Saranac Kellerbier
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac KellerbierSaranac Kellerbier
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Style:
German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #82
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,549
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 9.21%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
25
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
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Fall
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 25
Photo of puboflyons
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle that has a smudged best buy date but it looks like the year was 2016. Sampled on April 23, 2017.

It pours golden yellow under a lingering off-white head and a slight haze.

Unfortunately stale malt sweetness and tobacco penetrates the nose with little to no hop character in the aroma. This is probably die to the age of the bottle.

The body isn't bad - about medium and smooth.

Same tobacco malt character in the taste with little to no bitterness to end it. Maybe the slightest lemonzest note. Still, I need to try it fresher next time.

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Photo of Eagleperry338
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer. I don't like it as much as Sarnac's black beer, but it still has something going for it. This feels a little more rustic than a traditional lager.. just a tad bit bitter, but it isn't overpowering at all.. still has a nice malty feel and taste.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

even though unfiltered, it's still fairly clear, but a few particles floating around. light golden in color, white head. some lacing. aroma of cracked corn, grain. some grassy hops are in the taste too, a little earthy. slightly sweet. thinner bodied.

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Photo of thebeers
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color, slightly hazed, with a finger and a half of dense white head that leaves thick rings of lacing.

Bready aroma with floral hops behind; perhaps a tad more doughy than a Pils or Helles.

That doughiness is much more evident in the taste, with a very slightly sour characteristic mid-palate and a dully bitter aftertaste.

It's not at all crisp. Fairly thick bodied and chewy for something so light in color.

While there is some residual malt sweetness, it becomes quite dry fifteen seconds or so after sipping -- prodding another sip perhaps? Almost like a gose without the salt in that regard.

It's like the center of a soft pretzel. Nothing that's going to win any awards, but quite satisfying anyhow.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice white and fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a metallic and medium yellow that isn't really an appealing hue. It look s okay but not too crazy about it.

The smell is decent. It has a light banana note along with a pine hop note and an interesting pepper note.

The taste is nice and surprisingly interesting. It has a nice floral and pine bitterness to it. The yeast note is a light banana and there seems to be an interesting pepper note among the other notes.

The feel is okay. It's a thin bodied beer with a bit of heft to it. The carbonation is a bit tingly and biting but it gives a bit of refreshment to it.

Overall, a decent kellerbier and worth drinking but you won't miss much if you don't.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much as others stated it is a very balanced unfiltered lager. Taste is pretty stellar nothing offensive or skunk and even some hops come to play to keep if from being boring. If I ever found this for 9-10 bucks a six pack I may get some since its way better than Straub American Lager. Even has a higher ABV too!

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Photo of dtreindl
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here. Nothing offensive either. Not much aroma to judge. Easy to drink, fairly well balanced malt and hops, but nothing stands out as a reason to look for it again.

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Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressively good for a brewery I view on the level of leinenkugels.

Pours pilsner clear with a thick foamy head.

Smells like biscuits, toast, green grass, and earthy hops.

Tastes like grass, corn, and pepper. Noble hops dominate this beer with a grainy like sweetness behind it.

Feel is heavily carbonated for a lighter beer. Very full mouth.

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Photo of Anacross
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another German beer style that is a favorite of mine. Dark, fruity, roasty malts, flavorful and delightful. German brewers are masters so please give them a hand to their american child and enjoy this work of art. A+ for sure!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Matt Brewing Company "Saranac Kellerbier"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB DEC 31 2016" and sampled on SEP 4 2016

Saranac Kellerbier pours a very lightly hazy golden body beneath a full head of bright white that holds remarkably well, bolstered by the streams of tiny effervescent bubbles rising from below. The lacing is quite nice as well, leaving fairly solid walls of lace behind.

The aroma expresses grainy malt and grassy, spicy, and gently herbal hops, and that flows directly into the flavor. Don't serve it too cold as you want that malt available to balance the hop flavors. It's got a fairly solid bitterness (40 IBUs), but it's also quite hoppy in flavor - if I had to call it in terms of style I'd say it's a cross between a Dortmunder Export and a Czech Pils with a touch of Munich helles thrown in.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a gentle zest of carbonation that livens the tongue.

Overall, quite nice.

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Saranac Kellerbier from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 25 ratings