Saranac Octoberfest - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

273 Reviews
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85
very good

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 494
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery 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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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 494
Photo of rlee1390
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Clearish orange/amber, two finger head

S-Malty with some spice.

T-Rather matly, some (although more would be nice) spice as well.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, but not much carbonation and a little flat.

O-I will be having it again soon as apart of an Oktoberfest tasting so I'll see how it stacks up against some others, but it seemed bland and lacking. (355 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - excellent for a marzen. Copper color with a very frothy 3 finger head.

Smell - Not much scent but some sweet and spice is present.

Taste- For a Marzen/ Octoberfest, this is just an average beer. Its an easy drinker but slightly metallic taste to it with a little hop crispness in the finish. Needs some more flavor.

Mouthfeel - not bad for a light beer

Overall - I'm a big fan of Marzen/Octoberfest beers. This one is just ok. Easy to drink, but offers very little excitement in the taste. (506 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this octoberfest on tap. Dark clear copper color with a frothy one finger head that dissipates very slowly.
Aroma, as expected, is predominantly malty with hints of caramel, yeast and grain coming through.
Taste, similar to the aroma, is high on malts with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Feels like chewing on bread, but as you keep drinking, the breadiness does tend to get a little overwhelming. Very good lacing all along the insides of the glass.
Easy to drink and for what it's priced at, definitely worth a try. (538 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big frothy 2 finger head with sticky lacing over crystal clear copper orange amber color.

Nose reddish sweet amber malts, light toasty red malts, more amber malt aroma than marzen, light fruity floral hops.

Taste sweet malts, light amber reddish copper caramel malts, hint of cracked straw and cereal malts, light fruity hops, nice dry toasty malt finish though with some bitterness coming on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, a bit too much on the amber reddish american malt profile but gets some of the toasty cereal malts right, light hops are nice but not really right for the style. Sweetness is right, drinkable. (660 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper that is both tawny and peachy. Very bright and clear with a few bubbles. Small bone-white head that keeps a ring and, though it struggles, leaves basically nil for lace.

S: Fairly clean malts with just touches of grain, bread (barely some crust), and a hint of sweetness. Some herbal and spicy hops as well. Aroma is there, but faint.

T: The malts have some more toasty and breadcrust character than in the nose, but other wise the malts are pretty steely with mere touches of grain and sweetness to round out the central flavors. Nice balancing spicy , herbal, noble hop presence. Good flavor & some firmness to the bitterness.

M: Medium or a bit under with carbonation a tad over matched. Not aggressive or thin, but you do notice that this one is light and lively for the style.

D: Less heart and hefty than many US versions. Not that is misses the style at all, it is just a lighter, and perhaps slightly hoppy, take on a classic. Plenty enough drinkable though. (987 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another bottle that I purchased as part of a mixed-6 recently to satisfy a trade requirement.

From the bottle: "In 1878, our grandfather came to America from Germany where he apprenticed at the Duke of Baden's brewery. Brewed to the standards established over a century ago, Saranac Octoberfest is a rich, flavorful lager. We use Two-Row and Crystal malt and balance it with the pleasant bitterness of Saaz and Tettnang hops. We hope you enjoy it. Prosit!

My pour generated two fingers of tawny head with very good retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a biscuity malt quality underlain by a soft grassy hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was more grassy than malty on the tongue. The finish continued to have a more bitter than sweet quality, which was not necessarily to my liking. I think that there are better examples of the style available. (899 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear almost coppery amber. Golden highlights, frothy white head with good retention and some spotty lace

S- toasty and sweet, nice malty base with some spiciness and brown sugar. Husky and dry grassy field notes and only a touch of hops.

T- toasty again here with more grainy flavor and less sweetness. More like German examples than the robust over the top American versions and I like that. Grassy noble hops lend a mild bitterness. Finishes grainy and husky and a bit sweet.

MF- a little over carbonated perhaps. Prickly and stinging all the way down and doesn't seem to relent. Sticky on the chops with a bitter alpha oil feeling.

D- not too shabby but seems a bit lacking in some ways. Again, more akin to German versions than our super sweeties i.e. Sam Adams, great lakes, thirsty dog. (803 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear chestnut amber color with a 1 finger head that slides to a thin lace on the edge of the glass. Smells of a good malty backbone, hints of caramel, and a nice touch of spice. The taste is of nice blended malts, sweet caramel, spices clove and ginger a touch metallic on the finish. Light on the feel, nice fresh, watery lager. Very drinkable, good price, good choice for a Marzen. (443 characters)

Photo of cooch69
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep copper orange with a nice two finger head.

Nose is'nt very pronounced but mainly features biscuity malts. A slight roastiness to them as well.

Taste is smooth and creamy once again malt forward with a little bit of hops in the finish.

Many Oktoberfest's on the market and this one was deceny but not near the elite. (343 characters)

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

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): The aroma is hardly noticeable, consisting mostly of spruce and citrus. Its golden amber appearance is standard for a lager, but a bit on the light side for an Octoberfest. Minimal head. The taste is interesting: light sweetness, medium bitterness, and lightly sour. It has a crisp palate, with a thin texture and lively carbonation. The finish is clean and abrupt. Decent beer for the category. (432 characters)

Photo of therica
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= medium dark brown, fair head quickly reducing to ongoing pooling and lacing.

S= nice nose of hops florals and prune, roasted malts and light caramel.

T= following the scent, a nice burst of hops florals and prune mixed with more evident light caramel and roasted sweet malts. Modest bitterness, slightly dry. Occasionally watery where I'd prefer chewy but overall a very decent offering.

M= slightly dry with caramel and hops florals.

D= rather drinkable. Would probably go nicely with any gravy meal (chicken, beef, pork, turkey). (538 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a clear, copper/amber color with a thick and foamy head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a bready, grainy flavor to it with some light toasted malts along with some caramel coming through. A touch of citrus seems to be present as well.

The taste shows more caramel malt to is with a little toffee and toasted malts coming through as well. A little bit of an earthy, slightly herbal comes through and keeps it from becoming too sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad, it's a decent beer overall. It just wasn't anything that stood out in the style for me. (695 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Clean, light copper color with a two-finger head of creamy, white foam. Great clarity and good carbonation.

S: Light, zesty grains and a sweet, bready aroma are faint. Some floral, estery aromas blend with light, herbal hops.

T: Creamy malt flavor throws sweet, caramel malts and toasted grains into the mix with a slightly fruity malt palate. The creaminess translates nicely into the flavor, but it drys and finishes with such minimal bitterness, its tough to get too excited to take another sip.

M: Medium-bodied, clean and slightly creamy mouthfeel with a bit of a crisp finish.

D: A no-frills marzen but not a bad offering from Saranac. They have seemed to take measures not to screw up too basic of a brew and its 5.4% ABV puts it right in line with many German marzens and basic domestic fest beers. It's pretty solid, if not boring. (911 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Moment: More baseball/football watching--the best time for this sports fan... Glassware: Saranac willibecker... Appearance: Strong, autumnal orange/brown body that suggests malt and more malts--thin white head that is a bit inconsistent... Aroma: sweet, crips malt as promised; doughy accents prohibit a higher mark for aroma... Palate: medium-bodied with a late fizziness; otherwise, flat and lacking a strong mouthfeel... Taste: a bit flat, delivered with the quality of a cola; monolithic in its delivery of malt; the malts themselves taste slightly roasted and stay true to their aroma... Overall: This "limited release" is a serviceable sessioner--and I am a fool for an Oktoberfest ANYTHING--and yet, imperfect hints of metal ping at certain points taper my enthusiasm; truth be told, I bought a case and have not been disappointed in reaching for a pair or three per night the past few weekends... (908 characters)

Photo of weller1js
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours clear, golden-orange with moderate carbonation, with light foam that dissipates quickly, and slight ring of lacing.

smell: light and earthy, malts are light yet have a toasty undertone.

taste: taste is clean and lighter, malt taste are balance between their harvest-earthiness and a light toasty touch that enhances the bitters of the hops.

drinkability: a lighter take on the Märzen style with some pleasant typical lager attributes, pleasant to drink. (475 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice lighter copper color with good bubbles and nice thin clumps of lacing, with a head that likes to stay above the body of the brew quite nicely at about 1/2".

Smell: Grains, earthiness, some nice crisp malt sweetness, a bit of toffee and caramel, and a nice touch of citrus.

Taste: There's a nice herbal and citrus touch to this that mingles nicely with the lighter and subtle coffee and toffee flavors along with the mild fruit esters. Lingering balance between caramel malts, light esters, and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with nice crisp carbonation on the back end.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine, but for the QPR this is tasty and a decent domestic version of the style, and maybe one of Saranac's better brews. (801 characters)

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.24/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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. (752 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold/amber color. Poured a 1 finger slightly off-white head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted lazily. Patches of lace slid down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet, bready wet grains. A hint of grass and honey

T: Sweet bready malt. Mild bitter; just enough to balance.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and a alittle coating though carbonation and mild bitter clean it up.

D: Very drinkable; goes down real easy. Smooth and balanced while fairly flavorful. (478 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Pours a translucent copper with a 2.5 inch, fluffy, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with sticky strands of lacing present during the tasting. Aromas are very light; however, there seems to be a trace of citrus, caramel malt and a slightly skunky quality. Taste follows nose - skunk is less dominant and the malty character expresses itself a bit more; however, there is also a slight metallic character that manifests itself towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to the light side of the spectrum), with a lively, almost fizzy, carbonation. Not a bad Marzen, perhaps a little too much carbonation, and some slightly off-putting flavors, but drinkability actually isn't all that bad. (791 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a amber-copper color with an off white head. A good few fingers of head at first, though this drops down rather quickly without leaving too much lace behind. The nose is a bit of caramel malt and bread as well as some light hop notes. The taste is mostly some caramel and bread and not too much else. Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly plain, but still tasty. (394 characters)

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

Pours a lighter amber than most oktoberfests. Nice white head, but below average lacing and decent retention. Complex aroma. Caramel, wheat, floral and citrus hop aroma with a bit of alcohol as well. Taste starts with a hint of sweet caramel/toffee malt and also some citrus and floral hops. Hoppier than more oktoberfests. A little grass and wheat flavor in there as well. Nothing too strong about the flavor and even a bit watery. Light bodied. (446 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this an an extra in a trade with joeybeerbelly... Thanks, Joe!

I liked this brew for what it was... A highly drinkable Marzen.. It didn't try to do too much... Nice toasted malts with a kiss of hops...

Easy drinking brew that I could session with food easily... (273 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of a autumn-themed mixed sixer. Poured into a conical pint glass. This pours a crystal clear dark amber-orange with a thin white head on top. Dissipated to a thin collar on the edges. Lightest of lace left behind. The smell is basic, with some faint caramel and light fruit.

The malts profile is fairly basic. Not the most complex beer out there. Light sweetness noted, but the aftertaste is bitter and reminds me of veggies. I've had better balanced festbiers for sure. Mouthfeel is a little on the spritzy side. Smooth this one out a bit more. It's not bad for the price, but probably the least enjoyable of the style I've had this year. (659 characters)

Photo of KeithStolte
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance was a nice mixture of an Amber and Copper color with a medium head. Not much Carbonation and little lacing. Head dissipated within 1.5 mins.

Smells of Honey and Corn, and a hint of grass.

Taste was slightly hoppy and very mild in malts.

Mouth leaves a crisp light taste in the mouth, possibly from a lower carbonation than other Märzen beers in my experience.

Drinkability is smooth and goes down easy. Definitely easy to go down in succession, keeping in the tradition of Oktoberfest beers with multiple servings of 1L steins.

Pairing: Best pairing with food so far was with a beef stew. It matched the heaviness of the stew and mixture of the vegetable aftertaste with the beer elevated the overall dinner experience. (780 characters)

Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear copper with a medium white head. The aroma is very bready, sweet, little grassy. The flavor is pretty standard marzen, bready and sweet with ligth hoppy finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. A standard marzen, decent session type brew. (267 characters)

Saranac Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.