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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This light colored wheat ale might have a hazy appearance, but one thingís crystal clear: it practically sparkles with bright, citrusy flavor. Enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Fort Collins. Cloudy yellow orange appearance with a spidery, off white head. Aroma smells a lot like candy necklaces / bubblegum / smartees. Creamy mouth feel. Some bitterness but not bad. Flavor is sweet and candy like. A lot of pineapple and passion fruit. Strange cookie but not unenjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1288) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head and good lacing. Aroma is distinct with Apricot/Peach. The taste is less sweet than expected with the aroma the way it is. It starts of slightly tart and goes a touch bitter mid palette. The finish brings a subtle sweetness that lingers with notes of apricot cantaloup peach and orange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4202) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Sharp citrusy astringent lemony with a difficult ending. Could be a little more well behaved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1243) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker glass. It was bottled on 1/6/14 and cost $1.83 ($0.15 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale shade of light yellowish-orange. Hazy body with particulates in suspension. Pours to a one-finger, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces very well.

Smell: Sweet orange and peach scents akin to chewing gum or candy.

Taste: Saranac has really been stepping up their game lately with more experimental brews. Though they tend to make beer that will have broad appeal, rather than niche. I recently took a tour of their brewery and sampled the Prism White Ale, which was surprisingly tasty. Though they donít mention it on the label or the website, Iím informed itís brewed with added peach juice. This isnít surprising considering the fact that flavor seems to dominate the palate, though it does come across as a bit simplistic. Iím not sure why the brewery doesnít market it as such.

Much like the nose, the flavor is lightly sweet and quite similar to that of gum or candy. The peach flavor is prominent from start to finish, though it doesnít taste sugary, rich or cloying; nor does it taste genuine. There is some genuine bitterness on the second half Ė a lightly dry sensation with a touch of pepper or spice right at the end. Technically a Belgian White, this beer doesnít really drink like one and is probably better classified as a fruit beer. Personally, I enjoy the flavor and I could see it being appealing to a lot of people who arenít expecting authenticity.

Drinkability: At only 5.2% ABV, Saranac Prism White Ale is rather light for a craft beer, though I wonder if it couldnít be even lighter. If peach is used as a flavoring rather than a fermentable, why not cut back on the base malt to lighten the weight and the body to make it more sessionable? The mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation to keep it crisp, but not flat or thin. The aftertaste is clean and the beer is definitely refreshing Ė even in the dead of winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tgncc (2879) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2014
A diacetyl mess. Hazy yellow, white head. The aroma is diacetyl, spices, just like the flavor. Mediocre wittier. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1274) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Very enjoyable blend of spices, wheat, and hops. Itís a hop forward version of a typical white.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJArgus (2) - - MAR 19, 2014 does not count
Aroma of grapefruit and orange juice. Appears a extra white yellow. Tastes strongly of the grapefruit flavor you might expect from an ipa but with none of the hops. Palate is velvety and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a murky pale yellow color with a large fluffy yellow-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tart and tangy citrus, cactus, pine and a bit of pineapple. The flavor was dry, tart and sour lemon, cactus and an underlying astringency. Long dry, tart and sour lemon finish. Medium body. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - MAR 17, 2014
la 2 mejor de las 6 This light colored wheat ale might have a hazy appearance, but one thingís crystal clear: it practically sparkles with bright, citrusy flavor. Enjoy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2014
12 oz. Cloudy, nearly opaque golden-orange body has lots of legs and a huge billowy head. Nose is flowery-spicy grains of paradise, apricot boiled in lightly earthy spices, and a touch of lemon zest. Taste is flowery apricot, white grape perfume, lemon zest, and some lightly spicy wood on the finish. Way overdone with the grains of paradise and orange zest on this one. Light body is too perfume laden to be called balanced, but has enough spicy astringency and an odd wooden bitterness to almost remain drinkable. Medium level of carbonation is nice and mostly smooth, but unfortunately is about the best thing about this beer. I think this might actually sip well with some fish or a spicy food, but is nearly undrinkable by itself.

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