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Saranac Lake Effect Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.95% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: errantnight on 10-31-2010)
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Reviews by sdj5:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

sdj5, Feb 27, 2012
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the beers of winter 12 pack.
A dark amber color with a medium-sized tan head. Good amount of lacing.
Sweet malt aroma, some floral hops.
White bread taste, piney hops.
Medium bodied. Sweet, herbal.
Pretty good beer,easy to drink. Would drink it again.

lordofthewiens, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date or abv% listed. This bottle was part of the 2010 Saranac Winter 12 pack.

Appearance: The body has a garnet color with good clarity. On top sits a thin half inch thick head which is beige in color and fades quickly. Lacing is very minimal and slick leaving a mostly clean glass behind.

Smell: It is light overall in the nose with a light malty sweetness with hints of light herbal hop spice and faint mineral presence.

Taste/Palate: There is a mild bready sweetness up front with some sweet roasted grain notes and some nice moderately balanced hop spice and bitterness with just a very slight mineral touch. It finishes quickly and fairly clean with a thin residual sweetness balanced by light hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with average carbonation.

Notes: Overall it follows the same basic Saranac formula of an easy drinking well balanced beer with a decent flavor profile based on its style.

generallee, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle no freshness date though it was part of their winter 12-pack 10'-11'.

The two fingered head does a lot of sticking to the glass, clear and tawny with lively bubbles. Taffy-like sweetness, bread crust and herbal hop in the nose. Maltiness has a bit of depth but does not really open up, dried bread crust meets an herbal hop. Clean wet palate that stays pretty smooth.

Not half bad but when it comes to Dunkel Lagers I am always looking to the original stuff. Worth a try.

Jason, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, from a holiday box of varied selections. No freshness info to be had.

Pours dakr honey amber, a tad murky, medium tan head, stays at the 1/3 inch level, before leaving a thick collar, some low sheeting and then ample fine and nicely developed lower lace.

Slight chocolaty nose, with some sugary malts in the rear.

Easy drinking lager, chocolte infused malts carry the freight. Rich and smmoth malty notes abound. Pleasant enough, decent cool weather quaffer.

Billolick, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -12.8%

mjtiernan, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love the annual 12 beers of Xmas pack, it seems like as a whole they have put some well hopped beers into the mix. Only two new offerings this year, this Lake Effect Lager seems to be a nice German style dunkel lager at first glance. Appears a dark caramel amber bodied with a nice off white tan colored head forming thick fine bubbled head. Evenly strung thick chunky lacing, very nice look going on poured into my 1/2 liter Sam Adams krug style glass. Aromatics offer up dark roasted malt, slightly nutty touch of caramel. No overt sweetness, subtle bready German malts with Hallertau herbal spicy leafy toned hops coming in as well. Flavors work well together combining a semi dry roasted malt quality hints of caramel and nut with earthy/herbal/spicy hop accents a beautiful mix of true German style brewing. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied sturdily carbonated as the style typically prescribes to. Wonderful semi dry finish not a sweet or hoppy beer just a beautifully balanced dunkel lager. Drinkability overall is pretty nice no problem drinking a couple bottles of this stuff, wish I had another mixed 12 pack to top off the glass I'm drinking.

WVbeergeek, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of gregb13
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of the winter seasonal pack and my first beer from Saranac. Pours a very inviting ruby redish copper; nice lacing and head retention. Smells very malty with some caramel. Taste follows the nose with a mild hop bite to finish. Overall it's pretty good lager.

gregb13, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of dacrza1
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Occasion: senses are BACK after a bout with bronchitis....
Glassware: nondescript pilsener...
Appearance: dark orange body with strong effervescenceand a thin, off-white head--nothing out of the ordinary...
Aroma: doughy, bready scents; malts are punchy if not pungeant...
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly finish with a thicker, warming texture on the tongue...
Taste: full-bodied malts! as the glass drains, a balance approaches comfortability with not too much uniqueness..and I have had a good amount of Saranac...
Overall: a slightly weightier Saranac for the winter--bottle's scene is snowy and sentimental, but the beer is what it is--serviceable but not outstanding...fair for the price....

dacrza1, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: A nice slightly darker copper color with lots of bubbles providing some decent retention and lacing from the off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malts, slightly burnt caramel or brown sugar, a bit of toffee, and some bread notes of crust and toast.

Taste: Another wave of roasted malts, some toast notes, and lightly roasted caramel and brown sugar. And some lingering mild fruit esters and citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied with good carbonation and lots of bubbles without feeling like champagne.

Drinkability: I got more than I expected with this. Enough flavor for the style and the sessionability factor to the QPR is pretty high. Seems like a good brew for winter too, an apt choice for the mix 12 this year.

asabreed, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a mountain of thick, creamy, off-white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of caramel and toffee. The taste is caramel and dark fruit with lager yeast undertone. The dark fruit gets the most attention. It's a medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated beer.

This is a decent beer, but it's not overly impressive. As part of a mix pack it was a good try, but I wouldn't seek it out otherwise.

tdm168, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Mild brown lager with decent carbonation.

Smell: Good smokiness. Almost like heavily burnt sugar. Might not be enjoyable for some, but I don't mind the strength here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again, the smokiness is nice. Very malty and pretty sweet, although the burned sugar gives this some bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit weak and doesn't hold up to the taste.

Drinkability: Smokiness doesn't make this the ideal beer.

Overall: Could use some more balance, but it's good.

tjsdomer2, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

chrishiker1409, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +16.3%

leinie13, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey brown color with a fluffy airy head that settles into a solid cap.

The aroma is of a doughy/bready malt, has some toast scents as well as some caramel and tin.

The flavor is of a toasted caramel malt, some grassy bitter hops, honey, and some tea like flavors. It doesn't really have the doughy flavor that the dunkels get from the munich malt.

The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, crisp; finishes with a slight bitterness. Drinks quite easy.

Not a bad beer just doesn't seem to be totally to style. Doesn't have any munich malt flavor and seems to be a tad light for the style.

Gmann, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of mikerems
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

mikerems, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of maynard713
3.75/5  rDev +9%

maynard713, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Bapplebaum
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Bapplebaum, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of kmwilson76
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

kmwilson76, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, almosst brown color with a 1 inch white head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, figs, grains, bread, yeast, and spices.

Taste- Sweet, yet dry malts on the front end, finishes with a medicinal herb like hoppiness. Good, but seems a little thin on the finish.

Mouthfeel is bLnced, but a little thin.

Overall pretty good! Considering this is a "mass produced" beer, this makes a good choice for a winter seasonal.

Treyliff, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is like the smell, plenty of malts, a light hopping, considerable sweetness. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a very good beer.

tone77, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle no. 2790-1009. Sampled on December 17, 2010. If a beer could be judged on its looks alone it would probably rate higher. The mahogany-copper pour ends with a decent head and little pearl drops of non-stop slow upward bound carbination bubbles. The aroma is not overly distinctive but I get a good maltiness and a thin, unusual hoppiness thrown in. The taste is nice and bitter with a light but crisp hoppiness on the tail end. It was quite drinkable.

puboflyons, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of timbobandit
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

timbobandit, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An active swirling pour gives way to a mammoth head slightly off-white airy batter-like head that becomes slightly rockier as it settles... Decent retention finally gives way to a full creamy lacing... The color is a clean completely translucent medium brown... Mostly still with only some stray sluggish carbonation...

S - The malts are paramount... Toast... Rich dark breads... Nutty... Muted caramel... Muted toffee... Some very minor hints of dark fruit and old coffee... Warm and inviting...

T - The bready malts are first and foremost... Crust... Dark bread... Toast... Roasted peanuts... Weak coffee notes... Perhaps a slight twang of hops... Some faint roasted malts appear on the finish...

M - Starts with a slightly lush texture... Medium bodied... Sleek... A chalky slightly burnt finish...

D - A very solid offering from Saranac... FX Matt doesn't get enough credit for the brews they make... An easy drinker that I would gladly drink again... If available in six-pack form I would pick-up on occasion...

philbe311, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of aranheaney
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Saranac taste of winter 12 pack, picked up for $5.99 at my a great local beer vendor:

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH snifter:

A-Ruby red with caramel head that laces fairly well

S-Malt, roast, some hoppiness

T-Decent, follows the nose, the malt is prevalent and it finishes well

M-Smooth, very respectable throughout

O-A decent Saranac product

aranheaney, Mar 04, 2012
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Saranac Lake Effect Lager from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.