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Saranac Pilsener - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

98 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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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 visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-28-2000

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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 77
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole "Pilsener" labeling is confusing, but whatever. Loads of character. Ultra-clean aroma. Smooth and creamy on the palate, and very fresh tasting. What I really love is the snap that this beer has with its use of crisp wheat and dry-hopping. Light, mellow fruit with some dextrin sweetness and a flash of lime/citric hop bitterness. Goes dry in the end.

A very unique American twist of a style, and a solid, okay beer.

Photo of Jason
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright pale golden in colour with a faint patchy white lace that dissipates.

Smell: Herbal and slight citrus in the nose from the hops, mild hint of bready grain also.

Taste: Husky pale malt is awry, hop bitterness only enhances it. Dry palate with an odd dextrin flavour throughout. Citric herbal hop is quick and lets in some astringent flavours, more huskiness comes through and is quite bothersome.

Mouthfeel: Slight crispness and medium bodied, I’d want more crispness out of this brew and it seems to have a bitty mouth feel in the end.

Drinkability & Notes: Real tough to put down 12 oz. This brew used to be a damn good lager, did this batch crap the bed or is this what Saranac is starting taste like? I’ll pass next time this is in my crosshairs during my next beer hunt.

More User Reviews:
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 sponberg
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright gold with a white head - looks like a Pils. The smell is a green apple sort of malt, with some hops. Starts out with that same sweet green apple maltiness, with a wheaty, grainy flavor coming through to dry things out and enough hop to balance it. Finishes drier than it starts.

Tastes more like an American Wheat ale than a Pilsner - this would be better with a final hit of Saaz. OK, not bad, not huge.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I finally tried this after all I heard of it. This is good stuff. Poured average American. The taste is of malt with good hoppiness. A little taste of grain and grass. Very floral. Clean and crisp finish. I will try this again. I would sort of compare this to Point Special.

Photo of Thrasher
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another tasty beer from Saranac. In the NYC area these are cheaper than other craft brews but they are always equal or superior to their peers. I got a real Bohemian pilsener feel from this one and didn't get so stuck on the wheat. Soft, crisp, delectably white puffy head; surprisingly full in the mouth for the style. Solid malty backbone, expertly buttressed by intimate hop flavor. A refreshing way to spend an evening.

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 ADR
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Pilsner that's an American Wheat...hmm...

Nice frothy head, straw color but not a trace of haze. Very lemony with some dry hop tang. I guess now I know more about its category from reading its style here, its easier to classify -- but at the time, I didn't know what I was drinking. Aggressive lemon is my major problem with Wheat beers but this was at least OK to me...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up the trail mix the other night, and I had the pilsener with some Chinese food. They went really well together, and I am going to say when I popped the cap there was an explosion of Czech Saaz hops that filled up my senses. As I poured this golden beauty a nice white foamy head formed, and my mouth began to salivate due to the first whiff of the aroma I got. When I took a closer smell, there was also a nice sweetness to the aroma. As I began to sip, I realized what Saranac had done was create a classic style with that is a little toned down, but nontheless an excellent well balanced beer. There was great lemony grassy sweetness that paired well with Saaz bitterness. A definitely well constructed beer that is medium to light bodied, that gets a very high drinkability rate in my eyes. One because of the fact that it is so refreshing, and the other because the flavors leave my tase buds wanting more enjoyment.

Photo of QXSTER1
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If your looking for a Prima Pils or a Pilsner Urquell here your not going to find it. This is more of an attempt at an American style pale lager. Though this pilsener may not live up to the standards of the best of the style it's still a decent beer. Pours a clear gold with a bone white head that settles but doesn't disappear. Flavor is clean with a hint of wheatiness, mostly grain and bread. Hops are not prominent, but cutting the sweetness in the background. Nice short finish. Vastly better than the other mainstream swill that put pilsener on their label.

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

A clear, yellow-gold body is capped by a short and creamy bright-white head that drops readily but maintains a decent collar and thin surface covering. It leaves some limited lace that sticks just above the level of the beer. The nose expresses a thin, wheat-like malt and some nice hops that are floral and a touch lemony. The body is thin with a very fine, median carbonation that's crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers a delicately balanced combination of gently sweet and lightly tangy malt; citrusy and floral hop flavor; and firm bitterness. It finishes dry with some lingering malt and hops. I'm not sure why they decided to label it a "pilsener" as it's a great American wheat! It's clean, light, and delicately balanced with enough character to keep it interesting beyond a serving or two. It's very refreshing and enjoyable! A great summer beer that's worth trying.

Photo of beerluvr
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a large white billowy head over one of the lightest looking pale yellow liquids I've ever drank...almost like hazy water! Nice gentle carbonation with a delicate fresh flowery hop nose. Taste is light bodied, due to the percentage of wheat malt used, with a lightly malty sweetness and pleasantly hoppy character...very easy to drink quickly as it turns out. Nothing overpowering here folks, just a nice little pilsener for your quaffing pleasure, finishes sharp yet invites another sip.

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.

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 bditty187
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly peachy-gold hue, a finger’s worth of white head, reasonable retention, some lace. Mediocre nose, light, wheaty, underwhelming floral, hints of fake-ish lemon. A busy palate that seems to contradict the flavors to a point of confusion… okay, it slightly tilts towards complexity… it is sweet but nicely done, slightly hoppy with a noticeable malt influence, phantom suggestions of mild citrus and floral. Lovely dry, sweet/hoppy finish, this is the absolute highlight of this beer, plus it is well carbonated, pleasing mouthfeel. I’ll drink it again; I bet it will work well in the summer. Yeah, I guess I liked it.

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 Stubbie1
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright golden yellow with a white head. Decent retention and lace. There wasn’t much for the aroma. Hints of wheat and hops are present with a slight hint of lemon. Not one of the three was very overpowering. Medium carbonation that's crisp in the mouth. Taste is malt with hints of citrus and then a dry finish. Other than a week aroma, not a bad brew.

Photo of AaronRed
3.86/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Light and crisp. Flavor is present even toward the end of the beer. Malt is noticable. This beer is very easy to drink and goes well with salty foods.

Photo of Murph
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright golden color with very little head. Nice wheat and slight spicy hop smell. Great wheat and hop character in the taste. Very crisp and clean on the palate and very drinkable. This is going to be a staple beer for me this summer. Nice lightish body with plenty of flavor and very refreshing as well. Highly recommended for a nice hot day.

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 Brent
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was taken aback at first by how citric/tart this beer was up front. This made more sense when I later noted on the bottle that this pilsener is a wheat style. Nicely hopped. I probably would have enjoyed the beer more if I had approached it as a wheat, rather than expecting a more traditional pilsener and trying to figure out why the heck it was so tart.

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a hop aroma for a pils. Clear gold in color with a nice white head. crisp clean taste with a slight citrus finish. Great smooth mouth. The best Saranac product I have tried. A very good pils for food or a session.

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 Shiloh
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well rounded beer, colour is a medium golden hue with a light lace on top. The taste is very well balanced and crisp.
The aroma is light and clean. Little room here for improvement.

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