Schneider Weiss and Saranac
Three from G. Schneider & Sohn in Kelheim, Germany, and three from Matt Brewing in Utica NY. Family owned since 1872 meets family owned since 1888.
This Hefe-Weizen is effervescent amber, fairly dark for a hefeweizen, with a moderate fluffy white head. The armoa is of light estery yeast leaning toward banana, accented by spicy hops. The flavor hits that banana note even more than the aroma, then there’s a caramel maltiness. It has a pretty big mouthfeel for relatively low alcohol. The finish is quietly fruity with a layer of noble hops. 5.4% ABV
Pours effervescent clear gold, unusually clear with a medium white head. The nose gives biscuit and cracker malt plus malt ball sweetness and a lagery note. The mouthfeel starts creamy, becomes crisp then lightly fruity, really complex. The finish is crisp and light ending with little burst of bitterness. Very refreshing! 6.2% ABV
Very dark amber in the glass with a generous vanilla cream head. The aroma starts with rich complex malts with spicy hops and just a hint of yeast. The mouthfeel is medium full, bubbly, with dried dark fruits, figs and dates on a bed of dark malts ranging from bread through cake to rough dark tones. The finish is long and carries the dark fruit into a dry hoppy ending. 8.2% ABV
I have to wonder what’s on Taps 1, 2, 3 and 5!
Crossing from Bavaria to New York State . . .
Pours effervescent amber with a moderate bubbly off white head. There is a cake malt nose with a little toffee and a hint of spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel comes with solid malt and almost a touch of maple. The nice malty finish continues that with just a bit of hop bite on the very end. 5.4% ABV, 20 IBU.
Yes, that is the Pale Ale in the picture, but these next notes are from the Legacy IPA.
Saranac Legacy IPA
“Our founder’s century-old IPA recipe uses lighter malts which allow the hop flavor to shine through. We’re proud to share his legacy of great beer.” There’s a half-inch ivory head of smooth foam over clear pale gold. The aroma starts with piney-citrus hops sweetening to a tropical fruitiness over bready malt. There is a caramel malt flavor with hops in a supporting role and a touch of butterscotch. A hint of prune emerges in the malt, and the hops are complex and hard to break down, but herbal flirts with pine and flirts with floral. The beer has a soft body and medium finish. This might be an IPA that is approachable for those not yet on the hop bandwagon. It might still be too bitter for them, but only a little bit too bitter. An entry drug, perhaps. 6.5% ABV
A nearly black pour with a tan head after settling from bubbly brown. The nose is of chocolate milk with a touch of hops. On the palate comes a creamy mouthfeel with lots of roasty malt and more hints of chocolate with a slight alcohol note. The finish continues the creamy chocolate and malt, and ends on a hop note. 7% ABV