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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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This unique pilsener features Belma hops, found growing wild on a hop farm in Washington State, for a clean, tropical taste. Pair it with marinated pork tenderloin, chicken wings, prosciutto, bacon and chŤvre or Havarti cheeses.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LetsGoState (585) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Aroma is on the sweeter side. Taste is lighter, but at the same time has a hint of hops. Overall a solid pilsener.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Sparrow, 5/11/14

Aroma: The nose is light and malty, some bread, grains, and some grassy hop notes
Appearance: Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head that leaves some spotty lace
Flavor: More hoppy flavor, with some bready/grainy sweetness, and a spicy, grass bitterness
Palate: The feel is light and clean, crisp and easy drinking, with an average-to-lively carbonation
Overall Impression: This is a decent looking and tasting beer. It drinks pretty nicely, and works well. Not a ton unique going on here, but it has that crisp/clean feel you would hope for from this style. Would drink this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyforce (608) - Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Solid and clean pilsner. Flavor is a touch fruity and smooth on the palate. pour is a nice golden with a thin white head.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2003) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a tan color with a huge head. Taste comes off slightly hoppy but more of a pilsner lager. Very good session ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarkBarnes (375) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 28, 2014
Apr. 28, 2014; 12 oz. can poured into a tumbler. Appearance is pure Pils in terms of color, bubbles & head. Zesty, lemony scent. Sturdy & balanced, with good mouthfeel and pleasant bitterness - but light & refreshing enough to be a warmer-weather beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1527) - Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on April 26th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a copper clear.
Aroma:Light bready, light citrus.
Taste: Light bitterness, lightly bready.
Palate: Light body.

Summary: Accesible, solid.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - APR 19, 2014
Now available in cans! I was super excited to see that this was brought back this year. Something changed between last years offering in bottles and this yearís cans. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Pours as you would expect from a pilsner, light straw minimal head. Saranac is getting better...this is one of the better brews being offered. The hops give a slightly spicy spin on this one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (594) - Delaware, USA - APR 18, 2014
Golden straw, typical color.. fizzy small head. Simple, although positive aroma of hops and malt. Taste is simple, yet balanced.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (3997) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2014
Tastes pretty much what the name says. Wild hops adds something to the typical golden lager. Tap at DC Beer festival.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CharmCityCrab (150) - Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2014
Decent Pilsner. There is a hops presence here, which I appreciate. Whenever I see a Pilsner or a Kolsch in one of these Saranac mix packs, I kind of cringe, because Iím afraid itíll be the beer they make taste like a cheap adjunct lager to save on the overall cost of production for the mix pack. The beer being reviewed did not wind up falling into that category, and is instead a pretty worthy offering as far as Saranac brews go (Not the best in the mix pack, but not one of the annoying ones either). This ultilized a new type of hop called Belma hops that seem to be mildly fruity, and less bitter, that typical hops. Aroma was fairly muted compared to other hops varieties. Iíd prefer Cascade hops or something, but itís always nice to try something different, Iíve heard these hops are really cheap to get wholesale, which may mean they could be a key to the production of that really inexpensive somewhat-hoppy craft beer all of we low income beer aficionados crave as an option (Pretending that cost of production is the reason why itís not out there- though I know enough about economics to know that isnít the main reason). Itíd be nice to walk into a liquor store and see something like this in 12 packs next to Budweiser, or even cheaper brands like National Bohemian, Pabst, Schlitz, etc. at price parity. As a beer in a mix pack, itís only average, but I could see drinking a lot of it if the price was right.


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