Utica Club - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Utica ClubUtica Club

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135 Ratings

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 28.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IrishRedRock on 09-25-2002

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by BeerAdvocate:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Fizzy head, decent amount of lace though. Shiny yellow clarity. Dried grass, cooked veggies and a touch of apple skin in the nose. Dry mouthfeel with a bitty, almost fluffy light body. Clean palate, very clean. Grainy with dried grass, bread crust and cooked cereal flavors throughout. Hop bitterness is there to balance; not much flavor to account for. Cooked veggies and a mild mineral or salty hints in the dry finish. Super clean, with enough flavor to certainly rival many of the other Retro Lagers hyped these days.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

How did I find this here in North Carolina?A staple of my father in law in Buffalo back in the day,pours a clear translusant yellow with a decent head,aroma of sweet cooked corn and wet carpet.Taste is pretty sweet and grainy pretty cloying after a few drinks.Not much of a beer here no better than the big domestic macros but now I can offer my father in law a UC.

Photo of Todd
1.22/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Got this sample from a guy that does marketing for breweries. Apparently there's going to be a big push to revitalize the Utica brand. Hmm ... why?

UC comes in a 12oz brown bottle. "Brewed from the best quality malt, grains, and choicest hopes. Absolutely pure." This was also the first beer sold in the US after prohibition. Labeled as "XX Pure" and a "Pilsener Lager Beer" ... can we get a bit more redundant?

Pours a bright and clear pale golden beer. Highly carbonated and capped with a foamy, slightly sticky, pure white head.

Metallic aroma. Cooked veggies. Musty. Sweet corn and grain. Not very inviting, to say the least.

Smooth-bodied, light and creamy on the palate. Consistency is extremely thin, as are all characteristics of this beer. Grainy and oddly sweet with notes of veggies (mostly corn) that stick to the palate with an oily feel. More metallic and musty notes. No real bitterness to talk about. Finish is way too dominate, odd and unpalatable. Flavours seem un-beer-like. Where's the crispness? Where's the refreshment?

In short, this beer is quite hard to stick down your neck. In fact, I'm wincing with each sip, hoping to end this review. If you're looking for an post-Prohibition American Pils, there's much better examples ... like Schlitz, PBR or even a Bud. Skip UC.

Photo of degerbah
1.36/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pub glass, this beer was slightly better than a bud light, and worse than just about anything I wouldn't play beer pong with. Look, taste, and feel was very similar to any BMC and the color reminds me of Michelob Light. For taste, literally anything by Great Lakes is far better. This is the 3rd best lager I've had this week; I had four and one was skunked.

Photo of tdm168
1.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/4" of head and no retention. Smells of grains, lager yeast, and metal. Taste is pure grains and metal. Mouthfeel is very light with moderate carbonation.

Bought this at Whole Foods for $1 for the 12oz. I'll gamble $1 anytime. This is a one and done for me.

Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some notes of corn. Taste is very mild, light malts, not a whole lot to it. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this makes for a fairly decent beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked 2329-1346. Sampled on September 29, 2009. The pour is a golden yellow with a thin white head that diminishes in under one minute. The aroma is of sweet caramel and malts with a dash of hops. The mouthfeel is smooth like honey and of adequate quality. The flavor also emphasizes the sweet malty ingredient with some muted hops taking up the rear. This was not all that bad for a cheap beer. Gotta love the classics!

Photo of SickGnar
1.59/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Light, pale golden yellow, bright but not 100% clear. Some rising bubbles. Small short lived white head that leaves basically no lacing.

S: Pretty clean, but seems like a grainy malt liquor. Faint, but it has an edge in a not appealing way.

T: Husky grain and a bit of grainy sweetness without much in the way of maltiness. Heavy handed adjunct city with plenty of that cooked corn/veggy "goodness." Does have some hop bitterness, but not much defined character. Maybe starts out a little minty and then goes medicinal in an astringent way. It is beer, but is very blah.

M: Rather thin body with active, fizzy CO2. Astringent edge and a tad puckery.

D: Lawnmower beer, but not even in a good way. "Pilsener Lager Beer" It sounds like it is even trying to convice itself. Seems constructed - as if it were made from concentrate - with angular, un-melding flavors and bit astringent. There are significantly better options that are just as cheap.

Photo of 18CGL
2.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure how to review something like this anymore. Nothing going on here. Its easy drinking for a hot day. Nothing special, Taste just like a BMC. very cheap.

Photo of rdrummer
1.05/5  rDev -61.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A nightmare of a beer. I couldn't believe that someone was still brewing this garbage. I hated this beer when I was a poor college student and would drink almost anything cheap. I hate it more now. It is a pale yellow, rank smelling, foul tasting, mess. The only thing that I can think of that would be worse would be UC Light. There oughta be a law.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.07/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Didn't pour it out, but if I were to guess, this is probably fizzy and yellow looking.

Smells like essentially nothing, a bit of metal and sweet corn.

This essentially just tastes like corn and carbonation, and not much else. Cold, it just tastes kind of crisp and boring, as it warms, it becomes a weird melange of creamed corn, cooked veggies, and metal. Meh.

This has a light bodied and crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Not horrible, but not very good at all either.

Photo of SDVargo
3.65/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe this a very underappreciated beer. I was pleasantly surprised by it. My parents fondly recall a relative swearing by this stuff long before I was born. So when I got the chance to try it, I figured it was probably just a nostalgia thing that made family members talk so highly of it. But after trying it, I was impressed. It was quite smooth. Was not very bitter. Had a nice golden color to it. I could definitely see it being a very good beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.08/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Utica Club has a medium-to-thick white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with minimal lacing but very noticeable fine particulate matter suspended throughout. The aroma is of sweet grain and a slight sourdough note. Taste is of those elements, with just the faintest hop bitternes, some paper, and also an unfortunate chalky aspect. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Utica Club finishes refreshing and pretty crisp.


Photo of GordieF
3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On a hot summer day in Central New York, there is no better thirst quencher.

Photo of fx20736
2.72/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bought a 24 pack of cans from Beers of the World for $ 13.98 on 4/5/13.

poured from a can into a pint glass served at fridge temp.

appearance: pale gold with a 1 finger white head. Scant lacing.

aroma: sour and musty with a strong hoppiness.

mouthfeel: ok

taste: watery, very little malt flavor with a sour and dry grape like fruitiness. clean finish.

notes: alcoholic seltzer water with a little flavor, in a very pretty can. Lawnmowing beer.

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Utica Club. For some reason I imagine this is an old school beer that the everyman used to drink.

Appears a clear light golden body with a thin white head that dissipates leaving no lacing. The aromas are some grainy sweetness tinged with some grassiness and a bit of DMS. The flavors match pretty well with a sweetness paired with not quite enough hops. I also get a metallic thing going on in the finish.

Cheap lager beer. Pilsner.. nah.

Photo of plaid75
2.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet boiled corn with a wisp of flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet corn with some non adjunct graininess. Some hops toward the finish to dry out the corn.

The mouthfeel was thin.

Overall not something I would search out again. It is what it is.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Clear, golden body with an off white head, very little lacing. Aroma is of fresh bags of medical supply stuff. No hops or malt detected in the nose. Is this technically a beer? Taste is actually not as bad as I expected after the pleasingly unpleasing aroma. This beer doesn't taste good....at all. The good news is that is doesn't taste bad...at all. Great beer if you're in college and live near this brewery.

Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.48/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overview: a great, inexpensive canned session beer to drink when you are drinking more than one and you cannot bring glass bottles to your event.

Everyone needs a canned beer at the ready should you be invited to an event where glass bottles are forbidden (Deep-sea party boat fishing or the Saratoga Track) and when you plan to quaff several. Best drunk ice cold right out of the sweating can on hot summer days.

Referred to as "Uncle Charlie" hereabouts for decades, even tastes like it came right out the seventies - remember as teenagers when we used to steal our fathers' American Lagers and Pilsners? Like Schmidts or Schlitz or Carling Black Label or Tuborg Gold? This will instantly bring you right back there!

Referred to on its label as a "Pilsener/Lager" (BOTH?) it is very pale yellow with high carbonation and corn adjuncts. Clear, a bit watery, but with good water as its base. This is a non-nonsense tribute to the Americana beers of the 60's and 70's.

This is a friendly beer - I've made instant and good beer friends just by bringing this to the aforementioned events and/or by wearing my Utica Club t-shirt, especially when fishing.

The best of a vanishing breed - an inexpensive, refreshing canned American "Pilsener/Lager" beer found being passed out of coolers to friends at picnics.

Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this one at the American Legion. I had never even seen it before. I thought it was pretty good. I was like almost like a beer form one of the major brewers but not quite. I might be wrong but it seems like there maybe some adjuncts in there. All in all though I liked it.

Appearance- I thought it looked a little translucent to be a pilsner. It was very pale and clear. There was an average amount of foam in the head but not frothy.

Smell/Taste- I usually not categorize smell and taste together but they were about the same. It just seemed to me as there was something like corn or rice in there. I might be wrong as I said before. It wasn’t bad but something was different. Hops and malt were definitely present in the odor and flavor though.

Mouthfeel. Very light with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- My wife even liked this one. It has some good qualities.

Photo of daliandragon
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I remember this one from the upstate NY hinterlands of my college years and am surprised to find it here in tobacco country, especially at Whole Foods here in Cary. The price, however, is correct at $4.99 a sixer. The label says "UC for me".

This is basic lite fare: quick dying head, pale golden hue, lots of carbonation bubbles. Nose is sweet with corn and mushy, overcooked veggies, maybe a little soap. Not so hot.

Broad, basic malt tone with slight finishing bitterness. Touch of metal in the front of the taste. Smooth and refreshing but a bit watery in mouthfeel.

This is nothing to write home about but for a cheap macro you could do much worse.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, adjuncts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of adjuncts. Then a mild sweetness comes in from a thin malt character. The hops presence is very faint and there’s a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down very easily and not filling at all since there isn’t much to the beer, very mild kick, decent representation of style, there are other inexpensive alternatives that I would choose over this beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
2.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow. A finger of head forms, moderate retention, and there's actually some decent lace considering the style.

S - Pretty offensive on the nose. Definite green apple note with a sharp metallic component.

T - Very mild, a little better than most macros. Overall bland graininess with some sweetness, followed by a rather odd, earthy, metallic bitterness.

M - Almost medium bodied, not watery at all. Carbonation tries to pull through but is over come by the thicker body. It seems like a nice change at first, but it just doesn't work with the style.

D - Not a bad brew for the price. Slightly below average at best. Almost a "different take" on a macro lager.

Photo of MrDark
2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the FX Matt Brewing company in Utica, NY. Poured from the tap there into the small sampler mugs that don't quite hold the full 16 oz. beers that the brewery staff is more than happy to crack open for you...as long as you have one of your two drink vouchers left.

Pours out a light, pale yellow that gives the impression of a basic beer. Almost no head, even from the tap.

smell is sweet and bitter and even a little sour, not extremely inviting.

taste is a sweet, metallic...something. Can't quite place it. Not revolting, but not exactly enticing either...just kind of, eh. Maybe stewed veggies? More of a bitter taste from the prevalent carbonation.

mouthfeel is crisp and biting and maybe a little sticky. Not like questionable sticky like florida in summer, but more of a slight stickiness that is telling you that it is coating your throat, ie. quenching your thirst.

Overall, this light, crisp, unoffensive nature makes it easy to ingest, barring the occasional need to belch from carbonation buildup. Easily not the worst I've had, but not the best. It'll get you by on a hot summer day, and it won't be offensive to your wallet either.

Photo of FloppyDog
2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light straw yellow...very pale. Minimal/no head.

Aroma is primarily of noble hops.

Taste is a light maltiness, mild hop bitterness, and some DMS.

Mouth feel is very pleasant (not overly prickly on the carbonation like many pilsners and american lagers are). Overall, a decent beer...better than most american lagers.

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Utica Club from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.