Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 50 | 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 bditty187
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -9.8%
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
3.45/5  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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Kunsan90
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.

Photo of stegmakk
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Kwak
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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Shiloh
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.

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.

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!!!

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

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.

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.

Photo of shirfan
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.

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!

Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.