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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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760 Ratings

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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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Photo of mooseisloose


3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of an assorted trail mix. Popping the top yields a bready waft of sweet malt. Pours to a orange yellow sparkling colour with an off white head. On the taste the brew is a consistent balanced combination of the ready malts and a noble like hoppiness. Taste stays the same throughout then the finish stays bitter and fades. A great brew for the style. Spot on. Very drinkable and flavorful with a disguised 5.5 AC.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 00:49:40 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a solid gold color with some carbonation coming though. Very beery looking beer.

S: Lots of toasted malt and bread coming through. Rather like fat tire. Very malty on the nose, but in a very good way.

T: Easy drinking and on the maltier side which is right up my alley. I like the bready and toasty notes that come though.

Overall nothing extraordinary but very solid. I would never turn down this beer and would pick it up again in an instant. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 12:57:16 | More by BucBasil
Photo of Johnny_Muir

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like to think of craft beer as a caste system, but one that doesnt degrade the lower end of the scale. I put this beer towards the bottom, certainly not an untouchable (that'd be BMC), but also not royalty. However, I am proud to drink this and any Saranac brew on the principle that A) I spent five months doing trail work and climbing peaks in the mighty Dacks, and 2) that Matt Brewing is 100% AMERIKUHN, from Yootika, New Yawk!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:12:54 | More by Johnny_Muir
Photo of Aledog

New York

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

T: light hops, could use a little more malt

O: good, solid beer from Saranac. What you would expect--easy drinking, but nothing to knock your socks off. Loses carbonation quickly. Good for the price, I would buy again. Good staple to have in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:42:00 | More by Aledog
Photo of BuzzLitebier


3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on 12/27/13 with Arithmeticus
Appearance: The color was a clear apple-juice color with a creamy head and a little lacing, but it looked very clean and nice.
Smell: Apple cider/apple pie not much and not all that great (Would've scored it as Pi, but it's not an option- arf, arf)
Taste: No apple taste at all but very bready and malty with subtle bitterness on finish. The hops were grassy/herbal but didn't linger.
Mouthfeel: light-medium
Overall: Not sure why folks are hatin' on it bc. It was a pretty good beer. I would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 19:17:10 | More by BuzzLitebier
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with some light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some light notes of golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy and lightly toasted malts along with light notes of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy, toasted, and pale malts with hints of sweetness which is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy hops. The hops impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with pleasant amounts of sweetness from the malts and bitterness from the hops. Relatively easy to drink and probably a good gateway beer for people just starting out with craft beers. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 21:02:08 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of BMMillsy


2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

My "craft"experience in college in the middle of nowhere, this was one usually around for the night. An ok amber. Pours a light amber golden color with small head. Aroma of sweet malt and very little hop presence. Flavor follows with a strong malt bill, but relative light on the palate. Easy drinking beer with adequate carbonation. Not a great one, but certainly drinkable and perhaps a nice craft intro.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:54:05 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber, translucent, minimal white foam. Light malty nose, very modest. Juicy. Light pils taste, interwoven malt. Hints of Vienna lager. Good hop backbone. Fruity. Good blend.

Certainly not a great beer, but enough flavor to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 20:50:04 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Brenden


3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer certainly looks the part of a pils, a completely clear golden color. A good-sized white head is frothy and keeps its form pretty well while slowly receding and leaving a mixture of spotting and patching in moderation.
It's maltier than it is hoppy, but with a pretty good balance from hops. A bit of yeastiness comes out in the middle, while some doughy biscuit sits alongside the sweet caramel, as a bit of citric bitterness lightly rides along. It's clean but very, very light.
Leafy and citric hops bitterness does come out, though again biscuit and caramel are stronger. Grains linger underneath. Toast and an almost English malts metallic note actually serve to round out the flavor. There's even a slight twinge of alcohol into the end.
There's a sturdy crispness to this brew's light to medium body and it's pretty clean, though it dries up a little too fast into a huskier finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 18:58:27 | More by Brenden
Photo of stella77artois

New York

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

A - Drank from the bottle, assuming it looks like most lagers.

S - Noble hops, a fair amount of malt, some yeast/breadiness and the dankness of a lager. Perhaps a bit of cut grass as well. Nice smelling beer, just a little on the weaker side.

T - Suprised this beer isn't rated higher. A very flavorful pilsener. Notice a lot of hops after the swallow, and some breadiness up front. Also a flowery bitterness from the hops, but a unique one. The flavor doesn't really bite as this is a lager, but it tastes pretty darn good. Still tasted great even when warmish.

F - Excellent, perfectly sessionable. Drank a number of these in a row easily. Still tasted and refreshed well once warmed a tad. An excellent thirst quencher.

O - As I said, I'm suprised this beer isn't rated higher. Has an excellent, crisp flavor and is extremely refreshing. Could be one of new go-to session beers. Recommended for people who appreciate a lighter yes still flavorful session beer, or any lager/pilsener fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 11:46:56 | More by stella77artois
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Happy 125th anniversary Saranac.

A: Pours a clear light golden straw with an ample white head. Can see some fairly large bubbles raising to the surface. The head remains dense as it dissolves leaving some lacing on the sides.

S: Light malting with a mild hopping. Breadiness in there too. Isnt overly strong.

T: Mild flavor of pale malts with a gentle touch of hop bitterness. There is some carmel malts in there to give it some sweetness.

M: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel that makes the beer sessionable.

Overall it remains true to the basics of the style but doesnt provide any specific flavors that make it stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:07:49 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of digitalflood

New York

3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Saranac Adirondack Lager (2013) - The first beer I ever drank was this brew. It was my introduction to the brewing world. I've come a long way, but I remember just how great I thought this was especially when I tried Coors or Bud or Millers (etc...) in subsequent sessions. Good fluffy head reduces to strong lacing. Reddish amber body. Good carbonation. Very active. Hoppy bitter smell. Sour apples and grapes. Smooth mouth feel. Lemon grass nose. Wheat grass and mild hops middle palate. Skunks a bit in the end to let you know it's a lager. But finishes clean. A little sour. A little bitter. Then grass and lemons on the back palate. The taste of a warm summer's day. Very refreshing. Crisp. After taste is crisp but good generic lager taste. Bitter hops and light malt. Lemon bread if you will. A great hot day brew. Good with BBQ or heavy meals that need a light side. Great alternative to a mainstream lager like Bud or Miller. Far smoother. More refined. Third Shift though changes and game putting this brew down a notch some 13 years from our first meeting. My tastes have matured. So what was once the standard and a 4 in 1999 has become a 3.25 in 2013. This is a good brew, but average. That isn't a put down. It still holds the standard and I would go back to it any time. A solid meal beer or a great end of the day kick back watching a ball game beer. Good.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:51:08 | More by digitalflood
Photo of BWED


3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle into a pils glass.

A- Exact amber, with lighter highlights sparkling through the corners od the glass. A dense light tan 1/2" head rest atop.

S- Sweet malt foreground, with a slightly fruity hop character. A sweet bread, with fruit aroma.

T- Straw flavor with a spicy, yet mellow hop bite.

M- Light with a medium amount of carbonation. Clean finish.

O- This is decent. Nothing stands out too much, which is how the style should be. Its an easy drinker, but there are more appealing lagers in my area.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 12:42:53 | More by BWED
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Beer is golden amber in color with a small/average sized head that has decent retention. Has a small amount of lacing. Smells mostly of toasted and caramel malts. Has a doughy/yeasty/bready smell with a touch of a hoppiness in the aroma as well, maybe orange but hard to tell.

Taste is dominated by malts, nutty, caramel, toasted. Yeast and bread are present throughout with a bit of orange peel in the finish. Also has a metallic note to it, not pleasant, but not a deal-breaker, either. Has a creamy, medium/heavy body with average carbonation. A beer that is too malt dominant to be a favorite of mine, also nothing really stands out here, besides the slight metallic taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 18:49:08 | More by JG-90
Photo of HabiMendes

Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is OK, with a clear amber and white neck (that should retain more, since it is a German Lager). The aroma reminisces graham crackers, with a controlled diacetyl taste. The malt profile is strong, and the hop profile has both the Hallertauer nobleness and the Cascade exuberance. In the taste, the cascade becomes even more discrete. I don't think there is an harmony between malt and hops, but it does not compromise the quality of this beer. The mineral taste in the water is welcome, and the finish leaves us with a very pleasant hoppy taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 18:17:37 | More by HabiMendes
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.2/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 22:56:28 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of MoreThanWine


3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a half inch offwhite head of average lifespan. The body is a clear slightly burnt orange and exhausts all effervescence into the small head. It smells mildly of malt. The taste is mainstream lager with the slightest hint of bitter hops. It's OK, but just an average mainstream lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 08:57:47 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Bowersm


3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very drinkable beer and, depending on the occasion, I could see myself drinking several of them. I've read other reviewers state that this is the sort of beer that they could drink all night and I tend to agree with that assessment. Many have said that it is an average beer and I think that is underselling it a bit. Saranac continues to offer low-cost quality beer that, although certainly not the best beer on the market, provides great bank for the buck.

I found the appearance of this beer to be a bit better than the actual taste, but the taste is a significant upgrade to other beers priced about the same.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 16:57:51 | More by Bowersm
Photo of ICantBelieveItsBeer


3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 22:27:27 | More by ICantBelieveItsBeer
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Pours a copper color with about one finger of head. Very malty german style aromas. A bit over malty flavors, but its mild so its not overpowering. Slightly bitter mouthfeel and slightly dry. Also, its not really a pilsner.
There is no real wow factor here...its a run of the mill beer, only slightly above average for me. Meh

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:54:24 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad lager. smells rather pedestrian with some more toasty malts than usual as the only real remarkable note. the flavor is quite good. nutty malt profile, almost more of a vienna lager with the smooth sweeter malt. very sturdy with lots of body for a lager. a longtime staple of the trail mix variety pack these always go fast at my house. if you like your light beer with some girth still, give this one a shot, a true upstate ny classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 23:34:04 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pilsener:

A: pale amber colored body and gave a one finger white head that appeared for a minute, fizzled and died. A fair amount of rapidly rising carbonation was seen all around. No lacing was left.

S: light graininess with some background hops. Some malts came out.

T: grainy yet had a slight citrus going on - kinda weird, but that was what I noticed.

M: light and slightly creamy, somewhat sessionable

O: this was an average German pilsener. I'd have probably have it again depending upon what else was served.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 23:32:02 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Beejay


2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale amber in color, crystal clear. The head is large and fluffy, two fingers worth of light cream foam.

S: Light and grainy. There is a little more hop aroma in there, but is seems a little harsh and a touch grassy.

T: A little tangy. There is a grainy taste that is nice, there is a citrus thing going on in the back. This beer is weird.

M: Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Almost has a bit of a bite to the finish.

O: Overall I'm not really impressed.. Seems like the tartness is a little out of whack in this beer, doesn't meld.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:11:38 | More by Beejay
Photo of TechTriumph


3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - 1-1/2" off-white fluffy head with nice retention; Clear, bright, caramel color with a slight orange hue; Good lacing left behind

S - Nice balance of caramel and earthy and slightly spicy hops; Also present is a touch of toasty, lemon-like citrus, and floral notes

T - Much like the nose - lots of caramel, earthy/leafy and lightly spicy hops; Light lemon-like citrus flavor is present as well; The end of the taste is very wet and leafy and lingers with just a kiss of caramel

M - Moderate carbonation; Medium bodied; Leaves a slick, oily mouthfeel

O - This beer is pretty refreshing and one I'd consider to be above average for the style. I'm not one to drink too many lagers, but with the nice presence of caramel and leafy hops, I would like to come back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 18:59:40 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy amber orange color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded about average time, leaving decent spotty foam lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of grains, tea leaf, floral hops, light caramel, lightly roasted malts and a whiff of citrus; nothing exciting in the nose, it’s pretty much dull.

Tastes of grains, tea leaf, floral hops, herbs, caramel, roasted malts, citrus like lemon or coriander, mild spices, toast and other earthy tones that kind of mesh together and fade out in the aftertaste, is on the dry side and crisp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and oddly crisp at the same time, with average/medium carbonation, a medium body and an overall grainy flavor that has just enough herbal notes and hops to make it decent. While easy to drink, it’s just very average and one of the more boring beers from the Saranac lineup.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:49:17 | More by CHickman
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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.