Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style Lager
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #504
Ranked #45,159
3.48 | pDev: 13.22%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style LagerSaranac Our Octoberfest German Style Lager
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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looks clear dark copper/light amber with a big creamy off white head. The retention is very solid, and sheets of lacing are left behind.
Smells of toasted malts, rich brown bread, some caramel and toffee, and faint herbal hops.
Huge toasted brown bread, some caramel and toffee, with a faint hint of herbal hops on the finish. Excellent brown sugar sweetness, but crisp with some balance.
Great Märzen!

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Look is a standard marzen, very clear, nice head retention
S: Faint, but once again standard. Toffee, caramel, toast, some floral hops
T: Good but flavors appear somewhat muted. Nothing particularly bad about it at all, but leaves me wanting more, touch more sweetness, a bit more malt. Definitely has a nice hop finish but it isn't balanced out well by malts
F: Medium high carb, light, super refreshing, easy drinking.
O: So-so marzen, not something to actively seek out but definitely not something to be avoided either.

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Photo of thebeers
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear light orange-amber color with two fingers of tan-tinted head that dissipate to leave heavy lacing. Big bready aroma, just mildly sweet with faint floral hops behind. Light tasting, with the sweet caramel malt, a very mildly toasted character and touch of hop bitterness that could make a great Octoberfest, but more watered down than necessary. Light bodied with a fairly dry finish. With just a little more heft, this would be very strong, but as is, it's average at best. At least it's easy drinking and none too sweet.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice head that lingers a while. The beer itself is a clear copper color that looks very nice and very appealing.

The beer smell is good with a nice and balanced hop and malt note. The malt note consists of a nice moderate caramel note while the hop is a nice floral note that has a nice bitterness to it.

The taste doesn't exactly follow the smell. It has the same moderate caramel malt note but the floral hop note is a bit lighter. The taste also introduces a bready yeast note that works well with the caramel.

The body is medium but feels thin to me with a nice and tingling carbonation running through it.

Overall, a decent oktoberefest given what you're probably paying for and definitely refreshing.

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Photo of udfan07
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very drinkable Octoberfest beer. Nice taste and easy to drink. Not much flavor profile to the beer itself but very malty and a little hoppy for an Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a drak amber with two finger head quick to dissipate. Clear.

Smell- Caramel, toasted malt, grains.

Taste- Toasted cracker, nutty flavor, Caramel. Becoming more toasted and grainy, slight bitter finish retaining some sweetness from the malt as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A fine Oktoberfest, great example.Easy drinking and smooth with good malt notes. Well done.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear toasted acorn brown, thin beige lacing around the rim.
S: Not much of a nose, but some malt coming through. Not as malty and warm smelling as some of my favorite Oktoberfests.
T: This is a little more on the bland side. Definitely slightly sweet toasty malty goodness in there, it just doesn't seem as prominent.
F: Pretty good, smooth and on the thinner side with a little something at the end.
O: Not bad at all, I was just expecting a more robust malt flavor. I'd have this again, thought it wouldn't be my first choice for an Oktoberfest

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice color, somewhat clear. What is notable is the light hoppy taste from start to finish. This taste seems somewhat different from other craft Octoberfest beer I have had. Nonetheless, this is a very drinkable beer and one that you should try.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Original and quite to style. Color is perfect. Bright clear beer with a cream colored head that was on the fast side to fall but left some spots and streaks of lace. Clean nose with a slight malty aroma. Taste it soft creamy malt. The hops in this one show only a swift cool breath of herbal as they finish the beer . On the nose though the perle shows off a hint of spice. There is a balancing bitterness. A touch thinner than some other oktoberfests in the finish. Saphir hops show you a pleasant moment of citrus juiciness in the swallow but do not outdo themselves or the beer with it. The reason I was a bit stingy in the taste category and overall is because there is a touch of hops bitter that finishes this beer. It's not that much but it does make it appear thinner. Also that citrus taste brought the rating a touch lower.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a nice slightly hoppy smell when u open the bottle. Pours a really nice dark golden color with a decent light cream color head. Good carbonation and lacing throughout enjoyment. Taste is rather strong and hoppy up front with a slightly dry finish. Can definitely taste the malty flavor. Taste more like and Pale ale or IPA to me. Enjoy it for the experience but would probably not buy it again

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 Fl. Oz. bottle into a pint glass. BB JAN 31, 2015.

Look: Pours an amber body with a thin off white head.

Smell: Thin aroma of earthy nutty malts.

Taste: Biscuity, toasty, nutty. Slightly sweet caramel.

Feel: Smooth, yet relatively light. Not quite watery, but not a ton of body.

Overall: Not a bad tasting Octoberfest. Pretty decent overall.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.69/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber color with a modest head. This year (2015) has a pleasant subtle earthy aroma with a remarkably rich, pleasant roasted malt flavor that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel was perfection for the style, not too thick but luscious, complex and highly drinkable. The 2015 batch is much improved over last year making it easy to drink volumes, as is the custom for this style. Apparently they changed the hops used from Saaz and Tettang hops (2014 description) to Saphir and Perle hops (2015 description). This has transformed this beer into my new favorite oktoberfest, rivaling any Bavarian import version available in a bottle. My compliments to the brewers for the improvements they made; it is now a well-balanced, exceptionally flavorful lager characteristic of the style.

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Photo of fx20736
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle from Wegman's Hylan Dr on 10/5/14. Served in a dimpled mug at fridge temp.

Look: Medium amber with a thin white head.

Smell: sweetish with some spicy hops

Taste: caramel sweetness is not balanced by enough hops

Feel: ok, I guess

overall: mediocre

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Boulevard pint glass
From: From my brother
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Sept. 8, 2014
Misc.: Best by Jan. 31, 2015

Poured a caramel auburn color with 1-to-2 fingers of off white head. Nice string of bubbles. Minimal wet lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the tops. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled more hops than I’d thought. Citrus hops, coriander, lemon zest, floral hops, iced tea, caramel, light Cascade hops and some lime. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste wasn’t quite as good as the nose. Got iced tea, citrus hops, lime rind, coriander, caramel, lemon zest, toffee, light wet Cascade hops, some rye hops, nutmeg and corn malts. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A decent Oktoberfest. (Overall - 3.75)

3.73 | 84 | B

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Photo of Carolvs
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

It doesn't have the punch of an Otter Creek or Thomas Hooker Oktoberfest, but as 'The Bros' point out, it is extremely drinkable. Not a session beer, but definitely a beer to pair with brauts & sauerkraut.

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Photo of 18CGL
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%

A little on the pricey side but a well rounded beer nonetheless. Smooth from the start with gentle malt flavor and a hint floral grains on the finish. Flavor lasts a second or too after swallowing. Nothing spectacular here but a good starter to the style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Mediocre. Typical for Saranac; not great, but not bad. I would take it if nothing else good were available. It's not a bad Oktoberfest (so, as one of my favorite styles it gains points for that). Malty, smooth... Biscuity, with a cracker finish. But a bit thin, lacking in carbonation, and underwhelming.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

This brew pours an orange/brown color with a light white head and light lacing. There is medium carbonation.

The smell is sweet and roasted malts, caramel and brown sugar. There is just the lightest hint of floral hops.

The taste follows the nose with heavy sweet and some roasted malts dominating, a little caramel taste then light floral hops at the end. Just enough to keep this brew from becoming too sweet.

Overall this is a good Oktoberfest offering. Pretty typical for the style, it did not blow me away but it is worth trying.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly cloudy copper.
Smell: Honey.
Taste: Honey, maybe honey biscuits.

I normally am not all too impressed with Saranac's offerings, but I really enjoyed this one. Honey (more so than caramel) was the dominant sense in both smell and taste. And with the taste, it was a warming honey biscuit. Very drinkable and enjoyable. I will probably get this again next year.

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Photo of ElijahRivera
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Consumed in October during my own mini-Oktoberfest.

A- Moderate carbonation is visible through the completely transparent, dark orange/light copper colored body. Unimpressive head dies to nothing before I took my first sip.

S- Sweet malts. Awfully one dimensional.

T- Starts off with the same sweet malts then transitions to a bitter, earthy hop finish. A little grassy in neither a bad nor good way.

M- Thin bodied. Low carbonation. Bitter finish.

O- My own mini-Oktoberfest consisted of a blind side-by-side-by-side tasting of Oktoberfests by Sam Adams, Saranac, and Dundee. Somewhat surprisingly, Saranac came in last. I'm not very well versed in Oktoberfests, but Saranac seemed to be a below average Oktoberfest and about average overall.

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Photo of biggiet
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-poured a brownish transparent color with a tan disapating head. Nice in a curvy glass.

S-light smelling hard to pick up tho

T-tastes kind of woodsy, maybe earthy but nothing spectacular i guess. Not a bad octoberfest but not the best that i've had.

M-really grabs on and lays very light...very drinkable.

O-not mouth filling flavorful but maybe because i am not experienced enough in octoberfest beers not sure. But compared to a few others i have had it's ok. If you are standing in the store right now reading this like i have in the past...check the next brand. If you are mixing a sixer...give it a whirl!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, hazy, amber color, speckled with red and orange highlights, with half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Not much in the aroma department, either that, or I’m stuffed up. I get practically no aroma at all.

Taste: This beer is a little thin in the flavor department as well. I get some malt and some caramel sweetness, but overall, it’s rather thin, almost bland.

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.1%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m disappointed in this beer. Not much going on at all, it’s just….there. I wouldn’t turn it away if offered, (and there wasn’t any other beers to drink), but I’m not looking for it either, in fact, I’m passing on this one next Oktoberfest.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Octoberfest (2013) - Slightly faint floral aroma with a bit of coriander and bread. Excellent head retention and lacing. Very active small bubbles in the carbonation. Caramel color. Smooth mouthfeel. Muted lager hops on the nose. A little toast. Mid-palate gets a little bolder. Strong lager hops with muted floral undertones. Crisp and full but not overbearing. Strong floral hops notes on the back palate. Good breaded malt notes. A bit of nuts and wood. Aftertaste is good traditional German Lager. Light lingering citrus and pine notes. Not a particularly good Octoberfest-- a bit more hoppy and more lager notes than you would expect for variety. Normally more malty, but that's okay-- it's a good lager nevertheless and very drinkable. Pretty good overall. 3.4 out of 5.

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Photo of Gavage
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: very little aroma as only some malt sweetness is hard to detect,

Taste: malt profile is a bit mild with some slight nuttiness, and a bit of ripe dark fruits. Bitterness is very mild.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a very weak flavored oktoberfest beer that is easy to consume, but lacks the satisfaction expected from the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a brownish tinted amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head has a good level of staying power, fading slowly over time to leave a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a lightly roasted malt aroma with some nice aromas of a caramel sweetness. A light amount of spice is there as well giving an overall sweet and lightly roasted Oktoberfest aroma overall.

Taste –The taste begins with a lightly roasted and bready flavor with a strong showing of caramel. As the flavor advances from the initial, the flavor initially sweetens even more with some brown sugar flavors coming to the tongue. The roasted gets a bit stronger more toward the middle of the taste with other flavors of spice coming to the tongue. The sweeter flavors, at the same time, start to dwindle with a light herbal flavor that comes to the tongue. In the end the mix of flavors leaves a sweeter roasted and lightly hopped flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the medium side as well. Both are fitting for the style and make for a rather easy drinking style.

Overall –An overall easy drinking, sweeter Oktoberfest. Rather tasty overall and not bad for the price.

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Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 555 ratings