Saranac Summer Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Summer AleSaranac Summer Ale

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available in the 12 Beers of Summer sampler. Not to be confused with Saranac Summer Brew (a German Radler).

Added by WesWes on 04-14-2005

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

One of the better offerings from the summer mixed pack but still doesn't compare to the other micros. Has a bit of a lemony and citrusy taste to make it 'summer' like, but overall its a beer that is lacking on body and overall taste. Would try again though.

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Photo of Phatz
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a dull disappointment. It is pretty much in league with your European Macro imports.

Appearance: Pours clear copper with off white head and lace.

Smell: A hint of lemon, tea, and and a little biscuit malt but very little real wheat aroma for an APWA.

Taste: very little actual wheat flavor. It seems washed out in the was that overcooked food losses some of the flavor it previously had. I front know what happened the the flavor is watery with a touch of lemonony citrus and a bitter musty finish.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: It is crisp and clean, it is just dull and un-inspired. It will certainly suffice for a lawn mowing beer or a party where depth and complexity are of little concern.

Hope this is helpfull.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pour is straw yellow and quickly fizzes up to fill the glass. Dissipates quickly without lacing. Beer is remarkably transparent.

Smell is like lemon pledge. Very lemony.

And the taste is lemony also... interesting. Good amount of sweetness, and an artificial, Lemonhead like sweetness really dominates. I don't taste any barley or hops.

Very weird. It is not bad-tasting, but it is not beer. It is certainly not a Pale Wheat Ale as listed. I realize this is a "Shandy" - but not sure how to score this one. I feel like I'm drinking Gatorade.

This beer is getting low marks because it doesn't resemble a beer - more like an energy drink. That being said, it doesn't taste bad, and I wouldn't mind drinking one of these during an outdoor BBQ while playing volleyball

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Photo of skinny0ne
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a good copper color. Unfortunately it's got coloring added to it. Odd. The aroma is nice of sweet malt and honey. Wow, it's a sweet brew. Honey. Malt. Sugar. Mid tongue the bitterness starts to kick in. A good punch of lemon and orange. And some hop bite. It really helps clean the palate. A good brew for a hot day and a barbecue. I find it to be a bit too sweet up front. But certainly a good choice.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light and slightly cloudy straw hue with a one finger foamy head. The retention and lacing were decent.

The smell was very subtle. Mild hints of lemon, wheat and spice.

The flavor was very subtle as well. Again, wheat, lemon and maybe coriander. A light hop floweriness. Could have been a bit more flavorful.

The mouthfeel was very light and clean. A nice wheat tingle at the finish.

Very light and crisp and very drinkable on a hot summer night.

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Photo of seanbren
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of JackStraw22
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, dark golden body with a moderate off white head. Retention was ok, no lacing.

Smell: Spicy and citrusy, almost like a Belgian pale ale, but sweeter. It's a refreshing sweetness, fitting for a summer seasonal.

Taste/Feel: Really bready and yeasty at first. A citrusy sweetness comes next (lots of lemon), and there's some slight hoppy bitterness. It's refreshing, but it tastes a little unbalanced, too bready/yeasty for a summer ale, then the lemony taste comes on a little strong. Smooth mouthfeel, almost slick.

Worth a try, interesting summer offering.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from a summer sampler pack
I am sampling a chilled 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear orange color with thin fizzy white head forming on the surface and fading to an edge layer almost immediately. Aroma is light and sweet with caramel and lemony citrus notes mixing with some floral hops. The first sip reveals a lite crisp body with average yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is candy sweet with citrusy orange (coriander) a dominant flavor. The flavor is very mild overall and leaves a sugary sweet finish. A nice attempt at tweaking a wheat ale, but the sweetness is a little much for me and reminds me more of candy than beer.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.27/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very typical summer ale, nothing stood out for me. Surprisingly the other 5 beers in the mixed party pack seemed a lot more worthy of being called summer ales than this one. It was decent, very refreshing and smooth. Just not a lot of flavors coming out. Looks like they played the safe route on this one. I wont being trying this again although it was decent.

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Saranac Summer Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.13 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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