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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
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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 mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these last night with dinner, not sure why but what the heck right. Been sitting in the fridge for a couple months so I figured I would give it a shot. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/30/2009.

The pour was decent with a very clear amber color coming forward right away. Nice little puff of white up on top that settled down into nothing but left a touch of a broken crown on the sides and the bottom. Lots of carbonation here is becoming very evident as I look through it. The aroma though was rather plain. Light grain and hints of bready malts. Slight hop finish but everything was honestly too light to really make much of a difference. Crisp, clean flavor and a smooth and light body, but again nothing really jumping out at me to make this anything but average for the style. Very drinkable but nothing to write home about.

Overall a very solid offering but again nothing really spectacular. I would not mind having it again, but what would be the point.

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Photo of Voonder
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color with thin off-white head which dissapeared quickly. Smell - very malty and bready. Quite nice. Taste - yeasty, malty, bready. A bit sweet. Rich and smooth, almost creamy. Good sessional beer. Drinkable. Would definately have this again

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

Pours light bronze, intermittent lacing with a decently persistent head.

Smells strongly malty, very biscuity. Lots of bready malt as is the calling of a good marzen.

Tastes supremely malty, good quality malts present here. This is a pretty good marzen, not much to say about it seeing as marzens are relatively plain and malt-dominated. But this is one of the better ones that I've had. Definitely worth a try for the fall even though I'm tasting it a bit late.

Mouthfeel is perfect, grainy malt, very little carbonation. Check it out.

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Photo of tzieser
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a pretty thick head that simmers in a small lacing around the glass, lightly carbonated

smells very malty with a hint of hops in the background. it actually smells very similar to some of the german marzens i've had. rich and malty yet bold. smells nice.

tastes good. it has that signature german crispy beer taste. i love it. not quite as malty as i thought, some caramel malts and biscuits, but a nice amount of hops to give it that crisp and clean flavor. well balanced and well done.

mouthfeel is good. well carbonated and feels good going down.

drinkability is a 5. the clean taste of the beer makes this beer very drinkable.

overall-- this is one of the better marzens i've had. i'm pleasantly suprised. i thought it would be overly malty-- but it turns out this is quite a hidden gem. give it a shot.

PS- I dig the Bavarian flag label scheme.

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

Out of a bottle this beer produced a one-finger, sandy-white head atop the orange/amber fluid. There was lots of rising carbonation, decent retention of the head and good lacing in thin bands. The aroma was soft, dry grains and toasted malt. The flavors were good but the aftertaste odd. It started with hop bitterness before some biscuity malt added balance. It then became very dry and grainy but the aftertaste was stale/off. The mouthfeel was smooth, the carbonation good and the body medium. It was still a good example of the style and enjoyable enough.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/23/08. Bottle. Pours a light orange with a small white head. Lots of sweet malt and nice lager yeasts. Highly carbonated and watery palate. I thought this was one of the better Saranac offerings that I've had, but it still wasn't anything impressive.
6/4/6/3/12 (3.1/5)

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Photo of mphopkins99
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear amber. Decent white head that leaves some lacing.

S - A little citrusy, hint of something sweet, maybe caramel.

T - Malty, not much discernable hops, had a definite sweet aftertaste.

M - Smooth, if a little over-carbonated.

D - Very drinkable, would make a decent session beer.

A decent Oktoberfest beer that goes down very easily.

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Photo of Minkybut
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a dark mahogany color. I had a big rich tan looking head that was inviting for sure. The brown fuzz oozed a malty smell that was a hard on coming for the taste buds. The taste was malty and sweet but not too much. This was a great beer and I will buy again.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pleasant medium amber with filtered clarity, ample white head with medium lacing as it rapidly settles

S-Typical Marzen malts and a full bready smell

T-Malty and but a bit on the dry side for the type. Very tasty with a bit more of a hint of herbs than expected. Overall a nice balanced taste.

M-Well balanced and not much to say here.

D-Very drinkable and sessionable. Nothing remarkable here, but nothing remarkable was expected. Good job.

I generally think that Matts does a better than average job with most styles. This is no exception. Is there better, yes, but for the price and for the consistancy, these guys do it very well.

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Photo of Pencible
2.61/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This poured a clear amber with off-white head. It smelled like lemon hops and wild yeast with copper hops and some earthy caramel malt. It tasted like dry earthy barley malt, and copper and lime hops with sour yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this didn't have the best flavor, and it wasn't terribly clean either. The body was OK, but this beer just wasn't enjoyable enough to make we want to finish it. It's only really drinkable as a 2nd or 3rd beer of the night.

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Photo of dstc
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep copper with a nice off-white head that falls slow leaving a decent lace.

Carmel malt aroma. Slightly metallic.

Taste is of malts with a fairly good balance of hops. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness and mild alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with a slight bite. Average carbonation.

Average Oktoberfest but very easy to drink. Worth a try.

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

Bottle courtesy of a friend - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transaprent copper-color with a nice one-finger slightly off-white head. The head has average or even slightly above average retention and leaves a nice film of lacing with some sticky tendrils creeping upwards towards the rim of the glass.

Aroma: Waffles, a bit of fruit, maple syrup ... nice and breakfasty. Pretty dry, on the whole though.

Taste: A nice balance of malts here, roasted, toasted, sweet. Toffee, with some butteryness, a lot of dryer, toasty notes, very bready, but wholesomely bready. A mild, not quite balancing hop note.

Mouthfeel: Way overcarbonated. It's creamy and even, but kicks it up a little too high.

Drinkability: Not bad. A nice balanced malt profile - perhaps a little dry - but interesting enough that I didn't get too bored. It's a little too overcarbonated, which sort of shoves the malt astringencies down your face, but it's not a bad beer at all. Give it a shot.

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Photo of scottg
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear orange/gold color with a thin off white head with little lacing. Toasted malt and lemony hop aromas. Grainy, biscuity malt flavor up front followed by spicy, lemon hops that last into the finish. Medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a very dry spicy finish. Easy drinking but the hop bitterness outweighs the malt, not keeping with the style.

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

Picked up a single of this at the beer store by my house. I've seen it in there a few times and decided to give it a try.
Pours a crisp amber from a 12oz bottle. Small head. Some lacing. Pretty standard looking for a decent marzen. Smells metallic, grainy toffee, bread and maybe faint caramel. Taste is good, toasty grain, toffee, almost fruity, bread with grain. This marzen has a lot of middle to it. Nice carbonation, maybe a bit on the bubbly side but in no way offensive. Toasty malt steals the show in this beer. Starts out with some mild toffee then you get a nice malt punch. finishes medium with a mellow hop zing. Very drinkable. I should have bought a 6-pack but, I didn't want to chance it.
All in All: A very nice marzen. I would definitely buy this again.

The bottle is ugly though :P

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Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a mixer sixer at Publix

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a full one finger foamy head. Okay retention and good lace at the top. The head dies down as does the lace as the drink disappears.

S: Nice malty aromas with hints of bread and biscuits. Touches of caramel with a dash of spice.

T: Not a bad fest beer at all. Nice grainy cracker flavor with a touch of caramel showing thru. Nice hop addition with a touch of spice. Not bad.

M: Medium in body, smooth with ample carbonation.

D: Not the best fest beer around, but pretty darn drinkable.

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/27/08.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with almost three fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly, no lacing. Aroma is light hops and sweet malt.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, grain, and somewhat metallic. Finish is dry and bitter. Feel is light-medium body, clean and crisp. Carbonation is a bit high. Drinkability is decent. The metallic taste kinda kills it, though.

Not very good in my opinion. The taste is quite unpleasant.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excellent appearance: I poured this 12-oz beer into a pint glass, and a tall inch-thick head of foam rose up and lasted a good long time. Lacing is good as well. Aroma is a bit disappointing, with a little grainy caramel, and not much else. Taste is bland, with very very lightly toasted malt with a delicate touch of bitterness... not really interesting at all.

It does look nice, though!

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Very clear leaf-orange with dusky edges and rocky but not dense head that collapses quickly but does leave a few scraps of lace.

S: Nose is soft with some caramel malt notes, mild breadiness, and a bit of mineral.

T: Not bad after it warms with a tip to the spicier side of marzens. Not much sweetness but a more nutty malt flavor balanced with a spicy, herbal hops component. Prior to warming, more mineral elements were present.

M: Feels somewhat undermalted with a light-to-medium body for the style. Aftertaste is pretty short and nutty with good carbonation.

D: A very drinkable marzen from Saranac which isn't a bad value. Allow it to warm a few minutes and it's pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of ewright
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of Rootdog316
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured a clear copper with a small disapating white head. Aromas of straw, light caramel and light spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, light straw and spicy hops with a crisp malty finish. Definitely on the lower end of the Oktoberfests I've ever had.

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Photo of Goregazm
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Appearance: This beer pours a light orange-copper, with lots of bubbles in it rising to the surface. Has a small one finger head which dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Has a rather bready smell, along with some caramel. There is a woody scent to this beer, with some herbs buried in there.

Taste: Bitter hops up front, with a sweet undertone. Definately earthy, with a slight malt and the herbs mixed in. Ok at best.

Mouthfeel: Good, solid consistancy, but has kind of an acidic feeling on the tongue. It's almost like having a mouthfull of Red Bull. The aftertaste has the breadiness of the smell, with the grains on the palate along with the bitterness.

Drinkability: I wasn't to impressed with this one. The earthiness of the taste wasn't done well, and I especially disliked the acidity this beer had in my mouth. Not an awful brew, but I don't think I'd buy this again. There are much better Octoberfest beers out there.

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Photo of Goliath
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orangey/copper color with a one inch yellowed head. Decent retention.

The aroma is ok. Kind of grainy, a bit of caramel, and a bit of bread.

The taste is not that good. A bit of caramel and grain, slightly sweet. Just not too impressive, pretty average at best for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. It's fairly easy to consume, but boring and nowhere near the best Oktoberfest I've had. Not really doin it for me.

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Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a medium amber color with good clarity and a modest size, just off white head. It fades quickly down to a very thin covering that makes only a little slick lacing.

Smell: Its aroma has herbal hop notes with light hints of sweet caramel and bready malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has an average but still very good mix of sweet caramel and bready malt with spicy/herbal and mildly floral hops. It has a solid medium body with a soft texture and carbonation. The finish leans a bit towards the hops and the drinkability is very good.

Notes: Overall it's a solid yet safe Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery last weekend, good stuff.

Poured a slightly dark amber with a good 2 fingers of head, lacing was pretty cool.

Smell is a light malt with earthy undertones, a faint sweetness.

Taste is smooth, a mix of light malt, earthy hops, and a mild spice. Aftertaste is a bit bitter and has a tad of sour fruit.

Mouthfeel is nothing special, light bodied with a crisp start, mild finish. Maybe a bit to much carbonation.

Drinkability is good. One of the better Oktoberfest's I've had this year. Went down pretty well and I could do another or two. Not a bad seasonal by far, I'll probably grab a 6'er but this isn't something I could drink all year.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day ten of Oktoberfest serves up Saranac's Octoberfest lager.

Pours a coppery, golden-amber with a solid two-finger, creamy off-white head.

Aroma is mild, with just a bit of sweet malt and herbal hops detected.

Mouthfeel is good, with a nice medium carbonation and a medium body. Tastes mostly of herbal bittering hops, with not much malt showing through on the palate, aside from the faint bit that keep the beer rather balanced; it's as if the malt and the hops have switched roles in this beer.

A rather drinkable beer, but much more akin in flavor to an APA than a Märzen. If this had been brewed with a top-fermenting yeast, it'd make a decent pale ale, but it lacks the slight caramel sweetness of a good Oktoberfest.

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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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