Saranac Kölsch - Matt Brewing Company

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 14.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: WesWes on 04-14-2005)
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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Golden straw color, thinnish white head that recedes to the sides of the glass leaving a slippery sheet of lacing that falls back into the beer.
S: Crisp and vaguely fruity, but mostly bland and beery. Pleasant, for sure, but unexciting.
T: Really nothing to it. A faint taste of bananas and wheat, but otherwise just water.
M: Clean and smooth. Refreshing.
D: Fine, cooling and easy to drink.

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac's Kolsch has a beautiful golden color and a thick white head. It has a lovely light aroma with some fruity esters that reminds me of pineapple. The flavor is well rounded with some light grains, mellow doughy yeast and fruity hops that add just a little bitterness. On the palate there is a nice carbonation with a light body and clean dry finish. I liked this refreshing offering from the summertime sampler and I could see myself looking for it by itself in a six pack over so.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep straw colored golden hue with a bright vibrant white head, with thin speckled lacing left behind between each sip. Aromatics crisp mineral character with mild toasted cracker sweetness from the lightly kilned malts with just an air of herbal hops. Flavor wise is clean and straight forward with a crisp malt sweetness touch of honey and biscuit quality about it with a light touch of noble hop action balancing it out. So nonoffensive yet well made clean drinkable. Mouthfeel is light crisp bodied with a sturdy level of carbonation tickling the throat a bit. Overall I could session with this perfect for the summer time sipping sessions, quintessential part of what every beer in the twelve pack of summer should offer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw-colored gold with soapy white head of about 1/2" or so. Pretty good retention and light lacing.

S: Light malts mixed with some sort of light fruity smell, some light but sharp hops as well.

T&M: Dry light malts and sharp clean hops lace the tongue with a strong pull. The body is light with moderate carbonation. Finish is fairly clean and quick with a relatively short malty linger.

D: Light, enjoyable, clean on the palate. Nice, but not spectacular. I couldn't help but not the rather grain-like flavor of the malts in this brew, a bit heavier than I have had in this style before, but not necessarily bad.

Photo of bboven
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very hard style to perfect.

Body is crystal clear with a thin head that leaves good lacing. Col,or is a bit too dark, however, being right at medium gold.

Aroma is slight green apple, which is good, but a huge, macro-lager malt aroma dominates which should be much more subtle, if there at all.

The slight fruit character is there, but once again the whole thing is overridden by a harsh graininess, some bubble gum, and a hugely bitter after-taste.

Mouthfeel is spot-on, crisp and drying.

It's not a bad beer at all, but it tastes like a slight step up from macro offerings. Not truly to style, but certainly not one I'd seek out again.

Photo of erosier
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that fades pretty fast and laces the glass pretty well. The aroma is of very sweet malts and some yeasty aromas in there as well. The taste is pretty good as it is very light but sweet malts with a nice faint hoppy bitter at the end of the taste. It has a very light, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel which is nice for a summer type of beer which makes it pretty drinkable.

Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Super Saver in Somerville for $1.50... Part of the Saranc "Best of Summer" gift pack...
A sturdy, hefty pour resulted in a clear, lucid, light-copper, apple juice appearance with slight carbonation rising and no head at all... Little lacing left over as well, producing a mediocore appearance...
Light, grainy smell noticeable - very earthy with faint hints of florals and amber...
Likewise, with the taste, a very grainy, earthy, and floral-dominated flavor, with slight hints of bread and butter and a touch of vanilla essences...
Mouthfeel was slightly watered-down and bland - not too much going on here...
Easily drinkable with a modest alcohol percentage and lack of cloying nuances... However, there was also a noticeable lack of complexity here, especially on the tongue, so I wouldn't consider this an exciting beer to drink - just very crisp and refreshing to say the least...

Photo of aerozeppl
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Reissdorf kolsch glass.

A: Golden color with great clarity. 1/2 finger of white head. Well carbonated.

S: Smell is very bready and yeasty. Some sweet malt in the back.

T: Sweet up front. Then hints of grapes and some grain before finishing with a slight hop flavor. Really fits the style well.

M: Super crisp on the tongue. Refreshing.

D: Really good beer that fits the style well. Nothing better than a kolsch on a hot day. One of the better beers from Saranac

Photo of shabbtastic
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden with a ton of carbonation. A large head quickly formed and then quickly settled. Lacing was rather decent.

S - rather weak wheat smell, light floral and citrus notes were noticed.

T - Sour dough / biscuit flavor to the tongue. A nice refreshing feeling, finish was clean.

M - Light bodied wheat, felt kind of like a lager with its light body.

D - Very refreshing and light. The fact that this beer finishes clean makes this a desired drink for those hot summer days. Recommended and decent for the class.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It's crystal-clear, gold and quite active, with an inch of cream head that starts a bit loose, but tightens with the oncoming carbonation. Hops and a dash of grain in the nose, but the flavor is more substantial, with toasty/biscuity malts, wheat?, flashes of fruit, and some grassy/earthy hops that impart a medium bitterness. The body is medium, quite smooth, with lingering hop oils that leave a medium finish. Overall this makes for a nice session brew - quite easy to drink and not too complicated.

Photo of biggmike
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark golden color, and generated a head that was approximately one finger wide and dissipated quite quickly. Sweet, malty aroma with just a bit of floral hops. Taste was a bit light, but nothing offensive. Clean and crisp. Nothing special, but drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I cant say I'm an expert on the Kölsch style. But I will try my best. Saranacs offering pours with a fair sized head that offers good brussels and some retention. Has a clear gold color.

The nose is a couple of notches above a macro. Light on the hops ( I think most Kölsch beers are ) and a sweet grain scent.

The taste is clean with a dry finish. Notes of fruit, sweet malt and a light hop bitterness. Doesnt get my palate going but still quaffable.

Photo of MTNboy
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- I’ll start with the head. There was good consistency but it was uneven and looked like soap suds. The amber body was nice with the right amount of carbonation.

Smell- I could smell the grain in the malt. It a little caramel sweetness and the hops are mild but present.

Taste- For the most part the flavor is balanced but a little weak in Kolsch character. A little fruity and very small biscuit like trace of flavor.

Mouthfeel. Fizzy and full.

Drinkability- It is refreshing and easy to drink with or out food.

Photo of Procrastinator
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle from "Beers of Summer" 12-pack I purchased while on vacation. Number 0736 10:48 stamped on bottle neck is almost unreadable. Poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: nice dark golden colored body with a fluffy off-white head. Endless upheaval of carbonation bubbles from glass bottom.
Looks very refreshing and inviting.

Smell: very light cereal grains and slightly sweet honey.

Taste: definite grain huskiness with slightly sour finish. Muddled corn and off-flavors.

Mouthfeel: upfront dryness and slight sourness keep the tongue guessing. Medium bodied with fairly aggressive carbonation.

Drinkability: the lingering sourness made this hard to enjoy. Was expecting a bit more balance.

Photo of zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a small, white head. It left minimal amounts of lacing.

S - Odd. It was sweet. Smelled a little like corn. And had an earthy/dirty aroma.

T - It had a little bittersweet kick. Tasted a little like banana. Also a good grainy quality.

M - It was a little soft and thin. A light-bodied beer.

D - Easy drinking beer. Tasted a little like a true German hefe.

Photo of sabrills70
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium gold with a nice 3 finger head, decent longevity and good lace. Biscuity malt aromas mixed with a slight lemony hop floralness. Somewhat weak fruity and bready malt flavors finishing with a slight hop bitterness and leaving fruity aftertaste. Crisp and clean. Easy dinking but somewhat lacking in flavor. Its just a bit too watery. Still an OK beer though.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So we arrive at the last of my summer brew pack from Saranac, it has been a nice little adventure, and I really look forward to next seasons mix pack because of it. They really put together a fine collection of brews for sure. So I wanted to save what I thought would be the best for last...the Kolsch...

A - Poured an absolutly crystal clear light golden amber, more of a yellow pale then anything. A very nice two inch white head formed on the top. This faded pretty quickly leaving behind only a half inch or so of lace along the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lace was prevelent. A good amount of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom.

S - Aroma was very faint and light. Was actually pretty hard to pick up anything at all of of this right out of the gate. As I let it settle I started to pick up some light tones of grain and maybe even corn off the top. But again very light and hard to detect. A slight yeasty presence perhaps, but I am really reaching with that call.

T - Very very light. Almost like water. There was some ;ight hoppiness to it and maybe a touch of grape or fruit of some kind but very light. I could almost see this as a replenish drink after a long hot day. It just came off as that light in body and flavor. Really not much to it actually.

M - Smooth, nice carbonation gave it a very light feel. As I mentioned this was essentially like water going down. I could drink it forever.

D - Outstanding. I could throw this down all night and I dont know that I would ever actually feel it at all. Just a total drinker here. Really a damn good session beer. One of those you get a case for the bbq type of brews.

Overall this was fairly decent. It was not the best of the bunch, but not bad either. Could have used a little more flavor to really put the point home, however it was decent never the less. I would definatly drink one again, especially on a hot day@!

Photo of mnj21655
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear gold color with a little over a finger of head and some lacing. Aroma is very, very mild but I can detect hints of grassy hops (possibly Saaz?) and some faint malts. Taste is first of pale, biscuity malts followed by a grassy hoppiness that lingers into the dry, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation. Body is heavier than expected but still is medium at best. Drinkability is good, very crisp and refreshing and perfect for a hot summer's day.

Photo of RedChrome
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear, bright golden color. Head was bright white, less then one third of an inch, and shrank quickly. Lots of carbonation to be seen bubbling. Very minor lacing.

Aroma abounds with malted earthy scents. Light white grape aroma faintly fades in and out with additional nose fulls. A very gritty grain aura to the scents.

Grape flavors hit the tongue, and have a very champagne like taste. Bitterness turns sour very rapidly. Light plastic taste is also hidden in the background.

Very light on the tongue with a large carbonation burst. A cling to the mouth, but not overkill.

A crisp summer day beer. Great for washing down picnic fare. A nice change of pace to some of the overdone styles. Others in style are a bit more true to the origins.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not too much above a BMC macro here. Poured to a light golden yellow, with high carbonation and a thin white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was mostly non-existent at first, but then became more floral , grassy hops as the beer warmed. Flavor, likewise, was subtle early on, then picked up the grassy notes at mid-glass. This all led to a a watery finish for this thin-bodied beer that was short and weak.

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

A: Poured into a tall pilsner glass, lots of bubbles rush to the top. The body is light golden with a small off-white head that settles quickly.

S: Faint all around -- something I couldn't quite put my finger on that was slightly sweet.

T: Not much going on. There's some faint grain early and a lemony bitterness at the end. Also something minerally or metallic, and a lingering light citrusy sweetness at the back of the mouth.

M: Finishes dry and clean, but light.

D: Goes down relatively easy, but the flavors don't keep me all that interested in drinking more than one.

Notes: I'll admit I don't know much about this style. I understand it's supposed to be light, but I would hope other versions would have a little more flavor than this offering from FX Matt. . . . That said, serve it ice cold after mowing the lawn and it wouldn't be so bad. . . .

Photo of williamherbert
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is thin, clear and watery. If I didn't know better it could be just about any B/M/C product, save for the foamy head. It's straw-yellow. Does leave a light lacing.

The smell has a nice wheaty character. Seems like a blonde or a lager, but with some more dry wheat aroma. It's slight, but not bad. Very feint witbier scent.

Has a bitter German flavor, much like a German lager. There is a slight undercurrent of wheat throughout, like a wit, but it is wrestling with the strong German malt. No hops. It's surprisingly nicce and refreshing for a Teutonic brew. Not what I expected; definitely NOT a German lager.

It feels thicker than the lager it resembles. Leaves a mildly bitter film, but is actually refreshing. Yet dry...? It's very drinkable and summery. I'm actually shocked at how pleasant this beer is.

Photo of adowney523
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz brown bottle that was part of the 12 Beers of Summer.

Deep golden in color and clear. Slightly off-white head that fades with good lacing.

Scents of light flowers and citrus fruit.

Malt taste is biscuity with light herbal notes.

Light-bodied with lots of carbonation on the tongue. Refreshing, but not particularly special in terms of taste.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tasting # 5 of the summer 12-pack.

AP: totally clear golden color with a few big bubbles that manage to create a 1/4" tight and foamy head that dissiptes slowly with a fine coating of lacing left behind.

Nose: A hearty sweet-bread with wheat, grains and malt scent...overall aroma is that of an herbalized hay field during a light humid rain in august.

flavor: a nice sour-bread with malted wheat flavor rides over an herbal "green" hop taste and a mild, earthy yeast finish rounds it out.

feelin': Light, crisp and clean...just as the lable states.

DA: not a horrible american version of this beloved German original.

Photo of jwc215
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours bright straw yellow with plenty of clarity. A thin head soon becomes a vanishing patch.

The smell is of sweet grain. Some vague fruitiness in mixed in.

The taste is of sweet grain. Plenty of water. A tart fruitiness follows that doesn't fit in very well here. A bit soapy, to boot.

Light-bodied, the oxidation gives it a bit of an unwanted "wet-cardboard" aftertaste - otherwise not far from a typical macro-lager feel.

Not much going on here. Not the summer refresher that it should be. Weak and uninteresting. Not undrinkable, but "why bother" comes to mind...

Saranac Kölsch from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.