Saranac Wild Hop Pils | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Wild Hop PilsSaranac Wild Hop Pils

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This unique pilsener is the first to use the Belma hops, discovered growing wild on a farm in the Yakima Valley. Crisp. Refreshing. One of a kind.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Got this bottle at the Sunoco in Lake Placid.

A - Pours very light golden colour. Bright with good carbonation. One finger of soapy white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Grassy, honey, corn, grain.

T - Honey, grain, sweet corn. Not much 'hop' profile to be found.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a sweet honey finish.

O/D - Definitely not my cuppa. The hop profile is definitely not prevalent and it ends up being closer to a European adjunct lager. Not worth the time.

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Photo of KajII
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Pilsener Glass]

The pour was a clear golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white soapy head that receded at a steady pace, down to a medium film and collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a mild biscuit malt, grassy and floral hops and a light sweaty yeast with notes of citrus (lemon peel), topical fruit, dust and an slight odor of an adjunct.

The taste was lightly bitter and a tad malty with a touch of citrus early on, progressing quickly with a decent hop presence, a hint of fruit and a harsh citrus peel bitter finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, with the bitter fruity taste fading slowly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a carbonation that just passed medium in intensity.

Overall I found this to be a pretty basic for a Pilsener, although it did posses just a hint of tropical fruitiness and slightly more of a hop presence than most beers of this style...

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a thin film; OK lacing;

S: floral and bready; a little orange in the background;

T: a little tropical fruit/citrus up front; a little jam like sweetness at mid-palate; finish has a mild, but harsh bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: didn't enjoy the flavor; nothing about this screamed pilsner;

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

Best by 10/31/14.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and apple juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but the hop presence in this one is pretty subtle and doesn't remind me of a typical pilsner.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear and golden. Head quickly disappears into a partial lace.
Smell: Floral, with a hint of citrus. Some honey.
Taste: Slightly bitter floral.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy carbonation.

There is nothing really outstanding about this drink. It's enjoyable and refreshing. You could almost guzzle it like tea. It's basically a very lightly hoppy floral brew that works well with hot days. I probably wouldn't get this again, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From twelve ounce undated bottle, out of 2013 Summer Beers Collection.

An aroma that's floral and spicy. Pours deep golden yellow with decent white head. Head has poor retention. Spotty lacing to the glass. Taste is of a delicate hop and bready grains , a touch sour in the finish. Decent, but not delectable!

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Photo of thecheapies
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

True gold color with a fat finger of white coarse foam. Audibly fizzing away, but drying up into crusty foam. All in all, retains okay.

Semi-dry grassy aromas with lager-y crispness and mashed grains. Somewhat husky, but not really promoting a lot of bitterness in the nose. Hop notes are miniature and slightly citrusy, but not really giving way to anything other than an herbal character. Lack of firmness takes away from a true pilsner nose.

Muddled flavors with some herbal hop, husky grain, and fermented muckiness. Cooked vegetable and mild sulfur spills forth on the tongue, and I realize that this has some serious corner-cutting going on. Still, there's some pleasant grassiness behind it all. The bitterness is fair-to-moderate in the opening and finishes decently. Carbonation keeps the excitement going, because the body is barely treading water.

Not worth going back to. Five more Saranac's to go in this mix pack.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Crystal clear, and deep brass bodied yellow to bronze body color off the pour. Lots of fine carbonation, and a head that is fluffy white, thin, with about three fingers tall, and settles at a simple pace going down. Decent looking for a pils.

Aroma is very buried. Faint hints of herbality, hints toward classic spice, but not much else going on. There's a bit of simple doughy pils like malt backbone, and the bready sweetness that comes with it. But for the most part pretty quiet, if ok.

Palate comes a bit slammed down, and uneventful. Mild notes of herbal hops, but with a drying paper mache pasty quality. Body is slightly wet, but with virtually no classic pils or hop angle in the flavor department. Really not much going on here.

It's inoffensive, but doesn't give the pils angle justice. Looks and aroma brings some goods, but the package doesn't deliver.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Date tasted: June 23, 2013... Glassware: Paulaner pilsner... Occasion: a good work weekend comes to its end... Appearance: nice golden body; white head is crisp, thick and foamy--tantalizing... Aroma: prime,, pleasant fragrance of softened hops; citrus and a bit of musky malt makes for an intriguing, antagonistic pair... Palate: a rounded mouthfeel, unexpected in a pilsner; definitely profiles as a thicker,, grainier version... Taste: a taut ping that resounds, then a malty base of hops keeps this less dense and less "wild" than expected; heavier aftertaste as well doesn't endear... Overall: a bit warming as the glass drains; a different experience when arranged with others of the same style....overall, a compliment to Saranac that it is a unique product by their standards....

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow color with moderate carbonation and moderate head. Usual suspects in aroma. Average appearance and aroma. Tastes better than it smells. It has more depth than you might suspect. Nice hop, floral, and lots of herbal notes. Finishes solid, no change.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Trader Joe's and a rarity in San Diego as for brewer. Liking the concept of hoppy pilsners amongst all the ABV wars but still approaching with a bit of trepidation for sure. Poured into a globe glass, the Wild Hop pours a clear light golden with a thin cap of off white foam.

Smell of a good dose of noble hops, touch of lemony Saaz perhaps though also a bit soapy at times. More citrus and spice with warming is quite pleasant.

Taste is a bit dry however, of perhaps overdone or singular in nature malt breakdown. Not very characteristic for a pils yet not bad either. Feel is decent and full given the hop presence. As such this drinks more like a light Belgian Pale than a German Pils. Still it struggles with a very short finish. Still I'd buy it again, an interesting offering.

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Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Consumed directly from the can at Camp Treetops Friends' Weekend 2014 in Lake Placid, NY.

A: I poured an ounce or so into a plastic punch glass and it is a bright, golden beer with a short cap of white head. (3.5)

S: Aroma from the glass is flowery with some melon and light citrus notes. Maltiness is bready but pretty light with a little bit of corn. (3.25)

T: Flavor is straightforward on the malt side with light breadiness and a bit of cracker. The hops side is a little more interesting with very bright floral notes, a bit of honeydew melon, and grassy character. All pretty light but refreshing. Light-moderate bitterness. Clean without much if any yeast character and no alcohol. (3.5)

M: Clean and crisp with light body as a pils should be. Carbonation was medium-high with good scrubbing quality. Pleasant floral hops aftertaste without astringency. (3.75)

O: I enjoyed this beer although I kept going back to Adirondack Lager for its bready, more classic noble hoppiness -- more refreshing and flavorful at once. Wild Hop Pils is pretty good, but there are many better Bohemian and German pils out there. This one treads the line between the two although tends more to the German side.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pristine clarity with a corn-orange coloring that shows a quick rate of macro-carbonation. Dirty sea-shell white head is milky thin with a rather short rate of retention. Small whispy eye lash streaks for lacing.

S: Nice soft scent of fresh lemon, lightly dry pilsner grains with a soft flowery wiff of spicy saaz hops. Lightly dry hay and citrus.

T: Some bright citrusy hops, wet, with a soft dry pilsner backing. Light dry orange peel, lemon hay, with some hints of semi-dry grapefruit and nobel hops. Things finish out with a dry, warmth of spicy hop flowers.

M: a mid-range of carbonation with a decent amount of depth. Slippery texture, spicy warmth of citrus hops on the hold.

O: Overall good drinkability, softly balanced making for prime session material. Won't blow you out hop wise but is more subtle and traditional finishing out with a spicy bite perfect for that warm summer day in the backyard. The hops seem to get more appreciable deeper into the drink.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours translucent straw with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet grain and some fruit, a little citrus. Tastes of grain with some small fruit berries. Beer is light bodied carbonated correctly goes down easy. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of JohnSand
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light and clear in color, decent head, good lacing. I was a little hesitant, having tried other pilseners that were over-hopped. This is a good pilsener, dry and moderately hoppy, slightly toasty, well balanced. A very good product, good for a summer day. I would drink it again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle Saranac Wild Hop Pils.

Pours clear, dark golden with a sudsy head that has decent retention. Somewhat low visible carbonation for style.

Aroma: fairly balanced mix of malts and wild hops.
Flavor: more hop dominated, as expected for style.

Feel: near medium body with lively carbonation.

O: an interesting beer worth trying for the rare Belman hops.

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Photo of Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow, clear, and a nice white head on top.

S: Crisp with a lovely hop aroma. Light and floral with grapefruit overtones. Light malt aroma, but the hop definitely take the lead.

T: The hops are subtly, but nice. Slight tropical fruit, as well as grapefruit. The malt character is very subdued. With the clean finish, and slightly higher bitterness, this drinks like a water pale ale.

M: Thin, with very high carbonation. There is a little bit of linger in the finish from the hops.

O: Overall it is light, crispy and has a touch of zing. I appreciate that they are trying to showcase a new hop, but the hops upstage the style. Still a good beer, and would be great for hot days.

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Photo of Omnium
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can > Pint Glass

A - Clear light straw yellow wit a finger of white fizzy head, no lacing.
S - Sweet floury basic kinda pils aroma, grainy, light citrus
T - Too sweet of a flavor, hops barely come through, lightly tart.
M - Clean and crisp is the upside here.
O - Refreshing when cold, disappointing warming up

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass, the beer is a crystal clear, straw yellow coloring with a frothy, clingy, bright white head and champagne amounts of carbonation bubbling. Toasted grains and floral highlights fill the nose, with hints of resiny hops. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a honey and floral backbone and resiny overlay. Roasty and sweet aftertaste, with a dry feel at the end. Great clinging lace as you drink. The beer is kept light and frothy by the carbonation. Clean and effervescent finish. Interesting take on the style, and rather tasty.

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Photo of mt24turner
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- perfectly clear, with a small 1 finger head that quickly shrinks to a thin lace

smell- not much aroma besides a slight floral hop

taste- starts off with a touch of pilsner malt sweetness, then comes a floral hop spice that quickly dries the palate and leaves a nice light bitterness...good flavors but nothing exciting

mouthfeel- light bodied, crisp carbonation

overall- this is a good beer but not something i would seek out just because it isn't a very exciting beer..well worth the money though and great to share with non-craft beer drinkers

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Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a hefty head of big-bubbled foam. Smells fruity and floral with some lightly sweet toasted grain and a hint of grass. I definitely get that berry-like aroma that comes from Belma hops, though it's subtle. A little too much caramel breadiness in the flavor upfront (for a pilsner), but the strawberry, citrus, and melon quickly blends in, resulting in a fairly unique pale lager. It actually results in something closer to a Vienna lager with a hoppy twist. Light, but not without a certain creaminess before finishing crisp. Ignoring the "Pils" on the label, this is a fine, drinkable lager.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a clear medium deep gold with a nice thick white head. The head settles down leaving some soapy lacing. The aroma is just the slightest hint of noble hope and the taste is also barely there. Nice weight and feel to the body. Wish this was more flavorful because everything else about it is well-done.

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Photo of Gmann
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with some golden highlights. The white head is short and dense; settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a grassy hop aroma with some metallic notes. Smells like a pils. A little bit of a fruity note.

The taste is of a biscuity malt; fairly dry. The hop flavor is grassy just like in the aroma. Again there is a metallic and fruity note.

Light to moderate feel with airy carbonation. Slightly bitter on the palate and finishes fairly dry. Drinks pretty clean and crisp.

A decent pils. I would like to see it a touch drier and perhaps a touch more grassy but the flavors are on point for the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One of my Saranac twelve beers of summer. Poured from bottle, pint glass.

Pours bright golden color, see through, some white foam on top. Light beer smell. Mild. Clean, crisp pils taste, modest hop build up, and then a quick finish. Light bite. Light bodied, yet noticeable flavor. Good beer for a summer mix pack.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with fine clarity. The foamy white head sticks around forever it seems, and for sure looks inviting. Underneath the veil of froth the aroma is bright and hoppy with some toasted bread. In the taste, citrus and some dirtier, earthier aspects. Has a light spiciness to the hops as well. The body is light and decently carbonated, and the finish has a clean citrus to it. Overall, Matt Brewing knows how to make easy drinking beers and this is no exception. A nice option if you're looking into Pilsner.

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