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Utica Club - Matt Brewing Company

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Utica ClubUtica Club

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115 Ratings

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 28.84%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IrishRedRock on 09-25-2002)
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Reviews by rdrummer:
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New Jersey

1.05/5  rDev -60.7%

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.

09-28-2004 23:22:05 | More by rdrummer
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.03/5  rDev -24%

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.

07-26-2004 02:24:52 | More by oberon
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3.73/5  rDev +39.7%

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.

01-11-2011 18:27:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
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1.2/5  rDev -55.1%

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.

06-08-2003 16:15:37 | More by Todd
Photo of generallee

New York

3/5  rDev +12.4%

11-27-2011 12:57:32 | More by generallee
Photo of degerbah


1.35/5  rDev -49.4%

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.

04-18-2009 01:37:17 | More by degerbah
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

1.7/5  rDev -36.3%

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.

08-12-2011 00:23:12 | More by tdm168
Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +3%

08-10-2013 02:58:16 | More by EBeckett3
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

02-25-2012 01:14:18 | More by beerFool28607
Photo of Ablackbrew

New York

3/5  rDev +12.4%

11-23-2011 03:36:00 | More by Ablackbrew
Photo of PaleAleWalt

New York

4/5  rDev +49.8%

08-17-2014 03:08:27 | More by PaleAleWalt
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New York

1/5  rDev -62.5%

07-31-2012 21:53:44 | More by dgeebs07
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3.1/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

08-07-2010 16:06:47 | More by tone77
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +31.1%

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!

09-29-2009 20:10:11 | More by puboflyons
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1.58/5  rDev -40.8%

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.

12-06-2010 12:59:12 | More by SickGnar
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-25-2012 15:30:33 | More by AndyTaylor
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev +12.4%

11-17-2011 21:41:49 | More by tclapper
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3.69/5  rDev +38.2%

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.

10-28-2013 20:02:35 | More by SDVargo
Photo of CountryRock2001

New York

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-24-2013 22:29:49 | More by CountryRock2001
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3.06/5  rDev +14.6%

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.


07-10-2014 23:33:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of DoubleMalt

New York

2.75/5  rDev +3%

10-25-2013 00:24:35 | More by DoubleMalt
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -34.5%

07-24-2014 16:56:11 | More by Queensryche
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New York

2.69/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

04-06-2013 03:25:56 | More by fx20736
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North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

03-31-2009 15:14:48 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.42/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

07-23-2007 21:26:15 | More by plaid75
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Utica Club from Matt Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.