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Saranac Winter Lager - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Winter LagerSaranac Winter Lager

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%

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

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009)
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Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I immediately thought this would be another dark wheat ale along the lines of Sam Adams Winter Lager. Nope!

A - Pours a dark amber with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Some roasted malts and hints of caramel but very subdued, not too much aroma.

T - Crisp and malty, with a slightly nutty/roasty aftertaste. Hints of fruit and a touch of hops. I get plenty of caramel lingering in the aftertaste. Reminds me of a Marzen, but with more subdued flavors. Spicy in the aftertaste as well.

M - Lightly bodied and lightly carbonated. Finishes dry.

D - Just the right amount of flavor to make it extremely sessionable and not too overpowering.

Not what I was expecting, more of a lighter Octoberfest (can't say I am familiar with the Vienna style lager before this one). Still, it is done well. Well balanced albeit a bit uninteresting, I tend to go for darker ales in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:40:53 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:05:19 | More by plaid75
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a seasonal 12-pack at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a crystal clear amber to red body with a good inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells slightly caramel malty with a bit of a soapy quality. Tastes malty, with caramel, chocolate and a slight fruity. Medium in both body and carbonation. While the aroma was a bit discouraging, the flavor was pleasant and balanced, and as good as any other Vienna I've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 19:06:21 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of animal69


4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a med.-deep copper color w/ a fluffy white head which dissipates quickly leaving a nice broken lace in my pilsen glass

S- smell reminds me of fresh baked bread, some nuttieness and a bit of dark fruit, a faint grassy hop present as well

T- crisp, nutty and bready, well balanced bitterness and a bit fruity, some caramel notes, a great vienna/marzen-like flavor

M- pretty dry, a light-med body and decently carbonated

D- very drinkable, prob. one of the better Am. brewed viennas out there, i wish they had 6'rs of this

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 22:24:24 | More by animal69
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper amber color with a 1/2 inch off white head; smells of malt and light spices.

Tastes of roasted malt, hops, spices, caramel, nut and grains or bread; the brew warms as you sip it, which I assume is due to the alcohol as an intentional "winter warmer".

Nice (good) beer with an overall malty taste that releases more malt flavor and taste as it warms up and goes down easy. Not exceptional flavor, but quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 03:14:51 | More by CHickman
Photo of Brad007


4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm. Sam Adams Winter Lager is also a Vienna Lager. Perhaps this influenced Saranac to a degree?

Pours a mild brown color with a two-finger head into my glass. Good presentation so far. A bit dark but that's actually about right.

Aroma is full of a bit of sweet and grainy malt. A bit spicy/smoky as well. Similar to SA's Winter Lager.

Taste is a bit nutty and sweet and it's very chewy as well. Interesting mish-mash of flavors. Tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of the same flavors as above that linger. Carbonation is just right. No harsh flavors and beer goes down very well.

Very nice! I could swear that it's a clone of the SA version. Very easy to drink and tasty. Definitely one of the better beers from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 00:03:41 | More by Brad007
Photo of Madmax99

New York

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer in the winter variety pack.

This beer is alright to me. I say this because lagers usually don't have the greatest amount of flavor. Also for being a winter beer I am surprised at the low amount of alcohol in this beer. Don't get me wrong, this beer isn't that bad. It does have some caramel notes that are pleasant. To be completely honest this tastes a lot like an Octoberfest style beer. If you like Octoberfest beers then you'll love this.


Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 03:37:49 | More by Madmax99
Photo of smibroncos

New York

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured a clear light carmel. with a small off white diminishing head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, hay, spice

T. Carmel, sweet malt, pepper

M. Light to medium bodied lightly carbonated, thin

D. Alright not my favorite from the 12 beers of winter pack. A little thin and not as flavorful as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:06:13 | More by smibroncos
Photo of 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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Saranac Winter Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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