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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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838 Ratings

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 48 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

slimntubbs, Jan 31, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

davidwhatshisnam, May 08, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

jdelbalzo99, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.53/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - this saranac lager pours a light tan with a thin light tan head with a large amount of chaotic carbonation

S - the aroma is entirely dominated by malts, unroasted one, a rather BMC type aroma, so malty it lends a fruity apple type esther

T - not a bad flavor, it tastes like a BMC with higher quality malts, the flavor is more roasted malts than the aroma, but there are no layered flavors, its all-malt all the way, a little sour for my taste

M&D - too sour and ricey for my palate, i don't care for this very much, i may try this again in the future just to see if this one didnt turn

sinstaineddemon, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of TastyBeerGuy
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

TastyBeerGuy, May 09, 2014
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.88/5  rDev -44%
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
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Hophead717, Jan 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

RockOnKatie, Apr 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
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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2.1/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This looks a little like apple juice on the pour, in fact, after the first sip it tastes a little like apple juice too. The smell is uninteresting at best. Appearance is also lackluster. The most complex the flavor gets is slightly more cidery. Some bland malts. This was a part of a mix pack, I’m saving the second one for a snakebite. Drinkable but not that desirable. (This is the adirondack not the light too)

akajimmyd, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of SFC21
2.13/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Thin head, dissipates quickly.

S - my first reaction is thinking is smells like Nestea.

T - Can't shake the Nestea comparison upon initial taste. Some light malts linger after the swallow.

M - creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - Not crazy about this one, probably wouldn't drink again. Although i've been lurking and reading BA for awhile, this is my first official review. I guess I've been a bit gun shy. Probably should've picked something better out of my cellar for my first review.

SFC21, Jul 25, 2011
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2.2/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one in the 12 beers of Winter sampler. Overall, I've been really impressed with Saranac's offerings, but not this one. I expected this to be their benchmark beer and found it to be the worst of their line. The Adirodack Lager smelled coppery and tasted the same. Too bitter and too much hops for a lager in my opinion.

rohrbachsfan, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of santoslhalper
2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: A creamy white head sits atio a clear, golden amber.

Smell: Grainy and malty. The hops really have no presence in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: All I can really taste is a nasty corn/adjunct flavor. Tastes much like your typical American Lager, only sub-standard. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm kicking myself for picking up a case of different Saranac beers. One by one they're getting worse. I hope none of them fall below this, 'cause this is just gross.

santoslhalper, Feb 11, 2005
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

Robloc303, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of beveritt
2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a piece of land with two pine trees jutting out into a mountain lake. No easily discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 inch of off white big-bubbled foam. This settles very quickly into almost nothing, just afew islands maintained by a steady stream of bubbles. The beer itself is an orange/amber with maybe a shade of red.

Smell: Sweet and malty, witht a hint of caramel.

Taste: An unpleasant bitterness throughout this beer. Not the sharp bitterness of hops, but an non-distinct off flavor. This taste is overwhelming and hides most other flavors.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Well, when it comes down to it, it does matter how good a beer looks or smells if it tastes bad. This one is average in all categories but taste. And tatse kills it. Not for me.

beveritt, May 06, 2007
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2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pours an unexpectedly dark hue of golden orange, a bit hazy, with a modest dense cream-colored head. This reduces at a fairly slow rate, but leaves no lacing.

The nose is quite floral, gently sweet and a tad doughy. Lemony/leafy bitterness is confronted almost immediately by an odd cardboardlike flavor I can only assume to be oxidation. (Noticed it in their brown ale as well. If this weren't a lager- at least I assume it was brewed with a different yeast- I'd wonder if it was some sort of characteristic of their house yeast). Lots of residual sweetness, not too crisp.

Overall impression: Could stand a fair amount of tweaking. Not recommended.

PDXHops, Jun 25, 2010
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2.35/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Apparently I strongly disagree with the consensus on this one.

A - Poured a nice head that, unfortunately, didn't stick around for long before it evaporated into nothing. Showed weak carbonation, overall flimsy looking. Dark golden color.

S - Didn't smell any distinct hops or malt aromas. Reminded me of spilled beer at a bowling alley.

T - The taste was sweet coming in, a bit bitter around the edges. But it tasted really cheap on the back end.

M & D - Didn't really enjoy drinking it, probably wouldn't order another.

ShaneBertou, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of normZurawski
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks fine but then it really goes down from there, with a rough aroma and a rougher taste. Mouthfeel is ok save for the lingering taste. In all not a very drinkable beer when you add it all up. I suppose it gets the job done but not happily. Very likely not my favorite style of beer.

normZurawski, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of KajII
2.38/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

The pour was a light to medium amber with a brownish hue and a thin (less than 1 finger) white head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing.

The aroma was strong of a toasted caramel malt, a moderate odor of a pine hops and a very mild earthy yeast with just hint of nuttiness.

It tasted very malty right up front with a sweet note of caramel then shifted to bitter hoppy flavor at the finish with the taste laying around for a while.

The mouthfeel was very light in body and rather watery in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall nothing overly special about this brew, as microbrews go this is more like a domestic beer.

KajII, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange-golden color with a very small head and very little carbonation. Faint aroma of sweet biscuit and a hint of orange. Slightly foamy mouthfeel holds a palate of light citrus, toasted malt, and a touch of hops. Taste becomes a bit astringent towards the back of the mouth. I'm not a huge fan, but it's a serviceable beer.

ElGordo, Sep 02, 2004
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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.