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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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BA SCORE
77
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818 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
German Amber Lager

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001)
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Reviews by Brewzzle:
Photo of Brewzzle
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is sweet, hoppy and flavorful, perhaps not in the right ways but as somoneone who prefers ales this is quite a nice lager.

I admit I swigged this one right out of the bottle so I can't comment accurately on the appearance or the mouthfeel but I can say it has an abundance of flavour. The malt is light and sweet and lingers nicely. The hops are a funny mix, but for those that love cascade it seems just right, perhaps a little strong though?

It doesn't quite have the refinement and balance of other amber lagers but it tasted pretty good to me.

Brewzzle, Jan 05, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Golden amber with a touch of chill haze. Head is a finger thick, creamy, patchy white crown that slightly sticks to the glass.

Smell: Pretty clean smelling with faint sweet malt and raw hop leaf.

Taste: A medium-body beer with a creamy mouthfeel. Hops hit on the first sip with a gentle twang, and rind-like bitterness. Strong metallic notes add to the bite, and are almost quenched by a light fruity flavour with hints of alcohol. Malt sweetness is even and balances the hops with light caramel and toasted malt flavours. Dry husk tannins, grain and hop oils coat the palate in the finish.

Notes: A very nice American stab at a German Amber Lager. Too bad there was only one of these in their mixed 6-pak, I could really go for another.

Todd, Jul 05, 2001
Photo of Jason
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bubbly and frothy with some sporadic sticky lace. Crystal clear with a bright brassy amber colour.

Smell: Sweet, almost caramel like maltiness and some oily hop make up the clean aroma.

Taste: A mixed message of harshness comes from both the toasted malt and leafy oily hop. Hops jump in with a disarray of leafy flavour and an out of place bitterness, malt is sweet and seems mismatched against the hop. Finishes sweet with a odd dextrin quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation and crispness … weird chewy slickness in the mouth though.

Drinkability & Notes: Not bad but this is no Sam Adams Lager! Many breweries take on the amber lager and come up with a less then par take on what should be a clean flavourful lager. This is does have flavour, just not in the right places … sort of a jumbled mess that is hard for the taste buds to decipher.

Jason, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Must be a new offering from Saranac in the Trail Mix,pours a nice rich bronze with a tight one finger head on top leaving a trace amount of lace behind as it settles.Sweet caramel and toasted grain dominate the aroma not much hop wise going on,mild but pleasant flavors lightle sweet caramel over toasted malt with a touch of herbal hop in the finish.A no frills amber lager here light but flavorful nothing bad really to say about this and its quite cheap.

oberon, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.88/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one comes out translucent copper with a thin, spittly white head thats almost gone halfway through. Seriously, no nose.

Tastes of sweet sugary malt, very resinous hop bitter, and off flavors of sour milk and grass. Yikes. Like a half-assed ESB or pale gone bad.

Mouthfeel is light and slick. Drain ho!

JudgeRoughneck, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fifth in the Saranac mixed six pack sampler... Adirondack Lager. 5.5% alcohol.

A- Pours a nice amber colored fluid with spritzy tight bubbled one inch head that falls to a ring around the glass leaving light random lacing.

S- Light toasted malt followed by sweet aromatic barley as well. Hints of citrusy hops in the back.

T-M- Taste is quite refreshing with a quick bite of hops upfront that is followed by a medium body of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is watery with light carbonation allowing a smooth feel as it rolls over the tongue... average.

D- Refreshing and drinkable would like to try on tap.

wesbrownyeah, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say about this beer, other than kind of ordinary. Amber color, thick white sticky head. Very little aroma, just a little bit of malt. Same with the taste, just a little bit of malt with the tiniest bit of hops. An inoffensive beer, nothing to write home about.

lordofthewiens, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adirondack Lager pours a clean and clear amber color with a big foamy head. The big white head leaves delicate lace patters on the glass. In the nose, white bread and lightly toasted malts mix with honey and hops. In the mouth sweet caramel and toasty malts are balanced buy some hop bitterness that leads into a crisp refreshing finish. The carbonation is mellow with a medium body and a smooth mouth feel. This is a very good Vienna style lager and a must have when I go camping in the Adirondacks.

generallee, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle out of the 12 beer holiday sampler. Pours an attractive golden amber, medium head which disappears in a flash, and minimal lacing down the pint glass. Label says Cascade and Hallertaur hops are present, but not much of anything is noticed on the nose, except for slight hop notes. Mouthfeel is decent with adequate carbonation, and nicely balanced hops and malt interaction. This is a medium bodied lager that is well balanced overall with light malt touches. Nothing exceptional, but I wouldn't have to be arm twisted to have another.

merlin48, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Nothing too exciting going on. Light amber, white head, leaving a small bit of lacing. Simple amber lager, mildly malted, very little hops. Seems watered down as do most of this line of brews. Price is right, but I guess, you get what you pay for. This is a drinkable quafer, better then the larger macros. A decent starter beer for a newbie. Pretty tame for a BA.

Billolick, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from their Adirondack mixed six pack. The bottle painting reminds me of the lakes of Northern Ontario - quite a nice image.

Poured into a nonic pint glass. A dark golden brew - nearly copper. Surprisingly creamy head, excellent retention and scads of lacing. Looks like an English pale ale from a nitro-tap or creamer.

Nose is malty, a bit of leafy hops, bread. Wouldn't have said pilsner (or lager for that matter).

Smooth, sweet-tasting, very creamy mouthfeel. Tastes like a mild english pale more than a lager. The hops are leafy, the hops are mild with strong caramel notes. Kind of between a lager and pale ale, a point I seem to be repeating a great deal.

Not a bad beer whatsoever, sweet, easy to quaff, but not that crisp lager taste I was expecting - and indeed, would demand in the summer months. A bit misplaced, but the result is still quite drinkable.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light-colored amber in color. Clear, with a scant whitish-colored head. Minimal retention and lacing. Aromas are more hop-influenced than I expected, with a grassy presence mixed with some sweetness from the malt. Flavor is quite light, sorta reminds me of a mild almost. Nothing too busy. Finish is crisp and short-lived. On the borderline of being thin in mouthfeel, it's still drinkable.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of jakester
2.48/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was from a sampler case.

Pours a slightly (chill haze) light copper with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring. No lacing observed. Carbonation evident.

Aroma is of pretty strong DMS, some light lemony/herbal hops, and some very light, bready pilsner malts. Not much here in the way of aroma.

Flavor is of cooked veggies, thin and watery. A little bittering and some caramel malt. Not real pleasant. Just not much flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery; slightly astringent. Carbonation is sharp. Not a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, this one isn't too good. One is enough for me. Thin, frail, and boring. Comparable to an average macro.

jakester, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.15/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic glass,a nice golden color with a reddish hue. A 1" head,dissapated a bit quick.a few tiny bubbles rising to the top,a little more livelyness would have been nice,still not a bad looking beer.
The smell was moderate,very clean,aromas of light citrus,floral,spicey and caramelly. A very pleasing aroma.
The taste was caramelly,citrusy,nutty,nicely balanced,clean and crisp.A bit lacking,but still very good.
A lightmouthfeel,with a pleasing bitterness with a mouthwatering finish.
Excellent drinkability,goes down very easy,not very filling.A very pleasing quality to this beer,could easy drink this all night.
A couple of steps above a Macro not quite a Mico,somewhere inbetween. An excellent session beer. A beer for the masses,not offensive, just a bit more.

jcdiflorio, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of kingcrowing
2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a light crisp amber color with lots of bubbles, a generous creamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is a bit bland, has that same Saranac nose that they all have.

Taste is light, creamy and a bit bitter with a big iron taste - I keep finding this off flavor in their beers. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry finish. It's an average example of this style at best.

kingcrowing, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +19.4%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Milkysunshine, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a makeshift pint glass(dinner glass). found this in a box at my girlfriends house. it might be a little passed its prime, but im not too worried.

a bit of a gusher when i cracked the cap. pours out a nice golden amber color, pretty good clarity, and a huge billowy white head. great retention and lots of sticky lace.

a bit of a skunky, oxidized aroma. biscuit malts, almost mineral like.

better than the aroma suggests. mostly biscuity, caramel malts with a touch of citrus/ herbal hop bitterness.

carbonation is minimal, most likely from the gushing bottle. light in body.

drinks pretty good, and for the price, not too bad of a choice, but there are so many better pilsners out there. i wont be seeking this out again.

dogfishandi, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of ICantBelieveItsBeer
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this beer and I figured I would give it a try and got a six pack of 4 different kinds of Saranac.

A - Crystal amber color with a nice head.

S - Bold. Somewhat hoppy scent for a lager.

T - Very different from any standard lager I've ever had. Almost a citrus/tangy taste to it without being overpowering.

M - Light in carbonation and very drinkable for a beer that is 5.5%. I feel like I could drink this all night.

O - For never trying this beer before, I am very surprised. Not even 8 dollars for a six pack and I got more than I bargained for. Saranac makes a very interesting yet refreshing beer. Would definitely buy again

ICantBelieveItsBeer, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Saranac. This may be their best all-around beer. It's the malts, they're terrific and distinctive in every beer they brew. Matt Brewers expertly straddle the divide between old-time classic American lagers and the recent microbrew explosion. This example is such a well rounded beer that it is suitable for almost anything. Heftier than a golden lager, piney hops that make it refreshing, sweet caramel malts to deepen the flavor... it's all good, and I like it.

Thrasher, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of BadBadger
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a suprisingly descent amber lager. It pours a very nice intermediate amber depth of color. A nice white foamy head arises but unfortunately does not last very long. The taste has a nice hoppy bitterness, there is not much on the malty side. Not a bad beer. When options are limited and this is an option, give it a try.

BadBadger, May 13, 2004
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. Crystal clear gold with a fizzy head that dissipated relatively quickly, but with some nice lacing. Smell was a lot of malt, a bit more yeasty than I expected. Hops not really present in smell. Tasted followed the nose; malty as expected, surprisingly yeasty, although only in flavor; the body was not affected. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp despite the yeast, with hops sneaking in at the end to pinch off the taste. In my opinion there are much better pilsener styles, but this lager is many steps above its mass-produced contemporaries.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of dmk91
3/5  rDev -10.4%

dmk91, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark yellow light auburn color, no head. Seemed flat. Aroma wasn't too offputting, a little bit of corn and grease.

Tastes like it is about 15% abv at times, that was the first negative. A little wood varnish at times. No hops. Some lemon and sugar. Just not the makings or mouthfeel of a good beer. And this stuff is like $7 a 6pack? Are you kidding me.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 15, 2010
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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.