UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 I poured a 12oz bottle into a Hoegaarden glass
Dark yellow/light orange with so much haziness that it’s opaque. Forms a
small, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Fairly light-smelling with hints of the usual spices. Flowers and
fruits are prominent in the nose with no generic "beer smell"
thankfully. Not as aromatic as an authentic witbier, though.
While not nearly as authentic and organic-tasting as its European
brethren, Saranac Belgian White is a commendable American macro
adaptation of the style. It does bear quite a lot of resemblance to
Hoegaarden, but without the level of spiciness. This is a mostly clean,
mild palate with the orangepeel and coriander showing up in the finish.
The first half has a slight citrusy flavor to it but is mild, like a
breakfast juice made with too much water.
There’s not much
bitterness here, which is standard. Thankfully, there’s no other macro
beer qualities to it, either. A little more intensity of the genuine
flavors would make this a really robust brew.
Mouthfeel: Thin but not watery per se. Some zesty sensation from the spice, but not a fizzy beer.
An ideal beer to have on a hot summer’s day or night. The mild juicy
qualities make it quite refreshing and the mild palate and thin
mouthfeel make it a very smooth and easy beer to down. The 5.3% ABV and
flavorful palate make this an ideal session beer.
Overall, a good
standard witbier that simply follows the form instead of trying to do
everything at once like some other American beers of the style.