Saranac Adirondack Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
German Amber Lager

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-05-2001

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.53/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - this saranac lager pours a light tan with a thin light tan head with a large amount of chaotic carbonation

S - the aroma is entirely dominated by malts, unroasted one, a rather BMC type aroma, so malty it lends a fruity apple type esther

T - not a bad flavor, it tastes like a BMC with higher quality malts, the flavor is more roasted malts than the aroma, but there are no layered flavors, its all-malt all the way, a little sour for my taste

M&D - too sour and ricey for my palate, i don't care for this very much, i may try this again in the future just to see if this one didnt turn

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.91/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one comes out translucent copper with a thin, spittly white head thats almost gone halfway through. Seriously, no nose.

Tastes of sweet sugary malt, very resinous hop bitter, and off flavors of sour milk and grass. Yikes. Like a half-assed ESB or pale gone bad.

Mouthfeel is light and slick. Drain ho!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.09/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A dark yellow light auburn color, no head. Seemed flat. Aroma wasn't too offputting, a little bit of corn and grease.

Tastes like it is about 15% abv at times, that was the first negative. A little wood varnish at times. No hops. Some lemon and sugar. Just not the makings or mouthfeel of a good beer. And this stuff is like $7 a 6pack? Are you kidding me.

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Photo of akajimmyd
2.1/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This looks a little like apple juice on the pour, in fact, after the first sip it tastes a little like apple juice too. The smell is uninteresting at best. Appearance is also lackluster. The most complex the flavor gets is slightly more cidery. Some bland malts. This was a part of a mix pack, I’m saving the second one for a snakebite. Drinkable but not that desirable. (This is the adirondack not the light too)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.11/5  rDev -37.6%
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 SFC21
2.13/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Thin head, dissipates quickly.

S - my first reaction is thinking is smells like Nestea.

T - Can't shake the Nestea comparison upon initial taste. Some light malts linger after the swallow.

M - creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - Not crazy about this one, probably wouldn't drink again. Although i've been lurking and reading BA for awhile, this is my first official review. I guess I've been a bit gun shy. Probably should've picked something better out of my cellar for my first review.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one in the 12 beers of Winter sampler. Overall, I've been really impressed with Saranac's offerings, but not this one. I expected this to be their benchmark beer and found it to be the worst of their line. The Adirodack Lager smelled coppery and tasted the same. Too bitter and too much hops for a lager in my opinion.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.26/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: A creamy white head sits atio a clear, golden amber.

Smell: Grainy and malty. The hops really have no presence in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: All I can really taste is a nasty corn/adjunct flavor. Tastes much like your typical American Lager, only sub-standard. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm kicking myself for picking up a case of different Saranac beers. One by one they're getting worse. I hope none of them fall below this, 'cause this is just gross.

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Photo of ShaneBertou
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Apparently I strongly disagree with the consensus on this one.

A - Poured a nice head that, unfortunately, didn't stick around for long before it evaporated into nothing. Showed weak carbonation, overall flimsy looking. Dark golden color.

S - Didn't smell any distinct hops or malt aromas. Reminded me of spilled beer at a bowling alley.

T - The taste was sweet coming in, a bit bitter around the edges. But it tasted really cheap on the back end.

M & D - Didn't really enjoy drinking it, probably wouldn't order another.

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Photo of KajII
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Lager Glass]

The pour was a light to medium amber with a brownish hue and a thin (less than 1 finger) white head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing.

The aroma was strong of a toasted caramel malt, a moderate odor of a pine hops and a very mild earthy yeast with just hint of nuttiness.

It tasted very malty right up front with a sweet note of caramel then shifted to bitter hoppy flavor at the finish with the taste laying around for a while.

The mouthfeel was very light in body and rather watery in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall nothing overly special about this brew, as microbrews go this is more like a domestic beer.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear orange-golden color with a very small head and very little carbonation. Faint aroma of sweet biscuit and a hint of orange. Slightly foamy mouthfeel holds a palate of light citrus, toasted malt, and a touch of hops. Taste becomes a bit astringent towards the back of the mouth. I'm not a huge fan, but it's a serviceable beer.

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Photo of beveritt
2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a piece of land with two pine trees jutting out into a mountain lake. No easily discernible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 inch of off white big-bubbled foam. This settles very quickly into almost nothing, just afew islands maintained by a steady stream of bubbles. The beer itself is an orange/amber with maybe a shade of red.

Smell: Sweet and malty, witht a hint of caramel.

Taste: An unpleasant bitterness throughout this beer. Not the sharp bitterness of hops, but an non-distinct off flavor. This taste is overwhelming and hides most other flavors.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Well, when it comes down to it, it does matter how good a beer looks or smells if it tastes bad. This one is average in all categories but taste. And tatse kills it. Not for me.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pours an unexpectedly dark hue of golden orange, a bit hazy, with a modest dense cream-colored head. This reduces at a fairly slow rate, but leaves no lacing.

The nose is quite floral, gently sweet and a tad doughy. Lemony/leafy bitterness is confronted almost immediately by an odd cardboardlike flavor I can only assume to be oxidation. (Noticed it in their brown ale as well. If this weren't a lager- at least I assume it was brewed with a different yeast- I'd wonder if it was some sort of characteristic of their house yeast). Lots of residual sweetness, not too crisp.

Overall impression: Could stand a fair amount of tweaking. Not recommended.

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Photo of normZurawski
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks fine but then it really goes down from there, with a rough aroma and a rougher taste. Mouthfeel is ok save for the lingering taste. In all not a very drinkable beer when you add it all up. I suppose it gets the job done but not happily. Very likely not my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of changeup45
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden amber color that pours a decent white head. Just some light lacing. A sweet, malty taste to it. Not the greatest taste or smell to it though. It seemed a bit caramel scotchy and overall a bit weird. I like Saranac's Pale Ale more than this one.

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Photo of riversider76
2.46/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Honey color,and not much of a head. Smell was not great.No hint of nut. Kind of skunky in fact. Taste was sour.. It was on the light side. Finish was a bit skunky . I expected better. I would not recommend this beer. Don't go out of your way to buy this beer!

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Photo of Contra
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saranac tends to be hit or miss, IMO. Unfortunately, this one is one of the misses. There is an immediate sourness upfront, without much else. Body is actually quite good, but the acidic nature of the beer takes away from the overall mouthfeel.

Overall, there really wasn't much I liked about this one.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.49/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up as part of a six pack sampler of several of the Saranac brews. Mix-sixers are a great idea that more brewers should try. Sam Adams does the sesonal 12 packs, but I like the idea of a six pack better, because who wants to be stuck with two of SA's horrible cranberry lambic.

A- Anyhow, this one is a very light amber -gold hue that is only very slightly hazy. A one finger head goes away within a minute or two, and lots of nice sticky lace coats the glass.

S - Metallic well-water or mineral water notes ride atop a gentle caramel malt aroma. The metallic notes are really killing this one for me.

T - Again, metallic like the nose. This has that "river bottom silt and sand" flavor that I taste in SA lager. But whereas that works for SA, this isn't quite as good.

M - Medium bodied and weighty with a gritty, sandy solidity on the tongue. This is a hefty lager with an of-dry finish.

D - I really don't like this. I've also got a bone to pick with the style that this is listed under. German pils? No way. I think that this is more of a Vienna Lager than anything.

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Photo of ChuckVee
2.49/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a bright clear bronze color and a thick off white cap of foam. The head dissapears pretty quickly and does not leave much lacing. The smell is mild with some malt and a faint whif of hops. The beer is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. The initial taste is the mild sweetness of lightly toasted malt, followed by some strange metallic flavor. I detected some whiskey like notes as well. The finish is all spicy hops and even a little alchohol flavor. This beer strikes me as a poor man's SA Boston Lager. My impression is that they were striving to create a clone, but ended up with something not quite as smooth, refined, and tasty as the SABL. Overall a drinkable beer, but something that I would order only if BudMillerCoors was the only other option at the time.

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Photo of jakester
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was from a sampler case.

Pours a slightly (chill haze) light copper with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. The head quickly drops to islands and a ring. No lacing observed. Carbonation evident.

Aroma is of pretty strong DMS, some light lemony/herbal hops, and some very light, bready pilsner malts. Not much here in the way of aroma.

Flavor is of cooked veggies, thin and watery. A little bittering and some caramel malt. Not real pleasant. Just not much flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery; slightly astringent. Carbonation is sharp. Not a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, this one isn't too good. One is enough for me. Thin, frail, and boring. Comparable to an average macro.

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Photo of greebsnarf
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a twelve-bottle Saranac Adirondack Trail Mix a few days ago and I've been trying a different one each day. The IPA, Pale Ale, Black & Tan and Black Forest were all quite good so I had similarly high hopes for this one. Well, I don't know what happened but it really didn't do it for me.

It looks unassuming enough at first, like apple juice with a little over half an inch of white head. But when, after a few seconds, the head falls, it leaves behind a thin film on top of the beer that collects into small but well-defined scattered thick clumps that don't cling to the side of the glass. The resulting floating sludge appearance is not exactly appetizing.

The smell meanwhile is a mild but very weird mix of malt, cream, apples and... um... cat piss. The taste really doesn't match the smell at all; it's watery, with a powerful and unexpected bitterness and a slightly fruity acidity, like grapefruit. There's a bit of sweetness in the finish. Overall it seemed like an unbalanced mess.

Halfway through the glass, despairing of finishing it at all, I discovered that a piece of decent white bread actually does a pretty good job of smoothing it out and absorbing a lot of the overpowering bitterness, but it still doesn't make it worth while.

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Photo of jwc215
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a transparent amber with a bubbly head that, unfortunately, quickly became a thin lace that did not last long either. It started as highly carbonated, but soon after slowed to a slow and steady carbonation.
The smell was thin and watery with attempts at some aromas that were hard to pin-point because of its thinness.
The taste was also too thin. It had a faintly malty, watery taste. Not much was going on despite the description on the label. It should have been a bit more woodsy and certainly more fruity than what I tasted.
It didn't have a bad taste, just lack of one.
It might be refreshing on a hot day, but there are better examples of this type that would do the same.

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Photo of clickpush
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. It's a pretty, light orange color with almost no head, some large bubbles interspersed through the glass floating up from the bottom. Nothing special.

Nose: The beer has a very sour smell that's only lightly citrussy. A small presence of apples, but over all the smell is so light that it's hard to distinguish much of anything.

Mouth: It enters with a strong carbonated feeling on the tongue but without a lot of flavor. It hits a gentle sour note on the way back but is most notable in the dry hoppy bitterness that is pleasant but has no depth. Has an alcoholic warmth that surprised me considering there's no sweetness or alcohol in the aroma. Tastes a bit like rice.

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Photo of Derek
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Copper-orange, fluffy head, not much retention, some lace.

S: Grainy, grassy, slight sulfur & citrus tang.

T: Grainy sweetness, but a nice grassyness (presumably the Hallertauer hops). Apparantly there's cascade hops in here too... but I didn't notice any in the flavour.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation. Somehow it doesn't seem very well integrated. Could maybe use some more lagering time?

D: Approachable & not too far from a macro lager... but it's too sweet & grainy.

Thanks Len!

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Photo of klewis
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours copper with a moderate frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Faint aromas of malt and honey.

T: Except for lots of diacetyl, the flavor here is pretty weak. A malty backbone provides some sweetness.

M: Medium-light in body with a clean finish.

D: All in all, decent for the style. Too bad it doesn't taste better.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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