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

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Photo of hopsputin
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
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 biboergosum
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
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 DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev +4.7%
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 scotorum
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
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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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 chuckm
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of fscottkey
3.07/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%

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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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +22.8%
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 -3.8%
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 -3%
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 +11.5%
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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Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of Aledog
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

T: light hops, could use a little more malt

O: good, solid beer from Saranac. What you would expect--easy drinking, but nothing to knock your socks off. Loses carbonation quickly. Good for the price, I would buy again. Good staple to have in the fridge.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on 12/27/13 with Arithmeticus
Appearance: The color was a clear apple-juice color with a creamy head and a little lacing, but it looked very clean and nice.
Smell: Apple cider/apple pie not much and not all that great (Would've scored it as Pi, but it's not an option- arf, arf)
Taste: No apple taste at all but very bready and malty with subtle bitterness on finish. The hops were grassy/herbal but didn't linger.
Mouthfeel: light-medium
Overall: Not sure why folks are hatin' on it bc. It was a pretty good beer. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a mixed 6pck fro the local Meijer's. It poured a clear copper with white head and no lace. The scent had hints of biscuit. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. There is some bread and bitter hop. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid lager.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden orange in color with some light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some light notes of golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy and lightly toasted malts along with light notes of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy, toasted, and pale malts with hints of sweetness which is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy hops. The hops impart a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with pleasant amounts of sweetness from the malts and bitterness from the hops. Relatively easy to drink and probably a good gateway beer for people just starting out with craft beers. Refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

My "craft"experience in college in the middle of nowhere, this was one usually around for the night. An ok amber. Pours a light amber golden color with small head. Aroma of sweet malt and very little hop presence. Flavor follows with a strong malt bill, but relative light on the palate. Easy drinking beer with adequate carbonation. Not a great one, but certainly drinkable and perhaps a nice craft intro.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber, translucent, minimal white foam. Light malty nose, very modest. Juicy. Light pils taste, interwoven malt. Hints of Vienna lager. Good hop backbone. Fruity. Good blend.

Certainly not a great beer, but enough flavor to enjoy.

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Photo of Brenden
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer certainly looks the part of a pils, a completely clear golden color. A good-sized white head is frothy and keeps its form pretty well while slowly receding and leaving a mixture of spotting and patching in moderation.
It's maltier than it is hoppy, but with a pretty good balance from hops. A bit of yeastiness comes out in the middle, while some doughy biscuit sits alongside the sweet caramel, as a bit of citric bitterness lightly rides along. It's clean but very, very light.
Leafy and citric hops bitterness does come out, though again biscuit and caramel are stronger. Grains linger underneath. Toast and an almost English malts metallic note actually serve to round out the flavor. There's even a slight twinge of alcohol into the end.
There's a sturdy crispness to this brew's light to medium body and it's pretty clean, though it dries up a little too fast into a huskier finish.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Drank from the bottle, assuming it looks like most lagers.

S - Noble hops, a fair amount of malt, some yeast/breadiness and the dankness of a lager. Perhaps a bit of cut grass as well. Nice smelling beer, just a little on the weaker side.

T - Suprised this beer isn't rated higher. A very flavorful pilsener. Notice a lot of hops after the swallow, and some breadiness up front. Also a flowery bitterness from the hops, but a unique one. The flavor doesn't really bite as this is a lager, but it tastes pretty darn good. Still tasted great even when warmish.

F - Excellent, perfectly sessionable. Drank a number of these in a row easily. Still tasted and refreshed well once warmed a tad. An excellent thirst quencher.

O - As I said, I'm suprised this beer isn't rated higher. Has an excellent, crisp flavor and is extremely refreshing. Could be one of new go-to session beers. Recommended for people who appreciate a lighter yes still flavorful session beer, or any lager/pilsener fan.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Happy 125th anniversary Saranac.

A: Pours a clear light golden straw with an ample white head. Can see some fairly large bubbles raising to the surface. The head remains dense as it dissolves leaving some lacing on the sides.

S: Light malting with a mild hopping. Breadiness in there too. Isnt overly strong.

T: Mild flavor of pale malts with a gentle touch of hop bitterness. There is some carmel malts in there to give it some sweetness.

M: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel that makes the beer sessionable.

Overall it remains true to the basics of the style but doesnt provide any specific flavors that make it stand out.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Saranac Adirondack Lager (2013) - The first beer I ever drank was this brew. It was my introduction to the brewing world. I've come a long way, but I remember just how great I thought this was especially when I tried Coors or Bud or Millers (etc...) in subsequent sessions. Good fluffy head reduces to strong lacing. Reddish amber body. Good carbonation. Very active. Hoppy bitter smell. Sour apples and grapes. Smooth mouth feel. Lemon grass nose. Wheat grass and mild hops middle palate. Skunks a bit in the end to let you know it's a lager. But finishes clean. A little sour. A little bitter. Then grass and lemons on the back palate. The taste of a warm summer's day. Very refreshing. Crisp. After taste is crisp but good generic lager taste. Bitter hops and light malt. Lemon bread if you will. A great hot day brew. Good with BBQ or heavy meals that need a light side. Great alternative to a mainstream lager like Bud or Miller. Far smoother. More refined. Third Shift though changes and game putting this brew down a notch some 13 years from our first meeting. My tastes have matured. So what was once the standard and a 4 in 1999 has become a 3.25 in 2013. This is a good brew, but average. That isn't a put down. It still holds the standard and I would go back to it any time. A solid meal beer or a great end of the day kick back watching a ball game beer. Good.

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