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Saranac Rye Pilsener - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Rye PilsenerSaranac Rye Pilsener

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.99%

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2009)
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Reviews by joejost:
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice golden hue that produced a head that didn't stick around very long.

S- Like a nice Jewish Rye bread, but not too stong.

T- Surprised. Many of the Saranac beers of Summer can't match this clean taste, with a hint of bread and pepper, while being refreshing.

M- Light body, medium carbonation, not to complex which I expect in a pils.

D- Could be a summer winner. Considering the price is right, and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:22:53 | More by joejost
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3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First smell and taste is very spicy, lots of carbonation. Future sips, take this beer almost to an adjunct lager level. Not much flavor or smell. The spicyness and the fact that it isn't sour is the only thing that sets it apart. Very dry mouthfeel, and the small head retains itself throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:12:33 | More by msnow34
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice copper hued amber color with a head that was maybe an inch or so high and balanced out well along the walls of the glass. Aroma was heavy hops at first, citrus and pine, but as it warmed some balance is brought forward by bready malts and hints of caramel. Nice and smooth, clean finish had a nice bite to it but mellowed tremendously as it went down leaving a semi dry, semi sweet finish in its wake.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 03:28:26 | More by mikesgroove
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear straw. Head retention is decent at about half a finger. No lacing.
S- Smell tends toward spice, but despite the rye componant it smells more like they spicy characteristics of noble hops than it does of rye. Somewhat grainy.
T- Sweeter than I expected, though this only slightly a negative. Again, spicy, but I really feel this is a product of hop selection rather than rye. Although the further down the glass I get the more I think the sweetness is restraining the rye.
M- Body is moderate, carbonation is a bit too fizzy in the mouth.
O- A decent enough pilsner I suppose, but the rye characteristics were underwhelming. Refreshing and easy enough to drink, but not particularly outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 06:17:38 | More by jsprain1
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3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up with the saranac summer mix pack. Poured this 12 oz bottle vigorously into my mug.

A. A pale yellow body topped with white foamy head.

S. I can smell slight maltiness with some citrus and thats about it.

T. Very light and tangy with a very small body and not much aftertaste. Very refreshing, which seems to be the theme of this case.

M. Light and clean with some carbonation bouncing the taste off the tongue.

D. I could put a whole sixxer of this stuff back without realizing it.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a fairly small, fizzy, white head

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented pils malts in the nose, with a growing but gentle graininess as it warms. Soft notes of lemon peel and spiciness from German-like if not exactly German-born hops.

Taste: Sweetish, lightly honey-tasting pilsner maltiness with a slight grainy undertone. Touch of zesty rye malt aided by the spicy, grassy, lemon-hinting hops with their gentle bitterness and still further aided by the carbonic bite of the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, tidy, if average pilsner with a hint of rye which goes well enough with the light inclusion of Vanguard hops. Paired with the TCM television premiere of Metropolis.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:20:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a straw gold with minimal pure white head that fell as soon as I set the glass down and grabbed my pencil and pad. The aroma was pretty mild; malty rye and barely discernable hops. The first sip really suprised me as it was real bright as the carbonation is right on, then smoothes out over the tongue, followed by tingling the back of the throat. The spicyness of the rye comes out a bit more on the taste as does a matching lemon note.

This wasn't a very complex beer but I liked it nonetheless. The mouthfeel was the highlight of the beer and helps to bringout the mild taste of the beer. A good beer that I could have a few of in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

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4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for donating this to a worthy cause...me

It has that pale straw color like you would expect that a pilsner would be, but as a rye beer I expected a bit more color and the head to last longer than 10 seconds on the surface. The aroma is a bit sour as I would expect from the rye. There is no unpleasantness from it, but aside from a twinge of lemon zest the rye is really all that I get from the nose. The palate is rather crisp and clean with no real bitterness. The flavors are a smidge sour, but then the citrus mixes with the sweetness of the pale malts and almost makes it refreshing like a barley lemonade, not nearly that strong, but you get the idea. Most other hints on the tongue remain rather fruity in nature such as honeydew and red apple. Though it's not overly sweet in the slightest it has the right amount of fruity notes to make it quite enjoyable. It's rather good on the palate and it's pleasant to drink. A recommendation for me and a surprisingly good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:50:46 | More by Vdubb86
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3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is essentially a good, solid and satisfying traditional American pale lager with the rye giving extra depth and character to the malt-grain quality.

Golden, it has a medium-big white head steadily shrinking to a ring and no lace.

Aroma is very full grain character, strong dry bread crust (the rye influence perhaps?) hints of apple juice, grass, herbs and hay and the faintest hint of rye. It is mostly a very nice, more full-bodied regular American pale lager with a somewhat stronger, more toasty bread-crust grain character and a faint hint of what is identifiably rye.

Taste is similar. It has a nice, full grain character, firm with an unusual fullness for an American pale lager-type, with some hints of complexity. It has light spicy-leafy and grassy hop character and a definite light juiciness. Light sweetness just dominates underlying gentle bitterness. The character and feel are firm and zesty. The rye is only noticeable as such as a light spicy hint in the finish and aftertaste, but I suspect it adds to the more full-bodied, well-rounded and slightly more complex toasty grain character. In the end, this is essentially a nicely full-bodied, firm, well-founded American pale lager with some slight additional character and complexity from the rye.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 23:16:37 | More by Offa
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4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Workin' my way through the summer variety box. This entry pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of staunch white foam. The nose comprises corn, wheat, and some light cardamom. The taste begins all standard pils, what with the wheat and floral hops and all, but then deviates from the norm with a nice backbone of peppery rye. Good times. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a very nice brew: Something tells me rye can make all sorts o' beers even better than before (though the rye AAL still sounds like it'd suck something fierce...).

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 07:12:32 | More by TMoney2591
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2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow, relatively clear, with a decent head at first which slowly falls to not much more than a film across the top of the beer.

In the aroma there are hints of fruit, bread, some rye, and wet wood. The aroma here is very much a basic pilsner smell, with a good malt background and some fruity and bitter notes on top.

The flavor leaves something to be desired. It is fruity, grapes and lemon on the tongue. There are also notes of white pepper, honey, and a bit of spice.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding about it, but one whose flavor is just neutral enough to be enjoyed through the evening, or, more likely, on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 22:57:48 | More by movingtrain
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Saranac Rye Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.