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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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of oberon
2.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

How did I find this here in North Carolina?A staple of my father in law in Buffalo back in the day,pours a clear translusant yellow with a decent head,aroma of sweet cooked corn and wet carpet.Taste is pretty sweet and grainy pretty cloying after a few drinks.Not much of a beer here no better than the big domestic macros but now I can offer my father in law a UC.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
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 woodychandler
3.42/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another day, another AAL in a CAN in support of the ongoing CANQuest (TM). Actually, as the kind fellow who sent me some in a trade pointed out, it is made/headquartered in UtiCA,Ny! Ha.

From the CAN: "XX Pure. Brewed from best quality malt, grains, and choicest hops. Absolutely pure. First beer sold in the United States after prohibition."

My pour initially netted a finger of bone-white head, but as I was transcribing the above, the head hit the road! Wow. Color was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was characteristic for the style - slightly lager-sweet overlain with a graininess that does not need to be there. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was really not all that bad. I have had far worse, believe me! It would be a good lawnmower beer or some other outdoor activity where a simple, refreshing beer might be in order. It had a light lager sweetness and it was not overpowered by the adjuncts nor was it poorly made (and regular readers of my reviews will know who that refers to). Finish was mild, unobtrusive, simple. Cooler worthy, but still not a phenomenal beer, just a better version of a lousy style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.07/5  rDev -24.2%
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 tdm168
1.71/5  rDev -37.4%
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 InspectorBob
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of tone77
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some notes of corn. Taste is very mild, light malts, not a whole lot to it. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this makes for a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of plaid75
2.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet boiled corn with a wisp of flowery hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet corn with some non adjunct graininess. Some hops toward the finish to dry out the corn.

The mouthfeel was thin.

Overall not something I would search out again. It is what it is.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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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Photo of BillRoth
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of WesWes
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a very basic, grainy pale malt scent with the presence of adjuncts and a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is less than average. It has a weak and watery pale malt flavor that is grainy and a bit skunky. It goes down with ease, but has little complexity and a horrid aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average adjunct lager. It has little flavor and aroma, but is highly drinkable when served at near freezing temperatures.

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Photo of grahuba
3.59/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BAsbill
2.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Brad007
2.62/5  rDev -4%
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 -15.4%
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 RochefortChris
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Not really a fan but I can deal with it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
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 AMCimpi
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sulldaddy
2.23/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Utica Club from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 162 ratings