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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 7
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

German Amber Lager
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Photo of kbub6f
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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?

Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of nomad
3.25/5  rDev -3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of pezoids
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden orange color and had a white, dense and rocky head on it. It left a nice lacing on the glass. From the aroma I picked up a citrus lemon zest along with a grassiness from the hops along with a malt light sweetness. Light to medium bodied. So far I would say this is my favorite Saranac beer.

A very drinkable and good session beer.

Photo of bditty187
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this beer again recently (March 2006), I took no notes but I will like to “refresh” my review in a sense. I am not changing my score and only slightly editing my wording. I will say this beer is as good as it was three years ago. It was part of a 12-beer sampler that I purchased in Lawrence, KS.

Original review from March 2003:

Darkish copper in hue; white head, at its highest point the bubbles were a finger tall. Good head retention. There was minimal spotty lace. It is a pleasant looking beer.

Understated nose, some weak caramel malt notes, vague hints of hops, fairly clean.

Decent palate with well-placed caramel malt, which balances mildly bitter hops. Overall, the taste is simple, straightforward yet enjoyable. Pleasant aftertaste; the finish is solid, leafy hops emerge, some non-tacky sweetness.

Moderate body (at best) mouthfeel, maybe a touch thin. The carbonation is average and fitting.

This is a drinkable beer… enjoyable, worth another quaff.

Photo of RBorsato
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark golden with a light amber hue and a moderate light tan head which leaves decent lace. Decent crisp balanced malt and light hop aroma. Nice balanced flavor but nothing really stands out. Light-medium bodied (leans light).

I find this beer as average as they get - ok in a mixed pack but certainly not one I'd buy straight out.

Label states: "Two row malt" & "American Cascade and German Hallertauer hops"

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of Reverand
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Brewzzle
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of kunzbrew
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of Kunsan90
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of stegmakk
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of jtw5877
3.92/5  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.

Photo of aaronh
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.