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Utica Club - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BA SCORE
68
poor

57 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 135
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 7
Gots: 26 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 57 | Hads: 135
Reviews by mostpoetsdo:
Photo of mostpoetsdo
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an incredibly dull yellow, adjunct in nature, tiny white head is gone in no time.

S: Steamed rice with a pinch of hops, grains.

T: Plastic sweetness gives way to a sandbox malt flavor, skunked hops flavoring.

M: Light body, uncomfortable amount of carbonation, tough to get down.

O/D: Bought it for a dollar, I'd pay two not to drink it. (350 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.03/5  rDev -27%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Todd
1.22/5  rDev -56.1%
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. (1,310 characters)

Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of degerbah
1.36/5  rDev -51.1%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of tdm168
1.71/5  rDev -38.5%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of EBeckett3
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerFool28607
1.5/5  rDev -46%

Photo of Ablackbrew
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of dgeebs07
1/5  rDev -64%

Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
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! (445 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
1.59/5  rDev -42.8%
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. (952 characters)

Photo of 18CGL
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (163 characters)

Photo of AndyTaylor
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of rdrummer
1.05/5  rDev -62.2%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.07/5  rDev -25.5%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of SDVargo
3.65/5  rDev +31.3%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of CountryRock2001
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

RJT (428 characters)

Photo of GordieF
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (76 characters)

Photo of DoubleMalt
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Utica Club from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.