Cold Brew Coffee Lager
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Cold Brew Coffee LagerCold Brew Coffee Lager
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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #5
Ranked #16,094
3.89 | pDev: 8.74%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 99
Photo of elNopalero
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a malty amber in color. Cold brew aroma is present, dominates the nose. Coffee forward with a strong astringency finishing it off. Again, not as terrible as I would expect.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a beige/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of coffee, caramel.Taste is of black coffee, little else. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not something I would want several of, but it is a unique beer worth trying.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice white head that disappears. Not what I was expecting, bit pleasantly surprised. Light roast coffee dominates the nose followed by a nice caramel background. Taste follows, and the caramel flavor stays in the aftertaste. Almost a slightly burnt caramel at that. The body is very thin, as expected for a lager. Light, very easy to drink, well carbonated. Overall, this is much better than I was expecting and thoroughly enjoyed it and admire its originality taking coffee to a light lager rather than the coffee or stout status quo. Cheers!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $8.99 for a variety 2016 New Beer 12-pack
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2017
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2017
Reviewed as: American Red / Red Lager
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 21, 2016; Best by March 31, 2017 at 1:35 p.m. ET

Was happy when my wife sent me a photo of this 12-pack at a recent trip to Trader Joe’s. Saranac was my gateway to craft beer and was surprised to see this variety 12-pack with all four beers ones that I had not tried yet. Throw in the $8.99 purchase price and I was in. Did not realize until I opened that the box that these were quite old. This Cold Brew Coffee Lager was bottled on Oct. 21 with a best by March 31. Not that bad for an Amber Red / Red Lager I guess.

Poured a copper amber clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of fizzy off-white head. Could see some bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Bad lacing. Decent retention. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled dark black coffee malts, roasty nuts, toasted hazelnut, ashtray, semi-charred wood, toffee and dark caramel. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste pretty much followed the nose, but not quite as good. Definitely getting a mix of coffee malts and amber-like qualities. Got dark coffee malts, toasted hazelnut, earthy rye, roasty nuts, semi-charred wood, toasted toffee, caramel, smoky wood and dark chocolate. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was pretty good overall. Really liked out the coffee malts met the amber qualities. (Overall - 3.75)

3.81 | 86 | B+

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from this 12 oz bottle at a Near Year's Party. I love my coffee in the morning, and this had some great coffee flavor, so beat my expectations. Pretty crazy as a lager as well.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours Amber body with white head with nice retention and lacing
S: smells like sweet, coffee hard candy
T: tastes like coffee, but sweetness in the smell disappears in the taste; slight toffee notes in the aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; nice tasting beer

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Photo of Act25
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saranac has turned around from a budget, also-ran to an interesting local, low-cost craft. let's pay attention.
A) The pour is coppery orange-re darkened to chestnut by the coffee. Tan head that only lasts and laces a little.

S) Nose is malty with coffee, honey, and breakfast toast. Hops offer spice cabinet. Earthy coffee and herbs are mellow and not too assertive. Interesting cedar.

T) Follows smell with bread-baking richness & sweetness. Mellow coffee among the malt, bread, and toast, and a light hop tingle. Wood shop cedar and sawdust, peppery spicy hop keep the sweetness balanced.

F) smooth, nicely carbonated, well-reined brew.

A winner. Try 12.

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Photo of Rick5150
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: The beer pours fine and has a decent color and head.
Smell: Coffee, vanilla
Taste: Coffee
Feel: Overly carbonated and light feeling.
Overall impression: I know it is a lager and not a stout or porter - both of which have some great coffee offerings, but the lightness combined with the heavy carbonation really did not work for me and made this feel more like a coffee-flavored soft drink.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown with a thin beige head.

Smell: Coffee

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of coffee and Malts.

Overall: Not bad, better than I expected, I would have this one again.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Amber with 1-plus finger of creamy head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Light roasted coffee & cream. Cold brew coffee, biscuit, and caramel. Brown sugar and cocoa.

Ultra-smooth light roast coffee & cream leaving behind a lactose sweetness. Biscuit and caramel maltiness. Hints of brown sugar and cocoa.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth, and refreshing.

Amber lager meets cold brew coffee. Excellent and exactly what it should be.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac Cold Brew Coffee Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB MAR 31 2017" and sampled on DEC 06 2016

Coffee lager? Coffee Lager? Who does a coffee lager???

Well I don't know where I stand on this beer overall, but the aroma is amazingly like fresh oily coffee beans. It's like being in a breakfast shop or the coffee aisle of an upscale grocery store with the beans in bins. And that carries over into the flavor. It's nutty and rich with a coffee bean flavor, but without the roastiness or acidity. I've never had a beer like it, so it at least gets points from me for originality. There's a bit of caramel to the maltiness as well, but it's clearly focused on the coffee. It's rounded and well balanced, and to that effect there are no real hop flavors which would throw it off. It's fantastic, and yet at the same time it's kind of a one-trick pony - the trick is great, fantastic even, but you get tired of it after time. Still, it's worth the price of admission. I've had six of these now and enjoyed every one, but I've never wanted to have a second one in a row. Worth trying to be sure!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not a bad brew at all, a little something different not being a dark beer and still having all the coffee, and a nice caffeine hit too, but it could be better than it is. deep amber in color, nice and clear, and with over an inch of creamy tan head that has excellent retention. aroma is a little green peppery from the coffee, not akin to the better cold brew extractions i am familiar with, still earthy and roasty and a touch sweet, but that pepper thing is off, and it carries into the flavor too. the beer could use a little more malt flavor to balance out the coffee, i think itd be pretty light and even bland without the java, which is to say this has a lot of coffee flavor. if it werent for the green peppery element, this would be great, its nice and dry in the end, creamy feeling but light enough to be crushable, and interesting as they go, not having any of the roast or chocolate notes from darker grains. fun beer, in need of a little refinement and fine tuning, but this is an all season coffee beer that is decidedly different from the heard. well done overall.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass out of a can. Pours a very attractive amber brown, with a solid inch and a half cream colored head that leaves behind nice lace.

Smell is coffee grounds, vanilla bean, butter, and a little grapefruit.

Taste follows coffee, vanilla, toffee, creamy butter, and some hints of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is not quite medium, plenty of carbonation, not dry, and very drinkable.

Overall this is solid, memorable no, but a nice session coffee beer.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a copper amber. A tan, white bubbly head just covers the surface. It recedes to a ring.

S: Coffee.

T: Lots of coffee, but their is the typical bready lager taste in there too.

F: Crisp and smooth. Medium body with high carbonation.

O: A simple drinker and one dimensional, but it works.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high beige head that gradually died down, eventually leaving just a thin collar around the edge of the glass and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with notes of coffee beans.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of caramel and toasted malts (and a bit of associated sweetness) and then transitions over to a mixture of malts with notes of cold brew coffee. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The coffee aromas and flavors in this beer aren't that strong, but lend some dimension to the smell and taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a cream colored head, nice retention.

Smells strong of coffee with some chocolate and toasted nut notes.

Big coffee notes and and deep dark bread malt notes. Finishes dry and nutty.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a billowing long lasting head. Subtle coffee aroma with a taste is more pronounced. Very much like a sweet iced coffee or a Coors Light with Kahlua added, one of my favorite drinks. If it is brewed with some form of coffee beans it would be a truly novel beer, but I wonder if it is just lager flavored with something like Kahlua as I have been doing for 25 years.

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Photo of raizin
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In general I like most Saranac beers. They are above average brews that go down easy and this is no exception. A good looking amber beer with a well balanced coffee flavor, perfect for summer days. This is a nice change with a light body and pleasant aroma from the ubiquitous, heavier coffee stouts.

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Photo of LF_Evan
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can.

L: A warm mahogany. Really does look like somebody poured a shot of espresso into a pale lager. Lacing is bone white with a persistent cloud centered on top.
S: Really nice medium roast aroma.
T: Much bolder than I expected. Let this one warm up or you might miss the coffee entirely. The hops are pretty assertive upfront. Tastes like a US variant of a noble hop, as they are quite peppery but with a hint of citrus that competes with the coffee, though not to the extent where it dominates. The coffee is bold, lightly roasted, and warmly nutty. The Vienna-style base provides a nice cushion for the tail to end sweetly.
F: Crisp, medium-light body. Very much a lager, and brewed to the high standards set by Saranac.
O: Reviews for this are all over the place, so as someone who drinks four cups of strong coffee every day, I wasn't sure what to expect. The coffee is indeed very noticeable, but this beer won't let you forget it's made with a pretty standup lager as well. I'm impressed with how well both sides are married.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a copper brownish-red, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like lots of roasty, slightly sweet coffee, toasted bread, caramel, and toffee.

It's surprising how good this is, considering it came from Saranac. There's a lot of coffee here, roasty, and slightly chocolatey sweet, with a nice caramel and toffee backbone, some nuttiness, and a hint of bitterness. It's simple, but done very well.

This is lighter bodied, with a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is one of the better beers I've had from Saranac in a while.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear, dark amber with a finger of creamy beige head. Retention is brief, but there is some splotchy lacing left.

S: Smells like coffee grounds, pre-percolation, like when you just spoon them out into filter. Earthy, roasty, almost slightly nutty. A medium-roast coffee, not acrid or burnt, but not really green or fruity, either, though there is a subtle berry/cherry quality to it. There's also biscuit malt sweetness, a grainy, sweet cookie aroma. Think cookies and coffee.

T: Upfront, you get the amber lager character. Biscuit, brown sugar/sugar cookie, graininess, a crisp, clean lagering, earthy hops with hints of grapefruit pith. On the finish, the coffee character sneaks in, although more subtly than the aroma would indicate. It's a fresh medium-roast coffee, dry and rustic, with a bright cherry and nutty character, with a lingering earthy, toasty aftertaste.

F: Mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is spot-on and it drinks very nicely.

O: A pleasant surprise. This is the first "light" coffee beer I've had so far that I thoroughly enjoy. Well done, Saranac!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour is coppery orange with a slight hue from the coffee they used, a chestnut brown . It seems suspended in the beer though. At the top mostly and although it has a hue it still meets the color for the style . 16 or 17 on the SRM chart even though with the chill on the glass, and the brown hue which hits the eye first, it can appear about 10 points higher up to 26 . Tan creamy head that lasts well and clings to the glass.

Nose is malty with a little richness to it and a slight touch of toast. The beer looks like a medium roasted coffee bean. Just red, so much vibrant color. Hops give a light peppery spice. Coffee is mellow but prominent. It does not push itself too far forward in the nose and does not hide under the malt either. There's a crisp smelling sweetness which is a defining character for the vienna lager. Earthy coffee and herbal starts to show a softness in the background.

Firm breaddy richness glides across the palate with a touch of soft light sweetness. Mellow coffee fills up the middle with a soft spoken hop that is pretty strong for the light flavors it gives. The carbonation is perfection. A light tingle. Just the smallest bite to showcase secondary flavors without letting them come to the forefront. The coffee is a secondary flavor. You might thinks this is drinking just a bit thinner than your usual lager but it's the dryness. The coffee has imparted dryness, the malts are dry and although they kiss you a bit in the finish with a little sweetness they also finish with hops to bitter your tongue. The flavor has become silken. Smooth round malt. The malty richness combines with the coffee so gently and so well.

The vienna lager presents a characteristic moment of sweetness in the finish that is the counterpoint to all that malty richness. The hops are are bold for thier use but not bold tasting. Their earth is sumptuous against the thinner less roasted coffee flavor. As you drink it gets richer not sweeter and the coffee does not exceed the modest hop. It does not give any roasted flavors. No caramel. No diacetyl, no dms. Impeccable brewing with all points in all categories for the veinna lager at the forefront using the addition of coffee.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Really transparent brown colored beer. When you think coffee you think dark and black so this threw me a bit. It also has a 1/2 finger of off white head. The can lists the ABV (5.2%) and there is a canned date (06/03/2016).

S: [3.75] Indistinguishable from a cup of coffee. Straight up big coffee. No other notes.

T: [3.75] Coffee, mild vanilla, coffee again late.

M: [3.25] Slightly under medium bodied. Elevated carbonation. Coffee taste lingers on the palate giving a dry feeling.

O: [3.50] I like this beer. I am real sucker for coffee flavored anything. This brings the coffee. My brain kept wanting it to be a stout/porter so I was thrown by the lighter color and body. Being a lager there was no typical lager taste creeping in just coffee and a hint of vanilla. I like this beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking coffee lager with a crisp toffee finish and a medium-roasted cocoa-like java. Aroma is all coffee, and not my favorite roast, but this uses decent beans.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First impression - wow, freshest coffee smell and taste I have ever experienced in a beer.
Smell - all fresh coffee, nothing else.
Taste - coffee, fresh coffee, nothing else.
Feel - light bodied, lightly carbonated.
Look - dark Amber, like a cold-brewed coffee, with off-white head that holds on for a while.
Overall - easy drinking, very fresh coffee-tasting beer.

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Cold Brew Coffee Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 99 ratings