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. BREWMUSKCLES (2687) - 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 it’s 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! HoppyScallywag (339) - 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 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. DocLock (10706) - 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 mother’s 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!
wlajwl (6816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Aroma is wheat, citrus and a hint of hops. The flavor is citrus, wheat, coriander, a hint of hops and a tropical fruit/slightly bitter/sweet finish. Doesn’t completely seem like a wit, a little bit of IPA to it. egg (391) - USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle on 2/18/15. Pours straw, cloudy, juicy, bright. Small white head that fades with little to no lacing. Nose is primarily apricot, pepper. Taste is apricot, pineapple, sweet with some yeastiness, a little bitterness to end. I’m digging the fruitiness. Liked it a lot more than I expected. Yummy and bright. Great summer beer. Drake (13742) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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. I’m sure I’m going to rate this way above the average, but this is hitting the spot for me. ChadPolenz (1821) - 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).
scarletfire65 (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2014
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 don’t mention it on the label or the website, I’m informed it’s brewed with added peach juice. This isn’t surprising considering the fact that flavor seems to dominate the palate, though it does come across as a bit simplistic. I’m not sure why the brewery doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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 aren’t expecting authenticity.
Drinkability: At only 5.2% ABV, Saranac Prism White Ale is rather light for a craft beer, though I wonder if it couldn’t 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.
Bottle at Gleason’s from Lysa. Dominated by orange, grapefruit, yeast, pine. Soft and appropriate bitterness. Easy drinking, really good.