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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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Ratings: 760
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.65%


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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tj4288

New York

5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz bottle into flared pilsener glass

a- beautiful dark golden picturesce body with some visable carbonation on the swirl. nice dense head lasted long and left solid but thin rings of lacing.

s- complex hoppy backbone with some sweet fresh malt on the tail end. earthy, fresh.

t- taste is similar to smell. complex hops. only pleasantly bitter. perfectly balanced.

m- perfect balance between drinkability and light body. not overly carbonated.

d- excellent. i cant wait to get my hands on more of this stuff. i must say this was totally unexpected to get a perfect 5 out of a mixed six pack of saranac. wow. an awesome overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:23:34 | More by tj4288
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MVotter

New York

4.55/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma from the freshly opened bottle: malts, maybe even some spice.

Aroma after the pour: breads, yeast

The Saranac Adirondack Lager pours into a tall pils glass producing a healthy, tan-colored, quick rising head. The head settles back to a 1/2 inch thick layer of foam, resting on the pale gold brew, and leaving a generous amount of lacing.

This German Pilsener opens with a sweet malt flavor and transitions to its hops roots quite nicely. In fact, hops lovers will love the hop presence in this lager ... it distinguishes it from all other run-of-the-brewery lagers.

The mouthfeel is crisp with a good amount of carbonation and medium gravity. Nice presentation.

This is not one of your Daddy's crappy old lagers! Saranac balances the elements and has produced a truly fine product here; extremely drinkable, with a lot of "personality" in the taste and in the body of the brew. THIS IS A HOP LOVERS LAGER!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 05:19:58 | More by MVotter
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in the mixed Saranac sixer. Pours a crystal clear slightly dark gold. Very small head present, disappears quickly, leaves little lacing. Smells really sweet. I smell honey, apples, some citrus.

Great mouthfeel on this one. Very creamy and smooth. Not watery like some brews of this style are. Some slight hop bite to this. It's faint, but it's there. Malt is the main player, but not overly so. This is a really well-done beer in my mind. This would be my new session lager if I could find it in a 6-pack here. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 21:23:23 | More by Onenote81
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cottonkoozie

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one would get a higher rating if the head lasted on it. Good amber, honey color, and poured with a decent head. But the head went away in under a minute. The light ring around the glass does leave a little lacing though.

S - Great smell. Floral hops come through, and a malty smell as well, not perfectly balanced, but pretty close.

T - Taste is very good, what I expect from a lager. Hops are there, don't have the overpowering taste or bitterness that you want in a pale ale or ipa , but they shouldn't here. They give the beer a grat floral taste and slight bitterness. Malts balance well here and don't give any specific flavor to overpower the beer. Serve as only a balancing agent.

M - Good mouthfeel. Perfect level of carbonation on this one for my taste at least. Gives the beer a full body, but not fizzy. Not overly heavy and also not watery. Really can't picture a better feel than this one.

D - Very drinkable, a great session beer.

This isn't my favorite beer, but on terms of style, this beer is excellent. Probably one of the best you can get for this price. A Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 02:59:51 | More by cottonkoozie
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2002 13:39:15 | More by Thrasher
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JTBacon

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess most people on this site don't like giving this inexpensive and unflashy beer enough credit. No, it is not in some fancy bottle. No, the smell will not knock you over. And no, it doesnt look like its the nectar of the gods. But the taste, aftertaste, cost, and chug-ability of this beer is world class. Saranac attributes much of the wonderful taste of this beer to the water its uses from the Adirondacks. If thats true, and I believe it is, we should be buying bottled water of that stuff. The taste is super smooth, balanced, mild, and has a great aftertaste. This is the Michael Jordan of Lagers in the class of Acura's and Audi's. This beer is easy to drink, and tastes great on tap or in a bottle. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to have more than 3 beers tonight.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2012 21:25:48 | More by JTBacon
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AlHam

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clean and clear, with a solid amber hue that is much richer than a typical American lager's.

Smells grainy with a clear hint of hops.

Tastes smooth and crisp. Only once have I had a bad experience with this beer - usually it's perfect on-tap, but one draft I had took on a slightly metallic taste.

The beer is the perfect complement to a summer bbq. Despite its light mouthfeel, the beer is surprisingly heavy. One or two compliments a meal nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2007 03:50:11 | More by AlHam
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Yeastcakes

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - 0.5L german glass, cellar temp
A - Nice solid malt nose.
A - got a nice four fingers of foamy white head on the pour. Pretty decent retention. Nice amber color.
M - light to medium body, medium carbonation.
T - Same malt from the aroma with a light malt sweetness. Very clean flavor with some pleasant lingering sweetness on the tongue. Some very light noble hop taste.
D - This is a great lager and one that I could easily use as a session beer or a gateway beer for a BMC friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 23:18:22 | More by Yeastcakes
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Canibacea

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think saranac is underrated. Im drinking this out of the adirondack trail mix. I remember loving it when i was younger, and upon returning to it, i am surprised to find that it is just as good as i remember. the adirondack pack is great, versatile, and pleasantly lacking in fruit and wheat beers (the bane of my existence.

I am eating a homecooked slider with habaneros and pickles, this crisp clean bubbly yet rich adirondack lager hits the spot just right.
Thanks Saranac

Cheerrrs.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 19:11:41 | More by Canibacea
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stoutman

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Nice golden color is typical of ambers. Pleasant hop and two row malt flavor make this brew very refreshing and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2002 16:24:01 | More by stoutman
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an all around, well balanced, good for anytime beer. Has a sweet aroma and creamy head that holds very well. Carbonation is medium and carries a nice body with substance but not any real heaviness that would make the fifth or sixth one less enjoyable than the first one or two. Piny tasting Hops are prominent in the taste but strikes a perfect balance with the mellowness of the malts. yet another saranac winner!!!
cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 11:06:34 | More by allboutbierge
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, some malty, wheaty notes on the aroma, decent head and some light lacing. Malt dominated, underlying sweetness, dry hops detected, nice toasty and wheaty taste throughout. Medium bodied, quite tasty and enjoyable, one of the Matt Brew Co's best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 18:45:44 | More by GeoffRizzo
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Rio

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goldish/amber in color, off-white head that seems content to loiter on top of the brew. A bit of a caramel maltiness to the aroma.

Caramel flavors carry over into the tastes as well, ending with a smooth blend of hop bitterness and a toasted characteristic. Crisp and smooth.

A little different than a typical Amber, I think. Good flavor, just a bit different than most of the Ambers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 05:22:16 | More by Rio
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josefnewsong

New York

4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear amber color with frothy head and a bit of lacing
S - smell is very floral and quite enjoyable
T - taste is predominantly floral hops with some very light bready malt
M - medium to light bodied (medium for the style) with a crisp finish
D - very drinkable, could easily go for at least 3 of them

I'm not huge into lagers (although there are quite a few I definitely love, I get more excited about ales) but the floral presence in this one makes it a keeper. Smell reminds me of a nice scotch ale (not in taste though) minus the alcohol. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 00:32:02 | More by josefnewsong
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 01:40:16 | More by jcdiflorio
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle bought at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY.

This poured a Beautiful amber color with abundant lacing, smell is a nice malt and hop aroma, Hops are subtle in the flavor mostly dominated by malty goodness, This beer is incredibly refreshing and drinkable. This is my second from this brewer and so far I'm rather impressed. My next trip down will definitely consist of some of this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 21:06:22 | More by funkengruven
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I'm really gettin' into Saranac brews. Pours out to a dark golden amber color with a 1/8 inch head of foam and residual lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aroms of fresh malts and grass fill the nose. Some biscuit notes. Taste was medium bodied; flavors of sweet medium malts, wood, bread and some hop bitterness were well balanced. Mouthfeel was decent, not overly carbonated or flat, with a slickness about itself. Very good drinkability. This would make a great brew to keep on hand during the autumn months. Recommended. Thanks goes out to conneticutpoet for providing the sample.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 00:34:10 | More by Frozensoul327
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear orange/amber body with a small white/tan head.

The nose was a mix of malt, bread, and some fruit. Very sweet smelling with a mild citrus peel scent.

The taste was surprisingly pleasant. Light to medium bodied. Caramel and malt. An interesting combo of hops. German earthy and a touch of citrusy american. Very smooth and easy drinking from start to finish.

I was very surprised by this beer. It sort of reminded me of Sam Adams Lager toned down a bit with a touch of cascade hops. A great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 08:42:29 | More by taez555
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another sample from the sample pack. The appearance was great; murky and golden with a foamy head that thins out slowly. The smell was thin was satisfying to the senses. Hops with balanced malts give it a bitterish aroma. The taste is surprisingly sweet that is wonderfully thin from the mouthfeel. It is definitely a refreshing, smooth taste with great lager balances over all its flavors. This is another great one from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 05:56:21 | More by fitzy84
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WinthrHOPHEAD89

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard tumbler.

A - Hazy amber body with slight effervescence. Pours a 1.5 off-white soapy head that leaves some lacing.

S - Smell is very floral and citricy for a lager. Slight hoppiness as well, but mostly malts and citrus in the nose.

T - Very very crisp and refreshing!! Doesn't have the bland dryness of most lagers. Taste is pretty citrusy and grainy much like the smell, but has a slight hoppiness that dances on your tongue a little bit. The taste isn't overpowering, but there isn't a lot to fuss about either. All in all this beer is very refreshing!

M - The mouthfeel isn't as soft as most lagers I've had since this beer isnt overly carbonated, or maybe I had a slightly old bottle. But this beer is light to medium bodied, and starts to get pretty tepid towards the end, so the mouth feel seems to get thinner and thinner as you drink it, but this beer is no where watery like most run of the mill lagers tend to get towards the end.

D - The drinkability on this beer is extremely high. I dont think anyone would have a problem drinking this beer. I could easily slug a few of these guys down. Perfect beer for a hot summer day, or even for sessioning.

Final Thoughts: Not much to say, but not much to complain about either. Would definitely recommend, and would probably buy a six pack of this if I was able to find it. (This beer came from a sampler 6 pack).

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 17:56:08 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
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harveystarr

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit, that I was pleasantly surprised by how well this brew went down.

S - I quickly noticed the hops coming through, and not being a huge hop guy, was a bit concerned, but otherwise was pleasant.

t - found the taste very refreshing and complex. I read that many review this beer to be a dolled up version of a macrobrew, but I disagree. There was alot of character, with maltiness throughout. The hops were a nice addition, without being overwhelming.

Overall an excellent beer, that I would definetly buy in a 6 for a summer barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 16:27:57 | More by harveystarr
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DannyS

New York

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pilsener glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Very clear red amber color with a thin, lacy head. Not very substantial looking.

S - bready with a nice citric, hoppy kick.

T - A fairly mild brew. Immediate bready taste with the requisite hops and yeast. Very little bitterness, finishes clean and refreshing.

M - Pretty substantial for a pilsener, with high carbonation that doesn't let it get too heavy.

D - With it's clean finish, mild yet pleasant flavor, low ABV, and low bitterness, this is a great session brew. I'd love to knock back a few of these in a bar or with friends.

Overall - A good casual drinking brew. Enough character to satifsy my tastebuds, but light enough to have several of in a sitting. Underrated, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:30:27 | More by DannyS
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden-amber color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a thick, white head that dissipates quickly but leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of floral, slightly citrusy hops. Backed by a slightly sweet malty smell as well.

Taste: Starts off pretty hoppy. Finishes bready with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Typical pilsner territory.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, like a pilsner should be. Also has considerable body for a pilsner. I like it.

Drinkability: A great pilsner and a great lager. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. I could drink these all day. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 04:25:34 | More by wahhmaster
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mophie

Delaware

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favorite in the Saranac line-up. Honey colored, with a slight chill haze. Rocky off-white head, dissipates to swirls of lacy thin bubbles. Clean, slightly malty aroma, balanced with some tangy hop fragrance. Taste is nicely balanced, with an initial hop bitterness that hits your tongue, then gives to a smooth, clean, malty finish. Some fruitiness in there as well. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 15:38:10 | More by mophie
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Enola

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good red beer. The color of this beer is reddish amber. It is a lot lighter than other red beers. The smell is hoppy for the style. The taste reminds me of an IPA. Is this a red IPA? Is there such a thing? The mouthfeel is very good as well. Fair bitterness. A small bit of twangy aftertaste. The drinkability would certainly be more than the two I got as part of a sampler. If this beer was set in front of me unlabled, I would have mistaked it for an IPA. Not an over the top, hopped up IPA. This is a good beer that I will seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 22:48:00 | More by Enola
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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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