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Saranac Winter Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Winter LagerSaranac Winter Lager

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BA SCORE
78
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103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009)
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BGsWo22

New York

1/5  rDev -70.8%

03-20-2013 23:43:20 | More by BGsWo22
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Liberatiscioli

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

12-21-2013 17:34:55 | More by Liberatiscioli
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

1.93/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 2/13/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt and residual sugars. Flavor is sweet malt and cardboard with a weak palate and some sweet grains. Not very tasty at all. This is just bad...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 18:40:27 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

12-03-2012 20:03:35 | More by sendbeer
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dsa7783

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copped as part of a twelve-pack Winter sampler... One of the better brews in the bunch but still, nothing to write home about... Pretty bland and nondescript in terms of overall flavor profile... Not enough substance in the mix... Hints of bread, butter, and caramel struggle to be noticed... not recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 22:43:51 | More by dsa7783
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

12-07-2012 22:58:41 | More by Damian74Shensky
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Amalak

New York

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

07-15-2013 00:12:29 | More by Amalak
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TheRuss9585

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

03-28-2012 20:10:37 | More by TheRuss9585
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 12/15/09.

A - pours a clear chestnut brown with a layer of fine bubbles

S - light malt, hints of brown sugar, not alot going on

T - light malt, a bit of brown sugary sweetness, overall a bit weak

M - smooth, creamy, good carbonation

D - easy to drink, nicely balanced but for the most part kind of bland, nothing earth shattering

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 21:10:55 | More by mikereaser
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 03:21:42 | More by russpowell
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ZOSO2192

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-30-2014 19:06:43 | More by ZOSO2192
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pagardner

Virginia

3/5  rDev -12.3%

06-02-2012 00:30:35 | More by pagardner
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Mart1


3/5  rDev -12.3%

04-24-2012 19:51:01 | More by Mart1
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rsant

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -12.3%

02-02-2012 21:03:14 | More by rsant
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deonreds

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-18-2012 05:46:17 | More by deonreds
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Cooker_stp

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%

08-18-2013 15:13:07 | More by Cooker_stp
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-01-2011 23:30:54 | More by djrn2
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-08-2011 19:58:35 | More by Rochefort10nh
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-02-2011 04:21:02 | More by rab53
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HRamz3

Pitcairn

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-19-2013 13:20:39 | More by HRamz3
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jsboates


3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-11-2012 20:45:53 | More by jsboates
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yesyouam

New York

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Winter Lager is a clear, amber beer with a fluffy, off white head that has decent retention. It smells slightly sweet, malty and peppery. It's medium-light bodied and the finish is a little gritty. It has a peppery twang that's balanced well with a green, botanical bitterness that lasts through the finish. There's nothing really stand-out here.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 10:53:15 | More by yesyouam
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a thin head that becomes wispy. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel and slight bread. Very slight noble hop presence (perhaps noticeable at all only because I was really "looking" for it).

The taste is overly caramelish - sweet. That's not to say it is rich in maltyness, but a steely caramel dominates with just a nod of noble hop spicing. I would expect a winter lager to be malt-leaning, but the steely malt just doesn't do anything spectacular to the palate, and it could use more "balance". Not to say it's "bad" - it's not - just lacking all around enough to push it above mediocre.

Quite a bit of fizz, though it's not tingly, and the body holds together...

Throughout, this one manages to cling on to "mediocre". Steely caramel dominates, and has a certain fizzy thinness.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 04:40:12 | More by jwc215
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capps24

New York

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My 2nd beer from the Saranac 12 pack sampler (Big Moose Ale was 1st) My original thought was this taste more like a beer I would have during an Octoberfest. Not like some other winter lagers, but it is good.

Nice appearance, clear, with nice white foamy head. Goes down smooth. Not much of an aroma to it. Overall it is an average beer when put up against other Winters.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:49:05 | More by capps24
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oberon

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 20:04:03 | More by oberon
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Saranac Winter Lager from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.