Saranac Adirondack Lager | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Adirondack LagerSaranac Adirondack Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
922
Reviews:
478
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
117
For Trade:
0
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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear amber in color, very little head or lacing.

Smell: Subtle and clean aroma, little hop and little malt to be detected.

Taste: The malts and hops seem to clash a bit, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this lager. Overall the taste wasn't bad but nothing great either, kind of middle road really.

Mouthfeel: Crisp light/medium in body.

Drinkability: You could through these back if wanted too, I'm glad there were only a couple in this mix pack, I won't revisit this one.

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Photo of JWFokker
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Odd that this is an American Amber / Red Lager, as it's more golden than amber by all means. It pours a distinctly golden color with a fair amount of head. It's got a fair bit of hops on the nose for a lager, and slight touch of pine as noticed by other members though I couldn't immediately place it. The flavor is primarily hops and a fruity malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is average for this variety of beer. It's a very easy beer to drink. Easily consumed en masse, but while it is somewhat distinctive compared to other American Amber lagers, I'm not sure if that makes it necessarily better than the others. It's certainly better than Saranac's traditional Lager though. There may be better alternatives, but this one deserves a recommendation for being pleasant yet distinct.

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Photo of greebsnarf
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a twelve-bottle Saranac Adirondack Trail Mix a few days ago and I've been trying a different one each day. The IPA, Pale Ale, Black & Tan and Black Forest were all quite good so I had similarly high hopes for this one. Well, I don't know what happened but it really didn't do it for me.

It looks unassuming enough at first, like apple juice with a little over half an inch of white head. But when, after a few seconds, the head falls, it leaves behind a thin film on top of the beer that collects into small but well-defined scattered thick clumps that don't cling to the side of the glass. The resulting floating sludge appearance is not exactly appetizing.

The smell meanwhile is a mild but very weird mix of malt, cream, apples and... um... cat piss. The taste really doesn't match the smell at all; it's watery, with a powerful and unexpected bitterness and a slightly fruity acidity, like grapefruit. There's a bit of sweetness in the finish. Overall it seemed like an unbalanced mess.

Halfway through the glass, despairing of finishing it at all, I discovered that a piece of decent white bread actually does a pretty good job of smoothing it out and absorbing a lot of the overpowering bitterness, but it still doesn't make it worth while.

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

A-Pours a nice clear amber with a foamy little head.

S-Smells of sweet malts, with a little hint of pine in the hops.

T-Starts with a sort of fruity sweetness, followed by the spice of the hops.

M-Light bodied, a hair watery, with a little carbonation.

D-Goes down nice and easy, and has a nice balance of flavors which makes this easy to drink.

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

Pours pure golden with some amber hues. Thin 1/4" white head that spreads out quick only mildly active.

Smells of a nice balance of hop and malt with wheat. Good hop nose for a lager. Sweet and sour, herbal and musty hop/yeast effect. slight caramel aroma to the malt.

Taste starts off with a nice clean, hearty and musty hop, turns malty and sweet, light caramel and earthy, sour yeast notes.. Really good balance here. The traditional hop flavor is pretty bold.

Feels crisp and very clean, great bite on the tongue. Ends a bit slick and malty.

Lager's are very "drinkable" unless your talkin' about the Macro whatever-they-are's...This is what a good American Lager should strive to be.

An enjoyable brew, simple and to the point with no frills.

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Photo of rarevos
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Part of the Trail Mix 6-pack

A: Fluffy head, 1+ finger. Decent retention with a few sticky trails on the glass. Golden-amber colored.

S: Very mild. Can detect hops, and there's an expected malty sweetness in the nose. Nothing out of the ordinary. Everything's where it should be so far.

T: Good malt front, pleasantly and lightly bitter at the finish. Nothing else, really. Pretty standard beer.

M: Light-bodied. A little fizzy.

D: It's OK. While it's easy to drink a lot of these, I'm glad there are only two in my six-pack.

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Photo of briman
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a clear medium amber. About a finger thick off-white head, average retention. Light lacing.

Aroma is mostly caramel malt, with maybe a hint of citrus hops.

Taste is lightly toasted malt, maybe a hint of caramel. Clean, dry finish with a little bit of a hop bite. Maybe a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, but not much.

Medium body, light-to-moderate carbonation. Balance is pretty good. Overall a pretty mild beer. Not bad, but nothing tremendously compelling. Probably wouldn't be bad as a session beer.

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

Had one with dinner. Looked pretty good, clear amber color, nice white head that fades to a covering of the top of the glass. Very little, spotty lacing. The aroma is very faint, some hops but nothing stands out. Taste and mouthfeel were pretty good. Very light taste, nicely balanced between hops and malt, very crisp and easy to drink. No unpleasant aftertaste. I like this as well or better than Kilians. This is not a stand-out style for me, but this beer fits in failrly nicely. Would be an ok session beer

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Photo of jackorain
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a-Amber brown and clear, thin head, short lived, some light lacing of residual foam
s-malty sweetness, some yeast maybe a little hop (green)
t-sweet malt backbione, with a slight hop bitterness, not much though,
m-light to medium body nothiong to write home about
d-Somewhat drinkable, but I would probably have to switch after the 2nd one

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Photo of Derek
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Copper-orange, fluffy head, not much retention, some lace.

S: Grainy, grassy, slight sulfur & citrus tang.

T: Grainy sweetness, but a nice grassyness (presumably the Hallertauer hops). Apparantly there's cascade hops in here too... but I didn't notice any in the flavour.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation. Somehow it doesn't seem very well integrated. Could maybe use some more lagering time?

D: Approachable & not too far from a macro lager... but it's too sweet & grainy.

Thanks Len!

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Photo of bjohnson
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled 07/01/06. Review from notes.

A: Amber in color with a frothy one finger head at first. Retains nicely but dissipates to about a half finger. Good level of carbonation noticed with bubbles rising to the top. Pretty decent lace also.
S: Bready malt profile hits the palate first. Grassy hops with a slight fruit infusion fill out the rest of the aromas.
T/M: Dry and slightly sweet up front with not much taste. Earthy flavors followed by biscuity and bready malt character fills in afterwards followed by a dry bitter finish. Smooth at first, but turns bitter and sharp (Bitterness) as it goes down. Sharpness noticed mostly at the back of the tongue. Light in body and not very well balanced.
D: Semi drinkable lager. The bland taste at first doesn’t really appeal to me. Although drinkable, I’d go with a different lager before this one. Perhaps the temp. at which I had this beer was too high and it should have been colder…not sure that would have made a huge difference however.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a 0.5: white head that steadily falls back into the glass. A nice layer remains on the surface. The beer is a golden amber in color.

smell: Caramelized malt sugars, a toasted breadiness, some darker fruits, and a pleasant hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium or just above, and the body a heavier light.

taste: Lighter flavors of caramelish malt and a moderate, nondescript hop flavor. The bitterness comes in after the swallow and is light-moderate in strength. A little two-dimensional, but in balance.

drinkability: easy drinking for sure

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Photo of TheSarge
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager poured from its 12oz bottle with moderate CO2 action that produced a slightly tan head which disappeared very quickly. A light lace followed through until the last drop. The body is copper in color and is ultra clear.

This beer is very fragrant and I could smell it from two feet away. It smells very fresh and the darkly roasted malt made for a sweet aroma not overpowered by hops.

The lager has a bit of a fruity taste. There is a definite hops presence, but is counterbalanced by the sweetness of the malt.

Overall this brew is smooth and refreshing. Not too bad at all. It kind of reminds me of Boston Lager.

TheSarge

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

This is a 12 oz bottle of Adirondack Lager served in a tumbler.

Appearance: The lager is a dirty golden color, trending more towards brown. There is a bit of head from the pour that does not linger.

Smell: A light malty nuttiness emerges from the nose, nothing more nothing less.

Taste: The lager is an inoffensive brew, offering a thin malt layer that soon recedes, leaving very little flavor. The hops are almost nonexistent, giving little bitterness to the beer.

Mouthfeel: The lager is thin tasting, so there is not a lot to look forward to. On the palate, it leaves a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: This beer is suitable for someone making a jump from BMC to craft brews. It is solidly made, just a little light in flavor.

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

Tastes like a mild, inoffensive amber ale, even though it's a lager.
Pours a pretty,clear, amber color. Smells a bit sweet with a tinge of hop. Caramel like in scent and taste. A bit of pear, maybe? some kind of fruit slurry thing is happening. Hints of Sam Adams Boston Lager or Brooklyn Lager.
Pretty good for what you'll probably pay for it. Not really my cup of beer flavor wise but this is pretty good at what it is trying to be.

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Photo of scooter231
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color- duh. Clear, some head, hints of lacing. Nose is lightly malty and bready, very faint. Taste is, in a word, malty. A bit of a soy sauce thing going on, a fruity thing I'm not really digging. A bit bready. Something about it I just don't like. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, a bit harsh, even. I guess I can see a lot of people liking this, it's not too overpowering and it's light enough, but I just don't dig it.

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

a: very clear beer, golden-brown in color. frothy white head, very low head retention, however. it disappears very quickly from the top of the glass.

s: nice, smooth malty aroma. low hops smell. light smell of lemon/citrus.

t: extremely smooth taste. a little bit of bite from the hops, but mostly this beer is a good, malty one.

m: low carbonation, almost a relaxing mouthfeel. soft on the tongue, very light.

d: very easy to drink. a great summer beer as it is refreshing and light.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a clear copper/amber color, with a 1/4 inch head which goes away very quickly. There's a malty/sweet smell to the beer, but it's not very strong. It tastes malty, with a little caramel taste to it and a slight bit of hops at the end. It's not a strong flavor at all, but still more flavor than pretty much every macro-brewed beer out there. The Adirondack Lager has light/medium body and it is pretty easy to drink, even if it is on the watery side. Not a great beer, but it's something I could have as a session beer now and then. I'll have to try more Saranac beers and see how they compare.

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Photo of Pete9094
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours light amber with thin white head.

S-Nice malty aroma with fruity hints and a slight molasses smell. Gets better as the brew warms....

T-Good taste with nice balance of malt and hops. Straightforward. Nothing special but a decent everyday beer. Malt lingers on the palate which is pleasant

M-Good mouthfeel with a backbone. Not thin like other Ambers

D- Overall, a good beer that will satisfy the masses. This is ten times better than Yuengling Lager. Living in PA, we tend to get "Yuenglinged" to death. This is a nice alternative. Actually served this at a party last weekend to good reviews. Will definately buy again.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks clear and copper colored. Not bad bubbly white head disappears pretty fast. Smell is pretty bland, but there's some sign of malts and caramel in there. Tastes of crisp malts, with a slight fruity lightness. Sporadic bitterness and a touch of lemon hops. Medium to light body and a both slick and gritty mouthfeel. Real easy to drink. That's mainly what make this good.

A good hot summer day beer.

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Photo of clickpush
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. It's a pretty, light orange color with almost no head, some large bubbles interspersed through the glass floating up from the bottom. Nothing special.

Nose: The beer has a very sour smell that's only lightly citrussy. A small presence of apples, but over all the smell is so light that it's hard to distinguish much of anything.

Mouth: It enters with a strong carbonated feeling on the tongue but without a lot of flavor. It hits a gentle sour note on the way back but is most notable in the dry hoppy bitterness that is pleasant but has no depth. Has an alcoholic warmth that surprised me considering there's no sweetness or alcohol in the aroma. Tastes a bit like rice.

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Photo of jwc215
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a transparent amber with a bubbly head that, unfortunately, quickly became a thin lace that did not last long either. It started as highly carbonated, but soon after slowed to a slow and steady carbonation.
The smell was thin and watery with attempts at some aromas that were hard to pin-point because of its thinness.
The taste was also too thin. It had a faintly malty, watery taste. Not much was going on despite the description on the label. It should have been a bit more woodsy and certainly more fruity than what I tasted.
It didn't have a bad taste, just lack of one.
It might be refreshing on a hot day, but there are better examples of this type that would do the same.

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer when it was called Adirondack Amber, and I like it now.

Standard color for an American amber and standard head and lacing. There is a nice hop aroma once poured into a pint glass. The flavor is subtle, like most Saranac beers. In fact, Saranac beers are all good examples of their respective styles.

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

The beer poured a medium gold with a small white head the lace held throughout. The aroma was malt and hops. The taste was fairly malty with enough hops to give it a bitter edge. The feel was medium and dry. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would see bringing me back for more. A bit like a standard macro or regional lager.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 922 ratings.
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