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:
923
Reviews:
479
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
117
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 923 |  Reviews: 479
Photo of cooter
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in the exact same bottle as the picture...EXCEPT it's name is now "Adirondack Lager." If I reviewed the wrong beer please shoot me a beer mail. Onward...

Nice creamy head and impressive carbonation, but good lord it's an ugly color--piss orange...not that my piss is orange...

Smells of shitty malts and some nicely sharp hops. Not a strong nose. Grapefruity, balanced taste with easily identifiable malt and hop characteristics. Sticky, piney, but still a little fruity in the front. A little devoid overall, but solid basics. Quaffable (seems very nice for a party!) but there's some cloying.

Good lacing. I may be getting some band-aid smell now, not sure. I feel it's okay, a step above mediocre.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a little beer. Pours amber with a little head. Smells a little hoppy. Tastes an equally little amount malty and hoppy. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth actually, but maybe a little too smooth. I probably could drink a lot of these, but I don't really want to... only a little bit. Lacks character. Decent cheap fallback beer or a beer for introducinig people to better beer. Little...

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Photo of ski271
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with as off-white, small, creamy, mostly-diminishing head. Some lacing that slowly crept down the glass.

Smell: Mild. Light bready malt, light spruce and herb from the hops, and very light dough.

Taste: Malt sweetness up front, then giving way to some hop bitterness but not much hop flavor. Grassy, earthy, lightly nutty and a bit grainy. The finish is medium in duration and slightly astringent, reminds me of a white wine oddly enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, watery texture that turns dry on the finish, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, a little lacking in depth and balance, but a highly sessionable beer that gets better as you go.

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

Crystal clear polished copper hues topped off with a frothy 1/2" ivory cap. Tiny slow bubbles rise up to the surface. Some drippy lace lathers up the glass.

Grainy organic leafy scents. Nothing to rave about.

First swigs: A mish mash of slight rye bread meets rice malts and easy light biscuit and cake with an indescript hop dryness. Tacky lingering aftertaste.

Crisp carbonation bite. Medium body.

Last swigs: Amber Plain "average" notch above an adjunct macro. In the end, rather boring. Part of a well diversified mixed case of 12 different brews for $24.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of Luigi
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a lacy white head. Smells fairly hoppy, with some sweet caramel like malt. Malty taste with a silky meduim body. Some citrusy hops hit the tounge and make for a clean fnish. Very thirsty quenching. All around a good amder lager. Tasty, I must say.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light-colored amber in color. Clear, with a scant whitish-colored head. Minimal retention and lacing. Aromas are more hop-influenced than I expected, with a grassy presence mixed with some sweetness from the malt. Flavor is quite light, sorta reminds me of a mild almost. Nothing too busy. Finish is crisp and short-lived. On the borderline of being thin in mouthfeel, it's still drinkable.

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Photo of oelergud
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish amber body, not as clear as I had expected. Low carbonation, very little head that dissipates quickly and no lace.
Pleasant enough smell, definitely better than most lagers. Sweet molasses and some honey with spice.
Taste is mostly sweet after which a sour note comes through. Aftertaste is sour and not enjoyable at all.
Somewhat flat sensation and thin. Very little coating.
Boring and flat, not as bad as your average lager I suppose but still not an experience I'll repeat soon if ever.

-Oelergud

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Photo of sprackops
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, no freshness date. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light amber coloration with the typical flawless clarity of a Saranac beer. Substantial white head.

Smell: Clean grainy aroma with no detectable hops.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts balanced by floral, presumably euro hops. This seems to be the baseline flavor for the majority of their beers, which are admittedly similar.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, but by no means watery. Spritzy, lively carbonation.

Drinkability/comments: Again, if one were to isolate the baseline for Saranac beers, this one would be closest to it. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, as this is actually a pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.26/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: A creamy white head sits atio a clear, golden amber.

Smell: Grainy and malty. The hops really have no presence in the smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: All I can really taste is a nasty corn/adjunct flavor. Tastes much like your typical American Lager, only sub-standard. The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm kicking myself for picking up a case of different Saranac beers. One by one they're getting worse. I hope none of them fall below this, 'cause this is just gross.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear amber color. The head is large when first poured, but doesn't stick around long. There is almost no smell, just a lit malty sweetness. The flavor follows from the smell. Not at all hoppy. This beer is all around average, or maybe slightly below. It is drinkable, but that is just because the flavors are so light. In fact, this beer reminds me of a light beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours clear amber with no real head and no lacing (but i think my glass is icky)
nose is kinda weak. slight floral hop aroma with some light caramel and biscuit

no real hop flavor to speak of. maybe some slight citrus. light caramel sweetness
seemed smooth at first, but more watery as it warmed up

better than the dos equis i had with my mexican dinner last night, but not by a huge margin

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

Looked pretty standard, a solid choice if you're just looking for a beer...

Pours medium copper, very translucent. One finger head that quickly dissipates, not a lot of carbonation, but enough to get you through without making you burp between drinks. Smells of mild wheat and hops. Taste follows with wheat, some light hops, and a hint of fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is decent, good enough for this light brew. Overall, pretty decent beer.

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a tulip imperial pint glass.

Pours a copper amber color. Minimal head on top that quickly turns to a thin lacing.

Whiffs of caramel and faint hops.

Toasted malt flavors with some sweetness. Very slight hop bite that tastes out of place. There is a grassy and strong grainy quality going on here. Sweet, grainy, and crisp is the best way to describe this beer.

I can't really get into this. Once again, this Saranac beer tastes too watery. Not very well balanced.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale copper. I guess there are hints of amber in the color. Thin and very lacy white head. Smells grassy and lightly fruity. Hints of nuttiness.

Taste is grassy and lightly fruity, apples and pear. Some nice bittereness to even it out, rounded hops. Thin and uneventful but pretty drinkable. A bit dull but not bad in a picnh I suppose.

The 12th Beer of Christmas.

And with this being my farewell tour to an old tradition from the early days of my beer explorations, I say goodbye to the Saranac 12 Beers holiday pack. I will never purchase you again.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather nicely ballanced beer and one that I could drinka bit of.

Pours out to a hazy amber, forming a thick, large bubbled light-beige head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is fruity with some caramel sweetness, Hop smell is mild, overpowered the strong malt/caramel. Very carbonated . Taste starts out with very mild flavor hops, followed by lots malty caramel, some moderate bitterness. A decent balance has been achieved, though like most of the Saranac line somewhat thin bodied.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

German Amber Lager brewed with 2-row pale and caramel malt. Hopped with Cascade for bitterness, Mt.Hood and Hallertauer for aroma.

5.1% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy orange-medium amber, forming a modest soapy light-beige head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is nice with a fruity honey and caramel sweetness, atypical for a lager of any type, but it seems to work here. Hop nose is rather mild, drowned out by the strong honey characteristic. Mouthfeel is middle of the road, somewhat flittery at first, with a medium body. Taste starts out with very mild flavor hops, followed by lots of honey and caramel, some moderate herbaceous bitterness, followed by a touch of grain, alcohol, and bitterness of overextraction. This lingers into the aftertaste giving the impression of hop extract.

An average amber lager that has a lot of disarray going on, never seeming to meld into a cohesive whole. One of Saranac's better brews which doesn't really say much. Their yeast strain is just too funky for me, and it doesn't suit they styles they are going for.

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Photo of sideshowrob
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew poured with about a half-inch frothy head, which quickly dissipated. This amber lager was absolutely spot-on in it's amber color - no misnaming of this brew!

Smell was largely abscent - faintest hint of a lagery-malty sweetness, with perhaps an atom or two of hop essence filling out the boutique. Taste was a bit better, an overall very pleasant lager. The lager-yeasty taste in this beer was nicely balanced with an almost-perceptible hop backbone. Still comes off as a domminant sweet beer.

Mouthfeel was fairly pleasant, with many taste-buds working (albeit not very hard) to sample the brew. Beer is very easy to drink, and is fairly pleasant to do so. This would be a perfect beer to have at a ballpark or on the back deck on a late spring or early fall day.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Foamy 1" white head with slightly above average retention. Virtually no lace from this beer. A very light copper in color.

Musty, semi-sweet maltiness. A minor metallic odor accompanying a moderate wheat and grain aroma. Overall, pretty faint aromatics.

A pleasantly semi-sweet malt character with a touch of caramel. This is balanced pretty well with the amber's moderate wheat flavor. Slight bitterness followed by a bit of a floral hop flavor with lemon. A surprisingly pleasant flavor that I wasn't expecting due to the very subtle aromatics.

Medium bodied; despite the wheat driven flavor, this one is not too grainy on the palate.

A 'good' beer that's obviously pretty drinkable. Nothing to write home about, but in terms of flavor there's nothing unpleasant about this one either.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer bottle bought as part of a mixed six of Saranac products from somewhere, I forget...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the amber brew. Head shows some staying power, and lacing is average, maybe a bit better. Aroma is lightly malty, with some balancing hops. Taste is similar to the nose, but with some citrus coming out, and the hops asserting themselves with a bit more bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are reasonably good. Is a nice fallback choice when I'm up at the in-laws in the beer wasteland that is northern, northern NY.

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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 chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got two of these in the Trail Mix pk. Im thinking this is one of the flagship brews, and a fair, not over the top flagship it is.
The beer poured a nice deep copper amber with a very slight haze. The head, slightly tan, was about an inch and maintained ok to lace some in spots. The medium bodied brew had a sweet malted aroma with a floral background. The taste starts off with a over-all floral hop, slight bitterness followed by notes of malt and caramel. The finish and mouth are left with a husky grain feel.
Over-all, not bad, id have another and most likely buy again.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out with almost no head. A deep yellow lager, nice and clear, but I expeted more foam. I sure as heck tried to get some.

The aroma was of medium malts with some slight fruitiness, and a good whallop of full-bodied hops. It definitely had a lager smell, that's for sure.

Taste is of spicy hops, but without a lot of bitterness. A little bit of breadiness, and even a touch of caramel in there. A very unusual blend.

Not a bad beer, a little better than average. An OK session beer. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but not too bad.

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Photo of Rio
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goldish/amber in color, off-white head that seems content to loiter on top of the brew. A bit of a caramel maltiness to the aroma.

Caramel flavors carry over into the tastes as well, ending with a smooth blend of hop bitterness and a toasted characteristic. Crisp and smooth.

A little different than a typical Amber, I think. Good flavor, just a bit different than most of the Ambers out there.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of their sampler....

Appearance-beautiful amber color, nice white frothy head.

Smell-there is a lot going on here, delicate mix of alcohol, hops, maybe even some berries? jeez i don't know but it smelled great.

Taste-a nice smack of flavor immediately, only problem is that it's sort of jumbled, a lot of things hit at once, sort of sweet. It's not bad, but almost messy, still nice though.

Mouthfeel-nice aftertaste, rather smooth, not liking one of the many flavors that hit you could make it unpleasent for others though I suppose.

Drinkability-I could definitely have another, how many is up to personal opinion though, if you like amber lagers you could definitley have many.

Overall-a fine flavorful amber lager, I've noticed that it has many redeeming characteristics, you could do much worse. The only problem you may find is that there is too much going on, so I would try it out and see what you think. I was impressed though.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lighter shade of amber than many beers of this style. Aroma has a pronounced "fresh bread" like armoa that suggests sweetness will be found on the palate.

This beer betrays its appearance and aroma - it's quite watery thin on the palate, and light in flavor. Good for drinkability on a hot summer day, or perhaps as a "crossover" beer for the macro-swillers. This beer is just not for me for these reasons. For this style I'd prefer a bit more character in the beer, even if it sacrifices some drinkability.

On the other hand, I can't find any flaws besides the above, so I can't quite say this is a below average beer.

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Saranac Adirondack Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 923 ratings.
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