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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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792 Ratings

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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 DarkerTheBetter


3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark honey color. Looks really nice in a tulip with lighter gold around the edges, picking up more and more browns toward the center. The head is frothy white and thin and leaves some fantastic lace. Smells a bit like honey too, with some clover and orange and a slight doughy malt. Tasted… foul. There’s a heavy sour corn base that is just destroyed by a huge mechanical aluminum dryness. Starts with caramel corn, then to lemons, then to aluminum. There aren’t any smooth biscuit lager-like characteristics here at all. The metallic dryness carries long into the finish. Oh wait. Somewhere in the crappy dry finish I managed to pull out something that was reminiscent of a lager. Aha! If I chug this beer, It manages to taste a little more “red” and the dryness dies down. My problem was that I was trying to enjoy this beer. Silly me. The mouth feel is a bit light, almost dry with a nice fluffy carbonation. Everything was all right with this beer other than the obstructive dryness.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 23:01:55 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "12 beers of Winter" pack that I got myself for the holidays. Finally getting around to drinking them all, in alphabetical order. This comes first, though it wouldn't be first in my book, nor much of anyone else's. It's a decent lager, but nothing outstanding...

Nice, deep amber hue to it, good head, and the lacing is pretty nice too. Not very think nor bitter, this is just a bit too watered down for me. The hops are almost not present here, and it has a slightly metallic aftertaste to it. It goes down easy, but there's not much memorable about this and there's certainly not a lot of complexity here. Just a sense of herbal notes here and there too, but this isn't a Sierra Nevada brew exactly!

Worth a try once - I'd prefer Sam Adams or Brooklyn Lager if given a choice. Maybe one of the 11 beers left in my pack will impress me more!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 06:31:32 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of cracgor


3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice copper color with a thin but sticky white head. Very aromatic fruity hops. A little salty in the smell as well. It tastes better than it smells. A sweet hop with good balance. The hop reminds me of sam adams lager. It has a typical light bodied mouthfeel. Incredibly easy to drink. A great offering for the price. It could have a more interesting/complex taste and that would be my only complaint. But it is good at what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 21:02:20 | More by cracgor
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one comes out translucent copper with a thin, spittly white head thats almost gone halfway through. Seriously, no nose.

Tastes of sweet sugary malt, very resinous hop bitter, and off flavors of sour milk and grass. Yikes. Like a half-assed ESB or pale gone bad.

Mouthfeel is light and slick. Drain ho!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 19:59:51 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of LucaBrasi

New York

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mixed 12 pack.
Pours a clear golden brown, more on the gold side than brown with tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the head.
Lets talk about the head. It’s there in all its glory 1/4-inch white and foamy then by the time it took me to pick up a turkey sandwich it was gone. In its place a thin white ring.
Smells like.... teen spirit. No really it’s a sweeter smell with even a hint of hops roaming around in the fragrance.
Taste is sweet, not overpowering its a mixture of sweetness and a piney hoppy feel, first few sips I could have mistaken it for a weaker IPA.
Mouthfeel is smooth very smooth goes down easy.
Drinkability is good. The smooth feel along with a decent taste makes this a drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 06:27:33 | More by LucaBrasi
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the few lagers in the 12 beers of Christmas 12 pack. Pours a clear amber color with minimal head and lacing. Smell is sweet and malty with some herbal hops in the background. Taste is well balanced between the biscuity malts and heral hops. Light enough in body to pound more than one. Similar to Yuengling Traditional Lager, a good, if uninspired lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 19:01:39 | More by clemtig76
Photo of mattcrill


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear orange yellow pour with a foamy white head. Small and steady streams of carbonation through the body.

Smell: Biscuit malts, a bit of carmelly sweetness. No off flavors or hop character noted.

Taste: Dry wheat toast, a brush of carmel sweetness, and a dry grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and good carbonation levels.

Drinkability: Highly sessionable. It won't fatigue the palate or the drinker. Nothing too exciting but would make a good "gateway/crossover" beer for the non-BA. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 19:09:35 | More by mattcrill
Photo of Naes

New York

2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is amber in color with a small white head. Retention and lacing is minimal.
The aroma is slightly toasty, but it is not a strong smell.
The flavor is a bit watered down, but the hops are noticeable with a mild malty undertone. This is not an offensive flavor, just nothing outstanding.
Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 01:40:14 | More by Naes
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a russet gold color. No head, how odd . . .

S - Some malt, I'd guess rice and barley, maybe corn. Slightly sweet.

T - Powerful on the malt! The grains are giving a lot of pleasant flavor, barley and sweet corn predominantly. The finish is bittersweet, in that it is both slightly bitter and slightly sweet. Alcohol is easily detectable at higher temperatures. Above about 55, it is actually dominant.

M - Smooth, carbonation is very high, thicker than most of the style. Moderately refreshing.

D - Good, goes well even with spicy dishes, I had it with kim chi ji gae (after I figured out the flavor and smell of course) and it was a wonderful match. Would not go well with sweeter foods at all though.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 05:19:46 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of nlmartin


3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This is a very good looking beer. The beer poured a nice clear amber coloration. The head was nice and fluffy off white. No lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice toasted maltyness to the smell.

Taste: The beer has a nice toasted maltyness that plays well with the oily hoppyness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily smooth light bodied beer.

Drinkability: This has been the best beer in the box. I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 14:59:28 | More by nlmartin
Photo of LPorter33


2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Holiday 12 pack

Appearance = Nice, clear, golden honey brown. Not much of a head but the hue really appeals to me. Lacing isn't bad either.

Smell = Pleasnt fresh, clean smelling hops with a perfect balance of sweetness. Smells more like a good APA. I'm impressed.

Taste = Another below average tasting Saranac beer. This one, like so many others, simply lacks in the flavor department. There's nothing repulsive about it, there's just nothing great here. Everything feels toned down. It's crisp and refreshing though and would go well on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 06:11:51 | More by LPorter33
Photo of unknownlamer

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on the 271st day of 2005.

Poured a deep clear amber with a quickly fading white head that left no lacing at all. The aroma was mostly sweet grain with a fairly subdued earthy hop smell. The taste was much the same being dominated by bready grain with a mild hop kick at the end. Decent carbonation and solid body, but otherwise a fairly bland brew that I won't be getting again. It is fairly refreshing at least.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 07:57:22 | More by unknownlamer
Photo of kmo1030


3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light coppery amber with a white head that quickly fades.
the smell is hoppy with floral and herbal notes. there is also, caramel and a bit of graininess. a toasted quality develops as it warms.
the taste has contrasting bitterness and sweetness that don't always blend very well. toasted sweet caramel and herbal hop bitterness. the finish is a little harsh, both a little abrasively bitter and a little metallic. i'm not sure what it is that gives it that little harshness.
it has a lighter medium body with average carbonation
pretty good drinkability, but that bite at the end could take it's toll after a couple. a pretty typical amber lager type beer. nothing special that i would ever seek out though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 02:51:57 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good red beer. The color of this beer is reddish amber. It is a lot lighter than other red beers. The smell is hoppy for the style. The taste reminds me of an IPA. Is this a red IPA? Is there such a thing? The mouthfeel is very good as well. Fair bitterness. A small bit of twangy aftertaste. The drinkability would certainly be more than the two I got as part of a sampler. If this beer was set in front of me unlabled, I would have mistaked it for an IPA. Not an over the top, hopped up IPA. This is a good beer that I will seek out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 22:48:00 | More by Enola
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a nice amber/copper red with a choppy white two finger head that slowly dissapated and left a nice white lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was where this beer really fell off to me. Instead of the expected sweet caramel and malt scent I picked up a strange fruit smell that for the style was just unpleasent to me.

The drink started with a nice kick of malt sweetness followed by a quick hit of hops and fruit and a nice hop spice and caramel sweet finish.

All and all a pretty good red beer. I've had better and I've had alot worse. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 02:03:19 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Hagbard


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I pulled the Adirondack Lager from the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack, which has yielded some pleasant surprises so far. This lager pours a pale golden color with perfect clarity. A medium white head forms and leaves lacing after disappearing. The aroma is very understated, dominated by a maltiness. The taste is like the aroma, dominated by the malts. It's fairly sweet but not cloyingly so. A hint of hops come in to cut the sweetness a bit. This is an easy drinking lager not designed for serious contemplation. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it was a bit less sweet and the hoppiness was just a bit stronger. Still, this isn't a bad beer by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 18:39:44 | More by Hagbard
Photo of mynie


3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark ice tea copper. No head of which to speak. Small lacing.

Faint and plain chocolate and caramel malt on the nose. Nice enough. Gets stronger as it warms

Taste catches you by surprise with its strength and complexity! Half sweet caramel malt up front growing to sour ball fruit near the middle ending with mild citrus hops.

Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 02:41:43 | More by mynie
Photo of Sycodrummer


3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass the beer was an amber/light brown color with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Streams of carbonation bubbles ran up the sides of the glass and there was some moderate lacing thoughout the sample.

The smell was a caramel scent with hints of malty fresh baked bread. Some faint hop presence in the nose and a slight grainy aroma as well.

The taste is initially semi-sweet and malty upfront with a caramel/toffee like after taste. A bit of a chewyness to each sip and a solid malt backing to the sample. Has an ever so slightly grainy finish alla macro lager, but not enough to detract from the taste. A slight bitterness with each sip, but little hop character.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

This beer lacks a real definable character and is just a beer is a mass of beers. No flavors pull through or stick out, but everything is balanced well too. An okay beer, good enough at the time, but I probably won'y seek it out intentionally.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 05:08:57 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of tempest


3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden body with decent head and nice lacing. Swells like sweet amber malts. Tastes like a rich lager with a hint of fruit. There is, however, a bit of a nasty aftertaste. Good carbonation, goes down fine.

Easy drinking and tasty. Not great, but the price is right for an amber lager. Pick one up for $5/sixer if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 03:36:53 | More by tempest
Photo of HugoGrim


3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint. Purchased as part of the 12 Beers of Winter sampler case.

A light reddish orange body with no head and no sign of lacing on the glass, not much to speak of in appearance.

The aroma was predominantly nutty with something floral under the surface, but hard to put my finger on.

The flavor starts with a sweet roasted maltyness which is very smooth. It then moves to a bold hoppy finish. Quite a nice complex flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 14:50:26 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of auntfloyd

New York

3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a chilled 12oz bottle into a glass. I got this as part of a variety six pack.

Poured a nice, very clear amber color, with very little head, and also very little lacing. The smell was faint overall, some hops, some malt, but pretty subdued. The taste was good, nice caramel maltiness with some hoppy bitterness, but again, nothing too potent. The feel was good, pretty smooth, and a nice drinking beer.

Overall, a better than average lager - better than typical macro swill, but not really worth seeking out on its own.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 01:01:47 | More by auntfloyd
Photo of redwolf1

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle from Saranac's 12 Beers of Winter (or Christmas). Like the bottle said, the beer poured a nice golden amber color, but didn't have much of a head (granted I don't pour as aggressively as others do). What constituted as a head didn't stick around very long either. No signs of lacing. Floral character in the aroma from the hops but sort of mixed up, can't distinguish any particular smell that dominates. A relatively good balance between the bitterness of the hops present and some roasted malts for sweetness, but it does come across as a hodgepodge of flavors that hasn't quite blended well yet. Rather crisp from the carbonation too. Aside from all of this, it is a drinkable beer, slightly above average in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 14:23:21 | More by redwolf1
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I rather enjoyed this one. It's appearance was nothing to get excited about, especially with the head flattening out real quick. The smell was interesting, with a sort of malt liquoresque vibe going on, just less of the alcoholiness. Had kind of a hop spike to the smell too. The taste had a kind of mellow hoppiness to it, with a maltiness infused, as well as a light fruitiness. No real aftertaste to speak of, which can be a good thing for a beer this light. Overall, it was a easily drinkable beer. This is something that would go well with pretty much any type of food. It could definately be a "football" beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 04:31:46 | More by JISurfer
Photo of riversider76

New York

2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Honey color,and not much of a head. Smell was not great.No hint of nut. Kind of skunky in fact. Taste was sour.. It was on the light side. Finish was a bit skunky . I expected better. I would not recommend this beer. Don't go out of your way to buy this beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2005 23:45:10 | More by riversider76
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew has a nice dull brass color with a great, 2 inch off white head that has very good retention and leaves a bunch of lacing down the sides of the brew. The aromas a grainy with a slight toasted characteristic, a pleasant smelling brew. The taste is very smooth, has a toasted like flavor along with just the right amount of bitterness at the end. The bitterness is very subtle but really seems to balance out this brew quite efficiently. If you’re looking for something exotic in a brew, this is not it but IMO this is a very easy brew to drink in larger amounts because it is cheap (here in New York) and just has a solid taste to it. I would recommend it to anyone that is trying to bridge the gap from mass marketed macro brews. Very good offering from Matt’s (Saranac).

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 17:22:32 | More by Stimack
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.