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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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468 Reviews

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Reviews: 468
Hads: 874
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.65%
Wants: 9
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

German Amber Lager
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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clark's Ale House in Syracuse on tap #5 unless I lost count. some hops, watery. Sweet, some toasted malt, creamy head, well carbonated. Amber colour, sweet overall with crisp dry finish. Very mild and Bland and unoffensive. Not missing anything here. (250 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a semi-clear light amber color with a 1 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and caramel notes. Taste is of toasted malt, biscuit, and slight citrus zest. Very little bitterness quickly leaves the tongue after each sip. There is a crisp and clean mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good lager and a good choice to include in the Summer pack. (520 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger sized head that quickly died down but a thin layer of bubbles constantly covered the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall flavor has a good balance between a little bit of sweetness from the grainy and pale malts and a slight amount of bitterness from the grassy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather clean on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing--there's nothing particularly special about the flavors but it's a great way to open up your palate. (662 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a tiny bit of Noble hops along with a little bit of grain and bread. Mouthfeel is light with some prickly carbonation. This isn't the best attempt at an American version of the style, but all around it's a fairly decent brew. (336 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty simple brew, sampled froma 12 pack variety. Looks...well...amber, with moderate carbonation and an impressive foamstand that faded quickly. No lacing. Caramel and tea like in the aroma. Light barley grain aroma with slight hop character. Mildly toast-ey in the aroma and flavor. Tastes sweetly of barley malt with caramel notes and again, tea. Body is moderate to light, and finishes a bit sweet with a slight hop and yeast bite. A bit grainy in the aftertaste. Overall, average. I'll try again, but won't seek it out specifically. (540 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color looking lager with a quite large foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of strong malt and crisp hops is really enjoyable and doesn’t reek of adjunct. Taste is clearly refreshing while still keeping a strong presence of malt and lightly bitter hops. Very good for a style that is not properly exploited in my surrounding. (361 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-accented golden amber and perfectly clear. The cap is large in size, dark cream in color and displays good persistence. It eventually falls to a thick film and leaves just a few small scraps of lace. The nose is shy, but not overly so. There's some lightly toasted malt with a definite hop presence.

The flavor starts out with sweet, bready maltiness that fades into a gentle hop bitterness, though without much hop flavor. The label states that Cascade hops are in use, but I can't appreciate them. A grain-like flavor appears on the finish that isn't bad. The mouthfeel is more full than expected for a pils.

Saranac Adirondack Lager is average beer in the end. Perhaps a little above average since I'm feeling generous, but I won't be buying it again. (765 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber color with a small head. It was highly carbonated.

S - It smelled malty and sweet. There were also some hop notes in the aroma.

T - It had a spicy hop flavor to it. The malt flavor was pretty strong, too. It had a little bite to it at the back of the tongue.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied brew.

D - It is an okay brew. I've had better but it is certainly drinkable. (406 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is the second bottle from my mixed saranac pack, well actually the third, but I have had the IPA before so I will not be reviewing it again. I have been having a thing for lagers lately, so I am hoping this one does not let me down. Poured a very nice, crystal clear amber, nice orange hugh for a lager. Two inch white head faded quickly to just that quarter inch layer of film on the top. Very decent lacing for a lager as well was dripping down the sides. I could see some nice visible carbonation streaming up off the bottom of the glass, clarity excellent, overall look, A OK...Smell was lots of bready yeast smells. Lots of grain, kind of a moldy or off earthy aroma, like grass stuck in mud, or bread batter. A slight hint of hoppiness in the back as well. The taste was pretty standard at first, however as it warmed I detected a nice earthy grain mixed with almost a banana tone. A decent dry hoppy finish as wellThe feel was great, light and remarkable smooth. Great carbonation, not slick oily or otherwise detrimental at all. Superb drinkabilty, this is an easy session beer. Has such as nice light profile, yet great taste. Not watered down like some other lagers. Easily a hot weather drinker. Overall I really liked this, and thought it was much better then the pale ale, and would actually order or buy this one again. Looking forward to the next one in the box, the blak and tan! (1,403 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, thin, white head.

Smell: Light toasty maltiness with a touch of apple, flowers, and yeast.

Taste: Toasty maltiness, mildly sweet, and a jolt of apple core fruitiness. Light floral hops and accompanying bitterness. Hint of yeast. Tiny pinch of spice on the apple-tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Basic but drinkable at best, lackluster and a waste of time at worst. Pass me an Eliot Ness! (484 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off-white head on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A light malty aroma of toffee and honey that is balanced by musty british hop aromas.

T - Some malty character up front with light toasted notes. Earthy, musty hops in the middle with a little sourness to the malt. Finishes with some light yeast flavor and an increase in the toasted malt quality that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - The malt body of this beer is its most distinguishing feature. Despite the dryness of the finish, there is a toasted malt note that lingers in the aftertaste with a thick grainy quality. Unfortunately, the dryness brings out some burnt character in the toast and the base malt does not impart the refined honey notes that you get from good quality pilsner. The hops have a musty, somewhat british quality that some might enjoy, but it does not appeal to me. Overall, this is a decent lager, but not one I would drink again. (1,068 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber body lies beneath a sturdy head of creamy off-white froth. It's retention is good and it maintains a thin surface covering throughout most of the pint. Nice lacing adds to the appearance. The F.X. Matt yeast lends a gentle touch of fruit to some light malt and background hops. It's medium body combines with a fine, median carbonation that's just lightly crisp on the tongue. It's smooth, but also a bit lifeless. A light citrus hop flavor melds with a gently caramel malt and well-balanced bitterness. Some fruity notes make a minor appearance. It finishes short and dry. It's not a complex beer by any stretch, but it is an enjoyable beer with enough character to keep it interesting beyond one. (712 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty and fruity (citrus & apple) along with a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little bready and then the malt sweetness kicks in with some flavors of fruit and caramel in the background. The hops presence is hardly detectable. The after-taste is grainy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: It was a little tastier that I thought it would be, goes down easy, not very filling. My expectations of Matt Brewing have been lowered after trying their Pale Ale and IPA, so I thought this beer was going to be terrible. It wasn’t anything special by any means, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I found the beer to be pretty decent. (913 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing rich lager.

Pours a clear amber. Nice head and attractive package. Rather malty but without much sweetness, which provides a good mouthfeel. Adequately carbonated. Toasted flavors, more biscuit than caramel. Just dry enough for a refreshing taste. Hops are delicate but leave a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. More grainy than fruity, which is just right for the style. Really a decent American interpretation.

Clean and unassuming beer that manages to strike a balance among all the elements. (511 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer I thought it tasted no different than an exaggerated Budweiser. The second time I bought a mixed 12 pack and I had it again, I had a much better feeling about it. This is one thirst quencher, having a great drinkability and mouthfeel. Due to it being a pilsener the appearance and aroma may not be the best, but if I'm thirsty on a hot day I'd reach for this. (390 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber. Very small head that quickly leaves. Nose is like a mix of leaves and sugar. In a baked sense I would say. Overall, not much to it. Flavor is almost acidic with it's bitter tone at first. Then it calms and gets into more of a earthy and slightly dirty lager profile. I mean to me there just isn't anything that distinctive about it. Feel is decent. Drinkability is on the same level. It is just a standard old lager really. It has a nice body to it sure, but there just isn't anything exciting about it at all. (531 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden Amber in appearance, this beer has a quickly dissipating head that is artificially carbonated. I am getting a nice undertone of a hop aroma along with sweetness in the sniff I took. The overall taste is a bit unbalanced between the bittering Hops and the caramel and two row malt sweetness. The hop profile within the flavor saves this beer and gives it a little needed complexity. I like the aftertaste this beer leaves on my tongue, but the inital tast isn' t as pleasant to me as I was hoping. When it comes down to it this beer is not a winner in my book, and it doesn't even work as session brew for my tastebuds. Mediocre and better than a macro, but the flavors are all toned down in order to work as a cross over from flavorless to flavorful. I would put this beer in between those two. Don't plan on having another glad there was only one in the sampler. (870 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Excellent thick head that dissapates slowly leaving a graceful lace on the side. The color is light copper or deep gold. Crystal clear.

Shocking manure-like aroma on first sniff. Very light on the hop.

The hop makes an appearance in the tasting; still with this malt, this is closer to a mild than a pale ale. There is an interesting sourness in the flavor (like a mandarin orange). The beer has a moderate to full body with a high level of carbonation.

Frankly, a little disappointing, particularly from Saranac. I'll finish this one, but won't necessarily seek another. (582 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, coppery amber hue, small, but solid white head.
Aroma: soft & silent, almost deafeningly so.
Light mouthfeel, body, hops.
A touch sweet, and full of malt. There's some good taste here, but it's very small, minor keyed, very mellow, terrifically slight.
Nice, sweetish finish, very, very drinkable...but very, very blase'.
I suppose you could drink a bunch, yeah, yeah, yeah, but why? Where's the fun? (424 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured in standard pint glass.

A - 1+ finger of off white head soon reduced to fine, thin coat. Clear and attractive copper coloration

S - mild roasted malt aroma with detectable hop odor

T - also mild and mostly malty; taste is similar to a marzen, with little hop presence or bitterness. Some sourness. Although scored the same and both about average, I like the nose better than the taste.

M - thin and slightly watery; carbonation a bit too low.

D - lacks complexity, boldness, or distinctiveness. Certainly not bad, but disappointing. (548 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a transparent amber with a bubbly head that, unfortunately, quickly became a thin lace that did not last long either. It started as highly carbonated, but soon after slowed to a slow and steady carbonation.
The smell was thin and watery with attempts at some aromas that were hard to pin-point because of its thinness.
The taste was also too thin. It had a faintly malty, watery taste. Not much was going on despite the description on the label. It should have been a bit more woodsy and certainly more fruity than what I tasted.
It didn't have a bad taste, just lack of one.
It might be refreshing on a hot day, but there are better examples of this type that would do the same. (690 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle traded to me by Huhzubendah in a recent in person trade at an orchard. Thanks. Poured into a Bruery glass because I didn't want to get up and get another glass.

Beer is amber to brown and clear, darker than expected nice head though, forms a nice layer, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet mild and grainy.

Beer is medium in body and a little harsh on the finish. The whole beer is interesting but not driving. There is a little malt up front but the beer generally fails in my opinion to come together as a beer. There is an aftertaste that really takes me out of it in the end. Oh well, try try again. (634 characters)

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.