Saranac Belgian White

Saranac Belgian White

Rated 3.004 by BeerPals
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Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  Witbier

5.3% Alcohol by Volume

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Our Belgian Style White beer is smooth, tangy and very thirst quenching. Brewed with a delicate combination of oats, wheat and barley malt, we season it ever so lightly with hops. Then we add sprinklings of coriander and orange peel for a refreshing brew with a citrus aroma. Don't be fooled by the cloudy appearance, that's expected of a classic Belgian-style "Whitbier" or white beer. Beer Style: Belgian Malt Selections: 2 - Row Malt, Wheat & Wheat Malt Hop Selections: German Perle & Hersbrucker Color: Light Amber / Opaque Mouthfeel / Body: Light Food Companions: Chicken, Seafood, Original Gravity: 12.0 Availability: Seasonal

ID: 3828 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank37081
Overall Percentile21.7
Style Rank591 of 750
Style Percentile21.2
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.005
Weighted Score3.004
Standard Deviation0.547

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  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    It pours a slightly hazy burnt-orange/amber with a thick white pillowy head and a ring of lacing surrounding. A fresh aroma of wheat malts, blueberries, orange and lemon, bread and yeast, and coriander and other spices. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and weak. Flavors of wheat malts, light hops, orange and citrus, blueberries, bread and yeast, and coriander and other spices. Around average for belgian whites..

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Nothing stellar, but not hateful either. Pours a murky, rather than somewhat cloudy appearance with a slight kiss of hops, but mostly malt. Some citrus flavors... little lacing, very slight head.

  • BOSOXBRENT 227 reviews
    rated 3.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    It's mid-November here in Maryland it the temperature is somewhere around 70. Whats up with that? Anyways, this summer weather got me digging deep into the back of the fridge for something nice and light. My hand landed on this selection from the Saranac Summer 12-pack.

    I poured the beer out into my pint glass. There was a very small white head and as soon as it appeared, it was gone. There was absolutely nothing left in the way of head on this beer. Very disappointing. Fortunately for this beer, appearance isn't all about the head. It also has to do with the look of the beer itself. And in this case they did a pretty good job. It's cloudy dark orange in color and looks pretty good. The aroma is pretty average. There's nothing spicy or sweet that really hops out of the glass and gets picked up by my nose. If anything there's a light fruity aroma.

    The beer drinks pretty well and I agree with the other reviews here that compare it to Blue Moon. The beer has an extremely smooth drinking body that would be perfect on a hot summer day. The flavor has subtle hints of coriander, sweet citrus, and has a Fruity Pebbles aftertaste. Not as bad as Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, but lightly similar.

    Overall it's not a bad summer drinking beer. I'd definitely consider having this as an alternative to Blue Moon at a party or bringing it to the beach with me.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sweet, spicy and tangy everything I love about Belgian white ales. This is a well done Belgian that has a cloudy light golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is pleasant and fruity. Its flavor is nicely balanced, sweet and a little bit tangy. Wheat malts, smooth coriander, tangy orange peel and yeast flavors all play well together on the tongue. The palate is smooth and creamy with a medium body and a nice average carbonation.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 2.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Decent drink, but not even close relative to style. Pours an orange-golden color that is dense, but not cloudy. Decent lasting head and no lacing. Sweet malt aroma with a strong honey quality and a good dose of Fruity Pebbles. Light bodied yet a bit watery, not much else going on in this category. Flavor, hmmm, as a beer it's rather tasty although as a Witbier it flunks the test so I'll settle on a 5 for good measure. Light malt, sweet honey and a solid helping of blueberries backed by some minimal lemon zest. All in all I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't be too excited about it.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This beer was my favorite of the sampler pack. While this clearly doesn't taste like a true Belgian brew, it tasted very similar to Blue Moon to me. I liked this beer a lot. You could taste hints of fruit - very nice.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle ( thanks Eric) Poured a glowing clouded orange ale in my Hoegaarden tumbler....intense 3 finger fluffy cap that lasts and laces. Aromas more intense than the Hoegaarden I have tasted on tap here...more sweet corriander and tangy orange peel aroma..very light mustiness. Up front a big dose of non cloying sweetness mingles with a fairly intense corriander presence...mid palate the orange peel adds some citrus tartness to the bittering hops and unmalted wheat,,,then the whole thing turns dry and clean in the finish with lingering spice and citrus tones. A nice witbier and certainly better than the original from Inbev. Why would you drink Hoegaarden when this is available?

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Well, I just picked up a fresh batch of brews at my local packy tonight and I am starting with this brew from Saranac and at $1.00 a bottle I just had to pick some up. The aroma is nice and aromatic and perfumey with some quality spice coming through as well as some pepper and coriander and is very refreshing. The appearance is a wonderful thick and frothy yellow with much haziness and reminds me of chicken broth when poured and has a full and luscious head on top that only diminishes slightly leaving nice quantities of lacing on the glass. The mouthfeel is light-bodied and smooth with complexities of spice as well as balance and is very well-rounded with a palate that is creamy and very wet. The flavor is spicey and sweet with pepper, coriander, and large quatities of yeast coming through with an aftertaste that is crisp and pleasing with a finish that is wet and wonderful and very thirst-quenching. Overall, a quality witbier here and is very reminiscient of a true Belgian witbier; great job with this one for sure.

  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    this poured a hazy, dark yellow color in the glass and had a small head that diminished rapidly into a fine lace around the edge of the glass. There wasn't much of an aroma but the taste was quite smooth. I kind of liked it better than some of the other Saranac beers.

  • WILLBLAKE 934 reviews
    rated 2.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    12oz bottle. 06.05.04 An absolute disappointment froma classy brewer. I eagerly purchased this stuff the moment it was released. After multiple attempts at enjoying this wit, I have been let-down each time. It’s a shame because I generally like the style. The beer appears thin and wispy; not as cloudy as I’d expect; unimpressive head. Slightly citrus, but not in a totally good way. A bit pithy where it should be crisp and refreshing. Thin body, not much savory spicing. Maybe the yeast they’re using is just not a good match for the style. I don’t brew, so I don’t know. Too bad. I must be spoiled by the Hoegaarden.

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