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Saranac Kölsch - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
74
okay

346 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WesWes on 04-14-2005)
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seanbren


4.75/5  rDev +48.4%

03-29-2012 14:05:14 | More by seanbren
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M_Burkey


4.75/5  rDev +48.4%

08-08-2012 13:23:58 | More by M_Burkey
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde to light gold with a nice full creamy white head, decent carbonation, and some nice white lace. Nice balanced light malt and light hop aroma. Lightly fruity (apple) character with a nice malt-hop balance. Light-medium bodied.

One of the better Kolsch's I've tried -- certainly not bad for a beer in one of my least favorite styles. This seems better than when I had it as part of one of their MIxed Packs a long time ago...

'0665' lasered on neck (2005 Summer Pack)
Tasted: 12/24/05

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 18:21:05 | More by RBorsato
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

05-01-2014 19:48:25 | More by Durandal_777
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abriggs1

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Talk about a dry beer. It's more like a cocktail than a malted beverage. I love this beer. It's not for the masses, but it's got a hop and yeast character that is uncompromising and refreshing. It's like an IPA with a different yeast profile. It actually tastes a bit like dry vermouth. Interesting and unapologetic.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 05:16:17 | More by abriggs1
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I ticked this one a year or so ago so I'm doing full review this time.

Bought as part of a 12 pack summer sampler for $14. Can't beat that price.

The appearance is nothing special with a fizzy head. Retention is pretty good.

Smells kinda sulfury and adjunct like. Not big on the smell.

The taste is wonderfully light and refreshing. A touch of sweetness and a touch of crispness in the finish but thirst-quenching and not your typical dry finish like a heavy hopped pilsner and such.

Overall I highly recommend this one for Kolsch lovers. Its a pleasant easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 00:13:54 | More by bubseymour
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, pure gold. A bubbly white head of two fingers holds well over active carbonation. Very slowly drops to some sticky lacing. Estery fruit aroma, and very subtle noble hops. Vinous flavor and german hops are perceived better in the taste, and a faint roasted malt flavor only present in the aftertaste. Mild hop bitterness and the gentle wine flavor are well balanced with a light body that leaves a clean finish and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 05:06:16 | More by PBRstreetgang
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wailingwench

New Mexico

4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with xcjetta. Its a Kolsch style, something that is not very familiar and reviewers may compare it with similar tasting/looking styles Ie: Lager and Pilsner. Kolsch is more Dortmunderish than anything, that explains the slight crisp German hop and sweet malts.

Eye Candy: Transparent light-goldenrod, lots of rising carbonation. Nice fizzy white head, easily regenerated.

The Nose Knows: Sweet straw, touch of grass, vanilla, sweet malt, peppery hops clear.

Tongueland: Sweet malts, toasted grain, vanilla, sweet fruit, slight caramel in the background, Golden Delicious apple and crisp hop finish, slight bitter. Champange-like.

I would buy 12 packs of this. So far the standout in the summer pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 22:32:00 | More by wailingwench
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sacfly

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, part of the beers of summer pack 2006

Crystal clear, ginger ale-esque appearance. Zero head, even though it is highly carbonated. Light, sweet aroma. Taste is pleasant. Apple and pear dominate. Only a hint of bitterness. As Kolsch goes, this was great. I was very surprised how much I enjoyed it as this is a style I usually find very boring. I could drink this all summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 18:39:17 | More by sacfly
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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev +25%

11-15-2011 16:59:06 | More by mjtiernan
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +25%

11-17-2011 21:35:35 | More by tclapper
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RHB33

Maryland

4/5  rDev +25%

06-17-2014 22:19:26 | More by RHB33
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +25%

12-21-2011 17:36:22 | More by fizzyted
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Anew

Washington

4/5  rDev +25%

12-08-2011 20:39:00 | More by Anew
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is a bit grainy and dry, but also is bitter with hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a clean and crisp pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. This has more malt flavor than most Kolsch beers I've had, but hey I'm not crying. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good beer. I'm not sure how true to style it is, but it drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 21:48:30 | More by WesWes
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spedprof

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +25%

12-13-2011 04:07:36 | More by spedprof
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Slashytits

New York

4/5  rDev +25%

07-06-2014 05:22:20 | More by Slashytits
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MacMan1980

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of the Saranac Summer Sampler. Overall, pleased with this particular beer.

Appearance: Nice yellow color, even carbonation, and decent head
Smell: Good smell like a slightly sweet bread.
Taste: Slightly sweet start without much of a bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp
Drinkability: Good beer that I could easily enjoy as part of a six pack on its own.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 00:04:28 | More by MacMan1980
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maketheheartglad

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +25%

04-22-2014 23:16:51 | More by maketheheartglad
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +25%

05-12-2013 22:29:28 | More by BigTrubble
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ElijahRivera

New York

4/5  rDev +25%

05-22-2014 00:58:59 | More by ElijahRivera
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +25%

11-17-2011 10:10:26 | More by BeerNoobNC
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with very active carbonation. A frothy white head that diminishes but never seems to quite disappear (in other words, good retention). A sweet malty grain aroma with a noticeable hop quality as well. The sweet grain flavor comes through very clean with this one and the hop bitterness balances it very well. There is also a slightly fruity character as well. The finish is dominated by grain malt. The mouthfeel is light with tangy carbonation.

Surprisingly, a pretty good example of this style. I don’t see TOO many American breweries trying their hand at this style, and when they do the attempt is typically pretty mediocre. Not this one; while I can’t say it’s superb, it’s certainly above average. More generally though, it’s refreshing and tasty, which makes for one drinkable brew. Recommended (with some enthusiasm).

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 05:09:51 | More by arguemaniac
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barknee

New York

3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac Kölsch pours a 24K golden color with a durable stream of carbonation ascending from the center of the glass. The 1/2 inch foamy white head settles to a consistent slick after a few moments. Respectable lacing is visible all around the glass. Fresh yeast and a hint of orange hit the nose; the flavor is well balanced, albeit understated, with repressed hops and creamy malts coating the mouth. This brew is just perceptibly bitter, just enough to keep things interesting. It finishes off-dry, a totally enjoyable brew although not a blockbuster Kölsch.
Kölsch is a style that can really shine when brewed, nurtured, and taken to the heights which it can attain.
I would like to see other competent brewers take on this style more frequently.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 23:55:40 | More by barknee
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, generally opaque body with fluffy foamy three-finger head in a Saranac willibecker--looks refreshing... crisp pilsner malts are stongest... little else, as it should be with the style... active, thin palate that vibrates on the tongue... appealingly fresh... fresh, relaxed clean malts--the lightest feel of vanilla and acidity actually compliment the otherwise thin mouthfeel... as for saranac's summer sampler, this is the top offering, with its clean, pure approximation of the style--which I thought, again, that the appelation kolsch is not available to non-Cologne brewers... Ryan liked this one too, and I can't really find an issue with its light pilsner effects...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 16:34:42 | More by dacrza1
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Saranac Kölsch from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.