Saranac Summer Ale - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Summer AleSaranac Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
73
okay

194 Reviews
THE BROS
62
poor

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Reviews: 194
Hads: 303
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WesWes on 04-14-2005

Available in the 12 Beers of Summer sampler. Not to be confused with Saranac Summer Brew (a German Radler).
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Reviews: 194 | Hads: 303
Photo of sulldaddy
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from a summer sampler pack
I am sampling a chilled 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear orange color with thin fizzy white head forming on the surface and fading to an edge layer almost immediately. Aroma is light and sweet with caramel and lemony citrus notes mixing with some floral hops. The first sip reveals a lite crisp body with average yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is candy sweet with citrusy orange (coriander) a dominant flavor. The flavor is very mild overall and leaves a sugary sweet finish. A nice attempt at tweaking a wheat ale, but the sweetness is a little much for me and reminds me more of candy than beer. (658 characters)

Photo of Zraly
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light orange pour with a 3/4 of an inch thick head that diminished rather quickly. Carbonation seems nice and lacing is minimal.

A citrusy smelling ale, it tastes heavily of citrus as well. A minor malt flavor comes through with tiny notes of caramel malt, wheat bread and sugar. Finish is tangy and tart, a sweet lemony punch to end on. Hops are minimal.

Like most of Saranac's Summer pack offerings, it goes down easy. Nothing exciting, though.

An interesting little thirst quencher. Not overly impressive, but it functions and works for what it is. I enjoyed mine with a Mother Corn squash and hominy casserole (that was jazzed up with a big jalapeno bite) and okra. And that seemed to work well with the spicyness of my dinner. (743 characters)

Photo of OldSock
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark for a pale wheat ale, more of a gold/orange color, but it has the characteristic billowy white head of a wheat beer.

Smell – Strong citrus smell, more lemon than anything else. There is some malt as well, but not too much.

Taste – It tastes like someone already added lemon to this wheat beer, with a decent amount of malt to balance it out. Not too bad for a wheat beer, not too complex but refreshing as a summer ale should be.

Mouthfeel – Relatively strong carbonation, combined with a light body, again very refreshing, but nothing too interesting.

Drinkability – Pretty drinkable, but not something that I want more of unless its above 80 degrees and I haven't had anything to drink in awhile.

Notes – Certainly refreshing, but the flavor is pretty lacking, not one of my favorite American wheat beers. (846 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale wheat malt scent that is riddled with lemony zest and a touch of caramel malt. The taste is decent. It has a very dry wheat malt flavor with loads of lemon and a bit of caramel malt to balance the flavor. It's a nice warm weather beer. I like the use of crystal malts to add a malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good summer seasonal. It's not your typical wheat beer for sure, but it drinks well. (597 characters)

Saranac Summer Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.