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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 67 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

German Amber Lager
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Photo of granger10
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of jakester
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of misterscooter
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of sabrills70
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of kbnooshay
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of TongoRad
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
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...

Photo of cooter
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of twelvsies
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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...

Photo of ski271
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Luigi
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of oelergud
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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.


Photo of sprackops
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
2.26/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: A creamy white head sits atio a clear, golden amber.

Smell: Grainy and malty. The hops really have no presence in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: All I can really taste is a nasty corn/adjunct flavor. Tastes much like your typical American Lager, only sub-standard. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm kicking myself for picking up a case of different Saranac beers. One by one they're getting worse. I hope none of them fall below this, 'cause this is just gross.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear amber color. The head is large when first poured, but doesn't stick around long. There is almost no smell, just a lit malty sweetness. The flavor follows from the smell. Not at all hoppy. This beer is all around average, or maybe slightly below. It is drinkable, but that is just because the flavors are so light. In fact, this beer reminds me of a light beer.

Photo of bruachan
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear amber with no real head and no lacing (but i think my glass is icky)
nose is kinda weak. slight floral hop aroma with some light caramel and biscuit

no real hop flavor to speak of. maybe some slight citrus. light caramel sweetness
seemed smooth at first, but more watery as it warmed up

better than the dos equis i had with my mexican dinner last night, but not by a huge margin

Photo of aquatonex
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked pretty standard, a solid choice if you're just looking for a beer...

Pours medium copper, very translucent. One finger head that quickly dissipates, not a lot of carbonation, but enough to get you through without making you burp between drinks. Smells of mild wheat and hops. Taste follows with wheat, some light hops, and a hint of fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is decent, good enough for this light brew. Overall, pretty decent beer.

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip imperial pint glass.

Pours a copper amber color. Minimal head on top that quickly turns to a thin lacing.

Whiffs of caramel and faint hops.

Toasted malt flavors with some sweetness. Very slight hop bite that tastes out of place. There is a grassy and strong grainy quality going on here. Sweet, grainy, and crisp is the best way to describe this beer.

I can't really get into this. Once again, this Saranac beer tastes too watery. Not very well balanced.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper. I guess there are hints of amber in the color. Thin and very lacy white head. Smells grassy and lightly fruity. Hints of nuttiness.

Taste is grassy and lightly fruity, apples and pear. Some nice bittereness to even it out, rounded hops. Thin and uneventful but pretty drinkable. A bit dull but not bad in a picnh I suppose.

The 12th Beer of Christmas.

And with this being my farewell tour to an old tradition from the early days of my beer explorations, I say goodbye to the Saranac 12 Beers holiday pack. I will never purchase you again.

Photo of Citadel82
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather nicely ballanced beer and one that I could drinka bit of.

Pours out to a hazy amber, forming a thick, large bubbled light-beige head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is fruity with some caramel sweetness, Hop smell is mild, overpowered the strong malt/caramel. Very carbonated . Taste starts out with very mild flavor hops, followed by lots malty caramel, some moderate bitterness. A decent balance has been achieved, though like most of the Saranac line somewhat thin bodied.

Photo of Mitchster
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

German Amber Lager brewed with 2-row pale and caramel malt. Hopped with Cascade for bitterness, Mt.Hood and Hallertauer for aroma.

5.1% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy orange-medium amber, forming a modest soapy light-beige head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is nice with a fruity honey and caramel sweetness, atypical for a lager of any type, but it seems to work here. Hop nose is rather mild, drowned out by the strong honey characteristic. Mouthfeel is middle of the road, somewhat flittery at first, with a medium body. Taste starts out with very mild flavor hops, followed by lots of honey and caramel, some moderate herbaceous bitterness, followed by a touch of grain, alcohol, and bitterness of overextraction. This lingers into the aftertaste giving the impression of hop extract.

An average amber lager that has a lot of disarray going on, never seeming to meld into a cohesive whole. One of Saranac's better brews which doesn't really say much. Their yeast strain is just too funky for me, and it doesn't suit they styles they are going for.

Photo of sideshowrob
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew poured with about a half-inch frothy head, which quickly dissipated. This amber lager was absolutely spot-on in it's amber color - no misnaming of this brew!

Smell was largely abscent - faintest hint of a lagery-malty sweetness, with perhaps an atom or two of hop essence filling out the boutique. Taste was a bit better, an overall very pleasant lager. The lager-yeasty taste in this beer was nicely balanced with an almost-perceptible hop backbone. Still comes off as a domminant sweet beer.

Mouthfeel was fairly pleasant, with many taste-buds working (albeit not very hard) to sample the brew. Beer is very easy to drink, and is fairly pleasant to do so. This would be a perfect beer to have at a ballpark or on the back deck on a late spring or early fall day.

Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.