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Saranac Octoberfest - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac OctoberfestSaranac Octoberfest

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412 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly cloudy copper.
Smell: Honey.
Taste: Honey, maybe honey biscuits.

I normally am not all too impressed with Saranac's offerings, but I really enjoyed this one. Honey (more so than caramel) was the dominant sense in both smell and taste. And with the taste, it was a warming honey biscuit. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I will probably get this again next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 06:29:50 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Consumed in October during my own mini-Oktoberfest.

A- Moderate carbonation is visible through the completely transparent, dark orange/light copper colored body. Unimpressive head dies to nothing before I took my first sip.

S- Sweet malts. Awfully one dimensional.

T- Starts off with the same sweet malts then transitions to a bitter, earthy hop finish. A little grassy in neither a bad nor good way.

M- Thin bodied. Low carbonation. Bitter finish.

O- My own mini-Oktoberfest consisted of a blind side-by-side-by-side tasting of Oktoberfests by Sam Adams, Saranac, and Dundee. Somewhat surprisingly, Saranac came in last. I'm not very well versed in Oktoberfests, but Saranac seemed to be a below average Oktoberfest and about average overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 04:52:20 | More by ElijahRivera
Photo of biggiet


3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-poured a brownish transparent color with a tan disapating head. Nice in a curvy glass.

S-light smelling hard to pick up tho

T-tastes kind of woodsy, maybe earthy but nothing spectacular i guess. Not a bad octoberfest but not the best that i've had.

M-really grabs on and lays very light...very drinkable.

O-not mouth filling flavorful but maybe because i am not experienced enough in octoberfest beers not sure. But compared to a few others i have had it's ok. If you are standing in the store right now reading this like i have in the past...check the next brand. If you are mixing a sixer...give it a whirl!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:52:25 | More by biggiet
Photo of Jeffreysan


2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, amber color, speckled with red and orange highlights, with half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I get practically no aroma at all.

Taste: This beer is a little thin in the flavor department as well. I get some malt and some caramel sweetness, but overall, it’s rather thin, almost bland.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m disappointed in this beer. Not much going on at all, it’s just….there. I wouldn’t turn it away if offered, (and there wasn’t any other beers to drink), but I’m not looking for it either, in fact, I’m passing on this one next Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:19:06 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of digitalflood

New York

3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Octoberfest (2013) - Slightly faint floral aroma with a bit of coriander and bread. Excellent head retention and lacing. Very active small bubbles in the carbonation. Caramel color. Smooth mouthfeel. Muted lager hops on the nose. A little toast. Mid-palate gets a little bolder. Strong lager hops with muted floral undertones. Crisp and full but not overbearing. Strong floral hops notes on the back palate. Good breaded malt notes. A bit of nuts and wood. Aftertaste is good traditional German Lager. Light lingering citrus and pine notes. Not a particularly good Octoberfest-- a bit more hoppy and more lager notes than you would expect for variety. Normally more malty, but that's okay-- it's a good lager nevertheless and very drinkable. Pretty good overall. 3.4 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:02:14 | More by digitalflood
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: very little aroma as only some malt sweetness is hard to detect,

Taste: malt profile is a bit mild with some slight nuttiness, and a bit of ripe dark fruits. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very weak flavored oktoberfest beer that is easy to consume, but lacks the satisfaction expected from the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 22:34:44 | More by Gavage
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a brownish tinted amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a good level of staying power, fading slowly over time to leave a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a lightly roasted malt aroma with some nice aromas of a caramel sweetness. A light amount of spice is there as well giving an overall sweet and lightly roasted Oktoberfest aroma overall.

Taste –The taste begins with a lightly roasted and bready flavor with a strong showing of caramel. As the flavor advances from the initial, the flavor initially sweetens even more with some brown sugar flavors coming to the tongue. The roasted gets a bit stronger more toward the middle of the taste with other flavors of spice coming to the tongue. The sweeter flavors, at the same time, start to dwindle with a light herbal flavor that comes to the tongue. In the end the mix of flavors leaves a sweeter roasted and lightly hopped flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the medium side as well. Both are fitting for the style and make for a rather easy drinking style.

Overall –An overall easy drinking, sweeter Oktoberfest. Rather tasty overall and not bad for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:02:01 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass.

A - Ruby-brown-amber, a lot of ruby when put to a light. Just a bit of carbonation showing. A thin, half-inch head appeared and dissipated somewhat quickly.

S - Lot's of strong malt up front, and a grassy aroma. A general fermenty aroma as well. Really not much going on, but not unpleasant.

T - Same with the aroma. Lot's of strong malt is noticeable up front, as well as a dirt-type bitterness. Not a hoppy bitterness, as I couldn't taste anything as far as hops. A bit of cocoa in the aftertaste. As with the aroma, not much going on, but it's not a bad tasting beer.

F - Very drinkable. Could be a session beer even, if consumed slowly. Easy on the throat and tongue.

O - Not a whole lot going on, and I've certainly had better Marzen's, but this isn't a bad beer, and won't mind drinking it again. Doesn't have the sweetness than can damage some Marzens, and is crisp and clean like a regular Lager of Pilsener would be.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 17:28:38 | More by stella77artois
Photo of 57md


3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear light copper with two fingers of off-white head that retained for a long time and left nice lacing behind. The nose is malty and bready - typical for this style. Malt is definitely present in the flavor profile, but the body is a bit light for style. The finish is pleasantly dry. This offering is not excellent, but it is a pretty good effort.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:57:19 | More by 57md
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper amber color with decent head and moderate carbonation. Malty, fruity aroma. Bitter and very malty taste. Decent malt balance. Toasty, caramel malty aftertaste. An average octoberfest. Finishes slightly thinner than it started. Maybe a bit more malty than we'd like.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:58:39 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of cyclonece09


3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice light red orange with little head. Smells of dark roasted malt with slight hint of chocolate. Tastes of water and malt, a little weak but leaves a great aftertaste. Beer is very drinkable, light bodied, and good carbonation. Overall, an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 04:11:15 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the classic fall beer of upstate new york. pours a redish amber browny color with a nice tall white head. the nose is sweet german malts and bready yeast, right on for the style. the flavor really features the malt, its quite bold, minerally, honey sweet. i feel like this is more authentic than many american versions. the finish is a touch too sweet i think, but the mouthfeel is awesome, more than medium body but remaining very drinkable due to the low abv and the powerful carbonation. works well in a lot of ways. its a great 6er to drink on a summer late fall day, and one that goes well with a lot of good autumnal cuisine. a very versatile brew, one of saranacs better seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 22:33:46 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of PatriotsRule


4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good octoberfest. Very easy to drink... consider yourself warned
A: Pure gold with some nice carbonation
S: Roasted malts and some spice, a bit of smoke, hops aplenty
T: Very crisp initial feeling with the hops biting my palate right away!
M: Goes down real smooth, including a pleasant tasty yeastiness like a belgian or unfiltered
O: Excellent beer. For the price (just got a sixpak at $7.50) this is absolutely outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 14:45:42 | More by PatriotsRule
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark golden color with a pretty good size fizzy cream colored head with short retaining lace.

S- clean and malty with just a hint of caramel, fresh yeasty bread and faint hop trace

T- big malty flavors from the two row and crystal malts, bready, and a hint of hops. Finishes slightly tangy and somewhat dry

M- medium body and carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel, high drinkability

O- about an average Oktoberfest in terms if taste but very drinkable and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:46:31 | More by Treyliff
Photo of magine


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy copper/amber color. Off white head settles to a lace layer head that leaves solid lace all the way down the glass. Good looks.

Brew smells of light bready malts and mild earthy hops. Mellow unassuming nose. Average nose.

Brew tastes balanced. Good medium feel; peppery hops and full bodied malts to balance the feel. Good grain and caramel malts here balanced by a earthy, spicy hops. Impressed by the feel here as I drink. This is a very good octoberfest.

One of the better octoberfests I have tried. Good brew here.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:30:31 | More by magine
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-copper coloring with a thin, foamy white coating of head. Aromas of tangy caramel, roasted nut, hints of pumpkin, and some very light spicing. The nose lends itself more to the sweet side, a touch unbalanced. Flavors are a touch light, with a roasted grain and light toffee blending in the backbone, minimal spicing, and an overall watery mouthfeel. The finish has a touch of roast and pumpkin sweetness, but it also falls short on flavor and feel. I would not seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:12:26 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear deep amber with decent off-white head. Head leaves a bit of a trace on the glass.

S- Alcohol, malty with a touch of berries. Grain.

T- Fairly noticeable citrussy hops up front that gives a bitter flash that lingers with a faint grapefruit finish. Grain middle behind the hops.

MF- Medium body with a crisp lager feel. Good carbonation (not too much, not too little).

O- Nothing bad about it, but it didn't blow me away either.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 00:21:16 | More by JOaikido
Photo of far333


3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored with a beige sizzly head that settles out quickly. Sweetish aroma of doughey malt, some corn and cinnamon. Flavors fairly match the nose, plus a metallic note, some dried leaves, mild bitterness lingers. Dry and crisp mouthfeel, a bit slick with some carbonation sting. Decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:19:23 | More by far333
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, rusty copper color, little to no head. Scent leads with caramel malt and mineral water, some stale earthy hops. Taste is light and filled with notes of sweet caramel and residual sugar, light earthiness, little hops. Light bodied, moderately carbonated. A little too much sweet and not enough of anything else to be that good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 18:59:49 | More by rfgetz
Photo of metter98

New York

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of earthy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: The taste has some flavors of caramel malts, notes of earthy hops and hints of spicy hops. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels a little more than light-bodied, smooth and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but tastes rather watered down, especially when compared to some of the other maltier beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 01:27:41 | More by metter98
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: copper colored body that yields a one finger white head that lasts for about a half minute. Some spider-web lacing is left. The body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: roasted malts up front with some subtle caramel coming in slightly spicy. As the beer warms, something stale comes across that I really didn't appreciate (never smelled that before in an Oktoberfest, weird).

T: malty yet grainy with some caramel and cinnamon harshness. The finish is dry.

M: medium and leaves a slightly sticky yet dry feel.

O: well, I only got one more of this, so I'm not complaining, this is really not something I would come back to.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 14:21:00 | More by BeerKangaroo
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2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

we all have our favorite octoberfest this isnt one of them , i tryed something diffrent and boy it bit my ass , the beer has too much head , too much foam , doesnt taste like auturm stay away from this beer if you have taste, if a poor man oto fest enjoy your favorite and dont try this one enjoy the fall beers

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:07:34 | More by wac9
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a pretty normal clear copper/amber color. An off-white head recedes to chunky bubbles. Decent rings of lacing are left on the glass.

The beer smells like spiced caramel and roasted malts.

The taste is bolted down with a solid malty, spiced grain note. Some sweet caramel comes through as the beer wears on. The finish just glazes the taste buds with cinnamon sharpness. The finish is clean and spicy. Where am I getting all of this spice from?

Mouthfeel is dry and clean.

Overall, I really like this one. It's just so, so easy to drink, and has a refreshing, clean feel. It has a great spicy feel to it, but it's subtle.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 22:04:16 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of StaveHooks


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear, copper/amber color, 2 fingers of soapy off-white head. Average retention with a few specks of lacing.

S - Dried barley dust, toasted bread, hints of caramel, mild straw aroma.

T - Toasted grain, bread crust, some caramel, chalky lager yeast, sunflower seeds, grassy hops come in rounding off the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, light to medium body, rigid feel.

A straightforward Oktoberfest. Malt bill is raw and toasty, mild hops do their job, the yeast plays a part as well. Easy drinking but nothing to seek out. One of the better beers I've sampled from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 21:27:50 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Brenden


3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A barely yellow-tinged head a finger and a half tall crowns a deep orange-red brew. It's dense and thick and when it settles a bit, it's to just under one finger and remains sturdily from then on. It leaves thick and sticky lacing strongly on the glass.
The aroma is clean but light, balanced and simple but leaning slightly too nuanced. Toasty with a clean grains undertone and a light toffee and caramel sweetness against earthy hops with a slightly herbal note, it's stronger in the flavor by a stretch. There seems to be the presence of some drier pale malts to complement, but plenty of toasty bread and sweetness to keep a fan of the style happy. There's just a nip of spiciness to the flavor as well. I'm glad to try more than my first bottle of this, because that one ended up tasting watery and metallic with a strange taint to the herbal aspect. Apparently that bottle was off.
The feel I'm not a huge fan of, not because it's too light (it's actually about medium-bodied), but because it's much too crisp and carbonated, being biting and overly fizzy. It calms down eventually, but the smoothness that follows is just enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 14:45:20 | More by Brenden
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Saranac Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.