Saranac Dry Hop Lager - Matt Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
4.19/5 rDev +20.7%
Saranac Dry Hop Lager
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1411298131722"
You can hardly argue against this beer. I was so surprised when I saw the low score on BA. So here's my list of pros and cons...
1- Clear deep-golden/brass body with a frothy head of bright white. Very good retention and surprisingly good lacing.
2- Bright, fresh floral hop aroma over clean bready/straw-like malt.
3- Malty, without adjunct, and backed by a solid 30 IBU's (it actually seems a bit higher). Decent sized beer, not just a hoppy standard American lager. 6.0% abv.
4- The floral, grassy and delicately spicy hops return in the flavor as well.
5- Hops rally again in the pleasant, long-lingering finish. Nice bready/grassy malts.
6- Clean and well-made, with solid ingredients and a great balance.
1- ??? Maybe that it's too affordable ???
This is how I imagine beer used to taste in the U.S. before prohibition. In fact, this is probably even better. It might not have had the dry-hopping back then, but we've got better hops now, and the quality and consistency of all beers are definitely better today. I imagine I'm going to enjoy quite a few of these this summer.
04-28-2014 16:45:15 | More by NeroFiddled
3.55/5 rDev +2.3%
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30, 2014.
A: Pours a clear golden amber with a one finger mostly white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. As the head dissipates over the course of a couple minutes some nice lacing sticks to the side.
S: Mild hop bitterness in the aroma followed up with a clean lager smell. Not much to write home about here but isnt offensive.
T: Comes across as a typical lager with an additional dose of hops. Isn't overly bitter as it only clocks in at 30IBU. Aftertaste gives a bit of malt sweetness. Bready like quality lingers for a bit.
M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.
Overall it is a slightly hopped up version of their american lager. Not as much bitterness comes through as one may expect from a beer with hop in the name.
04-03-2014 22:13:53 | More by CloudStrife
2.73/5 rDev -21.3%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Light golden tan, 1/4 inch head with some decent sticky lacing.
Smell - Mild bready malts, lager malts, a little herbal , grainy hop aroma but that's about all.
Taste - Very mild lager malts mixed with a little bready note, some very very light hops. Small amount of added sugars provide some sweetness. A little herbal hop note shows up at the finish.
Mouthfeel - Bready lager malts coat the tongue. Palate gets some minor hops, some sugars and small amount of hops. Aftertaste is very mild, a little bready malt.
Overall - Pretty boring and weak. Nothing about the beer stands out, just something mild to slam down and forget about. Its dry hopped? You surely cant taste that. Forgettable beer.
03-23-2014 20:31:50 | More by wvsabbath
3.05/5 rDev -12.1%
12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger white head. Settles leaving a big bubble lacing behind. Clear, golden-bronze colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral notes. Subtle grainy notes. Not very aromatic for a "dry hopped" beer.
T) Mellow nutty caramel. Grainy.
M) Light bodied. Chalky. Dry.
O) An okay beer.
03-19-2014 00:34:55 | More by u2carew
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
A very nice looking lager poured with a deep golden body crystal clear no haze, creamy textured white head holds strong for quite awhile. The band says it's about 30 IBUs and that it's a German style lager dry hopped for an added punch. Aroma has a nice cereal grain, citrus/grassy hop notes. The flavor is great for what it is, a great pizza and beer type of brew. Enough grains and malt sweetness to compliment bread dough/light biscuit malt flavors with a clean rolling, herbal citric bitterness hints of fruity character from the hop additions very mild hop bitterness finishes crisp and clean. Mouthfeel has a lingering bitterness a bit of pelletized hop harshness peaks through but nothing that ruins the experience carbonation pretty dead on for the style light to medium bodied lager, I can't complain about too much. Overall, more flavor than the average Saranac lager, I'm actually a fan of this one. The pack looks like it has a nice variety for this Spring 2014...Irish Stout, Red IPA, White Ale, Dry Hopped Lager, Pale Ale, Forbidden IPA.
03-17-2014 03:47:10 | More by WVbeergeek
3.79/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours true gold. Amber. Has a fat off white head that lasts and left lace. Clear but does not have too many lager bubbles floating upwards. Nose is really nice! Bright with floral and a touch of sweet grain. A hint of nutty flavor and light sweet grass. Taste is really good. Cracker malt that becomes a bit breaddier as it warms, lightly sweet. The dry hops add a bit of weight to the mouthfeel from the oils they left behind. The carbonation on mine was a bit flat and I did not hear a big "pfffft" when I opened the bottle. It could have had more carbonation to crisp it up a bit. Very clean and the hops did not impart any fruitiness or bitter. A touch of drying in the finish. I like it. Well done Saranac.
03-11-2014 13:46:58 | More by utopiajane
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours a golden hue with slight blonde highlights and a huge, frothy head into my glass. It appears to be an interpretation of the hopping of lagers, a current craft beer fad.
Deep and mellow with a grainy texture, followed by an extra dose of noble hops or whatever are used.
Carries over to the flavor. Sweet and delightfully nutty. I wasn't expecting either. Very tasty either way.
Clean finish with nothing but sweet, grainy malt. Not much left of the hops.
A clean, tasty lager that's worth trying at least once. Very drinkable.
03-09-2014 21:31:02 | More by Brad007
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
Appearance: Light caramel. Small frothy head almost completely disappears.
Smell: Some fruit and hop. Maybe honey.
Taste: Citrus, apricot, some sweetness, and a slightly bitter.
I like this one. It's basically the familiar lager taste with a bit of a bite. Not bad at all. The smell is rather faint, but combined with the taste, it's a very drinkable brew. The bit of bitterness is a nice addition. I'm not sure I'd buy this as a stand-alone, but it's a decent drink.
02-26-2014 03:58:17 | More by TeamMathis
Saranac Dry Hop Lager from Matt Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.