Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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845 Ratings

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Ratings: 845
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 51 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of BadBadger
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Charthepirate
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.


Photo of UnionMade
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of masterbruewer
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Maestro
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label asked me to "look for golden amber color and medium body." I certainly found the golden amber that was topped off with a modest white head that left a thin layer of foam along the side of the glass. I got mostly a tart citrus aroma, distinctly lemon and soy. The mouthfeel was thinner than medium, and the carbonation was more understated than I found in the Saranac Pale Ale and their IPA. The first taste is sharp, but it mutes quickly and does not linger with any complexity, maybe a suggestion of bread at the very finish. An okay session brew I'd say.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a nice off-white head. Head is thicker than I would have thought.

There are better ambers out there, but this is a nice departure from the macros if that's all you're interested in. Came in a mixed six pack along with the Saranac Black and Tan, IPA, and Pale Ale.

Tastes pretty good, very hoppy and not to strong, This is a good warm-weather type of beer. Nice and easy to drink.

Photo of clvand0
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured an amber color (duh) with a white head and no lacing. Very clean. The aroma wasn't very strong, but there was some sweet malt in there. The flavor was mostly comprised of the sweet malt - some hops as well. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

Photo of mschofield
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copperish-amber with a tall soapsuds like white head. Very clear.
Hoppy nose, oily herbs and citrus.
Sweet and toasted malt flavor, with citrus, some caramel, minor fruitiness.
Cuts through spicy food well, medium to light bodied. Not great, but it goes down easily. A little "unfinished" the flavors and aroma need to be sorted out and tweaked.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear orange-twinged amber topped by a frothy and rocky slightly off-white head. Visible carbonation. Head recedes to a frothy film maintained by the bubbles and which leaves traces of lacing.

Smell: Mildly sprucy hop nose from the Cascades. Supported by some nice floral and buttery aromatic hop undertones. Faint malt presence on the nose.

Taste: Mild toasted malt/biscuit flavor with an herby hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Decent carbonation keeps it relatively crisp.

Drinkability: Not too bad, I could see myself enjoying this on a fall or spring day if offered - but I wouldn't actively seek this out.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Adirondack Amber is the 11th of 12 from my assorted 12 pack.

Pours a nice amber/ golden brown with a nice fluffy white head.
Smell- what smell? maybe a little hops and malt but barely anything.
Taste- hops, malty, good but plain.

This Adirondack Amber is too plain. I could drink dozens of these there is just little to no flavor! Could use this for a good game of Beirut (beer pong)

Photo of merlin48
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle out of the 12 beer holiday sampler. Pours an attractive golden amber, medium head which disappears in a flash, and minimal lacing down the pint glass. Label says Cascade and Hallertaur hops are present, but not much of anything is noticed on the nose, except for slight hop notes. Mouthfeel is decent with adequate carbonation, and nicely balanced hops and malt interaction. This is a medium bodied lager that is well balanced overall with light malt touches. Nothing exceptional, but I wouldn't have to be arm twisted to have another.

Photo of marc77
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear auric hue, with a thick, steadfast, dense cream white head supported by lively bubbling. Belgian lace remains. Soft caramel and husky grain upfront in aroma are contrasted by a gentle floral hop nose. Herbal Hallertauer hints surface as the brew breathes. Clean and tame aromawise. Flavorwise it exhibits a stately biscuit sweetness, which is partially offset by balmy hop bitterness. Hop flavor is far more herbal and chlorophyll like that the aroma implied. Hersbrucker? Agreeably understated in caramel malt character, with only subtle light toffee tones. Citrusy hints surface as it warms, but are overshadowed by the noble hop flavor. After the initial prickly carbonic acid bite diminishes, the mouthfeel is revealed to be mildly dextrinous and passably viscous. Finishes bittersweet, with floral, rose like hints balanced with a continuation of light caramel. A surprisingly balanced and enjoyable beer from an overall lackluster brewery. Sufficient in malt and hop depth to keep the palate interested. Tasty, but not outstanding.

Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 845 ratings.