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Saranac Octoberfest - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac OctoberfestSaranac Octoberfest

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483 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | 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 beerphan
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint glass
no date

Pours a semi-dull clear copper, with a nice one inch head that flatten to a respectable solid layer. Patchy thick lace. Medium carbonation is present.

I'm having a bad nose day, picked up roasted malts and not much else.

Taste: Malty well done lager. Caramel, bread, spice, and a tad bit of lemony hops are present. Bitter roasted spicy nut aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel that at times felt a bit watery.

This seems a very drinkable lager. Nothing to overwhelming or underwhelming.

beerphan, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden with orange hue. One finger head with good retention,and lacing. Smell is malty, and the body is light to medium and carbonated. Taste is toasted, and malty up front, with a dry, bitter finish. As for most of the Saranac products, good but not great. Still, worth a try this fall.

riversider76, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden orange. Dense one and a half finger head, shows excellent retention with a sticky patchwork of lacing. Saaz and tettanger nose, some mild toasty malts in the background. Sweet Munich/Vienna toasted malt meets with a crushing noble hop flavor. Dry aftertaste, plenty of bitterness, and monsterous floral saaz and spicy tettanger flavor. Medium bodied and high in carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, but has a dextrinous, rich texture. Nutty and toasted at first, but near the finish the german hops overpower what should be a malty beer. Despite this imbalance, it remains both very drinkable with lots of characterictic german malt and hop flavor.

PBRstreetgang, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Light copper red with a thick finger of head. Decent staying power.

S: Something's off about the smell. It has the expected O(c/k)toberfest aroma, but there's something extra in there that's not quite right. Vinegar? There's an anonymous sourness at the end of the nose.

T: Malty up front, which has traces of breadiness and spice. A bit of sweetness in the middle, like light pumpkin pie filling. Finish is bitter, but not a balanced bitter. And there's a sour/bitter tail that's not quite right for the style. Ultimately, it's like a really hot girl wearing lingerie and workboots.

M: Fairly light-bodied.

D: It's a solid stab at the style, sure. There's a nice aroma, and the maltiness is nice. But the finish isn't that great, and detracts from the beer. It was oh-so-close, but the taste was a bit off the mark.

rarevos, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of maek228
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: copper/amber...clear with visible carbonation. foamey head and good retention

Smell: the scent of this beer is rather weak...some hints of bready malts

Taste: a thin caramel and hazlenut taste is upfront mixed with some mildly sweet malts....hop finish is also mild with a pleasant bitter bite

Mouthfeel: thin...feels crisp

Drinkability: never had an octoberfest that was quite this drinkable.

*Overall Impressions* while this beer is highly drinkable and quite agreeable, it is also rather dull for an Octoberfest, which is a boring style to begin with. Overall, a good beer...but nothing to go bonkers about

maek228, May 27, 2006
Photo of claytri
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a translucent amber with a tan head. The aroma was of floral hops over malt. The taste was malt with a little caramel and a floral hop finish. The feel was medium bodied and dry. A nice Marzan, but no knockout here. A beer I wouldn't turn down, but next Oktober I'll probably sample a six of someone elses.

claytri, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Oktoberfest brew. Poured out to an appropriate dark orange color with a small white head and some notes of lace. A medium low level of carbonation was noted. Aromas of malt, hops and almost pickle like vinegar was detected. Flavor was average; some roasted malt and bread elements, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is average, slightly creamy and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good. This would be best with some pretzels and brats. Worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut color with a fizzy off whilte head of 1 cm foaming up easily. The aroma is malty toffee and caramel with a mix of earthy and spicy hops intertwined. The head fades rather rapidly.
First sip reveals an average body with medium carbonation.
Flavor is malt driven with caramel and grainy flavors dominant with some drying spicy hops come through at the finish.
The carbonation is slighty fizzy and tickles my palate. Overall the beer is easy to drink and not overly complex. A decent example of the style and a good beer to have quite a few of on a nice fall day!

sulldaddy, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled due to the efforts of Lackenhauser and The Great Pumpkin BIF.

Pours a clear amber colored beer with a fast fading tan head.

Smell is very malty with the scents of bread, malt, brown sugar and fruity yeast being the boldest. Scent is best summed up as sweet and bready.

Taste is malty with a strong flavor of dark roasted malt and hop bitterness. Distinct flavor of alcohol and some burnt sugar flavors. Flavor is a bit thin and the bitterness is a little over done.

Mouthfeel is on the light side.

An OK Oktoberfest but there are many better. Needs a bit more complexity and depth, I wouldn't seek this out but I could drink this if it was the best option available.

Zorro, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange-tan with tiny head that fell to nothing quickly. Smell is a pleasing mild toasty malt. Taste is similar. Pleasing and mild, very little hoppiness and the malt is subdued. Mouthfeel is medium thin. This is a very easy drinker. Priced cheaply enough to make it a reasonable purchase for a gathering, but there are much better Octoberfests out there.

pentathlete, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of semihobo
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A mellow orange color with some bubbling. Small but fine head, dense little bubbles. Nice bottle, pulls off a blue-and-white checkerboard pattern.

Smells of amberish malts, some fall spices reminiscent of a pumpkin ale, with significant sweet clove notes. Nothing on the hops.

Tastes better than the smell let on -- it is well-balanced after all. Not cloyingly sweet, very clean malts, and subdued spices along with some hops that come out pretty early in the taste and stay until the finish. Good balance for an O-fest, more malt but definite hops lurking. A little bit of fruit in front as it warms and some roasted notes to the malts.

Good mouthfeel, not a thick style but has a solid presence. Moderate and appropriate carbonation is long lasting.

Eh, I'd drink it again, but nothing mindboggling. This is signature Saranac ... was another malty lagerish safe beer necessary?

semihobo, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of Celt44
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dull dark amber - a little lighter than most Octoberfests. Head is frothy and doesn't last - lacing does throughout.
Aroma is mostly of malt - popcorn comes to mind also.
Taste - malt is strongest characteristic although its not strong. Pumpkin bread just baked in the oven comes to mind. Not bad at all.
Mouthfeel is most typical of most Octoberfests - smooth and light on the carbonation.
Not bad at all for the price - $4.99 at Wegman's. Smart alternative to any macro this time of year but a bit below the other seasonals I've tasted this year - Sam Adams and Brooklyn.

Celt44, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a short-lived cream colored head that left a few strings of lace. Brilliant copper colored beer with streams of fine bubbles rising along the edges. Sharp, barely sweet malt aroma that has a strange note chicken noodle soup. Faintly sweet caramal malt mixed with grassy hops. A pinch of bitterness and copper in the finish. Moderately light body is fairly. Not a very good beer. Strange aromas and hops that taste almost vegetal hide what would be a crisp refreshing malty beer.

HappyHourHero, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a 1 finger head and OK lace. Weak aroma for a Oktoberfest. Some slight malt and hop aromas - typical stuff. Its flavor is more of a weak APA and not a oktoberfest. Its more hoppy than malty, I score it low on taste not based on that its a bad beer, it just does not reflect the style well - its too hoppy for an oktoberfest. Good drinkability though. Again its not a bad beer it just does not represent the style - in my opinion.

sabrills70, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac Octoberfest....

Appearance-clear amber, decent amount of foam, head retention could be better, settles into a nice clear amber in the glass.

Smell-Saaz aroma, bready malt, spicy smells searing with alcohol

Taste-not bad, malty at first with a hop flourish as it goes down, Tettang hops come through near the end biting with the malt, rather nice though rather subdued compared to other versions.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability-well balanced, hop and malt appear but are kept in check and from getting out of control, alcohol also isn't too bad. Certaintly drinkable this time of year.

Overall-a subdued but decent version of an Octoberfest from Saranac, they always hit the style well and this is no exception. This beer is right at home with other Octoberfest entries.

TheDeuce, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. The head is a small lace but stays for the life of the beer. Has a roasted malt aroma and a slight hop bitterness. The flavor is roasted malt up front and is balance out with a spicy hop. The saaz hops stand out the most in the slighty bitter finish. This is an all around no frills Oktoberfest lager. The drinkability is almost perfect!

Luigi, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color. A tad darker then some of the other fest beers. Low aroma. Somewhat sharp and metallic. Smells like the underside of the bottle cap. Good, failry clean malty flavor. Nice sweetness in the finish. Very nice mouthfeel-holds up well overall. A very drinkable beer. Quite enjoyable and more moderately priced then a lot of the other micro fests out there.

lackenhauser, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium amber with a 3/4" head that subsides rather quickly. No lacing, and the settled crown is spotty and transparent. Served in a nonic at fridge temperature.

S - Crystal malts way up front, with a caramely/nutty backbone. Not much hops on the nose, mainly good, clean malt. A sweet, holiday cookie-like spiciness is apparent later... like something is baking in the oven nearby.

T - Clean, mildly malty beginning. The slight saaz hop bitterness is played down in the middle but finishes nicely. Great balance.

M - Light bodied, with very little carbonation, although it isn't too watery. Very easy to drink, moreso than some of the others I've tried this year. This would be one of my go-to quaffers for this fall.


yelterdow, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber / brown in color with a fleeting white head. Little to no lacing.

Smell is of faint hops with a malty base.

Flavor is a bit watery, but has a hop presence throughout. A little bit nutty as well.

Mouth feel is light bodied and goes down easy, though I don’t think I will be seeking this one out again.

Naes, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Octoberfest of the season, and it's not even September yet. I couldn't wait... let's see how this one stacks up. Pours a very fallish looking deep amber color, with a decent head that seems to be fading quickly. Nice clarity. Smell isn't really getting me overly excited. Sort of withdrawn malt scent, faint nutty smell and some grainy hints. Hmmm. Taste isn't really what I've come to expect from an Octoberfest. A little bland overall. A subtle (maybe too subtle) nutty characteristic meshes well with a slight toffee taste, but I can't tell how much of that I'm just imagining because I've been craving a good O-fest and this is the only thing I could get my hands on out here in western New York. Mainly it's just your average lager, only a little sweeter. Maybe even some corn tastes in there, and sort of reminds me of malt liquor or something. Not the best. I can't wait next week when I'll be back in Boston, hopefully there's some better selection out there, like BBC. But one thing is for sure, the O-fests are starting to come out, and that's a great thing. Mmmm.

twelvsies, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a crystal clear copper copper with moderate white head. Smell is mainly of toasted malt with caramel noted. Taste is malty, with caramel and bread found. Finished sweet and malty, but nothing that really impresses. An OK beer at best. I'm glad I only bought one of these.

tgbljb, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

connecticutpoet, May 20, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color with a subtle hop aroma. The taste is pretty average with some hop bitterness, but not very complex at all. Pretty well-balanced brew that's easy on the palate. Best part about this beer is that it is very drinkable. A decent session brew, but nothing too exciting going on here. Just a very average beer.

Jacobob10, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of JackStraw22
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer looks great in the glass, a rich orange with a decent head that goes away in a couple minutes. The one thing that stands out to me is how balanced it seems. It has enough flavor to be interesting, but light enough that it doesn't feel at all heavy, perfect for a Fall day, enjoying that last warm day before the Winter winds blow in.

JackStraw22, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of yeagerbm
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with fizzy white head. Has the smell of faint toated malt. Taste has some toasty malt sweetness with a tangy aftertaste and faint hop bitterness. Overall a pretty well balanced lager with some flavor. Easy to drink and a good choice for having a few when you're in the mood for something mellow but tasty.

yeagerbm, Nov 28, 2004
Saranac Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.