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Saranac Kölsch - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac KölschSaranac Kölsch

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354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of muttyd


3.43/5  rDev +7.2%

*reviewed from notes

Pours a crystal clear straw/yellow with a minimum frothy/soapy head. Rather still looking beer. Aroma is very mellow. Some leafy, earthy hops and pale malts. Slightly sweet aroma. Flavor is well balanced with a bready/biscuit sweetness, bitter and earthy hops, and finishes slightly astringent. Well carbonated, prickly on the tongue, and finishes dry. The finish is kind of offputting, but the overall balance of this beer really cements it as a solid, affordable session beer.

06-06-2011 19:50:25 | More by muttyd
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle poured into a cheater pint:

A: straw yellow, 1/4" head with good retention, lots of bubbling carbonation

S: not much nose, slightly bready, hint of spice from hop

T: well balanced, slight spice and fruit. I detect slight tannin. Nothing too memorable.

M: water like lightness. Feels oddly slick..

Overall, not bad. Better examples of the style exist.


05-30-2011 21:19:20 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of micmillon18


2.63/5  rDev -17.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle reads "best before Sept 30, 2011."

A - Pours a very clear straw yellow with little to no head after an aggressive pour. It looks less the average and its baffling how little foam was created.

S - Some sweet malts and a bit of hop spiciness but overall very faint on the nose. You might as well be sniffing water.

T - Its got a very straight forward flavor of light sweet malt and noble hops, the bitterness lasting throughout. There's something just not quite right with this beer. I don't think its the balance because the hops are nice. It has a weird soapy taste on the end that is off putting and leaves you with a really watery impression. Aside from the bitterness, this beer has little appeal.

M - Its crisp and refreshing but rather light and watery so those kinds of qualities are easy to come by when the beer offers no flavor.

O - I don't have a ton of experience with kolsch's, Reissdorf being the only memorable one. However I know enough to say that this isn't a kolsch. It just feels watered down and has few redeeming qualities.

05-25-2011 03:12:31 | More by micmillon18
Photo of rlee1390


3.53/5  rDev +10.3%

Part of Saranac's Summer Mix

A-clear straw yellow, one finger head that dissipates quickly. Highly carbonated.

S-Some wheat and grain malts.

T-Starts with the sweet grainy malts. Almost no bitterness whatsoever.

M-Light and carbonated.

O- Nothing here to offend anyone. Semi-bland but nothing bad in this beer.

04-20-2011 01:49:29 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Ragingbull


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Clear gold in color with a light head. Zippy nose for a lighter beer. I really like the nose as a matter of fact. It has a spicy nature to it, but without spices. The wheat and grains must be working with the alpah acids/hops to give a nice smell. The attack is clean but the flavor leaves me wanting. That great nose seems to be a tease as the flavor comes through kind of dull and flat. The finish is pretty nondescript and you can't really pull anything out about this beer other than the nose. At least I can't. All this warm weather makes for a good time to drink these light and refreshing beers, but this one came out a little flat for me.

06-24-2009 13:46:42 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured light golden yellow, completely transparent into a pint glass. Very little foam, no lacing.

Slightly malty smell - also got hints on apple/pear, but very little. Aroma not very distinctive.

The taste is very clean - maybe a tad watery in the mouthfeel - the malt is there, the finish is slightly sweet. No evidence of hop bittering at all. Still tasty, though not very distinctive.

Easy drinking. I could have a few. Its not an A+ beer, but I enjoyed it.

03-06-2009 23:38:05 | More by KTCamm
Photo of DmanGTR


2.45/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

01-09-2009 04:13:32 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of yesyouam

New York

2.93/5  rDev -8.4%

This Koelsch is a crystal clear sparkling straw color with a small white head that has decent retention. The aroma is muted and is of fruity hops. It is smooth, with soft carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing with a clean, short aftertaste. It's not very bitter and I detect something estery. Refreshing, but not really my thing.
(rated Mar 28, 2007)

12-20-2008 04:10:30 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

2.33/5  rDev -27.2%

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...

12-07-2008 01:44:55 | More by Vendetta
Photo of ljbrisson


3.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Hard pour into a pint glass yields a very thin, white head that quickly reduces to a cap over the clear amber beer. Lots of carbonation. Mouthfeel is thicker than expected, and the carbonation cuts through nicely. Aroma is barely perceptible, and of yeast and malt, with fruit and a little vanilla. Some hoppy notes? Taste is light and malty, with a sweet aftertaste before the tinge of bitter hop finish.

Overall I was not disappointed with this brew because I did not expect much of it. But I would not revisit it simply because it was fairly average in every respect.

09-12-2008 23:22:06 | More by ljbrisson
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Bought as part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer mix pack ($11.99/12)

Your average run of the mill Kolsch here. Highly carbonated and easily drinkable but the taste and aroma are just lacking way too much for me. Basically it's like drinking a beer verson of Champagne, at least this was inexpensive.

09-09-2008 22:59:30 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +21.9%

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...

08-31-2008 16:34:42 | More by dacrza1
Photo of changeup45


2.8/5  rDev -12.5%

Well, fortunately mine wasn't at all skunky. It however does seem to be lacking a little flavor. Pours a golden color with a pretty nice white head and also fair amount of lacing on the glass. Sweet fruity aroma. It's a very smooth beer but the flavor comes up a little short. There really isn't a whole lot there. Light-bodied and refereshing, so I can think of worse to have during a sunny day.

08-24-2008 19:43:54 | More by changeup45
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +2.5%

Golden amber colored brew with a weak quick-to-disappear head. Sweet vanilla extract aroma but should be more powerful. Pretty much everything about the beer is weak. The taste is of spice, a touch of vanilla, and sour orange rind aftertaste but none of these really stick out. This beer lacks flavor and personality but nice try though...I guess.

08-23-2008 19:41:23 | More by JRed
Photo of clayrock81


2.93/5  rDev -8.4%

Poured a dark, seethru gold with a good head retention. A somewhat faint smell of alcohol mixed with grains. While it is medium-bodied and a little bit like bread malt and some citric hops, a husky, grainy slickness passed over my tongue with a too sharp backbite that dried out my tongue. I am not a huge pils drinker, and this reminds me of a pils. I am trying to be fair, but I wasn't too impressed with this offering.

08-08-2008 16:49:12 | More by clayrock81
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

2.8/5  rDev -12.5%

Had this over the weekend, may not be the greatest but I'll give Saranac alot of credit for making a wide variety.

Pours a clear golden yellow. A thin finger of white frothy head.

Smell is odd. A faint whiff of hay and grass..and then a sour taint.

Taste is crisp and very light. A bit of buttery cracker flavor, dry, and mildly sour finish.

Mouthfeel is alright..a bit flat it seems. Weight is light but seems too light.

Drinkability here is low. I haven't had the style before to compare it but I'm guessing that if I did I'd prefer another. Good try though.

08-07-2008 00:00:33 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of loosey

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -4.7%

12 oz bottle

pours a rich hay color into a stange.. very clear with a slight bright and bubbly head

smell is a bit weak ... bready, sweet, mild grass or citrus hiding

taste is immediately biscuty, but not overwhelmingly, the middle is crisp and tastes like cereal with a slightly husky note, the finish is dry with a mild almost imperceptible herbal bite... light bodied (slightly underbodied i'd say) and adequately carbonated

i can see what this beer should be, it just feels like its not quite there... as a fan of a few german kolsch beers i wish this was just a bit heavier and more flavorful... drinkable in a 'sit my ass down right here in this lawn chair and ill be damned if i get up' kind of way

08-04-2008 03:33:08 | More by loosey
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.38/5  rDev +5.6%

My first Kolsch. I liked it a lot.
A solid crisp refreshing beer on a hot day. Went perfect with some grilled hot dogs and burgers. Light body made it easy to drink. Very unique taste, couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but some good spices.

Try this beer!

07-28-2008 13:50:30 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +2.5%

12-ounce bottle poured into a pokal yields a clear golden body with a storm of active carbonation, capped with a finger of white foam that shrinks to a thick sheet that leaves thin wisps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is lightly malty with a mild floral character.

Taste is crisp and tart with a mellow malt note.

Feel is thin-medium and crisp with a watery chardonnay character and light carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable.

07-18-2008 14:10:09 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of tugdriver7


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%

This one gets decent marks for drinkability, but primarily due to its style. There is a bit of a Koln vs. Dusseldorf rivaly and it is said in Dusseldorf that "Kölsch ist kein Bier" (Kolsh is not beer). That said, this one pours pale, bubbly and clear in the glass with a small head that quickly disappears. A hint (small hint) of malt? in the nose and the flavor is a very drinkable balance of malt and subtle hops for a fruity aftertaste. Not much to say. Great backyard BBQ offering.

07-17-2008 23:17:07 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of cjgator3


3.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Bought as part of the Saranac Summer Sampler. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet grain with just maybe a touch of hops, pretty underwhelming aroma. The taste is light and crisp sweet malt and a touch of spicy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation creating a prickly feel on the tongue. Overall, Saranac Kolsch is pretty unimpressive in terms of flavor and character but is an easy drinking lawnmower beer, no question.

06-19-2008 03:10:25 | More by cjgator3
Photo of philbe311


3.13/5  rDev -2.2%

A - A crisp pale orangey yellow... Thin head quickly dissolves leaving a nice lace... Light carbonation... Coats glass well...

S - Malt... Perhaps some citrus... Mild all the way around...

T - Grainy start... Strong citrus hop finsih...

M - Dry and light...

D - I'm a big fan of almost Saranac puts out, but this was a little tough to get through...

06-19-2008 01:50:42 | More by philbe311
Photo of MacMan1980


4/5  rDev +25%

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.

06-17-2008 00:04:28 | More by MacMan1980
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.68/5  rDev +15%

A. Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Some nice head on a light amber colored body.

S. Wheat and barley with some hop bite in the distance.

T. Hay-like wheat, bitter citrus hops.

M. Aggressively carbonated giving it a zing, finishes smooth and creamy. Intriguing. Leaves an extremely sweet aftertaste.

D. Pretty good, 5% makes it manageable to drink a few of these.

06-16-2008 22:04:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +14.1%

poured 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass
a-clear golden color with a thin head
s-bready with hop overtones
t-sweet malt is the initial taste followed by a mildly bitter aftertaste
m&d-light, crisp and easy drinking
overall-not a bad beer, I would not go and buy a sixer of this, but it is enjoyable as part of a variety pack

06-05-2008 00:28:24 | More by bonkers
Saranac Kölsch from Matt Brewing Company
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