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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
This light colored wheat ale might have a hazy appearance, but one things crystal clear: it practically sparkles with bright, citrusy flavor. Enjoy!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, 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 dont mention it on the label or the website, Im informed its brewed with added peach juice. This isnt surprising considering the fact that flavor seems to dominate the palate, though it does come across as a bit simplistic. Im not sure why the brewery doesnt 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 doesnt taste sugary, rich or cloying; nor does it taste genuine. There is some genuine bitterness on the second half a lightly dry sensation with a touch of pepper or spice right at the end. Technically a Belgian White, this beer doesnt 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 arent expecting authenticity.

Drinkability: At only 5.2% ABV, Saranac Prism White Ale is rather light for a craft beer, though I wonder if it couldnt 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 even in the dead of winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tgncc (3128) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2014
A diacetyl mess. Hazy yellow, white head. The aroma is diacetyl, spices, just like the flavor. Mediocre wittier. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Very enjoyable blend of spices, wheat, and hops. Its a hop forward version of a typical white.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
rcasta (860) - EL SALVADOR - MAR 17, 2014
la 2 mejor de las 6 This light colored wheat ale might have a hazy appearance, but one things crystal clear: it practically sparkles with bright, citrusy flavor. Enjoy!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nearbeer (5291) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3662) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Refrigerated brown bottle. Taste is grapefruit and crisp hops. Good combination of IPA and Belgian wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6609) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (3646) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2014
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

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