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 Sammy
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not a bad lager. smells rather pedestrian with some more toasty malts than usual as the only real remarkable note. the flavor is quite good. nutty malt profile, almost more of a vienna lager with the smooth sweeter malt. very sturdy with lots of body for a lager. a longtime staple of the trail mix variety pack these always go fast at my house. if you like your light beer with some girth still, give this one a shot, a true upstate ny classic.

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Photo of metter98
3.21/5  rDev -5%
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 oriolesfan4
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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 zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings forward a tiny bit of Noble hops along with a little bit of grain and bread. Mouthfeel is light with some prickly carbonation. This isn't the best attempt at an American version of the style, but all around it's a fairly decent brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -9.5%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty and fruity (citrus & apple) along with a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little bready and then the malt sweetness kicks in with some flavors of fruit and caramel in the background. The hops presence is hardly detectable. The after-taste is grainy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: It was a little tastier that I thought it would be, goes down easy, not very filling. My expectations of Matt Brewing have been lowered after trying their Pale Ale and IPA, so I thought this beer was going to be terrible. It wasn’t anything special by any means, however, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I found the beer to be pretty decent.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasing rich lager.

Pours a clear amber. Nice head and attractive package. Rather malty but without much sweetness, which provides a good mouthfeel. Adequately carbonated. Toasted flavors, more biscuit than caramel. Just dry enough for a refreshing taste. Hops are delicate but leave a touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. More grainy than fruity, which is just right for the style. Really a decent American interpretation.

Clean and unassuming beer that manages to strike a balance among all the elements.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, thin, white head.

Smell: Light toasty maltiness with a touch of apple, flowers, and yeast.

Taste: Toasty maltiness, mildly sweet, and a jolt of apple core fruitiness. Light floral hops and accompanying bitterness. Hint of yeast. Tiny pinch of spice on the apple-tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Basic but drinkable at best, lackluster and a waste of time at worst. Pass me an Eliot Ness!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-accented golden amber and perfectly clear. The cap is large in size, dark cream in color and displays good persistence. It eventually falls to a thick film and leaves just a few small scraps of lace. The nose is shy, but not overly so. There's some lightly toasted malt with a definite hop presence.

The flavor starts out with sweet, bready maltiness that fades into a gentle hop bitterness, though without much hop flavor. The label states that Cascade hops are in use, but I can't appreciate them. A grain-like flavor appears on the finish that isn't bad. The mouthfeel is more full than expected for a pils.

Saranac Adirondack Lager is average beer in the end. Perhaps a little above average since I'm feeling generous, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is the second bottle from my mixed saranac pack, well actually the third, but I have had the IPA before so I will not be reviewing it again. I have been having a thing for lagers lately, so I am hoping this one does not let me down. Poured a very nice, crystal clear amber, nice orange hugh for a lager. Two inch white head faded quickly to just that quarter inch layer of film on the top. Very decent lacing for a lager as well was dripping down the sides. I could see some nice visible carbonation streaming up off the bottom of the glass, clarity excellent, overall look, A OK...Smell was lots of bready yeast smells. Lots of grain, kind of a moldy or off earthy aroma, like grass stuck in mud, or bread batter. A slight hint of hoppiness in the back as well. The taste was pretty standard at first, however as it warmed I detected a nice earthy grain mixed with almost a banana tone. A decent dry hoppy finish as wellThe feel was great, light and remarkable smooth. Great carbonation, not slick oily or otherwise detrimental at all. Superb drinkabilty, this is an easy session beer. Has such as nice light profile, yet great taste. Not watered down like some other lagers. Easily a hot weather drinker. Overall I really liked this, and thought it was much better then the pale ale, and would actually order or buy this one again. Looking forward to the next one in the box, the blak and tan!

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Photo of smcolw
3.04/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Excellent thick head that dissapates slowly leaving a graceful lace on the side. The color is light copper or deep gold. Crystal clear.

Shocking manure-like aroma on first sniff. Very light on the hop.

The hop makes an appearance in the tasting; still with this malt, this is closer to a mild than a pale ale. There is an interesting sourness in the flavor (like a mandarin orange). The beer has a moderate to full body with a high level of carbonation.

Frankly, a little disappointing, particularly from Saranac. I'll finish this one, but won't necessarily seek another.

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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bubbly and frothy with some sporadic sticky lace. Crystal clear with a bright brassy amber colour.

Smell: Sweet, almost caramel like maltiness and some oily hop make up the clean aroma.

Taste: A mixed message of harshness comes from both the toasted malt and leafy oily hop. Hops jump in with a disarray of leafy flavour and an out of place bitterness, malt is sweet and seems mismatched against the hop. Finishes sweet with a odd dextrin quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation and crispness … weird chewy slickness in the mouth though.

Drinkability & Notes: Not bad but this is no Sam Adams Lager! Many breweries take on the amber lager and come up with a less then par take on what should be a clean flavourful lager. This is does have flavour, just not in the right places … sort of a jumbled mess that is hard for the taste buds to decipher.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am down in DC for about a week, following a foray into Balto for several days and I bought the summer mixed six-pack to sustain me while away from home.

From the bottle: "Saranac Adironndack Lager is craft brewed with pure Adirondack water, bottom fermented and fully lagered to carefully balance the sweetness two-row malt with the delicate bitterness of American Cascade and German Hallertauer hops. Look for a golden amber color and medium body. You'll discover a distinctive, flavorful beer that is deliciously drinkable."

My aggressive pour resulted in a foamy finger of dense, eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a biscuit malt sweetness along with a wheaty cereal quality. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly bitter, grassy tang to offset the wheatish sweetness. Nice lacing began to form throughout. Finish was semi-sweet with the grassy, wheaty taste lingering well after the swallow. A very pleasant beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is clear and light copper in color, with a tiny head that recedes hastily, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is pretty weak, emitting faint scents of sweet malt, fruit, and a general lager presence. The beer is sweet, perhaps a bit much. Grainy, malty, sweet, with a subtle fruitiness. The feel is thin to medium in body, with carbonation level lower than is customary. Overall, this is drinkable, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden Amber in appearance, this beer has a quickly dissipating head that is artificially carbonated. I am getting a nice undertone of a hop aroma along with sweetness in the sniff I took. The overall taste is a bit unbalanced between the bittering Hops and the caramel and two row malt sweetness. The hop profile within the flavor saves this beer and gives it a little needed complexity. I like the aftertaste this beer leaves on my tongue, but the inital tast isn' t as pleasant to me as I was hoping. When it comes down to it this beer is not a winner in my book, and it doesn't even work as session brew for my tastebuds. Mediocre and better than a macro, but the flavors are all toned down in order to work as a cross over from flavorless to flavorful. I would put this beer in between those two. Don't plan on having another glad there was only one in the sampler.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 919 ratings.
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