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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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792 Ratings

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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 RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange-gold body, topped by a large shaving-cream-like white head. Good lacing. Strong biscuit aroma. Taste starts with a bit of caramellymalt and finishes with a subtle splash of hops, which do linger a little. Slight soapy note. No real strong notes, a beer designed to be an easy drinking lager, and it fills that bill fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 20:29:14 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden Amber in appearance, this beer has a quickly dissipating head that is artificially carbonated. I am getting a nice undertone of a hop aroma along with sweetness in the sniff I took. The overall taste is a bit unbalanced between the bittering Hops and the caramel and two row malt sweetness. The hop profile within the flavor saves this beer and gives it a little needed complexity. I like the aftertaste this beer leaves on my tongue, but the inital tast isn' t as pleasant to me as I was hoping. When it comes down to it this beer is not a winner in my book, and it doesn't even work as session brew for my tastebuds. Mediocre and better than a macro, but the flavors are all toned down in order to work as a cross over from flavorless to flavorful. I would put this beer in between those two. Don't plan on having another glad there was only one in the sampler.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 22:46:50 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Reverand


3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty carmel aroma light amber in color with a nice white head that left a fair amount of lace.Taste wise was kind of oily malt taste with not much hops. I agree with some other reviews that something is missing from this brew. Overall a decent beer that's easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 13:52:55 | More by Reverand
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my third beer in the twelve pack sampler series. Light, clear copper in color with a small head that didn't last at all. Malty in smell with hints of hops and something citrus. The taste is pretty mild. Malty and smooth, but one dimensional. To me this beer is missing something. Ambers have never been one of my favorite beers.

Of the Saranac line SO far this is the better one. I can't wait to try some of the other selections.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 19:18:01 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of Brewzzle


3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is sweet, hoppy and flavorful, perhaps not in the right ways but as somoneone who prefers ales this is quite a nice lager.

I admit I swigged this one right out of the bottle so I can't comment accurately on the appearance or the mouthfeel but I can say it has an abundance of flavour. The malt is light and sweet and lingers nicely. The hops are a funny mix, but for those that love cascade it seems just right, perhaps a little strong though?

It doesn't quite have the refinement and balance of other amber lagers but it tasted pretty good to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 17:59:22 | More by Brewzzle
Photo of kunzbrew


2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not very impressed, pours a light penny copper color with a white head that leaves rather quickly, leaving a lace behind. The smell of nothing doesnot fill any part of nose. I am very surprised at this beer I like most of the Saranac stuff. Oh well I guess I will leave it for my wife.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 18:33:50 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of Kunsan90

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pleasant amber with a foamy head. The head stays around for more than a few drinks that adds a hoppy aroma. Nothing extraordinary about any particular area, it’s just an average beer. The taste is pleasing and does not leave an unpleasant after taste. It’s a descent addition to the variety pack and would be welcome to any gathering. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy it, but wouldn’t pass it up either.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 17:54:44 | More by Kunsan90
Photo of stegmakk

New York

2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nice copper/amber with some off white head.
A slight harsh hoppy aroma and flavor at first, but then the maltiness comes in and evens things out. Not great but not bad. Will drink again if i am given some, but I would not go out and search for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 10:00:26 | More by stegmakk
Photo of jtw5877


3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber red hue, malty flavor, really nice medium bodied beer, not really much bitterness or hoppiness. Just a smooth moderately malty beer. Would make a good session beer, Beer # 8 of the 12 pack sampler gets a thumbs up fom me.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 18:51:40 | More by jtw5877
Photo of aaronh


3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a sparkling clear copper color with amber highlights. I sports a decent whitish head that slowly recedes into a layer of foamy film. It leaves a respectable lacing behind. Perhaps there is a strong malt backgorund in this beer? Hmmmm, let's find out. The aroma is very much malt, bringing hints of some of my favorite bourbons to mind. Maybe a hint of hops in there as well. Nothing really spectacular. The first sip reveals a prominent sweetness up front with some decent bitterness in the finish. There is a grassy note to the finish and aftertatse. After a few more tastes, a bit more of the herbal taste comes thorugh, along with some citrus hop flavors. Tastes like the brewers used some Cascade hops in this one as well. (Should have read the bottle more closely.) The mouthfeel is average, but matches the flavor profile well. Not quite the malty flavor and body that I was hoping for after seeing the residual foam on the beer. Overall this is another decent beer from Saranac.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 22:06:32 | More by aaronh
Photo of SchmichaelJ


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Adirondack Amber poured an attractive color true to its name. A very thin head was well-retained throughout the tasting. The smell was of a sweet, strong maltiness with only the slightest hint of hops. This strong malt presence was reiterated in the taste, but the the hops asserted themselves a little more here. A good, fairly well-balanced taste was perceived. It went away a little too quickly at first, but stuck around later on in the tasting. I liked the taste, but expected a little more...maybe it was the hint of pure Adirondack water on the label. The Amber has a nice mouthfeel to it, with a medium body and pleasing efferevescence. Overall, the Adirondack Amber lager was drinkable, and I wouldn't be disappointed if this beer was slated for a session.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 19:39:00 | More by SchmichaelJ
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head: Nice thick rich not much flavor leaves in a Saranac second.

Body: Nice amber color thick heavy body tons of carbonation.

Taste: Very fizzy sweet caramel flavor slightly hopped, sweet malt flavoring.
Not bad but not great middle of the line!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 23:07:28 | More by Kwak
Photo of francisweizen


3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer, that is one of my girlfriends favorites for some reason. This pours a nice amber colour and reminds me of a yuengling lager. It smells hoppy and tastes pretty standard for this kind of amber lager. It does have a hoppy bite on the end of the finish though. The mouthfeel is pretty average on this one, as it has a medium body, and the drinkability is fine as well.
Very good, but not too impressive IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 10:08:46 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Jason


3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bubbly and frothy with some sporadic sticky lace. Crystal clear with a bright brassy amber colour.

Smell: Sweet, almost caramel like maltiness and some oily hop make up the clean aroma.

Taste: A mixed message of harshness comes from both the toasted malt and leafy oily hop. Hops jump in with a disarray of leafy flavour and an out of place bitterness, malt is sweet and seems mismatched against the hop. Finishes sweet with a odd dextrin quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation and crispness … weird chewy slickness in the mouth though.

Drinkability & Notes: Not bad but this is no Sam Adams Lager! Many breweries take on the amber lager and come up with a less then par take on what should be a clean flavourful lager. This is does have flavour, just not in the right places … sort of a jumbled mess that is hard for the taste buds to decipher.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 19:33:50 | More by Jason
Photo of Brent


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an amber that makes you want to jump up and down, but overall pretty pleasant. A little raw in the hops department up front, but the malt rolls in to take charge. A touch of tin in the finish, but not enough to throw it off.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 22:08:31 | More by Brent
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very good brew with one weakness. The dark amber colour is very rich and impressive, limited head with mild carbonation and a clean aroma. The taste is of hops with a zip, with a slight malt after taste.
The weakness to me lies in the drinkability of this product, it feels a tad heavy. However, it could be an aquired taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 15:26:19 | More by Shiloh
Photo of Delirium


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No Head... small groups of bubbles rise to the surface from the bottom of the glass every once and while undramatically, too bad, because it's a fine color;
Very red and sweet-ever so slightly but barely bitter,
it's certainly not bitter-sweet.
Tinny, refreshing and easy to drink.
Why not, it's got a nice lable.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 22:00:54 | More by Delirium
Photo of allboutbierge


4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an all around, well balanced, good for anytime beer. Has a sweet aroma and creamy head that holds very well. Carbonation is medium and carries a nice body with substance but not any real heaviness that would make the fifth or sixth one less enjoyable than the first one or two. Piny tasting Hops are prominent in the taste but strikes a perfect balance with the mellowness of the malts. yet another saranac winner!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 11:06:34 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of bmills1608


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brassy color, mostly white head.

This beer had a good crisp hop bite right from the start with some toasty malt in the background, medium flavors through out, a bit 1 dimensional, slightly dry finish.

A prototype amber beer. Nothing really stands out, no mistakes either

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 07:09:14 | More by bmills1608
Photo of Dogbrick


3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very malty and mellow, a great cigar beer. Nothing too complex going on here, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Amber color (duh) with a medium creamy head and sweet aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 15:10:40 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Thrasher


4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Saranac. This may be their best all-around beer. It's the malts, they're terrific and distinctive in every beer they brew. Matt Brewers expertly straddle the divide between old-time classic American lagers and the recent microbrew explosion. This example is such a well rounded beer that it is suitable for almost anything. Heftier than a golden lager, piney hops that make it refreshing, sweet caramel malts to deepen the flavor... it's all good, and I like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2002 13:39:15 | More by Thrasher
Photo of shirfan

New York

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright amber, almost orange color, with a decent head and lacing. Smell was a bit sweet and hoppy.

More malty and less bitter than Saranac Pale Ale, but a good amount of citrus hop flavor.

Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2002 19:13:11 | More by shirfan
Photo of BillyBrew


4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid Saranac offering. Bright amber colour with creamy head that sticks and keeps the brew tucked in. Raw hoppiness to the nose with slight malt sweetness. Rich maltiness balances the raw, vibrant, unoffensive hopiness. Smooth meduim-mouth with pleasant, lively carbonation.

This brew drinks rich, smooth and flavourful. No stiking or strong senses, just solid, tastey balance. One on Saranac's best. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2002 08:43:15 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

smooth and refreshing. this beer was a bit lighter than i had expected, but it had just enough flavor for me to have a few more. i wouldn't call it complex, but it was not your ordinary beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2002 17:59:53 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This amber is lighter than amber in color, more of a copper color. Gets a decent, frothy head from a hard-pour, fading quickly, though. Not much lace showing up. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot making it's way up my nostrils, though. Just a real mild hint of some malt. Perhaps a bit less than medium body, and some slight roughness over the tongue. I get a bit of biscuit-like malt initially, with some residual sweetness. Afterwards, some hop bitterness decides to show up, and it is welcome! Seems like there is just a touch of rind-like flavor in there, too. Not bad!

overall: 3.6
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2002 11:47:02 | More by Bierman9
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
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