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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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BA SCORE
77
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826 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 42 | 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 chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got two of these in the Trail Mix pk. Im thinking this is one of the flagship brews, and a fair, not over the top flagship it is.
The beer poured a nice deep copper amber with a very slight haze. The head, slightly tan, was about an inch and maintained ok to lace some in spots. The medium bodied brew had a sweet malted aroma with a floral background. The taste starts off with a over-all floral hop, slight bitterness followed by notes of malt and caramel. The finish and mouth are left with a husky grain feel.
Over-all, not bad, id have another and most likely buy again.

chilidog, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with almost no head. A deep yellow lager, nice and clear, but I expeted more foam. I sure as heck tried to get some.

The aroma was of medium malts with some slight fruitiness, and a good whallop of full-bodied hops. It definitely had a lager smell, that's for sure.

Taste is of spicy hops, but without a lot of bitterness. A little bit of breadiness, and even a touch of caramel in there. A very unusual blend.

Not a bad beer, a little better than average. An OK session beer. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but not too bad.

connecticutpoet, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of Rio
4.2/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goldish/amber in color, off-white head that seems content to loiter on top of the brew. A bit of a caramel maltiness to the aroma.

Caramel flavors carry over into the tastes as well, ending with a smooth blend of hop bitterness and a toasted characteristic. Crisp and smooth.

A little different than a typical Amber, I think. Good flavor, just a bit different than most of the Ambers out there.

Rio, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of TheDeuce
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of their sampler....

Appearance-beautiful amber color, nice white frothy head.

Smell-there is a lot going on here, delicate mix of alcohol, hops, maybe even some berries? jeez i don't know but it smelled great.

Taste-a nice smack of flavor immediately, only problem is that it's sort of jumbled, a lot of things hit at once, sort of sweet. It's not bad, but almost messy, still nice though.

Mouthfeel-nice aftertaste, rather smooth, not liking one of the many flavors that hit you could make it unpleasent for others though I suppose.

Drinkability-I could definitely have another, how many is up to personal opinion though, if you like amber lagers you could definitley have many.

Overall-a fine flavorful amber lager, I've noticed that it has many redeeming characteristics, you could do much worse. The only problem you may find is that there is too much going on, so I would try it out and see what you think. I was impressed though.

TheDeuce, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of yemenmocha
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lighter shade of amber than many beers of this style. Aroma has a pronounced "fresh bread" like armoa that suggests sweetness will be found on the palate.

This beer betrays its appearance and aroma - it's quite watery thin on the palate, and light in flavor. Good for drinkability on a hot summer day, or perhaps as a "crossover" beer for the macro-swillers. This beer is just not for me for these reasons. For this style I'd prefer a bit more character in the beer, even if it sacrifices some drinkability.

On the other hand, I can't find any flaws besides the above, so I can't quite say this is a below average beer.

yemenmocha, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of Backer2004
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer after buying the Trail Mix six pack with 4 types of Saranac (why don't more breweries sell 6 packs this way?). Nice color and drinkability, could enjoy this beer all evening. No bad qualities to note. Very smooth amber that I would recommend to others enjoying amber beers.

Backer2004, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of katdaddy210
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great local brew. A good pouring lager with a taste of its own. It has the characteristic of any main stream brews with alot more flavor and character. A great beer for any time. Give it a try at $18. bucks a case in PA. You really can't beat the taste for the price.

katdaddy210, Sep 14, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange-golden color with a very small head and very little carbonation. Faint aroma of sweet biscuit and a hint of orange. Slightly foamy mouthfeel holds a palate of light citrus, toasted malt, and a touch of hops. Taste becomes a bit astringent towards the back of the mouth. I'm not a huge fan, but it's a serviceable beer.

ElGordo, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This "amber" was slightly paler in color than their pale ale...!?!? Nice uneven spontaneous head which unfortunately didn't last long. Amber orange color. Smell's musty malts, lightly sour, barely sweet.

Taste, too, is lightly sour--yet flavorful--malted grains. Not too interesting, light candy notes in the mouth. Hops take a backseat here, as they should. Touches of ethanol notes.

donnebaby, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a off-white three-fingered head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Starts hoppy and sweet, finishes with a good mix of hops and malt, leaves a slight bitter aftertaste. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bronze colored brew.

Smell is sweet with a toasted bread scent and a flowery hops smell.

Taste is mildly sweet and a bit bready with a mild floral taste. Mild tartness and a mild astringent hop bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Nice light drinkable brew, nothing great about it but it is refreshing.

Zorro, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a relatively thin looking, crisp amber colour. looks a tad watery if you ask me. pretty average. the head was fairly thin as well and is short lived. the smell here is average at best as well. too malty for my liking. combine that with a rubber tire smell for a blah experience overall. the taste reminds me moreso of a killians. it's a watered down version of a real amber. water and malt dominate, with that rubber tire returning again in the taste, this time in the finish. there is nothing speicla about this brew. very bland. very boring. it's drinkable, but very basic and far from outstanding. i don't believe i'm saying this, but i think i'd actually prefer a killian's to this one.

SixpointJMH, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty respectable and tastes good, though nothing extraordinary. Pours a very pale amber with ample carbonation and bubbles. The head is about one finger, off white, which leaves speckles of lace from top of glass to bottom.

Aroma is typical of the style, mildly spicy, clove-like. Taste is good with a moderate amount of hops and nice carbonation, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. Finishes strong, easy to drink. Overall, a good brew, but again, not that special.

abcsofbeer, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a suprisingly descent amber lager. It pours a very nice intermediate amber depth of color. A nice white foamy head arises but unfortunately does not last very long. The taste has a nice hoppy bitterness, there is not much on the malty side. Not a bad beer. When options are limited and this is an option, give it a try.

BadBadger, May 13, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - poured into a pilsener glass, it frothed up to a nice 2 finger head, then quite rapidly melted away. A decent enough orange amber color, good clarity, and thin but large patches of lace on the glass.

Aroma - a brief hint of malt, overtaken by a macro graininess. For an amber I'd think there'd be more here. Fortunately, I took my time drinking this and things improved greatly as it warmed up. A more impressive malt sweetness, smelling much like honey, develops and stays throughout, enhancing the enjoyment of the beer.

Taste - toasty malts and some nice balancing hops about caught me by surprise at first., Once my palate adjusts it's not so dramatic. Some metallic flavors at first, too, but they seem to fade about a third of the way through the 12 ounce sampling. A pretty pleasant beer on the whole.

Mouthfeel - smooth feeling, active bubbles, on par nothing more.

Drinkability - reasonable session beer. Don't know if I'd seek it out, but I'm glad to have tried it.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Southernbrew
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-gold, big bubbly head.

Aroma full of sweetness and a husk-like scent.

Medium body, medium carbonation. Light hop flavors with some grain elements as well. Finishes slightly dry.

So far, all Saranac beers have tasted very similar, and this one is no different.

Southernbrew, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden colored with a below average head and almost no retention. Smelled fresh and crisp, a little fruity. The taste is pretty good, somewhat fruity and tastes a little bit like cherries. It left my mouth a little dry. A decent beer, but there's better beers for this style.

Jacobob10, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-accented golden amber and perfectly clear. The cap is large in size, dark cream in color and displays good persistence. It eventually falls to a thick film and leaves just a few small scraps of lace. The nose is shy, but not overly so. There's some lightly toasted malt with a definite hop presence.

The flavor starts out with sweet, bready maltiness that fades into a gentle hop bitterness, though without much hop flavor. The label states that Cascade hops are in use, but I can't appreciate them. A grain-like flavor appears on the finish that isn't bad. The mouthfeel is more full than expected for a pils.

Saranac Adirondack Lager is average beer in the end. Perhaps a little above average since I'm feeling generous, but I won't be buying it again.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Nothing too exciting going on. Light amber, white head, leaving a small bit of lacing. Simple amber lager, mildly malted, very little hops. Seems watered down as do most of this line of brews. Price is right, but I guess, you get what you pay for. This is a drinkable quafer, better then the larger macros. A decent starter beer for a newbie. Pretty tame for a BA.

Billolick, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of Charthepirate
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous clear amber, with mild head. Smell is kind of standard lager. Kind of off, bits of caramel, a little citrussy.

Flavor kind of simple and muddled at the same time. Light caramel, a kind of odd mild hops.

Mouthfeel is nice though, kind of round, smooth, flavorful.

Char

Charthepirate, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a middling amber "amber". I'm looking at it, and I can't think of anything exciting to describe the color. It's just amber. A short froth of white head tops the beer, dissipating immediately into a thin collar.
The aroma is ok, if uninspired. Gently toasty malt balanced with some light herbal hopping. Pretty clean, with no off scents. I'm searching, but nothing is really there. Caramel?
The flavor starts out with mild toasty malt. A touch of caramel, with a sugary sweetness to it. Pretty clean, moving directly into an herbal, slightly citric hop finish. Not a whole lot going on. A touch of breadiness towards the end, with a lingering malty aftertaste. Somewhat dryish in the finish. Medium to light bodied, with moderate carbonation, and a fairly smooth, easy going mouthfeel.
Definitely a step up from your average macro, but not quite there for one with a more refined palate. Decent, but plain and forgettable.

UnionMade, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with a huge white head. Taste is sweet and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nice hops finish, but still lacking in flavor, could use more hops, but I say that about nearly everything. The best of the 3 Saranac's I have tried from the sampler pack.

TastyTaste, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Excellent thick head that dissapates slowly leaving a graceful lace on the side. The color is light copper or deep gold. Crystal clear.

Shocking manure-like aroma on first sniff. Very light on the hop.

The hop makes an appearance in the tasting; still with this malt, this is closer to a mild than a pale ale. There is an interesting sourness in the flavor (like a mandarin orange). The beer has a moderate to full body with a high level of carbonation.

Frankly, a little disappointing, particularly from Saranac. I'll finish this one, but won't necessarily seek another.

smcolw, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The penultimate bottle in my Christmas 12 pack. Here goes.

Poured a golden brown with a roughly half inch, slightly off-white head. Nice, if light, carbonation. decent lacing.

The smell is crisp and malty, not very strong.

The taste is smooth and crisp with a light hoppy bitterness at the end. Not any real strong flavors but a nice solid taste with no off-flavors.

The feel is average. Not too heavy, not too thin, not too syrupy.

This is a highly drinkable beer with enough flavor to please, but not too strong. A good choice to help bring macro drinkers away from the dark side.

masterbruewer, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Maestro
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a decent amber lager. Nothing special. Not much head or lacing. I would say that it is drinkable. There doesn't seem to be too much of a hop profile. Very malty for a lager. Almost reminds me more of an amber ale. The taste seems to have a lot of caramel in it. The beer itself seems to dry my mouth. As far as drinkability, it is okay.

Maestro, Jan 17, 2004
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.