Saranac Hefeweizen | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen
295 Ratings
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

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Photo of BierManVA
2.89/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bier claims to be an authentic German Hefe and goes into great detail on the label as to the different hops used, etc.

It falls a bit short in my book.

The initial appearance and head are good. A nice orangish and cloudy hefe. But the smell of banana and clove are just not present as should be in this style.

The taste is also a let down. I taste mostly hops here and little wheat. Mouthfeel is bitter and not as refreshing as I would expect. This ends up being more like a cloudy lager than a yeasty citrusy hefe.

Pass on this one if at the store.


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Photo of wedge
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
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 oriolesfan4
2.9/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought as part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer mix pack ($11.99/12)

Typical, run of the miill Hefe. At this point, still have yet to find a Hefe I can truly say I enjoyed drinking. Had the banana and clove aroma and taste but the body is just way too think and the lack of carbonation makes it tough to drink. Not something I would try again.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A – Pours a creamy three-finger head, cloudy yellow-orange body at the top, a crisp kristal yellow by the bottom.

S – Sweet malty, banana, little floral presence.

T – Fairly noticeable banana cream, little bit of malts and a slight bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M – Surprisingly watery for the body; slightly carbonated with a light, watery finish.

D – Apparently, like many of Saranac’s seasonals, this is a solid but nevertheless middle-of-the-road rendition on a popular style. My major complaint is with the mouthfeel, the watery texture really detracts from its drinkability in my book. In the end, there’s not much that separates this from the rest of the pack.

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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 speedball33
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This weizen pours slightly hazy with a just darker than golden color. It has a one inch white head that actually retains and laces more than I would have expected from the Matt brewery.
The aroma is just a bit of wheat with faint traces of clove.
In the flavor, banana is quite apparent with trace amounts of clove and malts.
Mouth feel is light in body and actively carbonated.
Although this is a non offensive beer, I think that there are plenty of better hefeweizens.

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Photo of Stockfan42
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of bsopko
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Bill235
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of HRamz3
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of haze, yellow/orange, small white ring, 1/3". Aroma was a bit of banana clove spice rack, as expected.

Mild stuff, everything as expected, lemon, banana, phenolic yeast, spice rack, almost no hops, lots of wheat, run of the mill stuff in the vein of Blue Moon or Shock Top.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "12 Beers of Summer" mix pack

Hazy orange/yellow color, with a small head (and I swirlled it) that dissappeared completely in 2 minutes, no lace.

Aroma is banana, wheat bread, and slight colve.

Taste is same as smell, with a touch of hop on the finish

Mouthfeel is nothing special, light body, mild carbonation, no aftertaste.

Since it's so light, I gave drinkability the highest score, not for the hefe connoisseur, but good for a hefe novice.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Hefeweizen is a hazy golden ale with a thin white head. The aroma is of banana, clove, raisin, dried mango and a touch of wheat. It is light and crisp on the tongue but... not watery! The flavor is slightly bitter and a little funky. Not bad at all.
(rated May 9, 2007)

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

Cloudy beer, a little tinge of orange in addition to the yellow, kind of looks like that Bitter Monk dipa swimming in brett. Mild yeasty banana clove aroma, standard fare.

Easy to drink, all the usual suspects in a hefeweizen are there, banana, dry yeast, a bit of lemon flavor. On the plus side, even though everything is slightly muted with Saranac brews, this one tones down some of the hefe flavors I'm not a big fan of, so in some ways this works, since it isn't overloaded with clove aspects.

Pretty straightforward and mildly enjoyable. Not recommending it, but not saying it sucks or to stay away.

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

Pours a cloudy golden colot with a medium thin and fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma of wheat, banana and malt. Light-bodied and smooth with initial wheaty flavor, followed by some banana and nutty notes. The finish is clean, with wheat and spice present, along with a touch of yeast lingering. Pretty standard stuff all around.

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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 emmasdad
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a hazy, light golden color, with a large-ish, rocky white head. Aromas of banana, cloves, biscuits and a light graininess. On the palate, this one was light bodied and refreshing, with flavors of banana, light clove and a little biscuit. ™

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Photo of cracgor
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not especially cloudy, but a light golden haze. The head pours to a cake-like white consistency that reduces down to a thick collar that doesn't produce lacing but looks nice regardless. I feel like the body could be cloudier so it deserves a 2 while the head is good and deserves a 4--thus my appearance rating of a 3.0.

Smell: Grassy wheat smell, hints at what is described as a banana, but the cloves dominate my nose.

Taste: has the distinct "banana" flavor (personally I don't think any hefeweizen tastes like banana-it is a different distinct flavor that reminds me more of fresh bread than banana). The spicy/clove flavor comes in second and provides balance to the sweeter bread flavor. However, nothing special in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: spicy feel, medium bodied, but once again nothing great. Could also be a little more interesting with carbonation or fullness to my preference.

Drinkability: easy to drink a glass. Not that high on flavor so all in all a pretty good summer drink, very refreshing.

Notes: this isn't the best hefeweizen you can buy, but if it comes in a mix pack, it is worth the try to introduce you to the style. It has the basic qualities even if they are not as perfectly created as others.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange color. Not nearly hazy enough for the style. Minimal white head.

S: All the Saranac beers I have had all have a common stale smell.

T: Banana dominates this one and I am not a fan of banana. The wheat is there nice and strong though. No clove. Not bad especially for the price.

M: Med body. Good for the style. Nothing to laud or complain about.

D: Saranac shines in the summer. Before then it can get iffy. These are great session beers however. While not as good as some other examples of the style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a honey clouded unfiltered gold, with a bright creamy textured white head forming thick above the rim of my glass. Sparse speckled lacing sticks to my pint as the head dwindles. Aroma is upfront with the banana esters and limitied on the clove and vanilla aspects more bubblegum and other candy like esters flow. Sharp citrus bite peaks through as well with a really sulfur like smell coming throuhg as well. Flavor wise the banana esters and vanilla cream with chammomile tea like qualities really coat the palate. Powdered yeast cakes and an undertow of citrus with a spicy feel really lay it on as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly stick and cloying at times but carbonation carries it decently. Drinkability I can't get over the sulfur and banana bomb in the flavor, seems like their in the right direction but miss the mark just a bit. Much better than the likes of a Sam Adams labeled hefe that is just an American Wheat.

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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 295 ratings
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