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Saranac Octoberfest - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac OctoberfestSaranac Octoberfest

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BA SCORE
79
okay

449 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: The body has a medium amber color with good clarity and a modest size, just off white head. It fades quickly down to a very thin covering that makes only a little slick lacing.

Smell: Its aroma has herbal hop notes with light hints of sweet caramel and bready malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has an average but still very good mix of sweet caramel and bready malt with spicy/herbal and mildly floral hops. It has a solid medium body with a soft texture and carbonation. The finish leans a bit towards the hops and the drinkability is very good.

Notes: Overall it's a solid yet safe Oktoberfest beer.

generallee, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery last weekend, good stuff.

Poured a slightly dark amber with a good 2 fingers of head, lacing was pretty cool.

Smell is a light malt with earthy undertones, a faint sweetness.

Taste is smooth, a mix of light malt, earthy hops, and a mild spice. Aftertaste is a bit bitter and has a tad of sour fruit.

Mouthfeel is nothing special, light bodied with a crisp start, mild finish. Maybe a bit to much carbonation.

Drinkability is good. One of the better Oktoberfest's I've had this year. Went down pretty well and I could do another or two. Not a bad seasonal by far, I'll probably grab a 6'er but this isn't something I could drink all year.

LumpyGuitar, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day ten of Oktoberfest serves up Saranac's Octoberfest lager.

Pours a coppery, golden-amber with a solid two-finger, creamy off-white head.

Aroma is mild, with just a bit of sweet malt and herbal hops detected.

Mouthfeel is good, with a nice medium carbonation and a medium body. Tastes mostly of herbal bittering hops, with not much malt showing through on the palate, aside from the faint bit that keep the beer rather balanced; it's as if the malt and the hops have switched roles in this beer.

A rather drinkable beer, but much more akin in flavor to an APA than a Märzen. If this had been brewed with a top-fermenting yeast, it'd make a decent pale ale, but it lacks the slight caramel sweetness of a good Oktoberfest.

superdedooperboy, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid if unspectacular offering from Saranac.

Pours amber with a nice, solid dense head that falls to good lacing. The aroma is strongly malty, biscuity, and dry. The flavor is malty, a bit orange citrusy, with a little spice burn at the back and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit weak, for the style, but there is a little tingle of carbonation that brings out the spiciness.

Seanibus, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A nice, solid little octoberfest. Better than the average Octoberfest, as I've been trying a lot lately and it's definitely not one of the best, but better than a lot of the others. Pours a boring yellowish-red color, but has a nice malty smell and taste. The mouthfeel are carbonation is excellent so this makes the drinkability high. Good offering from Saranac.

oriolesfan4, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the bevy of seasonals my local store is pushing...

A: Yellow orange body with a 1-finger tan head.

S: Bready malts leading into a faint orange fruitiness in the back.

T: Sour caramel, dry biscuits, just perceived fruitiness.

M: Lighter bodied, dryish.

D: In a word: Highly.

phantomwyse, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber. Two fingers of off white head form, decent retention and minimal lace.

S - Toasted grains, a touch of brown sugar, and an interesting metallic smell that just might have something to do with hops.

T - Not anything amazing going on here. There's a great sweetness early on, brown sugar with a vague fruity component, though this dies out rather quickly. The brew quickly asserts it's hop character; spicy, cheesey, and a little earthy. It's not working with the rest of the beer at all, and provides for a very bitter and metallic finish.

M - Medium bodied, leaning a little towards light. Carbonation is pretty high, accentuated the bizarre hop notes.

D - Although it's not all that well balanced and doesn't provide the malt I'm looking for in a marzen, it is fairly drinkable due to it's unoffensive nature.

PatrickJR, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers of off-white puffy foam... Golden orange color... Slow deliberate carbonation... Coats glass well...

S - Malts... Spices... Some pepper notes... Orange zest...

T - Malt... Biscuit... Spices...

M - Smooth... Medium bodied... Slightly creamy...

D - Not bad for my first Oktoberfest of the year, but hopefully not the best one I encounter... It's passable, but far from memorable...

Bottle/Artwork - Standard Saranac bottle with the exception of the blue and white diamond check pattern...

philbe311, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of clemtig76
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a translucent copper/amber with a thin tan head. The aroma was malty with a hint of spicy hops. The taste was malty with a little caramel and toffee with a spicy hop finish. A little on the thin side but very drinkable. I have had better Oktoberfests but for $5.99/six, this one hits the mark.

clemtig76, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper pour, somewhat shortlived head, but a reasonable sheeting is left behind with a touch of stick.

S: Warm, toasted malts. Not much for hop balance, but what is there is a floral aroma.

T: A little spicy. Malts are a little sweet, and the hops come out here a little strangely. Seems a bit unusually bitter, on top of a huge malt profile.

M: Medium body, an assertive carbonation. Somewhat smooth with a bit of chewiness in the middle.

D: Not among the better Oktoberfests that I've tried, but not too bad. Worth a try, and it's certainly not a drain pour.

Proteus93, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-amber color, medium off-white head and some lacing. Semi-sweet aroma with a blend of hops and malt. The flavor was very well balanced including light malt, spices, brown sugar and a little hop bitterness. I recommend this one, it's a good drink.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Timmush
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Timmush, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a ruddy, and tawny, dark-copper hue with apparent carbonation, and a minimal head that soon receded...
Smell: Light-lager essence with slight hints of caramel, malts, and butter...
Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing nuances of light bread and butter... Malt backbone is balanced out by slight Saaz hops...
Decent mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability to match...
Not bad...

dsa7783, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-orange with a thick white head and slight lacing.

Aroma is plenty of sweet bready caramel malt. Fruity with a hint of nut.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet grainy toasted malt. Light fruit. Nutty with a lingering spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Quite smooth.

A good, but not outstanding O-fest. Flavor is mild and pleasant. Worth a try.

Blakaeris, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of cjunior955
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local beer distributor still has several cases of this lying around and when it went on sale I decided to give it a go. I am familiar with Saranac products and they rarely disappoint. This beer has a nice amber color and drinks smooth. Taste is a little caramel and dash of hops, similar to a watered down version of Sam Adams. Overall a very good Octoberfest, but could have a little more flavor. Great price. $19.00 (case).

cjunior955, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend The Sage recommended this as we sampled some Saranac wares. Not bad, and better than others I've tried from Saranac, to be sure. Two fingers of off-white cap on an orange-ruby body, nicely done. The smell is a bit weak, unfortunately, with some spice and bready yeast kicking around, but not nearly enough. The taste isn't bad at all--smooth, a bit of ginger and cinnamon, caramel sweetness--making the smell all the more disappointing for what it didn't indicate. This flattens out somewhat early, dragging down the drinkability a notch. Yet this is on the whole fairly good Oktoberfest, not a top-of-the-line beer but not bad at all.

Gehrig, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Bobzilla
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Orange-brown in color, with an inital head that was thin, but ivory. After less than a minute, it vanished leaving a ring on top of the beer. The initial aroma was unusual, with sour/burnt/sulfur overtone. After letting it sit and warm up for a minute, a bready, pretzel smell starts to take over.
When it is cold: Tart and sour, with a metallic finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated. With Saaz and Tettang hops, I'm wondering where the bitterness is coming from.
As it gets warmer: Buttery diacetyl smell, a bit of sweetness, and an herbal character of the back of the tongue and throat.
This beer seems to be one that is much better with food than on its own. Anything with salt helps to cut some the bitterness of the beer. Cheese, pretzels, or a full meal, and this becomes a drinkable beer. By itself, I'd prefer one of Saranac's High Peak's series instead.

Bobzilla, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of zdk9
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark copper, crystal clear. A finger of clumpy white head gives way to some rings of lacing.

S- The first whiff reveals a light maltiness. The second- some sulferous odor. The third- Some decent hoppy fruitiness, mostly orange and lemon. Overall the smell is a bit sweet- the malt is reminiscent of corny malt liquor. But it is suffeciently complex.

T- About the same as the smell w/o any hints of sulfur, which I appreciate. The malt flavor is a little less corny, and a little more husky, but still reminds me of drinking a 40, and I would definatly love stronger hops, which would probably improve the balance.

M- Decent, good carbonation level.

D- Overall an ok beer, certainly better than the Adirondack lager, if only in complexity, but not the most balanced beer.

zdk9, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of cer40
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

cer40, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

MTNboy, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Stimack
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know it is late in the season to be reviewing an Octoberfest but I had it and is one of the only brews from Saranac I have not reviewed. This brew poured to a copper color with a very small light tan head that did not have much retention but did leave a little lacing. Te aromas seem to be mostly toasted malts with some caramel highlights The flavors are fair, would say it does not compare to Sam Adams version, just comparing it to it since it is the most readily available here and just a quick/easy standby. Caramel and Roasted flavors come out but also has a little odd aftertaste that I have never really been overly keen to. This is a brew I always have just because it seems that every fall people have it in their fridges. Many better Octoberfests available but for the price point it is not to bad.

Stimack, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a finger length white head that quickly settled down but still retained well and left adequate lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with a light fruity presence as well.

Taste is a strong caramel malt sweetness that quickly transitions into a strange tart cherry fruity harshness that caught me off guard. Mouthfeel is on the light side with fizzy carbonation.

The light body on this makes for easy drinking but I just wish there was more that excited me in the aroma and taste department. There's just too many other O-Fests out there that I'd rather spend my time and money on.

Kegatron, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Brown-copper color with a smal head, that left a ring around the glass. .

smell - Sweet malt smell here.

taste - Malt taste, with some hop taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Thin body here.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, had better octoberfest beers, but wanted to try it.

auxiliary, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of albern
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very mediocre Octoberfest beer if there ever was one. It pours a nice amber with some head and retention. The smell is sweet malts and caramel. This is a medium bodied, low carbonation lager with a flat, caramel, almost what I call a cola syrup taste that is just not that enticing. There is a sharp bite to this beer that makes no sense and I'm not certain where it comes from. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but okay, the aftertaste has that bite again. This is a one and done for me. You can do better in seeking out other beers of this style.

albern, Nov 17, 2007
Saranac Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.