Saranac Long John Lager
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Long John LagerSaranac Long John Lager
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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #187
Ranked #45,232
3.38 | pDev: 13.91%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Long John LagerSaranac Long John Lager
Notes: Long John Lager is a robust easygoing Dunkel Lager. The caramelized malty sweetness is nicely balanced by a toasted nuttiness that'll surely light up your taste buds on a winter's day.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 106
Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark, garnet red hued body; thick, creamy head. Caramel and mild fruit aroma; currants and raisins. The flavor follows the smell profile; low-key hop bitterness and a mild toasty flavor arise with the aftertaste. Medium bodied; smooth; semi-dry finish.

This beer looks fine and drinks well, it just doesn't pack much distinctive character in things. In some ways, it's a little watery and weak yet still finishes with a decent warmth and malty flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, best by 3/31/15

A- pours a deep brown color with a small creamy off-white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some lacing behind 4

S- sweet and malty aroma with notes of brown bread, caramel malt, slightly nutty

T- strange cardboard flavor up front that eventually transitions into brown bread, raisin & caramel malt, more dark fruit on the finish

M- medium body with medium-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- drinkable, but doesn't quite mesh like the classic German examples

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Photo of DavidGross
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I enjoyed this beer from a bottle. Was good copper color with nice malty aromas. Tasted good, but was hoping for a tad more alcohol to warm me on the cool winter evening.

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Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that quickly died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of earthy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of toasted malts and malt extracts. There is a little bit of malty sweetness and only faint amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of wateriness are also apparent.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but lacks the complexity and body compared to the top examples in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best By date of March 31, 2015. Sampled on February 1, 2015.

It pours mahogany-red with a tiny slightly off-white to tan head. Great clarity.

The aroma is sweet and malty.

Thin body.

The taste is also sweet and malty with a quick, clean finish. Nothing special but not difficult to drink.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This had a very clean light nose. Nutty sweet malt and soft caramel. The color is excellent. Aglow with a lovely copper hue. Good head of tan foam that fell well. Taste is clean crisp a bit bitter in the finish. The sweetness is good and there's a bite from carbonation. The hops jump inmid palate with some herbal and finish it with a touch of bitterness alongside a cool dark brown sugar. Crisp end.

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Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Draft pint at the Tap House in Buffalo.
Lots of advertising and posters for this one, lots of push for this new seasonal.
Deep, caramel brown with a light beige head. Decent retention, foam leaves a few wisps of lace as it fades.
Aroma caramel, bit of dark fruit, maybe the slightest hint of chocolate.
Flavor starts malty and roasted grain, finishes with some light herbal hops. Nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium towards light, lots of carbonation. Easy enough to drink.
Overall, not bad...I would have again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

people really seem to be digging this beer this year, and saranac certainly seems to be pushing it, with twelves, sixes and a mixed pack appearance, they appear to have found one they like, kind of their answer to sams winter lager i guess, but i really didnt care for this all that much. to me, its generic, overly malty, and never crisp enough in the finish. that said though, it is a little something different, with a rich but dry malt base, copper and caramel in color, and with fine carbonation. it just doesnt seem to develop like a lager should, and frankly isnt anything worth getting excited over. its got a little too much body for sessioning, but i could see it as a crowd pleaser and a good cooking beer. ive been impressed with recent saranac releases, but this one is nothing special at all.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.82/5  rDev +13%

Beauty in the glass to at. Purplish brown body with billowing head. Smell is very sweet and malty/bready. Taste is surprising not sweet, but very dry finish and slight lingering bitterness.

Overall, its an ok beer, but not up to the usual high standards for some of the other Saranac lagers.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a highly carbonated dark red, very little head. Smells slightly fruity, a little carmely malt, honestly not much going on up here. Taste is disappointingly similar, not too much going on here. Strong, hearty malt backbone, but like most dunkels, that's all it offers. It's a very drinkable malty beer. Good for the winter, and overall a solid brew, but nothing I'd seek out. Go for roastier and darker.

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Photo of wac9
1/5  rDev -70.4%

wow this beer lacks everything that a good beers has it doesnt good its doesnt stand out in a crownd it doesnt make me want to drink it it makes me want to pour down arain saranac disappionts me too much not going here every again

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a deep caramel amber brown hue with a light beige head forms even speckled lacing as it drifts away.

Aroma hints of raisin and dark fruit mild caramel with a touch of chocolate in the nose.

Flavor upfront punch of malts and mild roasted character going on finishes with some light herbal hops in the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied pretty full on carbonation levels, a bit of harshness punches the palate...I expect extreme smoothness with any dunkel style lager.

Overall, not bad for a new beer from a Saranac holiday sampler.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours dark amber with good head and excellent lacing retention. Bready malt aroma. Nuts and bread on the nose. A bit of lager hop notes mid-palate with some nice malt and barley. Slight dry bitterness on the back palate. Good malt and nut aftertaste. Most winter lagers rely on spice and some citrus. This takes it back to an older English style brown lager. Refreshing and still fittingly right for the colder months. 3.5 out of 5. Good.

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Saranac Long John Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 106 ratings