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Saranac Adirondack Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
German Amber Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

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Photo of tdm168
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of SFC21
2.13/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of fx20736
3.06/5  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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - instantly love this ruddy orange cedar color. Amber but just slightly cloudy. Lots of continued carbonation. Head is slightly offwhit bone color. Champagne bubbles and a mild sea froth of lacing.

S - hoppy but sweet. Is this chinook? Could be. Dry rabbit food hop pellets that were rolled in cherries before being tossed in the batch.

T - hoppy but mellow. They gave it a woody bite but without going overboard. Starts out sweet then a bit bitter then sweet-sour again then back to a strong hop aftertaste. One question... who called this a german pilsner? Strange.

M - Tingles a bit with effervesance and hops but overall smooth.

D - hmm the color and smells make this stand out from other "German pilsners" but it is nice enough. Looks great smells great tastes fine.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of biteme398
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a mixed pack. Color is a light amber, which is darker than typical for this style. Head is a little fluffy and a little remains with no lacing. Smell is subtle. Taste is very light (in a good way) and pleasant. A lot smoother than many pilseners but not exactly an amber lager either. Little bit of hops there but mostly malty sweetness. If in the mood for a lager that is neither heavy nor light but simply refreshing, this would probably be a good choice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Canibacea
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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


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Photo of chilly460
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice golden color with a clean looking, white head that sticks around for a while. Some significant lacing.

S - Sweet grain, and some pepper spiciness. Hop profile not that prevalent.

T - A straight pilsener taste up front. Grains are there, along with that pepper again. Grassy hops

M - Very light but not in a bad way. Just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Decent pilsener here but nothing exceptional

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Photo of BigRedN
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is amber in color and completely clear. Pour produced a somewhat thin (about 1/2 inch) white head that quickly fades to nothing but a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Light malts (slightly sweet caramel malt) with minimal hop scent. Bottle indicates it is brewed with two hops, cascade being one, so I was anticipating some hop aroma but notice practically none.

Taste: Decent malt body, not roasted, but lightly sweet. There is a firm bitterness that comes through on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation, light and lively.

Drinkability: Purchased in a mixed six pack in Iowa while on a trip. Not available locally; not something I will actively seek out when out travelling again. Even if this were available I don't think that this would be a regular purchase.

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

Single bottle from their Adirondack mixed six pack. The bottle painting reminds me of the lakes of Northern Ontario - quite a nice image.

Poured into a nonic pint glass. A dark golden brew - nearly copper. Surprisingly creamy head, excellent retention and scads of lacing. Looks like an English pale ale from a nitro-tap or creamer.

Nose is malty, a bit of leafy hops, bread. Wouldn't have said pilsner (or lager for that matter).

Smooth, sweet-tasting, very creamy mouthfeel. Tastes like a mild english pale more than a lager. The hops are leafy, the hops are mild with strong caramel notes. Kind of between a lager and pale ale, a point I seem to be repeating a great deal.

Not a bad beer whatsoever, sweet, easy to quaff, but not that crisp lager taste I was expecting - and indeed, would demand in the summer months. A bit misplaced, but the result is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with a white head.

Smells of roasted malts, bread, nuts and apple.

Taste is light but clean, slight bittering hops give way to nutty roasted malt taste with slight bread chewiness. A good easy drinking beer, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of harveystarr
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of KajII
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Honeyed gold with amber hues, light white head and decent lacing. Smell is light sweet malt with honey and mild peppery hops. Taste is much the same with a gently sweet dough like center. A faint pear fruitiness follows. Hops are clean and spicy giving an excellent finish. A whole grain cracker lingers with bits of biscuit, dough, and faint hop oil. Feel is effervescent with both quenching and refreshing components and a dry graininess. Weight is on the lighter side of medium. Drinkability is quite good and is a strong suit of this one.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a light crisp amber color with lots of bubbles, a generous creamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is a bit bland, has that same Saranac nose that they all have.

Taste is light, creamy and a bit bitter with a big iron taste - I keep finding this off flavor in their beers. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry finish. It's an average example of this style at best.

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Photo of brunrn1
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hoppy taste at first, goes down smooth right away. Had several in one sitting and does not become a filling, heavy beer.
Not much of an after taste like alot of beers with a (hoppy) taste.
Real good beer to have with dinner. and the holidays. Turkey dinner and a cold saranac.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper color from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
No mention of ABV or 'best-by' date on the label.
One finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is a blend of malts and honey with hints of fruity esters (more like apple cider). Good carbonation.
Taste is slightly sweet upfront with a dry, bitter finish. This lager has a watery mouthfeel. A decent lager and the drinkability is good. Not much lacing along the glass.
For the price, this is a decent lager.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White head, light copper body, tiny bubbles.

Some metallic smelling hops and malt. A hint of a sweet aroma. Nothing special.

The taste is nice. I like it. A sweet bitterness with the first sip. I get impressions of caramel and some bitter hops. The hops aren't too potent but enough to give it that bitterness. I taste some roastiness to it as well.

Light body, leaves the mouth dry feeling but it's not. It feels okay overall.

Drink ability is good. I could have another one since it's light and tastes good. It a good drinker, easy to go down.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: clear, amber body without much in the way of head despite an aggressive pour. No lacing either.

Smell: a bit of simple barley maltiness. Not a whole lot here.

Taste: follows the nose with a little extra bitterness from the hops.

Feel: thin, a bit undercarbonated, and the finish is a tad too sharply bitter.

Drink: could have a few but I didn't enjoy the glass that much so probably wouldn't.

Overall, not so good. I am not necessarily the biggest pilsner fan but this doesn't taste like a pilsner. It tastes like a watered down Boston Lager. Its just not that enjoyable to drink so I would advise against it. Cheers.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.