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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Blueberry Blonde AleSaranac Blueberry Blonde Ale

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 04-14-2012

Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale is a traditional blonde ale with a kick of juicy blueberry. You'll notice a light golden haze from wheat malt and oats and a low hop bitterness, which really shows off the fruit. With a medium-light body and fresh blueberry flavor, we're sure we've captured refreshment in a bottle!
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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 51
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Photo of MadScientist
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium gold with some haze and a slight purple hue. The head is long lasting, white and made of a small, rocky bubble.

S: Moderately-strong blueberry aroma with a light citrus hops and a moderate malt sweetness. There is a bit of a metallic aroma. No diacetyl.

T: There is the initial soft malty sweetness typical of a Blonde with a moderately-low hop bitterness. The moderate blueberry flavor doesn't overpower the ale. The balance is slightly bitter with a dry finish and a lemony aftertaste.

M: This beer has a moderately-light body with moderately-strong carbonation. There is a slight prickle at the tip of the tongue.

O: An easy to drink lawnmower type ale with some blueberry flavor and a fair amount of aroma. The fruit isn't so strong that it would stop me from having another on a hot day.

Photo of TravisShaler
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy and not as bubbly as most ales

S-Great, but only because i love blueberries

T-Kind of sour but cant expect much from an ale

M-Leave a dry taste in my mouth.

Good beer. Good for after dinner but not an all night beer. ABV only 5%. I prefer higher apv ratings

Photo of dogfishandi
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp.

pours a hazy slightly deep golden color, a nice layer of some tight white head with decent retention. some nice lace as well.

interesting aroma. on first whiff, the blueberrys are definatly there, but as it warms the aroma takes of a berry fruit juice type of smell that gets a little odd and footy sometimes . hints of grain behind and not much else.

seems to be just the right amount of blueberry flavor with some crisp grain and wheat to balance. finishes crisp, light, and refreshing with a nice dose of blueberry juice flavor that lingers. a nice crisp carbonation.

a nice summer drinker with just enough fruit to please anyone, but a little boring for the real beer nerd.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as the Blueberry Blonde the label suggests that there's wheat malt and oats, a bit cloudy golden orange in appearance. Head forms thick about 3 inches billowing with texture, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has earthy hints of blueberry notes, not overtly sugary just a hint of earthy herbal blueberry notes. Flavor has a bitter stem, leafy quality about it along with the wheat malt and oats to soften things up a bit. It's not the overtly sugar experience you may be looking for in a beer like Leinenkugel's. Mouthfeel is creamy soft and well carbonated the type of beer that works for the summer months. I didn't feel it weighed too heavy, had enough flavor to keep me interested, but I feel competing with the big boys with blueberry beers and shandys isn't the way to go now, Saranac has always paved it's own way...know it's making White IPAs, Blueberry Blondes, and Shandys...WTF. It's a Sam Adams, AB, Miller/AB head to head competition with Saranac.

Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white to slightly off white head slowly falls into a nice lacing above a clearish honey golden colored beer.

Fresh warm blueberry muffins aroma with just a bit of some pale hops sneaking in.

A light blueberry muffin like taste with some lesser hops notes.

A light dry aftertaste with those same blueberry muffin tastes sticking around on this light bodied drink from Matt Brewing.

As far as fruit/vegetable beers go this is a pretty good one, the taste of the blueberries is big but not overbearing and artificial tasting like a lot of beers in this style.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. No dating on the bottle

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy 2 finger head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity blueberry aroma. Hints of wheat and malt.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Hits you with some blueberry before smoothing out with a malt aftertaste. Not as blueberry dominated as others of this style can be.

M: Light on the palette, good carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall not a bad beer. Blueberry beers can be quite iffy. This one isnt overpowering and is refreshing.

Photo of dacrza1
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Date Rated: May 4, 2013... Glassware: nondescript pint... Occasion: slowing down after a long week... Appearance: slightly hazy pale blond ale with tremendous effervescence; thick and thin bubbles stream skyward to a thick white head--great lacing... Aroma: fragrant, candied blueberry scent; appropriate to the bottle's label... Palate: rather smooth start with little bite; rather diminished and rinselike in the finish... Taste: somewhat malty, with soft hops that do not balance well; odd fruity esters ensue with a mostly plain American pilsner profile... Overall: as novelties go, the fruit beers refresh and remind me of the German/Bavarian traditions with authentic additives--this beer seems to follow that tradition distantly, without the prerequisite fruit or lightness....

Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark gold; lots of carbonation rising to the top; half of an inch of pure white, foamy head; quickly fades to a thin lacing

S - blueberries, straw, grain, grassy, sweet

T - grainy, grassy, light blueberry finish, sweet but not overly so, a bit warm

M - smooth, light to medium bodied, despite the high amount of carbonation bubbles the actual carbonation is rather moderate

Not a bed beer. It's rather warm for a fruit or blonde ale. It's not overly sweet and it's easily drinkable, but it's simplistic and ultimately forgettable. It is a nice change of pace in the Saranac Summer Mix Pack.

Photo of Treyliff
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours goldish and hazy with a bubble and fizzy white head with decent retention

S- smells like blueberry muffins with a bit of sweet malt to balance it out

T- sweet, with a crisp malt backbone, subtle blueberry with a slightly tart & dry finish

M- light body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and slick finish, high drinkability

O- a basic fruit beer that isn't extreme by any means, but a good option of the beach, which is where I enjoyed it. Not their best beer, but certainly drinkable

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is courtesy of woodychandler, who keeps me up to date in the latest canned beers. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with blueberries. Taste is subdued compared to the smell, some blueberry, a touch of bitterness, rather mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer on a hot day.

Photo of puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 1, 2012. The pour is a cloudy looking pale yellow with a quick head. The blueberry aroma takes over right after the bottle cap is removed. Once in the glass it seems to settle down to a more subtle blueberry on top of the pale malts, bread, and touch of citrus. The body is light. The taste is also of blueberry and pale malts with a tart character. These types of beers are always hard for me to review because they are low on my list of favorite styles.

Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away and also left lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat; the blueberry smell seems to be a little artificial and becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the blueberry flavors seem to be a little artificial and these stand out in front of notes of wheat and grainy malts. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily and the blueberry aromas and flavors help to brighten up what would otherwise be a very ordinary beer.

Photo of fx20736
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought as part of Saranac's Summer Variety pack from Southtown Beverages on 4/26/13 for $ 7.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy lemon yellow with a one finger white head. no lacing.

aroma: blueberries, pale malt, faintest whiff of hops.

mouthfeel: decent

taste: bready malt with lots of blueberries and a some noble style hops at the end.

notes: fruit beers aren't really my thing. this is drinkable and the blueberries are very noticeable which makes the beer somewhat interesting. A novelty item for sure.

Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured blueberry bitterness with a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of the same blueberry bitterness with a lingering grassy hop and light grain. Solid blueberry flavor.

The mouthfeel was thin and extremely dry.

Overall a decent quaffable summer beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 1.65$

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, blueberries, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some bread/grains and some sweet blueberries. It reminded me a bit of a blueberry pie filling like flavour. It ends with a slightly tart yet sweet blueberry aftertaste.

Overall - Once again, not my favourite style of beer.. but this one is actually not that bad. I might even be able to drink a few of these in one sitting.. which isn't something I can do with most fruit beers. It's definitely worth a try.

Photo of bubseymour
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - a very murky wheat beer ale with a very nicely formed 2 finger white head that holds retention really well.

s - very malty and bready like many saranac beers

taste - very bready, grainy flavor with noticable blueberry flavoring. Kinda artificial flavoring like a blueberry pop tart. A little crisp in the finish

Mouthfeel - a tad watery but ok for the style

Overall - I'm a little disappointed with this one. Just don't go down all that well and the flavoring isn't the most pleasing. Its a fine sampler but that's about it.

Photo of daliandragon
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty impressively, with solid inch of white head that leaves sticky speckled lace crowning a translucent pale golden body. The nose is awash is fresh blueberries and wheat and a touch of citrus zest. I am not usually a fruit beer fan, but this one starts better than most.

Well, it is refreshing, I'll give it that. Light in texture and mostly clean in the finish, but the taste is mostly insubstantial, if inoffensive. Wheat palate, with a berry garnish. It's fine for what it is, and quite suitable for 110 degree heat index Carolina days like today, although it must be said there isn't much there there. I don't like fruit beers, but this is acceptable to beat the heat.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of blueberries along with light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong blueberry sweetness along with background flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is thin as you usually find in this type of beer, but they create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer for blueberry ale but there are others I would pick first.

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light hazed yellow with a thin fluffy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of light blueberry.

The taste is of blueberry with a hint of wheat tang.

The feel is rather fizzy and light.

A typical, average American fruit beer. The blueberry is on the soft side, especially in the nose and there's not much else to it.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, blond colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: blueberry bubble gum smell

T: nice blueberry flavor that is candy like, not much bitterness, light malt flavors complement blueberry

M: light body, higher carbonation, watery

O: blueberry flavor is good, refreshing beer

Photo of atr2605
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with white head with pretty poor retention
S-blueberry, hint of malt, pretty faint overall
T-Mainly blueberry met with some hop bitterness that keeps it pretty well balanced
M-medium-light bodied
O-good session beer but definitely nothing special.

Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of my haul from my latest trip to Pinocchio's in Media, PA in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). I am going to have to get back on the trading cycle pretty soon or risk running dry on CANs.

From the CAN: "Ale with blueberry juice and natural flavor added".

The Crack revealed yet another craft CAN filled to its brim with beer! That has to be one of my favorite aspects of The CANQuest (TM), since it is like getting more than I paid for each time. The Glug was progressing a little too rapidly and I was getting a lot of foaming action which caused me to take my foot off of the gas. The two-plus fingers of French Vanilla-colored head that formed were so dense and thick that I began to wonder if I would need to scoop some of it out, so great was its retention. The nose caused the room to smell like blueberry pancakes! Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste of blueberries was prevalent. It had a slight bitterness to it, but not in any kind of unpleasant way, just enough to offset the inherent sweetness of the berries. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing, especially on a hot, humid summer afternoon. I would not personally fill a cooler with it, but a few CANs to attract some sweeties would certainly be in order when heading to the beach.

Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Hazy straw color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Blueberry nose and flavor is almost sweet blueberry, hints of bitterness at finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of smcolw
2.71/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No lasting head and no lace on the glass. The beer is green tinged grainy yellow colored.

I can smell the blueberries as the beer is placed in front of me. Closer inspection reveals a cotton candy aroma.

This is quite sour, especially given the smell. Thin bodied with a very high carbonation. Short aftertaste, but it does feature a bit of hop and pale malt. The taste leans toward the tannic of the blueberry skins.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body gave a white, frothy, foamy head appeared for a good thirty seconds. It left barely any lacing and some fast rising bubbles were seen.

S: blueberries in front with some wheat in the back.

T: blueberries up front; in the back, some bready malts came out a bit along with some light lemon.

M: medium, not watery but leaves a good refreshingness all around, sessionable

O: blueberry comes out pretty strong, but hey I believe that`s what Saranac wanted, still a pretty good beer. I would have this it again

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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.