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Saranac Summer Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Summer AleSaranac Summer Ale

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290 Ratings

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available in the 12 Beers of Summer sampler. Not to be confused with Saranac Summer Brew (a German Radler).

(Beer added by: WesWes on 04-14-2005)
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3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The final beer out of my Saranac Summer mix pack. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark golden orange color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is sweet floral malt and a touch of citrus. The taste has some notable wheat flavors with a hint of citrus and hops in the finish. Overall, Saranac Summer Ale accomplishes what it sets out to be, a refreshing and easy drinking beer to enjoy during the warm summer months. Not overly flavorful, but refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 21:39:27 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Rootdog316


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium oily-looking amber-gold, smallish lasting head...grainy, lightly sour nose with hints of fruit...refreshing tart, crisp flavor profile, hints of toasty malt underneath and a touch of smokiness late...light-moderate body, tiny swirls of tart apple in nose and flavor as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 13:04:46 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of mlasher1


3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with single finger head leaving no lacing.

Great hop aroma along with some citrus.

Hoppy bitterness followed but lemon citrus and then back to a little bitterness.

Light body with some lingering bitterness.

A good beer for the summer without sacrificing alot of taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 01:00:46 | More by mlasher1
Photo of MacMan1980


3.88/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another entrant from the Saranac Summer Sample:

Appearance: Slightly darker yellow.
Smell: a little more aromatic than some of the other Summer Sampler selections.
Taste: A little hint of hops but not at all overpowering. Not quite as smooth as other summer ales though.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp beer.
Drinkability: Having one or two with a dinner would work fine, but not sure about a full six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 00:10:40 | More by MacMan1980
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - With a hard pour I got about 3 fingers of head. Decent retention with moderate lacing. Light amber with good clarity.

S - Coriander and orange/lemon peel are present (much like a wit), and some wheat as well. Sweet malt backs the aroma.

T - Something sweet and flowery hits initially; it could be hops but it doesn't seem like it. Spices kick in mid palate, notably coriander but hints of mace, cinnamon and citrus peel. A quick burst of citrus hops rounds up the finish with little bitterness. Wheat malt provides a solid backbone throughout.

M - Moderate carbonation and quite watery. Either (or both) of these areas could've been improved to make for either a crisper or more savory brew.

D - I'm pretty impressed by this beer as far as summer ales go, but the weird mouthfeel and a lingering sweetness limit this beer's drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 07:52:43 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a single-finger head that lingered. The smell is some malt with some wheat notes and a little bit of hops. The taste starts off some sweet malt that gives way to a little bit of hops and some citrus. The mouthfeel is not watery, but doesn't seem to have too much substance to it. I'd consider this beer to be pretty drinkable, and makes for some decent summer fare on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:58:55 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Clear light amber in hue, a bit of head that dissipates to next to nothing. Leaves no lacing.

S. Smells of dark wheat. When agitated, I can pick up some citrus notes.

T. Some wheat, giving way to a lemony punch, a bit of grassy citrus hop, not half bad.

M. Light bodied and crisp, leaves a sour lemon aftertaste.

D. Quite drinkable, good for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 20:19:33 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: Pale, medium straw colored, and crystal clear. Foamy white head of about 3/4" inch. Low head retention going to a thin film of bubbles rather quickly.

S: Light malt mixed with something of a fruity herbal note, perhaps coriander. Some very faint citrus hops come through as well.

T&M: Light bodied but flavorful, with an interesting combination of light or pale malts and what I think is probably coriander. The result reminds me of something like a Grand Cru but some how more of a lighter way about it. The carbonation is fine but abundant, giving a bit of a lively mouthfeel. This finishes mostly dry & clean with a touch of malt and a linger of those spices.

D: The spices are nice at first but it doesn't take long to get enough. Nice but not something I would drink often.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 02:11:11 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a clear filtered body that is golden color. Its head is white, bubbly and fades fast. The aroma is light and has a lemony essence. Its flavor is simple, sweet and lemony with light wheat malt. The body is medium with a slightly slick feel and an average carbonation. Overall it is a very refreshing ale with a clean flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 03:34:54 | More by generallee
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a clear golden honey hue with a large amount of white head that dwindles quickly, lacing is scant and thin. Aroma tart lemon peel with spiciness and thick grainy edges. Flavor is a bit rough on the back of the throat with that cereal graininess and lemon zest flow, thick spices left on the palate in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation is heavy to point of it gives you trouble when going to swallow. Drinkability is not so great I'd much rather have a nice golden ale rather than lemon flavor and strong spices added. Those two aspects take away from the drinkability factor.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:55:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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2.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Medium gold color, crystal clear with nearly no head. No lacing.

Huge nose of coriander and slight lemon. Nothing else.

This is like drinking liquid coriander with a hint of lamon. No beer characteristics show through.

Mouthfeel is crisp and drying, nothing wrong there.

If you like spices and heartburn, you'll like this. If you like beer, stay away.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 18:31:07 | More by bboven
Photo of erosier


3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a short and medium bodied white head that settles fast and leaves some lacing down the glass. The aroma is of sweet malts, some citrisy flavors, and a small amount of hoppy bitterness at the end of the nose. The taste is of sweet wheat malts underneath a lemony and slightly orangey taste followed by a slightly hoppy bitter finish that is nice. The mouthfeel for this beer is very crisp and refreshing which makes it a decent summer beer but I think it falls a bit short of some of the other ones out there. The drinkability is good as it is a very light and drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 19:42:34 | More by erosier
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper color with a minimal amount of head. Saranac beers just do not produce much head even with a vigorous pour. No lacing.

S: The wheat is in there but it is much more muted than it should be.

T: Watery wheat. Just does not have that much going on and not enough flavor .

M: Light body and really thin. Just not much too it.

D: I got the 12 summers of beer pack and each one is letting me down. Not a terrible beer and it is super drinkable. Guess I am just spoiled.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 23:37:39 | More by aerozeppl
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3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange gold with a two finger white head that falls fairly slowly. Nose is like oranges. Flavor is way too tangy, unbalanced, and there seems to be a grassy end to it. Feel is like a bit of syrup almost. Decent carbonation, but what does it matter at this point. Overall, not really drinkable I'd say. Unbalanced and not even. Just isn't that good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 09:35:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. with no freshness date; brewed with lemon, spices, and colored with caramel - not sure why. It pours a very lightly-clouded, medium gold hue, with light carbonation, and a half-inch of off white head that almost completely fades away. Hints of wheat in the nose, with lemon, coriander, hints of ginger or cardamom, and a floral spiciness. Flavor is very much the same, with summery (lemon, coriander) and wintery (ginger, cardamom) flavors, along with a floral spiciness, mild bitterness, and tart wheat that emerges halfway through. It has a crisp, tingly, light body that is drying and imparts a short finish. Not too bad for a summer ale, but not especially worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 19:29:19 | More by mmmbeer
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3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very light golden color. White head was a half an inch before fading almost instantly. No carbonation rising in the glass at all. Lacing was at a watery minimal.

Lemon scent is the primary quality. Slightly weak overall scent leaves a light hop bitterness in the nose, but nothing special. A fairly weak wheat scent is also present in the very back.

Flavor profile rings very true to the aroma. Light lemon and wheat with a faint hops bitterness to round out a pleasant albeit watered down flavor. Good but weak.

Slightly watery with an overall lack of hold on the surfaces. Carbonation lightly hit senses, but can't shift flavors.

An average beer. A nice light summer salad to go with this one. Taste and aroma are nice but just not strong enough. Filler against others in the mixed pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 06:33:26 | More by RedChrome
Photo of biggmike


3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/golden color with a slight haze to it. Head was small and very fleeting. Aroma was quite citrusy, lemon was most evident. Taste was also very lemony. Very smooth drinking with a light carbonation. Very refreshing. Nothing spectacular, but drinkability is fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 22:21:25 | More by biggmike
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized head that offers little lacing and a dash of retention ( it just floats above the liquid).

Smells of spices, lemon (tea like), and wheat. Well balanced and but nothing extraordinary.

Tastes of citrus, wheat, I cant pick up any hops. A refreshing beer to have on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 03:13:06 | More by irishkyle21
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North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a very slightly hazy medium light copper wit a 2 finger head, OK longevity and just OK lace. Decent wheat malt aroma mixed with some citrus and yeast notes. Not as much malt flavor as the smell would lead you to believe. OK hop flavor mixed with some bitterness although too much for a wheat ale IMHO. Leaves a funny sort of aftertaste - part hop part wheat malt but mixed in a weird unpleasant way. Initially its not a bad beer but then the aftertaste kicks in and ruins it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 16:44:26 | More by sabrills70
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my fifth beer of the summer sampler, well sixth actually but I will review the Kolsch later..

A - Poured a very very clear amber color, with no head at all. None, no lace either, just a dull looking amber color liquid, some visible carbonation but nor much to look at really.

S - Aroma was very very very light Almost non existent. What was there was a light grain with a twist of lemon to it. Maybe some grass, but thats about it.

T - Macro lager with a twist of lime best describes it. It was a tiny tiny bit hoppy in the beginning but I really think that was just the lemon, or lime taste I picked up more of later. Light grain and maybe thats about it, ratehr blah.

M - Now the feel was very good actually. Very light and nicely carbonated went down very smoothly on a hot day. Crisp and very clean finish in the end.

D - very high. It was so light I could really drink this all day long. Awesome session beer.

Overall this could be a great beer to drink a ton of on a hot day, however if you are just sipping to enjoy it is lacking alot. It really was kinda bland for that purpose, but I will enjoy it when I mow the lawn agaon for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 01:55:12 | More by mikesgroove
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2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color with about a half finger of head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing. Aroma is predominantly of lemons but more than pine sol than actual lemons with some yeast and other fruity esters. Taste is like the aroma. First there is a nice wheat flavor with lemons in the background. Then the pine sol like lemon flavor rears its head and builds into the finish reaching its zenith at the very end of the finish. Mouthfeel is decent, low-medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average at best. The somewhat harsh lemon flavor does nothing to make me want another one of these. Aside from that flaw this is a decent beer that I'd be willing to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 22:02:52 | More by mnj21655
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3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a golden, orange color. Highly carbonated with a fomay, white, three-finger head. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. Also, a good dose of lemon.

T - It tasted of wheat and a strong lemon flavor. It had some hop kick, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good wheat beer. Has a nice hop character that some beers of this style usually lack.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 04:15:56 | More by zeff80
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3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoyed this one. Poured into glass a golden yellow. Nice white head that sticks around a bit. Smells of lemon and wheat. Tastes of lemon. Sweet but not sickening sweet. Nicely carbonated. Could enjoy several in a sitting. Good summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 20:37:56 | More by dgherm
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District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear, medium straw color with some orange tones. A nice half inch of pure white head forms with good staying power. Aromas of orange, some spice (coriander, allspice), berries, and a nice fresh wheat stalk. On the palate, the subtle estery spices blend well with the flavors added. It is a medium bodied wheat, with a nice full mouthfeel, good carbonation and a slight sweet finish. This is perhaps the most enjoyable of the summer 12 pack, but still not anything I'd purchase in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 17:17:55 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow gold. Thin head quickly dissolves to a spare ring. Perfumey lemon candy aroma. Flavors of lemon sweetness and wheaty grain with a hint of coriander. Light bodied, semi-crisp mouthfeel gets the job done. Refreshing and decent but far from memorable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 01:25:06 | More by wedge
Saranac Summer Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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