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

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #483
Ranked #44,578
3.48 | pDev: 13.22%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
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Reviews: 283 | Ratings: 552
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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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 Jason
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date anywhere, diamond checkered blue and white back ground on the label going for the festive look.

Appearance: Crystal clear aged copper colour with a patchy spider web like lace, decent head retention with a powdery lace floating on top.

Smell: Clean malt aroma with a touch of caramel and bread, agreeable and mildly spicy and floral hop nose matches well with the malt.

Taste: Body holds up to being medium in size, smoothness flows on the tongue with its softened carbonation. Maltiness gets a little creamy and shows some caramel and toasted bread. Hop bitterness is both spicy and a mix of herbal / floral … but certainly more spicy though does not even come close to overtake the malt. Alcohol is evident with a clean warming sensation. Small dose of sweetness that is thoroughly balanced. Fresh milled grain taste flavor helps to wrap up the finish.

Notes: What this beer lacks in complexity is makes up for in sheer drinkability, it goes just as good with bratwurst and sauerkraut than any other Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 beers a fallin'. Been pleasantly surprised so far as the Saranac mixed packs don't get no respect. Poured from the bottle into my Geordie Schooner. Nice frothy head and copper amber color. Typical malty scent with just a touch of hops. Nice and bready. Paired with a sauerkraut dog. Nice complement. A good basic 'festbier.

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Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: light head that fades really quickly but leaves a little sticky on the side of the glass; clear amber ody with very minimal movement

s: wheat and grain; sweet malts; light hat skunk; not amazingly flavorful but not bad

t: hay first; some light bitterness on the end; light sweet syrupy malts; a little watery and thin;

m: quite good actually; light carb; medium light body; very light cloy

d: a good session beer but not amazing by any standards; might be good to convert your friend who only drink miller light to try some other micros

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Nice, foamy head. Bubbly. Clear, cooper in color.

Smell: Really nice malty aroma.

Taste: This is a wonderfully slow aged Octoberfest brew. One of my favorites. Malty, but balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, but balanced by the malt.

Drinkability: Goes down smoothly. Leaves a nice after taste.

One of the better Octoberfests in my opinion.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper amber color with decent head and moderate carbonation. Malty, fruity aroma. Bitter and very malty taste. Decent malt balance. Toasty, caramel malty aftertaste. An average octoberfest. Finishes slightly thinner than it started. Maybe a bit more malty than we'd like.

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Photo of animal69
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

an excellent 'fest; prob. the best U.S. brewed so far, beautiful light amber color w/ a creamy head that dissapates quickly; malty-yeasty aroma w/ slight hop presence;quite bitter for a fest, might be the malt tho, there's plenty of that toasty carmel malt ; a little thin w/ only slightly more body than their pils.; overall a good little number, i don't know where you live , but here in NY it's on every grocers shelf,i recommend picking up a 12 pack or 2 (it's moderately priced) for your fall gatherings.

edit 9/10/08: This years offering seems a bit thicker than last years and not as dry...

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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

Pours a big frothy 2 finger head with sticky lacing over crystal clear copper orange amber color.

Nose reddish sweet amber malts, light toasty red malts, more amber malt aroma than marzen, light fruity floral hops.

Taste sweet malts, light amber reddish copper caramel malts, hint of cracked straw and cereal malts, light fruity hops, nice dry toasty malt finish though with some bitterness coming on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, a bit too much on the amber reddish american malt profile but gets some of the toasty cereal malts right, light hops are nice but not really right for the style. Sweetness is right, drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of phantomwyse
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the bevy of seasonals my local store is pushing...

A: Yellow orange body with a 1-finger tan head.

S: Bready malts leading into a faint orange fruitiness in the back.

T: Sour caramel, dry biscuits, just perceived fruitiness.

M: Lighter bodied, dryish.

D: In a word: Highly.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of squirrelpirate
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saranac Octoberfest pours a slightly hazy copper hue with a white head that quickly settled. The aroma consists of sweet, dark malt, green apples, and a floral hop bitterness.

The taste is exactly what I expected from an Oktoberfest. Sweet caramel malt, slightly bready, with a faint hop finish. I really enjoy this beer.

Very light on the palate, not overly sweet, with medium carbonation. This is a wonderfully balanced and drinkable beer. I'll definitely be picking up some more of this soon.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ewright
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A moderate pour into a nonic yields a brilliantly clear dark copper beer with hints of orange. An inch of coarse bubbles float on top with decent retention that eventually yields small islands of bubbles clumping together.

S: A faint whiff of sulfur hides behind dominant grainy notes reminiscent of whole wheat crackers. There is no noticeable hop contribution to the aroma.

T: Mildly malty but dryer than most American marzens. Hints of bready malts show up before a mild, clean hop finish. Pretty tasty, but unremarkable at the same time.

M: Slightly watery with good carbonation level. Overall, just a bit thin, but still pleasant.

D: This is an easy drinker, but part of the reason is that there just isn't much about this beer that makes you sit up and take notice.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours a ruddy, and tawny, dark-copper hue with apparent carbonation, and a minimal head that soon receded...
Smell: Light-lager essence with slight hints of caramel, malts, and butter...
Taste: Crisp, clean, refreshing nuances of light bread and butter... Malt backbone is balanced out by slight Saaz hops...
Decent mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability to match...
Not bad...

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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 clayrock81
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light orange/copperish body with good head that died quickly. Faint smell of malts and a little herbal hop bitterness. Lighter-bodied and goes down easy, wiht some minor sweetness and roasted malt presence along with a citric, herbal hop bitterness on the backend. A rather simple beer that is light in both malts and hops but an easy drinker and not bad to have.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Gehrig
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend The Sage recommended this as we sampled some Saranac wares. Not bad, and better than others I've tried from Saranac, to be sure. Two fingers of off-white cap on an orange-ruby body, nicely done. The smell is a bit weak, unfortunately, with some spice and bready yeast kicking around, but not nearly enough. The taste isn't bad at all--smooth, a bit of ginger and cinnamon, caramel sweetness--making the smell all the more disappointing for what it didn't indicate. This flattens out somewhat early, dragging down the drinkability a notch. Yet this is on the whole fairly good Oktoberfest, not a top-of-the-line beer but not bad at all.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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