Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Decoction Concoction LagerSaranac Decoction Concoction Lager

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BA SCORE
80
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleMalt on 10-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 22
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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a deep copper amber body with a tall and thick off white head topping it off.

Smell: There are zesty citrusy hop jumping out at me along with bready whole grain malt notes in the background.

Taste / Palate: The flavor matches the aroma and serves it on an easy drinking medium body with balanced carbonation and a slow mellow bitter finish.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into becker pint glass (first beer in my replacement since I broke my other one!). Clear orange amber with a thick fluffy white head that fades after a bit, leaving nice lacing.
Smell is nice and hoppy for a lager, citrus and bitterness overtop of slightly nutty clear caramel malt.
Taste follows nose; clean, nutty malt, cleaned up by dry hoppy bitterness with hints of citrus. Nice and crisp.
Mouthfeel is smooth and relatively light.
Overall, a tasty crisp lager, well-hopped and drinkable. Would be a great session brew or with a meal.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber brown hue in the body big white fluffy head, layered speckled lacing. Aroma pine, citrus, and floral hop notes that minimal bready layers to support the hop pellet like notes. Flavor has upfront bitterness waves of biscuit/bready malts with big notes of bitterness, pine, floral, and mild citrus peel notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied slightly slick hop oils resinous upon the palate. Overall not a bad attempt by the Saranac 12 beers of Winter, decent hopped up lager something different.

Photo of Brenden
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Without much of a description on the label, this beer's interesting name alone rouses curiosity. It's a clear red-orange with an off-white head roughly half a finger tall. Retention is pretty good, as it the spotting/patching mixture of lace thrown down as the beer descends the walls of the glass.
This beer runs the gamut of smells and flavors with a blend of toast, fruits, floral, grains and earth with a mixture of very light sugary sweetness balanced by later notes of raw pine and orange peel.
The mouthfeel is a surprisingly deep and textured one. It's medium in body with moderate carbonation, crisp but quite smooth all the way and ending with more crispness in the finish.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by March 31 2014.

A: Pours a clear deep amber ruby with a nice dense off white head. Leaves some good lacing on the sides of the glass. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Pleasant malty aroma that has both a graininess and a sweetness. Hops are noticeable in the background. This adds an earthiness to beer.

T: Pretty smooth beer that is hoppier than expected. Starts off with a malt sweetness that is overtaken by the bittering hops. Aftertaste is enjoyable and has earthy hop tones.

M: Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Has a creamy smooth mouthfeel.

Overall its an enjoyable beer and a very nice lager. Wishing there was more than two in the mix pack.

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear medium amber in color and sports a thin cap of off white foam. Bit lightly carbonated like all beers from this brewery it seems. Manages to drop off some lace regardless.

Aroma is quite hoppy along with a clean lager sense and some light caramel notes. Piney hops are dominant with some agitation. Taste follows with a bready light caramel start, a flash of smooth and oily lager clarity mid palate and then a finish that is sweet coarse and adds a hint of chocolate. Offers a decent feel, slightly coarse which helps balance the light carbonation to a degree. Good drinkability, nicely hopped and not too much caramel sweetness to be found. Interesting mix of factors going on, touch more caramel fruity with warming and outgassing.

Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped BB Mar312014-2883-0806. Sampled on November 23, 2013.

It begins with a copper-amber pour with a fizzy white head that fades fast.

The aroma is of caramel and toffee malts with a floral hoppiness that is much more akin to grapefruit.

The body is medium with a slight acidity in the texture.

The taste has an obvious caramel and toffee quality at first which is abruptly replaced by the grapefruit bite at the end. In the end it is more hoppy than most pilseners I have had.

Photo of devilben02
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle with a glowing, rich orange-amber color, but a quickly-dissipating off-white head. The aroma is an unexpected combination of herbal, sweet, and slightly sour elements that creates some intrigue. The flavor is likewise interesting, with the dry, earthy, mildly-astringent hops melding with sweet/tart bready malts. It somewhat tastes like the liquid equivalent of dipping a light sourdough bread into a mild herbed vinegar. The good, soft carbonation and medium body provides some weight in the mouth. Overall, the unexpected complexity makes this beer quite interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a potent herbal hop and earthy malt.

The taste was likewise earthy and herbal with a clean grainy caramel malt.

The mouthfeel was clean with a pleasant carbonation.

Overall a very tasty lager.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for $2

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size frothy off-white coloured head. There is a slow amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also a very faint citrus taste going on. It ends with a caramel/brown sugar malty aftertaste.

Overall - Not bad at all. A little boring perhaps, but a decent every day easy drinker.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a white head and some lace. Aroma of caramel and toasted malts. In the taste, caramel, brown sugar and toffee. Some whole grain bread flavor is there as well. Mild and drinkable, hops are tame and lightly citrusy with a small presence in the finish.

On the light side of medium bodied but decent body to it. Overall, this is a clean American Amber lager that is quite drinkable.

Photo of Brad007
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark blonde color with a frothy head into my glass. This is part of the new winter mix pack.

Decent pine hop bite greets the nose followed by a touch of buttery malt underneath. Grainy texture.

Ditto on the flavor. Sweet malt gains that buttery edge from front-to-back of mouth. That grainy texture expands in the mouth, finishing with a clean, creamy bite.

Mouthfeel is highly favorable. Sweet and creamy.

After another bottle, I've changed my outlook on this beer. It is one hell of a tasty decoction lager.

Photo of TheMarkE
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber shade with a decent head of foam. Quite a bit of carbonation visible.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, and mild floral hops.

Taste: Earthy and herbal, balanced by toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight bitter aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. Flavorful and fairly well balanced, it could pass as a quality pale ale. This is my favorite of the winter sampler pack.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 3/31/14.

Pours a clear dark reddish-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid citrus forward hop presence all around.

Photo of Kendo
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is surprisingly darkish amber, though clear, with a small ivory head. Leaves some lace behind.

S: At first I get a bit of fruit and think it smells like an ale. But then I get toasted malt, a herbal tea-like smell and forget about that fruitiness.

T: Toasty malt, some cereal grains and a touch of something fruity on the back of the sip. Feels surprisingly warm in the belly; that 6% ABV is a bit high for a lager, I suppose. Finishes with some lingering sweetness after just a smidgeon of bitterness. I still can't help thinking it's quite ale-like in some ways.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: Inoffensive, but not quite "clean" enough for a lager. Still tastes like Saranac.

Photo of watermelon
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Deep red-brown body with an off white 2finger head. Had good cap retention as well as good lacing.

S: Smells yeasty and herby. Not a very strong nose.

T: Fruity and grassy. Good bit of hop bitterness.

M: Crisp, light and clean just like a lager should go down.

O: Not bad I would drink it again.

Photo of stella77artois
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

A - Pours a slightly dark amber. Great looking color, but little carbonation visible, and a very thin head.

S - Smelled Marzen-like to me. Dankness of a lager, earthy bitterness, slight hints of yeast and mild hops. Slight bit of smokiness as well. Very unique, and quite plesant.

T - Like the aroma, it's quite unique. Toasty malts and fermenty dankness (in a good way) up front. Slightly hoppy, with a Marzen-like aftertaste. The hint of smokiness is more prevalent in the taste, and it's a winner for me. This beer has a very unique taste, and is pretty darn solid.

F - Crisp, but slightly sticky. Would've preferred a bit more carbonation, as I like lagers to be carbed well. Certainly drinkable and leaves no unpleasant dryness or bloating feeling.

O - Saranac's seasonal beer are usually hit-or-miss for me. This beer sounded a little gimmicky, but I was pleasantly suprised. This is a very good beer. Good mild flavor, and most importantly, it's unique. Slight smokiness in a lager is something I've very rarely experienced, and it works hear. Mild, crisp, very pleasant taste and is very drinkable. Props to Saranac for making this unique brew. I recommend this beer and am looking forward to drinking the other one from their Fall sampler.

Photo of JimKal
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass (this beer was part of the Saranac Winter 12 pack).

A: A nice two finger head that dissipates leaving behind some nice lacing. The brew is a nice clear brown - very nice.

S: Nice malty aroma.

T: This has a nice but muted bitterness and another flavor I can't quite identify but is quite tasty.

M: Medium but pretty good for a lager

O: I really enjoyed Saranac's take on a hoppy lager. I'd like to see them offer this as a stand alone.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

new amber lager in the vienna style, with a dry nutty flavor that works well enough for the holidays. caramel color, clear as day, with an inch or so of thin white foam. smell is sweeter from the malt, a little watery though, and a generic lager yeast that almost cleans up the sugar. the taste matches the smell quite well, without being quite as sweet. its more earthy and nutty than sugary, which my palate prefers, and its well hopped too for the style, english bittering and american pine type hops balance this well. not enough body for the color though, and this feels thin all the way through. carbonation is average like most saranac beers. this tastes good, but lacks any real distinctive properties to set it apart from the crowd. its an underrepresented style though, and i am thankful that they brought one back.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Exactly like sweet tea. Basically no head remains.
Smell: Very light lemon with honey biscuits.
Taste: Very carbonated version of the smell.

It's not quite inviting unless you're expecting a southern thirst quencher. If a beer could look weak, this one does. The smell was decent. Basically, it was a hint of honey biscuits with a touch of lemon. Nothing big. The taste was the same, except it was pushed off by the carbonation. This part was odd. I'm not certain it was the usual dry feel, but whatever it was, it pushed the flavors out to the sides of the tongue and didn't really satisfy. I wouldn't get it again. It's not terrible, but not really worth getting unless it's in a sample pack.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown with a red tint. Minor 1/8th inch head with some lacing.

Smell - Roasty malts, german lager malts. Hops, smoke, beef jerky, sweet yeasts.

Taste - First sip is a sour/bitter mix of german malts, yeasts and hops. A true hybird style, you really get two beers in one. The wet hops add a bitterness that really gives this beer a sour punch with the lager malts. Some added sugars sweetness this up a little in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts and hops nail the tongue with bitterness. Palate gets more sour notes along with some caramel, roasty malts and some added sugars. The aftertaste is bitter, sweet and a little dry.

Overall - Pretty good actually. Different, yet enjoyable enough to drink. Its a tad too sour, and that tends to overpower and knock the balance of this beer off a bit, but style worth a try.

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Amazing amber color with mild carbonation and decent head. Citrus with a hint of floral notes in the aroma. Really hoppy aroma. My first words were "Wait WHAT THE HECK?". This beer is all over the place. The floral hop flavor really comes through with some citrus and a bit of malt in the back. Too many different things in one beer. This beer is like the color grey. It doesn't know if it's white or black. We feel like there a lot of different components that each are great in their own right, but together are...something else.

Saranac Decoction Concoction Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.