Saranac Adirondack Lager
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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German Pilsner
Ranked #672
Ranked #47,239
3.37 | pDev: 14.24%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager
Notes: German Amber Lager
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Photo of nitoy08
1.25/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

German Pilsner my ass. This is indistinguishable from mega-brewery American Adjunct Lager swill. Pure pish. F me for paying $6 for one of these on draft, though in my defense it was branded as the pub's on the tap. I have to believe this is a game Saranac plays a lot to pass off inferior brew. Live and freaking learn...

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nitoy08 from New Zealand (Aotearoa), Jan 03, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought I had reviewed this before. It's been a while, but I look forward to the next time. Very refreshing pilsner style lager with a hops tang that is not overbearing. Excellent! Wish it was sold within a thousand miles of me.

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mrpoizun from South Dakota, Dec 30, 2019
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3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber with a quarter inch tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left no lacing, moderate amount of fine carbonation rising. Smell is mild with caramel malts and some hops. Taste is on the sweet side with caramel malts at the forefront followed by lemon and grains. Light bodied, medium carbonation, mild bitterness, slightly watery mouth feel.

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EMH73 from New York, May 15, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orangish amber color and clear. A moderate head that dissipated moderately with minor lacing. A fruity smell - I detect hints of pineapple. The taste is fruity and somewhat sweet. Refreshing. It has a crisp, clean feel. Overall a nice, refreshing lager IMO.

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HardCider from Pennsylvania, Mar 07, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a very clear, amber to light copper color with a half inch head initially. Limited retention but decent legs.
S: Aromas of caramel malts and a pine note.
T: Very light caramel flavor with lemon citrus note. Little bitterness. Drinkable, but not terribly complex.
M: Light bodied with limited carbonation.
O: Although categorized as such, this does not appear consistent with a German Pilsner; it might, might qualify as a Vienna Lager. I thought it was actually very drinkable and would have it again.

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VoxRationis from New York, Sep 11, 2017
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3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is pretty nice, orange golden and see through with a thick light tan head. First issue, it's got a really gentle scent, and that scent is hops, this is listed as a German Pilsener...maybe some malt if I reach back. If this is a caramel malt beer as other recent raters have mentioned , I'm totally missing it. It's got a slight bready or cracker malt and odd hop character that is close to metallic but not quite (not a distinctive mineral taste either). It's ok but not distinctive in any way really. It does seem a bit watery. Not bad

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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania, Aug 11, 2017
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3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is a pale amber colored body and gave a one finger white head that appeared for a minute, fizzled and died. A fair amount of rapidly rising carbonation was seen all around. No lacing was left. The smell has a light graininess with some background hops. Some malts came out. The taste is grainy yet had a slight citrus going on - kinda weird, but that was what I noticed. On the palate, its about a light and slightly creamy, somewhat sessionable. Overall, this was an average German pilsener.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - golden copper clear color slight slight disappearing head
Smell - caramel grains
Taste - slight sweet caramel grainy taste
Feel - pretty light body with m don't fizz carbonation
Overall - I'm not sure why this is rated so low, it's not horrible. Descent lager

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Photo of teromous
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a date code on the bottle but it seems to have "wiped off" with the condensation.

Appearance: It has a good looking bronze body with hints of dark orange-brown and darker shades of gold. It has very good clarity. The white head is short and it doesn't have good retention, quickly leaving only a ring in the glass. No lacing.

Aroma: It has a caramel aroma and that is it.

Taste: It tastes like toasted caramel. There is a touch of earthy hop character towards the end. It tastes a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: It is medium-light bodied with a good deal of bitterness and moderately low carbonation.

Overall: The beer is drinkable and it does have a decent caramel taste but overall it is not very good. The neckerchief states "This German style classic is malted to perfection with sweet, smooth, and rich characters. We use traditional noble hops for a crisp and clean finish." The beer didn't smell like noble hops at all. While there was some bitterness and a bit of earthy flavor to the beer it didn't have much hop flavor either. It just didn't taste like a classic German lager. Once again the beer is still drinkable and while I wouldn't turn it down I probably won't buy it again.

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teromous from Virginia, Jun 19, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: super clear amber color. theres faint hints of straw yellow and some orange as well. head pours 1-2 fingers, tan

s: dry sweet malts. like cheerios. there is some lemongrass, and earthy herbal spice in here as well. definitely grainy aroma

t: big sweet malts dominate the start here. caramel and sweet grains. lemongrass, hay, pepper, and what i'll call an earthy flavor follow the sweetness. big fresh dough and crackers in the flavor as well. the finish has that distinct lager taste (almost like cardboard or something)

m: medium, with average carbonation. nothing too much, but not too little

o: i want to start by saying i do not agree that this should be classified as a German Pilsner really (which is what i see BA has this as). this is a fairly simple beer whose flavors all work succinctly and are well balanced. an easy drinker that you don't have to think about.

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Jan 27, 2017
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3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, part of a mixed sixer of Saranac brews, which seems to be their introduction to the Alberta market.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly fizzy ecru head, which leaves some melting snowbank profile lace around the glass as things quickly and evenly sink away.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, a bit of dark crackers, thin brown sugar syrup, and very tame leafy, weedy, and dead floral noble hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, some corn-like breakfast cereal sweetness, a bit of sour lager yeastiness, kind of overripe pome fruity notes, and more plain earthy, weedy, and estery floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairy active in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and kind of pithy and clammy in its wan attempt at smoothness. It finishes trending dry, the bottom falling out of the malt, while the associated 'flavours' limp along, looking for a place to curl up and die.

Overall, this comes across as a very unimpressive stab at emulating the Old World pilsener greats - there's nothing really off here, but exactly zero things pop, on the other hand. Crisp and clean, this is not, mister label blurb author, nor is it worth seeking out.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Jan 08, 2017
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3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber color.
Smell is light and malty with a faint sweetness.
Taste is malty with a light sweetness and some faint dark fruit character.

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DrMullet from Florida, Sep 03, 2016
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3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Third of the four from the latest beer club shipment. We get Saranac some places in my state but I have not had this one.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick white head which receded to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Hint of grainy malt

t: Ripe to slightly overripe light fruit such as apple and pear up front over a light bready malt base. Finish is a little sweet but mainly dry.

m: Medium, good body and heavy carbonation tingle.

o: A refreshing and easy drinking amber lager, highly sessionable.

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scotorum from Massachusetts, Jul 28, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold color with brilliant white cap. The cap doesn't last very long but it's the whitest white I've seen in awhile.

A clean, somewhat grainy malt aroma with a hint of floral, spicy hops.

Taste is malt forward on entry with a smattering of hops boosting the flavor along. Simple flavors but clean that remain consistent through the finish and into the aftertaste.

Light-medium texture with balancing carbonation.

A simple malt lager similar to the European model but less complex. Nice balance though.

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Squire from Mississippi, May 22, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark yellow/light gold color with a very nice full frothy head, which dissipates slowly. Good carbonation as well. Has a lightly hopped smell, just a touch lighter than a pale ale. Initial taste is light, crisp and hops are very light as well. Mellow out to a semi sweet finish. Very drinkable and refreshing after a long day outside. The lacing is very good as well. Overall, I love this brew and definitely look forward to a good long summer full of these.

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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia, Apr 29, 2016
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2.11/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Yellow bordering on amber territory pour, nice color but flimsy head that doesn't develop. Aroma was weird, in a "is this malt liquor" kind of thin corn body meets fusel alcohol.

Taste, jeez, what did they dry hop this with? Everclear? Someone use some Thompson's Water Seal on this? Had the wood notes. I mean serious, you would do better getting BMC.

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Photo of chuckm
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Picked up a variety pack from this brewery and thought tonight I would start with the one I found least interesting so I am aware I am probably not coming in with the best state of mind. The look was a nice golden hue but the head was very thin and disappeared in less than a minute. smell was hoppy and not much else. With those notes however taste exceeded expectations, bold and strong with a nice mouth linger. I am getting excited for the other variaties

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chuckm from Indiana, Jan 24, 2016
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3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] Beer is a nice copper color in the glass. It also forms a fat full finger of head. The head is dominated by small bubbles but there are large bubbles interspersed. The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%). I can't find any dating on the bottle.

S: [2.00] The nose is really weak. I am not getting anything at all. Maybe a mildly spiced bread. I am really sucking in to get any aroma at all.

T: [3.50] I get some caramel sweetness on the tongue. There is a very mild bitter finish.

M: [3.25] The body is more full than I imagined. It is not watery. There is some chew to it. It feels a little flat or under carbonated.

O: [3.25] This is a fair beer. I would not seek it out - but I wouldn't refuse it. The nose is non-existent. The taste has a bit of caramel. The mouthfeel is the real surprise. It is not a 5. It is just much better than I had anticipated.

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fscottkey from New York, Aug 03, 2015
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3.2/5  rDev -5%

Bottle to tulip glass

A- pours a clear golden color with a small foamy white head that disappears quickly, leaving nothing behind 3.5

S- faint noble hop aroma gives notes of herbal tea, german pilsener malt gives some crockery aroma 3.5

T- any sign of hop bitterness is nearly nonexistent, classic pilsener malt flavor kicks in with a grainy, slightly harsh finish 3

M- light body with light carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish 3.25

O- this drinks more like an adduct lager than anything, not one of their best 3.25

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Aug 27, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a one inch foamy slightly off white head that dissipates VERY quickly. No real lacing is left along the glass so visually there is nothing at all noteworthy about this beer. The smell and taste is grainy and sweet. I think it's actually a very well-balanced beer -- perfect amount of carbonation and just the right amount of a slight sugary sweet caramel overtone to it. A little sour finish however.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saranac Adirondack Lager brewed by Matt Brewing Company with an ABV of 5.5% This brew pours out a dark amber color with a thick, white head. The smell is sweet and rich. You also pick up on some grains. The smell is really inviting. As far as the taste goes it is bold with flavor. You pick up on some sweetness and grains. This brew has a nice balance to it. There is nothing over powering in this brew. Saranac Adirondack Lager goes down smooth and has a nice taste to it. It also has a nice clean finish. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5
This was better than what I was expecting. Matt brewing Company did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle intp a glass, this brew's got a two finger thick head, darkish medium clear amber body ,and lacing

Smells pleasantly like malt and perhaps a bit of molasses. I quite like this.

I taste the aforementioned malt with a molasses touch as well. Only a very small bit of earthiness, too.

Mouthfeel is smooth and clean. A very easy-drinking brew.

Overall a 3.25 is given to Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company. This was pretty damn refreshing after a five mile hike on a humid day in July. I'll probably pick this up again.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of an assorted trail mix. Popping the top yields a bready waft of sweet malt. Pours to a orange yellow sparkling colour with an off white head. On the taste the brew is a consistent balanced combination of the ready malts and a noble like hoppiness. Taste stays the same throughout then the finish stays bitter and fades. A great brew for the style. Spot on. Very drinkable and flavorful with a disguised 5.5 AC.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a solid gold color with some carbonation coming though. Very beery looking beer.

S: Lots of toasted malt and bread coming through. Rather like fat tire. Very malty on the nose, but in a very good way.

T: Easy drinking and on the maltier side which is right up my alley. I like the bready and toasty notes that come though.

Overall nothing extraordinary but very solid. I would never turn down this beer and would pick it up again in an instant. Very drinkable.

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BucBasil from South Carolina, Mar 18, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like to think of craft beer as a caste system, but one that doesnt degrade the lower end of the scale. I put this beer towards the bottom, certainly not an untouchable (that'd be BMC), but also not royalty. However, I am proud to drink this and any Saranac brew on the principle that A) I spent five months doing trail work and climbing peaks in the mighty Dacks, and 2) that Matt Brewing is 100% AMERIKUHN, from Yootika, New Yawk!

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Johnny_Muir from New Jersey, Feb 22, 2014
Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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