Saranac Pilsener
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac PilsenerSaranac Pilsener
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #626
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
78
Ranked #45,457
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 15.04%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
105
From:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  3
SCORE
78
Okay
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Reviews by Janeinma:
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.44/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special to look at or drink. Gold looking beer, typical head retention of a yellow beer.

Has some decent hop zest, I'm probably guessing its around 30ibus. Some of the zip might be from the carbonation, which seems on the high end.

Its not a bad beer, its a good beer to have around yourself to give to other people who don't like their beer to be too adventurous. But you're kidding yourself if you think this is an een average representation of a pilsner.

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Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dlin0sbb
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of bsopko
2/5  rDev -41%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of XsoldoutX
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Cooker_stp
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of bryc9194
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Squire
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.88/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Average pilsner lookin' beer, 1/2" white head, below average clarity for style. Aroma dropped the Saaz hop. Good.

Light toasted Pilsen malts, honey malt, toasted bread notes. Very high carbonation takes away from the mouthfeel. Decent stuff, but not exactly flavor country either. Mowing the lawn stuff.

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Photo of Zylod
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 54V4G3
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.77/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The whole "Pilsener" labeling is confusing, but whatever. Loads of character. Ultra-clean aroma. Smooth and creamy on the palate, and very fresh tasting. What I really love is the snap that this beer has with its use of crisp wheat and dry-hopping. Light, mellow fruit with some dextrin sweetness and a flash of lime/citric hop bitterness. Goes dry in the end.

A very unique American twist of a style, and a solid, okay beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown with no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright pale golden in colour with a faint patchy white lace that dissipates.

Smell: Herbal and slight citrus in the nose from the hops, mild hint of bready grain also.

Taste: Husky pale malt is awry, hop bitterness only enhances it. Dry palate with an odd dextrin flavour throughout. Citric herbal hop is quick and lets in some astringent flavours, more huskiness comes through and is quite bothersome.

Mouthfeel: Slight crispness and medium bodied, I’d want more crispness out of this brew and it seems to have a bitty mouth feel in the end.

Drinkability & Notes: Real tough to put down 12 oz. This brew used to be a damn good lager, did this batch crap the bed or is this what Saranac is starting taste like? I’ll pass next time this is in my crosshairs during my next beer hunt.

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Photo of QXSTER1
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If your looking for a Prima Pils or a Pilsner Urquell here your not going to find it. This is more of an attempt at an American style pale lager. Though this pilsener may not live up to the standards of the best of the style it's still a decent beer. Pours a clear gold with a bone white head that settles but doesn't disappear. Flavor is clean with a hint of wheatiness, mostly grain and bread. Hops are not prominent, but cutting the sweetness in the background. Nice short finish. Vastly better than the other mainstream swill that put pilsener on their label.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a large white billowy head over one of the lightest looking pale yellow liquids I've ever drank...almost like hazy water! Nice gentle carbonation with a delicate fresh flowery hop nose. Taste is light bodied, due to the percentage of wheat malt used, with a lightly malty sweetness and pleasantly hoppy character...very easy to drink quickly as it turns out. Nothing overpowering here folks, just a nice little pilsener for your quaffing pleasure, finishes sharp yet invites another sip.

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Saranac Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 105 ratings