UPDATED: JUN 9, 2011 I poured a 12oz bottle into a German wheat beer glass.
Bright orange hue, mostly cloudy body with fine carbonation noticeable.
Forms a large, white, soapy head which leaves minor lacing.
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.
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.
Medium-bodied with a soft edge despite the massive carbonation. A
slight tingling sensation as it slides across the tongue (it tickles!)
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.