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Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style LagerSaranac Our Octoberfest German Style Lager
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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: 545 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. 1 finger of foam quickly dissipates and lacing is soapy and white. Aroma is a nice balance of hops and sweet malts with some spices, with sweetness dominating. Taste is also pretty sweet with some spice and dark fruits, especially upon warming. Easy to drink and pretty tasty.

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

Poured from a bottle into a conic pint glass. Beer is clear and orange / amber. Forms a thick yellowish head of medium sized bubbles. Carbonation is medium sized bubbles low to moderate and steady. Head falls away and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is subtle and is mostly light malt. No hops or anything.

Taste is a little bland. Not much to report. Medium body, nice and smooth. Beer is wet and finishes completely. There is some malt character in the front, not a lot of bitterness and no hop flavors to speak of.

Drinkability is relatively high. Kind of an average beer, worth a look if you are into Marzen, otherwise don't worry about it.

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Photo of jjboesen
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is brewed by F.X. Matt in Utica, New York. There is a quick gush of foam at first pour; it quickly subsides and settles into a translucent amber liquid pulsing with carbonation bubbles. There is neither lacing nor clingage - which is logical (I guess?)

The nose comes off a bit soapy; a somewhat disconcerting effect given that this beer was bottled and drunk from a clean glass, one that has never been subject to harsh detergents. The taste is rather bland and lifeless with nary a note of hop, malt or anything. Although, it is drinkable, this one is not worth seeking out; certainly when there are so many quality Oktoberfest quaffs around. (See my review for Sam Adams Oktoberfest.)

Incidentally, Saranac is a fine brewer that can and does produce some "quality" beer. (See my review of their Imperial Stout.) Unfortunately, their Oktoberfest is not one of them. How would the Germans say "meh?"

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Photo of gilman
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color and a small yet respectable white head. As the beer head settles a little lace is left behind. The beer has a good aroma, hops with a bit of malt in it and a few spices, maybe some caramel. It has a full body but more syrupy that I expect in a ocktoberfest but at the same time it goes down easily. I think I could drink a number of these without complaint. The flavor is malt an hops. There are certainly some toasted grains in there, and maybe a hint of spices. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a slight lingering. Over all not a bad rendering.

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

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a normal pint glass. The beer has a pretty copper color and a small but respectable white head made of small bubbles. As the head is settling a little bit of lace is left behind. The beer has a pleasant aroma; there seems to be a bit of malt in it and a few spices, but nothing that I can definitely identify. The thing that strikes me first as I taste the beer is it's full body. It's more syrupy that I expected, but at the same time it goes down easily. I think I could drink a number of these without complaint. The flavor is more malt than hops. There are certainly some toasted grains in there, and maybe a hint of spices. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a slight lingering bitterness that is enjoyable.

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Photo of necrat
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a lighter color than I've seen with other Oktoberfests. Left a moderatley sized head

The smell was of fruit and something else I couldn't put my finger on.

The taste was just OK. It had some hops, some spices, I could taste some fruit tones, and alchohol. It just didn't blend well for me.

Decent carbonation level. About what you would expect.

The beer just wasn't a very drinkable beer for me.

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Photo of squirrelpirate
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
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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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 ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The marzen appears a hazed muted amber color with about a finger of fluffy light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of toasted bread and cereal grains, green apples, pears, sweet biscuits, caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Pretty decent and accessible as well.

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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 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 tj4288
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from 12oz into flared pilsner glass

a- golden copper, slightly lighter in color than i would expect. decent two finger head recedes to small cap and leaves perfect rings of lace.

s- smell is wow sweet, malty. good clean fresh hops. light spices. not overly powerful on the nose but very good.

t- tastes of a good clean fresh octoberfest. slighter weaker and lighter than others but definatly not lacking in flavor.

m- mouthfeel is light crisp and very refreshing. i would say this octoberfest is better for warmer fall days.

d- excellent. dencently priced, great flavor and fairly light body. i could drink six or more of these in a night. ... i wish i had more than this one bottle :( just about one sip left in the glass now. ill have to savour it. i will buy this again and will suggest it to people who like octoberfests but prefer something slightly lighter.


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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't typically go for Octoberfest style beers, but this year I decided to branch out and try a few different ones to see which one I like the best. My second Saranac brew. Got pretty low expectations, at $1.05 a bottle. Here is my review:

A: Pours that typical Octoberfest color. Head doesn't last long. No lacing.

S/T: I get quite an earthy aroma on the beer, which is my least favorite quality of this style. A little sweet. Taste is better than the aroma would suggest. Lots of sweet, caramel malt. Maybe some toffee, and that earthy component is there, but more subdued in the flavor. Basically a watered down Sam Adams Octoberfest. Nothing great, but nothing offensive either.

M/D: Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation. Very crisp finish with little to no aftertaste. Pretty watery tasting. Drinkablility is good as this is comparable to macro beers like Killians. Not something I would buy.

Overall, this is an okay Octoberfest. I am being kind of harsh on the ratings, but there just isn't enough here to warrant a purchase. Nothing even a beer nood hasn't seen before. A pretty main stream beer. Not the worst Octoberfest you could buy, but definetly not the best.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I remember having this a couple of years ago so I picked up another six pack this year, not quite as good as I remember, I drank about 3 of the 6 pack before I reviewed it just in case I happened to get a bad beer, but my review stays pretty consistent. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, has a fizzy head to it that goes away very quickly, little lacing at first, then it goes away completely. Smell is very good. Has a very clean smell to it, mostly malts. The taste is again a very clean taste, dominated by mostly malts, a little bit of roasted taste as well. It doesn't finish all that well, almost a little bland, but I'd still say it's an above average taste based on the initial taste. The mouthfeel is good, a little too carbonated, not quite the characteristic of an Octoberfest. The drinkability is very good, one of the more refreshing Octoberfests I've had. This is overall one of the more lighter looking and tasting Octoberfests I've tried, but not bad. I'd recommend it more on a warmer fall day than a cool one, but don't avoid it just cause it's lighter.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra from JoeyBeerBelly. Cheers dude!

A- Pours a nice clear copper color with a thick white head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of pale malt aroma with some spice and a touch of fruit.

T- A very light hoppy (Saaz?) bitterness initially with some toasted grain and malt in the finish. A bit spicy throughout.

M- Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

D- A decent brew but not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac Octoberfest is a sparkling, crystal clear amber lager with a pillowy, foamy off-white head that has excellent retention and lacing. It has a faint, wooden, herbal scent and the malt smells bready and pretzely. It seems a little funky. It is medium bodied, smooth and dry with a very dry and chalky finish. It has a light wooden, botanical bitterness that's well balanced with the sour dough pretzel flavor. It's a sufficient oktoberfest.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich amber /copper, average head/ dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Fresh straw, crackly fallen leaves, full moon, yeah it's all there.

T- Pretty much to be expected. Follows the smell and adds a hint of a hoppy finish. Has flavor but not so much you couldn't have a few with a thanksgiving feast.

M- Like the others in the variety pack, the overall quality is smooth, but lacks overall integrity, but I guess that's what keeps it light.

D- Easy. I can see where it might be perceived as a little watered down, again, i could definitely have a few

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Photo of vicg12
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Of all places I had this at my buddy's Halloween Frat party, they had a keg of it. Best frat keg ever.

Appearance - dark, orengy

Smell - malty

Taste - very good, taste like a marzen should

Mouthfeel - slightly watery but lots of flavor

Drinkability - very drinkable really good beer just a little watery.

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Photo of Kooz
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Next up for Octoberfest, Saranac...

Typical Saranac bottle; didn't pour, but looks pretty good. Makes me want to drink it.

A sweetish/bitterish smell, but nice. Taste is terrific. Mellow and smooth, lots of flavor. Sharp mouthfeel, and coats the mouth and makes the next sip easier. Overall, nice. I would drink this all day. And I will at Maddhopper's Oktoberfest!

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Photo of krisandajt
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a rich amber color with lots of bubbly carbonation, and a good inch of foamy head that fades somewhat quickly leaving behind some decent soapy lacing.

Smell: A crisp bready, biscuity sort of sweetness. Nothing really stands out here, a more subtle smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a crisp biscuity kind of sweetness. However, like the smell, the taste is a bit lacking. Nothing is really pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice crisp taste,goes down easy.

Drinkability: Overall, not bad for the style. A bit of sweetness, nice crisp mouthfeel, and easy drinking. There are better Marzens out there, but this one isn't bad.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in a pilsner glass.

A nice light golden color with a small fluffy head. Nose is malty and sweet, very peasant.

Very toasty, smooth and complex. It's got a nice carbonation and flavor. This is the best Oktoberfest beer I've had since Otter Creek Oktoberfest.

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Photo of confer
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber Oktoberfest color with no head.

S- Creamy malty aroma.

T- Not bad but not as good as a lot of other Oktoberfest choices. No hop taste at its all malt.

M- A little to thin.

D- As I said before it is okay but there are many other Oktoberfest to enjoy during this season.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of an Saranac Autumn sampler. There were better beers in the 12 pack. This beer was an amber color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was lacking, just some vague spice. Cinnamon and clove in the taste, just the tiniest bit of caramel. Mouthfeel was warming from the spice, not quite pleasant. Two and done for me.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear dark amber color with a BIG light brown head (I did not pour it badly...)

S - Smells malty with hints of hops. Some maple in there perhaps? Very bready as is normal with the style.

T - Caramel malts, biscuity. The hops finish it off to make it crisp and well balanced.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, feels a bit light for my Oktoberfest tastes. Moderate carbonation.

D - This style is meant to be sessioned in the fall. This is no exception.

Overall a decent Oktoberfest, cheap in my area, but there are many better representations out there. Worth a try! I still prefer the Sam Adams version...

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

A. Poured a clear amber, with an off white one finger head. A little lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, caramel,maple, leaves

T Sweet maple, carmel flavor with some slightly bitter hops. A little on the sweet side.

M. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D. Definatly a session beer. I could drink a few of these on a chilly october evening. Reminds me of autumn.

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Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 545 ratings
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