Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown LagerSaranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Todd on 01-23-2002

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: dark brown, very clean/clear, frothy head, long lace

smell: malty, slight hops, slight fusels

taste: dry bready malt, a bit peppery, slight bitterness up front, fast, slightly dry

mouthfeel: hoppy spice at the beginning, smooths out to a malty alcoholic feel, thick, dry finish

overall: not overly spicy as the style would indicate, hoppy for a brown, hops a bit unbalanced and simple

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cracked open a bottle to wash down some korean takeout. It poured a clear brown with a short, white head. The aroma is a mix of toasty malt and honey. The flavor has a slightly nutty character with the caramel malts, but it also tastes like a there's a little adjunct (corn, I think) mixed in. Overall, this kind of tastes like a slightly darker Yuengling lager. Saranac makes better beer. I'd stick to with the Black Forest.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good season beer.

Head pours up with a shade of deep brown. acceptable for a nut ale.

Its best to let it breath well before you drink it. It had a wonderful spice note complemented the powerful nut flavor. only down side is the spice sat pretty heavy in my mouth after I drank. Overall a pretty good beer.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I noticed as popping into this to review it's listed as just "New York." Wrong. Saranac, or Matt Brewing, is Utica, NY: closing in on 300 miles away. And they don't vend out. In fact they even brew some of Sam's product for them.

A bit low on the body, but pleasant. The lager sense: to me usually a bit sulfuric/acidic, is low. Plenty of carbonation and head that's pleasing to the mouthfeel with melanoidins filling up the mouth despite lower gravity. Nose is malt: caramel/Belgian-ish (as in brown, not any of the funk.), no hops and a hint of hops.

Taste: a nice nutty brown malt with slight bitter way in the background.

Could qualify as Northern Brown light, except the lager yeast. But Matt's has made a serious attempt to brew not just many style, but unique one. While each one is not perfect, I applaud that fact, rather than weak, at best, attempts of Yuegling, or the pathetic attempts by AB/Inbev, Miller or, on a very slight less scale, Coors/Blue Moon. (Yes, I do know they've been bought out, just making a distinction here.)

The point is more good beer, and to find unique new styles: not to go anywhere near the sameness of style that was American brew for too %$#@! long.

This beer qualifies as all that, so I probably scored it a bit higher. (Unlike Matt's White IPA.) I prefer to reward effort too.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Season's Best has a caramel colored body and a tan head that has solid lacing and retention.

The aroma has a good bit of caramel malt to it, and a noticeable hop kick.

I'm surprised by the hops that come through up front, bringing a burst of citrus and bitterness. The hop flavors are soon replaced by malt flavors that are more powerful than the hops. Caramel and toffee mix with a lot of nutty flavors and a hint of fruit. Dry chocolate flavors come through as well.

Light bodied with fairly active carbonation.

Saranac makes dependably solid beer for the prices they charge, and Season's Best is no exception.

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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poors a nice amber color. Nutty and toasty smell with a hint of caramel. It tastes as it smells, which is of light caramel and toasted nuts. It also has a slight hoppiness to it. Definitely drinkable with a smooth and thin feel. Overall a quality brew.

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Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.47 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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