Thursday, June 19, 2008

Saranac Hefeweizen (2008)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (735) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 I poured a 12oz bottle into a German wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Bright orange hue, mostly cloudy body with fine carbonation noticeable. Forms a large, white, soapy head which leaves minor lacing.

Smell: Quite authentic aromas here with a banana bread and clove scent, only much milder than a German brew might be. Doesn’t smell cheap at all.

Taste: Saranac Hefeweizen is indicative of the entire Saranac lineup - Americanized versions of niche brews. With a surprisingly strong flavor of banana bread and clove, this beer definitely has a lot of authenticity to it. The only problem is these flavors are a little tame for my preference. Considering the brewery and their target audience this is understandable, but I still have to call it as a see it.

There’s a slight bitterness on the finish, but a pleasant, light aftertaste of clove and some other spices as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a soft edge despite the massive carbonation. A slight tingling sensation as it slides across the tongue (it tickles!)

Drinkability: The flavorful, but restrained palate and gentle mouthfeel make for a very smooth, easy-drinking beer. It weighs in at 5.6% ABV, but this is actually understandable as the beer definitely has real mass and isn’t some macro wheat beer knock-off made in the dark by rookies.

Overall, a good beer and a surprisingly good American hefeweizen. A great gateway beer to introduce newbies to the style. 
Grade: 6/10