Utica Club | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Utica ClubUtica Club

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Brad007
2.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've only heard of this beer but have never seen it available until now.

Pours a light golden color with a nice white hue.

Sweet with very little hop character. Hopefully malty.

Mostly sweet. Grainy. Some crispness but not much else is there.

Clean finish.

Cheap and inoffensive. I'm still a Narragansett man though.

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Photo of mynie
2.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 pack purchased during a very sad visit to Ithaca, NY. The cans are pretty. Too bad I didn't realize this was made by Matt, even though I probably should have deduced as much.

Pours pale yellow and fizzy, absolutely acceptable for the style but still nothing much to look at.

Smells simple and sweet: adjunct corn and barley. Very light, but nothing offputting. But then it warms up, and some unpleasant sour nodes manifest themselves.

Tastes okay up front: a very "full" taste for a macro adjunct, kind of similar to original Coors. That's nice, but then the middle gets a little rough and sour, just off in the same way that Old Milwaukee is a little off. Finishes decently smooth.

Not really complex or well balanced enough to enter into the upper echelons of macro beers. Maybe better than low tier options, like Bud, but still below Coors and High Life, and far behind Schlitz, Grain Belt, and Ballantine XXX. Still, it was okay for the price.

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Photo of Leforge
3.38/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a number of other cheap macro style beers. Not great but not bad and goes down really well if you're planning on putting a good dent into a case.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.86/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Exceptionally bright. Light amber. perfect clarity and a fast falling head of white foam. Plenty of bubbles to flourish and then steadily rise to the top. the scent is weak. Light malt and not really the amount of malt orhops on the nose that there should be. Cool herbal hop is faint malt is faint. Does not smell like bread. No diacetyl , light dms on the nose. taste is also weak. Husky grain. Thin watery malt, no real hop prominence in the flavor. No finish, no real bitterness and a touch sweet.

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Photo of 18CGL
2.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure how to review something like this anymore. Nothing going on here. Its easy drinking for a hot day. Nothing special, Taste just like a BMC. very cheap.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.8/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.00] Nice bright yellow color. Forms a respectable 1/2 finger head of creamy looking bubbles. The can does not have the ABV - It might have the date on the bottom but it is smudged.

S: [3.00] I get a little wet grass on the nose. That is really it.

T: [2.75] The front of the mouth follows the nose - a wet grass taste. There is some sweetness in the midpalate and then a little breadiness late.

M: [2.50] It has a high level of carbonation. Tingly on the tongue.

O: [2.75] I had low expectations - but this beat them pretty handily. It is what it is - a fizzy lager. But there is some depth of flavor. I would like to drink these on a dock, boat, beach, pool, etc.

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Photo of RobEckhard
4.48/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Everyone I know usually my parents generation don't have anything good to say about UC. I love it. The history is rich and the beer is great. I'd take it over any big name beer any day!

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Photo of munnster76
1/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I hate to say it.....because I've had sooo many good times up in Raquette Lake drinking this beer, but this is definitely THE worst beer I have EVER tasted......can't wait to have another one when it's only $2 on draft in Troy or at Tony Harpers in the can.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.07/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Didn't pour it out, but if I were to guess, this is probably fizzy and yellow looking.

Smells like essentially nothing, a bit of metal and sweet corn.

This essentially just tastes like corn and carbonation, and not much else. Cold, it just tastes kind of crisp and boring, as it warms, it becomes a weird melange of creamed corn, cooked veggies, and metal. Meh.

This has a light bodied and crisp mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Not horrible, but not very good at all either.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Utica Club has a medium-to-thick white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with minimal lacing but very noticeable fine particulate matter suspended throughout. The aroma is of sweet grain and a slight sourdough note. Taste is of those elements, with just the faintest hop bitternes, some paper, and also an unfortunate chalky aspect. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Utica Club finishes refreshing and pretty crisp.


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Photo of Foyle
2.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a 1/2" frothy white head that recedes moderately and leaves some lacing. Color is pale straw and clear. Large amount of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: standard American lager aroma -- some grain husks, hints of sweet barley and a mild hop presence.
Mouthfeel: light and watery, crisp and refreshing with a dry finish.
Flavor: some corn and barley flavors combine wild a very mild hop bite in the finish.
Overall: Very pleasant for an adjunct style lager.

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Photo of SDVargo
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I believe this a very underappreciated beer. I was pleasantly surprised by it. My parents fondly recall a relative swearing by this stuff long before I was born. So when I got the chance to try it, I figured it was probably just a nostalgia thing that made family members talk so highly of it. But after trying it, I was impressed. It was quite smooth. Was not very bitter. Had a nice golden color to it. I could definitely see it being a very good beer to enjoy on a hot summer day.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.29/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Compared to the typical mass-produced big selling macro-brewed lagers, this beer has a little more taste. A great beer to take with you on the golf course.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

as low budget pounders and golf course swill goes, I like good ole Utica club. partially due to the fact that I grew up on this, but also because I think its a league better than miller lite, coors or bud light, and especially any of the even more garbage adjunct stuff, ice beers, and the like. soda like bubbles on the pour, very lively, with that pee yellow color working. the nose is generic and light, watery, but not plain per se, its got a sort of freshness in the malt to it, better than its competition. not much hops, but the flavor of the pils malts really does come through nicely, cleanly, and this is a pretty refreshing brew all up, and I do like it for what it is. never going to pick it to buy, but it is the lesser of a great many evils.

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Photo of fx20736
2.72/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bought a 24 pack of cans from Beers of the World for $ 13.98 on 4/5/13.

poured from a can into a pint glass served at fridge temp.

appearance: pale gold with a 1 finger white head. Scant lacing.

aroma: sour and musty with a strong hoppiness.

mouthfeel: ok

taste: watery, very little malt flavor with a sour and dry grape like fruitiness. clean finish.

notes: alcoholic seltzer water with a little flavor, in a very pretty can. Lawnmowing beer.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.35/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm gonna try to not let nostalgia effect my review... But I still remember the smell of the boiling mash (like oyster crackers) and the factory whistle every weekday noon from Gramma's house two blocks away from the Brewery. Thanks to Jay for providing a little flavor of home. Cheers!!!

A - Crystal clear light yellow with a stiff 3 finger head that dissipated but laced to the end.

S - Sweet with that harsh hop that I always smell in adjunct brews

T - Light malt with some fruity and grassy notes. Sweetness quickly turns to a very sessionable dryness.

M - Thin as expected for style. Lighter carb than I remember. Refreshing.

O - Lawn mowing beer for sure, but a good one, though. This should be tried on its history alone (first beer sold in the United States after Prohibition). History aside... try one next summer after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of harrymel
2.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Light grain colored lager with a rim and some etching of fine whites. Brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet, white grape juice, some grass and not much else. Flavor also has the distinct grape flavor with some more grain and a bit of apple. Huh, empty body with moderate and sharp carb. A wet finish. I think this is very poorly crafted, but easy to drink. Fancy that.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an incredibly dull yellow, adjunct in nature, tiny white head is gone in no time.

S: Steamed rice with a pinch of hops, grains.

T: Plastic sweetness gives way to a sandbox malt flavor, skunked hops flavoring.

M: Light body, uncomfortable amount of carbonation, tough to get down.

O/D: Bought it for a dollar, I'd pay two not to drink it.

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Photo of MudDauber
3.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dauber here.

I seen review of the Uncle Charlie and most folks dont like it much. that too bad cuz UC is for me is the saying and it for me thats what it says. i seen a bill bored one time and it say "UC taste it again for the first time. " that's how i fell when i get it and drink it again for a time.

serving; got me a 6er a cans. wide mouth. got'm last month over july 4th for my birthday. I take one can off the 6 er and hold it. i put the empty slot thru my belt loop and make me a UC holster for easy axess and drinkin. that way i can go down Pine lake park way and not bring a cooler. the can says the beer is xx pure and good. the xxx magazines at Groom's store is not pure but still good.

appearings of the UC: UC always looks good cuz the can is gold and in a glass it look clean and a little lighter than morning piss. but i aint got a glass so it look like a can this time.

smell: the smell isn't good but it bring back memories of other days so it smell good to me it smell a bit musty with corn syrup notes and turpentine note

mouthfeel; it dont feel so good cuz the metal can and turpentine over power the UC. I feel the metal then the gas then the sweet then the musty. UC make ya belch to

overall: this 1 of my favorite beer cuz of memories and it aint taste so bad once you done had 8 or 9 of em.

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Photo of tdm168
1.71/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1/4" of head and no retention. Smells of grains, lager yeast, and metal. Taste is pure grains and metal. Mouthfeel is very light with moderate carbonation.

Bought this at Whole Foods for $1 for the 12oz. I'll gamble $1 anytime. This is a one and done for me.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pouring a cellar temp can into a pint glass.

The beer pours a clear bright gold hue with bleached white fizzy head of 2 cm foaming up and fading rapidly to an edge layer. Some clingy lattice on the sides of the glass develop towards the end of the fade and after each sip.
Aroma is lager malt with some grainy notes and a bit of general sweet malt and hints of spicy hops. Not very complex but not flawed for what the beer is.
First sip is as expected smooth light body with fine fizzy yet spacious carbonation. Easy to drink brew for a hot day.
Flavor is sweet grainy lager malt with a bit of spicy hops and some almost candy sugar sweetness on the finish. The sweetness is a little cloying and isnt as enjoyable about half way through the beer.
Decent lawnmower/ gardening beer. Not necessarily something I would track down again to go to the beach, there are better aluminum contained brews out there.
Thanks to my buddy Erik for giving me the opportunity to try the beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, adjuncts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of adjuncts. Then a mild sweetness comes in from a thin malt character. The hops presence is very faint and there’s a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down very easily and not filling at all since there isn’t much to the beer, very mild kick, decent representation of style, there are other inexpensive alternatives that I would choose over this beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Fizzy head, decent amount of lace though. Shiny yellow clarity. Dried grass, cooked veggies and a touch of apple skin in the nose. Dry mouthfeel with a bitty, almost fluffy light body. Clean palate, very clean. Grainy with dried grass, bread crust and cooked cereal flavors throughout. Hop bitterness is there to balance; not much flavor to account for. Cooked veggies and a mild mineral or salty hints in the dry finish. Super clean, with enough flavor to certainly rival many of the other Retro Lagers hyped these days.

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Photo of SickGnar
1.59/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Light, pale golden yellow, bright but not 100% clear. Some rising bubbles. Small short lived white head that leaves basically no lacing.

S: Pretty clean, but seems like a grainy malt liquor. Faint, but it has an edge in a not appealing way.

T: Husky grain and a bit of grainy sweetness without much in the way of maltiness. Heavy handed adjunct city with plenty of that cooked corn/veggy "goodness." Does have some hop bitterness, but not much defined character. Maybe starts out a little minty and then goes medicinal in an astringent way. It is beer, but is very blah.

M: Rather thin body with active, fizzy CO2. Astringent edge and a tad puckery.

D: Lawnmower beer, but not even in a good way. "Pilsener Lager Beer" It sounds like it is even trying to convice itself. Seems constructed - as if it were made from concentrate - with angular, un-melding flavors and bit astringent. There are significantly better options that are just as cheap.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Clear, golden body with an off white head, very little lacing. Aroma is of fresh bags of medical supply stuff. No hops or malt detected in the nose. Is this technically a beer? Taste is actually not as bad as I expected after the pleasingly unpleasing aroma. This beer doesn't taste good....at all. The good news is that is doesn't taste bad...at all. Great beer if you're in college and live near this brewery.

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Utica Club from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
2.68 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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