despite that I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the third beer I pulled from the summer sample pack. I really love Hefe's, especially in the summer so I am always stoked to try another, went into this was feeling good and ready for it...

A - Poured a dull hazy golden yellow amber. A nice two inch thick head of foamy white lace graced the top immediatly and ever so gently rested into a thin layer of lace that covered the top and stretched from side to side. Very nice visible carbonation was evident thoughout, looked very nice.

S - Aroma was rather light, almost too light. Grains and yeast were apparent but again, you really had to search for it to find it. Some light peach maybe in the back, but again just nothing wowed me here. Smell was pretty much your run of the mill average Hefe, did not impress, but I will say average.

T - Very light and frankly a bit bland. It came off as just your average Hefe, I expected more, not sure why, but it fell kinda flat on me. Lots of wheat in it for sure, and had a nice hop finish almost, but just came accross as average I guess I have had some good hefe's lately that have spoiled me.

M - Good. Nice consistency and a smooth delievery/ Nott slick or watered down was able to roll it nicely. Went down quite smooth.

D - Very good, definatly a session beer. Very light and not very filling. This was your summer lawn mower beer.

Overall this was a totally average Hefe that was simply just average. I actually just thought it would have been better for some reason, dont know why, but this came off as just plain to me. Not bad at all, just average.

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Photo of zeff80
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a bubbly, white, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled citrusy and of banana. Also, there were some notes of pine.

T - It tasted sweet and fruity. There was a banana flavor present and some yeast.

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

D - This is pretty good and a descent American representation of a German hefe.

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Photo of brentk56
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden color with a fluffy head that sticks well and leaves some lacing

Smell: Mild banana tones with a touch of clove

Taste: Starts with a mild banana bread flavor, which quickly fades after the swallow, but not before leaving a little bit of white pepper and clove on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light and watery; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Inoffensive and a reasonable stab at the style but there are many better examples, both domestic and imported

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Photo of dgherm
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark almost clear golden color with a fluffy white head.. No lacing to speak of. Faint banana odor with some wheat maltHint of of spice with sweet malt taste up front. Banana flavor hits in the after taste. Nice mouthfeel. No prob drinking a few of these.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered? Seriously? Pours a just barely hazy orange color with slight rubiness. A bit of head is formed, but is gone very quickly. Aromas are pretty much to the type: quite a lot of esters, mostly banana, some bubblegum, very little clove. Nice, but a little too ordinary. On the palate, the wheat is quite aggressive, with some nice floral hoppiness. Finishes very cleanly, not as crisp as I'd like, a little flabby. Overall, I think it has some good points towards style (aroma, mouthfeel), but it misses many of them: flavor, appearance etc. Saranac attempts too much and it shows.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the summer pack, poured into a weizen glass. Nice golden color, slightly hazy, small head that doesn't stick around long or leave lacing behind. Nice assertive clove aroma with a hint of bubblegum. Taste follows the aroma, a smooth sweet wheat malt immersed with banana and bubblegum flavors upfront, a nice spicy clove on the finish. Moderate to low, carbonation, not as smooth and creamy as the best examples of the style. This is easily the best wheat beer in the Saranac summer pack, good attempt at an authentic Hefe from the brewery.

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Photo of zdk9
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange with a finger of large bubbled head and no lacing.

S- The scent of lightly toasted wheat bread and a touch of bannana and orange flavor whafts over my nose.

T- There is a nice complexity to this beer. Bannana and orange comes to the forefront. Some toasty malt flavors as in the nose. The back of the mouth fosters spicy notes of coriander, and possibly pepper. There is also some hops present in the flavor which I'm enjoying as a balance to the rest of the brew.

M- Smooth, and suprisingly hot- the alcohol is not well hidden.

D- A great beer with great aspects of taste and mouthfeel which I consider to be far more important. Recomended as a great summer brew.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasting # 6 of the summer 12-pack.

AP: Hazy-dazy orange hued golden color with good carbonation that creates a thin 1/8" head that dissiptes rather slowly for a thin head with a good cover.

nose: Wheat, grains, cloves and banana scented yeast upfront along with a mildly sweet scented red-berries underneath.

flavor: Over-ripe banana with wheat and spices and a very herbal and fruity edge that rides shot-gun. The yeastie, sour-fruit flavors dominate the after-taste and a wet-earth on a hot day hoppy finish.

Feel: Everything you'de expect in an American Hefe, light, crisp, clean and refreshing.

DA: good 'nough

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Photo of Gruntlumber
2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not overly impressed with this. It looks and smells the part of a hefe, but not a very good representation of the style. Could more appropriately be labeled an American Wheat. Pours with a nice head and some swirling effects from the bottle sediment. Surprisingly flat. Accompanied by the typical hefe notes of banana/clove, however not very well balanced. An odd oily mouthfeel. Semi-refreshing but I'd rather be drinking something else.

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Photo of Kendo
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Into a weizen glass it poured a slightly hazy honey-golden body with a 1/2-finger bubbly white head. Some bubbles rise to refortify it, but there's no lacing left behind.

S: Cloves, bananas and bubble gum-sweetness. Heavy on the cloves.

T: Very light in general, but what's there is dominated by yeasty flavors -- mainly cloves and a hint of ripe banana. It finishes with a slightly metallic taste.

M: Light -- actually, it's thin -- in body. Moderately spritzy in feel.

D: Good. It's light, so it won't weigh you down. But I don't think there's enough going on to keep you interested. This beer is a good candidate for a lemon, in my opinion, to give it a little more flavor and to cut through the yeast and the sweetness.

Notes: I drank 3 different Hefes/Weizens this weekend: Harpoon's UFO, the Smuttynose Summer Weizen and this. Saranac's offering was clearly the low end of the 3. It wasn't bad, but it didn't impress me much.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My pour is a barely hazy amber color with a very tiny white head. No lace either. Aroma is wheaty orange with faint spicy things. Flavors are very light and hard to grasp. Mouthfeel is ok but nothing exciting. Body is mostly light and it turns out this is easy to drink at least. Especially when your thirsty. Nothing very special but worth reminding me to get better hefeweizens.

OK

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Photo of wedge
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dull gold - creamy head lacks the sturdiness of a true hefe-head. Light wheat aroma, dried fruit esters with a mildly phenolic edge. Flavor is a good amount of tangy wheat and sweet banana syrup. Not as "together" as the real deal, a little too bright, accented with sparkling carbonation a a super-crisp finish. I demand more yeast. Lightish.

Its not so bad, its just outclassed by so many others...

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Photo of albern
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came in the Saranac summer variety pack, and as one reviewer commented, they are starting to taste very similar, which isn't a good thing. This beer is a slightly cloudy, deep yellowish orange, with little head and very little lacing. The smell is very good, and it clearly is bananas, orange rind, and clove. The taste is mediocre but refreshing. You can taste the cloves, bananas, malt, some hoppiness towards the end, but this is also a bit watery, light bodied, sweet turning to tart towards the end, and not all that interesting. Ehh, that's about all I can say. I is certainly better than than the Bavarian White that is in the summer variety 12 pack which quickly washed down the drain. Unfortunately, I still have one more bottle of that to deal with. As for the Hefe in the variety pack, I will drink the other one, but with no real enthusiasm and no relish.

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Photo of jwc215
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy (not really the expected cloudy though) golden yellow with a thin white, lasting head. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of wheat and banana. Pleasant enough, though nothing particularly special.

The taste is of banana/clove. Candy-like sweetness, wheat crispness.

Smooth, crisp, refreshing.

It's not on par with the tradition Bavarians of the style, though the influence (yeast strain) is certainly there, but one of the better American interpretations of the style and one of the better brews I've had from this brewery.
This says "winter release" but is part of the summer mixed pack. Especially enjoyable in the summer, though I could see having this year-round.

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Photo of sleazo
2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear darkish golden with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Clear hefe? This would look nice if it weren't a hefe

S-no phenol smells here like you would expect. Crisp and wheatlike though

T-very light banana and a clove. Really a crisp wheat with german hops

M-lighter body decent carbonation

D-not a hefe. Maybe an american wheat but this is not a hefe. If it weren't called this I'd probably like it better. All of the beers in this variety pack really taste similar.

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Photo of Brad007
4.39/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with decent carbonation. Aroma has faint hints of both banana and clove. Banana tends to stand out more. The flavor is quite smooth with more of a banana flavor showing through. Not quite as strong as Long Trail's version but it is quite decent. There's not much going on for aftertaste but I will rate this as decent for the style it's supposed to represent. The only thing I find lacking is the aftertaste but that is more of a personal preference.

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Photo of Zorro
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a cloudy gold colored beer with a smallish white head for the style. Color is too dark for the style.

Neutral scent malt wise with just a little whet malt. Ester wise this smells like and honest Hefe, mainly this smells of clove and medicine. Banana and spice scent is present but is combined into a banana ice cream scent.

The taste begins neutral and spicy. Not much sweetness here this is quite phenolic and mainly medicine and then clove in taste. Banana taste is mostly in the aftertaste here and there is a mildly strong hop bitterness. Definitely a dry and medicine tasting Hefe Weizen.

The mouthfeel is OK.

This is more of a slap in the face of taste than an easy drinking wheat beer. One is enough of this.

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Photo of Phatz
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may not be my favorite beer in the style but to my surprise Matt Brewing did pretty well at making the Summer Variety pack extremely drinkable. This beer is right up there with the drinkability, though it lacks the flare that the best Wheat beers have.

Appearance: Pours a golden rod orange color. A careful decant leaves any potential yeasties in the bottle. The body is clear. A second pours seems to show there would have been little to know difference had I poured all in one. The head is two to three fingers in my Weizen glass. A little swirl creates nice sheets of droopy lacing that soon slide back into the body of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is too reserved but with a lot of searching I found fruit esters and a hint of banana and spices.

Taste: Sweet grain and wheat malt front with fruitiness that grows across the palate. Wheat beers run the risk of a thin center but this beer actually holds together quite well; beginning middle and end. The finish is more banana and cloves with a dry fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation. Clean crisp finish. Light but creamy across the tongue.

Drinkability: The best thing the beer has to offer is the very easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Gmann
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an average off-white head. Nothing fantastic, sub par for a hefe. The smell has a distinct clove, bubblegum smell, not bad. The taste is a little watery for a hefe but has the characteristics of a hefe. The taste is of clove, wheat malt, and some sour apple. The feel is a bit too crisp and watery for a hefe. This is a pretty good Saranac offering. It has a good aroma and taste and is easily drinkable.

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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.48 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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