ChadPolenz (1652) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 (3086) - 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 (1682) - 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.
CJArgus (2) - - MAR 19, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6537) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
rcasta (847) - EL SALVADOR - MAR 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
nearbeer (4775) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
weihenweizen (3017) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Refrigerated brown bottle. Taste is grapefruit and crisp hops. Good combination of IPA and Belgian wit.
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy and cloudy yellow body with a small frothy white head. The nose is an all out assault of coriander with a little orange peel and yeastiness. The flavor is much the same, loads of soapy tasting coriander and not a whole lot else. Light bodied and soft with gentle carbonation. Not the best Wit, they overdid it with the coriander.
drjay44 (3339) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained white head, with some lacing, over a hazy, particle laden, yellow (SRM 3) body.....nose is wheat, coriander, allspice from the adjuncts, melon, light citrus peel, especially lemon....taste is slightly sweet with floral honey tones, wheat, coriander, herbal tones, light allspice, finishing with a light dry but lingering bitterness.....mouth feel, light body, minimal astringency, hints of acidity, low carbonation with light tingle. This is a nicely balanced beer, with the exception that the bitter citrus tones are a bit too strong. Also it is too herbal and overall a bit heavy handed. I would reduce the herbal additions, back off on the spices, and try again. BJCP 7/1/13/4/6