Golden Pilsener | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Golden PilsenerGolden Pilsener

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Mitchster on 11-30-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 138
Reviews by NJpadreFan:
Photo of NJpadreFan
1.8/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Saranac American Wheat Golden Pilsener.

Saranac has impressed me as I continue drinking through the mixed 12 pack. Not a fan of Wheat but here we go.

American Wheat poured a clear piss yellow with a little white head.
The smell was yeasty with a cheap corn smell. Brewed with grits?!?
The taste was watery yet sweet. Not much else going on.
Mouthfeel was basically a watery coors light type beer.

Saranac, what the hell is this crap you're offering. Oh well, win some lose some. I suggest you lose this one!!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mlasher1
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner with a single finger head and a golden color. The head disappers quickly with no lacing. Smells faintly of hops and grain. Taste reminds me of an American macro lager with a little extra hop flavor. Mouthfeel is a little bitter but mostly watery and bland. Could be a very drinkable beer since it is very ight in body and flavor.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear straw-yellow in color with about a 1/2" white soapy head. Head dissipates quickly and there was no lacing to speak of.

S: Pale sweet smelling malts with light hops.

T&M: Very light bodied, slightly watery, with a touch of sweetness from the malt at the first impression. The right amount of carbonation lends well to the rest of the brew, giving it a slightly creamy texture. There is balance in this pilsener, with hops struggling to even out the malt. The finish is quick, clean, and and slightly watery with no real hop bite.

D: Perhaps not the most flavorful brew, but I found that it goes down pretty smoothly and was rather a good thirst quencher. Not the best, but not too bad either.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was one of a 12 pack summer sampler. Overall, some pretty nice beer. This pilsener was a clear yellow, with a small head that lingered. Not much aroma, mostly grain. Fairly sweet, with some nice hoppiness. A trifle thin on the mouthfeel. Still, a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of generallee
3.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz bottle into pilsener glass.

Appearance: It has a bright golden yellow color with great clarity and a thin white head that hangs on and just covers the body. Some lace is left behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is sweet, almost fruity and floral hops are present.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a light malt presence with a lovely crisp hop flavor that adds nice floral and citrus notes. Bitterness is mild and not overpowering. The body is light with a good active carbonation and a refreshingly quick clean finish.

Notes: Kudos to Saranac for going with brown bottles for there pilsener instead of the more common green bottles. I never understood why a beer style that is so sensitive to light and freshness would be put into green bottles that allow more light to filter through it.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

A- Clear shimmering golden hue, great lacing on the glass.

S- Herbal hop with a hit of dried orange peel from the Cascade hops.

T- Obvious push of Cascade hop flavor, mildly bitter with a soothing hop oil. Snappy malt palate, refreshing wheat malt flavor. Finishes with a long lingering oily hop flavor and a kiss of malt sweetness.

M- Light bodied with for that summery feel, fluffy yet crisp.

D- Use as either a thirst quencher on a hot day or a starter beer before a night out.

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Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another of the 12 bottle holiday sampler box. This one pours a clear yellow into a pint glass, small head disappears in a flash with a respectable amount of lacing. I've not noticed much of a nose on any of these Saranacs, except the Black and Tan, and this one is also rather subdued. Barely detectable wheat malt with hop hints in the background. Mouthfeel is decent, with light wheat grain, faint hops, and well balanced carbonation. Taste is light bodied enough to be chuggable. There's not a lot to say about this wheat pils, but it's enjoyable overall. I could drink a few of these on a hot summer day. I think I'll try their Stout for my next review, and see if it's more impressive, as their Black and Tan suggests.

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Photo of Janeinma
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let's start out by just saying what the hell is going on here, c'mon Saranac since when did American Wheat and Golden Pilsener end up on the same label describing a beers style. Appearance: Filtered golden straw tone with a vibrant white head dwindles fairly quick but still leaves behind some pleasing amounts of lacing. Aroma: A sharp wheat sweetness and biscuit malts are evident along with some hops playing a light role here not bad so far. Taste: Light slightly zesty but overall boring flavor here just light grainy malts and a bit of sharp malted wheat tones and some bittering hops but overall I categorize this one as an easy drinker. Mouthfeel: Spritzy medium to light bodied brew, not much more too note than that. Drinkability: I could throw down a few of these in some warmer weather but I wouldn't particularly make it part of my winter sampler pack, but that's my opinion.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Opaque, light "golden" body--effervescent throughout with a thick, pillowy head in a jever pokal... nice lacing as the glass's contents drain... soft, smooth pilsner malts... surprised at the labels' "wheat" nomenclature--don't quite see or smell that--soft pings of hops here and there--somewhat complex... crisp, dry palate, reminiscnet of a white wine in some respects... medium-bodied with some ending effervescence... little at the teeth to denote hops, and yet the slightly acidic burn--again, like a lesser wine--curbs and scrapes the end result... I had higher hopes for this pilsner, which straddles the American and European varieties into a muddled result, a pleasantly clean, tastebud-confusing blend...

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Photo of tastybeer
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They named this one accurately. Clear golden pils indeed. The white head is very thin and fades to a patchy ring. Clean aroma with light floral, citrus and a touch of spice.Flavors are clean and crisp as well with matching flavors. Above average and not unusual. I could probably have a few of these warm thirsty weather. Body is light and carbonation is crisp. Lightly smooth slick mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

Not bad.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tasting #4 of the summer 12-pack.

AP: pours out a clear golden color, really big carbonation creates a full-fluffy head that is all-white and really tight. dissipates ever-so slowly with a substantial 1/8" covering left over.

nose: Herbal and earthy, tangy sour hop and yeast effect...the aroma is surprisingly complex with caramalized malt and wheat, overall very hearty.

flavor: A semi-sweet, buttery malt hits the tongue first with caramalized wheat and grain flavor and a rather complex but light herbal hop edge that includes a subtle yeast-like tangy effect in the after taste. The flavor does seem a bit subdued and watery as time goes on and the beer warms a bit which seems odd because usually you will find the complexity becomes greater not worse.

Feel: light bodied, clean and crisp feeling with a real mild smoothness on the way down.

DA: not bad, certainly not one of the favorites of this style but it's not hard to drink.

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Photo of asabreed
3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's wheat, and anything wheat with me is going to be poured, from now on, into my Aventinus glass (and goddamn do I love everything about this glass).

Appearance: Honestly, it pretty much looks like Miller Lite, there's not much haze, lacing's alright, and the head fades pretty quickly.

Smell: Clean wheat, some faint malt, faint lemon, faint hops. Decent, but very average.

Taste: Nothing too discernible, but it's clean, and goes down well. However, there are great hints of orange zest and slight hops on the tongue with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, pretty full, though light to medium bodied. The summer thing is working here I suppose...

Drinkability: I suppose beers like this aren't meant to be scrutinized extremely closely, but then again, how hard is it to create a beer like this? Seems like much more could be done with more care and attention... otherwise I'd much rather choose others of this style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

F.X. Matt's Saranac Golden Pilsener pours a crystal clear yellow-gold body beneath a short head or bright white foam that drops readily to an average collar. It's lacing is average, and should probably be better considering its wheat content. The nose is a touch yeasty and mildly wheaty and grainy, but not particularily enticing. Only a mild Cascade hop aroma is present. It's quite smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation and light--medium body. It's slightly sweet, wheat-based flavor is delicately backed by floral and lightly spicy hops and a restrained bitterness. Still, it finishes fairly dry although some sticky malt does linger in the mouth. Not a bad summer BBQ beer.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The "Pilsener" is made with wheat and dry-hopped with hops. It pours with only a slight head which fades quickly and offers up a sweetish, malty nose. The wheat is strangely unevident from the first glance as the pale yellow and CLEAR liquid fills the glass.

From the first taste, it does come off almost like a pilsener, but the wheat flavor offers itself. Each taste definitely has a wheaty finish, which I actually enjoyed. There is a hint of hops to it, but not much - I think it's the hops which gives it a relatively pilsener-like quality. The beer comes highly carbonated, which also brings up a more American pilsener feel to it - Saranac's answer to Budweiser, perhaps?

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Photo of cjgator3
2.59/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very nice golden yellow color with a pretty nice white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pretty weak, with very faint grain and hops. The taste much like the aroma is pretty dull, with faint grain flavors and a very mild hop bite. Overall, Saranac Golden Pilsener is a pretty disappointing beer that I would not go back to. It is almost like an American Macro Lager with just a touch more in the hop department, but not much more.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Call it what you want, lawnmower beer, gateway beer, it ain't much, but it aint bad. Straw yellow with a white head. Soft, sweet aroma of wheat and malt. Not quite sure if I can detect hops, but there's still a pleasant and sweet taste. I wouldn't seek this out, but I'd definately have a bottle on a hot afternoon or give it to a macro-drinkin' friend.


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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of matsputis
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear, pale straw color with a bubbly white head that simmers down quickly.

S: The smell is dominated by spicy fresh hops - not much else. I've didn't think their pilsner would smell like this. It's unique.

T: It tastes like it smells... It seemed like hops in water. There isn't much malt flavor at all and doesn't balance well for me.

M: Mildly crisp, but not crisp enough for such a light beer. The thiness was expected.

D: I think I was hydrated by this beer - it was refreshing but watery. More maltiness would have made it so much better. It reminded me of tasting the hops I'm going to use before brewing. I got bored of it pretty quickly.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light, yet bright golden in color; with a thin, rapidly dissolving head. Some wheat and grassy hops are tough to pick up, yet they are there, resting in the background. A plain first impression. Twangy and juicy hops are easily detectable, and are quite enjoyable (Cascade hop-dominance). They settle down and a nice malt based backbone forms, with some lemon tastings and kisses of honey. Refreshing and clean; simple and enjoyable. Do I need to come up with another adjective? Not too shabby!

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Photo of Gmann
2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with an average white head that dissipated into a small cap. This must be a filtered wheat beer since it is crystal clear. The smell is almost non-existent, grainy, no noticable hop smell. The taste is neither wheat nor, as the name would suggest, Pilsner. The taste is similar to a macro, I'm scared to let this one warm up. A weak malt taste, grainy, no noticable hop flavor detected. The mouthfeel is average, a bit watery, slightly dry. It is easy drinking but has no wheat or pilsner characteristics.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear golden yellow with a thick white foam that died down quickly.

Smell was light hop, otherwise not noticable.

Taste was clean, dry, mildly hopped. Ever so slightly watery, but not so much that it hurt the taste. Mildly sweet.

Not a remarkable beer, but a drinkable pils that was a good part of the sampler. Tasty. I'd go back to this one.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. To a pint glass. The clear liquid is a light yellow. The head is white fades to nothing quickly.

The smell nice, nothing to get too excited about but a little citrus and yeast thing going on.

The taste is not so great. It is not a bad beer, crisp and relaxing, citrus and maybe a little bitter but not enough malt.

Mouthfeel is not so good kind of lays on the tongue like soda-pop. and thid.

Drinkability is actually high, especially on a hot summers day, If cold enough this beer would on quite refreshing, MK

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Photo of bonbini26
2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color, small bubbles, with a decent head that says longer than some of the othe saranac summer pack. Smell was good with a hoppy aroma. Doesnt leave much of an aftertaste or any taste in your mouth, again it is a summer pack so its a watery beer to cool you off

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Golden Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 163 ratings