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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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469 Reviews

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Reviews: 469
Hads: 885
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 10
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 469 | Hads: 885
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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Photo of Wamesit
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bright clear orange. Thick white, semi-rocky head, that gives way to mild lacing.

S - Caramel malts and just the faintest hop aroma. Very muted overall.

T - Sweet caramel malts with more of the Noble hops present than the aroma might suggest. Personally I prefer a bit more hops in the classic Pilsener balance.

M - Medium with some enjoyable carbonation.

D - If someone likes Pilseners and isn't too much of a hophead then this would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of Kooz
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into standard pint glass. Little head, some lacing. Lighter in color than expected.

Some malt scent--nothing special.

Tastes pretty good. Slight caramel flavor. Not light, but easy to drink. Scores points for taste and drinkability.

Good mouthfeel on this. Swishes to a nice foam and has a full body.

I'd be happy to drink this again.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.