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

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of pezoids
4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous looking beer with it’s deep cherry amber orange color, almond cream head and intricate lacing that’s left on the glass. The aroma, although light, is like a cherry cream chocolate cordial. Very inviting. Fruity and complex with bits of caramel, fig, chestnut and oak – with even maybe a slight touch of pineapple in there. The taste is bittersweet with emphasis on the rich caramel and nutty notes. The medium light body just seems right in this one. Has some malt character and finishes clean and satisfying. Wow, the quality of this one really blindsided me. I guess I wasn’t prepared for how good this was!

pezoids, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of shoemz
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

shoemz, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bold copper color with a half inch of tan foam and lacing that lasts to the end. It's aroma is of nuts, caramel, and roasted malt. The flavor is nutty with caramel and vanilla notes. There is a very good balance between the malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness that shows in the finish. The hops fade as it warms and the malt again shows through, very complex. It has a medium mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish. Saranac Seasons Best - Nut Brown Lager is an outstanding beer, very drinkable, highly recommended!

B967ierhunter177, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of shippos
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent appearence with a brown amber color and tan-off white head. has a floral hoppy aroma with a rich malty hint. chocolaty chewy taste very nicely balanced. has a spicy hoppy aftertaste. wouldn't know this is a lager if it didn't say so on the bottle. very nice and very drinkable.

shippos, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of MVotter
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Saranac Season's Best Nut Brown Lager pours into a chalice a clear ice tea-brown with a 1/2 inch tan head which quickly dissipates ... some thin lacing as you drink it down.

The nose is of roasted malts, breads.

The taste is an interesting blend of hops up front, followed by a coffee malt flavor. The finish melds the two together, with the coffee-malts prevailing.

The mouthfeel is nice and effervescent, medium gravity and ultimately, a dry experience for the palate.

I look forward to this brew each Holiday season. It is an extremely drinkable, tasty offering by the people at Saranac.

Bravo! And, uh, Happy Holidays in late June ... ha, ha, ho, ho!

MVotter, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of HEADYdb
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

HEADYdb, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of sraimondi
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as part of the 12 beers of Winter. I must say that this is a really good offering from Utica, NY. While it doesn't exhibit the strong "nut like" nose or flavor of say a Sam Smith's, it is a good quality brew, which seems to be a good session brew. I will have to seek this out on draught, next time I go thru Utica on the way to Buffalo. Pours a nice deep brown color with a nice 1 to 1.5 inch head which retains for a bit, followed by nice lacing. The flavor is malty, with some honey tones to smooth things out, with a very faint hop character at the end. All in all, one of the better brews from Matt's. Yummy.

sraimondi, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of JamesS
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice semi-deep brown with a bit of head and a tiny bit of lacing. Nice deep and malty scent, hints of nuts, but mostly malt. Good deep taste, nice malty brown ale (ent draught) with a perceptible nutty flavor. Goes down very well. An excellent beer, much like a standard nut brown ale, but evidently with a lager yeast, making it nice and smooth.

JamesS, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of RBorsato
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown with a nice full creamy beige head. Light caramel and nutty aroma and flavor; very nice Dunkel type character although a bit on the light side in flavor. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice finish.

Not nearly as caramelish as most Saranac brews ... very sessionable.

Per label: "Blend of Domestic and Belgian malts"

'2723' lasered on neck (2003 Winter Seasonal sampler)
Tasted: 05/23/05

RBorsato, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of Justin23060
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brown with some amber highlights. Stiff head of ivory which laced the glass pretty well. Smells caramely and malty. Lightly hopped with some nice chocolatey malt. Didn't get nut until it warmed a bit. Not too sweet, not too dry. Mouthfeel is thin but not watered down kinda thin. Goes quite well with a nice hot bowl of ministrone. I look forward to this every year.

Justin23060, Apr 10, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber in color (but still very clear) with an egg shell white head that poured two fingers thick. Pretty lasting lace.

Rich, chocolate malty aroma with a subtle but noteable flowery hop balance. Very inviting.

Rich, thick body with dark malt flavor (crystal and chocolate?). The bittering hops show up immediately and powerfully during the tasting. The hops used are obviously meant for bittering and flavor rather than aroma. The aftertaste starts with a caramel/buttery feel that quickly moves toward the bitter.

The mouthfeel is almost a hybrid. It has the fullness and "roundness" of an ale, yet it is crisp like a lager. Carbonation is as expected.

A very good beer that is much more hoppy than most dunkels. I lean toward hops. If I was grading against style, I'd probably dock this one. But with my preferences, I like this more than the usually dark lagers because it is so much more flavorful (to me).

smcolw, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of kkosmoski
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Longneck poured into a large Ayinger glass. Very deep amber to light red color with a heaping of offwhite head. Very clear with just a bit of carbonation rising. Aroma of toffee, chocolate chip cookie dough, and caramel. Flavors include dark toast, caramel, hint of chocolate, toasted nuts, and a bit of a spicy bitterness in the finish to balance everything out. Feel of the beer is medium, and the carbonation is not overdone. Drinkability is good on this lager, though it is geared toward the malty side, there is some dry bitterness that comes in and keeps it in check. A pretty solid beer year to year from Saranac and a winner in the winter 12-pack.

kkosmoski, Jan 08, 2009
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4.04/5  rDev +16.1%

KWolf, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: The body had a nice deep brownish amber color with good clarity. Its head was light tan in color, big and think with very good retention. It also made lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has big, sweet and malty body with some light nutty and fruity notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a solid toasted malty character with a mellow buttery/nutty presence. Hop flavor is modest, slightly floral, and adds just enough bitterness for some balance. The hops comes out more towards the finish which is fairly clean and somewhat dryer. The texture is wet and easy drinking with average carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: Overall this is a solid ale and works well as one of Saranac's Winter Seasonal beers.

generallee, Dec 05, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on Super Bowl Sunday 2009 from 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 2678-I157. Part of the Saranac Winter 12-pack.

Appearance - Gorgeous dark brown with a good amount of foamy off-white head that stays together for a few minutes. Good lacing on the pint glass.

Aroma - Malts, hops, and nuts or raisins. Quite inviting.

Mouthfeel - Medium to bold. Remains in tact for a decent amount of time after swishing on the tongue.

Taste - Great balance of malts and hops. Mildly bitter with a slightly dry finish. No aftertaste to speak of. Easy to drink.

No ifs, ands, or buts, I thought this one was a nice brew.

puboflyons, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Shiloh
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew arrived a clear medium copper, almost tea like in presence.
The tan head was short leaving behind an above average ring and glass cling.
Carbonation at first sight was a burst of large bubbles and thick, then limited.
Nose had a middle of the road pleasent nuttiness with a minor of assorted spices.
An exellent taste that starts to a light malt presence that balances very well to a nut hoppiness with a dark chocolate back.
Very impressive.

Shiloh, Dec 23, 2003
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of JT2875
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a dark amber brew with a small head a decent retention. Appears to be a nut brown.

S- Coffee, nuts, caramel, and sweet. Crisp and clean smell.

T- Hit with a coffee, nut taste and then the caramel balances it off. Really pick up the malts in the finish.

M- Creamy with good carbonation.

D- Goes down nice and smooth and with the low ABV it's something you can drink and relax. Pretty good brew.

JT2875, Jan 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

speedball33, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +14.9%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Kahlerbock, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

fizzyted, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of justincolts
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nutty spiced brown ale of a seasonal/winter beer. Nothing particularly special, but good nonetheless. Has an aroma of a typical nut brown ale, and its good. Very drinkable, good body, admiral taste, good smell, overall pretty solid. Not groundbreaking but not everything has to be. Nice stuff overall.

justincolts, Jan 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed as popping into this to review it's listed as just "New York." Wrong. Saranac, or Matt Brewing, is Utica, NY: closing in on 300 miles away. And they don't vend out. In fact they even brew some of Sam's product for them.

A bit low on the body, but pleasant. The lager sense: to me usually a bit sulfuric/acidic, is low. Plenty of carbonation and head that's pleasing to the mouthfeel with melanoidins filling up the mouth despite lower gravity. Nose is malt: caramel/Belgian-ish (as in brown, not any of the funk.), no hops and a hint of hops.

Taste: a nice nutty brown malt with slight bitter way in the background.

Could qualify as Northern Brown light, except the lager yeast. But Matt's has made a serious attempt to brew not just many style, but unique one. While each one is not perfect, I applaud that fact, rather than weak, at best, attempts of Yuegling, or the pathetic attempts by AB/Inbev, Miller or, on a very slight less scale, Coors/Blue Moon. (Yes, I do know they've been bought out, just making a distinction here.)

The point is more good beer, and to find unique new styles: not to go anywhere near the sameness of style that was American brew for too %$#@! long.

This beer qualifies as all that, so I probably scored it a bit higher. (Unlike Matt's White IPA.) I prefer to reward effort too.

kencarman, May 13, 2012
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Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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