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 KTCamm
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with moderate foam that recedes very quickly. Beer is cloudy in appearance, mine has very small bits of sediment in it (not sure if that was intended).

Smell is citrusy malt. Tart.

Taste is overwhelmingly citrus - at times too tart, especially as the beer warms. Its backed by wheat, and no discrenable hop presence. Its almost as if I spilled some lemonade into a wheat beer.

If they could reduce the tartness, this would be much more drinkable. Given its current state, I'd hesitate to have too many of these.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of MTNboy
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- A golden yellow color a little bit hazy due to carbonation bubbles but still transparent. Both the head and lace go quick.

Smell- There is something a little off in the aroma. There are tones of citrus, floral hops and metal.

Taste- Spiced roasted malt a little bitter but in a good way.

Mouthfeel- Light and soft texture.

Drinkability- Not a bad little summer beer.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Lacey white head that recedes from a creamy one-finger within a minute. Reddish hue on a very clear straw body, resembles an IPA.

S - As the bottle suggests, there is a lemony aroma, but it reads as more of a cleaning product than an actual zest; lingering quasi-phenolic undertones.

T - Subtle lemon finish that opens to a hoppy aftertaste on top of a subdued pale ale.

M - A light-bodied, dominately carbonated beer.

D - The Summer ale is probably the most drinkable of the "Twelve Beers of Summer" mix-pack that Saranac offers around this time of the year. Unlike the rest of its counterparts, it does have a reasonably individual character that, while slightly phenolic, is at least more interesting than the slightly below to average offerings of various other wheat styles.

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Photo of asabreed
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As per the possible suggestion, this 12 oz. bottle has been poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with some brown tints, decent lacing, and a decent head. Nothing special, but at the moment it works for me.

Smell: Lemon grass, some lemon sugars, OJ or citrus fruit soda, herbal cough drops. Odd, which intrigues me, but it does indeed smell like a wacky Belgian Wit with something wrong with it in the mix.

Taste: Herbal cough drops up front, and yes, not something that's gratifying. Some off balanced citrus zest, watery malts that almost aren't there, and the faintest of hops, maybe.

Mouthfeel: Slick and watery, carbonation almost not present or is very light, which is odd.

Drinkability: I give it a 3 because I could see myself grabbing one of these instead of some light macro out of a cooler with friends grilling burgers and dogs in the July heat. Otherwise, as far as sitting down and reviewing this sucker or partaking in the aforementioned activities (though I don't think any of my friends would randomly have Saranac in a cooler, though that's beside the point), the tasting's not gonna happen again...

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Photo of muttyd
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively into a pint glass. Near clear yellow body with a soapy white head that fades into a slight ring.

Aroma is filled with iced tea with lemon, honey, and some pale malts. Somewhat musty and grass like in the nose too. Flavor is citrusy sweet up front, follows with a grainy/bready body, and finishes with a slight bitterness. Lemon sticks around after the beer is gone. As the beer warms up, the lemon becomes more reminiscent of drinking an artificially sweetened lemonade. Carbonation is spot on; bubbly on the tongue, light body and drinkable.

Really wanted to like this beer more. The lemon flavor is just too strong. Decent base beer, but wanted more.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold with a white head and no lacing.

Lemon pledge aroma with a hint of spice and light malt. Not great.

More of the same. Artificial lemon dominant here, with light sweet grain fighting through, but the fight is feeble. A little sour in the finish.

Well carbonated and light bodied.

Overall, not as horrific as it could have been, but not something I'd want again. Too much lemon up front, and not done in a way that is a compliment to the rest of the brew. The true dud in the summer mix pack.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

reviewed on 5/31/11 - from notes:

A: orange/gold hued body. steady carbonation leads to a very fluffy head. reasonable retention.

S: a noticeably tart lemon aroma. orange peel citrus also working its way in there. struggling to find a distinct malt or hop presence in there, however still a unique aroma.

T: pretty thin body. very similar to the nose, tart lemon flesh as well as the citrus of orange peel. a touch of breadiness boasts evidence of malt. 99% sure the citrus is from a citrus source and not hops, but I could be wrong.

M: substantial carbonation doesn’t detract from anything here.

D: a miss for me. the citrus and fruit seems too forced to be enjoyable and I am not finding this a ‘refreshing’ summer beer as I thought I would.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.81/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark gold with a small white head, good retention.

S: Mild Lemon Pledge, some malt.

T: Light lemon flavour (little artificial), hint of wheat, just very bland though inoffensive, but that's nothing to brag about.

M: Crisp and clean. Light-bodied but has a nice structure.

D: Drinkable, but I'm already bored halfway through. Simply needs more flavour.

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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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