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Saranac Octoberfest - Matt Brewing Company

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493 Ratings
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester. What a great place!!

Served in a standard pint the beer is copper colored with a smallish off-white head.

The aroma is of sweet malts and caramel.

The beer tastes sweet with toffee and grains. Something apple like adds some fruity embellishments. It has a slightly nutty finish.

The mouth is fine, but I would like to see it beefed up a bit.

This is a fine modern Oktoberfest that is very easy to session.

Photo of maddogruss
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head. Shortly reduces to a nice lacing that holds throughout the beer.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell. Nice and smooth.

T: Malts were also very evident in the taste. There was a slightly alcoholic aftertaste, but a nice, sweet malty taste overall.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied beer that was easy to drink.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Smooth and crisp taste makes it nice and easy to drink.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with an average off-white head that dissipated into a small cap. The smell is of caramel malt and light spicy hops. This marzen starts of sweet with the caramel malt but is quickly offset by spicy and somewhat bitter/metallic hops. The malt has some toasted qualities to it. The feel is moderate and well carbonated and finished a tad on the bitter side. A fairly clean and refreshing brew, probably one of the better Saranac offering that I have had.

Photo of billybob
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper color with a large off white head that holds up well and a fair amount of lacing. floral aromas with a slight hop and spice there also. bready malt taste with a citrus lemon turning to a slightly bitter grapefruit hop finish. mouthfeel is light and carbonation is crisp. not bad but not my first choice.

Photo of kdog630
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color with 1/4 inch of head which quickly dissipated. Nice malty aroma and flavor. Much richer than other domestic Oktoberfests I've had.

Despite very little head and little if any lacing, the flavor and mouthfeel were above average. Sweet but with a good balance. Nice clean finish.

I'm not much for Oktoberfests, but this is one of the better ones I've had in a while. If I'm in the Upstate area again, I'll give it another go.

Photo of funkengruven
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a pale amber, with some head. I found this to be more pale than other Oktoberfest beers I've had in the past. Smell is abundantly malty, with some hops. This is also reflected in the flavor as well. Hops and malt are present. It goes down quite easily, relatively smooth. Overall I'd say this is a pretty solid brew. Nice session beer.

Photo of animal69
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

an excellent 'fest; prob. the best U.S. brewed so far, beautiful light amber color w/ a creamy head that dissapates quickly; malty-yeasty aroma w/ slight hop presence;quite bitter for a fest, might be the malt tho, there's plenty of that toasty carmel malt ; a little thin w/ only slightly more body than their pils.; overall a good little number, i don't know where you live , but here in NY it's on every grocers shelf,i recommend picking up a 12 pack or 2 (it's moderately priced) for your fall gatherings.

edit 9/10/08: This years offering seems a bit thicker than last years and not as dry...

Photo of ralree
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice fluffy white 2-finger head, pretty clear red color. Dissipates to lacing in about 2 minutes.

S: Caramel malt and a nice sweet smell.

T: Taste is pretty bitter, has some nice bitter-sweet flavor. Has a good fruity start. Aftertaste is very bitter, but the tongue gets used to it fast. Slight alkaline note at the end. Alcohol isn't too noticeable, but it's there. Pretty tasty, actually.

M: Just right - not too watery and not too heavy. Coats the mouth for a short period of time, but doesn't linger too long. Leaves a clean feel after about 10 seconds. Not astringent. A bit bubbly, but in a nice way - doesn't burn the tongue.

D: Very drinkable - could put a couple of these down pretty easily.

Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Nice, foamy head. Bubbly. Clear, cooper in color.

Smell: Really nice malty aroma.

Taste: This is a wonderfully slow aged Octoberfest brew. One of my favorites. Malty, but balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, but balanced by the malt.

Drinkability: Goes down smoothly. Leaves a nice after taste.

One of the better Octoberfests in my opinion.

Photo of horshack7
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a golden amber red with light head retention.

Aromas: Nice dried fruit notes and slight caramel malt notes. The hop aromas show through very well.

Tastes: Slight fruit notes with mild caramel notes. Medium bodied and a little crisp on the pallate.

Notes: This one is not too shaby it is certainly a solid year round beer.Cheers

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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' .

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sep 18, 2007
Pours a four-finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Flavor is slightly malty but hops are balancing. Still nothing to light your fire here. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Oct 3, 2003
Pours with a minor, white head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Clear light, amber color, starts malty, finishes smooth and hoppy/malty. Nose is sweet and malty. Good carbonation. Light bodied not heavy at all as some reviewers have mentioned. Not as rich as the brewer claims. The ABV is 5.3%.

Photo of Brad007
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with minimal head and some lacing. Aroma is somewhat malty and smoked a bit. Taste is somewhat of the same except that it's a bit thin and watery upfront. Can still taste the malt and smokiness though. Still quite drinkable but not the best example of this style that I've had. If it had a more fuller body, it might rate higher.

Still, Saranac is a good introduction to craft beer for the macro drinkers.

Photo of scarletfire79
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it had a heineken kind of skunk smell and taste to it. kind of strange. almost clear brown in color. the moutfeel was kind of thick and the flavor very middle of the road. not bad, just exactly what i have come to expect from saranac. very hit or miss, some beers are fairly solid and others are better suited for cooking.

Photo of kellyst
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper and browns. Decent white head that lasts. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet and carmelly. Very malty.

T: Lots of carmel and malt. Kind of sweet for an Oktoberfest. Some biscuity flavors. A little hop bitterness. Too much carbonation.

D: Very high. Very tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of bboven
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

light, wort-chiller copper colored with a surprisingly decent head and lacing.

Great malt aroma with a little bit of light hop dancing around. Smells like a sweet bread.

A little over-carbonated and thin, but I've got to be picky about something.

Very inviting and drinkable. This would be a great beer to introduce to macro-swilling friends.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: reviewing from notes. Not as detailed as current reviews...

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a brownish copper color with a 2-inch foamy head that left a small beige ring.

S - Malt and caramel notes...lingering sweetness. Hint of orange peel.

T - Some biscuits notes with a malty backbone. Sweet orange with a little hoppy bitterness in the finish. More flavorful than I expected.

M - A little on the thin side with a crisp, bubbly finish.

D - I'll probably say it in every Saranac review, but they all seem to resemble each other...but as far as this goes, it was enjoyable. Wouldn't seek out again - more of a 'hit-the-spot' seasonal.

Photo of daliandragon
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unfortunately, I was right again. Saranac usually puts out attractive but ultimately unfulfilling versions of a wide spectrum of beer styles, all drinkable and okay but most of them a bit "off" This was really the case here as well.

Decent nose with caramel and familiar sweet two row malts to accompany an appropriately Marzen color, head, and lacing. Head and overall mouthfeel both possessed an otstanding creaminess I haven't seen in other Saranac beers. Taste has a brief hoppy kick at the end of the sip along with the sweet, nutty malt notes. Nicely dry and clean in the finish. Not a terrible beer, just not awesome among available other Oktoberfest beers.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger pillowy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel malt and a solid noble hop.

The taste was well balanced with a light caramel malt and a good toasted grain bill.

The mouthfeel was good with perfect carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable Octoberfest. Not overly sweet. Very sessionable and something to look forward to as the days get shorter.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this Octoberfest pours on a dark orange-ish brown, with a thin tan head and lots of busy carbonation

S - citrusy malt profile up front, with a nice hoppy background, rather inviting, but not terribly complex

T - the hop profile is far more intense in the taste than i expected, a nice piney hop background with a grapefruit flavor, nearly floral up front with the same malt profile that was in the aroma

M&D - smooth and easily drinkable, more complex in the taste than in the aroma, a decent O-fest, especially for an American one

Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium golden orange amber with a smallish white head that melts to a faint ring of lacing.
Aroma is toasted amber malt and bready yeast.
Taste is not as sweet as I am used to in a 'fest so took a minute to get used to. Toasted amber malt followed by slightly citrus hops...simple and totally non-complex, but satisfying none the less.
Aftertaste is clean and lightly drying.
This is a 'fest I could session very easily simply because it IS so simple.
Thanks Jimi for another brew experience.

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out an amber color with a small, short-lived head.

S - Smells of sweet biscuity malt and a grassy quality.

T - Nice burnt toast malt with a touch of caramel, toffee and coffe. Also, a hint of hop bitterness

M - It is crisp, sharp and medium-bodied.

D - This is one of the better offerings from Saranac. I found this one much more enjoyable than previous years.

Photo of veech
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If I were to review this beer based on the first couple of sips it would be much lower than what I'm giving them currently. This beer actually significantly improved as it warmed. Initially it had a very astringent diacetyl that shrouded all other flavors. That actually dissipated as I drank on. A more appropriate malt laden sweetness that Marzens should have came through as time passed. Mouthfeel was a little off as well as it seemed a little grainy and foamy. I don't think spoilage plays into it, but I did get the beer in South Carolina which is a ways from NY state. Overall not bad, but certainly not great. There are much better options for the Octoberfest fans.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to an O'fest style mug. The Liquid is a light copper with good carbonation. The head in light white and 2 full fingers, it leaves a good lace.

The smell is light carmel malt. Hmm Smells like a Marzen. Cool

The taste is A OK, Matzen all the way. a light toasty carmel taste, slightly sweet.Great hopy balance. Well done Matt.

The mouthfeel is ok, carbonation good body medium. OK.

The drinkability is high, as this beer is true to a highly drinkable style. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

I had another 4-4-2007 and it held up nice real solid Marzen. IMO

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange amber with decent clarity and a thin, very well-retained head that leaves rings of lacing.

The smell is of roasted grain, some sweet malt and a touch of breadiness. All on mild side.

The taste is well-balanced between malt and hops. Earthy hops and moderately sweet malt with a touch of citrus are all mild, but pleasant. The taste remains consistant throughout.

The feel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied. The texture is smooth.

Very easy drinking. A smooth, refreshing "session" brew. Good to have another fresh lager O-fest. Not that the amber ales that are released as O-fest seasonals are all that bad at all - but, nice to have a smooth, fresh beer that fits the style well. This is a nice traditional O-fests from the American craft industry, especially where body and drinkability are concerned.

Saranac Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.