Utica Club | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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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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Added by IrishRedRock on 09-25-2002

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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of djamesb
5/5  rDev +81.2%
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 leighton
4.75/5  rDev +72.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Utica Club has a special membership base. If you are a member, then I don't need to say anymore. For those who aren't, read on.

UC is a tasty brew. A light lager with a decent head and a flavor best described as...deece.

As some other raters have written, The UC hearkens back to a bygone era, the era of our fathers and their fathers. A true poet put it thusly, "a Saturday afternoon lawn-mowing beer." Beautiful.

But because it will be a while before my generation reaches our Salad Years, my friends and I simply slam the Golden Nectar any chance we get. It's our way of connecting to the past and preparing for the future.

Drink up. Join the Club.

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4.5/5  rDev +63%

Photo of Bsanderson323
4.5/5  rDev +63%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobEckhard
4.48/5  rDev +62.3%
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 Brewstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +58.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For what this is going for (porch beer, lawn mowing beer, picnic beer) this is great stuff.

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Photo of optikon44
4.3/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Following another BA's tip, I'm drinking this beer very cold. It pours out a nice and clean light gold. A pleasant foam appears, but disipates to lace in under forty-five seconds. A steady flow of tiny bubbles make there way toward the sky.

I like the smell. It's clean, sweet, and light. Perfect for hot summer days. Plus, it's got a bit of hoppy spice. Very nice.

As for taste, it's very good for this style. There's a lot of sweet toasty malt combined with fruity hops. The finish delivers sweet malt for a good while mixed with straight-up toasted grain. Once again, very nice.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp and big. The beer is very concentrated, but the astringent hops balance it out nicely. A perfect amount of carbonation also livens things up.

Overall, this beer is much better than I thought it was going to be. On all fronts I really liked it and would happily consume more. This beer was purchased straight from the brewery by a friend of mine, so the freshness may be part of the reason it was so good. Nonetheless, I must retract the idea that it's perfect for summer drinking. It's a little too complex and full bodied to properly hydrate a parched BA, but for in-door consumption, it's perfect.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +54%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjw3180
4.25/5  rDev +54%

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of BBS323
4/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smieci15
4/5  rDev +44.9%
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 +44.6%
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 DurwoodSauls
3.78/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My father turned me on to this beer. He and his brothers drank it.
Once I was old enough we would drink this together mostly on our visits to Adirondack State Park on camping trips.

It's definitely not a sophisticated beer by any means. Probably on par with many American Adjuncts, but it holds a special place in my heart.

I only drink this beer when I have the chance to camp in upstate New York. Nothing quite completes the experience of Lake Racquette without a twelve pack of Utica Club.

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Photo of troobie
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of rob886
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
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 buzzgreg
3.7/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Takes me back to the good old days. This beer will give you a good buzz too. Very light and refreshing, good to do a shot of Jack with. Better on tap, but that is hard to find, except in Utica area. The head holds for a good time, and it looks good ijn the glass. Not a craft beer (at all), but much better that Bud, Miller and the rest of the pack. You can find it at Sam The Beer Man in Binghamton, NY.

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Photo of SDVargo
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
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 alli4051
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

UC is the way to be baby! Call me a homer but this is usually my go to beer for a long night out back home in NY. It's normally a fraction of the price of other beers and is definitely the only one served in a can ( a can?...in a bar?...c'mon!). Compared to other macros this wins hands down. I would also take it 10 times out of 10 over a PBR. Drinks nice and smooth, though the carbonation in a little much.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this one at the American Legion. I had never even seen it before. I thought it was pretty good. I was like almost like a beer form one of the major brewers but not quite. I might be wrong but it seems like there maybe some adjuncts in there. All in all though I liked it.

Appearance- I thought it looked a little translucent to be a pilsner. It was very pale and clear. There was an average amount of foam in the head but not frothy.

Smell/Taste- I usually not categorize smell and taste together but they were about the same. It just seemed to me as there was something like corn or rice in there. I might be wrong as I said before. It wasn’t bad but something was different. Hops and malt were definitely present in the odor and flavor though.

Mouthfeel. Very light with a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- My wife even liked this one. It has some good qualities.

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Photo of grahuba
3.59/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phil_D_Growler
3.52/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked 2329-1346. Sampled on September 29, 2009. The pour is a golden yellow with a thin white head that diminishes in under one minute. The aroma is of sweet caramel and malts with a dash of hops. The mouthfeel is smooth like honey and of adequate quality. The flavor also emphasizes the sweet malty ingredient with some muted hops taking up the rear. This was not all that bad for a cheap beer. Gotta love the classics!

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Utica Club from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 165 ratings