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Saranac Octoberfest | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Reviews: 277 | Ratings: 525
Photo of PatriotsRule
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of magine
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of wac9
2.06/5  rDev -40.3%
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

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a semi-creamy beige head that foams well at first, and then breaks down. Very little foam that sticks to your glass, but the constant stream of bubbles from the bottom keeps a thin layer on top of the brew.

Aroma has hints of citrusy hops, with a bit of caramel malt.

Taste starts with the malts, then finishes with the citrus and bitterness of the hops.

Feels crisp in your mouth, but a bit watery. Moderate carbonation makes for an easy drinking beer.

The flavors are very subtle, a good (but not great) Octoberfest.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

99cent tick. Can't say no to that. Best by 31 Jan 2012.

A clear coppery orange, this beer is capped with a dense, off-white head with solid retention. Lacing isn't particularly noticeable. For an amber marzen, this is a little light. The nose is surprisingly nice. A dusty, earthy, lemony hop character is quite prominent, along with a moderate caramel and brown sugar note. A little bready, but lacking the richness you'd expect if Munich malt was used, this is pretty solid. Fairly clean with a little bit of sulfur.

The palate leans strongly on the hops, particularly the earthy and dusty Tettnangs, lending both, a mild bitterness and moderate flavor. Moderate caramel and mild brown sugar characteristics are present. Drying on the finish with a lingering hop bitterness and a little burnt toast, this beer feels just a touch watery on the mid-palate. Carbonation is moderate. Apart from my quibble about the watery mouthfeel, I have no major complaints about this beer. None of the sulfur of the nose is present on the palate. In addition, the hops add an almost mineral note to the beer. Solid stuff from a brewery that I drank a LOT of in my earlier days.

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Photo of jmarklan
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper color. Decent sized head that dissipates fairly quickly. Modest lacing.

S: Not much in the aroma, very clean. Some grainy malts
with a touch of hops and alcohol.

T: Simple taste, not too flavorful but that's not a problem. Caramel malts dominate with a touch of grain and a slight kiss of hops in the finish. Pleasant aftertaste.

M: Medium body, very drinkable. I'd like a little less carbonation though.

Overall: This octoberfest won't blow your mind by any means, but there's nothing wrong with simplicity from time to time. Decent flavor and very drinkable.

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Photo of jb413
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice coppery, amber Octoberfest. White fizzy head dissipated a little quick but left some lacing that lasted somewhat.

S - Nice, some lighter malt maybe a little toasted and some hops. Smells like autumn!

T - A solid balance of sweet / caramel hops and a slightly bitter hoppy back end. Had that nice lingering subtle sweetness which I also found in the Harpoon Oct.

MF - Really liked the medium body, perfect carbonation, and wet palate aftertaste.

O - Great, would buy again. Looks nice, and tastes nice. My first brew from this company and its a nice first impression.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Otter Creek Octoberfest.

A: Clear amber with two-finger, white creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Malt and fruit. Some spicy hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and hop bitterness. Tangy, citrus-like, and fruity. Some malt shines through. I think I taste alcohol though.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and slightly dry.

O: Something about the taste rubs me the wrong way. But, this beer looks phenomenal. I liked the Otter Creek better.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark amber with a half inch foamy off-white head. Slight lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet, slightly hoppy, with a faint aroma of citrus. Taste is also sweet and crisp. Very easy to drink. All in all, one of the better everyday octobefests.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date anywhere, diamond checkered blue and white back ground on the label going for the festive look.

Appearance: Crystal clear aged copper colour with a patchy spider web like lace, decent head retention with a powdery lace floating on top.

Smell: Clean malt aroma with a touch of caramel and bread, agreeable and mildly spicy and floral hop nose matches well with the malt.

Taste: Body holds up to being medium in size, smoothness flows on the tongue with its softened carbonation. Maltiness gets a little creamy and shows some caramel and toasted bread. Hop bitterness is both spicy and a mix of herbal / floral … but certainly more spicy though does not even come close to overtake the malt. Alcohol is evident with a clean warming sensation. Small dose of sweetness that is thoroughly balanced. Fresh milled grain taste flavor helps to wrap up the finish.

Notes: What this beer lacks in complexity is makes up for in sheer drinkability, it goes just as good with bratwurst and sauerkraut than any other Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack Fall sampler. Freshness code on bottle.

Pours a clear orange, with an off-white head. Smell is tart hops and toffee. Taste is quite acrid, and nutty. Severish finish - hops are strong. Bit of cereal body, totally acceptable. Also, a chemical taste I can't quite figure out..

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Photo of tdm168
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of foamy head. Good retention. The nose has notes of caramel malt and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is mild caramel with grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a decent, sessionable beer, but it's not a great marzen. The flavors don't mesh and the flavor profile is a little too mild.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ba Review #69
Served On: 9/30/2011
Glassware: Mug

This was from the 2011 Saranac 12 Beers A-Falling 12 pack.

Look: Poured a hazy copper-orange with yellow highlights. Head was ½ finger of eggshell colored foam.

Smell: Aroma had nice spicy lager notes with big malts coming through. I also got some orange peel and some mellow citrus.

Taste: First was a nice spicy biscuit. Then a slight fruity note hit with a watery toasted malt that lead into the finish. The spicy biscuit returned for the finish and aftertaste while a faint citrus lingered.

This was a pleasant Oktoberfest from the good folks at Matt Brewing. It doesn’t quite hold up to others I’ve had like Flying Dog Dogtoberfest for example, but is certainly holds true to the style.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is amber with slight hints of red and smell is in sync with the overall presentation of this beer. This beer has a nice smell that goes well with the taste. The surprise is the finish leaving a nice mouthfeel. Overall this is drinkable and well worth the trip. Will go nice with some old bay shrimp.

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Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 beers a fallin'. Been pleasantly surprised so far as the Saranac mixed packs don't get no respect. Poured from the bottle into my Geordie Schooner. Nice frothy head and copper amber color. Typical malty scent with just a touch of hops. Nice and bready. Paired with a sauerkraut dog. Nice complement. A good basic 'festbier.

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Saranac Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.