Saranac Kölsch | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac KölschSaranac Kölsch
400 Ratings
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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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of ordybill
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a malt, grain and fruit aroma Appearance- The beer has that traditional Kolsch color of straw yellow with a medium sized white head. Taste- Grain, malt and fruit. It matches the aroma. Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An average Kolsch style beer.

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Photo of booga73
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

"This light-bodied blonde ale pays homage to a 1000-year tradition rooted in Germany. Easy to drink. Hard to forget. Let the journey begin." Brewed in the style of a German Kolsch-style ale. Available in 12 oz. bottles within the Summer Variety pack as a Summer seasonal.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a gold-white color over a golden straw yellow body, mildly hazy with plentiful spritely carbonation visible. Retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) White grape juice, wet grain and pilsner malt with a moderate sweetness. Very forward on the grape and sweetness. Light hop aromas of soft lemon and grass. Clean and easy-going aroma. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) Wet grain, faint stale pilsner malt with a lesser sweetness than in the aroma. Mild white grape juice, somewhat vinous, with a mild acidity. Little to no hop presence. Clean and light, personally less favorable than the aroma. 3

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, clean and medium dry. Carbonation generates a medium, consistent zippiness for a moderately crisp carbonation. Body is light/medium for a Kolsch, light+ overall. Balance is evenly sweet to grainy bitter and acidic with a general lightness allaround. Alcohol presence is low, and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) A lack of off characters keeps this beer firmly in the average-range of Kolsch-style ales, preventing any further downfall. This is a very light, simple and mundane Kolsch with not much going for the flavor. It's ultimately a far cry from the German-brewed gold standard, but an enjoyable beer for those transitioning from macro beers to craft brews, it's a decent first step in the right direction. Don't let a negative experience with this beer prevent you from further exploring the styles, as there are many solid examples that do the Kolsch justice. 3

Matt Brewing Company's
Saranac Kolsch

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Photo of stevehagy
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of AlaskaAg
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Manbear
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of gwilikers6
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bmoraymond
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of speedball33
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chuckmt
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Best by 10/31/14.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, grain, and fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, earth, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with lots of sugary and fruity characterisitcs, but no real beer like qualities to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, poured into pint glass

A- Pours a pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a small film on top, leaving no lacing behind

S- sweet malt mixes with white grape skin and some faint floral and grassy hop aroma, toasted grain closes it out

T- chalky and grainy up front, watery malt, lightly hopped with floral hops, hint of grape skin, bone dry finish

M- light bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp, bone dry finish

O- a decent take on the style, easy to drink but nothing really stands out

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Ardeer
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of chinchill
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%

12 oz bottle (date stamp BB 31 Oct. 2014) poured dark golden with loads of visible carbonation and excellent clarity. Durable creamy, off-white head. Great looking but all downhill from here, from the grassy but seemingly stale aroma to the disparate mix of hop flavors. Mouthfeel is light, as expected, and OK.

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Photo of NJBeer265
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.4/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Johnnyutah713
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of bsteels
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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