TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 Attractive golden blond with a slight haze to it. Nose is spicy and citrusy. The taste is almost exactly as the brewer described it. I felt the banana taste was much stronger but the clove, wheat and yeast were on the money. The banana taste was a little overdone but the spice seemed to even it out. Finished well and was very refreshing to me and this is how I prefer my hefeweizens. Great beer especially for the price.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale cloudy blonde with a mild white head that moderately disappears with time. The aroma is one of a mild sweet, banana and clove (like the brewer's description). The flavor matches the aroma, with the banana flavor taking over the clove. This taste lingers on the tongue throughout. I am not a big fan of banana, but this is not bad at all. The aftertaste begs you to take another sip. The palate is medium bodied, with a decent bit of carbonation. I love Saranac, and this is another good one. Supposedly, the Hefeweizen is a limited production run, so if anyone needs it, I can get it for them.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle Well, not a bad hefeweizen from Saranac. Aroma is quite correct, taste is mealy-sweet like a hefeweizen should be. Tad of bitterness and boiling spoil the finish. Not as wheaty, thick, or cloudy as I like my wheat beers. Still, quite unoffensive...
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium golden, cloudy yet thin-looking, largish billowy head diminishes quickly. Proper and significant banana/apricot notes in the nose, with some sweetness and yeast. Flavor disappoints though: a nice banana thick fruitiness remains, but overall it's too light and airy and thin to say much to me. Boring finish. Far from the best or worst from this company, but at this point if I had more choice of new beers in VT I could easily never bother trying a new Saranac.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light color with lots of carbonation, not as much sediment as you would expect. I realy like the aroma, primarily a traditional wheat yeasty smell, but with very discernable bannana and less so but still present clove tones. Taste is much the same, lots of bannana and a smaller amount of cloves blend quite nicely with the yeast. Very smooth, but not the flavor is rather weak, finishes somewhat dry.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden color, foamy with moderate
retention. Smells very yeasty. Slightly hazy.
Has a little hop bite initially and a good hefe
taste to finish. Not the best, but a solid effort
from Saranac. Of course, alconomically, this
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice think head and decent carbobation. Aroma of wheat, yeast and cloves. Light pale yellow color without much cloudyness that is characteristic of wheat beers. Thin, watery flavor of wheat and maybe a little lemon. Finish is slightly bitter. AN ok wheat beer but I have had much better before.
gsmitty80 (1680) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this wheat beer. It had a flavorful taste of honey and it was nice cloudy and unfiltered as a wheat beer should be. I recommend this highly if you like beers such as JW Dundees Honey Brown and Michelobe Honey Lagar.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I'm not a big wheat fan. This was part of a 12 bottle sampler. Clear golden (some sediment left in the bottle) color. Small white head. Yeasty weissbier aroma. Unlike some of the commentators, I had not trouble tasting the banana. Clove was much more subtle.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 Uncomplicated, but solid wheat entry. Not as cloudy as most other hefe’s I’ve had, and the head was minimal and faded away quickly. Banana is very strong in the nose and flavor. The finish is a bit on the watery side, with a lingering banana sweetness.