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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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New York

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As per the possible suggestion, this 12 oz. bottle has been poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with some brown tints, decent lacing, and a decent head. Nothing special, but at the moment it works for me.

Smell: Lemon grass, some lemon sugars, OJ or citrus fruit soda, herbal cough drops. Odd, which intrigues me, but it does indeed smell like a wacky Belgian Wit with something wrong with it in the mix.

Taste: Herbal cough drops up front, and yes, not something that's gratifying. Some off balanced citrus zest, watery malts that almost aren't there, and the faintest of hops, maybe.

Mouthfeel: Slick and watery, carbonation almost not present or is very light, which is odd.

Drinkability: I give it a 3 because I could see myself grabbing one of these instead of some light macro out of a cooler with friends grilling burgers and dogs in the July heat. Otherwise, as far as sitting down and reviewing this sucker or partaking in the aforementioned activities (though I don't think any of my friends would randomly have Saranac in a cooler, though that's beside the point), the tasting's not gonna happen again...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 21:51:00 | More by asabreed
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

06-17-2012 01:30:09 | More by Kunstman
Photo of dgeebs07

New York

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

04-14-2012 12:15:15 | More by dgeebs07
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

08-01-2012 20:07:44 | More by cujim
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

10-24-2013 15:31:12 | More by bsm80x
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

09-18-2012 18:58:18 | More by Davepoolesque
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

08-29-2012 00:41:20 | More by harrisjohnson
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

09-18-2012 20:51:13 | More by bdn8183
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

11-18-2012 15:27:44 | More by Anacrusis
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New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

05-04-2013 23:17:11 | More by Kelp
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

06-17-2012 22:02:43 | More by manutd103
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

02-22-2013 20:43:40 | More by Bill235
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

03-28-2012 20:09:46 | More by TheRuss9585
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

reviewed on 5/31/11 - from notes:

A: orange/gold hued body. steady carbonation leads to a very fluffy head. reasonable retention.

S: a noticeably tart lemon aroma. orange peel citrus also working its way in there. struggling to find a distinct malt or hop presence in there, however still a unique aroma.

T: pretty thin body. very similar to the nose, tart lemon flesh as well as the citrus of orange peel. a touch of breadiness boasts evidence of malt. 99% sure the citrus is from a citrus source and not hops, but I could be wrong.

M: substantial carbonation doesn’t detract from anything here.

D: a miss for me. the citrus and fruit seems too forced to be enjoyable and I am not finding this a ‘refreshing’ summer beer as I thought I would.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 00:27:27 | More by Jimmys
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

08-19-2012 15:50:59 | More by 59rockabilly
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2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold with a white head and no lacing.

Lemon pledge aroma with a hint of spice and light malt. Not great.

More of the same. Artificial lemon dominant here, with light sweet grain fighting through, but the fight is feeble. A little sour in the finish.

Well carbonated and light bodied.

Overall, not as horrific as it could have been, but not something I'd want again. Too much lemon up front, and not done in a way that is a compliment to the rest of the brew. The true dud in the summer mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 16:43:14 | More by OtherShoe2
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2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- A golden yellow color a little bit hazy due to carbonation bubbles but still transparent. Both the head and lace go quick.

Smell- There is something a little off in the aroma. There are tones of citrus, floral hops and metal.

Taste- Spiced roasted malt a little bitter but in a good way.

Mouthfeel- Light and soft texture.

Drinkability- Not a bad little summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 13:48:41 | More by MTNboy
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2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark gold with a small white head, good retention.

S: Mild Lemon Pledge, some malt.

T: Light lemon flavour (little artificial), hint of wheat, just very bland though inoffensive, but that's nothing to brag about.

M: Crisp and clean. Light-bodied but has a nice structure.

D: Drinkable, but I'm already bored halfway through. Simply needs more flavour.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:32:49 | More by Halcyondays
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Lacey white head that recedes from a creamy one-finger within a minute. Reddish hue on a very clear straw body, resembles an IPA.

S - As the bottle suggests, there is a lemony aroma, but it reads as more of a cleaning product than an actual zest; lingering quasi-phenolic undertones.

T - Subtle lemon finish that opens to a hoppy aftertaste on top of a subdued pale ale.

M - A light-bodied, dominately carbonated beer.

D - The Summer ale is probably the most drinkable of the "Twelve Beers of Summer" mix-pack that Saranac offers around this time of the year. Unlike the rest of its counterparts, it does have a reasonably individual character that, while slightly phenolic, is at least more interesting than the slightly below to average offerings of various other wheat styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 02:50:06 | More by yourunclewalt
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear orange brown with a sickly thin head. Disappears almost instantly, leaving no peaks.

Smell: A sweet citrus

Taste: Citrus, some malt notes with almost no hops. Tastes a strongly carbonated, like seltzer water.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very crisp but watery, and although it tastes gassy is not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: Its sweet but gassy, crisp but watery, strong nose but flavorless. It feels like it is missing something.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 23:42:02 | More by KenC411
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Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is a clear gold with about a finger or foamy white head that cleared up quickly. No lacing left at all.

The smell is a little fruity with a hint of orange and other citrus fruits but is well muted.

The taste is just a bit sweet with some malty flavor at first. Some spicy hop flavor hits for a second then is washed away.

This beer is pretty easy going down and is pretty smooth. It does have some carbonation but does not hinder the drink-ability of this beer. A good summer beer but not groundbreaking.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 03:12:39 | More by Duhast500
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2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About a finger of head. Color was honey pale. Minimal lacing on the top that dissipated to nothing at a record pace. No film on the sides.

Smelled honey and lemon mainly, but also some wheat, grass and some skunkiness

Honey dominated the taste, but also some lemon and wheat grass. Nothing crazy.

Light body. Thin texture. Above average-to-heavy carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Just your typical summer beer. You always hope for more, but it never delivers.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 07:08:21 | More by BucannonXC5
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2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark straw/golden, clear, just a few bubbles but a big white head. Barely fair retention, but no real lace.

S: Lemon, faint wheat beer, hint of spicy, herbal hops. Ghost hint of sweetness. Pretty clean and faint actually.

T: Lemon – both zesty from peel and herbal from coriander – a bit too much actually. Some more of the herbal & spice aspect of coriander. Perhaps some other spice. Not really a lemon tartness, but some acidic flavor without much bite. Base beer is rather generic, only slightly bready, American wheat beer with touches of pale crystal and husky grain. A tiny hint of hop bitterness flashes through at the end before the lemon takes over again.

M: A tad thin with firm but appropriate carbonation – expansive, crisp, & quenching. Herbal, lemon drying, but no tartness. Decent mouthfeel, one of the good parts of this brew.

D: American wheat with Wit-esque riffs – but it doesn’t work. Not blended & melded, but rather angular and constructed. Not proportional and balanced. Comes across as overly gimmicky in the lemon direction. Could be improved with more orange citrus, some character and robustness to malts, and less lemon.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:54:43 | More by SickGnar
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2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker glass. Appears a crystal clear bright yellow color with a finger of quickly fading bone white foam. Smells and taste is over run with citrus, mainly lemon peel. Tastes a tad artificial to me (pledge-like). Notes of grass, and lightly toasted grains are also present. A bit thin bodied with modest carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 18:35:45 | More by ClockworkOrange
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2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall I'm a little disappointed with Saranac's summer beer mix pack. This was one of the better ones from the bunch, but it's still merely average. Pours a copper color, practically no head or lacing on the glass. Doesn't have that cloudy, hazy look that most wheat beers I've tried had. There is a rather strong lemon zing in there for quite the summer effect. Not much else though, the lemon stands out and is a little too much, even for the summer. The bottle says the lemon hints are subtle but don't be fooled by that.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:41:42 | More by changeup45
Saranac Summer Ale from Matt Brewing Company
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