ben4321 (4543) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 4/13/14
Aroma: The nose is sweet orange juice and a wheat malt base, some melon, with yeasty notes
Appearance: It pours a hazed orange-gold color with a frothy white head and fairly heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is mid-plus sweet, lots of orange/citrus flavor, and a fairly unnoticeable bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has an average-plus carbonation, and a tingly, spicy finish
I thought this one was pretty solid. The orange flavor dominates, and it is a little too sweet, but it is a solid beer. It balances more flavor-wise, from the spice and mild bitterness. Not too shabby...
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy yellow body with a white head. Orange peel, wheat and spices one the nose. Flavor had tart like quality to it otherwise similar to the aroma. Carbonation was restrained which was a good thing. Easy to drink and refreshing.
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VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle - Pours a cloudy yellow in color with a small bright white head that faded to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is of grainy malts, mild hops and some citrus. Flavor... expected the standard sour orange, but is is more like tangerine and passion fruit with the bitterness of the hops cutting the sweetness. Unusual, but interesting and pretty good. Not your classic Witbier, but good none the less... I like it!
RxForHealth (154) - - APR 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy yellow. Yeast and grapefruit aromas. Astringent. Very carbonated on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste. More grapefruit. Long bitter finish. Not a bad effort. Kind of an odd bird.
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adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
jsmerig (1323) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
cheap (4480) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sharp citrusy astringent lemony with a difficult ending. Could be a little more well behaved.
Chad9976 (1357) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A diacetyl mess. Hazy yellow, white head. The aroma is diacetyl, spices, just like the flavor. Mediocre wittier. Meh.
Beerathon (1491) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very enjoyable blend of spices, wheat, and hops. Itís a hop forward version of a typical white.