Saranac Winter Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Winter LagerSaranac Winter Lager

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2009

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Photo of Zraly
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color of a penny - nice copper with off-white head. Decent lacing, faint scent of hops and malt.

Nice form up front: toasty, malt-forward flavors with a touch of spice. Hint of butterscotch in the nose. It is a bit soapy and sweet in the finish, and could use a touch more dryness in the finish. I think if the finish was a little less rough, indeed, I could drink more than one of these.

Considering the price point, this is not a bad option for someone wanting something with a bit more flavor compared to the usual macro lager choices. I picked this up in a 12 pack for $13.99 - hardly a bank breaker.

It would probably go alright with burger and fries.

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Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a tight egg-shell colored head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of a light caramel malt, a bit bready with hints of copper. The taste is of caramel malt, a little doughy, light spice, and a touch of grassy hops. All of the flavors are rather light. The feel is light but not watery, plenty of carbonation, well balanced; finishes with an ever so slight bitter hop. This is a darn refreshing beer. Very clean flavors and very crisp. No off-putting flavors. Not the most flavorful brew but its very drinkable. Great to session.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I immediately thought this would be another dark wheat ale along the lines of Sam Adams Winter Lager. Nope!

A - Pours a dark amber with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Some roasted malts and hints of caramel but very subdued, not too much aroma.

T - Crisp and malty, with a slightly nutty/roasty aftertaste. Hints of fruit and a touch of hops. I get plenty of caramel lingering in the aftertaste. Reminds me of a Marzen, but with more subdued flavors. Spicy in the aftertaste as well.

M - Lightly bodied and lightly carbonated. Finishes dry.

D - Just the right amount of flavor to make it extremely sessionable and not too overpowering.

Not what I was expecting, more of a lighter Octoberfest (can't say I am familiar with the Vienna style lager before this one). Still, it is done well. Well balanced albeit a bit uninteresting, I tend to go for darker ales in the winter.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel sweetness, some roasted malts and a strange mintiness.

The taste consisted of a slight artificial sweetness, some toasted malt and a bit of caramel.

The mouthfeel seemed to lack the body of better examples.

Overall a decent lager. The strange sweetness adversely affected the experience for me.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a seasonal 12-pack at Shaw's in Windham, NH. Pours a crystal clear amber to red body with a good inch of short-lived off-white head. Smells slightly caramel malty with a bit of a soapy quality. Tastes malty, with caramel, chocolate and a slight fruity. Medium in both body and carbonation. While the aroma was a bit discouraging, the flavor was pleasant and balanced, and as good as any other Vienna I've had.

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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a med.-deep copper color w/ a fluffy white head which dissipates quickly leaving a nice broken lace in my pilsen glass

S- smell reminds me of fresh baked bread, some nuttieness and a bit of dark fruit, a faint grassy hop present as well

T- crisp, nutty and bready, well balanced bitterness and a bit fruity, some caramel notes, a great vienna/marzen-like flavor

M- pretty dry, a light-med body and decently carbonated

D- very drinkable, prob. one of the better Am. brewed viennas out there, i wish they had 6'rs of this

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Photo of CHickman
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper amber color with a 1/2 inch off white head; smells of malt and light spices.

Tastes of roasted malt, hops, spices, caramel, nut and grains or bread; the brew warms as you sip it, which I assume is due to the alcohol as an intentional "winter warmer".

Nice (good) beer with an overall malty taste that releases more malt flavor and taste as it warms up and goes down easy. Not exceptional flavor, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm. Sam Adams Winter Lager is also a Vienna Lager. Perhaps this influenced Saranac to a degree?

Pours a mild brown color with a two-finger head into my glass. Good presentation so far. A bit dark but that's actually about right.

Aroma is full of a bit of sweet and grainy malt. A bit spicy/smoky as well. Similar to SA's Winter Lager.

Taste is a bit nutty and sweet and it's very chewy as well. Interesting mish-mash of flavors. Tasty and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of the same flavors as above that linger. Carbonation is just right. No harsh flavors and beer goes down very well.

Very nice! I could swear that it's a clone of the SA version. Very easy to drink and tasty. Definitely one of the better beers from Saranac.

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Photo of Madmax99
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer in the winter variety pack.

This beer is alright to me. I say this because lagers usually don't have the greatest amount of flavor. Also for being a winter beer I am surprised at the low amount of alcohol in this beer. Don't get me wrong, this beer isn't that bad. It does have some caramel notes that are pleasant. To be completely honest this tastes a lot like an Octoberfest style beer. If you like Octoberfest beers then you'll love this.


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Photo of smibroncos
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured a clear light carmel. with a small off white diminishing head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, hay, spice

T. Carmel, sweet malt, pepper

M. Light to medium bodied lightly carbonated, thin

D. Alright not my favorite from the 12 beers of winter pack. A little thin and not as flavorful as it could be.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Saranac Winter Lager is a clear, amber beer with a fluffy, off white head that has decent retention. It smells slightly sweet, malty and peppery. It's medium-light bodied and the finish is a little gritty. It has a peppery twang that's balanced well with a green, botanical bitterness that lasts through the finish. There's nothing really stand-out here.

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Saranac Winter Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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