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Saranac Octoberfest - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac OctoberfestSaranac Octoberfest

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429 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 429
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001)
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New York

1/5  rDev -70.9%

03-20-2013 23:43:10 | More by BGsWo22
Photo of odbjs735

New York

1.75/5  rDev -49.1%

05-07-2012 06:46:29 | More by odbjs735
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Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -41.9%

09-15-2012 00:23:49 | More by kindbill
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Rhode Island

2.03/5  rDev -41%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spices and some pale hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong pale hops flavor. The same pale hops flavor that I don’t like in their Pale Ale. There are some flavors of caramel and spice that come in next and there’s a decent malt character. The after-taste is bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, poor representation of style, there would have to be a very limited array of choice available for me to select this beer again and I certainly would not recommend it to anyone.

12-09-2007 03:22:09 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.08/5  rDev -39.5%

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

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


2.17/5  rDev -36.9%

Reviewed on 4 November 2010.

Poured at 40 degrees F into standard American pint glass. Pours a clear orange-gold, less than a 1-finger egg-white head, almost no lacing. The first ingredient in the aroma is cinnamon, just like when you put cinnamon in a homebrew. Other than that, some sweet autumn-malts. Taste didn't sit well with me. Way too bready, and the bitterness is not the kind of bittering hops we all know and love. This bitterness combines with the carbonation and destroys the roof of my mouth. The taste of cinnamon doesn't carry over heavily. It leaves a sticky, undesirable stale malt flavor on the palate. I would not recommend this as a session beer. However, Saranac has other good brews, so don't turn down the company immediately.

11-04-2010 23:43:39 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

07-08-2012 17:04:23 | More by BFC84
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

10-07-2012 23:36:53 | More by ChickenBugg
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New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

08-25-2013 01:41:15 | More by ScaryEd
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

2008 Version, September, 2008

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice 1 inch off-white head which sticks around for a while. Some sheet lacing which moves to spot as time passes. Color is on style being a nice deeper copper color.

Aroma is not very prevalent either way, not much bread/malt. Some very faint floral hops. Not a marzen in character.

The taste is definitely not on style. Little maltiness, with hops being the most prevalent characteristic. Some metallic taste in the finish, which linger and becomes hard to deal with in the end. I can't really consider this a marzen from the taste profile.

Mouthfeel is ok, at medium.

As this one is not on style, I can't really consider the drinkability here, and at a 2.5 I think I'm being charitable.

Overall, I'm very disappointed in this offering from one of my favorite "budget" brewers. I have noticed that this style from Utica seems to have gotten worse over the last few years. Maybe they should consider foregoing the style in the future? If you are looking for a budget marzen style this year, give Dundee's a try (see separate review)--much closer to the style and only $5.99 a sixer in NW Connecticut.


Picked this one up yesterday at Halftime in Poughkeepsie on my way home from New Jersey, as it is no loanger avaiable in Litchfield County, CT.

This one is ok, but just ok. I think it has been better in recent years. Not really on style in my opinion; not very malty with little bread aroma. Also, a bit hoppier than I think an O'fest should be, and pretty thin. With that said, worth a try; but I will not be buying anymore this season.

09-22-2006 22:50:10 | More by sraimondi
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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/27/08.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with almost three fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly, no lacing. Aroma is light hops and sweet malt.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, grain, and somewhat metallic. Finish is dry and bitter. Feel is light-medium body, clean and crisp. Carbonation is a bit high. Drinkability is decent. The metallic taste kinda kills it, though.

Not very good in my opinion. The taste is quite unpleasant.

10-28-2008 02:53:46 | More by bkilpatr
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2.28/5  rDev -33.7%

I would not say this beer is worth a try. It tastes like a marginal import thats popular with people that drink whatever beer they think is cool. That said, it has a light body with an almost skunky aroma. Taste is starts with overly sweet caramel followed by nice hops flavor with is then ruined by a sour skunk flavor. It wasn't bad at first, but the aftertaste is rotten. What a shame.

09-20-2006 05:57:38 | More by tempest
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New York

2.3/5  rDev -33.1%

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, amber color with a slight tan head that went away completely, leaving no lace.

S - malty/funky aroma

T - some sweet malt taste, but not very good.

M - medium/light bodied, a bit watery.

D - I had a hard time finishing the one glass, so I just 'pounded it' .

09-22-2007 14:38:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New Mexico

2.35/5  rDev -31.7%

This beer needs to be poured properly for ANY flavor or smell to emerge. Otherwise, it tastes just like Saranac Amber. My first two made me very sad as I was expecting much, much more. On my third pour, I figured, what the hell, I might as well dump it into the glass. The difference was amazing. The Octoberfest flavors sort of came out, and the night was almost salvaged.

Saranac is my go to beer and they missed the mark with this offering. I hope that they revamp the recipe.

In addition, I sampled this at the Rochester Beer fest and at a local tasting. Still the same complaint, tastes like the Amber.

09-04-2004 02:27:11 | More by wailingwench
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

07-24-2014 22:20:47 | More by atlbravsrno1
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

10-14-2012 00:55:37 | More by dmmcgove
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

02-18-2012 20:27:07 | More by chrispoint
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

A dead brown orangish brown color with a meer skim of a head. It looks flat and lifeless, however a thin and very short lived head can be seen. Aroma is light and not very active. One must really swirl this one to release the lightest fragerances. Fragerences that come out are fairly one sided sweet malts, not much else. Flavor is overly sweet and thin. Mouthfeel is very watery.

Saranac made a bad attempt at this one. Back to the drawing board.

01-20-2004 05:51:33 | More by allboutbierge
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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

02-05-2012 19:30:05 | More by jfcaa193
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New Jersey

2.53/5  rDev -26.5%

ok, seriously... how can anyone rate this beer above a "C"???
I bought a 6 pack fresh today for $5.99 in total wine and more in union. I was excited to try this beer after the Sam Adams Octoberfest I had last night.
There is no comparison.
THis beer is just plain bad.Everything about this beer (other than the price) is dissapointing. Very watery. The color, aroma, taste.. all not worthy.
Maybe I am not sure about the rating system here but C means average. Is this an above average beer?

08-23-2008 02:01:42 | More by Timmush
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2.53/5  rDev -26.5%

This was a clear amber beer with a one and a half finger head that dissipated rather quickly.

The aroma was VERY faint malt, with a mere wisp of roastedness. I expected more.

Taste was also very faint malt, no hop character.

Mouthfeel was just OK.

I wouldn't go back to this one. It was very humdrum.

05-20-2005 02:50:34 | More by connecticutpoet
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2.6/5  rDev -24.4%

Appearance- This beer is sort of Orange/amber looking. It lacks in the head and lace department.

Smell- I was not fond of the smell. It was very bland in most areas I would expect to flourish in a Marzen. It was too yeasty and bread like to be honest.

Taste- It was more sour than bitter it was not bad but some what disappointing. There was a little hops flavor to begin with but it was faint. It is fairly sweet but not in the manner that it should be. It is sort of hard to explain.

Mouthfeel- Mainly watery.

Drinkability- This beer does not represent this style of beer well.

01-05-2008 01:54:46 | More by MTNboy
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2.6/5  rDev -24.4%

This poured a clear amber with off-white head. It smelled like lemon hops and wild yeast with copper hops and some earthy caramel malt. It tasted like dry earthy barley malt, and copper and lime hops with sour yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this didn't have the best flavor, and it wasn't terribly clean either. The body was OK, but this beer just wasn't enjoyable enough to make we want to finish it. It's only really drinkable as a 2nd or 3rd beer of the night.

12-04-2008 01:49:37 | More by Pencible
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2.63/5  rDev -23.5%

This was poured into a Surly Darkness tulip glass.

Appearance- It's a hazy amber-orange body. It had about a half-finger of white foamy head. It quickly degrades to a filmy ring, no lace.

Smell- There is a caramel malt sweetness on the nose, but it is really subtle. There is a slight citrus/herbal hoppiness, almost like an orange in nature.

Taste- I can taste a general hop bitterness. There's also a slight biscuit malt at the front of the drink, but it is virtually gone by the finish. It's a little astringent. There's a slight butteriness in the finish as well. I really don't want to finish this.

Mouth feel- It's a light mouth feel, and also a bit watery. On top of that, it doesn't go down smooth. It's a little hard to swallow.

Overall- Honestly, I'm not sure what this beer may have tasted like, or if this is the beer as it was released. I really hope not, because it might as well be sold as an adjunct with how little flavor it has. It needs a much better mouth feel, not to mention a real boost in malt character to be a good example of a Maerzen.

11-03-2011 00:16:47 | More by Pintofbrown
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2.65/5  rDev -23%

Sampled this beer out of a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a light nutty brown color with some amber hues. a light white head that dissapates quickly with little lacing.

Not much aroma produced but a little malt comes through. Flavor is okay but very light compared to most other oktoberfests i have tried. It tasted and felt a little watery for the style.

While the thin body might enable you to drink more of these than some other oktoberfest beers, I believe that the lack of flavor would inhibit me from wanting to. Overall I found this beer to be very average.

01-14-2008 18:54:41 | More by cer40
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Saranac Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.