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Saranac Adirondack Light BeerSaranac Adirondack Light Beer

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ah, the joys of the Bottle Backlog! I have some in the basement's Beerfrigerator that I brought with me in the move from my parents' house over to Chez Woody that I have not looked at in a while. I was recently inspired to make today a New Saranac Beer Sunday (or New Beer Saraunacday (Week 661), if you will) & so this becomes my opening salvo.

From the bottle: "We wouldn't put our name on just any light beer - so many hours of development and tastings (the good part!) have resulted in what we are proud to call Saranac Light. Saranac Light is a light bodied yet flavorful light beer that is deliciously drinkable and very refreshing. Enjoy!"

I Pop!ped the cap & to describe my pour as "slow & gentle" would be an overstatement. I barely had it running out of the bottle & into the glass. Once sufficiently decanted, an in-glass swirl produced a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly fizzed its way out of existence. At least the carbonation had held up! Color was a pretty Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a visit from The Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus. Nose had a very cereal-like maltiness, reminiscent of the whole grain cereal that my late Pops used to eat for breakfast. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much past that, either. The taste was pleasant enough. It was clearly a Lager at its base, given the honey-like sweetness that was especially prevalent. I just kept flashing on Pops' Cheerios and/or Wheaties, often mixed together in the bowl & drizzled with honey before he added milk. Finish was semi-dry, rather refreshing, but just not sustaining for me. It has held up really well & I am glad that I finally found the impetus to drink it, but now it is on to the next beer.

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Photo of Cooker_stp
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TastyTaste
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold color, with a very small white head. Not a lot going on in the smell department, mostly a sweet corn and malt scent. Pretty bland beer. Too little malt, hardly a trace of hops. It's better than macros, but even for a light beer it is boring. Average beer, at best.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Saranac "12 Beers" Sampler, 2002 edition)

I thought that Saranac's holiday sampler packs usually showcased some of their more creative and flavorful beers, which is why I was a little taken back that they threw this in there. Anything to get people to try their light, eh? Turns out this is one of the better lights that I've had, and although it doesn't stand up to Sam Adams Light it certainly holds its own against the macro-brewed lights.

Saranac Light pours a light/pale straw color with a showcase of highly active carbonation. Very thin layer of foam bubbles forms and dissipates quickly. The smell is near non-existant, although the mildest of grains and fruitiness are slightly detectable. The mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. The standard light beer wateriness is present in the flavor, but there are some light malty/grainy notes here to save the day, with even a little bit of breadiness. Very light hop twang in the finish. Flavor is quite clean, and lacks many of the foul off-flavors that so many macro-lites have. Aftertaste is clean, and the finish lacks any alcoholic warmth.

I still wouldn't by this one on its own, but it does stand out flavorwise in an oversaturated light beer market. Kudos to Saranac for making a pretty decent light beer.

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Photo of edchicma
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this just for the heck of it...hadn't had a light beer in some time. This one seemed a tad better than others I remember. Head was ok, but dissipated quickly. Color was a nice light gold color. Faint malt aroma, with a medium mouthfeel. It caught in the throat a bit, though...not as crisp and smooth as I would have liked. Overall, not bad for a light beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light refreshing slightly sweet mix of malt and hops to aroma. Fairly standard for style. Good looking, but again standard for style. Steady white head. Low flavor without being too watery. Mostly malt taste with slight lingering. Refreshing quality, but not too crisp. Softens and becomes fluffy as warms. Fine for what it's designed to be. Certainly better than most macros of style. Becomes unpleasantly bitter as warms.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color with a low white ringed head and good carbonation. No "cooked-corn" aroma with light graininess - I am sure this is an all-malt brew. Crisp and dry with a low level of sweetness. Light bodied but fuller than most lights ... not suprised based on calories.

I guess I preferred Sam Adams Light to this one but overall not bad.

Per label: 130 cal, 9 g carbs, 1.7 g protein, 0.0 fat

Available in the 2002 Saranac Holiday Pack.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.36/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear, honey gold color, kind of pretty and appealing, head is a treat for the eye, too, bubbly, snow white, leaving a little lace, slowly simmering.
After that, it's all downhill. Nose is nothing, though I searched and searched, my nostril aflared...nothing bad, anyway...
As for taste; a tiny hop drizzle appears for 1/1,000,000th of 1 second that fades away...body doesn't fact, it stands as the very hallmark of negligibility!
There are small specs of flavor here and there, very small, and not enough to merit the term "flavorful" as it appears on the label.
I don't understand the existence of this type of beer, though the majority of Americans seem to take them to their collective bosom. It's even more mysterious when a small brewery or a craft brewer farts one of these things out.

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Photo of Scoats
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know if I'd ever buy this but it came with the 12 pack. If I wanted a light beer though, I couldn't think of one better. It tasted a lot like Pabst Blue Ribbon, and I mean that as a compliment. Good lawn mower beer.

At 130 calories, this and Sam Adams Light aren't really that light.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! I was really surprised by how good this was for being a "light" beer. Then I read the label - "130 calories". Many of the standard macros are only 140 or just above, so I find it hard to consider this truly a light beer. However, it's good! It pours a crystal clear golden body that's topped by a foamy bright-white head. It has great head retention and keeps a thin surface covering throughout the glass, and it even leaves some spotty lace! The aroma expresses a grainy maltiness. It's a touch wort-like with no hops to be found, but it's clean and welcoming. I certainly prefer its overt maltiness to the vapid alcohol aroma of some of the heavily-attenuated mass-produced lights. The body is also surprisingly full for the style, falling clearly into the medium range; and the fine carbonation leaves it crisp in the mouth. Very nice! The flavor, like the aroma, concentrates on grainy malt without hop flavor, but does offer a gently backing bitterness. It finishes clean and smooth with a short-lingering note of residual malt that dissolves to reveal a moderate dryness. Really well done with the exception of it's full 130 calories.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright yellow-gold body, with some steady bubbling, topped by a large foamy white head. Some hay in the nose, but very little aroma. Beer hits the tongue with an opening splash of malt, but slides away quickly, before more details are detectable. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full. Beer goes does easy. Very easy, Maybe too easy. Probably the second best light beer available in my market, after Sam Adams. Could have a use as a quick quencher/lawnmower beer in the heat of the summer, but really not something most craft beer fans are likely to embrace. Here's hoping they leave it out of next year's 12 pack.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my second beer from the mixed twelve pack. Looks almost exactly like there Pilsner but the head doesn't last as long. The smell is very similar as well. This one seems much more carbonated than the last. Not much in terms of flavor. I can pick up a slight hint of hops in the end but that is about it. In the class that it is in, this one stands a bit taller. It definitely has more flavor than anything from A-B.

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Photo of Suds
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I probably never would have tried this beer if it were not included in the holiday sampler. As suspected, it's not worth trying on its own.
The appearance is a slightly dark yellow-straw color, topped with a respectable white head. To be honest, it's a decent-looking beer. The aroma is almost non-existent, as is the taste....maybe a slight graininess and a very mildly sweet finish. Although this is arguably better than most light beers, it's still a waste of time.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, brilliant straw color, with a white head. The aroma is light in malt, with a bit of grain. The flavor has a malt sweetness, as well as a grain flavor. The grain gives this beer a bit of a bite, and a flavor almost like sour apples. From this point the beer flows to a slight hop bitterness. It is light in body, smooth, and easy drinking. This brew has a decent flavor for an American Light Lager.

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Photo of shirfan
2.52/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This infidel was the first to die in the Christmas Sampler, to get it out of the way...

Pours golden yellow and clear, head doesn't even make an attempt.

Mouthfeel is the only redeeming feature of this creation... it's fairly bubbly and interesting, but there's very little to back it up. A thin, canadian-tasting macro lager. On the dry side. No off flavors or grossly detectable adjuncts, but it's very plainly aimed at big 3 swillers and I wouldn't drink this again unless it was both free AND the only thing available.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.67/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fresh slightly sweet nose. No real head or retention with a carbonated clear (filtered) liik. Sour malt taste. The finish is slightly sweet. The sout taste just does not go away. Light to medium mouth. Lots and lots of carbonation (bigger bubbles force carbonation). there is taste there for a light beer... just not very good taste. And I would not really consider this a light beer at 130 calories.

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Photo of Kwak
1.61/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not good only drank this one because it cam in a twelve-pack sampler.

It poured yellow not much head gone in a flash bad aroma.

The taste was nothing special like a saranac watered down. It also had a little metalic taste to it ?

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.87/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

well, it's a light beer, so what can i really say. as a light, it is not to bad at all. i think only sam adam's is better. it has no real aroma and not too much flavor. it is not skunky like other lights, and it is nice and smooth. i will never get it again, but if you want a light beer, it is a good choice.

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Photo of aaronh
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good light beer. Pours with a decent head that shows moderate retention (longer than most macros). The color is a pale golden amber. The beer looks very inviting. A mild aroma of hops is blended with a hint of malt in the aroma. This light beer actually has some flavor, with a hint of malt sweetness coupled with some vegetal overtones. The mouthfeel is solid, which is more than many lagers can say, much less light beers. Of course, being a light beer with lower ABV that has a pleasing flavor profile, this beer is very drinkable. Which is good, because as it warms, it is less appealing. I could actually consider buying this beer to appease my macro buddies, because the left over beer would be consumed when I was in the mood for something lighter.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. 130 calories, 9.0 carbohydrates and 1.7 grams of protein on the side of the label.

Appearance: Bright robe of golden yellow, big bubbles rise to the top and hold the white lace together for the most part.

Smell: Clean aroma of powdery husky grain, dry with a faintness of hops as well.

Taste: Light bodied with an ample crispness, nice grainy bite with some hop bitterness in there as well. Powdery husk hits in the middle and a dolup of wheat also. Maltiness is mellow but has hints of a light doughy almost cracker- like character. Touch of residual sweetness upfront but the brew dries up in the end.

Notes: Not as light as some other light beers out there being it has 130 calories, but it is certainly a tasty one. I would assume this is an introduction to a product that they will be putting into six-packs and cases rather than just one bottle in a 12-pack.

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Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I will go on record as saying that light beers are the spawn of the devil and consequently I have to overcome a tremendous prejudice in rating any light. But, this was in the mix-pack, so I gave it a go. A pleasant and drinkable light. Fairly sweet at the front, with the flavor becoming more grainy at the finish, along the lines of a macro light, Miller Light coming to mind. Could have benefited from a bit more hops, but the level was acceptable. Mouthfeel was more substantial than average and helped the beer a good deal. One of the better light beers so far.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw color. Thin and airy white head. Not much retention. Minimal lacing. Aroma contains slight grainy notes and also some subtle aromatic hop tones. The taste is pretty clean and not as bland as most light beers. Grainy and dry. Just a sligh spattering of bitter hop notes. Closer to light in body than medium. Not over carbonated. Like this one just a bit better than Sam Adam's Light. Probably my favorite light beer, although I usually only have about 10 lights a year.

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Photo of ADR
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow, head is white and frighteningly uniform in bubble-sizes -- like a loaf of Wonder Bread. Just the barest whiff of malt to the smell. Malt is thin, has a slight sense of walnut (straying toward peanut shells). The finish is slightly unsettling and macro-like in hop assertion. OK job on getting a little more flavor in the malt profile. I haven't tried too many "boutique" Lights yet, and this is not motivating me to bang on any doors but this brew isn't too bad.

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