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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale - Matt Brewing Company

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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 Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a lightly hazy looking golden color. The beer appears to have a bit of a thickness to it. The head is pretty strong with a decent lacing too. The smell of the beer is sweet, with some blueberry aromas in there too. The taste is sweet too, some blueberry flavors throughout. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost oily, there is a nice carbonation too. Overall it's not a bad beer, not the best either. Was nice to try, would be best on a hot day.

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

new in the beers of summer this year, and actually one of the more palatable blueberry beers ive tried. smells only slightly fruity, with much more yeast and malt aromas radiating. flavor has a gentle sweetness from the fruit, which quickly turns a little tart, tempered by the delicate yeast and very light biscuity malt profile. well balanced, the fruit doesnt dominate. feel is fine, well carbonated and light. sessionable, but a little off in the aftertaste. overall a decent addition to the summer 12pack, i predict these going first with the ladies on the boat this summer. fine with me, leave the rye ipa for the boys.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazed, golden body with a small, suspiciously creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of blueberries. If you've smelled one blueberry ale, you've smelled them all, really.

Taste: Very lightly grainy, wheaty flavor with a pop of sweetness. Then, there's the expected, promised blueberry flavoring. Finishes, as expected, with a dose of sweetness and more blueberry flavoring. Yesiree, it's a blueberry ale!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sea Dog, Sweetwater Blue, Saranac Blueberry Blonde... they're all fairly interchangeable.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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 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 DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new addition to the Saranac Beers of Summer mixed variety pack. I've always been a sucker for fruity beers and this one is pretty good! Unlike other breweries, they don't go overboard on the fruity flavor and it makes a subtle, but present appearance, in the backbone. A nice drinkable beer for the summer. Nothing too crazy, but a nice addition to a summer mixed pack.

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 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 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 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 corby112
1.89/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Odd metallic/medicinal aroma with zesty spicy, citrus, pale malt and artificial blueberry. This combination it a strong chemical/medicinal quality that is off-putting.

Medium bodied with the same weird combination of flavor that was suggested in the nose. Bitter and metallic and really does taste like children's medicine/cough syrup. Bitter earthy hops with zesty spice, bready yeast, light fruit and blueberry juice. Not overly sweet surprisingly with the berry flavor mostly lingering in the finish. I see what they were going for but it just doesn't work for me. Hard to drink.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
Matt Brewing Company
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Hazed golden colored brew, with a frothy foam cap. Looks to be a wheat beer, but does have a slightly darker tint.

SMELL: Fresh blueberries and wheat all day, and has a pretty bright enticing aroma. Blueberry muffins come to mind.

TASTE: Upfront blue berry flavor, with bready malts and lemony wheat notes. Spent grains, oats, watery caramel, and more berries follow. Refreshing in its ways, and low hops as not to skunk in the sun, this is a reasonable option of a light summer beer.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: Has a medium bodied and a silky smooth finish with a medium-low carbonation. I thought this was a pretty decent brew, really highlights the blueberry flavor yet remains a true beer.

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 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 rab53
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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 tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

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