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: 924 |  Reviews: 480
Photo of NoahSYGG
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent average beer. Golden color with nice hoppy aroma. It has a decently malty taste, with a strong hop bitter. I am a hop head, but a nice malty lager is appreciated. The mouthfeel is ok, a little on the light side. It is a good beer for a hot day. This is a good run of the mill beer.

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Photo of kinger
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light amber/dark gold with very little head and leaves no lacing around the glass. Aroma is weak, found it hard to pick up any flavors at all. Thin mouthfeel that finishes awkwardly. The flavor is the only quality of this beer that I found to be worthwhile. Sweet malts are tucked away and lead into a nice hoppy bitterness. Overall the flavor is just above average in my opinion but is weak compared to other vienna/amber style lagers. This beer needs more body and a richer flavor, all in all I was not impressed.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a really nice looking copper color with a creamy off-white head that does a pretty good job with lacing and retention. The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with some hops. The taste begins with a smooth malty flavor with the hops providing for a mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel has a nice smooth and creamy body that I enjoyed. Overall, Saranac Adirondack Lager is not a bad lager, but nothing that I would purchase again.

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Photo of jordoo
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Clear light copper/amber colored with pretty good fluffy whit head. Smell is of slightly taosted/grainy malts and a little grassy/prickly hop as well. Taste is of some sweet malt and a little hop bitterness on the finish. Mouth feel is average, however drinkability is very good.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light amber color with a white rocky head that fades to lacing rather quickly. has a nice malty aroma with some lager esters. not as much malt on the flavor, and a bit of citrus bitterness at the end. the mouthfeel is decent with a load of carbonation... nice drinkable lager... good for the warm weather.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light, clear amber liquid, medium off white, yellowish head with decent retention, medium lacing.

S = Strong scents of earthy hops, light lemon zest, fresh seven grain bread dough. Well balanced, good flavors but maybe just a touch too timid.

T = Up front I get a mix of hay, fresh bread, wet earth, at mid-palate a good does of bitterness shows up and a tart lemon flavor is present as well, both the bitterness and the milder malt flavors then combine pretty evenly into a medium finish. Decent, but not great, a little mundane.

M = Light bodied, little too much fizzy carbonation feel, decent mouthcoating.

D = This has pretty good drinkability. It does not taste great, but is easy drinking and refreshing. Would make a god choice on a hot afternoon when you want something with a mild flavor profile.

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Photo of joezak5
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Props first of all to Saranac for having a variety six pack with six different beers for $6.49. Poured into a Duvel sniffter; clear browning gold with thick three finger white head with good drinking lacing but little retention.

Smell: Sweet malts but a little oily twang sneaking in.

Mouthfeel: Light with high carbonation, biting on the tongue from the hops.

Taste: The bready malts has a slight oily hop bite, a little sweetness on the finish.

Drinkability: Pretty straightforward and forgettable, but an easy drinker. I'd pick up another variety if I had no idea what I wanted.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep yellow amber color with a nice off white head. The aroma is a bit like biscuit and malt. The flavor isn't impressive--slight German lager yeast taste, but other than that close to nothing. Not as dry as I would expect--residual sweetness is left in the mouth after tasting. Not too hard to drink a few of these, but not pleaseant enough to have a lot.

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Photo of boralyl
2.92/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This brew pours a copper color with one fingers worth of fluffy white head, that doesn't stick around long. It does however, leave a good bit of lacing. Pretty decent looking lager.

S - Don't get much out of the aroma, some faint malts and hops. Pretty weak smell.

M - A light-medium bodied beer, with moderate carbonation.

T - Begins with a malty flavor and ends with some bitter hops. Right before the hops you can make out some very faint citrus notes. Finishes wet.

Not a bad beer, has a good drinkability, but I'd stick to Saranac's ales.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber/burnt orange color. But it foams up fast even with a easy pour into the glass. It quickly settles to just a coating of lace on the liquid with very little carbonation visible. A very light scent. I have to practically have my nose in the beer itself to smell anything at all.
My first sip is disappointing. After a review of this site's description of a german pilsener, I can't seem to get a lot of hopiness out of it. But after trying about 1/3 of the glass, some of the hops do now come to my taste buds. But they don't seem to really do much. The beer now tastes pretty good and is refreshing after a hot day. Some of the citrus-like flavors are coming though. I find myself warming up to this beer the more I have it. Not much of an aftertaste. I could have more then one on the patio and with friends. Not bad.

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Photo of ghostmech007
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Got this with their 6-pack sampler.

Very clear with a nice amber coloring. Frothy head with some lacing.

Caramel maltiness comes through on the nose. Some hops in there as well.

Kind bitter from the hops and the maltiness doesn't really counter-balance it at all. Hops are all over the place, don't really have a distinct flavor. Sweet finish but it has a weird gummy taste. Like it has too much yeast in it or something.

Decent enough, but I'm an ale man. This has a decent flavor but it just doesn't compare to what else is out there. It's like it wasn't balanced properly and I guess it'll take some getting used to. I'll skip it next time.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a Saranac mix 12 purchased at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good copper hue topped with a thin white head. Visible effervescence. Good clarity.

S: Clean lager character. Sweet and grainy. Very subtle.

T: Clean and clear lager taste. Sweet and grainy. Hoppy bitterness throughout but not enough for a good pils. Crisp.

MF: Medium light body. Moderate carboantion.

D, notes: Ok drinkability. Needed better hop balance.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a two finger white head on top that sits around, lumpy and delicious for ages. Crystal clear brew underneath with tons of little bubbles floating to the surface. Nose is kind of standard lagery, with caramel malt and maybe a very mild hint of hops. Gotta make a serious effort to pull much of an aroma out, though. Flavor is stronger (although still pretty mild), caramel malt being the main taste, although there's a strong grainy undercurrent in there as well. Light dried fruit too. Kind of a growing skunky flavor as the beer warms, which was both unexpected and unwelcome. Body's a little watery, but overall not too bad, and the carbonation works well. Overall, it's better than I expected, and I'm looking forward to more of this mixed sixer.

12 oz - Part of a Mixed Sixer/$8.99/Embassy Market

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Photo of JamesS
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a great light amber color with excellent head and nice lacing. It has a very nice clean, crisp scent, very sweet and sugary, with hints of maltiness. Great taste, a very sweet beer going down with a nice spicy hop taste after. Goes down well, if a bit overcarbonated. Excellent stuff.

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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 xare
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a solid showing in all of the categories - lovely amber/golden color, excellent head, carbonated just right. Smell is a blend of hops and malt. Tastes nice with just the right amount of kick from the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and clear with a bit of fizziness. Drinkability, obviously, is excellent. I'd go and buy a sixer of this when I wanted to drink some more.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle aggressively poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden body with a trickle of carbonation topped with three fingers of off-white foam that retains at a stubborn finger-thick puck that leaves foamy lacing.

Rich light malt and nice earthy hops tickle the nose.

Tastes sweet with rich malt and a touch of citrus with a nice perfumey bitterness.

Smooth and light bodied with fine carbonation. Excellent drinkability

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Photo of shbobdb
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meh, standard Euro-pils stuff here. Not bad, don't get me wrong, but nothing special either. The beer is cool, smooth, and crisp the way a pilsner ought be. And it is devoid of off-flavors . . . but there isn't much to recommend this beer either. A faint whiff of grain, some pleasant carbonation, and then it is done.

Basically, this is the beer that American macro lagers want to be. It is nice, inoffensive, and easy to drink. Chug even. But there is nothing special about it. Where is the magic? It simply isn't there.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Light amber, 1 inch head with decent retention. Settles to thin cap with fair lacing.

S - Clean malt, with perhaps some honey and citrus hiding.

T - A little more complex than the smell. Starts off with light, unobtrusive grainy characteristics, then mid-palate hops take over. The hops mainly contribute a lemony flavor quickly overriding the pale malt. Clean finish.

M - Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, but doesn't become prickly. A little thick considering lightness of flavor.

D - Everything about this brew screams "drink me!" but there's something about it that I don't enjoy. Maybe it's the high carbonation or the two dimensional flavor. It's light...but not, it's clean...but somehow not. Something's out of balance with this beer giving it mediocre drinkability at best.

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Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adirondack Lager pours a clean and clear amber color with a big foamy head. The big white head leaves delicate lace patters on the glass. In the nose, white bread and lightly toasted malts mix with honey and hops. In the mouth sweet caramel and toasty malts are balanced buy some hop bitterness that leads into a crisp refreshing finish. The carbonation is mellow with a medium body and a smooth mouth feel. This is a very good Vienna style lager and a must have when I go camping in the Adirondacks.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep gold color with a foamy, uneven head that hangs on for a while, leaving good lace behind.
Smells of spicy hops and some malt. Tastes about the same. Nothing complex, but a good, solid lager that gains points for being a little hoppier than the average macro swill. Feel is medium with pretty prominant carbonation.
Is it worth $7.49 a six-pack? Some Saranac beers are, but I'm not sure this one is.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

just what I expected..golden in color. Clean and well carbonated with a small pillowy head and a bit of lacing. The head quickly recedes with time.
This was a bit of a tough one..smelled very mild with light notes of possible Cascade hops and a very faint maltiness noted.
taste was a bit thin on the mouth with a bit of metallisy skunkiness about it. A mild bitterness finished this beer.
Over all, pretty much an avarage beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper bronze color with amber hues. Nice thick head held up with good lacing. Aroma was a bit weaker but very clean and a little spicy. Taste begins with a sweet caramel maltiness but is soon evened out by the yeasty precense in the body. Hops come out towards the end and provide a slightly spicy and dry finish. Average across the board.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a golden straw with a big, white head that disappeared into nothingness and left no lacing. The aroma is slightly musty with hints of hops and just a slight buttery aroma. The taste is pretty average. There are slight notes of green apples and just a bit of bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. This is a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say about this beer, other than kind of ordinary. Amber color, thick white sticky head. Very little aroma, just a little bit of malt. Same with the taste, just a little bit of malt with the tiniest bit of hops. An inoffensive beer, nothing to write home about.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
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