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

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

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235 Ratings

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

From Notes....

A- Pours a mainly clear coppery color with orange/red hues lurking in the background. The head is superb, being a solid three fingers thick, and it slowly settles down into a thick meringue like layer over the brew. I should note that it is also a light caramel color overall. The lacing is also excellent, as thick, dense bubbles cling to the glass throughout the entirety of the brew. A very impressive looking beer!

S- I can't say that this has an overall Vienna Lager type aroma. While I did find this to have a much more dominant hop aroma than I would have envisioned, it still does have malt sweetness, that smelled somewhat honeyed. I suppose there is some nuttiness hidden in there as well, but it is muted.

T- The flavors follow the aromas fairly close, with nice caramel malts that are sweet like toffee/honey, but there is also quite a bitter hop flavor profile that reminded me more of a pale ale, with citrus like tang and some cloves/pepper spice mixed in. The finish is bittering and dry.

M- This wasn't a thick beer, but has a solid medium body. The carbonation was somewhere in between creamy and palate scrubbing, but it helped to enhance the richness of the flavors.

O- This is a very decent beer, although I don't find it to match up to the style listed here. It is well balanced between sweet and bitter, and it is more suited to be an APA in my opinion. I like it and think it would go better with a steak dinner rather than on its own. I would get this again if given the chance and recommend it to fellow BA's!!

01-30-2013 22:50:17 | More by ChrisCage
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-29-2013 16:38:28 | More by DmanGTR
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

01-24-2013 01:35:56 | More by FCRICH
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New York

3/5  rDev -13.8%

01-23-2013 19:54:14 | More by phishbone23
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

01-12-2013 03:22:24 | More by OldTime
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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

01-05-2013 22:46:39 | More by chefduff2
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

01-04-2013 18:10:59 | More by kizyle
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-31-2012 00:11:50 | More by Sipchue
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-26-2012 17:22:28 | More by chucksim
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-11-2012 02:01:39 | More by cliff1066
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -10.9%

appearance: dark brown, very clean/clear, frothy head, long lace

smell: malty, slight hops, slight fusels

taste: dry bready malt, a bit peppery, slight bitterness up front, fast, slightly dry

mouthfeel: hoppy spice at the beginning, smooths out to a malty alcoholic feel, thick, dry finish

overall: not overly spicy as the style would indicate, hoppy for a brown, hops a bit unbalanced and simple

12-11-2012 01:01:42 | More by stxp
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-07-2012 22:53:47 | More by Damian74Shensky
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-05-2012 02:35:43 | More by GFD400
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3.28/5  rDev -5.7%

Cracked open a bottle to wash down some korean takeout. It poured a clear brown with a short, white head. The aroma is a mix of toasty malt and honey. The flavor has a slightly nutty character with the caramel malts, but it also tastes like a there's a little adjunct (corn, I think) mixed in. Overall, this kind of tastes like a slightly darker Yuengling lager. Saranac makes better beer. I'd stick to with the Black Forest.

12-02-2012 02:33:18 | More by tempest
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-28-2012 03:57:28 | More by Thunderballroom
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

11-19-2012 03:12:08 | More by LJWalker
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3.43/5  rDev -1.4%

A pretty good season beer.

Head pours up with a shade of deep brown. acceptable for a nut ale.

Its best to let it breath well before you drink it. It had a wonderful spice note complemented the powerful nut flavor. only down side is the spice sat pretty heavy in my mouth after I drank. Overall a pretty good beer.

11-09-2012 14:13:23 | More by flannelandbrews
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New York

4/5  rDev +14.9%

11-01-2012 15:50:25 | More by cbord459
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-02-2012 04:35:52 | More by WDJersey
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

06-24-2012 20:32:42 | More by djlegge1
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New York

2/5  rDev -42.5%

06-21-2012 03:54:43 | More by mitch3114
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-10-2012 22:30:35 | More by ccozzi
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

06-02-2012 13:24:29 | More by HEADYdb
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

05-13-2012 01:42:51 | More by kencarman
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

03-28-2012 20:03:31 | More by TheRuss9585
Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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