Saranac Bavarian Pils
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Bavarian PilsSaranac Bavarian Pils
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German Pilsner
Ranked #167
Ranked #27,513
3.78 | pDev: 8.99%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Bavarian PilsSaranac Bavarian Pils
Notes: This hoppy pilsener is brewed with the unique Mandarina Bavaria German hop, which showcases a citrusy-earthy character. A traditional German lager yeast provides a crisp finish.

40 IBUs
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 64
Photo of CoryIanShafer
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks normal, nothing special in the visual category, smell is of pledge lemons, hay, rotten fruit, taste is not bad, a little hoppy for my taste, but not overly bitter, a little sweet in front, tastes heavily of lemons, So-So

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Photo of Samlover55
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint
Bb 12/31/17
L- dark gold, clear, thin white head great retention
S- sweet doughy aroma, floral hops as well
T- sweet bready malt, that is followed by nice floral notes, and goes down in a spicy finish
F- medium-bodied, crisp carbonation
Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this full-flavored and smooth drinking pils

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

10/6/17...pours clear matted gold, just a few touches of white foam layer on top. Subtle pils nose, light bitter. Grainy. Smooth crisp german pils taste. Cereals, breads, light citrus. Clean fruit finish. Tasty.

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Photo of moodenba
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Saranac Bavarian Pils 12 oz botlle at 50F poured into a beer glass.

Good looking beer with healthy head and full golden color. There is good lacing. Nice fresh malty and hoppy aroma.

Flavor features fruity, tropical hops inconsistent with either bavarian or pils. Malty body is probably pretty good, but the lasting impression is slight perfume.

OK beer but not what I was looking for. How about some Saaz or Hallertau, or even Mosaic hops?

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Photo of elNopalero
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear clean golden tan with a bright white cap of foam that quickly disappears. Lightly hopped aroma and some bready notes. Beer is crisp with a soft and rounded character. All in all not unpleasant and no complains especially for the price.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear bright yellow color with a frothy white head, plenty of carbonation as well. The smell is only slightly hoppy. Initial taste is crisp, but full of flavor, with only a slight hop finish, can feel the carbonation in the back of your throat. Overall, this is a great brew, especially on a warm day

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Photo of CNoj012
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow golden color with a one finger, soapy white head and lots of active carbonation. Retention is moderate and there are whispy webs of lacing left all over the glass.

The smell is bright orange and tangerine. There is also some dough and a green herbalness in the background, but the citrus is front and center.

Taste is the same. Bright orange flavors up front with a bit of dough trying and ultimately failing to balance it out. There is some grassiness midsip and then there is the green herbalness on the finish making it a bit bitter for the style.

Feel is light and crisp with a tingly dry finish.

Overall this is a solid beer. The huge orange hop flavor seems out of place, overly aggressive and not really to style. I am definitely a traditionalist when it comes to pilsners, but don't get me wrong, this is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear orange with a thin white head. Moderate retention, spotty lacing.

S: Marijuana?!?? Dank, sweet, and grassy. Some orange peel, orange blossom, and biscuit malt as well.

T: Some orange blossom and peel, graininess, minerality, biscuit, floral and grassy finish.

F: Medium-light, well carbonated, dry and chalky finish.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours perfectly clear, golden yellow with a foamy bone white head. Smells of sweet and simple cracked grain and earthy floral hops. I was expecting a bit more of citrus from the Mandarina Bavaria, but was unable to detect it in the aroma. The citrus does show itself in the flavor a bit, and compliments the sweet bready malt well, and there still is that nice earthy and floral finish you'd expect from a pilsner. Very dry, crisp, clean. Well rounded and balanced. Overall, this is a good pilsner, but not one to replace space in the fridge for the classics. Prost!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a variety 2016 New Beer 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2017
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2017
Reviewed as: German Pilsner
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 20, 2016; Best by March 31, 2017 at 3:42 p.m. ET

Was happy when my wife sent me a photo of this 12-pack at a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Saranac was my gateway to craft beer and was surprised to see this variety 12-pack with all four beers ones that I had not tried yet. Throw in the $8.99 purchase price and I was in. Did not realize until I opened that the box that these were quite old. This Bavarian Pils was bottled on Oct. 20 with a best by March 31. Not as crucial as the IPA and pale ale, but would have liked this fresher.

Poured a light yellow clear color with three fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass, looking like a snow globe. Excellent layered foamy lacing. Almost perfect foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled those Mandarina Bavaria hops, which I only know from recently reviewing Stone/Odell/Marble’s Mega Wheat DIPA. Also got herbal, earthy hay, grass, corn. citrus zest, lemon tart and cereal. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste was slightly better. Got herbal, peppery spices, Mandarina Bavaria, hay, earthy grass, citrus zest, lemon tart, hints of grapefruit, cereal and even light green grapes. (Taste - 3.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt slightly spicy finish. (Feel - 3.75)

This was pretty good. Would recommend it for sure. Not as hoppy as I would have thought from the bottle, but still a good pilsner. (Overall - 3.75)

3.80 | 86 | B+

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good look for a pilsener, nice golden color, sparkling clear with a one finger head.

Aroma was of bread dough and some fruitiness. My son picked up a lot more citrus than I did, but it's in there.

Taste was sharply bitter, some crackery bite and white bread dough.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clean, reasonably good but not stellar.

Overall a pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of hman43
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden clear with a thin white head.

Smell: It has a cracker aroma with grainy sweetness and citrus aromas as well.

Taste; It has a light cracker flavor with grainy sweetness and the flavor, ever so slightly of white grapes. It also has a moderate citrus flavor as well.

Feel: It has a light body with a fair amount of crisp bit to is and a semi dry finish.

Overall, this is a clean, crisp pilsner with a citrus bite to it.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear yellow gold with a thin finger of bubbly white head.

S: Floral hops.

T: Floral notes, spices. Very crisp finish.

F: Light body, moderate to high carbonation.

O: An easy, tasty drinker.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac Bavarian Pils"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 31 2017" and sampled on DEC 06 2016

Bavarian Pils... ? Interesting. This is certainly not a an example of the drier and more bitter pils from northern Germany, so I guess it kind of makes sense. Bavaria borders the Czech Republic and is not far from Pilsen or Budweis, so it's probably more like a Czech (or Bohemian) pils, and perhaps . And it is, even with the us of Mandarina hops which lend it a slight, orange-like edge. The other hops are Saphir (you might remember Beck's Sapphire which also has a touch of tangerine), and Centennial.

Bavaria has been called the bread basket of Germany as the majority of its grain crops are grown there, and this includes Pilsner and Munich malts giving it a bready and grainy character. The grassy and gently citrusy hops back it, or stand beside it, rather than stepping forward, so it remains fairly traditional with just a touch of uniqueness. A median bitterness of 40 IBUs balances it, and it finishes drying with notes or tangerine and grass as the malt steadily fades. It's medium in body and gently crisp with a standard carbonation.

Really nicely balanced and remarkably easy to drink, the citrusy hops give it a slight twist that's intriguing, keeping you coming back for more. Worth trying.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

these guys have always made good lagers, its something they have been ahead of the craft curve on, and this is in some ways a continuation of that, a great and refreshing and nicely hops pils. similar in grain base to other pils types they have done, but these mandarina hops are wonderful in such a light base. we always see them in pales and ipas, but this is one of the first uses i have seen of it in a beer this light, and not only do they stand out because its light, but the flavor of the crackery pils malt also really matches well with the juicy citrus flavor of the hops. great golden clarity, popping off carbonation, and a not quite all the way dry in the finish, exactly how i like it. i think some of their quality has fallen off, at least some over the last several years. its nice to see a clean bright beer like this that uses such a cool ingredient so well. i hope this is more a sign of things to come. we all know they never seem to make the same thing more than once or twice, even when they hit like they did on this one...

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear golden yellow with a white head.

Smells nutty, grainy, citrus, floral, malt bread.

Lemon and citrus hops up front with a grainy biscuit malt middle with sweet cereal grain notes. Finishes dry refreshing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It may be International Stout Day 2016, but I have the Chez Woody Bottle Backlog to attend to and Stout is NOT the style of the day. Actually, I am not sure that I have a "style of the day", but the color of the day is ochre and the number is twenty-three (23). We run a military operation here!

From the bottle: " This hoppy pilsener is brewed with the unique Mandarina Bavaria German hop, which showcases a citrusy-earthy character. A traditional German lager yeast provides a crisp finish."; "Fourth Generation Family Brewery".

I love using my pilsner glass that I bought at the monthly rummage sale in the church across the street! I Pop!ped the cap and then filled as much of the glass as I could, watching earnestly as the foam came rushing up to form a dense cap above the liquid. I would up with two fingers of dense, puffy, rocky, bone-white head with great retention that resembled meringue above the beer itself. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity, resembling lemon pie filling. They might be calling it a German-style Pils, but those new hops made it pretty brisk for the style. Have you had Founders PC Pils, this beer smelled much like that one. It was lemony and tart and suddenly my lemon meringue pie analogy did not seem so far-fetched. Mouthfeel was medium, but all of the carbonation gave it a nice tingly prickling feeling on the tongue. The taste was lemony, but not as pronounced as on the nose and I concur as to the "earthy character" that they mentioned. It was not as earthy as yesterday's Fuller's ESB, but it was definitely a present taste in the beer. In fact, it was that earthiness that really kept it from falling into what I would consider the Czech-style Pilsner range. Finish was semi-dry, again in favor of it being a German-style Pils, with a lingering lemony aftertaste. Man, here was a beer that just begged to be CANned for CANsumption on a hot summer's day!

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color.

Overall: Aroma was pilsner malt and grass. The taste is definitely a pilsner mixed with malt, cereal and grains. The taste finishes a slight bit of hops. If you enjoy a pilsner, this beer is definitely worth a try. A pilsner with a twist.

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Photo of brewerdrew
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this in the Spring Sampler after being thoroughly impressed with their Summer Pils.

This one is equally good if not better than the Summer Pils and likely more true to a traditional German Pils.

Love it and wish it was a year round beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A pretty beer, golden yellow, cascading with carbonation, a mid-range white head, persistent as all get out, and lots of lacing. Nice.

S - Typical spicy hop note, a bit of apple sweetness.

T - Follows the nose, but with a nice crisp snap. A close of subtle minerality and dry wine-like tannic notes.

M - Bright and clean.

O - A well executed example, but a touch sweet. Nevertheless, a Pils I enjoy drinking is a nice thing to find.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 6/30/16.

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, earth, floral, grass, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells great, but there is a slight metallic flavor that diminishes the drinkability a bit for me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear straw-yellow with a small white head on top. Nice amount of rising bubbles fortify the head. Good lacing.

S: Grassy hops over cereal grains, with a touch of euro-pale-lager-style skunk.

T: Like a cross between a Helles Lager and a pilsner - sweet malt foundation of cereal grains and bread is followed by what are likely Noble hops: some grassy, and some herbal flavors. A little too sweet, though it finishes mostly clean.

M: Light in heft, a little too slick in feel for the style; could use more "bite" or sharpness to the feel.

O: Standard offering from Saranac - i.e., it's decent, not offensive, and hits some of the style points. . . but it's certainly not memorable.

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Photo of Keene
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

By appearances, this beer would fit in well with a German Pils lineup: Straw yellow in color with a stark white head that lasts and lasts. Great clarity, too. The aroma is clean with some faint grassiness, freshly-kneaded bread dough and a touch of minerality against a subtle, earthy hop background. Although Mandarina Bavaria are advertised on the label, I'm not picking up on that character in the nose. The taste however, brings some soft citrus with it as evidence of this newer hop variety. Medium-bodied in mouthfeel, Saranac's spring seasonal also delivers lots of sweet, Pilsner malt flavor to keep it balanced and highly drinkable. A prickle of spicy bitterness hangs around in the finish along with a mineral note that, to a degree, interferes with the style's typical crispness. Likeable, yet quirky.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey-gold that's a bit darker than apple juice and could perhaps pass for a well-oaked chardonnay. Not a lot of head, though there are big active bubbles. You get a lot of sweet malt on the nose after an initial blast of hoppiness. Full-flavored for a pilsener, with hops that are strong enough to be obvious without having their bitterness dominate the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is also full and substantial, with strong carbonation evident throughout.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden straw. Light and clear with a creamy head fo white foam that is soft and slow to fall. This beer has a big breaddy nose with the light scent of tangerine and spice. The herbal of the pilsner is still there but it is soft and sweet to let this twinkling hop show it's spice. Breaddy and crisp and clean. The beer finishes with just a light bitterness to match the light spice of the hop. The bread is soft and full . A soft cheerful bubble with no bite takes this one to the finish. Lovely . i would have six more of these but they only put three in the spring case.

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Saranac Bavarian Pils from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 64 ratings