1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Saranac Shandy - Matt Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saranac ShandySaranac Shandy

Educational use only; do not reuse.

77 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 77
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 22.44%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 19
Photo of Electros
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of SmashPants
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Format: a slim brown 355mL bottle with a standard Saranac macro label.

Appearance: pours out a pale straw yellow with a huge inch of extremely creamy pure white head that drops over a few minutes to a solid cap. Great rings of lacing as it drops too. Exceeds expectations. Update: a more moderate half-finger on subsequent pours.

Aroma: faint lemon citrus without much in the way of lager qualities.

Taste: there is a definite sweet grain in there, along with some lemon tartness. You can absolutely tell that the lemonade has "high fructose corn syrup and lemon juice concentrate and lemon flavour" rather than a proper lemonade, as the lemon qualities are harsh and a little artificial.

Aftertaste: a slightly astringent lemon sourness on the finish.

Mouth aeel: A light-to-moderate body with a moderate, semi-spritzing carbonation. The feel is a little flat, which is disappointing. A touch more carbonation would make it sit a bit better.

Overall: the last time I had a shandy was one of those odd times mum had one from dad's beer when I was eight or nine. I was expecting this to be dreadful, but it was well above expectations - which is to say it is okay. The lemon is not very good quality but as an overall package this is not bad. I wouldn't pay AU$60 a case for it though, and if I was watching what I drank I would just get a mid-strength lager instead.

Photo of Troublebar
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Nfcnorth
3.84/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of fossage78
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NJBeer265
1.5/5  rDev -51.9%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of MTBruce
3.04/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of RummyRedbeard
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Rlhinson2104
2.76/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of LoveStout
2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of dzlle25
5/5  rDev +60.3%

Photo of dgherm
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RHB33
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Waveoff
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mkdzimiera
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thewittjr
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of T6PP
3.76/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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

Photo of rallyr32
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of paradoxnighthawk
3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Saranac Shandy from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.