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Saranac Adirondack Lager - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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825 Ratings

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Ratings: 825
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | 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 Delirium
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Delirium, Nov 08, 2002
Photo of allboutbierge
4.22/5  rDev +26%
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!!!

allboutbierge, Oct 05, 2002
Photo of bmills1608
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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

bmills1608, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Dogbrick, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Thrasher, Aug 23, 2002
Photo of shirfan
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

shirfan, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of BillyBrew
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

BillyBrew, Jul 27, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

ElGuapo, Jun 26, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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


Bierman9, Jun 16, 2002
Photo of stoutman
4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Nice golden color is typical of ambers. Pleasant hop and two row malt flavor make this brew very refreshing and quite drinkable.

stoutman, Jun 14, 2002
Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin white head, quickly disappears. Hoppy aroma and dark straw-color. Nice balance between initial sweetness and bitter finish. This beer offers nothing spectacular, but was enjoyable nonetheless.

Suds, Jun 13, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More gold in color than a traditional amber. Fluffy white head. Slight Malt nose with a hint of metalic odor. Musty malt taste with a slightly bitter finish. Smooth feel with good body to the brew, but the taste is slightly skunky/musty. Not one of the best amber beers I have had. If you are going to have a saranac have a pils.

frank4sail, Jun 04, 2002
Photo of mophie
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favorite in the Saranac line-up. Honey colored, with a slight chill haze. Rocky off-white head, dissipates to swirls of lacy thin bubbles. Clean, slightly malty aroma, balanced with some tangy hop fragrance. Taste is nicely balanced, with an initial hop bitterness that hits your tongue, then gives to a smooth, clean, malty finish. Some fruitiness in there as well. Nicely done.

mophie, Jun 02, 2002
Photo of beernut7
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad looking amber, but very simple. I like a little more body to my ambers. This beer has a pretty smooth finish and isn't at all offensive to the taste buds.

beernut7, May 07, 2002
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful looking beer-a very nice copper color. Not all that much flavor, which is possibly why it is so easy to drink. A good amber.

IrishRedRock, Apr 27, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear light amber with a healthy head that has retention. Nice little hop boquet. Pretty nice tasting beer here. It's got some bitterness. Not as much clean maltiness as I'd like in an amber lager, but it does have a crispness that is appropriate for lagers. Medium bodied. Slight lingering bitterness. Pretty nice beer here.

Bighuge, Apr 19, 2002
Photo of Murph
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a smallish creamy head that sticks around for a little while. Nice malty caramel aromas. Taste is sweet caramel malt with some light hops thrown in to balance it out. The malt is the first thing to hit the tongue with the hops lingering in the background before they get more agressive towards the end of the sip. Sticky mouthfeel and pretty drinkable. I think that this beer would be nice on milder spring and fall evenings. It isn't quite light enough of body to have me drinking it in the summer time or heavy enough for the winter. It isn't something that I would seek out but I would fall back on it in a bar or take it if offered.

Murph, Apr 11, 2002
Photo of ThreePistols
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with an average head. Sweet malty nose with some hops. Slighty bitter followed by a slightly fruity and malt sweetness. Notes of caramel and toasted flavor. Smooth. Nice longlasting slighty oily, slightly sweet, and slighty bitter aftertaste. Well balanced.

Saranac classifies this beer as a classic German amber lager. Whatever... Better than average IMHO.

ThreePistols, Apr 11, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spidery, clinging head, balanced nose. Lasting taste and mouthfeel but I didn't detect a lot of cascade hop feel that the label mentioned. Good, but not outstanding. I guess this is what's mixed with the stout to make the Saranac Black and Tan.

ADR, Mar 01, 2002
Photo of pbrian
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for amber lagers. New Amsterdam's Amber (Is that one still around?) used to be my old stand-by way back when. They're nice starter beers, whether you're starting an evening or just starting to drink micros for the first time. This one is a nice clean example with enough malt flavor and bitterness to keep it interesting.

pbrian, Feb 20, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tell you these Saranac variety cases are pretty good. Nice golden amber color, fully lagared to balance the sweetness & malt. Malty in smell with hints of hops and some sort of citrus. The taste is fairly mild. Malty and smooth, but mostly one dimensional. Delicate bitterness. Overall a drinkable beer though...

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 17, 2002
Photo of John
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is another solid offering from Saranac. Though I admit it not my first choice, it's still a welcome changeup. Substantial body and flavor.

John, Dec 17, 2001
Photo of AaronRed
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice balance of hops and malt. Has an earthy taste that is very enjoyable. This is a beer you should sit and drink with friends.

AaronRed, Nov 26, 2001
Photo of xXTequila
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

alittle grainy and lightly fruity, mostly just grainy tasting. pretty much no head retention and as it warmed up it got very tinny tasting.
also there wasnt any freshness date anywhere on the bottle..

xXTequila, Nov 26, 2001
Photo of bk3nj
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a good, but not great beer. like killians, but much better

bk3nj, Jul 05, 2001
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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.