Saranac Kölsch | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac KölschSaranac Kölsch
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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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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 192
Photo of Ragingbull
3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold in color with a light head. Zippy nose for a lighter beer. I really like the nose as a matter of fact. It has a spicy nature to it, but without spices. The wheat and grains must be working with the alpah acids/hops to give a nice smell. The attack is clean but the flavor leaves me wanting. That great nose seems to be a tease as the flavor comes through kind of dull and flat. The finish is pretty nondescript and you can't really pull anything out about this beer other than the nose. At least I can't. All this warm weather makes for a good time to drink these light and refreshing beers, but this one came out a little flat for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured light golden yellow, completely transparent into a pint glass. Very little foam, no lacing.

Slightly malty smell - also got hints on apple/pear, but very little. Aroma not very distinctive.

The taste is very clean - maybe a tad watery in the mouthfeel - the malt is there, the finish is slightly sweet. No evidence of hop bittering at all. Still tasty, though not very distinctive.

Easy drinking. I could have a few. Its not an A+ beer, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.45/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - poured a clear golden yellow with a quick 1/2" head that left a thin film in a stein

S - light sulfur, hops and pale malts with a waft of light citrus

T - bitter and dry, orange peel bitterness in an unfavorable way, watery

M - light bodied, heavy carbonation

D - drinkable if you get past the skunky taste. Otherwise not very...

Overall - All the aromas and tastes are very weak except for the bitterness. Not much else detected. I would not recommend this. Reviewed from notes.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This Koelsch is a crystal clear sparkling straw color with a small white head that has decent retention. The aroma is muted and is of fruity hops. It is smooth, with soft carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing with a clean, short aftertaste. It's not very bitter and I detect something estery. Refreshing, but not really my thing.
(rated Mar 28, 2007)

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Photo of Vendetta
2.32/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
July 5, 2008

I could do without this one... Stale-ish aroma, pours very light with little head. Taste is watery with an unremarkable flavor. Wouldn't drink this one again, didn't even really do much to quench summer thirst...

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard pour into a pint glass yields a very thin, white head that quickly reduces to a cap over the clear amber beer. Lots of carbonation. Mouthfeel is thicker than expected, and the carbonation cuts through nicely. Aroma is barely perceptible, and of yeast and malt, with fruit and a little vanilla. Some hoppy notes? Taste is light and malty, with a sweet aftertaste before the tinge of bitter hop finish.

Overall I was not disappointed with this brew because I did not expect much of it. But I would not revisit it simply because it was fairly average in every respect.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer mix pack ($11.99/12)

Your average run of the mill Kolsch here. Highly carbonated and easily drinkable but the taste and aroma are just lacking way too much for me. Basically it's like drinking a beer verson of Champagne, at least this was inexpensive.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, generally opaque body with fluffy foamy three-finger head in a Saranac willibecker--looks refreshing... crisp pilsner malts are stongest... little else, as it should be with the style... active, thin palate that vibrates on the tongue... appealingly fresh... fresh, relaxed clean malts--the lightest feel of vanilla and acidity actually compliment the otherwise thin mouthfeel... as for saranac's summer sampler, this is the top offering, with its clean, pure approximation of the style--which I thought, again, that the appelation kolsch is not available to non-Cologne brewers... Ryan liked this one too, and I can't really find an issue with its light pilsner effects...

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Photo of changeup45
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, fortunately mine wasn't at all skunky. It however does seem to be lacking a little flavor. Pours a golden color with a pretty nice white head and also fair amount of lacing on the glass. Sweet fruity aroma. It's a very smooth beer but the flavor comes up a little short. There really isn't a whole lot there. Light-bodied and refereshing, so I can think of worse to have during a sunny day.

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Photo of JRed
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber colored brew with a weak quick-to-disappear head. Sweet vanilla extract aroma but should be more powerful. Pretty much everything about the beer is weak. The taste is of spice, a touch of vanilla, and sour orange rind aftertaste but none of these really stick out. This beer lacks flavor and personality but nice try though...I guess.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark, seethru gold with a good head retention. A somewhat faint smell of alcohol mixed with grains. While it is medium-bodied and a little bit like bread malt and some citric hops, a husky, grainy slickness passed over my tongue with a too sharp backbite that dried out my tongue. I am not a huge pils drinker, and this reminds me of a pils. I am trying to be fair, but I wasn't too impressed with this offering.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this over the weekend, may not be the greatest but I'll give Saranac alot of credit for making a wide variety.

Pours a clear golden yellow. A thin finger of white frothy head.

Smell is odd. A faint whiff of hay and grass..and then a sour taint.

Taste is crisp and very light. A bit of buttery cracker flavor, dry, and mildly sour finish.

Mouthfeel is alright..a bit flat it seems. Weight is light but seems too light.

Drinkability here is low. I haven't had the style before to compare it but I'm guessing that if I did I'd prefer another. Good try though.

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Photo of loosey
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

pours a rich hay color into a stange.. very clear with a slight bright and bubbly head

smell is a bit weak ... bready, sweet, mild grass or citrus hiding

taste is immediately biscuty, but not overwhelmingly, the middle is crisp and tastes like cereal with a slightly husky note, the finish is dry with a mild almost imperceptible herbal bite... light bodied (slightly underbodied i'd say) and adequately carbonated

i can see what this beer should be, it just feels like its not quite there... as a fan of a few german kolsch beers i wish this was just a bit heavier and more flavorful... drinkable in a 'sit my ass down right here in this lawn chair and ill be damned if i get up' kind of way

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Kolsch. I liked it a lot.
A solid crisp refreshing beer on a hot day. Went perfect with some grilled hot dogs and burgers. Light body made it easy to drink. Very unique taste, couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but some good spices.

Try this beer!

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pokal yields a clear golden body with a storm of active carbonation, capped with a finger of white foam that shrinks to a thick sheet that leaves thin wisps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is lightly malty with a mild floral character.

Taste is crisp and tart with a mellow malt note.

Feel is thin-medium and crisp with a watery chardonnay character and light carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one gets decent marks for drinkability, but primarily due to its style. There is a bit of a Koln vs. Dusseldorf rivaly and it is said in Dusseldorf that "Kölsch ist kein Bier" (Kolsh is not beer). That said, this one pours pale, bubbly and clear in the glass with a small head that quickly disappears. A hint (small hint) of malt? in the nose and the flavor is a very drinkable balance of malt and subtle hops for a fruity aftertaste. Not much to say. Great backyard BBQ offering.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of the Saranac Summer Sampler. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet grain with just maybe a touch of hops, pretty underwhelming aroma. The taste is light and crisp sweet malt and a touch of spicy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation creating a prickly feel on the tongue. Overall, Saranac Kolsch is pretty unimpressive in terms of flavor and character but is an easy drinking lawnmower beer, no question.

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Photo of philbe311
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A crisp pale orangey yellow... Thin head quickly dissolves leaving a nice lace... Light carbonation... Coats glass well...

S - Malt... Perhaps some citrus... Mild all the way around...

T - Grainy start... Strong citrus hop finsih...

M - Dry and light...

D - I'm a big fan of almost Saranac puts out, but this was a little tough to get through...

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Photo of MacMan1980
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Served in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Some nice head on a light amber colored body.

S. Wheat and barley with some hop bite in the distance.

T. Hay-like wheat, bitter citrus hops.

M. Aggressively carbonated giving it a zing, finishes smooth and creamy. Intriguing. Leaves an extremely sweet aftertaste.

D. Pretty good, 5% makes it manageable to drink a few of these.

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Photo of bonkers
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass
a-clear golden color with a thin head
s-bready with hop overtones
t-sweet malt is the initial taste followed by a mildly bitter aftertaste
m&d-light, crisp and easy drinking
overall-not a bad beer, I would not go and buy a sixer of this, but it is enjoyable as part of a variety pack

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into stange.

A - Golden with one finger head, decent retention, settles to white film. Some lacing with streams of bubbles coming from the bottom.

S - Caramel and toasted malts are mostly what I'm getting; a very bready aroma with perhaps a touch of hops.

T - Caramel and toasted sweetness comes through first, growing increasingly drier. Mid palate is buttery biscuits with some slightly citrusy and earthy hops providing a slight bitterness.

M - Highly carbonated, with a light to medium body giving this beer a simultaneous crips yet silky texture.

D - Wouldn't mind having a few of these, but the sweetness is somewhat overbearing. Overall a nice flavorful beer.

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Photo of mlasher1
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden pour with half inch head which disappears leaving some lacing.

S: Smell is grainy with hop aroma.

T: Light tast with mild-moderate bitterness.

M: Very light with little residual flavor.

D: Definately drinkable and sessionable but not my favorite by any means.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale copper color with a two-finger head that dissipated quickly. The smell is mostly light maltiness with perhaps a slight fruitiness. The taste is starts off with some sweet biscuity malt that finishes with a small hop bite. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, kind of watery with a medium-amount of carbonation. I'd say this beer is pretty drinkable, and not a bad thing to grab on a hot summer day.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Golden straw color, thinnish white head that recedes to the sides of the glass leaving a slippery sheet of lacing that falls back into the beer.
S: Crisp and vaguely fruity, but mostly bland and beery. Pleasant, for sure, but unexciting.
T: Really nothing to it. A faint taste of bananas and wheat, but otherwise just water.
M: Clean and smooth. Refreshing.
D: Fine, cooling and easy to drink.

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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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