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
BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
538
Reviews:
281
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
13.29%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
79
For Trade:
0
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Photo of changeup45
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown-amber color, medium off-white head and some lacing. Semi-sweet aroma with a blend of hops and malt. The flavor was very well balanced including light malt, spices, brown sugar and a little hop bitterness. I recommend this one, it's a good drink.

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Photo of Timmush
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

ok, seriously... how can anyone rate this beer above a "C"???
I bought a 6 pack fresh today for $5.99 in total wine and more in union. I was excited to try this beer after the Sam Adams Octoberfest I had last night.
There is no comparison.
THis beer is just plain bad.Everything about this beer (other than the price) is dissapointing. Very watery. The color, aroma, taste.. all not worthy.
Maybe I am not sure about the rating system here but C means average. Is this an above average beer?

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +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 Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-orange with a thick white head and slight lacing.

Aroma is plenty of sweet bready caramel malt. Fruity with a hint of nut.

Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet grainy toasted malt. Light fruit. Nutty with a lingering spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied. Quite smooth.

A good, but not outstanding O-fest. Flavor is mild and pleasant. Worth a try.

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Photo of cjunior955
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local beer distributor still has several cases of this lying around and when it went on sale I decided to give it a go. I am familiar with Saranac products and they rarely disappoint. This beer has a nice amber color and drinks smooth. Taste is a little caramel and dash of hops, similar to a watered down version of Sam Adams. Overall a very good Octoberfest, but could have a little more flavor. Great price. $19.00 (case).

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Photo of Gehrig
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Bobzilla
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Orange-brown in color, with an inital head that was thin, but ivory. After less than a minute, it vanished leaving a ring on top of the beer. The initial aroma was unusual, with sour/burnt/sulfur overtone. After letting it sit and warm up for a minute, a bready, pretzel smell starts to take over.
When it is cold: Tart and sour, with a metallic finish. Mouthfeel is very carbonated. With Saaz and Tettang hops, I'm wondering where the bitterness is coming from.
As it gets warmer: Buttery diacetyl smell, a bit of sweetness, and an herbal character of the back of the tongue and throat.
This beer seems to be one that is much better with food than on its own. Anything with salt helps to cut some the bitterness of the beer. Cheese, pretzels, or a full meal, and this becomes a drinkable beer. By itself, I'd prefer one of Saranac's High Peak's series instead.

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Photo of zdk9
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark copper, crystal clear. A finger of clumpy white head gives way to some rings of lacing.

S- The first whiff reveals a light maltiness. The second- some sulferous odor. The third- Some decent hoppy fruitiness, mostly orange and lemon. Overall the smell is a bit sweet- the malt is reminiscent of corny malt liquor. But it is suffeciently complex.

T- About the same as the smell w/o any hints of sulfur, which I appreciate. The malt flavor is a little less corny, and a little more husky, but still reminds me of drinking a 40, and I would definatly love stronger hops, which would probably improve the balance.

M- Decent, good carbonation level.

D- Overall an ok beer, certainly better than the Adirondack lager, if only in complexity, but not the most balanced beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- This beer is sort of Orange/amber looking. It lacks in the head and lace department.

Smell- I was not fond of the smell. It was very bland in most areas I would expect to flourish in a Marzen. It was too yeasty and bread like to be honest.

Taste- It was more sour than bitter it was not bad but some what disappointing. There was a little hops flavor to begin with but it was faint. It is fairly sweet but not in the manner that it should be. It is sort of hard to explain.

Mouthfeel- Mainly watery.

Drinkability- This beer does not represent this style of beer well.

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Photo of Stimack
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know it is late in the season to be reviewing an Octoberfest but I had it and is one of the only brews from Saranac I have not reviewed. This brew poured to a copper color with a very small light tan head that did not have much retention but did leave a little lacing. Te aromas seem to be mostly toasted malts with some caramel highlights The flavors are fair, would say it does not compare to Sam Adams version, just comparing it to it since it is the most readily available here and just a quick/easy standby. Caramel and Roasted flavors come out but also has a little odd aftertaste that I have never really been overly keen to. This is a brew I always have just because it seems that every fall people have it in their fridges. Many better Octoberfests available but for the price point it is not to bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.03/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spices and some pale hops.

T: The taste starts with a strong pale hops flavor. The same pale hops flavor that I don’t like in their Pale Ale. There are some flavors of caramel and spice that come in next and there’s a decent malt character. The after-taste is bitter.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very tasty, doesn’t go down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, poor representation of style, there would have to be a very limited array of choice available for me to select this beer again and I certainly would not recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a finger length white head that quickly settled down but still retained well and left adequate lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet malt with a light fruity presence as well.

Taste is a strong caramel malt sweetness that quickly transitions into a strange tart cherry fruity harshness that caught me off guard. Mouthfeel is on the light side with fizzy carbonation.

The light body on this makes for easy drinking but I just wish there was more that excited me in the aroma and taste department. There's just too many other O-Fests out there that I'd rather spend my time and money on.

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

appearance - Brown-copper color with a smal head, that left a ring around the glass. .

smell - Sweet malt smell here.

taste - Malt taste, with some hop taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Thin body here.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, had better octoberfest beers, but wanted to try it.

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Photo of albern
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very mediocre Octoberfest beer if there ever was one. It pours a nice amber with some head and retention. The smell is sweet malts and caramel. This is a medium bodied, low carbonation lager with a flat, caramel, almost what I call a cola syrup taste that is just not that enticing. There is a sharp bite to this beer that makes no sense and I'm not certain where it comes from. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but okay, the aftertaste has that bite again. This is a one and done for me. You can do better in seeking out other beers of this style.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Saranac Octoberfest was amber in color with a white head. The head was small, but had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was caramel malt, lightly toasty with some hops. The taste was toasted and caramel malt with some hop bitterness to balance. The finish was dry and a little bitter. It was just less than medium in body with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a decent Oktoberfest, but not the best that I've tried.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured with little head or lace and was a slightly cloudy amber and smelled of malty goodness, a hint of alcohol and some of the hops. This smelled like a bock. Mouth washed with a little "old water" flavor , slightly musty, and washed with a sweetness that was like a mild maple syrup.

So, this was a malty lager. Average actually. The bite from the hops and the rounded malt, toasted a bit, but there was a hole in the middle. The wheat, toasted, makes a good flavor but it does not follow through.

Okay for what it's worth, but there are lots of better out there. Wouldn't get again.

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Photo of cdmastro
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a one inch foamy head into a "Sam Adams" glass.

Coppery, dark amber, clear appearance.

Aromas were very faint and leaned toward malt and caramel.

Taste was milder than expected. Malty with a hoppy middle and a quick finish. Medium high carbonation gave a pleasant but unremarkable mouthfeel.

A middle of the road Oktoberfest for this season that may be better in a draft version.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle,sdrved into a nonic glass.
Clear,medium amber with a 1" off-white foamy head that quickly dissapated into a soapy looking coating. Fiar amount of carbination with medium bubbles constinatly rising.

Clean aroma,all the aromas were faint. Barely a malt smell,some fruityness,peachy aromas seemed to be the strongest with a touch of grassiness.

Clean tasting,Tart,tangy fruitiness up front,with some light sweet malt,a bit candied. Good balance,has a nice crisp finish. Not a lot of taste either.

Light bodied and smooth with a touch of grainyness. Easy to drink,just barely enough taste to be sessionable. Typical Saranac,decent beer,but not too exciting,but very drinkable.

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

($1.39 - 12oz. single at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium copper body with a fizzy, white head.

Smell: Light aroma of caramel malts with a hint of grains and toastiness.

Taste: Shamelessly watered-down flavor of earthy graininess with only the faintest bit of sweetness. A spicy hop bitterness takes over and lasts into the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: This looks to be the last new Oktoberfest beer I'll have for the season. Bummer.

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

I had this one on tap at the Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester. What a great place!!

Served in a standard pint the beer is copper colored with a smallish off-white head.

The aroma is of sweet malts and caramel.

The beer tastes sweet with toffee and grains. Something apple like adds some fruity embellishments. It has a slightly nutty finish.

The mouth is fine, but I would like to see it beefed up a bit.

This is a fine modern Oktoberfest that is very easy to session.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head. Shortly reduces to a nice lacing that holds throughout the beer.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell. Nice and smooth.

T: Malts were also very evident in the taste. There was a slightly alcoholic aftertaste, but a nice, sweet malty taste overall.

M: A nice, smooth, full-bodied beer that was easy to drink.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Smooth and crisp taste makes it nice and easy to drink.

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

Pours a light copper color with an average off-white head that dissipated into a small cap. The smell is of caramel malt and light spicy hops. This marzen starts of sweet with the caramel malt but is quickly offset by spicy and somewhat bitter/metallic hops. The malt has some toasted qualities to it. The feel is moderate and well carbonated and finished a tad on the bitter side. A fairly clean and refreshing brew, probably one of the better Saranac offering that I have had.

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Photo of billybob
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper color with a large off white head that holds up well and a fair amount of lacing. floral aromas with a slight hop and spice there also. bready malt taste with a citrus lemon turning to a slightly bitter grapefruit hop finish. mouthfeel is light and carbonation is crisp. not bad but not my first choice.

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Photo of kdog630
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish copper color with 1/4 inch of head which quickly dissipated. Nice malty aroma and flavor. Much richer than other domestic Oktoberfests I've had.

Despite very little head and little if any lacing, the flavor and mouthfeel were above average. Sweet but with a good balance. Nice clean finish.

I'm not much for Oktoberfests, but this is one of the better ones I've had in a while. If I'm in the Upstate area again, I'll give it another go.

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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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