Saranac Hefeweizen | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
295
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.66%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Photo of ElGuapo
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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 -12.4%
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 -12.4%
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 -12.4%
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 -12.1%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

puffy head, develops to a tiny bubble film, leaves nice lace. Yeast in nose. Has some decent hefe flavors,banana mostly, but a bit thin and watery. not much follow thru in mid or finish. A hint of cabbage in thin finish. A so so starter wheat. Drinkable cuz, its light and light bodied....would do OK in a pinch or on a hot summer day with a salad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with banana, there’s a little bit of wheat and not much of anything else.

T: The taste starts out with a banana sweetness but it’s not as strong as it is in the smell. The sweetness quickly fades into a bready wheat flavor. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is very thin. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little bit of crispness, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, there are definitely much better beers within the style that I would choose over this one.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color. Thin white head disappears very quickly. No lace left when the head disappeared. Citrusy smell, with banana thrown in too. Smells a bit grainy, something I smell in all the Saranac lineup it seems. Tart, good flavor of wheat malt, but that is where it drops off. Not much banana or clove flavor at all. Seems watered down. High carbonation, light body. I was not impressed with this. Good aroma, but fell short on the flavor for me.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured cloudy honey with a 1/4" head that disappeared quickly

S - nuts, yeast, banana, mild hops, wheat

T - very similar to the smell, nutty, citrus and bananas were more pronounced, light tanginess, mixes with wheat and pale malts. Fresh hoppiness but very light in that respect

M - light bodied, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish

D - quite drinkable, thirst quenching

Overall - An ok wheat ale, the banana notes were pronounced but pleasant. This would make a decent session beer but I've had better wheat beers.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Saranac "12 Beers" sampler, 2002 edition).

This is an American attempt at the German style that for the most part remains true to the style, but it does seemed a little "dumbed" down, probably for American tastes. This bottle had "limited release" printed on the label, and I don't know if this one is still in production, but if it is it would be a good introduction to the style.

Saranac Hefeweizen pours a light golden color that is almost crystal clear until the sediment is added, and only then is there a desirable amount of cloudiness. A thin foam head lasts for about 30 seconds and then dissipates, but leaves some decent lacing. The smell is strong on those typical hefe scents: cloves, spices, and yeastiness, with only a hint of banana. The mouthfeel is kind of thin and somewhat watery, and it is very lightly carbonated. The spicy/clovey/yeasty flavors are dominant throughout this brew, and it is one of the sweeter hefes that I've tried. For me, I didn't detect that much banana. There is a slight wheat presence, and perhaps even a hint of butteriness in there. The hop bitterness was on the light side. Going into the aftertaste was some moderate dryness, and it finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

This was a pretty valiant attempt at an American hefe, but it seemed a little one-dimensional to me, as it was a bit sweeter than I would have liked, and a little watery in other facets. That doesn't stop it from being quite a quaffable beverage, however.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a nice light amber colour with a fluffy white head of foam. The aromas are heavy on the banana, light fruits, yeast, sugar, and malts. The taste is fruity, yeasty, and full of flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and quite smooth and the drinkability is good!

F

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark yellow color with thick foam head and a moderate amount of prickle. The nose is very mild, but has the expected banana and other "yeasty" smells floating off. The attack is clean and easy with a fruity flavor and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and enjoyable in the mouth. The finish dries a little bit and is quite a contrast to the mouthfeel. That is the most interesting thing about the beer to me. . . the juxtaposition of the creamy mouthfeel to the dry finish. Its okay, but there are other hefeweizens that I prefer.

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Photo of jar2574
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle to glass, we get a nice dense white head and good carbonation. The beer is a light golden color. Left the beer for a quick phone call and noticed excellent head retention when I came back.

A strong clove scent here, enjoyable. The taste is of malts and clove, but it's watery / flat.

Not a lot of bite in this hefeweisen, it's a pretty smooth drink. I like a little crisp kick in my hefeweisen though. Pretty average brew.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent attempt at a hefe. Not as cloudy as I'd like, but the esters of banana (especially) and clove are quite present.

Additionally, this beer does a poor job of retaining it's head after it is poured -- very odd for a wheat.

Not the first thing I'd grab if I'm looking for a hefe, but definately a decent shot at the style. Nice price too.

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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 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 MTNboy
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- This has nice authentic German Hefe look. It was a nice yellow with a bronze hue. Thick off white head and lace. Maybe not as cloudy as actual German Hefe.

Smell- I felt I had a good banana-clove aroma.

Taste- Mild banana, malt and citrus flavor are followed by mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Thin for this style.

Drinkability- It is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
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 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 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 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 KYGunner
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Way too carbonated for a Hefe, the color was not yellow nor the appearance unfiltered. Tons of carbonation lines the edge of the glass and gives this beer a really cheap look.

The scent is softly clove but more banana. Weak but not absent the scent is nice and fruity when you find it.

The taste is very appropriate with clove and fruity banana but the banana is at the front and quite nice. Wishes for a simply stronger fruitiness this Hefe lives up to the expectation of the style but is simply too weak and or cheap.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Thin white head on a cloudy orange body with yellow hues.
S- Big banana, clove, bubble gum aroma. A lot of wheat comes through and get a nice bread aroma too.
T- The taste follows the aroma. You get some grass/wheaty hops in there too though and they leave a light bitterness on the tongue. A power wheat flavors comes off the tongue also. It is almost like you can taste cheaper ingredients.
M-Thin/medium body with medium carbonation. Almost a powder feel to it too.
D- It's not bad but I wouldn't want another. There are a lot better hefe's out there and easier to get than this.

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Photo of ism
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely qualifying as cloudy after trying my damnedest to toss the bottom yeast into the Hefe glass. I can easily read the words I'm writing right now through it. It's a darker gold with a weak 2-finger head that disappears nearly immediately. Nose is interestingly earthy due to Tettnang, which mixes well with the mellow banana. Light body with active carbonation, solid banana flavors balanced with refreshing lemon hop, and just a bit of clove that comes out more in the finish, a little dryness, with a touch of nuts, earthiness, and yeast lingering.

Weak flavor profile for a Hefe but an interesting take on the style. Not enough cloves being its weakest point but also the balance between the other flavors ultimately combining into something simply boring. Light and refreshing enough for a summer's day but it wouldn't stand on its own.

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Saranac Hefeweizen from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.
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