Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Blueberry Blonde AleSaranac Blueberry Blonde Ale

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale is a traditional blonde ale with a kick of juicy blueberry. You'll notice a light golden haze from wheat malt and oats and a low hop bitterness, which really shows off the fruit. With a medium-light body and fresh blueberry flavor, we're sure we've captured refreshment in a bottle!

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 227
Photo of Marc427
4.46/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

was happily surprised after my first sip. The taste of blueberries is prevalent, but not overwhelming. This beer is also light enough to have more then a few without filling up. Not a fan of fruit beers , but this beer was much better then other blueberry beers I've had and would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Dooga
4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Blueberry aroma that made me worried I was going to drink straight blueberry juice, but was happily surprised after my first sip. The taste of blueberries is prevalent, but not overwhelming. This beer is also light enough to have more then a few without filling up. Not a fan of fruit beers usually, but this beer was much better then other blueberry beers I've had and would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Dunkel8771
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I was tremendously surprised with Saranac's Blueberry Blonde Ale.
The appearance was a bit cloudy and lighter than expected. The strong blueberry aroma fills the nose with sweet fruity smells.

The feel of the beer in your mouth was a bit wet and the initial swallow allows the drinker to taste the ale without having to deal with the blueberry taste. It is only after the ale is down the gullet that the smell of the blueberry juice hits the nose from inside the mouth that makes this such a great ale to drink.

For those who do not like blueberry, i would not recommend. For those interested enough, this Ale will definitely delight the taste buds and leave you longing for more. I can only expect that it will be fall or winter when I'm longing for a couple and it is out of season.

I first tasted in the Saranac Summer Variety Pack. To my surprise, I found an entire case the next time I visited. (should've bought two)

Taster will not be unsatisfied!

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Photo of chefhatt
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass. It has a nice golden color body with a nice 1" white foamy head that hangs around for a while. The smell is straight up blueberry and a little bit of malt.
The taste is very nice of blueberry with a little bit of hops. This one taste real not fake or real sweet like some fruit beers are. The mouth feel is nice and smooth and the blueberry flavor lingers on the tongue. Overall this is a really good fruit beer and i could drink this one all summer long.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is courtesy of woodychandler, who keeps me up to date in the latest canned beers. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with blueberries. Taste is subdued compared to the smell, some blueberry, a touch of bitterness, rather mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing beer on a hot day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of my haul from my latest trip to Pinocchio's in Media, PA in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). I am going to have to get back on the trading cycle pretty soon or risk running dry on CANs.

From the CAN: "Ale with blueberry juice and natural flavor added".

The Crack revealed yet another craft CAN filled to its brim with beer! That has to be one of my favorite aspects of The CANQuest (TM), since it is like getting more than I paid for each time. The Glug was progressing a little too rapidly and I was getting a lot of foaming action which caused me to take my foot off of the gas. The two-plus fingers of French Vanilla-colored head that formed were so dense and thick that I began to wonder if I would need to scoop some of it out, so great was its retention. The nose caused the room to smell like blueberry pancakes! Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste of blueberries was prevalent. It had a slight bitterness to it, but not in any kind of unpleasant way, just enough to offset the inherent sweetness of the berries. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing, especially on a hot, humid summer afternoon. I would not personally fill a cooler with it, but a few CANs to attract some sweeties would certainly be in order when heading to the beach.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden colored body gave a white, frothy, foamy head appeared for a good thirty seconds. It left barely any lacing and some fast rising bubbles were seen.

S: blueberries in front with some wheat in the back.

T: blueberries up front; in the back, some bready malts came out a bit along with some light lemon.

M: medium, not watery but leaves a good refreshingness all around, sessionable

O: blueberry comes out pretty strong, but hey I believe that`s what Saranac wanted, still a pretty good beer. I would have this it again

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark gold; lots of carbonation rising to the top; half of an inch of pure white, foamy head; quickly fades to a thin lacing

S - blueberries, straw, grain, grassy, sweet

T - grainy, grassy, light blueberry finish, sweet but not overly so, a bit warm

M - smooth, light to medium bodied, despite the high amount of carbonation bubbles the actual carbonation is rather moderate

Not a bed beer. It's rather warm for a fruit or blonde ale. It's not overly sweet and it's easily drinkable, but it's simplistic and ultimately forgettable. It is a nice change of pace in the Saranac Summer Mix Pack.

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Photo of TravisShaler
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A-cloudy and not as bubbly as most ales

S-Great, but only because i love blueberries

T-Kind of sour but cant expect much from an ale

M-Leave a dry taste in my mouth.

Good beer. Good for after dinner but not an all night beer. ABV only 5%. I prefer higher apv ratings

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Photo of magine
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy gold. Has a near white dense head. Tons of bubbles and a thick head remains along with very good lacing throughout the session. Good looks here.

Brew smells of big blueberry and yeast. Big fruity nose. Good nose.

Brew is crisp and peppery upfront. Some mild hop bitterness is balanced by good wheat flavors and of course nice blueberry flavors. As advertised, a blond ale with some good blueberry flavoring. Finishes crisp and slighty bitter and semi sweet. A good fruit beer. Good.

A highly sessionable brew that drinks well and would be a good treat to switch things up or have for a get summer bbq. I am not the biggest fruit beer guy, but this one works nicely. A good brew that would be a good lawnmower brew. Good stuff.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wellington glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, maybe a little darker than your usual. Head is about 1/8" coming off white with little depth to it.; dissipating to nothing after a sip.

Smell: Has a hard acai scent to it, but goes in one nostril and out the other.

Taste: If there is a sweet beer here it is. No not like soda sweet but more like the fruit beer you wish you always had.

Mouth: Medium, smooth and no complaints.

Overall: For what this beer is, it satisfies the buds. I am not a fanatic of the fruit beers but this beers has a taste that is not soda like others. You are drinking a real fruit brew. Salud!

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.62/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale straw yellow with little head.

Smell offers big blueberry notes, pancakes, grain, some yeast, herbal hop notes.

Lots of blueberry again in taste with more grain and touch of floral hop character.

Pretty light, highly drinkable in body but less in taste due to sweetness.

Blueberry lovers rejoice.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white to slightly off white head slowly falls into a nice lacing above a clearish honey golden colored beer.

Fresh warm blueberry muffins aroma with just a bit of some pale hops sneaking in.

A light blueberry muffin like taste with some lesser hops notes.

A light dry aftertaste with those same blueberry muffin tastes sticking around on this light bodied drink from Matt Brewing.

As far as fruit/vegetable beers go this is a pretty good one, the taste of the blueberries is big but not overbearing and artificial tasting like a lot of beers in this style.

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Photo of suspect
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy light golden, clear color. Lots of little bubbles rising up from the bottom. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a big 2 finger head that sticks around and leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Malty nose hits first, some hoppy bitter hits next, biscuity nose follows next, followed by a nice little whiff of blueberry. It's not an incredible smelling beer but it's definitely nice.

T: Follows the nose, good malt backbone, nice lingering hop bitterness and a really nice little blueberry twist comes in and out of the taste on this.

M: Creamy feel, perfectly carbonated.

O: Really solid beer. Easy drinker, nice blueberry flavor. Can see myself putting a bunch of these away on a hot summer day or during a camping trip.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a light, hazy golden blonde with a small, white head. No real lacing present. Head dissipates slightly as you drink.

Smell: Blueberry on the nose right from the start as you're pouring this beer. Also wheat. Reminds me of booberry cereal.

Taste: Similar to the smell. Expect blueberries and wheat, with maybe a slight hop presence. No alcohol present in the taste.

Mouthfeel: dry over the palate and somewhat watery. Moderate to medium carbonation.

Overall: this is a smooth beer, and it does develop as it warms. However, this is not a beer with enough going to keep me coming back. The blueberries are present, but this beer seems too watery. A decent try, but not extraordinary.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
Matt Brewing Company
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Hazed golden colored brew, with a frothy foam cap. Looks to be a wheat beer, but does have a slightly darker tint.

SMELL: Fresh blueberries and wheat all day, and has a pretty bright enticing aroma. Blueberry muffins come to mind.

TASTE: Upfront blue berry flavor, with bready malts and lemony wheat notes. Spent grains, oats, watery caramel, and more berries follow. Refreshing in its ways, and low hops as not to skunk in the sun, this is a reasonable option of a light summer beer.

FEEL/IMPRESSION: Has a medium bodied and a silky smooth finish with a medium-low carbonation. I thought this was a pretty decent brew, really highlights the blueberry flavor yet remains a true beer.

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Photo of fx20736
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought as part of Saranac's Summer Variety pack from Southtown Beverages on 4/26/13 for $ 7.99.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass tumbler, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy lemon yellow with a one finger white head. no lacing.

aroma: blueberries, pale malt, faintest whiff of hops.

mouthfeel: decent

taste: bready malt with lots of blueberries and a some noble style hops at the end.

notes: fruit beers aren't really my thing. this is drinkable and the blueberries are very noticeable which makes the beer somewhat interesting. A novelty item for sure.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the 12 Beers of Summer '12 mix pack served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed straw color with a whiteish head that thinned to just a ring.

S - you can smell the blueberries fo' sure.

T - not as much blueberry in the taste as the aroma which is ok by me. the wheat is noticable with the tartness of the fruit pushing it's way in on the finish, blueberry burps!

F - light, crisp and refreshing.

O - A different type of fruit beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, blond colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: blueberry bubble gum smell

T: nice blueberry flavor that is candy like, not much bitterness, light malt flavors complement blueberry

M: light body, higher carbonation, watery

O: blueberry flavor is good, refreshing beer

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains a lot of blueberries along with light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong blueberry sweetness along with background flavors of citrus and caramel. The hops presence is very mild and the malt character is thin as you usually find in this type of beer, but they create a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer for blueberry ale but there are others I would pick first.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new in the beers of summer this year, and actually one of the more palatable blueberry beers ive tried. smells only slightly fruity, with much more yeast and malt aromas radiating. flavor has a gentle sweetness from the fruit, which quickly turns a little tart, tempered by the delicate yeast and very light biscuity malt profile. well balanced, the fruit doesnt dominate. feel is fine, well carbonated and light. sessionable, but a little off in the aftertaste. overall a decent addition to the summer 12pack, i predict these going first with the ladies on the boat this summer. fine with me, leave the rye ipa for the boys.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new addition to the Saranac Beers of Summer mixed variety pack. I've always been a sucker for fruity beers and this one is pretty good! Unlike other breweries, they don't go overboard on the fruity flavor and it makes a subtle, but present appearance, in the backbone. A nice drinkable beer for the summer. Nothing too crazy, but a nice addition to a summer mixed pack.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces of lace. Hazy straw color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Blueberry nose and flavor is almost sweet blueberry, hints of bitterness at finish. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours goldish and hazy with a bubble and fizzy white head with decent retention

S- smells like blueberry muffins with a bit of sweet malt to balance it out

T- sweet, with a crisp malt backbone, subtle blueberry with a slightly tart & dry finish

M- light body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and slick finish, high drinkability

O- a basic fruit beer that isn't extreme by any means, but a good option of the beach, which is where I enjoyed it. Not their best beer, but certainly drinkable

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Photo of digitalflood
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale (2013) - Good head degrades to nice lacing. Deep straw hazy and all wheat ale like. Blue berries... and.... ummm... something... maybe lemon, maybe lime, maybe orange... some citrus in the smell behind that blue berry. Creamy nose. Blueberries and ale mid palate. Hint of bread courtesy of malt. No hops. No citrus (where was that smell coming from... they're killing me here). Mid-palate I swear I'm eating a muffin soaked in beer. This is not a bad thing. I have admittedly eaten a blue berry muffin with a Yuengling... I'm here to tell you that is EXACTLY what mid-palate I taste. Fades to minor hops and lots more blue berries. Nice ale light copper, light wheat beer taste. There's the blonde ale. It's hiding, but it's there. After taste is all blue berries and malt. More muffins. Brillant. Surprisingly drinkable. Very good mouth feel. Not a fruit beer fan, but as a dessert beer this is probably near the tops. Puts Sam's Cherry Wheat to shame. Wouldn't do it as a session beer. Definitely dessert or stand alone beer. No meals or chips with this one. Mix cautiously and you'll be rewarded. 3.5 out of 5. Fairly good.

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