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

538 Ratings
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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Ratings: 538 |  Reviews: 281
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010): The aroma is hardly noticeable, consisting mostly of spruce and citrus. Its golden amber appearance is standard for a lager, but a bit on the light side for an Octoberfest. Minimal head. The taste is interesting: light sweetness, medium bitterness, and lightly sour. It has a crisp palate, with a thin texture and lively carbonation. The finish is clean and abrupt. Decent beer for the category.

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Photo of therica
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= medium dark brown, fair head quickly reducing to ongoing pooling and lacing.

S= nice nose of hops florals and prune, roasted malts and light caramel.

T= following the scent, a nice burst of hops florals and prune mixed with more evident light caramel and roasted sweet malts. Modest bitterness, slightly dry. Occasionally watery where I'd prefer chewy but overall a very decent offering.

M= slightly dry with caramel and hops florals.

D= rather drinkable. Would probably go nicely with any gravy meal (chicken, beef, pork, turkey).

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Photo of billab914
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Mad Fox shaped pint glass. It poured a clear, copper/amber color with a thick and foamy head filling the top inch of the glass.

The aroma has a bready, grainy flavor to it with some light toasted malts along with some caramel coming through. A touch of citrus seems to be present as well.

The taste shows more caramel malt to is with a little toffee and toasted malts coming through as well. A little bit of an earthy, slightly herbal comes through and keeps it from becoming too sweet.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't bad, it's a decent beer overall. It just wasn't anything that stood out in the style for me.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Clean, light copper color with a two-finger head of creamy, white foam. Great clarity and good carbonation.

S: Light, zesty grains and a sweet, bready aroma are faint. Some floral, estery aromas blend with light, herbal hops.

T: Creamy malt flavor throws sweet, caramel malts and toasted grains into the mix with a slightly fruity malt palate. The creaminess translates nicely into the flavor, but it drys and finishes with such minimal bitterness, its tough to get too excited to take another sip.

M: Medium-bodied, clean and slightly creamy mouthfeel with a bit of a crisp finish.

D: A no-frills marzen but not a bad offering from Saranac. They have seemed to take measures not to screw up too basic of a brew and its 5.4% ABV puts it right in line with many German marzens and basic domestic fest beers. It's pretty solid, if not boring.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Moment: More baseball/football watching--the best time for this sports fan... Glassware: Saranac willibecker... Appearance: Strong, autumnal orange/brown body that suggests malt and more malts--thin white head that is a bit inconsistent... Aroma: sweet, crips malt as promised; doughy accents prohibit a higher mark for aroma... Palate: medium-bodied with a late fizziness; otherwise, flat and lacking a strong mouthfeel... Taste: a bit flat, delivered with the quality of a cola; monolithic in its delivery of malt; the malts themselves taste slightly roasted and stay true to their aroma... Overall: This "limited release" is a serviceable sessioner--and I am a fool for an Oktoberfest ANYTHING--and yet, imperfect hints of metal ping at certain points taper my enthusiasm; truth be told, I bought a case and have not been disappointed in reaching for a pair or three per night the past few weekends...

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Photo of weller1js
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours clear, golden-orange with moderate carbonation, with light foam that dissipates quickly, and slight ring of lacing.

smell: light and earthy, malts are light yet have a toasty undertone.

taste: taste is clean and lighter, malt taste are balance between their harvest-earthiness and a light toasty touch that enhances the bitters of the hops.

drinkability: a lighter take on the Märzen style with some pleasant typical lager attributes, pleasant to drink.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice lighter copper color with good bubbles and nice thin clumps of lacing, with a head that likes to stay above the body of the brew quite nicely at about 1/2".

Smell: Grains, earthiness, some nice crisp malt sweetness, a bit of toffee and caramel, and a nice touch of citrus.

Taste: There's a nice herbal and citrus touch to this that mingles nicely with the lighter and subtle coffee and toffee flavors along with the mild fruit esters. Lingering balance between caramel malts, light esters, and a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with nice crisp carbonation on the back end.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine, but for the QPR this is tasty and a decent domestic version of the style, and maybe one of Saranac's better brews.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
2.24/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 4 November 2010.

Poured at 40 degrees F into standard American pint glass. Pours a clear orange-gold, less than a 1-finger egg-white head, almost no lacing. The first ingredient in the aroma is cinnamon, just like when you put cinnamon in a homebrew. Other than that, some sweet autumn-malts. Taste didn't sit well with me. Way too bready, and the bitterness is not the kind of bittering hops we all know and love. This bitterness combines with the carbonation and destroys the roof of my mouth. The taste of cinnamon doesn't carry over heavily. It leaves a sticky, undesirable stale malt flavor on the palate. I would not recommend this as a session beer. However, Saranac has other good brews, so don't turn down the company immediately.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold/amber color. Poured a 1 finger slightly off-white head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted lazily. Patches of lace slid down the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet, bready wet grains. A hint of grass and honey

T: Sweet bready malt. Mild bitter; just enough to balance.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and a alittle coating though carbonation and mild bitter clean it up.

D: Very drinkable; goes down real easy. Smooth and balanced while fairly flavorful.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass. Pours a translucent copper with a 2.5 inch, fluffy, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap with sticky strands of lacing present during the tasting. Aromas are very light; however, there seems to be a trace of citrus, caramel malt and a slightly skunky quality. Taste follows nose - skunk is less dominant and the malty character expresses itself a bit more; however, there is also a slight metallic character that manifests itself towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium (but closer to the light side of the spectrum), with a lively, almost fizzy, carbonation. Not a bad Marzen, perhaps a little too much carbonation, and some slightly off-putting flavors, but drinkability actually isn't all that bad.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a amber-copper color with an off white head. A good few fingers of head at first, though this drops down rather quickly without leaving too much lace behind. The nose is a bit of caramel malt and bread as well as some light hop notes. The taste is mostly some caramel and bread and not too much else. Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly plain, but still tasty.

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Photo of uustal
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter amber than most oktoberfests. Nice white head, but below average lacing and decent retention. Complex aroma. Caramel, wheat, floral and citrus hop aroma with a bit of alcohol as well. Taste starts with a hint of sweet caramel/toffee malt and also some citrus and floral hops. Hoppier than more oktoberfests. A little grass and wheat flavor in there as well. Nothing too strong about the flavor and even a bit watery. Light bodied.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this an an extra in a trade with joeybeerbelly... Thanks, Joe!

I liked this brew for what it was... A highly drinkable Marzen.. It didn't try to do too much... Nice toasted malts with a kiss of hops...

Easy drinking brew that I could session with food easily...

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Photo of Onenote81
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of a autumn-themed mixed sixer. Poured into a conical pint glass. This pours a crystal clear dark amber-orange with a thin white head on top. Dissipated to a thin collar on the edges. Lightest of lace left behind. The smell is basic, with some faint caramel and light fruit.

The malts profile is fairly basic. Not the most complex beer out there. Light sweetness noted, but the aftertaste is bitter and reminds me of veggies. I've had better balanced festbiers for sure. Mouthfeel is a little on the spritzy side. Smooth this one out a bit more. It's not bad for the price, but probably the least enjoyable of the style I've had this year.

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Photo of KeithStolte
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance was a nice mixture of an Amber and Copper color with a medium head. Not much Carbonation and little lacing. Head dissipated within 1.5 mins.

Smells of Honey and Corn, and a hint of grass.

Taste was slightly hoppy and very mild in malts.

Mouth leaves a crisp light taste in the mouth, possibly from a lower carbonation than other Märzen beers in my experience.

Drinkability is smooth and goes down easy. Definitely easy to go down in succession, keeping in the tradition of Oktoberfest beers with multiple servings of 1L steins.

Pairing: Best pairing with food so far was with a beef stew. It matched the heaviness of the stew and mixture of the vegetable aftertaste with the beer elevated the overall dinner experience.

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Photo of bonkers
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear copper with a medium white head. The aroma is very bready, sweet, little grassy. The flavor is pretty standard marzen, bready and sweet with ligth hoppy finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. A standard marzen, decent session type brew.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

This beer pours a clear light copper/amber-orange color with a nice off white head (about two fingers worth). Very little in the way of head retention, and not much in the way of lacing either.

Caramel and bready malts are the main attraction, very clean and aromatic. Just a slight hint of floral and spicy hops provides a bit of balance to keep the aroma from being too sweet.

Bready malts (slightly toasted) provide the backbone of the beer; with bits of caramel sweetness, spicy & floral hops, and earthy undertones to round it out. Medium/light bodied and moderately carbonated. This beer is very clean and crisp, and finishes slightly dry. Not overly sweet, this beer is easy to drink, and light enough to be able to drink several of during a sitting.

A little lighter than I am used to with this style, but very nice over all. Not terribly complex, but nicely done.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber colour with a fair size off white head. Unbelievably, I can't see any carbonation at all.... There is some very faint lacing, and the head lasted for a few minutes before it was gone completely.

Smell - honey, corn, malts, toffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer feels like it looks; under carbonated. It is slightly on the watery side, and I can taste corn syrup first and foremost. I can also make out a honey/brown sugar sweetness and a light grassiness. It finishes with malts, and a sweet corn aftertaste.

Drink - there is nothing special here, an average beer that is fine to drink 1 of every October.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A=Light yellowish-orange with good-sized head,leaving decent noticeable leaving,sticking to the glass for a good while.

S&T=Caramel malts, some grains with little to no hops.

M=light to medium, average carbonation.

Pretty good. Not great, but meets the standard. Can't beat the price(at least for this sample pack). A worthy beer from a so-far worthy brewery.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice golden appearance with creamy white head building, which hangs around a while.
The smell is crisp and fresh and I felt like drinking a nice mouthful right away. It has a nice light body and great balance. You will taste the slight bitterness of german hops after you let the beer linger in your mouth, which adds to the value of this very drinkable seasonal brew, just like it is meant to be for the celebration of the Oktoberfest, where the masses enjoy a few good liters of fine beer.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - decent looking copper colour with not alot of head or carbonation.

S - Huge malt presence combined with some sort of spiciness that I wanna say is pumpkin but can't quite put my finger on. Very enticing.

T - Nice malty sweetness with a tiny hop flavour there as well. The malty body is quite complex but it could use more balance to offset the sweetness. Quite nice though.

M - Light, well carbonated in the mouth.

D - Medium drinkability on this. It's a good beer but nothing would make me want a whole lot more.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep bronze color, very clear and a nice thick light tan head that laces nicely as it fades.

Somewhat mild caramel malt aroma. Some toasted character to it, with no hop presence detectable. Flavor is also very mild and somewhat thin. Some toasted malt and a brief dryness that is out of place. I do get a bit of hop flavor in the middle, and then it finishes somewhat dry and mildly bitter for a bit. It all does linger as a nice sweetness on the tongue though.

Decent body and pretty smooth feel, with minimal carbonation. A good easy drinker but different than I expected. Still not bad for a change.

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Photo of Dodt
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

picked up a six pack of this beer
along with another Oktoberfest beers
poured from the bottle into a beer mug
appearance light brown sort of orange in color with a decent head
smell very mild in malts
taste slighly malty with good balance
mouthfeel syrupy

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is also mild, malts with some hints of hops, a slight bitterness at the finish. Not bad but nothing special. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent brew.

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Photo of bourbonbock
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

A. Pours a light almond color with very little color depth. White head that dissipates very quickly.

S. Malts and more malts maybe a slight earthiness from some hops.

T. This is much better than i expected but still just straightforward malt profile with slight bitterness behind the body. Very chemical like aftertaste.

M. Feels very syrupy and slightly over carbonated.

D. I probably won't be buying this again. Sam Adams Octoberfest is much better.

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Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.46 out of 5 based on 538 ratings.
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