Saranac Hefeweizen | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac HefeweizenSaranac Hefeweizen
BA SCORE
3.47/5
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
Ranking:
#40,689
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
295
pDev:
12.1%
Bros Score:
3.76
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 198
Photo of Billolick
3.07/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -11.2%
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%
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%
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 -10.7%
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 -10.7%
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 -9.8%
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 -9.2%
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 -8.6%
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 -8.4%
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 -8.1%
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 -7.2%
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 -6.9%
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 -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 albern
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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 TimoP
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Johnnyv310
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of skiit13
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of sebaastionb
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of reagbr8
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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