Saranac Winter Lager - Matt Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheTrevor:
3.4/5 rDev -0.3%
This beer poured a dark brown with a two-finger head. The smell is a mix of sweet biscuity malt with a smattering of spices. The taste is a pretty good reflection of the smell, I should have paid more attention to the label on the bottle to figure out exactly what kind of spices they used but it was a nice addition without turning the beer into something that's like drinking potpourri. A nice solid beer that's probably one of the better ones in the Winter holiday pack.
01-26-2010 09:14:56 | More by TheTrevor
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3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
Part of the Saranac twelve beers of winter pack.Poured aclear bronze with a tight one finger bone white head that left decent lace as it settled pretty slowly.Not much in the aroma,some lingering spice and caramel bit its really light.Flavors are much of the same,lightly sweet caramel and some toasted malt, but really thats about it.Eh pretty ho hum,not a real Vienna lager in its true form by any means.
11-26-2009 20:04:03 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date or abv% listed. This bottle was part of the 2009 Saranac Winter 12 pack.
Appearance: The body has a garnet color with good clarity. On top sits a thin half inch thick head which is beige in color and fades quickly. Lacing is very minimal and slick leaving a mostly clean glass behind.
Smell: It is light overall in the nose with some malty sweetness and hints of leafy, almost herbal/metallic hops.
Taste/Palate: There is a rich bready sweetness up front with some light roasted grain notes as well. This maltiness meats some hop flavor in the middle it and adds a nice moderate balance of hop spice and bitterness with just a very slight metallic edge. It seems to finish quickly and fairly clean. It is dryer than it started but there is still a thin residual sweetness mixed with thin hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with average carbonation.
Notes: For the style it seems just a little on the light side but everything is in good balance for the style. Once again Saranac has brewed another decent easy drinking beer.
04-05-2010 15:25:11 | More by generallee
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
Appearance: amber in color, 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, clear
Smell: caramel and toasted malt
Taste: big caramel toasted malt taste with a slight bitter hop backbone
Mouthfeel: medium/high carbonation, medium/light bodied, slightly sweet
Drinkability: This is an above average attempt at the style that is easy to session. I could have six of these while watching a game, but it is not anything I would get too excited about. Still a very solid effort.
11-24-2009 15:21:54 | More by tigg924
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
12 Beers of Xmas 2009, this one pours a deep caramel ruby color crystal clear visuals. Light beige head forms thick and dwindles slowly. Aroma has some slight caramel malt sweetness with herbal German hops in the background. Flavor has a nice rounded caramel sweetness with slight roasted nut edges. Clean mildly hopped finish with a mineral edge. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for a lager carbonation is decent just not as soft as it should be. Overall tasty Vienna style not the best but a solid approachable beer for any of the in laws during the holidays.
11-22-2009 13:23:50 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass
A-Clear copper with a thin whisp of an eggshell head
S-Bready malts predominate
T-Sweet malts, bread, caramel, toffee with very little hop presence. This is pretty refreshing, but not particularly wintery.
M-Decent mouthfeel, if slighly overcarbonated.
D-Pretty drinkable, if slightly unremarkable brew.
08-10-2010 22:26:15 | More by caddybuyer
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
Saranac- Winter Lager
A- Clear amber/ copper brown with a thick head. Ringed lacing but quick head dissapation.
S- Malty, brown sugar, caramel, and spicy.
T- Thick and sugary sweet malt, brown sugar, caramel, light touch of molasses, and light woodsy spiciness.
M- Malt is dominant with a syrupy sugary sweetness. Light dry earthy finish.
Overall- My 1st from this years Winter variety pack and a decent offering. A good 1 to start off the night with.
11-11-2009 23:48:05 | More by NJpadreFan
4.45/5 rDev +30.5%
pours an amber-red that laces very nicely and delicately in my DFH pint...bready smells rise out with a hint of muscadine? interesting. maybe it's the spices. this tastes (from memory...) similar to the sam adams winter brew. this seems less thick and luscious in mouthfeel, but really has a nicely balanced flavor profile of malts, spices, and some subdued hops keeping the sweetness at bay. a good session winter brew i'd find easy to drink on cool, early spring days.
another swallow as it warms it and it only gets better, more rich, more sourdoughy...
another one of Saranac's standouts.
01-11-2010 01:04:32 | More by mempath
3/5 rDev -12%
Pours an effervescent copper/orange with 1 finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Breadyness & a touch of toasty malt
T: Toasted malt, herbal hops, dryness up front. Dryness, a bit of metallic hops & some toasty malt as this warms. Finishes chalky with a slight apricot fruittyness, & a whisper of booze, barely pulled a 3.0
MF: Thinnish with a bit too much carbonation
Drinks okay, but a bit weak & uninteresting, maybe one of the most disappointing Saranac beers I've had
12-04-2009 03:21:42 | More by russpowell
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a crystal clear amber color with a tight egg-shell colored head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a light caramel malt, a bit bready with hints of copper. The taste is of caramel malt, a little doughy, light spice, and a touch of grassy hops. All of the flavors are rather light. The feel is light but not watery, plenty of carbonation, well balanced; finishes with an ever so slight bitter hop. This is a darn refreshing beer. Very clean flavors and very crisp. No off-putting flavors. Not the most flavorful brew but its very drinkable. Great to session.
11-08-2009 05:01:00 | More by Gmann
3.98/5 rDev +16.7%
Nothing fancy here, but there is nothing wrong with a simple beer done right, and thats the case with this Vienna Lager. Pours a really nice clear amber color and nice white head. Not much retention on the head, but just enough to leave a good lace.
Smell is of an inviting malt character, sweet with hints of caramel. German hops provide a nice counterpoint to the malt, providing a slightly floral/spicey hint.
Taste is well balanced in this one. Toasted malt character, but also a nice crisp from the hop bitterness. Slightly sweet, but not overly so. Also a little earthy spice from the hops at the finish.
Mouthfeel is of a rather light body but very crisp. Overall an enjoyable refreshing brew; very easy to enjoy several of these at once.
12-01-2009 02:10:58 | More by Kinsman
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle (2009 batch) marked 2649-0834. Sampled on Nov 11, 2009. The pour is a darker amber color with a lot of bubbly carbonation flowing upward to a thin off-white head. The lacing is limited. In the aroma I note some muted malts and hops with something a bit fruity and grassy. The mouthfeel is thin. The taste has a bit more to offer than the aroma with a hint of caramel bitterness with a slightly bolder hoppy finish. But overall it is quite average, although easy to drink, but with the character of a cheaper winter lager for a slightly larger dollar.
11-12-2009 01:54:38 | More by puboflyons
3.78/5 rDev +10.9%
1 of the 12 Beers of Winter; from a 12 oz bottle.
A: The lager is a dark amber color, a syrupy caramel that fits nicely as a Vienna lager. A finger of head, white, didn't lace.
S: The nose has a clean bready flavor that lacks the traditional aroma of many Saranac ales. Earthy hops finish off the nose.
T: Clean and grainy, this is the second Saranac lager that has really hit the spot. A vine-fruit sweetness assists the malt profile. As in the nose, hops are subtle, balancing rathering than bittering.
M: The mouthfeel is grainy sweet, lighter bread flavors and a kiss of hops.
D: The fuller malts add a great deal to the body, strengthening it up significantly. Another good lagerbier from Saranac.
11-28-2009 02:37:49 | More by akorsak
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A. Chestnut brown body with about one finger of off-white bubbly head that drops after a few moments. Light amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.
S. Roasted malts and lager yeast aromas dominate this one.
T. Sweet roasted malts and earthy bready texture.
M. Light and creamy with a sweet aftertaste.
D. I wouldn't mind picking this up every once in a while.
11-06-2010 21:10:38 | More by bourbonbock
3.85/5 rDev +12.9%
The fourth in the lineup for the day for me. Not really sure what to make of this one at first, but I will admit it did grow on me after a while. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 2/21/2010.
The pour was nice, garnet in color and clear without much in the way of haze or cloudiness at all. Really nice and light head of white that sat on top for all but a few moments before settling down with some nice side lacing and a rich, even layering. Aroma of caramel, smoked nuts, hints of toffee and sweet brown sugar came off a little much for me at first, but again it tended to start to grow on me after a while. Nice smooth, coating feel here really seemed to do the trick for me though as it rounded its way through the palate. Caramel and nuts were the big the players here. Rich brown sugar and caramel all seem to come together nicely, evenly and smoothly. Light abv and a nice carbonation all lended themselves to being able to pull it all together quite nicely.
Overall a nice little lager, nothing really earth shattering, but nice and clean.
02-23-2010 00:35:50 | More by mikesgroove
3.2/5 rDev -6.2%
I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of head. It is amber in color and clear. It smells of sweet toffee. The taste is pretty much the same. This is a pretty simple beer. It goes down easy because there is not much to it. A little too sweet for me, but otherwise clean and drinkable.
01-17-2010 02:21:18 | More by buschbeer
3.9/5 rDev +14.4%
Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Rich, semi-opaque brown beer with a small, but long lasting tan head. Lots of lacing left behind.
Aroma of caramel and other sweet malts. The sweet malt flavors are right up front. Not much bitter or hop flavor, but they're not necessary here. The mouth feel is substantial and not watery at all. This is a really good lager. I could drink several of these tasty beers with no problem.
01-28-2011 02:54:02 | More by airheadmtrcycle
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.
The smell featured a light caramel sweetness, some roasted malts and a strange mintiness.
The taste consisted of a slight artificial sweetness, some toasted malt and a bit of caramel.
The mouthfeel seemed to lack the body of better examples.
Overall a decent lager. The strange sweetness adversely affected the experience for me.
11-03-2009 02:05:19 | More by plaid75
Saranac Winter Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.