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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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Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, sparkling yellow-gold with plenty of carbonation inducing a soft, pure-white head. Slightly cracker-like malty aromas upfront, faint fruity notes underneath. Sweetened grainy flavors with some peppery characteristics. Lightly metallic here and there. Very simple and refreshing. Light, near watery body is moderately crisp.

Not a bad stab at the style, but with something like a kölsch, there seems to be a fine line between subtle and bland. Saranac's version seems to be a little on the bland side, but it works well as a summer quencher.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 23:02:30 | More by wedge
Photo of Gmann

New York

2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head that dissipated fairly quick. The smell is hard to find, grainy, slightly metallic. The taste is also grainy, has a slight dry hoppiness to it. Has very similar characteristics of a macro. The feel is light and watery, finishes a tad dry. Overall an easy drinker that you can throw a few back if you are motivated to do so. Nothing outstanding and not much to it that would distinguish it from a macro.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 22:27:58 | More by Gmann
Photo of Phatz


3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Pours a clear gold color with a frothy white head moderate lacing a frothy white cap that lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: Crisp clean aroma, light malt a gentle grassy Saaz hops.

Taste: Crisp gentle Kolch with a light pale malt and touch of biscuity malt and fruit and gentle grassy hops. The finish is brilliantly dry with a sweet element.

Mouthfeel: Dry on the cheeks with a medium feel.

Drinkability: This is a very easy drinking summer beer. I could drink it by the case. Great hot afternoon drinker.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 21:17:05 | More by Phatz
Photo of wingman14


3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden yellow with not much head and no lacing. The smell is mostly grain and yeast, I am not picking up much else. The taste is follows suit with some very light malt and hops notes at the end. This is a light beer with moderate carbonation. I found that it had good flavor and was a satisfying summer beer. This is an easy drinker, a couple of sips and it was gone, and I wanted another. A great summer beer, light and refreshing. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 00:52:59 | More by wingman14
Photo of auxiliary

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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3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> pint
no date, part of the 12 beers of summer, 2007

Pours a crystal clear golden orange with a thin layer of suds. Lace? Carbonation is intense.

Nose: Grains.

Grainy husky taste. Somewhat grape skin taste, but not very adbundant. Slight peppery bitterness.

Thin crisp mouth, slightly astrigent on the finish.

As easy to drink as a macro light, with a little better flavor. Would not purchase outside of the mixer pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 01:57:49 | More by beerphan
Photo of guinnessfan


3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle thanks to akorsak

A: Deep golden color with an amber hue. Little head and no lacing after an aggressive pour. Carbonation bubbles lasted throughout.

S: Grainy and flat. Not very interesting.

T: Grainy with a slight funkiness and a touch of hops. Slightly dry.

M: Fizzy and light. Odd slickness. Weird salt aftertaste.

D: Not too bad nor too good. Easy to drink, if its on sale. Reminds me of a macro.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 19:40:25 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of bluejacket74


3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is from the "12 Beers of Summer" pack. The beer pours a light yellow/orange color with an inch and a half white head. Head retention is good, lacing is OK. The aroma is just grainy to me, I can't smell much else except for a little bit of malt. That being said, it doesn't smell bad. The taste is better, it still tastes grainy but there's also some hops and pepper (spicy) too. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, but a bit watery. Drinkability is OK, it's non-offensive and not hard to drink. Overall it's an OK beer, just a bit above average for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 01:48:29 | More by bluejacket74
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Saranac's 12 Brews of Summer.

A: The ale is a light amber orange color almost yellow with a crystal clear brilliance. There was some carbonation on pour but no sign of any head.

S: The nose is grainy, a cereal bread without much depth.

T: The ale is inoffensive, offering a soft grainy palate with a mere hint of hoppy zest. The graininess is very thin, quickly petering out. That soft flavor is perfect for mass consumption on a warm summer day.

M: The mouthfeel is thin graininess, quickly giving way to, well, nothing. Despite that, the lightness is very pleasing.

D: A solid, mildly flavored ale. Don't pick this up expecting an authentic Köln brew, but it is an easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 18:03:39 | More by akorsak
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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
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured to a golden yellow color with a fair sized white head that had a little retention but hardly left any lacing. The aroma has a grain like scent that is noticeable but also a little hop that I would believe are Perle, but not 100% sure. The taste is fair, not overly exciting but has a good taste, clean, easy drinking with some pale malt flavors and a slight hop break at the end. Over all this is an ok brew from Saranac, once again it is not a superior example of the style but a fair attempt. Probably not a bad offering in the summer mix pack when the weather gets hot.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 21:41:52 | More by Stimack
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear gold with a lumpy pure white head. Aroma is honey-malty with a background of spritely hops. Taste is deceptively simple, but full and pleasing. Light, bitter, with a bit of white wine to it. A very good summer beer.

Good ol' Saranac. Makers of plain, honest beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 19:30:55 | More by alexskovan
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the "12 Beers of Summer" mix pack.

Poured in to a Kölsch glass, clear yellow, thin white head, ok lacing.

Smell some hop, malt and yeast.

Taste and mouthfeel is nice and light, I drank 2 of these with a fresh baked, salty, soft pretzel dipped in horseradish mustard.

Good drinking beer.
Kölsch is meant to be drank quickly, in a few gulps, and this is a good gulper.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 01:08:53 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear straw-orange color with a fizzy short head.

Smells like... canned beer, High Life perhaps. It consisted of musty malts. My girlfriend said it smells like socks - I could smell that too.

The taste was a bit better. It was slightly spicy and bitter upfront. I could also taste the mustiness a little. Overall it was very dry.

Mouthfeel was fizzy and very light.

The smell took away from the drinkability. Everytime I went to take a sip it pricked my nose. The overall taste didn't wow me either.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 01:41:10 | More by matsputis
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Thaichile for picking this up for me.

Poured out a light goldwith a fizzy bone white head, decent lacing. The nose offered some lemon, bit of apricot, yeast, nuttiness, bread, and malt. The taste had a bit of citrus zest, apricot, slight malt notes, and a bit of spicy hops at the end. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, nice carbonation. Light to medium-bodied. Spot on for the style. Overall, not the greatest example of this style, but very drinkable. A little too light bodied, tastes weak and watered down.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 18:37:05 | More by dherling
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3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pilsner glass.

Clear muted gold body. Head gone quickly, dispite aggressive pour. Some decent lace down the glass.

Yeasty bread aromas.

Crisp, slightly bitter opening with a sour bready finish. This beer's flavor quite reminds me of Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 01:22:03 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden. Nice white head. Good retention,and lacing. Smell is nice, but weak. Yeast with some malty/fruity over tones. Body is light with some carbionation. Taste is smooth,and malty with a hint of fruit up front.Finish is dry. Just a bit of hops in the finish. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 00:05:42 | More by riversider76
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle ( thanks Eric)

Poured a brilliant gold ale into my Kolsch glass. Big fluffy 2 finger caps that lasts well and laces. Moderate carbonation

Delightfully subtle Kolsch aromas: light biscuit dough, wiffs of citrus and apples some demure sweetness some woody smells...all very understated.

Medium Munich pale malt spine, delicate slick mouthfeel, subtle rounded character.

Up front the Munich malt pronounced charater of Kolsch is evident then midway the hopping ( perle?) delicately add to the malty grainy sweetness with a herbal-lemony decernment, finishes clean and lightly drying with a biscuity after taste.

A very decent attempt at the subtle malty Kolsch style although I wish more conditioning had been done to let the flavors develop a bit better...this was very fresh Kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 19:58:22 | More by pootz
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3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orangish amber or amberish orange, I can't decide. The sawdust-colored cap is whipped and frothy, just the sort that doesn't grace the glass with much lace. It doesn't take long to find out... scattered patches of melty foam are barely abundant enough to achieve respectability.

The aroma is simple and grain-like with a whiff of lightly spicy German hops (Perle). Kolsch noses are notoriously hard for me to get too excited about--given the dictates of the style--and this one doesn't blimp the needle on the excitement meter one iota.

Saranac Kolsch isn't quite what I'd call bland, but it's damn close. There's just enough malty sweetness and corresponding hop bitterness to give the drinker something to focus on and to keep complete boredom at bay. Like the nose, it's simple. To be kinder, I suppose I could choose words such as uncluttered, clean and balanced. All of which are true by the way.

The body/mouthfeel is right in line with the aroma and the flavor in terms of quality and basic personality. To be specific, it's light without being watery and is lacklusterly carbonated. In other words, quite a few volts short of electrifying.

Saranac Kolsch strikes me as a decent lawnmower beer in that it would probably taste best when consumed ice cold on a sorching hot day. Absent that scenario, it's average at best. The same could be said for just about all Matt Brewing Company beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 12:49:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, a non-wheat beer in the Twelve Beers of Summer pack !

Slightly tarnished yellow gold body, topped by a soft and fluffy snow white head. Nice lacing.

Lemon and bread/yeast nose, a bit heavy on the lemon.

Short and sweet start, a bit of light citrus, a mild hop twang at the finish, and on into a lemony aftertaste.

Proper light mouthfeel. Easy drinkability.

Not bad, if not terribly Kolsch like. An ok summer beer though.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 20:42:34 | More by RonfromJersey
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North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle from the 12 beers of summer. Pours a hazy yellow straw color with a two finger width white head. Smell is malty with some nice hops thrown in. Pretty good carbination. Taste is very crisp and clean. Light body. Beer has some maltyness with some bitter hops in the background. As the beer goes down a slight fruitness appears but it doesn't detract from the beer. The mouth is light with a good level of carbination. A pretty drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 01:52:01 | More by gosurfobx
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3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Saranac came from 12 oz. brown bottle with no brewed on or best-by date. I poured mine into a standard pint glass. Thanks to Buckeyenation for this one.

The beer poured a straight gold with a fizzy, brilliant white head. I did expect the beer to be more carbonated, but it was a still, clear beer. The flavor comes in waves. The initial flavor is of pale, pilsner style maltiness with some doughiness tones as well. Then a clean drop off, of the nature that many adjunct lagers tell you to expect, that transitions into a dryness as the beer exits the palate. The mouthfeel is light and perfectly fitting for this Florida, 100 F day this afternoon, but this beer, even with this merit, lacks a fair deal of flavor that others of this style I have encountered.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 13:42:54 | More by edmundfitzoil
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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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New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another from the summer 12 pack
A - clean golden color, nice white head.
S - mostly lager yeast.
T - First sip was a bit off and hard to describe. From there it tasted like light green apple with an undertone of traditional lager yeast.
M / D - light - watery brew. not a recommender. Mostly an inoffensive light brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 12:53:44 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-bright light wheat clear, quickly dissapating billowy head, little lacing

S-very very light malt and yeas not much else

T-malty sweetness, yeast, no hop discernable following an IPA (will re-review as 1st beer of day)

M-light body nice cabonation

D-if it was the primary choice at a party it would be very drinkable, otherwise, I;\'d choose something else.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 00:31:43 | More by jackorain
Saranac Kölsch from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.