Dacrza (495) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The Moment: Easing into a pre-July 4th celebration, thanks to a nice party thrown by friends Jim and Maria...
Glassware: Saranac willibecker...
Appearance: slightly hazy orange body that supports a thick, frothy head...
Aroma: Malty with a bit of dough and some banana notes--not complex but appropriate for the style...
Palate: consistent, medium-bodied and fizzy...little staying power on the finish...a strange experience, as the body actually shifts weight in the sip and thins noticeably...
Taste: malts rest on the tongue as the wheat attempts to impress the throat; not much profile to this one, save the wafting caramel, and I know the style may not demand such articulation, but the watery constitution leaves the "unfiltered" claim wanting and the dunkel aspect with kid gloves...
Overall: The nerd in me asks: why does Saranac label this a "wheat ale"? Is it simply a question of brewing technique? And the "amber" part must be on color alone...after the rye pilsener I had a couple of days ago, this one doesn’t deserve the slot over in the case...refreshing in its genre...
generallee08 (621) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It has a hazy coppery amber body with a tall light tan head. Its head is fluffy and fades down to thin cap fairly quick. As I drink it makes a few thin lace rings at the top of the glass then the rest of the lacing just slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma was very light and fairly clean. It had some sweet roasted gain and wheat notes with only a very slight hint of mineral like hops are noticeable. The flavor matches the aroma. The malt flavor is mildly sweet and roasted. There is some dryness from the wheat that holds the sweeter grain in check. Hop flavor is mild adding some mineral like notes and bitterness to keep things nice and balanced. It finishes very light, clean and almost watery. On the palate it has a light to medium body that seems a bit thin for the style. The carbonation is average and matches the feel of the body. The flavor and balance is good but it seems a bit light or dumbed down to make more of an easy drinking hot summer time beer. Still overall it is enjoyable.
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is an okay Saranac beer. Darkish brown, mild and musty flavor of cardboard and some caramel. Mostly just watery.
Bierkrug (2133) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355 ml bottle in New York. Pours dark brown with thin off-tan head. Aroma is mild dark malt, mild bread, banana, walnuts, and spice. Palate is medium heft with dark malt, and some spicy, yeasty, fruity, nutty, and earthy bits along the way. As with all Saranac brews, this one is not a world beater, but it is a fair example of this style.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Originally reviewed: 10/22/09. Poured into my weizen glass. Pours a dirty copper color with a big frothy light tan head on top. Decent retention; left some sticky lace. Smells of caramel, bananas, bread, and whisps of maple syrup.
The body was bit on the light side. Could use a little more bulk. Carbonation level was low-to-moderate. Very mild unoffensive flavors in this beer. Warming sweet kisses of brown sugar and banana bread at the onset. Finishes semi-sweet but with hints of bitterness from the light hops. This was plenty drinkable. Not the most complex beer out there, but a good one anyways.
wlajwl (3772) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very funky yeasty, wheat malt flavor to it. Sort of surprised Saranac was able to do a beer that had a strong and not watery flavor that wasn’t really bad.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
25-Sep-10 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 01-Mar-10: Purchased 17-Sep-10 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Beer #4 of the "12 Beers of Summer" 12 pack, Amber Wheat, pours very hazy amber with a quarter-inch of off-white head that quickly recedes to a thin layer. The moderately aromatic nose offers bread crust, sweet honey, and caramel. On the palate, the flavor is slightly sweet and honeylike, but for the most part, the dry, toasty malts dominate and are reminiscent of bread crust, especially in the finish. A bit of tartness adds a refreshing twist to the beer. It’s light-medium in weight, but the carbonation is sharp and prickly. Overall, it’s not a bad beer, just very mundane.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours light amber and clear with a bit of white head. Fairly light aroma, some malt, caramel, and light spice. Light bodied, malty and smooth but not very flavorful.
ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Part of the Saranac Beers of Summer Box - $13.48 at Sherlock’s in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours an ever so lightly clouded, amber-tan body with a 1½-inch head of off-white foam.
Smell: An assortment compiled of scant notes smelling of toast, chocolate, yeast, apple, and past-its-prime spice. A decent array, but nothing in there ever really reaches out and grabs you. None of it.
Taste: Malty albeit mild impressions of chocolate, powdered toast, and light caramel with sweetness a notch or two above the ’medium’ setting. Hint of pear and a sparkling apple juice. Pinch of spice. Vaguely herbal hops with a minimal amount of bitterness. There’s a return of the choco-toast taste before the crisp, fast finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s lightness and looseness keep this one bland and mediocre. Not bad, mind you, just a gulp, a yawn, and it’s gone.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours, well, amber in color with small off-white head. The aroma is thin caramel with a hint of carrot and some distant clove. The flavor is tin and caramel with a very faint, weird spiciness. Not much else going on in there. Not impressed at all.
thornecb (4320) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear deep copper into a shaker. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface leaving no lacing. Toast and cereal aromas. Crisp and malty - difficult to find any flavors other than caramel malt. Dry, medium finish.