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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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 482
Photo of rdoggg
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of Vetbidder
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.02/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +11%
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 -16.7%
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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Photo of caahare
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopsputin
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of LeftoverCrizack
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zach_Fehrman
4.6/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of Giangio
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jjmj51
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ffshore545
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of zrroot
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of logicalparadox
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byronic
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of nater919
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VashonGuy
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bear1964
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks and tastes like a mediocre pale ale
But a disappointment if someone wants a lager

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Photo of scotorum
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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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