Saranac Citra Pils
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
German Pilsner
Ranked #310
Ranked #32,017
3.71 | pDev: 12.13%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by allengarvin:
Photo of allengarvin
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright golden color, clear, with moderate, airy head and fine streaming bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
S: Grassy, citrusy hop nose, clean malt.
T: Citrus hop flavor, but only moderate bitterness, letting a fair amount of sweet malt come through. Very clean yeast profile, neutral finish.
M: Needs more carbonation--feels a little limpid.
O: Not what I look for in a good pils, but not too bad of a beer.

 414 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerthulhu
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Lemony-brass coloring with orange hues when back-lighted reveals a pristine clarity and a spacious moderately paced effervesce. A stunted head, fizzy, off white sits atop for a brief moment of time. Lacing is rather weak on the vessel.

S: Wet tropical and oranges, pineapple and citron first appear with a soft wheat and pilsner style malt backing. Adequate strength, but short lived.

T: The flavor was oranges and citrus, fairly generous, but also fairly generic in delivery, a bit of tart lemon follows. Creamy tangerine and sherbet notes.

M: A fairly crisp and tingly mouthful, lightly creamy pilsner/wheat style base on the tongue.

O: Initially had a good flavor, fresh wet nose full of citrus-orange, but the flavor kind of dulled and flattened after the next few sips to a muted tart and sour lemon hopping, generic in nature. Dry hopped, short on complexity I liked the daring nature to use citra hops in a pilsener, but this just didn't deliver flavor wise, as expected, after a pretty decent aromatic sense on the nose.

 1,040 characters

Photo of mattknueven
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bylerteck
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank 5 bottles and smashed one on my kitchen floor. Great Citra character and easily drinkable. Not an intense bitterness and the fruity, juicy flavour melds well with the lower IBU. I liked it. Kitchen still smells great.

 223 characters

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. capped bottle into a Heady Topper stemless snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is a little metallic. Citra hop presence is there but its a little skunky. Beer is pretty drinkable. Light bodied with moderate carbonation and goes down crisp and clean with a big hop bite. Flavor is grapefruit rind and other bitter citrus fruit upfront. Big hop accent at the back. Solid.

I'm not a huge fan of this style but this beer is pretty good. Crisp, clean. A great lawnmower beer.

 481 characters

Photo of djrn2
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PatGreer
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stignacious
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Fall seasonal from Saranac. Sample pour from the bottle at my local Wegmans. Deep gold out of the bottle, with good head for a sampling size offering. Hints of orange zest and lemon on the nose with a big citrusy kick on the palate. The brewery representative stated that this is basically a tweaking of their Summer Pils, with some hop substitutions, but not much of a huge modification of the malt bill, which clearly shows, as the same (ever so slightly) oily finish is present alongside the same flavor undertones as the Summer version. Very nice overall.

 563 characters

Photo of kuhndog
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brutalist
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yaksurf
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of twentyfour01
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the brewery leaving a 1 inch head light Amber.
Smell is floral fruity hops and grains
Taste is well balanced citrus grapefruit and Pilsner malts. The finish is a pleasant bitterness.
Medium bodied smooth mouthfeel.

 227 characters

Photo of utopiajane
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours softly with a lightly tinged but still cream colored head of fluffy cloud like foam that lasts and clings. Body is golden yellow and very clear. A few bubbles scamper upward.

The nose is powerful with earthy citrusy scent. At first I thought it smelled like tangerine peel, then earthy like grapefruit musk and a little pungent. The prominence of hop spice keeps it smelling like a pilsner. A bit of pepper brings the the nose in toward the malt. Crackery no diacetyl. Spice from hops and citrus are a good match. I should be getting all kinds of bread crust and breaddy scent. But the hops are too far forward. The malts are second to the nose but once you find that bread crust which is in there you will be amazed at how powerful it really is. That bit of browned crust has blended with a much lower level of the citrus flavor from these American IPA hops than are in the traditional IPA and I bet that the dry hopping was done with the citra and cascade and the huell melon was the bittering hop. On the nose it seems to replace the citrus as the dominant hop scent and the hops literally dance and change places on the nose like they are having escapades at your leisure. My first thought was " smells like an IPA" but then I warmed to the powerful hops forward nose.

Taste is excellent and dry. The bread never comes down on the palate like a pilsener made with noble hops though because of all the flavor. There is also a soft slickness in the body that I think is from all the hops. If you have ever wondered about this quality and have not been able to put it into words. This beer demonstrates it well. The real breaddiness of the malt is steadfast and it does exude beyond the powerful hop flavors as you drink. Hop is big and fruity and this malt is just under that so that is a reversal of the stance the pilsener should make which is malts first, hops prominent but not dominant. As you drink you begin to notice that the hop does not dominate completely and a soft finish from the hops shows you that malt just a little bit more, white bread with a gently golden crust. Sticky bitterness shows a lingering citrus peel and a malty resonance but hops finish the beer. They are forward on the nose, forward on the palate and forward in the finish. The bitterness lasts well and is quite strong and that is where you see the gracefull huell melon hop. 3.5

Juicy and light in the finish like an IPA but then again the dance. The malt comes forward at the last minute golden. A little bubble and then it lingers citrusy and spicy. Is it hoppier slicker or hoppier than other very hoppy pilsners like Victory Prima or Sierra Nevada Nooner ? No. However those are both slick and soft without any hop resin. This one finishes . No , in fact it's a little gentler bitterness even though it does show you a lot of hoppy mouthfeel and some sticky resin. Aftertaste is light and orangey like an IPA but with , here's that dance again , enough bread to keep it in the pilsener style. This was outstanding and proof that the pilsner style can be made with american or fruity hops. The distinctive hops character of the pils is met in this beer not by flavor but by presentation and that means they did it. They made a pilsener with citrusy American IPA hops.

 3,294 characters

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JeffKowalek
2.25/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Crystal clear straw, with a bubbly white head. Retention is poor, but there is some lacing left behind.

S: Really juicy, pulpy orange, mostly orange zest; ripping citrus oils. There's also some lemon, a grainy, crackery malt presence, straw, and mineraly water.

T: Lots of orange presence throughout. Orange juice, orange pith, orange zest. More bitter orange than sweet, though. There's a light crackery malt, graininess, a hint of lemon, with grassy bitterness on the finish, and then lingering orange peel bitterness.

F: Medium-light, well-carbonated.

O: A good showcase of the citrusy Citra hop, but just okay as a pilsner.

 640 characters

Photo of CNoj012
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a crystal clear golden color with a huge, creamy white head. It slowly fades to a rocky one finger cap and leaves lots of webbed lacing in its wake.

Smell is very citrus forward. Lemon and orange dominate with some grapefruit, green herbal earthiness and a hint of bready malt.

Taste is the same. Very juicy on the front with a slightly bitter finish.

Feel is where this beer really lost me. It is overhopped and too juicy. Not crisp at all. The finish is juicy instead of dry and lacks carbonation.

Overall this is a decent beer. The flavor is very good, but for a pils the feel is way off. Citra is my favorite hop, but i prefer noble hop flavors in a pils. Save the citra for IPAs.

 705 characters

Photo of zrroot
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light gold color and crystal clear. Large, rocky head which leaves half-complete rings of chunky lace on the glass.

I get smells of green spices, oregano in particular. I also get some thyme. It's attractive and odd in equal parts. Way back, I detect a mild sweetness from the malt.

Smooth start and more dry than I expected. The green spices come through again on the tongue. The swallow and finish are not hop forward like most German Pilsners, but the dryness provides balance to malt base. Short aftertaste. Overall, this beer is so close to the style but the differences make it interesting and worth seeking.

 624 characters

Photo of Kendo
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can (12-pack was $13.99 at Hannaford) into a pilsner glass. Body is clear golden/tangerine with a 2-finger, foamy, off-white head on top. Bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass look nice and fortify that head for awhile. Fairly thick, foamy lace is left behind on the top of the glass. Nice presentation.

S: Hint of grain foundation, then tropical fruit and citrus - think clementine oranges and orange peel.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with some cereal-grainy malt underneath, followed by some sweet citrus (oranges, clementines) and then the more bitter citrus (grapefruit, lemon zest). Finishes with a fairly strong lingering lemony, drying bitterness.

M: Just a little bit watery, which detracts from the overall impression a little bit. Carbonation is on the fine side too - could maybe benefit from a little more "bite." On the other hand, it's smooth and an easy drinker, so I'm not complaining.

O: This is a solid American-style pilsner. There's a dryness that lingers on the aftertaste which reminds you it's a pilsner, but the Citra hops otherwise tell you it's an American version, not a traditional, Noble-hop-using pilsner.

 1,176 characters

Saranac Citra Pils from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 26 ratings