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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Photo of corby112
1.89/5  rDev -42.9%
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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Photo of woosterbill
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
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 BucannonXC5
2.68/5  rDev -19%
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 -18.1%
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 -18.1%
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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2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Body is very murky and looks almost like a sun rise on a cloudy morning. Head is short and off white and fades almost as fast as I type this sentence. Nose reminds me of candied blueberries and blueberry glazed cAke doughnuts. Blueberry taste is very fake and almost like a cleaning solution. This is a flavor that comes of so artificial that it is really unattractive even for this style. Some may find it drinkable.

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Photo of KB24
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy golden to light orange. Barely any head and no lacing.
S - Blueberry and a little bit of wheat.
T - Very faint blueberries. Malty wheat flavor, hardly any hops present. Tastes more like a wheat ale with a touch of blueberry.
M - Plenty of carbonation, a little grainy taste. Also a little heavier than I think it should be.
O - Not bad but left more to be desired. Could use more blueberry, and maybe some more hops to balance it.

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Photo of atr2605
2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a hazy golden color with a white head with white head with pretty poor retention
S-blueberry, hint of malt, pretty faint overall
T-Mainly blueberry met with some hop bitterness that keeps it pretty well balanced
M-medium-light bodied
O-good session beer but definitely nothing special.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty impressively, with solid inch of white head that leaves sticky speckled lace crowning a translucent pale golden body. The nose is awash is fresh blueberries and wheat and a touch of citrus zest. I am not usually a fruit beer fan, but this one starts better than most.

Well, it is refreshing, I'll give it that. Light in texture and mostly clean in the finish, but the taste is mostly insubstantial, if inoffensive. Wheat palate, with a berry garnish. It's fine for what it is, and quite suitable for 110 degree heat index Carolina days like today, although it must be said there isn't much there there. I don't like fruit beers, but this is acceptable to beat the heat.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single out of my mix-and-match six-pack that I tried to dedicated solely to summer/spring time beers. Doesn't look half bad, but we shall see.

Appearance: Pours a golden, yellowish hue that has hints of orange even. Hazey body that actually didn't look half bad.

Smell: A little surprised that this actually wasn't anything different. Had a strong scent of blueberries, almost artificial though. Some nice light tones of hops, but the blueberries overpower any other deep aroma.

Taste: Light at first, that has a strong, almost overbearing flavor of blueberries, but as I sip, the wheat flavoring comes forward and it actually isn't all that bad. A little sweetness that actually wasn't all that bad, just not great.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Not much carbonation. Something I actually didn't enjoy that much. Not a good mix of light and some heaviness.

Overall: Don't get me wrong, I really embrace fruit flavored beers, but this one just wasn't hitting me. Actually tasted a little too artificial. Not sure if Blueberry Eggo Waffles are a good after dinner beer. Not sure if I'll select this one again. May recommend it as a starter, but not something I want on my shelf on a regular basis.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light hazed yellow with a thin fluffy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of light blueberry.

The taste is of blueberry with a hint of wheat tang.

The feel is rather fizzy and light.

A typical, average American fruit beer. The blueberry is on the soft side, especially in the nose and there's not much else to it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the can into a weizen glass. Body is hazy golden-honey in color with a 1.5-finger fluffy white head. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Like Jiffy blueberry muffin mix - the cheap muffin mix with the artificial blueberries. Also reminds me of candy of some sort.

T: Less offensive than I expected given the nose. Up front, the blueberry isn't strong. It does linger on the aftertaste, however, as the taste of fake blueberry muffins comes back. Decent wheat twang makes this modestly refreshing (I'm having it on a warm day after mowing the lawn), though that lingering artificial blueberry taste is a turnoff for me.

M: Lightish in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: To be honest, I usually stay away from these kinds of beers, but the guys at Westmere Beverage recommended this one as a decent, refreshing beer - so I bought a single can. I really don't know how it compares to other blueberry beers, so I'm calling it average. Like I said, the blueberry could be more in-your-face than it is; I consider it a good thing that it isn't.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazed, golden body with a small, suspiciously creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of blueberries. If you've smelled one blueberry ale, you've smelled them all, really.

Taste: Very lightly grainy, wheaty flavor with a pop of sweetness. Then, there's the expected, promised blueberry flavoring. Finishes, as expected, with a dose of sweetness and more blueberry flavoring. Yesiree, it's a blueberry ale!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sea Dog, Sweetwater Blue, Saranac Blueberry Blonde... they're all fairly interchangeable.

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Photo of Offa
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale orange with small white head steadily shrinking to ring.

Aroma is light grain, hints of apple cider, grass, plus a firm, clear but not strong element of blueberry.

Taste is first sweetish light blueberry with grain, then vague grassy bitterness and lightly bitter, almost chemically-peppery blueberry skin. Faint grain aftertaste with faint blueberry, overall a bit thin of character and the almost chemically bite of the blueberry is a negative. Body and feel are pretty good, a bit lively, not really watery. Blueberry if clearly present but not overpowering, yet it is not a very good character. It's not a terrible beer by any means but it's not very good, either.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 1, 2012. The pour is a cloudy looking pale yellow with a quick head. The blueberry aroma takes over right after the bottle cap is removed. Once in the glass it seems to settle down to a more subtle blueberry on top of the pale malts, bread, and touch of citrus. The body is light. The taste is also of blueberry and pale malts with a tart character. These types of beers are always hard for me to review because they are low on my list of favorite styles.

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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured blueberry bitterness with a grassy hop.

The taste consisted of the same blueberry bitterness with a lingering grassy hop and light grain. Solid blueberry flavor.

The mouthfeel was thin and extremely dry.

Overall a decent quaffable summer beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a lightly hazy looking golden color. The beer appears to have a bit of a thickness to it. The head is pretty strong with a decent lacing too. The smell of the beer is sweet, with some blueberry aromas in there too. The taste is sweet too, some blueberry flavors throughout. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost oily, there is a nice carbonation too. Overall it's not a bad beer, not the best either. Was nice to try, would be best on a hot day.

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Photo of metter98
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away and also left lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat; the blueberry smell seems to be a little artificial and becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the blueberry flavors seem to be a little artificial and these stand out in front of notes of wheat and grainy malts. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily and the blueberry aromas and flavors help to brighten up what would otherwise be a very ordinary beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - a very murky wheat beer ale with a very nicely formed 2 finger white head that holds retention really well.

s - very malty and bready like many saranac beers

taste - very bready, grainy flavor with noticable blueberry flavoring. Kinda artificial flavoring like a blueberry pop tart. A little crisp in the finish

Mouthfeel - a tad watery but ok for the style

Overall - I'm a little disappointed with this one. Just don't go down all that well and the flavoring isn't the most pleasing. Its a fine sampler but that's about it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another light, fruity beer for the spring. Cloudy, pale blonde color with a very thin head.

Light, though still artificial blueberry essence shows up in the nose. There's a bit of hops underneath.

Average blueberry taste. Not as cloying as Sea Dog but not as refined as Bar Harbor. Also, why the clove? Thought this was a blonde ale?

Lingering blueberry essence, clove and what reluctantly appears to be wheat.

Another beer with a confused identity. Drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. No dating on the bottle

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy 2 finger head. Lots of visible carbonation.

S: Fruity blueberry aroma. Hints of wheat and malt.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Hits you with some blueberry before smoothing out with a malt aftertaste. Not as blueberry dominated as others of this style can be.

M: Light on the palette, good carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall not a bad beer. Blueberry beers can be quite iffy. This one isnt overpowering and is refreshing.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A medium gold with some haze and a slight purple hue. The head is long lasting, white and made of a small, rocky bubble.

S: Moderately-strong blueberry aroma with a light citrus hops and a moderate malt sweetness. There is a bit of a metallic aroma. No diacetyl.

T: There is the initial soft malty sweetness typical of a Blonde with a moderately-low hop bitterness. The moderate blueberry flavor doesn't overpower the ale. The balance is slightly bitter with a dry finish and a lemony aftertaste.

M: This beer has a moderately-light body with moderately-strong carbonation. There is a slight prickle at the tip of the tongue.

O: An easy to drink lawnmower type ale with some blueberry flavor and a fair amount of aroma. The fruit isn't so strong that it would stop me from having another on a hot day.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as the Blueberry Blonde the label suggests that there's wheat malt and oats, a bit cloudy golden orange in appearance. Head forms thick about 3 inches billowing with texture, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has earthy hints of blueberry notes, not overtly sugary just a hint of earthy herbal blueberry notes. Flavor has a bitter stem, leafy quality about it along with the wheat malt and oats to soften things up a bit. It's not the overtly sugar experience you may be looking for in a beer like Leinenkugel's. Mouthfeel is creamy soft and well carbonated the type of beer that works for the summer months. I didn't feel it weighed too heavy, had enough flavor to keep me interested, but I feel competing with the big boys with blueberry beers and shandys isn't the way to go now, Saranac has always paved it's own way...know it's making White IPAs, Blueberry Blondes, and Shandys...WTF. It's a Sam Adams, AB, Miller/AB head to head competition with Saranac.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-golden color with a ice white head and some lacing

S-toasted bread, blueberry, sweet sugar, hint of yeast

T-malt, artificial blueberry flavor, light yeast, light sugary sweetness

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-too artificial tasting, would like to try the base beer alone

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 1.65$

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, blueberries, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some bread/grains and some sweet blueberries. It reminded me a bit of a blueberry pie filling like flavour. It ends with a slightly tart yet sweet blueberry aftertaste.

Overall - Once again, not my favourite style of beer.. but this one is actually not that bad. I might even be able to drink a few of these in one sitting.. which isn't something I can do with most fruit beers. It's definitely worth a try.

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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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