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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

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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
Photo of gabestein

New York

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Rich copper appearance, slightly hazy but became nicely clear as the temperature decreased. Forms a nice head, but it doesn't last more than a few minutes and doesn't lace.

Unfortunately, other reviewers are correct: the smell is just off. It has some nice sweet malt notes and a little coriander, but those positives are overwhelmed by a strange metallic alcohol smell.

Taste is quite nice, but not like most Pilsners I've had. It's very drinkable, starting with a typical lager crispness, continuing to a pleasant malty sweetness and ending in a very nice quick, light punch of bitter. Some lemon and coriander flavor in there, but not a ton of depth.

Mouthfeel is also good. It's a tiny bit chewy and mostly smooth, not as coarse as you'd expect.

Overall, a good, consistent lager that's light and drinkable but has enough flavor to keep fans of more flavorful styles happy. I like to keep it around for its versatility.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 02:34:14 | More by gabestein
Photo of rangerred


3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a slightly hazy dark gold with plenty of carbonation leading to a thick two finger head. Retention is pretty good.

Smell is some caramel malt along with a metallic note that is not too pleasant. Also some grassy hops buried in there.

The taste is much better than the smell with a pleasant caramel maltiness dominating. There are also some bready flavors in there along with some grassy hops. A nice soft bitterness comes in at the finish.

First off, I think this more a vienna lager than a german pilsener. It actually reminds me somewhat of SA Boston Lager but not as good. This is a solid but unspectacular brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 03:27:33 | More by rangerred
Photo of Johnnyfacelift

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been enjoying Saranac's brew's this winter season and this beer is no exception. Although not my favorite it is a solid beer and a basic go-to beer.

A: Copper color is clear and high carbonation is evident. Thin head that settles quickly.

S: Ok smell. You pick up the lager characteristic but there is also a strong metallic smell that seems to dominate. This is the beers weakest point.

T: Luckily the metal does not really come through in the taste. Again the lager flavor is in the front followed by a good malt backbone. Just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

M: Nice... and that's it.

O: A good beer that has no tricks up it's sleeves but it doesn't lead you on that it does.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:16:22 | More by Johnnyfacelift
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear coppery shade with full frothy white head. Head unfortunately falls flat within fifteen seconds, leaving a thin film that spots but does not lace, the glass. Aroma was of moist hay and sweet. Taste is a bit muddled, starting slightly sweet and of grain, then changing to a mildly bitey hop. Mouthfeel: I can only say is stale, that is not the crispness I expect from a Pils.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:40:53 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of Minkybut


3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was gas colored or copper I guess you could say. The beer had a nice head and pretty good lacing. The smell was nice kinda caramelly smelling. I liked the beer and would most
certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 14:58:46 | More by Minkybut
Photo of k1001001


3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this from a sampler pack, along with the IPA, Pale Ale, and Black Forest. I drank this beer out of the bottle first, then served into a pint glass. Bottle is definitely preferable. Smell is not complementing to the beer, which I think kills the flavor in a glass.

This is a good lager otherwise! It goes down smooth. It is easy to drink many of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:16:01 | More by k1001001
Photo of rodney45

New York

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Honey pot yellow. Lingering foamy milk colored head

S: Not offensive, but not necessarily pleasant. It has notes of wheat and hop, but also notes of after rain smell... i cant put it any better than that. The smell after a thunderstorm in nyc.

T: Apple, pear, prune corriander. Slight malt hints mostly barley. A tad sour. hops are in short supply

M: Drinkable, a little sour for my taste. Of the beers ive been tasting, this one went down the fastest, ussually not a good sign.

O: Its a low to mid level lager. Not really craft in my opinion. Saranac has much better options out there. Its not nearly as well put together as say, a sam adams lager, or brooklyn lager. I dont know how it won anything in the great american beer fest, but it did.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 10:32:25 | More by rodney45
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scrolling through the Matt Brewing Company page here, I realize that I really have not done a good job writing reviews for this brewery, so I'll try to stay on top of that.

Adirondack lager has a slightly hazy, dull yellow body. The white head is quite creamy looking, and the retention is pretty good, as is the lacing.

The aroma is a mix of sweetness, bread and grain. Just a stirring of a musty-type hop.

The hop bite is very faint, with a mix of earthy and metallic flavors. This pilsner is all malt flavor, dominated by pale malts. Light sweetness is followed by a touch of bread-like flavors. Next comes a lot of grain flavor. The sweetness is a touch too much, and the grain is almost as powerful.

The mouthfeel is a little fuller and creamier than I would expect, but not too bad.

Considering how much Saranac beers cost, I very seldom have too much of a problem with them, and this one is no exception. Adirondack Lager is a little too sweet, and skewed toward the malty side a little more than I would like, but it's an easy drinker that I would probably pick up again when I see pints for $1-$3.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 04:10:36 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Ezone024


3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a very clear amber color lots of traveling bubbles and a nice 2 finger head. smell is bready and sweet. fairly average for the style.

taste is wonderful, refreshing and crisp. a nice biscuity flavor with a little of the "apple" taste found in light bodied amber lagers.

mouthfeel has a nice hop bite with a clean finish.
overall definitely a beer i would like to session with often.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:20:03 | More by Ezone024
Photo of mastodonj


3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a small tumbler....

This has a nice medium-colored amber with a very small amount of lacing.

The maltiness is decent but that's about it

The taste also shows the maltiness and a better bitterness than
expected for a lager (a good thing, IMO).

Mouthfeel is good with a nice clean finish.

Very drinkable but not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:13:22 | More by mastodonj
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just felt in a ticking kinda mood tonight, so I thought I would grab a Saranac snack pack.

German Pilsener.... here we go:

A: Golden, with ever the slightest hint of amber. Extremely cloudy and with a beautiful sawdust-like, off-white froth that retained itself for a good bit.

S: Not too strong, but I did get a mild puff of baked dough and maybe a hint of caramel.

T: I think I could have used a pinch more sweetness on this one, but otherwise, this was good. Medium-bodied, bready, and somewhat bitter on the back end.

M: The carbonation was prickly and the lacing was slightly more than just merely splotchy.

O: Definitely not a bad way to spend a drinking session. Since I have another in the fridge, I'll probably tackle that at some other point this week.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 21:34:38 | More by Chaney
Photo of horshack7


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Pilsner glass is a little bit clear but amber colored beer. On top is about two fingers worth of white frothy head.

Aroma: To begin is a decent amount of floral hop with notes of spice. Malts let a little bit of grain and bread with a touch of caramel.

Taste: A fair amount of carbonation gives it a crisp yet buttery mouthfeel. Floral hops are front and center with a good bit of dryness. Citurs hops make an appearance somewhat as well. In the malt side of it all is caramel with bits of breadiness finish it off.

Notes: Not too bad of a German Pilsner and definatley drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:48:37 | More by horshack7
Photo of bubseymour


3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden brown color semi clear, with 1 finger head that was sort of fizzy. Head retention is moderate and within 1 minute the head was down to a cm.

Smell - malty, crackers and a little spice in the smell. Not bad for a lager.

Taste - Not much flavor going on here and a tad crisp/dry in the finish. Kinda bitter without any flavor. .

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - Considering I loved the Lake Effect Lager this variation from Saranca was good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 20:50:06 | More by bubseymour
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. About ½-inch of head. Color was dark golden. Slight lacing on the top of the beer and slight film on the sides.

Malt leads the way in the smell, but caramel and pine comes in there as well.

Malts once again lead the way in the taste. Very, very small taste of caramel. Bitterness reigns supreme on the end.

Moderate carbonation. Fairly refreshing, clean and crisp.

A pretty good beer overall. This wasn’t good as I remember it, which means I should probably stop tasting for the night (my fifth so far of a 10-pack variety pack).

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 08:51:48 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of DrinkingDrake


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

Grabbed a mix pack of six different types of Saranac. I drank Saranac regularly when going to school in Southern New Hampshire about three years ago but haven't had it since. Took the top off with lighter and it shot across the room. Golden color with a lot of bubbles running up the side of the grass and almost no head. Nose is grainy sweetness and buttery bread. Flavor is subdued compared to the nose. Biscuity but extremely light. The end has a subtle fruity hit but it disappears quickly. That little fruity kick intrigued me to drink faster to try and find it, more defined, again. However it never really stuck out. Finishes crisp and tingly without a lot of dryness. A typical lager that was on the verge of making itself distinct.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:23:04 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of woodychandler


3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am down in DC for about a week, following a foray into Balto for several days and I bought the summer mixed six-pack to sustain me while away from home.

From the bottle: "Saranac Adironndack Lager is craft brewed with pure Adirondack water, bottom fermented and fully lagered to carefully balance the sweetness two-row malt with the delicate bitterness of American Cascade and German Hallertauer hops. Look for a golden amber color and medium body. You'll discover a distinctive, flavorful beer that is deliciously drinkable."

My aggressive pour resulted in a foamy finger of dense, eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a biscuit malt sweetness along with a wheaty cereal quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly bitter, grassy tang to offset the wheatish sweetness. Nice lacing began to form throughout. Finish was semi-sweet with the grassy, wheaty taste lingering well after the swallow. A very pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 00:43:28 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a nice copper color with two fingers of head and nice retention. Nose is light malt and mild hops with a hint of sweetness. Flavor is mild but with a nice balance of hops and malt; smooth malt up front and a decent hop bitterness to round it out. Mildly carbonated, this beer is smooth and clean, though a little thin.

An average pilsner, but a very drinkable, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 01:26:24 | More by tdm168
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 16:56:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of DirtyPenny


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

A: Sort of a medium-light amber with faint burnt orange highlights. Bottle is boring brown, which I wouldn't ordinarily mention but fits this beer to a T.

S: Lightly sweet caramel malts swirl about in the nose.

T: Pretty much as the nose. Caramel malt that's a little sweet and could use a bit of hop presence to back it up. Very much a one-note lager.

M: Medium-bodied with tickly, foamy carbonation. Smooth and a touch sticky.

O: Sooo incredibly average. Not good. Not bad. I don't think I have ever had a beer this adequate in my entire life.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 01:35:21 | More by DirtyPenny
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass, the beer pours a nut-orange color, vibrant with a ton of carbonation bubbles and a chunky, dense, off-white head that starts around three inches on the pour and settles into a thin disc layer of film. Aromas are roasty toasty, with a slight dark fruit sweetness in there that seems a bit out of place. The beer has flavors that also have a tangy sour-sweet fruit overtone...maybe plum or grape...that almost cover the toasted characteristics. The toasty turns to burnt in the aftertaste, like grilling a piece of fruit until it is charred. The finish is a little dry, with a cloying sweetness, also. Unique for the style, with a lot more flavors and characters than a usual pilsner. Not bad for a little change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 00:27:21 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny


3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a clear amber, sparse carbonation, nice eggshell head that unfortunately dissolves way too quickly.

S- Lager yeasts with fruity malts. Bready aroma.

T- Tastes more or less like it smells. Not as yeasty as expected, good malt character. Sweet with a little bitterness on the back.

MF- Here's where this beer rocks out. Light and goes down smooth. A solid drinkin' beer with enough taste to keep it interesting.

D- Honestly, I'm usually a sucker for anything Saranac pumps out, but this one doesn't really wow me. Nice texture and a generally pleasant flavor, but nothing especially impressive.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:31:21 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
Photo of SFC21


2.13/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 03:39:00 | More by SFC21
Photo of fx20736

New York

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Pilsener glass.

A: Clear golden brown, thick off white head, decent carbonation. Very nice lacing.

S: Aroma is Bready Malt. There is a faint aroma of spicy, fruity, wine-like Hops. As beer warmed some caramel malt notes crept in as well.

M: fairly flat, not lively.

T: Bready malt followed by a sour, dry, fruitiness.

Notes: Not bad, definitely inferior to SA Boston Lager, Brooklyn Lager or Eliot Ness. With the three excellent examples of Vienna Lager just mentioned I don't see a lot of good reasons to buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 18:04:19 | More by fx20736
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear and light copper in color, with a tiny head that recedes hastily, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is pretty weak, emitting faint scents of sweet malt, fruit, and a general lager presence. The beer is sweet, perhaps a bit much. Grainy, malty, sweet, with a subtle fruitiness. The feel is thin to medium in body, with carbonation level lower than is customary. Overall, this is drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 04:14:37 | More by Huhzubendah
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 760 ratings.