Saranac Hefeweizen | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprising treat from F.X. Matt! Although it's a bit restrained for the style, it's refreshing and enjoyable with enough character to keep it interesting. It pours a cloudy gold with an orange cast and a short but creamy bright-white head that unfortunately drops shortly and leaves very little lace. The aroma, however, offers some softly sweet malt, a bit of bubblegum, and a touch of clove. The carbonation is lower than normally expected for the style, but the body is medium with a very fine carbonation that's creamy in the mouth. The flavor remains fairly complex with notes of vanilla, soft fruit, banana and mild clove. It finishes short and lightly sweet. Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. An excellent summer beer that has enough going on to be enjoyable during any season. Well done!

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange/yellowish cloudy with a brown tinted hue. Head pours adequately but disapates rather quickly leaving the tiniest lace on the side of the glass. Aroma is clovelike. Flavor is much the same but paired with a strong essence of bananas and something else I cant yet put my finger on. Mouthfeel is good; the brew just tickles your tongue and throat all the way down. Drinkability is good--body doesnt fill your stomach up and flavor is entertaining enought to merit more than one or two in an evening, if Hefe's are your thing. I thought I liked them alot but I have been slowly stepping back from them. Regardless this is a solid beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the Twelve Beers of Christmas sampler. Bright gold body featuring light but steady carbonation. Clouds up slighty when bottle is emptied. Big foamy white head. Banana and clove nose, but not overpowering. Taste is lighty spicy at first. Slight lemon at end. This does not hang around the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit airy. There is nothing to really impair drinkability. A light, simple, refreshing beer, which would be fine as a summer seasonal.

This actually does seem a true hefe as opposed to all the American Pale Wheats masquerading out there.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle is from the variety 12 pack from Saranac. The bottle indicates that this is a "limited release". The smell is very powerful with hints of banana, yeast and something very sweet. Pours a glowing yellow color with a 1/4 inch head that doesn't last at all. The taste starts out nice, malty, sweet and some bananas. There is a drop off of flavor in the middle and end leaving nothing for the aftertate. This seems very odd, there is no flavor in the end. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite.

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Photo of rabidawg
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was purported to be a Hefeweizen, and I suppose at first blush it may appear as such. However, it lacked what I consider to be quite important: the taste of a good weissbier.

The label brags about the banana aroma, but that particular taste made me not finish the bottle (poured into a glass, of course). The banana of hefeweizens is much less candied. This beer tasted as if the brewer added some sort of fake banana flavoring, and was not satisfactory. The appearance and smell of this beer were good, although the sediment was minimal and had to be dislodged from the bottom of the bottle, even though this was a beer fresh from the seasonal sampler pack.

Due to the labeling, I had high expectations. However, compared to Germany's finest weissbiers, this did not break par, and compared to Saranac's other offerings, this beer did not satisfy. Might be better on a warm summer day than it was on a cold Connecticut evening, though.

Notes: Against my better judgment, I bought a sixer of this during a heat wave. Much better than I remembered, although still with more banana than I like. Good beer, though, and it deserves a higher rating than my first review.

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

Cloudy golden color with a white, ivory head. Low head and carbonation for the style. Light banana-clove aroma and flavor. Aroma seems to dissipate over time and the flavor developed a light buttery diacetyl (?) character. Light bodied with light creaminess and a light grainy finish.

Label states "Unfiltered" and "Mittlefrueh and Tettnang hops"

Available in the 2002 Saranac Holiday Pack.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a cloudy straw color typical of Hefeweizens. Forms a white head with a decent amount of lace-work. The aromas are of bananas and clove. The banana and clove go into the flavor as well. There is also a bit of a grainy flavor. Overall, a very light and refreshing beer, good for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jtw5877
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a white head, dominant clove/banana flavors, not a bad hefe, once again, saranac makes a good intro to style beer. Beer #10 of 12 beer sampler. i still recommend the purchase.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good deal of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, took several consecutive swirls and pours to be sure it was all decanted.

Poured a murky, ugly maize-yellow, just as it should, but the head was lacking for a wheat beer.

Yeasty, bready smell, slight lemon astringency.

I only have tasted Franziskaner to compare this to, but it seems very similar, if just a little bit thinner.

Nice chunky taste of wheat and yeast, a bit of clove flavor. I still don't get any banana out of the style. Smooth and chewy, could be a bit more pronounced... a little too watery, but well-done overall.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow color with a decent white head. Wheat citrus nose. The brew lacks flovor and seems watery and too light. There are notes of lemon, corriander, and wheat but only hints on the tongue that tease. This watery feel and taste makes the beer a dissapointment.

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Photo of Kwak
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The head was not to bad but left way to early with almost no flavor.
The body was crystal clear until I poured the settlement from the bottom of the bottle in. Still it wasn't very cloudy "they said unfiltered but I'm not sure."

IT had a slight aroma nothing to quotable.

The taste was a nice stab at a wheat it says on the bottle "banana and clove " but they are not very noticeable. It tasted more like an
American wheat.
Not my favorite even against some American competition. Would not recommend!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a cloudy golden orange with a minimal head that dies kind of quickly starts you off. you then get an odd aroma of hops and bananas.

the beer is not a great hefe, but it is ok. it has a smooth body, not as thin as others from the saranac sampler. you pick up tastes of bitter hops yeast and bananas as it goes down. yeast will pick up as you get to the end from sediment.

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Photo of aaronh
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This cloudy, orange-amber beer pors with a two finger head that s-l-o-w-l-y fades. The aroma is of clove and that nice bready-yeasty smell, with a hint of banana (but not as strong as many German offerings). There is a slight astringent (for lack of a better word) character to the aroma as well that seems out of place. The taste is good, but seems a little "watered down". There is a definite hefe yeast taste, with some hops, clove and a fruity alcohol sweetness, but it seems very thin. The mouthfeel is light with the carbonation noticable, but the thin, watery feeling seems to leave me wanting a little more body. It is very drinkable as a beer, and decent as a hefe. One of the Saranac beers I would buy again, considering the price.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a bad brew by any means, but comparing it to other Hefeweizens, both American and German, it doesnt hold up. Cloudy with a bit of a spicy clove aroma. Smooth mouthfeel with some yeasty banana flavors, but not complex at all. I could also ask for a bit more of a kick in the tastebuds, a bit more spiciness, like a Paulaner dishes out, or against American Hefe's, a Widmer. I guess for an American interpretation it isnt bad, but there seems to be much better out there.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't say I've been overwhelmed with Saranac's beers as a group, but they hit the nail on the head with this one - spot on for the German style. Hazy and yeasty - nice nose and flavor of cloves and a bare hint of banana. Not too sweet, and finishes up clean and a touch sour.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden in color. A clingy marshmellow like head sticks around for a while. Pretty nice banana/vanilla mix on the nose. This beer has some nice things going, but lacks the overall complexity needed for a higher rating. Spiciness is lacking, but the smooth banana esters are nice. Very, very slight clove is detected in the background. Very little hop contributions, as it should be, and some slight lemony refreshing notes are present. Body is close to medium. Decent and drinkable.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why but I wasn't expecting much from this beer and was pleasantly surprised. Poured light straw with a bit of haze and a snow white head. Banana clove upfront much more prominent than some domestic hefes and a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. Some grain, spicy wheat and a hint of lemon make this really enjoyable. Wish I would of had this on a hot summer evening on the deck.

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Photo of ADR
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yea! its hazy, though not as much as the label claims. Initial bright white head of little duration. Estery aroma, yeasty and banana. Nice esters, banana and clove with minimal lemon impression, though there's a strange sense of burnt butter early. Finishes full and pleasant, maybe a little sweet. I'm not much of a Hefe fan but this is a nice beer to refine for the future.

My Saranac "sojourn" is over...

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Photo of beerluvr
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice one, this is! It pours with a finely carbonated head, on top of hazy gold or light amber liquid. Nose is classic Hefeweizen:some clove, some I smell a bit of caramel as well? Taste is a light-bodied blend of malt, spicy clove and some yeast fruitiness. It finishes light and refreshing, not as tasty as a German example, but almost a "Hefeweizen Lite", not dissing it though! A nice effort from F.X. Matt.

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

Engagable stark white head comes and goes leaving behind quite a sedimentry brew with lots of kind balenced flavor.
The alcohol in this beer says "hello I'm here" and overcomes the grainy tones which almost pull through. Nothing too unusual or particular about it except that it is well rounded and drinkable, unfortunately a lot lighter than many wheat beers.

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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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