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 clickpush
2.58/5  rDev -23%
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 -23.6%
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 +3%
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 -10.4%
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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Photo of maddamish
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad little lager. A lot better than your marco brews.

Watered down too much for my taste to make it into the regular rotation but over all just a bit above average.

Slight hint of orange and copper. A bit of caramel in the background but nothing that is interesting.

To review: Watery, Slightly interesting but not enough for me to come back for more.

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Photo of klewis
2.59/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours copper with a moderate frothy head. Lots of lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Faint aromas of malt and honey.

T: Except for lots of diacetyl, the flavor here is pretty weak. A malty backbone provides some sweetness.

M: Medium-light in body with a clean finish.

D: All in all, decent for the style. Too bad it doesn't taste better.

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Photo of akajimmyd
2.1/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This looks a little like apple juice on the pour, in fact, after the first sip it tastes a little like apple juice too. The smell is uninteresting at best. Appearance is also lackluster. The most complex the flavor gets is slightly more cidery. Some bland malts. This was a part of a mix pack, I’m saving the second one for a snakebite. Drinkable but not that desirable. (This is the adirondack not the light too)

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, I'm really gettin' into Saranac brews. Pours out to a dark golden amber color with a 1/8 inch head of foam and residual lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aroms of fresh malts and grass fill the nose. Some biscuit notes. Taste was medium bodied; flavors of sweet medium malts, wood, bread and some hop bitterness were well balanced. Mouthfeel was decent, not overly carbonated or flat, with a slickness about itself. Very good drinkability. This would make a great brew to keep on hand during the autumn months. Recommended. Thanks goes out to conneticutpoet for providing the sample.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber.

Smell: Amber. Grain, corn and subtle hops.

Taste: Initial thoughts were artificial flavoring. I'm sure that is not the case and as it flows through your mouth the taste improves and develops but up front it made me think of a macro amber (oh the horror). Truly it did turn out to be a decent red lager but nothing super special in the taste or smell category. The taste is a palatable non cloying blend of gentle hops and gentle malts a bit of hard corn water & sulfur; in addition to some yeast and bread thrown in, with the amber color and flavoring. Okay soo... that’s it.

Mouthfeel: The best attribute of this beer is the remarkably smooth easy mouthfeel. It is a medium body beer that just seems to slide through your mouth as if it were oily. nice.

Drinkability: Definitely a session beer. It is not the most exciting or intriguing beer you’ll have but it is right on with the style and it is very easy drinking transition beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a dark honey color. Looks really nice in a tulip with lighter gold around the edges, picking up more and more browns toward the center. The head is frothy white and thin and leaves some fantastic lace. Smells a bit like honey too, with some clover and orange and a slight doughy malt. Tasted… foul. There’s a heavy sour corn base that is just destroyed by a huge mechanical aluminum dryness. Starts with caramel corn, then to lemons, then to aluminum. There aren’t any smooth biscuit lager-like characteristics here at all. The metallic dryness carries long into the finish. Oh wait. Somewhere in the crappy dry finish I managed to pull out something that was reminiscent of a lager. Aha! If I chug this beer, It manages to taste a little more “red” and the dryness dies down. My problem was that I was trying to enjoy this beer. Silly me. The mouth feel is a bit light, almost dry with a nice fluffy carbonation. Everything was all right with this beer other than the obstructive dryness.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of the "12 beers of Winter" pack that I got myself for the holidays. Finally getting around to drinking them all, in alphabetical order. This comes first, though it wouldn't be first in my book, nor much of anyone else's. It's a decent lager, but nothing outstanding...

Nice, deep amber hue to it, good head, and the lacing is pretty nice too. Not very think nor bitter, this is just a bit too watered down for me. The hops are almost not present here, and it has a slightly metallic aftertaste to it. It goes down easy, but there's not much memorable about this and there's certainly not a lot of complexity here. Just a sense of herbal notes here and there too, but this isn't a Sierra Nevada brew exactly!

Worth a try once - I'd prefer Sam Adams or Brooklyn Lager if given a choice. Maybe one of the 11 beers left in my pack will impress me more!

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Photo of cracgor
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice copper color with a thin but sticky white head. Very aromatic fruity hops. A little salty in the smell as well. It tastes better than it smells. A sweet hop with good balance. The hop reminds me of sam adams lager. It has a typical light bodied mouthfeel. Incredibly easy to drink. A great offering for the price. It could have a more interesting/complex taste and that would be my only complaint. But it is good at what it is.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.91/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one comes out translucent copper with a thin, spittly white head thats almost gone halfway through. Seriously, no nose.

Tastes of sweet sugary malt, very resinous hop bitter, and off flavors of sour milk and grass. Yikes. Like a half-assed ESB or pale gone bad.

Mouthfeel is light and slick. Drain ho!

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

Mixed 12 pack.
Pours a clear golden brown, more on the gold side than brown with tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the head.
Lets talk about the head. It’s there in all its glory 1/4-inch white and foamy then by the time it took me to pick up a turkey sandwich it was gone. In its place a thin white ring.
Smells like.... teen spirit. No really it’s a sweeter smell with even a hint of hops roaming around in the fragrance.
Taste is sweet, not overpowering its a mixture of sweetness and a piney hoppy feel, first few sips I could have mistaken it for a weaker IPA.
Mouthfeel is smooth very smooth goes down easy.
Drinkability is good. The smooth feel along with a decent taste makes this a drinkable beer.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the few lagers in the 12 beers of Christmas 12 pack. Pours a clear amber color with minimal head and lacing. Smell is sweet and malty with some herbal hops in the background. Taste is well balanced between the biscuity malts and heral hops. Light enough in body to pound more than one. Similar to Yuengling Traditional Lager, a good, if uninspired lager.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear orange yellow pour with a foamy white head. Small and steady streams of carbonation through the body.

Smell: Biscuit malts, a bit of carmelly sweetness. No off flavors or hop character noted.

Taste: Dry wheat toast, a brush of carmel sweetness, and a dry grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and good carbonation levels.

Drinkability: Highly sessionable. It won't fatigue the palate or the drinker. Nothing too exciting but would make a good "gateway/crossover" beer for the non-BA. Worth a try.

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Photo of Naes
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is amber in color with a small white head. Retention and lacing is minimal.
The aroma is slightly toasty, but it is not a strong smell.
The flavor is a bit watered down, but the hops are noticeable with a mild malty undertone. This is not an offensive flavor, just nothing outstanding.
Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit watery.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a russet gold color. No head, how odd . . .

S - Some malt, I'd guess rice and barley, maybe corn. Slightly sweet.

T - Powerful on the malt! The grains are giving a lot of pleasant flavor, barley and sweet corn predominantly. The finish is bittersweet, in that it is both slightly bitter and slightly sweet. Alcohol is easily detectable at higher temperatures. Above about 55, it is actually dominant.

M - Smooth, carbonation is very high, thicker than most of the style. Moderately refreshing.

D - Good, goes well even with spicy dishes, I had it with kim chi ji gae (after I figured out the flavor and smell of course) and it was a wonderful match. Would not go well with sweeter foods at all though.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This is a very good looking beer. The beer poured a nice clear amber coloration. The head was nice and fluffy off white. No lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: There is a nice toasted maltyness to the smell.

Taste: The beer has a nice toasted maltyness that plays well with the oily hoppyness.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily smooth light bodied beer.

Drinkability: This has been the best beer in the box. I wish I had another.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Holiday 12 pack

Appearance = Nice, clear, golden honey brown. Not much of a head but the hue really appeals to me. Lacing isn't bad either.

Smell = Pleasnt fresh, clean smelling hops with a perfect balance of sweetness. Smells more like a good APA. I'm impressed.

Taste = Another below average tasting Saranac beer. This one, like so many others, simply lacks in the flavor department. There's nothing repulsive about it, there's just nothing great here. Everything feels toned down. It's crisp and refreshing though and would go well on a hot day.

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

Bottled on the 271st day of 2005.

Poured a deep clear amber with a quickly fading white head that left no lacing at all. The aroma was mostly sweet grain with a fairly subdued earthy hop smell. The taste was much the same being dominated by bready grain with a mild hop kick at the end. Decent carbonation and solid body, but otherwise a fairly bland brew that I won't be getting again. It is fairly refreshing at least.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light coppery amber with a white head that quickly fades.
the smell is hoppy with floral and herbal notes. there is also, caramel and a bit of graininess. a toasted quality develops as it warms.
the taste has contrasting bitterness and sweetness that don't always blend very well. toasted sweet caramel and herbal hop bitterness. the finish is a little harsh, both a little abrasively bitter and a little metallic. i'm not sure what it is that gives it that little harshness.
it has a lighter medium body with average carbonation
pretty good drinkability, but that bite at the end could take it's toll after a couple. a pretty typical amber lager type beer. nothing special that i would ever seek out though.

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Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good red beer. The color of this beer is reddish amber. It is a lot lighter than other red beers. The smell is hoppy for the style. The taste reminds me of an IPA. Is this a red IPA? Is there such a thing? The mouthfeel is very good as well. Fair bitterness. A small bit of twangy aftertaste. The drinkability would certainly be more than the two I got as part of a sampler. If this beer was set in front of me unlabled, I would have mistaked it for an IPA. Not an over the top, hopped up IPA. This is a good beer that I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a nice amber/copper red with a choppy white two finger head that slowly dissapated and left a nice white lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell was where this beer really fell off to me. Instead of the expected sweet caramel and malt scent I picked up a strange fruit smell that for the style was just unpleasent to me.

The drink started with a nice kick of malt sweetness followed by a quick hit of hops and fruit and a nice hop spice and caramel sweet finish.

All and all a pretty good red beer. I've had better and I've had alot worse. Well worth a try.

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

I pulled the Adirondack Lager from the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter variety pack, which has yielded some pleasant surprises so far. This lager pours a pale golden color with perfect clarity. A medium white head forms and leaves lacing after disappearing. The aroma is very understated, dominated by a maltiness. The taste is like the aroma, dominated by the malts. It's fairly sweet but not cloyingly so. A hint of hops come in to cut the sweetness a bit. This is an easy drinking lager not designed for serious contemplation. I would have enjoyed it a bit more if it was a bit less sweet and the hoppiness was just a bit stronger. Still, this isn't a bad beer by any stretch.

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