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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!


4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2302) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2014
fishbowl aroma at first followed by a delightful fruit punch and tropical fruit flavor, sweetish with some chalk in the finish. the brew is tangy and develops a nice aroma in time in accordance with itís taste and lingers pleasantly in the finish. demonstrative it is one perhaps the best summer wheat i have ever experienced. all still available from a family that brews beer obviously not for money. BRAVO, WHAT MADE AMERICA GREAT!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyScallywag (74) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2014
This ones pretty different. I have a little bit of a cold so I can't tell if it's a good or bad kinda different. The aroma is pretty unique. It smells pretty hoppy with some fruity overtones. It has a wheat beer kinda vibe to it. I think I'd give this one another shot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bropgh (31) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
Really surprised by this one. Very fruity and refreshing beer. The grapefruit notes add a lot to this and I would have another one of these again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours a great, bright, turbid golden canary color with a frothy finger of off-white head that laces copiously all over your motherís face. Nose is limey citrus, white peppery and coriandery spice, honeydew, malt. The smell is great. Tastes fruity, with orange marmalade, honeydew, mild spice, and a dense and complex finish. This is indubitably one of the best beers Matt has ever brewed, and I would drink this with a fox, I would drink it in a box, I would drink it on a hill, I would drink it while banging a woman who is on the pill. I would, I would Sam I am!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (9001) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very hazy orange color with a thin frothy off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of heavy spices, citrus and floral hops, pine, as in almost spruce tips, pale wheat. The taste is wheat, spice, citrus hops, candied fruits, mild stone fruits. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, decent balance. Iím sure Iím going to rate this way above the average, but this is hitting the spot for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1249) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (982) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle at Gleasonís from Lysa. Dominated by orange, grapefruit, yeast, pine. Soft and appropriate bitterness. Easy drinking, really good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1946) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Very crisp. Tart citrus and berry with a punchy flavor that leads to a smooth trailing finish. A bit earthy, a bit of grain. A very nice warm weather seasonal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3540) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy pale gold with a moderate white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left considerable lace. Pleasant fruity aroma with notes of citrus. The flavor is mild malt with some mild-moderate citrus hops bitterness. Medium bodied. No problems.


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