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Saranac Shandy - Matt Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
73
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 23.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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Reviews by dexterk1:
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

dexterk1, Jul 27, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was scared to try this beer, I should have listened to my senses...wtf? As pale golden as any fizzy yellow American beer with a bright white head, looks like some Genny beer. Aroma has hints of lemon peel wedges and sugary lemonade with a note of fizzy yellow beer coming through. Flavor has a super lemonade spiked with mike's hard lemonade and peel bitterness with sugary notes coating the sides of my tongue wow, what a beer to sip on. More lemon peel and sugar then anything that tastes like lemonade or beer, it's pretty fucked up that every bigger beer company wants to make this style this summer. Mouthfeel is carbonated fizzy tastes more like cola with extra syrupy layers. Overall a style of beer I can go without what's going on?

WVbeergeek, May 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

acurtis, Jul 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

tdm168, May 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -35.7%

JohnFatAss, Oct 20, 2012
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1/5  rDev -67.8%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

erialbill, Jun 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Elicoleman, Aug 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

kkmiller76, May 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

danwho, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

TonyY, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

JohneHoodlum, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Well it looks like a lager, maybe slightly more yellow since the lemonade and a 1/4 inch of head that seems to fizz out rather quickly.

S - Doesn't actually smell too bad. Kind of artificial without being too tart but the lager aspect smells fairly good.

T - Uh it's downhill from here. Powdered lemonade all the way in fact over sugared powdered lemonade. The only good aspect is the lager part which kind of balances this but it only makes it kind of drinkable.

M - Light to medium a regular sugar bomb.

Overall I am not one to complain about sweet beers but this one I couldn't see having more than one. Would rather have a big glass of water than have this again.

DrDemento456, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a head that disappears almost immediately, leaving no lacing.

The smell is clean - not much... lemonade with some malt.

The taste is of lemonade with a malty undertone. Dryness comes from the lemonade.

It is crisp and pretty refreshing. Not too spritzy.

Reviewed for what it is, it's not bad. Nothing really offensive. It's a lighter brew with lemonade, malt and modest alcohol. It's more "beer-like" than a malt beverage with lemon flavor, so I scored it a bit higher. It's not bad for what it is.

jwc215, Aug 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

NCLorax, Jul 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +60.8%

dzlle25, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of atr2605
2.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-pours a clear yellow straw color with a white head with average retention
S- seven up and pledge. Not great
T-same profile in the flavor. It's like seven up mixed with chemical artificial lemon flavoring
M-light bodied
O-not a great beer and def not the representation of a shandy. Way too sweet.

atr2605, Jun 15, 2012
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2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

potownbill, Jan 07, 2014
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3.31/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 17, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -51.8%

NJBeer265, Aug 30, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Wegmans in Bridgewater NJ. Place has a great beer guys there.

A: lagerish golden color slight white head. Looks drinkable.

S: Lager nose with lemonade. Lemongrass.

T: Great mix of a lager with a lemon sweetness of a lemonade strong flavor of lemonade but light enough to be refreshing. semisweet delicious

M: Light bodied. Not a wheatstyle so to me it mixes great. Even tho im a wheat guy. Slight carbonation

O: Overall this is extremely drinkable and for the style id have to say its done perfect. Better then most. During hot summer day this would be amazing ice cold. First to review but im positive not the last. This stuff is food.

Sternfels, May 03, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes instantly leaving no lace. Crystal clear straw color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Lemonade nose and flavor is sweet lemonade barely mellowed by the lager, works as a lawnmower beer and not much else. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Aug 14, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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Saranac Shandy from Matt Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.