Saranac F.X. Matt's Haus Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac F.X. Matt's Haus LagerSaranac F.X. Matt's Haus Lager

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

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This light-bodied lager recipe was the house beer exclusively for Matt family members and Brewery employees to enjoy during and after work. This marks the first time in the company's 129 year history that this treasured family recipe has been made available to the public.

Added by tolar111 on 07-11-2017

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of edthehead
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinB
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knickfan3
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the 1888 Tavern upstairs.

Crystal clean look, pure gold, excellent carbonation, easy drinking....perfect example of the style.

This was a nice "time-out" from huge ipa's ! It went down so damn easy and clean. No off flavors or aspects, just a clean, light malty lager with massive grainy tones, excellent adjuncts like wheat, corn, hay the mix. The hops came across as very herbal, dry-earthy and vety hearty. A perfect compliment to the lightly, sour buttery notes of the lager yeast taste. Great balance and high marks for the style. I seriously felt like I was in a time warp, inside that historic building drinking an old timey classic style.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of prisdefer
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahonky
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

As others have stated, this really doesn't fit the Munich Helles bill - but that doesn't mean its not worthy of praise.

Drank from the can, so no notes on look

The beer smells like beer. That beer you grabbed of sip from when your dad wasn't looking in 1981 or something.

Anyway, this beer comes in 12-packs of pounder cans. And the design is pretty cool. There is a nostalgia factor playing here, no doubt, but I'll happily oblige.

Saturday, after a night at the local church feast, where we resigned to plastic cups of draft Coors Light, the night was not going to be about beer. We took the party back to my house and Saranac Haus Lager was the perfect beer to smash the night away. Cheap and highly drinkable American lager. I can drink these all day and night - but this is definitely good fridge filler beer. It doesnt hold a candle to Alpenflo, but that is perfectly fine. It has a job to do and it does it well

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Photo of odannyob
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ya Vol; zer goot!

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Photo of beergoot
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, straw-yellow body; lively carbonation; rich, creamy head; rings of lacing down the glass. Bright, lightly sweet caramel and crystal malt smell; fresh cut grass. Delicate malt sweetness with a trace of citrus punch; low-key hop bitterness. Medium-light body; soft yet clean on the palate.

This lager is smooth and delicious, and very easy to knock back.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold with a huge frothy white head. Brilliant clarity let's you see right through it. Good head retention with patchy lacing on the glass.

Grainy malt aroma with light spicy, floral hops. It doesn't really have that rich malt character that a Helles usually does. Nice balance in the flavor but it's a little too generic. The best way I can describe it is it tastes very "beery." Extremely clean and finishes on the dry side. Carbonation is lively and right on the money. I could drink multiple pint cans of this!

Overall, it doesn't scream Helles lager to me. In fact it kind of walks a fine line between Helles and adjunct lager, despite any adjuncts being used in the beer. I'm a fan and I would definitely purchase it again. But it's not going to replace any of my favorite German versions of the style.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a clear lighter shade of gold with white cap.

Aroma of grainy malt with light floral, spicy hops.

Flavor on entry is malt forward but in a dryish sense which is to say a feeling of richness without sweetness. Hops make an entry mid palate but remain in the background. Aftertaste brings an almost herbal nuttiness forward and is a nice finishing touch.

Medium body with balancing carbonation.

If handed this in a blind tasting I would say Helles Lager with a lower hop profile which isn't damning with faint praise because this is a very solid beer. Clearly free of adjuncts, this all malt lager walks the line between AALs and more highly flavorful craft beers. Not a bad place to be when what you want is a no fuss beer that's simply good.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

10/6/17...medium dark bronze. Cloudy. Prevents it from being see through. Very faint pils nose. Clean, grainy water logged lager. Fast finish; light bodied and melts away. Nice complement in the pack.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samlover55
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into perfect pint glass
BB 12/31/17
L- clear gold, with bubbly white head
S- doughy, and floral
T- light crisp malt, followed by doughy yeast, with a complex earthy and floral finish
F- light-bodied, moderately carbonated
Overall a nice drinking lager with a complex earthy finish

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When I began going through the latest drop-off from my local, in-person trader @tone77 I saw that he had brought over several Saranac bottles & I became intrigued. So much so that when I was browsing one of the many singles shops in the area, I bought up all of the Saranac beers with an eye towards today - New Beer Saraunacday (Week 661). I am going to knock out the Lagers first & then move onto Ales as I am able over the course of the day.

From the bottle: "Fourth Generation Family Brewery"; "Our (great) grandfather/founder emigrated from Germany in 1878 and brewed this light-bodied lager for employees to enjoy during and after work."

It was an absolutely fresh bottle, but having found my groove in simply Pop!ping the cap & doing a slow, gentle pour, I have decided to stick with what is working. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention that slowly fell back to wisps. Color was a pretty Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) with NE-quality clarity, causing The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon to come rushing in from the living room to have a taste. Nose was rather light, slightly malty & sweet, but not enough to really present itself. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but nothing to write home about, either. The taste was unquestionably of an adjunct-free Lager, but it was not as sweet as the previous Light Lager had been. Instead, this had a slight hoppy bitterness, undoubtedly of Noble hops varieties, but just enough to get me to perk up & pay attention. I have to say, this really excited the German in me! I suddenly wanted a pretzel in the worst way & maybe some Lebanon Bologna to go with it. I went to a screening of "Franz" (2016) & the scenes in post-WWI Germany all featured the drinking of Lagers from massive steins. I left afterwards, jonesing for a beer! My maternal grandfather was a Kirsch from the Alsace-Lorraine region & my paternal grandmother's maiden surname was Freiburger. One of my great regrets was not paying greater attention when she tried to teach us to speak German when we were kids. Sigh. I know how to drink beer, though! Lagers may not have the cachet of Ales, but when they are made well, there is nothing like them. Finish was clean, refreshing & semi-dry. I would drink this again in a heartbeat, especially if I CAN find it in CANs, like the one in the approved photo!

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Photo of mkh895
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bubseymour
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks very macro in body (yellow clear and fizzy) but a more respectable 2 finger head. Disappointing aroma as well that comes across like a macro. Taste is slick and bready with slight hop crispness in the finish. Slightly metalic/watery finish.
Overall I'm a little disappointed in this one. Saranac usually is good in the lagering but this one seems off base and "cheap". Easily drinkable, but not very well crafted for the Helles Lager style.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour one an a quarter cans into a half liter stein,a clear light to medium golden with a large white fluffy crown that is gone pretty quickly,nice lookin enough.Grainy with with some caramel dough,a light smattering of leafy hops is detected but light.Caramel cookie dough flavors get the palate off to a sweet start but there is some of that spicy,minty hop presence that does dry it out a bit in the back end.It's a little on the sweet side for a lager like this but it's a quaffable Sunday football beer.

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Photo of kell50
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HermitDan
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MisledTitan
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Saranac F.X. Matt's Haus Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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