Saranac Kölsch | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac KölschSaranac Kölsch

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

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by WesWes on 04-14-2005

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4.75/5  rDev +48%

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4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blonde to light gold with a nice full creamy white head, decent carbonation, and some nice white lace. Nice balanced light malt and light hop aroma. Lightly fruity (apple) character with a nice malt-hop balance. Light-medium bodied.

One of the better Kolsch's I've tried -- certainly not bad for a beer in one of my least favorite styles. This seems better than when I had it as part of one of their MIxed Packs a long time ago...

'0665' lasered on neck (2005 Summer Pack)
Tasted: 12/24/05

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4.11/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Talk about a dry beer. It's more like a cocktail than a malted beverage. I love this beer. It's not for the masses, but it's got a hop and yeast character that is uncompromising and refreshing. It's like an IPA with a different yeast profile. It actually tastes a bit like dry vermouth. Interesting and unapologetic.

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4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, pure gold. A bubbly white head of two fingers holds well over active carbonation. Very slowly drops to some sticky lacing. Estery fruit aroma, and very subtle noble hops. Vinous flavor and german hops are perceived better in the taste, and a faint roasted malt flavor only present in the aftertaste. Mild hop bitterness and the gentle wine flavor are well balanced with a light body that leaves a clean finish and high drinkability.

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4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with xcjetta. Its a Kolsch style, something that is not very familiar and reviewers may compare it with similar tasting/looking styles Ie: Lager and Pilsner. Kolsch is more Dortmunderish than anything, that explains the slight crisp German hop and sweet malts.

Eye Candy: Transparent light-goldenrod, lots of rising carbonation. Nice fizzy white head, easily regenerated.

The Nose Knows: Sweet straw, touch of grass, vanilla, sweet malt, peppery hops clear.

Tongueland: Sweet malts, toasted grain, vanilla, sweet fruit, slight caramel in the background, Golden Delicious apple and crisp hop finish, slight bitter. Champange-like.

I would buy 12 packs of this. So far the standout in the summer pack.

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4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, part of the beers of summer pack 2006

Crystal clear, ginger ale-esque appearance. Zero head, even though it is highly carbonated. Light, sweet aroma. Taste is pleasant. Apple and pear dominate. Only a hint of bitterness. As Kolsch goes, this was great. I was very surprised how much I enjoyed it as this is a style I usually find very boring. I could drink this all summer.

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is a bit grainy and dry, but also is bitter with hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a clean and crisp pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. This has more malt flavor than most Kolsch beers I've had, but hey I'm not crying. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good beer. I'm not sure how true to style it is, but it drinks well.

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this as part of the Saranac Summer Sampler. Overall, pleased with this particular beer.

Appearance: Nice yellow color, even carbonation, and decent head
Smell: Good smell like a slightly sweet bread.
Taste: Slightly sweet start without much of a bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp
Drinkability: Good beer that I could easily enjoy as part of a six pack on its own.

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.98/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I ticked this one a year or so ago so I'm doing full review this time.

Bought as part of a 12 pack summer sampler for $14. Can't beat that price.

The appearance is nothing special with a fizzy head. Retention is pretty good.

Smells kinda sulfury and adjunct like. Not big on the smell.

The taste is wonderfully light and refreshing. A touch of sweetness and a touch of crispness in the finish but thirst-quenching and not your typical dry finish like a heavy hopped pilsner and such.

Overall I highly recommend this one for Kolsch lovers. Its a pleasant easy drinker.

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Saranac Kölsch from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 400 ratings
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