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Saranac Shandy - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac ShandySaranac Shandy

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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 23.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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 dgherm:
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

06-22-2014 11:50:06 | More by dgherm
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West Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -7.9%

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?

05-21-2012 17:03:19 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

07-28-2014 00:19:58 | More by acurtis
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-26-2014 15:08:24 | More by Griffith
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North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

05-03-2014 01:29:36 | More by tdm168
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -36.5%

10-20-2012 13:27:53 | More by JohnFatAss
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New York

1/5  rDev -68.3%

05-07-2012 06:47:09 | More by odbjs735
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-27-2013 13:19:17 | More by dexterk1
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-23-2013 11:43:02 | More by erialbill
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

05-04-2013 23:34:15 | More by kkmiller76
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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

05-25-2013 02:32:26 | More by danwho
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +19%

02-18-2013 19:34:15 | More by TonyY
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-12-2013 23:38:22 | More by JohneHoodlum
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2.58/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

07-14-2012 04:54:11 | More by DrDemento456
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3.35/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

08-17-2012 15:59:46 | More by jwc215
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +19%

07-31-2013 00:46:57 | More by NCLorax
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5/5  rDev +58.7%

06-26-2014 22:02:21 | More by dzlle25
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New York

2.05/5  rDev -34.9%

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.

06-15-2012 03:54:26 | More by atr2605
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New York

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
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North Carolina

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
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4.05/5  rDev +28.6%

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.

05-03-2012 00:00:23 | More by Sternfels
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New Hampshire

2.88/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

08-14-2012 22:42:05 | More by jdhilt
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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

06-04-2012 00:56:36 | More by BossDJ
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +19%

11-24-2013 02:38:16 | More by Jlabs
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

08-26-2013 03:03:03 | More by bcoutu
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Saranac Shandy from Matt Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.