Goon712 (1) - Alabama, USA - JUL 19, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light, crisp, and easily drinkable. This is a very good beer. The aroma is fresh.
Chad9976 (1270) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker glass. It had a best before date of 10/31/13. It came as part of a summer seasonal mix pack that cost $13.99 ($1.17 per bottle; $0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Standard pilsner appearance of clear, white gold with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a two-finger, bright white, frothy head which laces and retains extremely well for the style.
Smell: Mixture of European-style spiciness and hints of hoppy citrus. Definitely not your usual fizzy yellow beer smell (thankfully).
Taste: Saranac Wild Hop Pils may technically be a pilsner, but it definitely doesn’t drink like most of the style. Brewed with "wild" Belma hops, it has a distinct spicy and citrusy character and a much overall cleaner taste than I’m used to in American lagers. Saranac has long been chided by craft beer enthusiasts as faux or wannabe craft beer, but they’re constantly experimenting and stepping up their game and this brew is a sign, I think, of good things to come.
The palette starts out with light spicy dryness, not unlike a Czech or German pilsner, and perhaps with a hint of garlic or onion. There’s not generic fizzy yellow beer taste in here whatsoever, which is quite a relief. A bit more bitterness at the apex with significant citrusy hops on the finish. Some floral character as well, which is quite interesting. While not absolutely delicious on a world class scale, this beer is definitely one of the best standard, non-imperial, American lagers I’ve had. They should make this year-round.
Drinkability: As good as the taste is to Saranac Wild Hop Pils, what clinches it for me as a good beer is the fact it’s highly drinkable and a relatively small body. The mouthfeel is pretty familiar as far as lager goes, with a noticeably carbonation presence and a thin, wet texture. It goes down easily and leaves a fairly clean aftertaste. At only 5.2% ABV, it’s quite robust for such a relatively light weight.
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
look: 4.25 smell: 4.25 taste: 4 feel: 4 overall: 4
Pours a true gold with pristine clarity. A flourish of bubbles that settles to a steady wafting of pilsner bubbles to the top. Lush and beautiful head of off white foam. This beer is a beauty in the glass. The nose is lovely clean lightly sweet grain. It has a mysterious lightly fruity scent. It’s some kind of berries. Maybe blackberry. For a beer tht has the hops in the name you would think it would be very hop forward but no. This is all authentic pils style scents except for that exciting bit of exotic fruit. Little bit of grass in the background. Drinks like a dream. A nice lightly grainy malt that’s dry and crisp. Perfect carbonation and that fruit! So subtle so tantalizing. This beer is crisp clean and refreshing and finishes with a bit of herbal grass and just a mild little hint of hop bitter.
Love it! I could not wait to buy this beer again this year.
malvrich (35) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured from brown bottle into a pilsner glass at home
A: A gentle pour yields a one finger head of whitish head which leaves pretty quickly leaving nice lacing on the glass, lasting intact at the end of the glass. Lovely straw to amber yellow color and a great degree of clarity.
Carbonation present in streams and is persistent.
S: Very nice with an earthy hop pungency. A bit strong for what it is but sharp and eye opening.
T: Follows the nose closely with this fat herbaceousness to the hops. Not very strong but definitely front & center. Citrusy springs to mind but mainly just uniquely tart. Malts are understated and clean, letting the hops shine through. A nice bit of crackers or pretzel on the finish. Lemony and refreshing.
M: Not much happening. Very light as expected with a really nice bubbly tingle. Bitter but subtle aftertaste. Leaves the mouth feeling clean with minimal stickiness.
O: As a lover of pilsners in general, I have to say I regard this one quite highly. Light and refreshing enough for the mower or the card table. Complex enough in flavor to keep me interested without any cloying sweetness or hopping me all about the head & shoulders.
The price is nice in my area as well, usually $8/6.
Hope to see it each year.
One of a handful of my current favorites!
MarkSachon (647) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from the sampler case. This was pretty good and maybe just a little weak on body and taste. Very refreshing for a hot summer day.
bhensonb (11681) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s in Davis, CA. Pours gold with a slight white head. Aroma is hoppy and bready. Med body. Flavor is quite hoppy. Bready with earthy/floral hop. Then it seems to go berry/melon. This hop aspect is all over the place. Quite nice tho. Liking it.
Darkmagus82 (1856) - - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-29-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a big beautiful foamy white head. Big bubbles pop in the head causing it to fade slowly over time with it eventually fading over about a three minute time period to leave some streaks of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is mainly of a biscuit and a toasted grainy malt smell. Mixed with these aromas are a bit of herbal smells and some floral notes.
Taste – The taste is much as would have been anticipated from the nose. The taste starts out with a toasted grain taste that is mixed with a little bit of a biscuit taste as well as some sweeter flavors of a honey and citrus flavor. Upfront there is also a bit of a grapefruit hop bringing just a small bite of bitter. The sweeter flavors dwindle as the taste moves on, with some floral and herbal hop flavors developing more toward the end. At the completion of the taste the combination of flavors leaves a rather pleasant, crisp, and moderately bitter taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side with a carbonation that is average to slightly above average. The feel of the beer is very appropriate for the style and matches well the crisp finish and moderate hop flavors of the brew.
Overall – The rather crisp and refreshing brew that is fantastic for a nice warm day. A very tasty summer day brew.
hampale (44) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite different from the usual Pils in body and taste. Golden head with lasting white lacing. Strong presence of floral hops in the body and aftertaste somewhat resembles that of a light golden ale. Very sessionable for a craft drinker and a strong possibility as a crossover beer for others. Although a new product, I think this is one of the best I’ve tasted from Saranac - hope it becomes part of their regular lineup.
VincentDamon (370) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière achetée dans le Maine. Beau collet, bière d’un blond doré. Nez de houblons floraux, de citron et d’épices. En bouche, c’est plus doux que ce que laisse présager le bouquet. Houblon présent, mais pas trop puissant. Bonne petite bière avec des notes résiduelles de lime. Good Pilsner! Cheers!
coyforce (616) - Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid and clean pilsner. Flavor is a touch fruity and smooth on the palate. pour is a nice golden with a thin white head.