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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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838 Ratings

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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 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.

BadBadger, May 13, 2004
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 21, 2004
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.

Southernbrew, Apr 13, 2004
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.

Jacobob10, Apr 06, 2004
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 27, 2004
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.

Billolick, Feb 26, 2004
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.


Charthepirate, Feb 10, 2004
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.

UnionMade, Feb 10, 2004
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.

TastyTaste, Feb 09, 2004
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.

smcolw, Feb 08, 2004
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.

masterbruewer, Feb 03, 2004
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.

Maestro, Jan 17, 2004
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.

longpondbeerman, Jan 16, 2004
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.

LuckySevens82, Dec 31, 2003
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.

clvand0, Dec 23, 2003
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.

mschofield, Dec 17, 2003
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.

ManekiNeko, Dec 09, 2003
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)

NJpadreFan, Dec 07, 2003
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.

merlin48, Dec 05, 2003
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.

marc77, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of winomark
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/light copper with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty up front. Some hoppiness in the back, but definately malt-driven.

Taste: Malty and deep. Hops balance well. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful, but light. Quite a lot of carbonation with a short finish.

Drinkability: A decent beer, but not all that impressive. Worth trying once, but won't try again.

winomark, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of shippos
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured with a decent white head and a very clear light amber color. nice aroma of cascades with a ligt toffeeish sweet background. fairly good body...has a slight thickness too it but not chewy. hops are really nicely balanced, very easy to drink. very good beer

shippos, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of CBFanWish
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was clearly a better beer than many other ambers. A coppery amber color with little head to speak of. A flowery smell and a slightly hoppy taste. Well balanced. Just the right amount of malt. I enjoyed this quite a bit. Much better than their IPA..

CBFanWish, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty white head with no staying power. The beer is clear amber in color with a slight orange hue. The aroma is of grassy hop hops. The flavor is hoppy sweet, and balanced by a bit of barley. It's a pretty good tasting, easy drinking lager. Skip the traditional lager and head straight to the Adirondack Amber.

HappyHourHero, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Saranac "12 Beers" sampler, 2002 edition)

For my money, this is probably the most well-rounded Saranac beer that I've had so far. In some ways, it strikes me as a poor man's Samuel Adams Boston Lager in terms of color, smell and flavor. This is also supposedly the original Saranac beer. All in all, one of the best out of the sampler so far.

The Adirondack Amber pours a somewhat unique amber/golden color that is almost a cross between a "regular lager" and an amber lager. A decent foam heads forms and lasts for about 30 seconds, dissipating and leaving some decent lacing. The smell has elements of caramel malt and fruity hoppiness. Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated. Decent malt profile here, carrying some notes of caramel which are quite prevelent. Decent hop fruitiness present, slight citric twinge there to give it some bitterness in finish. The aftertaste is pretty clean, with only some light grainy notes and a bit of dryness. Finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

Certainly less assertive than Boston Lager, but almost as drinkable. This matches up with the Yuengling lager pretty well too. An overall easy drinking beer.

Beastdog75, Nov 05, 2003
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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