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Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown LagerSaranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager

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BA SCORE
79
okay

232 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 232
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%


Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-23-2002)
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sjohansen

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Season's Best poured a red tipped shade of mahogany. The clarity is pretty brilliant, with tons of tiny bubbles racing to the top. They form a slightly off white, thick and rocky two finger head. Head sticks around through almost the entire session. Lace goes ring for sip for the full twelve rounds. This winter lager looks fantastic.

Earthy malt in the nose. Spicy/piney hops. Something in the smell puts me off a little. Can't put my finger on it.

Taste is overly spicy throughout, even as it warms. Great bite in the finish. I found the balance leaning a little more to the hops side. Malts are overpowered, but deliver some sweet smoothness in the front of the palate. Before I can really get a handle on them, whether they're chocolate or coffee hinted, maybe caramel noted, the hops clear everything out, and the beer is gone.

Medium bodied with great carbonation.

Well, it was certainly refreshing for the little amount of time it occupied my glass. This is a really decent lager, but season's best it's not. There are quite a bit of other selections around the winter months that are more intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 01:21:51 | More by sjohansen
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Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.