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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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77
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818 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 818
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 37 | 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 winomark
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +8.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +14.3%
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 +6%
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
Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice orange / copper colored amber filled my pint glass with a decent head. The smell was slightly floral, with some sweetness of the malt. The flavor was mellow, only some slight bitterness with a somewhat fruity flavor. It was partially dry on the tongue and there was a small tinge of metallic residue in the aftertaste. Some lacing was produced on the glass and the carbonation level was fine.

Gavage, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear orange/amber body with a small white/tan head.

The nose was a mix of malt, bread, and some fruit. Very sweet smelling with a mild citrus peel scent.

The taste was surprisingly pleasant. Light to medium bodied. Caramel and malt. An interesting combo of hops. German earthy and a touch of citrusy american. Very smooth and easy drinking from start to finish.

I was very surprised by this beer. It sort of reminded me of Sam Adams Lager toned down a bit with a touch of cascade hops. A great session beer.

taez555, Oct 15, 2003
Photo of goz
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber color, small white head that quickly recedes and leaves no lace. Aroma is some caramel, backed with a solid earthy hoppiness. Flavor has a good caramel malty start, switching over midway to a nice and tasty hoppy ending. Medium body, clean and balanced flavor.

goz, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty easy summer sipper. My friend and I shared a six pack on my porch last night and couldn't have been happier. Poured a deep golden color with a white head that receded into a decent ring around the edge and had some nice lacing. Smell was a tad indistinct, but there was some floral notes pushing through with a wheaty malt. Taste was more floral with the added sensation of raspberry not too much in the way of a hop bite. Carbonation was medium with some nice spritziness. Very easy drinker and saranac is always a good cheap alternative when you can't make it to the beer store or are low on cash.

GreatPondBrewer, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of steelreign
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a very refreshing and nice example of a Vienna lager from Saranac. Nice hop/malt balance, with a pleasant mouthfeel (i.e. not overly carbonated). This would make a great session beer, and it is widely available as well. I was impressed by the smoothness and the subtle hop bitterness. Overall, a great summertime brew to pound away!

steelreign, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was a good beer. It didn't have anything about it that made it stand out and above other beers in this category. It had a nice fruity and bitter hop flavor. It wasn't over-powering like some other beers like this I have had. It wqas very nice. I would probably buy a six pack of this.

Ellbert, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like to consider Saranac's Adirondack Amber the "Shiner Bock of the Northeast". Sure, they aren't the same style, but they serve a very similar role -- good fallback brews.

Adirondack Amber has a nice coppertone appearance with a medium-sized (short-lived) head. Aroma is okay, with faint hints of caramel. Taste is better than average, as far as Amber Ales go with a nice balance of malts and hops. Mouthfeel is smooth -- nothing to shout about. And the drinkability is good. This is a great brew to drink around a barbecue pit. It's also a decent introduction to better crafted beers.

LiquidBreadMan, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color, some malty, wheaty notes on the aroma, decent head and some light lacing. Malt dominated, underlying sweetness, dry hops detected, nice toasty and wheaty taste throughout. Medium bodied, quite tasty and enjoyable, one of the Matt Brew Co's best offerings.

GeoffRizzo, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at a gas station on the interstate north of Syracuse, NY, half a day in the trunk of my car, about a week in the fridge.

The head is big, densish and cream-colored. There are big explosions, leaving cavities in an uneven settle. The color of the beer is amber, dark-goldish. Lacing sticks in thin clumps. There's a sugary maltiness to the nose, with just a little chocolate. Much hops, too. A sweet, malt caramel front extends to the middle, where deep malt takes hold. Hops are in a big hurry to take over the finish, which is very nice hoppy, fresh and nutty.

I like this one. It's a good American Amber, a very drinkable session.

kbub6f, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took awhile to figure out if this was a lager or ale. It's fairly well hidden information. Aroma starts off with a blast of malt, then moves to the classic shot of citrus from the Cascade hops. The aroma eventually settles to a really pleasant mix of malt and hops simultaneously, but is just too light. Head is smallish and leaves very quickly, leaving only a ring around the edge. Clear and amber, as I guess the name would imply. Pretty nice mix of malt and hops with heavier emphasis on the hops. Just lacking in intensity for my tastes. Slight citrus with some bitterness, neither is excessive and there is a decent malt backing. When colder it seems the malt could be stronger, but that seems less so as warms. Feel has strong presence of carbonation, with a thin body. Seems lager like. Some softenss and fluffiness too. This is okay, a little thin (almost watery like), lacking depth of character and boldness. Just not satisfying in the end.

garymuchow, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, coppery amber hue, small, but solid white head.
Aroma: soft & silent, almost deafeningly so.
Light mouthfeel, body, hops.
A touch sweet, and full of malt. There's some good taste here, but it's very small, minor keyed, very mellow, terrifically slight.
Nice, sweetish finish, very, very drinkable...but very, very blase'.
I suppose you could drink a bunch, yeah, yeah, yeah, but why? Where's the fun?

feloniousmonk, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/ amber color. It creates a frothy white head that fades to a thin lace. The aroma is of American 2-row barley. The taste is bitter with a malty undertone. The Cascade hops used make it a bit to bitter for me, especially without enough flavor hopping. The Hallertauer hops alow only a faint hint of hop aroma. The body is low to med. making it a very drinkable beer, but not one of my favorites for sure.

WesWes, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of TAMU99
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin persistant head on a red-amber clear beer.
Light malty smell.
Strong hop punch, but not bitter so though it dominates the malt profile, it is pretty enjoyable.
Smooth, with a pleasant feel.
Crisp finish with hop aftertaste.
Interesting blend of 2-3 hops.
Enjoyed this one. Certainly worth a 6 pack purchase

TAMU99, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber, almost apple juice color. Thick white head.

Aroma is both sweet caramel and hops. Mouthful is creamy and substantial. The other Saranacs I've sampled have all felt a bit watered down to me. They seem to have gotten it right with this one. The taste is a decent balance of malt and hops, with a bitter, dry finish.

Definitely the best of the Saranacs I've had.

Stingray5, May 27, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second good experience with a Saranac offering. This beer has a good looking clear reddish amber body with 2 fingers of golden, light tan head. The head dissipated a bit too quickly but left plenty of sticky lace behind. Malty nose with slight hop notes. Plenty of grainy, bready malt in the taste with bittery hops hanging around every nook and cranny. This is a crazy, mixed up kid of an amber with no coherent message in the flavor. Good, but confusing to the palate. Slightly creamy body with a crispness that seems forced. Could use some refinement.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber color as implied by the name. Bit of a fluffy white head that went away after a bit. Good lacing though. Tough to put my finger (tounge?) on the taste. Nothing stands out on its own. Its a pretty sweet tasting beer. This probably isnt one that i would seek out, nothing horrible though.

Tballz420, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent and light colored, more orange than amber, this beer had a frothy head with lots of big lager carbonation and a decent stringy lace. Nose was a quiet fruit with a firm malt background. Taste was a nice balance of malt and hops, with quiet fruit hints; in time it built to a light nut taste, too. IMO, the bitterness could be better tasting and tempered. Long dry finish, and the mouthfeel was more watery than anything else. Very simple and light, and easy to drink. Good for a cheap summer beer.

nomad, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with a white head. The head leaves fast and there was little lace present. The aroma was sweet malt, caramel. The taste match the aroma but had a slightly bitter finish. I guess there are thecascade and hallertauer hops are hanging out. A bit above average brew.

Stubbie1, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hate to describe the color as amber, but that's what's here. Nice creamy white head resting on top of the golden-amber brew, with extremely light carbonation rising up to join its bubbly brothers up top.

Fruity malt dominates the nose. Slight bready aroma.

Sweet malts and bready yeasts fight for my attention, and the hops take a back seat until the finish. Nothing spectacular here, but an easy drinker and a great $/beer ratio.

rabidawg, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber body lies beneath a sturdy head of creamy off-white froth. It's retention is good and it maintains a thin surface covering throughout most of the pint. Nice lacing adds to the appearance. The F.X. Matt yeast lends a gentle touch of fruit to some light malt and background hops. It's medium body combines with a fine, median carbonation that's just lightly crisp on the tongue. It's smooth, but also a bit lifeless. A light citrus hop flavor melds with a gently caramel malt and well-balanced bitterness. Some fruity notes make a minor appearance. It finishes short and dry. It's not a complex beer by any stretch, but it is an enjoyable beer with enough character to keep it interesting beyond one.

NeroFiddled, Mar 20, 2003
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.