Saranac Shandy - Matt Brewing Company
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3.46/5 rDev +9.8%
My bro in law picked up a 6er of these for a recent family gathering and I ended up with the remaining bottles, so let's giver her a whirl!
Pours a transparent soft straw yellow with lots of visible carb and a foamy head. Lager all day.
Nose is as advertised, lager and lemonade.
Really comes alive in the taste since it leads with the lemonade. The lager is still present enough to remind you it is a beer but he super sweet and thick lemonade flavors dominate.
Mouth is prickly carbonation and a bit odd since it is a lemonade beer.
Overall surprisingly refreshing. A great beverage to have for your friends who don't like beer, and a great example of the amazing flavors you can find in a beer in today's world, but not something I could have on any regular basis but a fun novelty to enjoy in the warmer months.
06-21-2014 20:28:55 | More by cosmicevan
3.31/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation quickly rising from the bottom of the glass and some lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy sudsy bright white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick sudsy ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts and corn adjuncts with a slightly stronger sweet lemonade.
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet grainy malts with a touch of corn and rice adjuncts. That is followed by a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet lemonade with a very light hint of tartness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.
O: Super easy to drink and would be a good beer for mowing the lawn during the summer here in NC where it can get a little hot and humid. Refreshing and a decent example of a shandy.
06-17-2014 19:20:50 | More by dbrauneis
3.76/5 rDev +19.4%
Pours a very light golden yellow color with a very thin head. It has a lager and slight citrus smell to it, with the lager smell being more prominent. The lemonade taste is very up front with a taste of lager at the end. Very lightly carbonated that doesn't linger around. Overall I think this is a good beer. #t6pp
06-06-2014 18:25:20 | More by T6PP
3.95/5 rDev +25.4%
It is a shandy, just the right amount of lemon compared to other shandys I have tried, though a bit on the sweet side. For something light and delicious this is a good beer and sits well on a hot summer day. Had friends over for a weekend of relaxing with beer, while other beers definitely won out in over quality, this beer made a clear victory in the "volume consumed" category due to the ease of consumption and compatibility with the high humidity heat that rolled through.
05-18-2014 05:23:47 | More by paradoxnighthawk
2.55/5 rDev -19%
Had a bottle of this in the beer fridge since the summer, and decided to give it a try, mostly to free up space. I had low expectations, and the were met.
Appearance: Light, clear yellow with a nice white 1"head. So far so good.
Smell: Lemon, Lemon, Lemon. But not offensive. It is a Shandy.... There were no background notes, other than some low key, bready lager aromas.
Taste: Again, Lemon, but with an adjunct lager taste. I took 3 sips and poured it out
Mouthfeel: Tart, Puckering flavor. Fairly thin. Left the Lemon aftertaste
Overall: I am not a fan of this "style". I like my beer, and I like my lemonade, but not combined. I like Saranac beers, but this one is not a good one. At least I have more room in the fridge.
01-07-2014 18:15:13 | More by potownbill
4.5/5 rDev +42.9%
ALMOST PERFECT! The only complaint I had on this "Shandy" is that it was just a touch too sweet. The lemon flavor is very nice and fresh and the brew itself super complimentary. I started on the Shandy style brews in Munich for Oktoberfest in 2010. In Germany, they call this type more of a "Radler" - which can be made by mixing some type of lemonade or lemon/lime soda into a beer. I like it served best in large quantities (1 Liter please!) mixed with a Dunkle...but again, I digress from my point. This brand of Shandy is very very good and very very nice in the summertime. Nothing like an ice cold lemony beer to cool you off - served of course in a frosty mug. I also tried this out of a bottle and it was not as good - sort of flattened the flavor or something, can't quite put my finger on it. Honestly though, what brew isn't really "better" (for all intents and purposes) on tap :)
10-15-2013 21:32:36 | More by Brouwerij78
Saranac Shandy from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.