Saranac Golden Pilsener

Saranac Golden Pilsener

Rated 3.062 by BeerPals
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Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  American Wheat

5.2% Alcohol by Volume

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Saranac Pilsener is a light-bodied American Wheat Beer that is judiciously hopped with Cascade and Tettnang Hops. “Dry-hopping” imparts the distinctive hop aroma and finish. Look for a smooth, crisp taste and brilliant golden color. Enjoy!

ID: 15321 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank33456
Overall Percentile29.3
Style Rank369 of 686
Style Percentile46.2
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.072
Weighted Score3.062
Standard Deviation0.551

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  • RICHSBEER 1730 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

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

    poured a clear honey yellow color with a small white head that disappeared quickly and left minimal lacing. The aroma has hints of apples, apricots, light malts,grassy hops and tones of wheat as well. The taste has a decent amount of hops up front but rather malty and has a touch of apple cider. The mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

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

    Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz bottle into pilsener glass. Appearance: It has a bright golden yellow color with great clarity and a thin white head that hangs on and just covers the body. Some lace is left behind on the glass. Smell: The aroma is sweet, almost fruity and floral hops are present. Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a light malt presence with a lovely crisp hop flavor that adds nice floral and citrus notes. Bitterness is mild and not overpowering. The body is light with a good active carbonation and a refreshingly quick clean finish. Notes: Kudos to Saranac for going with brown bottles for there pilsener instead of the more common green bottles. I never understood why a beer style that is so sensitive to light and freshness would be put into green bottles that allow more light to filter through it.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Middle of the road beer here, it's enjoyable and relatively simple. Real faint aroma of pale malt and a tinge of hops, too hard to detect. Standard golden pour with thick lacing that covers the glass along with a thin head. Light to medium bodied, Saranac generally provides a nice malty body in their beers and this stays true to that. Fleeting flavor the leads to a pleasant aftertaste, soft on the palate. Good balance in the taste, the mild malt is coupled well with a quick sharp hop bitterness. Overall it's unassuming and safe, needs a more robust flavor to help it excel.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 2.0 14 years ago

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

    This is an extremely boring brew. I am a big fan of Saranac for the most part, but there is nothing to this beer. Bottom line, it was a part of the sampler and it made it down the hatch. You won't find much to day about this one.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.7 15 years ago

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

    Bottle: bottling date code indicates this is fresh ( botttled in the last 2 weeks) Poured a gracious shimmering gold into my pilsner flute: large puffy 2 finger cap that lasts and laces well. Moderate carbonation. Great lager smells in the aroma: fresh rising bread dough with apple cidery undertones from some dry hopping...very bready and fresh. Solid malt spine with a decent dollup of malted wheat, medium bodied, silky mouth feel, rounded smooth character... A nice chew of fresh bready malts up front, this is quickly balanced by a swirl of citrusy-herbal hops (Cascade & Tettnang ) which give a malty-apple cidery decernment, finishes clean and lightly drying from some help from the wheat and dry hopped cascades with the non-cloying cider flavors still riding along.... then a solid biscuit after taste. A quenching yet substantial lager with an interesting mix of malts and hops ( Wheat and cascade with carapils and tettnang) that simply works well in the flavor compliment. This brewer is gaining my respect as I have not had a beer from them I did not like and the quality is certainly apparent in the ingredients and process.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 2.6 15 years ago

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

    I wonder why they call this brew an American wheat when the bottle says it is a pilsener?? Anyway, this will be my first brew from Saranac's Summer Sampler. The aroma is a bit sweet with some slight maltiness with some faint aromas of hops and is not bad. The appearance is a golden yellow in color when held to the light with a decent sized head on top that has good retention and only diminishes some leaving nice lacing on the glass that is white in color. The mouthfeel is very light-bodied and watery with some decent complexity but is lacking a bit with a palate that is thin and watery. The flavor is malty and sweet with some grainy taste to it with even some flakey corn in the aftertaste and a finish that is watery but thirst-quenching. Overall, definitely a Summer brew here and is bland and pretty watery but good for the season I suppose.

  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 2.5 16 years ago

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

    This was an ok beer for a hot summer evening. The pale yellow was fair enough. Not much of a detectable aroma. The taste was fair and thirst quenching but overall there wasn't much here to make me try it again.

  • JEVER 199 reviews
    rated 2.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Medium gold color with a short fizzy head, no lacing and very little carbonation. Aroma was decent, with a citrusy hoppiness. Light bodied, mild, pleasant hoppy flavor but the malt seemed weak, almost nonexistent. An odd duck here-

  • JAICE 961 reviews
    rated 2.1 16 years ago

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

    ah yes, yet another beer from the summer sampler. Nothing too special here, just a bland yellow color with a sweet ricey aroma. Body had some decent corn qualities, like sweet cornbread. not bad.

  • DEMASKE 10 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

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

    head dosent stay long. Color: Light golden, Aroma:Very light malt and light hops Taste: Very very lightly sweet ,Nice hop taste and bitter,Finnishes with a nice light hop flavor and moreso bitter-Not really bitter but pleasent and the bitter stays on the back of the toung very nicely,GOOD summer drinking beer.

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