Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Blueberry Blonde AleSaranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
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Ranked #814
ABV:
5%
Score:
77
Ranked #45,927
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 16.02%
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Saranac Blueberry Blonde AleSaranac Blueberry Blonde Ale
Notes: 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: 62 | Ratings: 241
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Kendo
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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 suspect
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 thecheapies
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color. Very little head. Just a ring, at this point. Some haze. 3.0

Very sweet blueberry flesh aroma with a graham cracker like malt. Candy sweet with no detectable hops and not much of anything else. Smells like muddled blueberries in a past-its-expiration pale ale. 3.0

Surprisingly tastes like beer. A much smaller dose of blueberry in the flavor, but now it's a little bit on the artificial side. That berry fruit reminds me a bit of Cotton Candy flavored bubble gum. Some very mild tartness lingers in the finish. Some toast and burnt sugars in the malt. Not too bad for a blonde ale. 3.5

Medium carbonation, leaning on the spritzy side. Body feels a little sticky and wide. Still a simple task to knock back. 3.5

If we're saying 3.0 marks an average American Blonde, then this is barely on the above-average side. The taste sets it apart. Don't get put off by the wacky sweet fruit aromatics that could turn you off. This is still a fruit ale, and worth finishing. 3.5

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Photo of bubseymour
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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 tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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 puboflyons
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Brad007
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -2.7%
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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Saranac Blueberry Blonde Ale from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 241 ratings