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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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77
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838 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 santoslhalper
2.23/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

santoslhalper, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

beveragecaptain, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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

bruachan, Jan 15, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

aquatonex, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Hibernator, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
3.73/5  rDev +11%
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.

Citadel82, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Mitchster, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of sideshowrob
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

sideshowrob, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1" white head with slightly above average retention. Virtually no lace from this beer. A very light copper in color.

Musty, semi-sweet maltiness. A minor metallic odor accompanying a moderate wheat and grain aroma. Overall, pretty faint aromatics.

A pleasantly semi-sweet malt character with a touch of caramel. This is balanced pretty well with the amber's moderate wheat flavor. Slight bitterness followed by a bit of a floral hop flavor with lemon. A surprisingly pleasant flavor that I wasn't expecting due to the very subtle aromatics.

Medium bodied; despite the wheat driven flavor, this one is not too grainy on the palate.

A 'good' beer that's obviously pretty drinkable. Nothing to write home about, but in terms of flavor there's nothing unpleasant about this one either.

NEhophead, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as part of a mixed six of Saranac products from somewhere, I forget...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the amber brew. Head shows some staying power, and lacing is average, maybe a bit better. Aroma is lightly malty, with some balancing hops. Taste is similar to the nose, but with some citrus coming out, and the hops asserting themselves with a bit more bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are reasonably good. Is a nice fallback choice when I'm up at the in-laws in the beer wasteland that is northern, northern NY.

ppoitras, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clark's Ale House in Syracuse on tap #5 unless I lost count. some hops, watery. Sweet, some toasted malt, creamy head, well carbonated. Amber colour, sweet overall with crisp dry finish. Very mild and Bland and unoffensive. Not missing anything here.

Sammy, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +3.6%
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%
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 +7.1%
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 -4.8%
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 +10.1%
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%
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 -28%
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 -0.3%
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 -9.2%
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 +0.6%
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 -3.9%
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 +0.6%
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
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.