Utica Club | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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2.78/5
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171 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,717
Reviews:
67
Ratings:
171
pDev:
29.14%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
41
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 67
Photo of SFFD5
4.57/5  rDev +64.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an American beer but it is more refreshing than most American beers. This is a nostalgia beer. FX Matt is still brewing this in Utica, NY. It is a large brewery but is still family owned and run. The recipe has not changed. What really makes this beer is the old advertising with the talking steins. I highly recommend this as a good summer refresher when it is hot out. I saw a review that stated it is made by Genesee brewing. It is not, how ever Genny has been reintroducing many of their older beers. If you are lucky enough to find this in bottles you are in for a treat.

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Photo of Tantonys
4.75/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It says it right in the can: "First beer sold in the United States after prohibition" On the side it says: "Still brewed the same, since 1933. We'll change the recipe the day you stop drinking it." I suspect that it is the very same recipe Pre-prohibition. Made by Genesee now. They have made a superior effort into re-creating our American brewing heritage. Nice hops bite. Good balance of malt and grain. Excellent example of a fine American Adjunct Pilsner.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

“tastes like metal”

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Photo of T-34-85
2.16/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of wflamholtz
3.49/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AGust82
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smieci15
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really like it - much more defined taste that Stella that was my favorite

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.99/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 oz pint can poured into an imperial pilsner glass

Listen fellow BA's : this is an American adjunct lager, no it's not going to have the crazy complexity or hop blast like your last New England style ipa had...lets keep in mind the style guidlines and take it into consideration within the review. Just sayin'.

Straight clear, but deep golden color. Correct amount of carbonation that forms a crystal white foam top that settles down to a slight, scattered covering.

The nose is spot-on for the style, the classicly buttery and herbal tinted malt, herb and spice, maybe slightly earthy hops, sour(very subtle banana) and sweet, funk from the lager yeast all make it just exactly what you'd hope for in a classic lager. The grainy aroma is impressive...various grains, like wheat, light malt, corn and rice. It all adds up to a pretty perfect nose for this classic American style.

This review for me, is more about how the Utica Club holds up to other versions of the same style. I personally really enjoy the drinkability and historic nature of this style, so I can easily put myself back to 1933, sitting at the club bar and really enjoying this stuff.

Light, crisp and tasty malt hits first, the grains and whatever adjuncts are in this mingle seemlessly. Charred grasses, hay, corn, rice etc...with zero "funky" or "off" flavors you find with bigger, brand pilsners like Bud...Coors etc. No metallic funk here folks! The hops have a slightly bigger effect with this one, dry earthy tones, very herbal and slightly grassy tones are pretty impressive for this style. "Choicest" hops!! Lol.

Hearty, in a light way overall impression...the flavor's are bold for the style. I can see why this stuff was THE shit back, just shortly after prohibition ended. I'm diggin it. And keeps my rastebuds refreshed for my next big IPA !

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Photo of djamesb
5/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer has been around for a long time ,it was what your dad drank, grandfather , uncles , aunts, everyone. First beer brewed after prohibition.It has been on the battlefields of world war 2. In the Utica/Rome ,New York area where it's from it is huge. After a hard days work try one ,if your lucky and near Utica,New York you can get it on tap or in a bottle. It is one of Francis Xavier Matt's many beers. Oh and by the way he learned brewing in Germany. Also try Saranac .

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Photo of digitalflood
3.46/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ajdemma
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Burly
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Got to try Utica Club for the first time today. For what it is (an old-timey American adjunct lager), it's not bad. But it's not great either. A little sweet and nothing really special about it. I'm kind of surprised it's still on the market. I like Blatz and Point Special better in the old-timey American adjunct category.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Having been originally from upstate NY, long before I was of age, I had to try this one when I found it in an obscure venue nearby. Either I got an old/bad batch, or the mediocre ratings are merited. I would try it again if I ever went back that way.

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Photo of RyanKininger
2.94/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mickyge
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mitch3114
2.25/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had to try it...

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Photo of JeffKowalek
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of redbarnbikes
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ClavisAurea
1.39/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of KevBot89
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mustangken02
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BAsbill
2.62/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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Utica Club from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 2.78 out of 5 with 171 ratings