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Saranac Kölsch - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac KölschSaranac Kölsch

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -45.3%

03-28-2012 20:08:20 | More by TheRuss9585
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1.98/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

reviewed on 6/6/11 - from notes:

A: bright gold with a very large bubbly white head. very clear with large carbonation bubbles easily seen.

S: very mild earthy hop aromas. light pilsner malt aroma. lacking in bright fruit notes present in good kolsch examples.

T: slightly bitter. not as bready/malty as it should be and definitely not fruity. perhaps a bit metallic?

M: vivid carbonation is good on this lackluster body.

D: not an example worth seeking. just falls very flat on aroma as well as taste. I don’t think this is a mainstay from Saranac seeing as it was part of a summer mixer pack, but something they should considering subbing out entirely.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:32:59 | More by Jimmys
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2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Same color as the Summer ale. Maybe a tad darker. Orange caramel look to it. But Saranac has been known to add "caramel" coloring...

Syrupy cherries smell, cloying to the nose

I am definitely never buying Saranac again. Unless perhaps i am at their brewery, its like drinking Tommyknockers but less ingenuity.
Pale malts and a hint of faint faint faint lemon

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated and watery

Do not buy the summer mixer

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 04:14:55 | More by JoeAmerican77
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New York

2/5  rDev -37.5%

07-13-2012 01:22:24 | More by pfamiano
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

12-09-2011 03:55:36 | More by victory4me
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -37.5%

04-18-2014 18:57:23 | More by sanitarium16
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New York

2.05/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Reddish gold, clear, light body. Little to no head, minimal lacing.

S - Not too many distinct notes in the aroma, minimal hoppy / malty balance.

T - Like the aroma, not much here. A little hoppy, but not too aggressive. Tastes like a light american macrolager.

M - Light bodied, watery, medium carbonation with a sticky, wheat cracker aftertaste.

D - I'm continually disappointed with this year's 12 Beers of Summer. The Kolsch was the last of my reviews, and I honestly dont know if I could pick it out of a lineup between the rest, save maybe the Summer and Pomegranate for obvious reasons. To me, this beer tastes like a slightly more professional Bud Light.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 22:49:01 | More by yourunclewalt
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2.1/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden orange color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Bland, slightly earthy aroma with faint grassy hops and light fruit notes. Really not much going on and lacking in almost every characteristic that makes kolschs interesting. Subtle grass and straw notes with very faint fruit and pale malt.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a stronger hop presence than the aroma hinted at. Crisp, slightly spicy hops that provides some subtle earthy and dry bitterness that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt. More floral than bitter with a slight earthy/soily character that is countered by an odd adjunct like sweetness. There hints of apple and pear but also a strange corn flavor that is pretty unpleasant. It starts off alright but the lingering aftertaste is pretty bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 07:31:29 | More by corby112
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

02-21-2013 21:22:09 | More by bribo
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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

05-09-2014 17:56:49 | More by rorjets
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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a light color with minimal carbonation. The aroma is somewhat weak and nearly non-existent. Some fruitiness shows through but barely. Taste is more of a grainy taste with a weird aftertaste. I believe a Kolsch should be more flavorful than this. Correct me if I'm wrong but this beer just isn't impressive by much.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 02:03:29 | More by Brad007
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

08-10-2012 00:36:42 | More by BryanK
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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

02-14-2013 17:51:26 | More by THECPJ
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North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Suggested Glassware: Kölsch Glass]

The pour was a clear light amber with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that hung around for only a short while, reducing to a thin cap and had fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a straw malt, herbal hops and a musty yeast with hint of citrus and a dusty cardboard odor.

The taste was very lightly sweet and a tad malty with a touch of citrus throughout, with the finish being a rather minerally with a light bitterness and had a dusty bland ending. The flavor lasted only a short time which turned out not to be a bad thing in case, with the lightly bitter bland citrus taste disappearing quickly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a carbonation that was just above soft.

Overall this was a weak tasting brew, with the only thing standing out was a mildly bitter cardboard taste. Most definitely not worth having another...


Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 16:43:55 | More by KajII
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New York

2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Light golden yellow color with heavy carbonation and not too much head. Very hoppy, yeasty, hay-like aroma. A bitter, hoppy, hay-like taste with earthy notes. Can't taste too much alcohol. It tastes similar to the aroma. Finishes sweeter than it starts. Overall, kind of bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:21:02 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
July 5, 2008

I could do without this one... Stale-ish aroma, pours very light with little head. Taste is watery with an unremarkable flavor. Wouldn't drink this one again, didn't even really do much to quench summer thirst...

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:44:55 | More by Vendetta
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Rhode Island

2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

appearance - Clear golden color, nice fluffy white head, and lacy. That all didn't stay around when I took 10 minutes to start drinking it.

smell - Has a grainy smell to it.

taste - Light, reminds of an american macro. You can sense the malt taste, but also a slight bitterness of hops at then end.

mouthfeel - Light body, not much carbonation here.

drinkability - Too light and an easy drinking beer. Like I said reminds me an american macro, and UPGRADED macro i should note.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 00:35:26 | More by auxiliary
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2.35/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured out a deep golden color with a big foamy head which stayed for a little bit. Smell was a bit odd. Some malts and wheat but also some lemon twang which then went to this sweetish aroma which was quite strange. Taste wasn't all that great. It was mostly a sweet and sour flavors, but rather weak. Finished slightly peppery and dry. Mouthfeel was light and slightly watery. Not impressed by this one at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 20:05:57 | More by necoadam
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2.4/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Smell is a somewhat pungent fruit, rather odd.

T: Leads with strong, cooked vegetable flavors. Not good. The strength of the off-flavors fades after a while, but never disappears.

M: Light mouthfeel, nothing remarkable but okay.

O: Flavor really ruins it for me. Would not want to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 23:26:53 | More by AmericanGothic
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New York

2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - poured a clear golden yellow with a quick 1/2" head that left a thin film in a stein

S - light sulfur, hops and pale malts with a waft of light citrus

T - bitter and dry, orange peel bitterness in an unfavorable way, watery

M - light bodied, heavy carbonation

D - drinkable if you get past the skunky taste. Otherwise not very...

Overall - All the aromas and tastes are very weak except for the bitterness. Not much else detected. I would not recommend this. Reviewed from notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:13:32 | More by DmanGTR
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District of Columbia

2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – 12 oz’er from a Saranac summer variety pack. Light yellow with a white head that quickly falls.

Smell – Not much, mostly vaguely hoppy lots of grass.

Taste – Sort of like an American Lager but with a small amount of extra hop flavor, really disappointing.

Mouthfeel – Watery, thin, unimpressive.

Drinkability – Its drinkable, but it isn’t too impressive. It goes down pretty easy due to the lack of taste and mouth presence.

Notes – This is my first Kolsch, I assume there are better examples out there, but it isn’t a style I see very often.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 17:35:37 | More by OldSock
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

01-11-2012 20:40:18 | More by bonbini26
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

09-15-2012 16:18:30 | More by PKing
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-18-2012 20:28:02 | More by chrispoint
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

04-24-2012 19:37:47 | More by Mart1
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Saranac Kölsch from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.