Saranac Rye Pilsener | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Rye PilsenerSaranac Rye Pilsener

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brings the darker color, I guess that's the rye. Smallish 1/4" offwhite head. Aroma was not rye. Wasn't really anything to speak of.

Taste kind of reveals this was a darker beer in color, but not in substance. Again, devoid of hop, malt or yeast flavors. Lots of carbonation on it. Why do all their beers taste the same? Only one yeast strain?
Some toffee and caramel notes, but they aren't well integrated.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of msnow34
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

First smell and taste is very spicy, lots of carbonation. Future sips, take this beer almost to an adjunct lager level. Not much flavor or smell. The spicyness and the fact that it isn't sour is the only thing that sets it apart. Very dry mouthfeel, and the small head retains itself throughout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice copper hued amber color with a head that was maybe an inch or so high and balanced out well along the walls of the glass. Aroma was heavy hops at first, citrus and pine, but as it warmed some balance is brought forward by bready malts and hints of caramel. Nice and smooth, clean finish had a nice bite to it but mellowed tremendously as it went down leaving a semi dry, semi sweet finish in its wake.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear straw. Head retention is decent at about half a finger. No lacing.
S- Smell tends toward spice, but despite the rye componant it smells more like they spicy characteristics of noble hops than it does of rye. Somewhat grainy.
T- Sweeter than I expected, though this only slightly a negative. Again, spicy, but I really feel this is a product of hop selection rather than rye. Although the further down the glass I get the more I think the sweetness is restraining the rye.
M- Body is moderate, carbonation is a bit too fizzy in the mouth.
O- A decent enough pilsner I suppose, but the rye characteristics were underwhelming. Refreshing and easy enough to drink, but not particularly outstanding.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up with the saranac summer mix pack. Poured this 12 oz bottle vigorously into my mug.

A. A pale yellow body topped with white foamy head.

S. I can smell slight maltiness with some citrus and thats about it.

T. Very light and tangy with a very small body and not much aftertaste. Very refreshing, which seems to be the theme of this case.

M. Light and clean with some carbonation bouncing the taste off the tongue.

D. I could put a whole sixxer of this stuff back without realizing it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Saranac Beers of Summer Box - $13.48 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a fairly small, fizzy, white head

Smell: Lightly sweet-scented pils malts in the nose, with a growing but gentle graininess as it warms. Soft notes of lemon peel and spiciness from German-like if not exactly German-born hops.

Taste: Sweetish, lightly honey-tasting pilsner maltiness with a slight grainy undertone. Touch of zesty rye malt aided by the spicy, grassy, lemon-hinting hops with their gentle bitterness and still further aided by the carbonic bite of the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, tidy, if average pilsner with a hint of rye which goes well enough with the light inclusion of Vanguard hops. Paired with the TCM television premiere of Metropolis.

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Photo of bernie879
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a straw gold with minimal pure white head that fell as soon as I set the glass down and grabbed my pencil and pad. The aroma was pretty mild; malty rye and barely discernable hops. The first sip really suprised me as it was real bright as the carbonation is right on, then smoothes out over the tongue, followed by tingling the back of the throat. The spicyness of the rye comes out a bit more on the taste as does a matching lemon note.

This wasn't a very complex beer but I liked it nonetheless. The mouthfeel was the highlight of the beer and helps to bringout the mild taste of the beer. A good beer that I could have a few of in a sitting.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for donating this to a worthy

It has that pale straw color like you would expect that a pilsner would be, but as a rye beer I expected a bit more color and the head to last longer than 10 seconds on the surface. The aroma is a bit sour as I would expect from the rye. There is no unpleasantness from it, but aside from a twinge of lemon zest the rye is really all that I get from the nose. The palate is rather crisp and clean with no real bitterness. The flavors are a smidge sour, but then the citrus mixes with the sweetness of the pale malts and almost makes it refreshing like a barley lemonade, not nearly that strong, but you get the idea. Most other hints on the tongue remain rather fruity in nature such as honeydew and red apple. Though it's not overly sweet in the slightest it has the right amount of fruity notes to make it quite enjoyable. It's rather good on the palate and it's pleasant to drink. A recommendation for me and a surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of Offa
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is essentially a good, solid and satisfying traditional American pale lager with the rye giving extra depth and character to the malt-grain quality.

Golden, it has a medium-big white head steadily shrinking to a ring and no lace.

Aroma is very full grain character, strong dry bread crust (the rye influence perhaps?) hints of apple juice, grass, herbs and hay and the faintest hint of rye. It is mostly a very nice, more full-bodied regular American pale lager with a somewhat stronger, more toasty bread-crust grain character and a faint hint of what is identifiably rye.

Taste is similar. It has a nice, full grain character, firm with an unusual fullness for an American pale lager-type, with some hints of complexity. It has light spicy-leafy and grassy hop character and a definite light juiciness. Light sweetness just dominates underlying gentle bitterness. The character and feel are firm and zesty. The rye is only noticeable as such as a light spicy hint in the finish and aftertaste, but I suspect it adds to the more full-bodied, well-rounded and slightly more complex toasty grain character. In the end, this is essentially a nicely full-bodied, firm, well-founded American pale lager with some slight additional character and complexity from the rye.

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Saranac Rye Pilsener from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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