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

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Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style LagerSaranac Our Octoberfest German Style Lager

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

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Ratings: 538 |  Reviews: 281
Photo of wattoclone
4.69/5  rDev +35.5%
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 robinkimballbrand
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbeerman
4.59/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A..A good dark amber hue on the pour. Average head/lace retention.

S..This beer smells terrific. Inviting sweet malts jump out before you get to the first sip. This is what I want an Oktoberfest brew to smell like.

T..And the taste follows the scent perfectly. Sweet malts as advertised; a slight bread flavor is present; a little hops near the end. As others have said below, this is a very well balanced Oktoberfest; the taste is exceptional.

M..Medium bodied beer. Minimal carbonation (which I personally prefer).

D..A very good Oktoberfest beer to drink. Smooth from the bottle or glass. This is certainly one of the best American Oktoberfest brews I have had. Disappointed I only found one six pack, but happy to have enjoyed what I bought and looking forward to more whenever possible.

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Photo of Bguz
4.56/5  rDev +31.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.44/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mempath
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice appearance...expected orangey/amber/copper with an initial huge head that laced beautifully for a minute or so, but dissipated afterwards a good bit. decent 1/8 head remains at least. nice.

though subtle, i can detect so nice details in the nose: apricot marmalade, toast, some hops there with the cereal-grain.

there is a unique note in the taste that is really refreshing and alive, toastiness that seems different than some of the marzens i've had lately. not overly complex at all, but there's plenty to savor. the hops stay in the background, but what subtlety there is is bitter. nice touch. the malts definitely supply the perfect backbone. never had this Saranac, but definitely a great balance helped by the mouthfeel of mellowed carbonation. rich and silky yet bubbly enough to tantalized the tastebuds. which all in all makes this quite drinkable and another perfect session octoberfest.

by nature, all Octoberfest brews must be session beers...right?
most impressive where it counts. love the toasty-yeasty notes as this slightly warms up on this rainy, windy, cool 40 degree day in PA

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Photo of animal69
4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
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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Photo of MacEnvy
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a pint glass from a chilled bottle. A thick foamy head, about 2.5 fingers, formed on top and stuck around for more than 5 minutes.

The color is light golden copper, crystal clear.

The smell is lovely, hops and caramel.

The taste is balanced with a hoppy finish. Traces of nut and caramel linger on the palate. A bit of hoppiness stays on the tongue for quite a while after swallowing. Overall it has very nice flavor and that distinctive "Saranac" character that all of their beers seem to have.

Mouthfeel ... medium-bodied with slight carbonation on the tongue, but nothing too special. Nice to swirl in your mouth and savor.

Quite drinkable. I have had 2 of these tonight, and I may have another two. It's not overly alcoholic and as an an Octoberfest beer it is made for sessioning. More drinkable than some other beers in this class.

This is a great beer from a great brewery. Who would have guessed that F.X. Matt would be putting out such high quality craft beers just a couple of decades after Utica Club was the swill of the masses? As usual, Saranac delivers an excellent beer at a low price - $5.76 per sixer here in Maryland, over 300 miles from the brewery. Not too shabby.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to an O'fest style mug. The Liquid is a light copper with good carbonation. The head in light white and 2 full fingers, it leaves a good lace.

The smell is light carmel malt. Hmm Smells like a Marzen. Cool

The taste is A OK, Matzen all the way. a light toasty carmel taste, slightly sweet.Great hopy balance. Well done Matt.

The mouthfeel is ok, carbonation good body medium. OK.

The drinkability is high, as this beer is true to a highly drinkable style. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

I had another 4-4-2007 and it held up nice real solid Marzen. IMO

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Photo of AlHam
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, medium body. Nice shades of light amber.

Smells crisp and malty.

Clean, crisp, malty and hopsy, and very drinkable.

It has a fairly light body and mouthfeel, about typical for an octoberfest, which makes it very drinkable.

Not Saranac's best beer, but it is definitely another solid beer from a fantastic brewery.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac delivers a solid example of the Maerzen style in their "Octoberfest".

It pours a clear copper body with orange highlights beneath a short head of off-white. Unfortunately, the head retention and lacing leave a little bit to be desired.

Sweetish and toasty malt greets you in the nose with a hint of caramel and some fruitiness, and some floral and gently grassy hops round it out.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor delivers all of the maltiness suggested by the aroma, and it's gently toastly, bready with a hint of burnt crust, lightly caramelish, and delicately fruity. And unlike many examples, the maltiness is not over-done and sweet, or thick on the palate. No, this is very nicely balanced by the spicy, floral and grassy hops that run through it, and the firm bitterness that supports it. It finishes dry with a short-lingering note of sweet malt, a bit of fruitiness, and then longer-lasting notes of spicy, floral, and grassy hops.

Wow! Pretty nice. In a climate where a lot of German Oktoberfests have been dumbed down to the point of being just malty golden lagers, and many American brewers use too heavy of a hand with the malts, Matt has kept theirs balanced, and to style. Very nicely drinkable! One of the better examples I've tasted this year.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.27/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber, moderate head that dissipated quickly to a thin layer of foam.

Smell: Dark malts, faintly spicy aromas.

Taste: A malty taste predominates, but with a solid backing of a spicy taste, some hop flavors but no real bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, warming, alcohol is well masked. Carbonation is good.

Drinkability&Notes: This was my first review of a Matt Brewing Co. beer, and I'm seriously impressed. Goes down so very nicely. Awesome Beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of PA-hunter
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
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 Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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 RJFarley
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%

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