Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Blueberry Blonde AleSaranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
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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!

Added by CloudStrife on 04-14-2012

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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 60
Photo of mwbrady12
1.25/5  rDev -62.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of corby112
1.89/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Odd metallic/medicinal aroma with zesty spicy, citrus, pale malt and artificial blueberry. This combination it a strong chemical/medicinal quality that is off-putting.

Medium bodied with the same weird combination of flavor that was suggested in the nose. Bitter and metallic and really does taste like children's medicine/cough syrup. Bitter earthy hops with zesty spice, bready yeast, light fruit and blueberry juice. Not overly sweet surprisingly with the berry flavor mostly lingering in the finish. I see what they were going for but it just doesn't work for me. Hard to drink.

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of woosterbill
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy light amber body under a finger of fine white head that leaves nice lace. Attractive.

S: Artificial blueberry, like in laffy taffy or a gas station muffin. I don't hate it at all, but I fi kind of hate myself for not hating it.

T: Lightly flavored, but what's here is unpleasant. Fake blueberry and dull bitterness. Watery finish. Meh.

M: Thin and watery at first, with some prickly carbonation thereafter. Not good.

O: Not recommended, even for those looking for a bland fruit beer.


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Photo of Double9418
2.41/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not great. It's Budweiser w blueberries

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Photo of vfgccp
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sharp mineral acidity with an unpleasantly artificial blueberry character

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Just under a finger of head. Color was hazy honey golden. Bubbly white lacing that dissipated instantly. No film on the sides.

Smelled wheat and grass first, then got the blueberry aftertaste. Reminded me of frozen blueberry waffles, that artificial blueberry smell.

Lots of different tastes that really didn’t work well together. Initially got Welch’s Grape Juice. Then got the wheat, grassy, earthy feel, followed by a light hint of blueberry. Blueberry is surprisingly an afterthought for me here.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Above average carbonation. Fruity, long lasting finish. Somewhat refreshing.

Just an OK beer overall. No part of it told me that I must have it again.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Date Rated: May 4, 2013... Glassware: nondescript pint... Occasion: slowing down after a long week... Appearance: slightly hazy pale blond ale with tremendous effervescence; thick and thin bubbles stream skyward to a thick white head--great lacing... Aroma: fragrant, candied blueberry scent; appropriate to the bottle's label... Palate: rather smooth start with little bite; rather diminished and rinselike in the finish... Taste: somewhat malty, with soft hops that do not balance well; odd fruity esters ensue with a mostly plain American pilsner profile... Overall: as novelties go, the fruit beers refresh and remind me of the German/Bavarian traditions with authentic additives--this beer seems to follow that tradition distantly, without the prerequisite fruit or lightness....

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Photo of smcolw
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No lasting head and no lace on the glass. The beer is green tinged grainy yellow colored.

I can smell the blueberries as the beer is placed in front of me. Closer inspection reveals a cotton candy aroma.

This is quite sour, especially given the smell. Thin bodied with a very high carbonation. Short aftertaste, but it does feature a bit of hop and pale malt. The taste leans toward the tannic of the blueberry skins.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 21.9% out of 100 with 233 ratings
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