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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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838 Ratings

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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 48 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001)
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Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac is one of those regional brews I never really paid attention to but they make a full line of assorted beers and most are at least decent. I picked up this 6 pack "Trail Mix" at the supermarket when I was suppossed to be looking for something for dinner for my girlfriend and I (we went out for Mexican instead). It had two of these Adirondacks, two B and T's, a Pale Ale and an IPA. Not bad variety if you can find it.
A nice medium copper color with creamy head and appropriate lacing intact, not bad for a regional. Smells hoppy and fruity with a hint of yeast.
Nice bitter hoppy bite with a kick of roasted malt and a smooth aftertaste and clean finish. This is a highly drinkable beer that still brings a good deal of flavor to the table. A pleasant surprise at a reasonable price.

daliandragon, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of cyberbmcd
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac's Black and Tan is one of my favorites, but this is my first time drinking the Adirondack Lager. It's a nice brew, very good blending. Not overly creamy with a slightly bitter aftertaste, not enough to complain about but enough to notice. It has a medium amber color, no head to speak of, more hops than malt (makes sense) It's a great beer to have with a home made burger.

I bought this as pasrt of Saranac's Adirondack Trail Mix a sampler with 3 Black and Tan's (yeah) 2 Adirondack Lager's and an India Pale Ale. Someone knew what they were doing when they picked this mix because that is exactly the quantities by quality the mix should have.

Overall: This is a nice lager to have one or two of with dinner.

cyberbmcd, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +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.

oberon, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of silver1audi
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm also suprised there aren't more reviews for this beer...

I've been drinking this beer for a while, It's actually one of the beers that got me away from the standard American macro taste (which may make me a little bit partial), and I really enjoy it. It's nothing special, but it's a good beer and worth the 5 or 6 bucks a six pack. It's actually pretty flavorful, reminds me a little bit of the Otter Creek Vermont Lager. It pours a nice amber color and is medium bodied. This and SA Boston Lager are the two lagers I buy most frequently. It's worth a shot, has a decent amount of flavor for the money.

silver1audi, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of asabreed
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Not really all that amber, and not much of a head on it either. And not really no trace of lacing. Pretty disappointing.

Smell: Not as much going on as I'd hoped here. The yeast, hops, and malt are all there. Maybe hints more on the caramel factor of the malt. Aside from that, though, it's pretty normal for a lager like this I'd say.

Taste: The taste redeems the aromas, as there's a slight carbonation bite, which settles into slightly fruit-like malts to a more yeast-like taste, and then it finishes with a slight amount of hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick and watery, but the body isn't as light as I thought it would be at first. Carbonation isn't overdone, and balances it all out pretty decently.

Drinkability: Pretty refreshing. I know there are better ones out there, and this is from the mixed 6-pack, so I have another left right now. I could make this a session for sure I'd say, and I'm sure some people do (as Saranac's beers are very cheap, and the taste certainly outweighs the price also, in my opinion).

asabreed, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of semihobo
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always think that the wood grain pattern on the label is pretty .. bonus points for the bottle. Color is a nice amber/red, micro bubbling, small head with okay retention. Looks tasty.

Mild aroma with some malts that smell like plain yogurt and subtle hop spiciness. The yogurt smell is uncanny... small but definitely there, odd.

The taste has surprising kick. Good balance; hops are strong at first, then settles into a slightly burnt malt groove before returning to a mild hop finish. Very clean -- much better than expected.

Mouthfeel is a great fit with the taste, crisp and clean. Maybe a little bit more carbonated than I'd like, slows me down.

Boy a solidly good amber lager. Not that adventurous but really nails the style. A big step above other Saranac offerings -- I'm not sure that an amber/red lager could get much better than this (taste-wise).

semihobo, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red/amber color. Two fingers of creamy head retain well and lace nicely. Smell is faint, toasted malts and vague hops. The taste is sweet, like crystal malt with hints of grain. Hop presence is balanced with some noble hop bittnerness in the aftertaste. Light Bodied and low carbonated. Good, but not outstanding in any way. A smooth finishing caramel lager with ample hops.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured a clear copper color with large off-white puffy head. Smells is mildly hoppy with a distinct toasted, caramel note. Taste is modereately of caramel with a roasted malt background. Mouthfeel if refreshing. Good drinking beer.

tgbljb, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper bronze color with amber hues. Nice thick head held up with good lacing. Aroma was a bit weaker but very clean and a little spicy. Taste begins with a sweet caramel maltiness but is soon evened out by the yeasty precense in the body. Hops come out towards the end and provide a slightly spicy and dry finish. Crisp, clean, well made. Easy to drink.

granger10, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of jakester
2.48/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was from a sampler case.

Pours a slightly (chill haze) light copper with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring. No lacing observed. Carbonation evident.

Aroma is of pretty strong DMS, some light lemony/herbal hops, and some very light, bready pilsner malts. Not much here in the way of aroma.

Flavor is of cooked veggies, thin and watery. A little bittering and some caramel malt. Not real pleasant. Just not much flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery; slightly astringent. Carbonation is sharp. Not a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, this one isn't too good. One is enough for me. Thin, frail, and boring. Comparable to an average macro.

jakester, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great head sits on top of this beer and slowly works its way down to just a thin layer on top, leaving a little bit of lace. The beer is yellow-orange and clear with not many bubbles to be seen.

The first whiff is of wheat and comes at you hard before the the subtle smells of orange rind and graham cracker find there way to your nose.

It is a slightly bitter beer with a hoppy taste. Just a little dry with an underlying maltiness. Tangy feeling on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry but good.

A very enjoyable beer on a sunny afternoon.

misterscooter, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber with a 1 finger head, that had OK longevity and pretty good lace. Aromas of a mild caramel malt with some very slight vanilla and raisin smells as well. Some noticeable hop presence. Stronger hop flavors than I anticipated and some caramel malt flavors as well but the hops are too sharp and strong for this brew. Could be balanced better. Fairly high carbonation and dry. Not a bad beer and still drinkable but the hop presence in this one is just too sharp to be even an average beer.

sabrills70, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with just a thin cap of head that sticks around throughout. Nose is slight and is of bready malts. Taste is bready maltiness upfront with a slight grassy hops presense in the back. Aftertaste is slightly metallic and not enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a little slin and watery, but the carbonation is at least at a good level. Overall this is an simple average beer that might appeal to macro drinkers.

cubedbee, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, especially when you get it on sale. It isn't top notch but it is a nice drink. The appearance is nice; amber gold with a light tan head. The smell is pleasant with some hoppiness to it.The taste is adirondacky. That made no sense but it is. Some malts some hops. You could drain these all day but not feel liek a cheap beer whore because it is good.

kbnooshay, May 24, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great staple beer. Even non-beer drinkers may find this one pretty good. Pours a rich, sparkling amber in color. Finger deep, spongey head on top. The nose is very slight malts. The flavor is not particularly complex, which is why I think non-beer drinkers would like this one. The malts are pretty straightforward and balanced nicely with the hops. There are strong apple tones in the flavor. Little bit of spice... maybe cinnamon. Mouthfeel is full of flavor and nicely rounded. Very smooth and drinkable.

MuddyFeet, May 03, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear- nice saturated amber/gold color with a long lasting rocky and slightly tan head. It is a damn fine looking beer.

Aroma is straightforward if a bit weak Caramel and spicy/resiny hops dominate, but it is marred by a metalic presence. There is also a bit of creaminess when the head is roused by swirling.

Taste is of caramel and malt, though not sweet- almost over attenuated, actually. Also a bit of a biscuity graininess. Hops come out on the finish. Bitterness is moderate but ample.

This is a good everyday beer, not complex but satisfying if you don't overanalyze it. If only Saranac can make their beers taste as good as they can make them appear...

TongoRad, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of cooter
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in the exact same bottle as the picture...EXCEPT it's name is now "Adirondack Lager." If I reviewed the wrong beer please shoot me a beer mail. Onward...

Nice creamy head and impressive carbonation, but good lord it's an ugly color--piss orange...not that my piss is orange...

Smells of shitty malts and some nicely sharp hops. Not a strong nose. Grapefruity, balanced taste with easily identifiable malt and hop characteristics. Sticky, piney, but still a little fruity in the front. A little devoid overall, but solid basics. Quaffable (seems very nice for a party!) but there's some cloying.

Good lacing. I may be getting some band-aid smell now, not sure. I feel it's okay, a step above mediocre.

cooter, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a little beer. Pours amber with a little head. Smells a little hoppy. Tastes an equally little amount malty and hoppy. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth actually, but maybe a little too smooth. I probably could drink a lot of these, but I don't really want to... only a little bit. Lacks character. Decent cheap fallback beer or a beer for introducinig people to better beer. Little...

twelvsies, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with as off-white, small, creamy, mostly-diminishing head. Some lacing that slowly crept down the glass.

Smell: Mild. Light bready malt, light spruce and herb from the hops, and very light dough.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front, then giving way to some hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. Grassy, earthy, lightly nutty and a bit grainy. The finish is medium in duration and slightly astringent, reminds me of a white wine oddly enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, watery texture that turns dry on the finish, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, a little lacking in depth and balance, but a highly sessionable beer that gets better as you go.

ski271, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear polished copper hues topped off with a frothy 1/2" ivory cap. Tiny slow bubbles rise up to the surface. Some drippy lace lathers up the glass.

Grainy organic leafy scents. Nothing to rave about.

First swigs: A mish mash of slight rye bread meets rice malts and easy light biscuit and cake with an indescript hop dryness. Tacky lingering aftertaste.

Crisp carbonation bite. Medium body.

Last swigs: Amber Plain "average" notch above an adjunct macro. In the end, rather boring. Part of a well diversified mixed case of 12 different brews for $24.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a lacy white head. Smells fairly hoppy, with some sweet caramel like malt. Malty taste with a silky meduim body. Some citrusy hops hit the tounge and make for a clean fnish. Very thirsty quenching. All around a good amder lager. Tasty, I must say.

Luigi, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light-colored amber in color. Clear, with a scant whitish-colored head. Minimal retention and lacing. Aromas are more hop-influenced than I expected, with a grassy presence mixed with some sweetness from the malt. Flavor is quite light, sorta reminds me of a mild almost. Nothing too busy. Finish is crisp and short-lived. On the borderline of being thin in mouthfeel, it's still drinkable.

OldFrothingSlosh, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of oelergud
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish amber body, not as clear as I had expected. Low carbonation, very little head that dissipates quickly and no lace.
Pleasant enough smell, definitely better than most lagers. Sweet molasses and some honey with spice.
Taste is mostly sweet after which a sour note comes through. Aftertaste is sour and not enjoyable at all.
Somewhat flat sensation and thin. Very little coating.
Boring and flat, not as bad as your average lager I suppose but still not an experience I'll repeat soon if ever.


oelergud, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of sprackops
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber coloration with the typical flawless clarity of a Saranac beer. Substantial white head.

Smell: Clean grainy aroma with no detectable hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts balanced by floral, presumably euro hops. This seems to be the baseline flavor for the majority of their beers, which are admittedly similar.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, but by no means watery. Spritzy, lively carbonation.

Drinkability/comments: Again, if one were to isolate the baseline for Saranac beers, this one would be closest to it. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, as this is actually a pretty tasty beer.

sprackops, Feb 18, 2005
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.