Saranac Pilsener - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 77
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.44/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special to look at or drink. Gold looking beer, typical head retention of a yellow beer.

Has some decent hop zest, I'm probably guessing its around 30ibus. Some of the zip might be from the carbonation, which seems on the high end.

Its not a bad beer, its a good beer to have around yourself to give to other people who don't like their beer to be too adventurous. But you're kidding yourself if you think this is an een average representation of a pilsner.

Photo of goblue3509
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color however, not as light as other pilsners that i have had. The smell has a hint of fruity notes to it, however, the notes do not show up in the taste of the beer. The beer is a basic pilsner, for its class it is a good beer. Better tasting than the macros. The mouthfeel is without a lot of carbination. Overall it is solid but nothing special.

Photo of therica
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= nice golden, slightly darker than usual but within limits, and a nice white foamy head which laced generously throughout consumption.

S= really really nice nose of hops and malts

T= immediately after pouring, I wasn't that impressed, mostly bland but clean yet bitter taste. A few minutes after setting, lots of nice body and taste. Then I was interrupted, came back about 10 minutes later and couldn't find much of the taste which had emerged, in fact the taste had become a bit watery. Overall, if you catch the nice mid-tastes it's great.

M= clean, crisp, with light but very-bitters lingering.

D= easily, and probably great with any meal

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer mix pack ($11.99/12)

I must admit, this is one of my favorite overall styles and this one was by far the best in the 12 pack. The Saranack Adirondack Lager is also listed as a Pilsener but this is much better. Some nice fruity taste, well bodied, and highly carbonated which makes for a great beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden amber, a bit darker then I would have thought, and that is good. a nice fluffy pillow like white head graced the top to a height of about two inches before settling back down to just some lace ringing the glass, a touch of which stuck around for a while. Great visible carbonation evident in streams of bubbles filtering up from the bottom. Smell was light, lots of grain with some hints of maybe corn or an earthy cereal, but nothing spectacular. Taste was good, you typical pilsner. Light on the flavor, big on carbonation. Smooth crisp mouthfeel. Not a real lingering flavor, but what was there was lots of grain and corn maybe, something else but it was hard to place. Very sessionable, as it was very light. All together a good summer drinker, I have had better, but it is definatly not bad. Looking forward to hitting up some more.

Photo of Deconstructionis
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Let's not freak out over nomenclature. American Pilseners frequently contain adjuncts and a a little wheat beats the heck out of a lot of rice and corn, n'est-ce pas?

This is a fine beer and a great choice for a summertime every day beer. It's not world-class beer, but it's also $4 a six at the drugstore. Dollar for dollar it's one of the best bargains around.

A shade to the amber/gold compared to macro brews it forms a thick sudsy head when poured to a chilled mug and has a crisp yeast aroma infused with bright cascade hoppiness. The taste is clean, refreshing, pale malts with a bare hint of wheat, and slightly astringent-- a real thirst quencher. It's a light bodied and fairly highly carbonated beer that is meant to be served cold, but iunlike typical macro lagers can be enjoyed at 45 -50 degrees.

Basically, I'd call it a high quality rendition of a macro lager. don't mistake not liking poor versions of that style with it not being a worthwhile style. Give some good ones a try. You have to go significantly up in price before you find a better one than this.

Photo of ybnorml
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean yellow beer. Has a small bright white head. The aroma starts with a sweet grassy note. Then a light malt grain that has a spicey hop character lurking in the background. The flavor begins the sweet grassy note again. With a light bite of hops on the back of your tongue. Then the light grain character smooths out the finish. Not a particulary inspired brew.

Photo of tgbljb
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of summer sampler pack
Poured a crystal clear amber color with white long-lasting head. Smell is fruity. piney and hoppy (very nice) Taste has a herb texture with a slighly burning (good) sensation on the tongue. Leaves a nice dry aftertaste. Easy to drink. An excellent beer from Saranac!

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not really a good pilsner... or pilsener... as I am familiar with the style..
but still a pretty good brew.
Pours a pretty, clear amber with a decent head that dissipates quickly; laces the glass nicely.
Not as dry or hoppy as I like my pilsners to be, but this makes for a nice juicy lager. Lots of lemon characteristics going on, both in mouthfeel and in flavor.
Quite refreshing and very drinkable.
I'd probably score this higher if it was presented as a lager instead of a pilsner.

Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Clean Clear yellow with an average head.

Smell: Very fruity. Smells slightly like a hefe, which is confirmed by the label's statements of wheat use.

Taste: A wheat beer with extra hops. The beginning is crisp lemon, followed by hop bitterness. The finish is banana. It's actually pretty impressive how the taste proceeds in that exact progression with every sip. Very different.

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue. Little aftertaste.

Drinkability: As a wheat beer/pilsner hybrid, how can you go wrong?

Photo of Southernbrew
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light gold with a big head from a strong pour.

Slight hop crispness along with malt sweetness in the aroma.

Medium body and fairly smooth. Light sweetness up front moves to a weak fruitiness with a very light hop bitterness. Finishes with bread-like flavors.

An easy drinking beer suited for warm weather, but not exciting.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light gold, with a big white head (from an aggresive pour). Smells of bread and malt. A very light, sweet flavor with heavy carbonation that barely has a hint of bitterness. Just a little skunky, but not much. Slick and watery feel. This beer is average at best.

Photo of clvand0
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a yellow color with a medium head and left a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly comprised of a hoppy, floral character. The taste is not as strong as the aroma led me to believe, but it's still enjoyable. Not bad, but there are many that are better.

Photo of shippos
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is from the 12 pack winter sampler, not sure if this a completely different beer or is it there pilsner with some wheat added?

very clear yellow color with a good white head that settled to a thin skim around the glass. sweet creamy wheat malt aroma and that's it. kinda watery mouthfeel but still balanced and very drinkable. would be an excellent summer beer but they only release it during the winter.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bubbly white head dissapated quickly, left a tiny amount of lacing. Tangy hops overtop of a light maltiness make up the aroma. Golden Pilsner is a good name, it sort of looks like shiny gold. The floral hops and light maltiness are well balanced. The body is solid for a pilsner and the carbonation is just enough to tingle your tongue. This is a pretty decent pilsner, it could be a little more crisp, but can't complain.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(From the 12 Beers sampler, which is actually the 2002 edition that I bought at a reduced price :-).

The label does indeed say that this is an American wheat beer, even though this has the pilsener name attached to it. To me, it tasted like your standard American lager. Anyways, this beer struck me like much of the Saranac beers: average, all-around decent beer, but definitely not earth-shattering.

Saranac Pilsener pours a yellowish gold color with a decent foamy head that disappears in under 1 minute. Smell is of some light grains. Very light "typical wheat beer smell" present, a little bit of breadiness. There is some fruity hop scent in the aroma. The mouthfeel is slightly watery, but does have a pleasing crispness to it. The flavor is on the light side, but not lite-beer light. There is a light malty taste with some bready characteristics. Hops add some fruitiness/light citric qualities, low-to-moderate bitterness in finish. The aftertaste is mostly clean, with some dryness continuing. Beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

The only wheat that I could detect in this was in the aroma. Otherwise, this could and will easily be mistaken for a regular pale lager. An easy drinking beer, I wouldn't mind making this a lawnmower brew.

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pils poured a clear light yellow color with a small head that quickly became spotty on the surface. There was a slight hops aroma, but not overly stimulating. The mouthfeel was crisp and light bodied, and there was a nice balance of malt and hops. The bitterness seemed to come through on the tongue after swallowing. Very drinkable since it is so light and crisp, but flavor is marked a notch below good.

Photo of kevinl6
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a new pilsner glass (thanks to my wife)! Golden in color, a little bubbly, with a 2 finger deep head. Smell was nice and hoppy, but is not very strong. Pilsner is not usually my style of choice, but I liked the taste of this one. It tasted just like it smelled, nice and 'hoppy'! Mouthfeel was pretty nice for this style, and wasn't too watery. I found it to be quite drinkable as it didn't last long in my glass, and I could have had another. An enjoyable, lighter brew.

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single yesterday after work,pours a medium gold color with a nice big blooming head.Thea aroma is bread-like and a little metallic.The taste is firmly malty with an ever so slight hop bitterness.A good drinker after a long day at work.Have had better but not to bad.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden hue, with a thick and foamy head, little retention. Delicate aroma of hops and some wheat. Light bodied, yet a decent hopped body (blend of cascade and tettnang hops) combined with some underlying malts make this a pleasant, easy to drink pilsner. A finish that is dry and smooth, a tender lingering bitterness, simple yet a good thirst quencher.

Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at a gas station on the interstate north of Syracuse, NY, half a day in the trunk of my car, a couple of days in the fridge.

There's a big, white, dense head that collapses slowly with little implosions. The beer is clear gold with lots of carbonation and there are sticky, thin clumps of lacing. Nice. A touch of schpoonk on the nose with some toasty grains and maybe a little sweetish candy. The front is sweetish and lagery fresh. The middle shows some decent maltiness and some nice fruitiness. The finish is bitter, a little nutty, a little fruity. It's a very ale-like finish, I think. There's a little alcohol sourness in the end.

This is a really good tasting beer. Is it to "style"? Dunno. Whatever. But I really quite like this. The bottle doesn't help nail down what this beer is trying to be. It reads: "Saranac Pilsener is a light-bodied American wheat beer that is judiciously hopped with Cascade and Tettnang hops."

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Encountering this beer was a strange association of expectation and contradiction. It's labeled as a pilsener, so I go in anticipating a comparison between the hallmarks of the style from Bohemia. And so...
Appearance: clear, golden color, with a pure white layer of foam atop.
Aroma: soft, clean, dry, mellow, creamy, but, however, lacking a particular hoppiness that I'm searching for. Instead of "Hoppy dry" we get "vacant".
Very tasty, good texture, incredibly smooth, and rich with malt,but wither the hops, I wonder, until my eyes spy the neck label which tells us that it is dry-hopped, but you could have fooled me! So I read the label further and learn that it is " a light-bodied American Wheat Beer". Huh? So, why is it called a pilsener? The two nomenclatures cannot merely be interchangable! Otherwise, chaos ensues, panic, looting, dogs mate with cats, girls go wild, the sea runs red, Pauly Shore for President...it can't be done!
Later, the hops do show, and they're quite a nice touch. Light-bodied, tasty, snappy, but overall insubstantial. Drinks down nice, but utterly forgettable. And the whole identity crisis bit is far too befuddling. Can't give this much of a thumbs up, for it does the trick as neither a Pils or a wheat.

Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a bubbly light yellow with very little head to speak of. It's nose is of light hops and wheat malts. It's described as being a light American wheat beer. The taste is plain as most pilsners are. There is not malt complexity. I estimate the use of primarily white wheat malts in conjunction with a American base grains. Anyway, the body is extremely light. It's a refreshing drink that gives you that "clean, crisp, taste". This is my least favorite Saranac beer. Please stop production of this beer! The craft beers are much more enjoyable.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranacs are my go to beer whenever the wallet is a tad tight and they never dissappoint. By dissappoint I mean simply, they are cheap, a leap ahead of anything else that cheap, and they try hard to please with interesting offerings. The pilsner poured a deep yellow with a huge, pillowy, white head. The aroma was sweet with just a slight edge of hop bitterness. Upon tasting I got a distinct wheaty malt taste with a dry hop finish reminicent of a light white wine. It was a clean finish without to much aftertaste. My favorite in the Saranac trail mix.

Photo of Stingray5
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from the variety pack. Pours clear golden yellow with a fizzy white head that goes quickly. Slight lacing. Mild aromas of hops, but not much else. Taste is on the hoppy side. Dry, short finish.

Pilseners aren't really my thing, so I can't say I'm really enjoying this. It's not awful by any means, but nothing special either. Glad when it was over.

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Saranac Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.