Saranac Dunkel Lager - Matt Brewing Company
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Scoats:
3.8/5 rDev +11.8%
There isn't much to say as this beer is neither dumbed down nor over the top; it is very true to what I perceive as the Dunkel style, which is one of my favorites. It's a darkish, malty lager. Very quaffable. I'd take this before Negro Modelo anyday.
04-22-2003 05:58:37 | More by Scoats
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3.68/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a medium brown with pretty nice head,the aroma is pretty sweet and malty with some nutty tones.The taste is chocolaty and rich but not overly sweet.Like alot of saranac beer it seems to be a little thin in the body.My fiancees dad had this in his garage in the variety pack in buffalo and brought it down to me.
08-04-2003 00:52:34 | More by oberon
3.55/5 rDev +4.4%
The dunkel is lighter in color than their Chocolate Amber. Hmm...
Aroma promises a nice combo of German-style malty sweetness and hops. The flavor doesn't QUITE live up to the aroma, but is still pretty true to style (dunkel, NOT a dunkelweiss) with a deep caramel malty sweetness balanced with a decent hop bitterness & flavor. Rather thin in body, but pretty drinkable for it. Sort of like a Saranac Black Forest Light, in a good way.
11-22-2002 02:12:54 | More by sponberg
2.88/5 rDev -15.3%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Reddish tawny hue, clarity is brilliant though the head lacks a bit and dissipates into a thin off white lace.
Smell: Mild astringent husk and steely malt give off a metallic aroma, a bit off in my book.
Taste: Smooth and creamy with a well textured carbonation and medium body. Malt flavours are monotonous showing a simple steely husky sweet note from the toasted malts. Hops are quite mild in the mix with slight herbal and spicy bitterness. Clean and grainy in the finish with a spicy hop back.
Notes: This brew could use some work as I was unimpressed by the weak malt character, the hops show off more even flavours though do not create a balance. Not that bad but not something I’d pick off the shelf if it was packaged in 6-packs.
11-22-2002 17:12:11 | More by Jason
3.38/5 rDev -0.6%
Holiday sampler, a number of brews "new to science" (i.e., my tastebuds)...more reviews to follow...
Clear brown, nice 1/2 inch head that's yellowish but a little spongey. Nutty, caramely aroma. Flavor is malt dominated, long-lasting mild brown sugar with a little hazelnut, but a fade to wet canvas/cardboard at the finish. There is just the slightest hop warble mid to back of the mouth. After taste is a little papery as well. This beer starts well with a nice aroma, finishes a little weak and off. Decent is all...
11-12-2002 06:26:28 | More by ADR
4/5 rDev +17.6%
Another Saranac beer that exceeded my expectations. This beer pours a nice copper, with a light tan head that dissipates but never disappears. Aroma was sweet, nutty and interesting. I enjoyed the full bodied mouthfeel and caramel notes of this Dunkel. I lean towards the sweeter brown ales and lagers so this one fit the bill. As others have said it's not a world shaker but I wouldn't turn the next one down.
11-19-2002 13:54:49 | More by QXSTER1
3.68/5 rDev +8.2%
A clear, deep amber/copper body is capped by a short head of creamy off-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping, and keeps a generous collar throughout the glass. Lacing, however, is minor. The aroma expresses a soft maltiness with clear notes of gently toasted Munich malt and some mild, spicy hops in the background. A gently crisp, and then creamy, mouthfeel enhances its light/medium body. As might be anticipated based on the aroma, the balance is clearly towards maltiness with some thin, floral and spicy hop flavors appearing as it crosses the palate. The bitterness is restrained, but comes through enough to dry out the finish. Well balanced and enjoyable.
02-11-2003 15:14:20 | More by NeroFiddled
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours with a light beige head, over dark amber liquid, not as dark as a traditional dunkel. Light, very clean maltiness noted...sightly roasted at that. Taste is light and somewhat sweet with roasted notes. Finishes on the light side, but still quite drinkable.
11-10-2002 13:16:07 | More by beerluvr
2.8/5 rDev -17.6%
This beer pours a clear medium dark brownish orange with a moderate slightly creamyt light tan rocky head. The aroma was a relatively strong cookielike maltiness. The taste/mouthfeel is of a mild somehow odd malty flavor with an astringent hoppiness. I wish this beer could have tasted as good as it looks/smells. It isn't that bad but has an odd "plasticy" flavor.
11-01-2003 03:47:51 | More by fattyre
3.4/5 rDev 0%
For a dunkel, this seemed timid. Roasted malt flavors were there as expected, but where's the "oomph?" It lacks enough depth or complexity to carry the day. Not that it is a bad beer, it was quite drinkable, but not at all memorable. I'll take the Black Forest or Chocolate Amber over this dark beer.
11-17-2002 22:28:23 | More by Brent
2.98/5 rDev -12.4%
Old sneaker malt nose. Amber clean look with a touch of brown and lots of tiny bubbles. 1/4 inch off white head (slight brown tint). Malty plain taste. Not complex at all... boring to the tongue. Light taste and feeling. I would not seek out this one...
12-17-2002 12:29:47 | More by frank4sail
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
Brownish-amber with a nice but low tan head that leaves sporadic lace. Nice malt aroma - lightly sweet with chocolate and toffee notes and some caramel. Tastes much like it smells - very nice. Caramel flavor is noticeable which is not a suprise for Saranac and high compared to other Dunkels. Light-medium bodied.
Not nearly as good as the Saranac Chocolate Amber
Label States: "German 2-row and Munich malt" & "Hersbrucker and Saaz hops"
Saranac Holiday Pack: 2002
05-13-2003 11:47:49 | More by RBorsato
3.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Not very "Dunkel" looking, pours a lmedium brown color. Smells of roasted malt, and a chemical smell that has been included in most of the other Saranac from the 12 pack. Taste is full of that roasted malt flavor. A pretty good beer, much better than many of the other Saranac's.
02-10-2004 22:55:31 | More by TastyTaste
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
Not a bad beer...extreme similarities to their Single Malt IMO. Tastes just like it but less malty.
Golden color with an orange hue looks pretty nice, and the aroma has sweet, malty, and earthy tones. Hop flavor is present but does not balance well with the other flavors going on. Smooth and carbonated on the tongue. Not Saranac's best, but not their worst either.
12-09-2002 18:58:00 | More by IrishRedRock
3.23/5 rDev -5%
This beer is a deep copper-amber color. It's very clear, with a thin white head. Aroma is distinctly malty, and the characteristic is somewhat carried through to the taste. Finish seems a little hollow. No real flaws, but nothing outstanding either. The bottom line is that this is a basic middle of the road beer.
It's hard to judge this brewery....they've surprised me with some great beers, but there are times that they come across as something of a sub-par macro wanna-be.
11-30-2002 13:18:40 | More by Suds
3.3/5 rDev -2.9%
Aroma has a sweet mix of darker malt, sweet water and little caramel. Also a light flowery hops, but all was light overall. Dark amber color, clear, with a medium sized head that was steady. An attractive beer with some lacing too. Flavor begins with a darker malt taste and finishes mildly dry and a bit bitter. Middle varies with bitterness notable at times (and doesn't seem appropriate). Well carbonated, somewhat soft accented by the carbonation. Overall has a lack of complexity. Too much of a bitter taste from malt. Seems somewhat burnt as warms.
05-25-2003 20:57:56 | More by garymuchow
3.1/5 rDev -8.8%
(Saranac "12 Beers" sampler, 2002 edition)
I would not have guessed this to be a dunkel just from looking at it. If based on appearance alone, this would probably share the same company as Killian's Irish Red. As pointed out by someone else (I forget who) this is a company who calls their wheat beer a Pilsener, so you can't really judge a Saranac beer too harshly based on style. Their dunkel is a pretty average all around amber type of beer.
Saranac Dunkel pours a clear, reddish amber color with a one finger foam head that lasts for about 30 seconds and disappears, leaving some splotchy lace. The smell was a little strange as it smelled almost like iced tea to me: sweet and lemony. The mouthfeel was thin and lightly carbonated. In the flavor, I can swear that for the first few sips, this tasted like iced tea to me. Tea-like sweetness mixed with lemony notes. Some caramel malt and some roasted note flavors came through with a decent hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is pretty clean with just some continuing dryness. This finishes off with only a little alcoholic warmth.
I stand by the "iced tea" comments I've made about this beer. One of the stranger dunkels I've had, since I think that this beer has somewhat of an identity crisis. Judged on what's here, this is a reasonably drinkable brew.
11-06-2003 08:27:10 | More by Beastdog75
3.38/5 rDev -0.6%
Light-medium brown/copper color. Light toasted grain and faint hop aroma. Flavors are subtley blended and trade off between toasted malt, multi grain bread and subdued hops. A slight metallic flavor is noted. Not like any Dunkeler I've had before, more like a cross between a Oktoberfest and a MaiBock.
12-03-2002 18:46:34 | More by John
4/5 rDev +17.6%
This brew pours with a nice deep copper color and foamy head. The aroma is clean with a bread character that flows into the first taste. Fairly dry aside from the bready malt, the brew has a nice smooth body and feel and a lagery light smoky finish. Very drinkable and quite a nice break when consuming high gravity brews in succession.
01-13-2003 06:43:58 | More by beernut7
2.93/5 rDev -13.8%
Copper/bronze in color with an off-white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. The nose is of caramel malts. The caramel malt flavors are rich and sweet. The bitterness is light. It is relatively light in body, sweet and smooth. Overall it is a tasty brew, just a little too sweet.
12-30-2002 10:21:10 | More by BeerBuilder
3.28/5 rDev -3.5%
Copper-brown and clear, with a moderate head...
Sweet, malty aroma.
Taste was a bit odd... very sweet, hints of chocolate, lightly roasted malt, and something that distinctly reminded me of marshmallow. Hops were detectable but reserved.
This could make a great rocky road beerfloat... other than that, it was overly sweet for my taste. Different, but a little *too* different.
12-17-2002 17:14:13 | More by shirfan
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
Unmemorable soapy head comes and goes.
The fragrance of this lager is going to set your expectations way to high. I expected to step through the doors of malt into some level or another of hop heaven, but was instead left wondering what less water and alcohol may have done for this struggling Dunkle.
Smells like a masterpiece, but tastes like a photocopy.
11-06-2002 22:38:41 | More by Delirium
3.03/5 rDev -10.9%
First off, this beer is probably a Munchner Dunkel style, but definitely not a Dunkelweizen. This may have been pointed out already but I haven't read the other reviews for this beer yet.
This beer is clear copper in color (lighter than their chocolate AMBER lager). Head is thin, slightly bubbly and beige. Decent staying power. Lacing is adequate. Taste is a bit thin in flavor. Hop attributes are minimal. Maltiness is there, but nothing to shout about. It's like a roasted nut and caramel blend. A very slight lingering burnt bitterness. Body is about medium. Very average.
11-14-2002 20:31:45 | More by Bighuge
2.55/5 rDev -25%
This is not a great dunkle a little to week.
The head was small and tasteless gone in a second.
The body: Light and thin body not to much their.
The taste: It's a little week not much of a dunkle this would be more accurately labeled an amber. Nothing going on here don't waste your time on this one it does not have much character or taste!
12-07-2002 23:18:15 | More by Kwak
3.4/5 rDev 0%
Smells a lot like the Single Malt from them. A shade darker than the single malt though and the head seems to last longer. The taste is a bit more complex. Sweet, crisp and refreshing. The hops even show up a bit in the end. Very smooth but lacks something that I can't put my finger on. The finish is nice. Check out the label, interesting picture from this "limited release".
01-23-2003 16:08:31 | More by CharlesRiver
Saranac Dunkel Lager from Matt Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.