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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

German Amber Lager
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Photo of LPorter33
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of unknownlamer
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Hagbard
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of redwolf1
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of JISurfer
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of riversider76
2.46/5  rDev -26.6%
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!

Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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).

Photo of jmz62565
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty dark lager.It's honey colored,but the head is small and disappears fast.This smells a little hoppy,with some fruitiness and yeast.This isn't a bad tasting lager.It's hoppier than most with a hint of cooked veggies or fruit.The big problem with this beer is the weak head and the poor m/f.This is very weak and watery, which leads me to say I don't think I'd buy this again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty simple brew, sampled froma 12 pack variety. Looks...well...amber, with moderate carbonation and an impressive foamstand that faded quickly. No lacing. Caramel and tea like in the aroma. Light barley grain aroma with slight hop character. Mildly toast-ey in the aroma and flavor. Tastes sweetly of barley malt with caramel notes and again, tea. Body is moderate to light, and finishes a bit sweet with a slight hop and yeast bite. A bit grainy in the aftertaste. Overall, average. I'll try again, but won't seek it out specifically.

Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of cyberbmcd
3.65/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of silver1audi
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of asabreed
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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).

Photo of semihobo
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
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).

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.