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 Sammy
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clark's Ale House in Syracuse on tap #5 unless I lost count. some hops, watery. Sweet, some toasted malt, creamy head, well carbonated. Amber colour, sweet overall with crisp dry finish. Very mild and Bland and unoffensive. Not missing anything here.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a semi-clear light amber color with a 1 inch off-white head that settles to a small cap. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and caramel notes. Taste is of toasted malt, biscuit, and slight citrus zest. Very little bitterness quickly leaves the tongue after each sip. There is a crisp and clean mouthfeel with a good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good lager and a good choice to include in the Summer pack.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not a bad lager at all. a little different and more substantial than a lot of them. it smells rather pedestrian though, with some more toasty malts than usual as the only real remarkable note about it. the flavor is quite good. nutty malt profile, heartier than a lot of these, almost more of a vienna lager with the smooth sweeter malt complexion, but still very simple as they go. less hops than anything else in its field, its extremely mild on that front. very sturdy in feel with lots of body for a lager, but its offset for drinkability by a rushing carbonation that keeps it feeling light and lively and very refreshing when its real cold. a longtime staple of the trail mix variety pack these guys do, these always go fast at my house, and is one of my dads favorite saranac brews. if you like your light beer with some girth still and some nice malt character, give this one a shot, a true upstate ny classic. one of the few saranac beers that seems to have remain unchanged over the years, as tasty as ever still!

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Photo of spycow
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had this beer I thought it tasted no different than an exaggerated Budweiser. The second time I bought a mixed 12 pack and I had it again, I had a much better feeling about it. This is one thirst quencher, having a great drinkability and mouthfeel. Due to it being a pilsener the appearance and aroma may not be the best, but if I'm thirsty on a hot day I'd reach for this.

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Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger sized head that quickly died down but a thin layer of bubbles constantly covered the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The overall flavor has a good balance between a little bit of sweetness from the grainy and pale malts and a slight amount of bitterness from the grassy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather clean on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing--there's nothing particularly special about the flavors but it's a great way to open up your palate.

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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 BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty simple brew, sampled froma 12 pack variety. Looks...well...amber, with moderate carbonation and an impressive foamstand that faded quickly. No lacing. Caramel and tea like in the aroma. Light barley grain aroma with slight hop character. Mildly toast-ey in the aroma and flavor. Tastes sweetly of barley malt with caramel notes and again, tea. Body is moderate to light, and finishes a bit sweet with a slight hop and yeast bite. A bit grainy in the aftertaste. Overall, average. I'll try again, but won't seek it out specifically.

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber color with a small head. It was highly carbonated.

S - It smelled malty and sweet. There were also some hop notes in the aroma.

T - It had a spicy hop flavor to it. The malt flavor was pretty strong, too. It had a little bite to it at the back of the tongue.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied brew.

D - It is an okay brew. I've had better but it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color looking lager with a quite large foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of strong malt and crisp hops is really enjoyable and doesn’t reek of adjunct. Taste is clearly refreshing while still keeping a strong presence of malt and lightly bitter hops. Very good for a style that is not properly exploited in my surrounding.

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Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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 NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber body lies beneath a sturdy head of creamy off-white froth. It's retention is good and it maintains a thin surface covering throughout most of the pint. Nice lacing adds to the appearance. The F.X. Matt yeast lends a gentle touch of fruit to some light malt and background hops. It's medium body combines with a fine, median carbonation that's just lightly crisp on the tongue. It's smooth, but also a bit lifeless. A light citrus hop flavor melds with a gently caramel malt and well-balanced bitterness. Some fruity notes make a minor appearance. It finishes short and dry. It's not a complex beer by any stretch, but it is an enjoyable beer with enough character to keep it interesting beyond one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured in standard pint glass.

A - 1+ finger of off white head soon reduced to fine, thin coat. Clear and attractive copper coloration

S - mild roasted malt aroma with detectable hop odor

T - also mild and mostly malty; taste is similar to a marzen, with little hop presence or bitterness. Some sourness. Although scored the same and both about average, I like the nose better than the taste.

M - thin and slightly watery; carbonation a bit too low.

D - lacks complexity, boldness, or distinctiveness. Certainly not bad, but disappointing.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Must be a new offering from Saranac in the Trail Mix,pours a nice rich bronze with a tight one finger head on top leaving a trace amount of lace behind as it settles.Sweet caramel and toasted grain dominate the aroma not much hop wise going on,mild but pleasant flavors lightle sweet caramel over toasted malt with a touch of herbal hop in the finish.A no frills amber lager here light but flavorful nothing bad really to say about this and its quite cheap.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of off-white head on top of a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - A light malty aroma of toffee and honey that is balanced by musty british hop aromas.

T - Some malty character up front with light toasted notes. Earthy, musty hops in the middle with a little sourness to the malt. Finishes with some light yeast flavor and an increase in the toasted malt quality that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - The malt body of this beer is its most distinguishing feature. Despite the dryness of the finish, there is a toasted malt note that lingers in the aftertaste with a thick grainy quality. Unfortunately, the dryness brings out some burnt character in the toast and the base malt does not impart the refined honey notes that you get from good quality pilsner. The hops have a musty, somewhat british quality that some might enjoy, but it does not appeal to me. Overall, this is a decent lager, but not one I would drink again.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 926 ratings