kidobutai (478) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Slight head. Amber color. Floral aroma, smells better than it tastes. Like a pilsner.
EithCubes (5180) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nose is very sweet with sugary lemon overtones, tripel-like, really. Pours bright yellow-golden with avg carb and a dense, soapy off-white head. Taste is sweet if a little hollow, forced graininess and light sugar, juicy lemon and very thin pale malt, and faintest hint of the tropics; this is cleanly hopped and refreshing, but it’s not terribly exotic; touch of hop mustiness in the finish. Bare lager crispness, very light body, has the overall feel of a Kölsch or golden ale, and stands up relatively well both by itself and against food. Had a ton of this kind of lager in Germany over the years, though this has a tad less in the way of industrial overtones. I’m happy.
nearbeer (3998) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Clear, golden-amber with a lasting meringue of foam. Crisp nose of spicy grass and mint-citrus hop over a base of honey. Tastes are spicy grass, toast with honey, and lemon-menthol. Near-medium body is a bit fizzy and flares up in the mouth at times. Nice balance with a dry, hoppy finish. The hop is too minty for my tastes, but this is a surprisingly good American take on the style.
McGarnigle (573) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Six pack. The 28 IBUs sounds low, but this is a pilsener, so that’s enough to hold off any sweetness. What matters most is flavor hops, and this has them. For all the talk about Belma hops, they taste like noble hops here. I don’t get any citrus, which is a good thing. This is good stuff for Saranac.
Suttree (5370) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangey yellow, big white head. Smells very grassy, with bready notes. Taste is clean, crisp, with some grassy, a touch of aspirin. Might be benefiting from lowered expectations, but not horrible...
jredmond (5882) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at pony with Tom and David. Pours a hazy golden. No head, minor lacing. Aroma is pils, cat pee and grass. Mouthfeel is light to medium with notes of grass, spice, yeast - much more yeast character and light fruit.
MarkoR (622) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Frog Pond, in Rochester. Pours a hazy golden colour with small off-white head. Aroma and taste of hops and malts. Pretty refreshing. Well balanced.
tgncc (2990) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is grass, vegetable. The appearance is clear amber, white head. The flavor is grass, vegetable, caramel. The finish is noble hops, sweet. Medium in body. Ok.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - AUG 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Clear gold with a decent white head.
Herbal nose, with floral notes and wet grass.
Light malt flavors, earthy hops with herbal notes, bread, some sweetness and lo-med bitterness.
Light, refreshing but not too exciting. OK.
chinchill (2624) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle Saranac Wild Hop Pils.
Pours clear, dark golden with a sudsy head that has decent retention. Somewhat low visible carbonation for style.
Aroma: fairly balanced mix of malts and wild hops.
Flavor: more hop dominated, as expected for style.
Feel: near medium body with lively carbonation.
O: an interesting beer worth trying for the rare Belman hops.