Saranac 1888 Octoberfest
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac 1888 OctoberfestSaranac 1888 Octoberfest
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #170
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #29,257
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 5.05%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
31
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
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SCORE
84
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Reviews by Nephilium:
Photo of Nephilium
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden-copper with a full white head. Aroma is a touch of caramel and biscuit, with some earthy notes. Flavor is not as sweet as some Marzens, with just a kiss of caramel. There's some earthy and spice notes from the hops in the finish. Overall, a very solid Marzen.

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

Matt Brewing Co. "Saranac 1888 Octoberfest"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BB DEC 31, 2017..." and sampled on AUG 31, 2017
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Oktoberfest is almost here! 16 days, 3 hours, and 29 minutes as I write this! And oddly, I've never had this beer before. Is it new? Anyway, it pours a finger thick head of fizzy khaki-colored foam atop a clear copper-colored body. The aroma offers dark sugar, not like brown sugar, but like sugar that's been melted and darkened. It's a little fruity, and a touch toasty as well. The flavor follows and it's surprisingly fruity. Is it from Vienna malt? I don't think so. It's more like tangerine than that berry-like note you can sometimes get from Vienna malts. Is it from the hops? How could it be? That's not at all traditional, and yet it's there. It's not bad, but it's not what I was expecting. On the other hand, do you want every brewery to make the same beer? No, and thankfully the malt remains traditional - full flavored, caramelish, and gently toasty - so there's that. It's medium-light in body (there's really not that much malt to it), and gently crisp. A moderate bitterness balances it (the label lists it at 20 IBUs) and brings it to a mostly dry finish where the dark sugar malt fades quickly and the fruitiness swirls gently until it passes. Unfortunately the head dropped shortly after I'd poured it, and it didn't leave much at all in the way of lacing as it went. However, it's well-balanced, and interesting, and I guess refreshing as well - it's not as big as most Oktoberfest biers. I could easily see having a few of these in a row!

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Photo of Arg914
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBorsato
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stignacious
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccryder
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobier10
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Best before Dec 31, 2018. Part of the German Roots mixed pack.

Light amber color with great clarity. Fluffy white head with good retention. Grainy, breads malts mixed with earthy and lightly floral hops make up both the aroma and flavor. Very smooth going down with a light dry finish. Medium bodied. Nothing flashy here, just a well-made Oktoberfestbier.

Another winner from the Saranac German Roots pack, which I would not hesitate to buy again next year.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with minimal head. Malty and sweet describe both the aroma and taste. Light mouthfeel and malty smooth aftertaste. Rates right at the halfway point between average and outstanding

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Photo of bcsbeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foyle
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thick, foamy off white head drops slowly with tons of lacing. Light amber color, mild streaming carbonation. Aroma of richly toasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Flavors of toasted malt, cracker, floral hops. Overall: really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of tdm168
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bubseymour
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

i am not sure if this is the same recipe as the one they used to call our octoberfest, which was a classic each year, the abv is the same, and its been too long for me to compare in my head, but i dont recall that one being quite this bold on the malts, this is a little deeper than i recall, more robust, and extremely nutty without much of the sweetness i often associate with this style. its very autumn, and although its only august, the evenings are already cooling down in upstate new york and it doesnt feel too early to enjoy one of these. i smell the classic german malt profile, a vienna element to it, the lager yeast, and a touch of honey, along with this dry toasted almond or walnut property, like actually nutty, and its there in the flavor too. fall leaves come to mind, applesauce, bran muffins, it has a lot of fall character, the flavor is sturdy, and its frothy feeling, well carbonated, and clean at the end, the lager yeast more prominent later on. i liked this a lot, think it might be a tweak from their previous octoberfest in favor of a more flavorful malt base, either way, this is a perfect beer to kick of the fall season!

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mkh895
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first offering out of the Saranac Fall variety pack and I have to say I likey...

Great looking brew - a dark golden colored beer that pours out a beautiful white foam, and it is clear - crystal clear in such a
manner I have not witnessed in quite some time, really something special to behold. The smell is like most any lager - malty, but with hints of spice that come out in the taste as well. I found it to be full of bready notes, spicy on the backend, and all round very smooth. As far as mouthfeel is concerned, it's well carbonated but full-bodied, which saved it for me. Overall, I really enjoyed this and will do so in the days to come.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bret717
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottling date unreadable (smudged ink); Reviewed 9/13/18

Look- pours clear deep golden with a copper tint and a 1/2 finger off white head; sheets of lacing

Aroma- rich, lightly biscuity malt, slight honey-like sweetness along with floral and slightly herbal hops

Taste- grainy malt with a slightly toasted taste that's lacking the richness/fullness I got in the nose; slight lemony taste along with herbal hops and moderate amount of bitterness

Feel- medium-light bodied, smooth drinking with moderate carbonation; very dry finish with mild bitterness

Overall- decent marzen that drinks really well; I think a fuller malt flavor to balance out the herbal hops would make it better, though

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kkazemi
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samlover55
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 'perfect pint'
BB 12/2017
L- pours a rich red copper, with a small off-white head
S- sweet malty aroma, slight burnt caramel as well
T- rich roasted malt, toffee, with a doughy finish
F- crisp light-bodied, average carbonation
Overall this an above average Octoberfest, with nice color, and rich taste

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Photo of mikeinportc
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear orange-copper, with quickly-dissipating white head.

Aroma is caramel/malty.

Flavor is caramel, and slightly bready, just on the dry (1/3?) side of the spectrum. Finishes with light,rounded bitterness.

Feel is light side of "medium", with fine, barely tingly carbonation.

Overall, a nice , easy-drinking brew, that it would be hard to be tired of.

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Photo of Zylod
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Saranac 1888 Octoberfest from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 31 ratings