Saranac Dry Hop Lager
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

Saranac Dry Hop LagerSaranac Dry Hop Lager
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American Lager
Ranked #346
Ranked #43,688
3.46 | pDev: 9.25%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
Saranac Dry Hop LagerSaranac Dry Hop Lager
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 74
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Super transparent brown tinted gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body creating a slightly off-white head rising thick to just about a full finger's length. Drops to maybe quarter of an inch before first sip.

Smell: Light hops, real light almost floral but a bit short.

Taste: Bitter and lightly sour. But of citrus with heavy hops, at first it comes rough and gets a little smoother as the temperature drops.

Mouth: Medium to heavy bubbles, lightly sticky with a grapefruit meets lemon feel at the end.

Overall: Descent brew, more of an intro beer to new advocates trying to come into the game.

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Photo of VABA
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight grain hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight grain flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A mediocre lager

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saranac Dry Hop Lager
12 oz. brown bottle, code "1411298131722"

You can hardly argue against this beer. I was so surprised when I saw the low score on BA. So here's my list of pros and cons...

1- Clear deep-golden/brass body with a frothy head of bright white. Very good retention and surprisingly good lacing.
2- Bright, fresh floral hop aroma over clean bready/straw-like malt.
3- Malty, without adjunct, and backed by a solid 30 IBU's (it actually seems a bit higher). Decent sized beer, not just a hoppy standard American lager. 6.0% abv.
4- The floral, grassy and delicately spicy hops return in the flavor as well.
5- Hops rally again in the pleasant, long-lingering finish. Nice bready/grassy malts.
6- Clean and well-made, with solid ingredients and a great balance.

1- ??? Maybe that it's too affordable ???

This is how I imagine beer used to taste in the U.S. before prohibition. In fact, this is probably even better. It might not have had the dry-hopping back then, but we've got better hops now, and the quality and consistency of all beers are definitely better today. I imagine I'm going to enjoy quite a few of these this summer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by June 30, 2014.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a one finger mostly white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. As the head dissipates over the course of a couple minutes some nice lacing sticks to the side.

S: Mild hop bitterness in the aroma followed up with a clean lager smell. Not much to write home about here but isnt offensive.

T: Comes across as a typical lager with an additional dose of hops. Isn't overly bitter as it only clocks in at 30IBU. Aftertaste gives a bit of malt sweetness. Bready like quality lingers for a bit.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall it is a slightly hopped up version of their american lager. Not as much bitterness comes through as one may expect from a beer with hop in the name.

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Photo of wvsabbath
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, 1/4 inch head with some decent sticky lacing.

Smell - Mild bready malts, lager malts, a little herbal , grainy hop aroma but that's about all.

Taste - Very mild lager malts mixed with a little bready note, some very very light hops. Small amount of added sugars provide some sweetness. A little herbal hop note shows up at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Bready lager malts coat the tongue. Palate gets some minor hops, some sugars and small amount of hops. Aftertaste is very mild, a little bready malt.

Overall - Pretty boring and weak. Nothing about the beer stands out, just something mild to slam down and forget about. Its dry hopped? You surely cant taste that. Forgettable beer.

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Photo of u2carew
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger white head. Settles leaving a big bubble lacing behind. Clear, golden-bronze colored body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Floral notes. Subtle grainy notes. Not very aromatic for a "dry hopped" beer.
T) Mellow nutty caramel. Grainy.
M) Light bodied. Chalky. Dry.
O) An okay beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking lager poured with a deep golden body crystal clear no haze, creamy textured white head holds strong for quite awhile. The band says it's about 30 IBUs and that it's a German style lager dry hopped for an added punch. Aroma has a nice cereal grain, citrus/grassy hop notes. The flavor is great for what it is, a great pizza and beer type of brew. Enough grains and malt sweetness to compliment bread dough/light biscuit malt flavors with a clean rolling, herbal citric bitterness hints of fruity character from the hop additions very mild hop bitterness finishes crisp and clean. Mouthfeel has a lingering bitterness a bit of pelletized hop harshness peaks through but nothing that ruins the experience carbonation pretty dead on for the style light to medium bodied lager, I can't complain about too much. Overall, more flavor than the average Saranac lager, I'm actually a fan of this one. The pack looks like it has a nice variety for this Spring 2014...Irish Stout, Red IPA, White Ale, Dry Hopped Lager, Pale Ale, Forbidden IPA.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours true gold. Amber. Has a fat off white head that lasts and left lace. Clear but does not have too many lager bubbles floating upwards. Nose is really nice! Bright with floral and a touch of sweet grain. A hint of nutty flavor and light sweet grass. Taste is really good. Cracker malt that becomes a bit breaddier as it warms, lightly sweet. The dry hops add a bit of weight to the mouthfeel from the oils they left behind. The carbonation on mine was a bit flat and I did not hear a big "pfffft" when I opened the bottle. It could have had more carbonation to crisp it up a bit. Very clean and the hops did not impart any fruitiness or bitter. A touch of drying in the finish. I like it. Well done Saranac.

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Photo of Brad007
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden hue with slight blonde highlights and a huge, frothy head into my glass. It appears to be an interpretation of the hopping of lagers, a current craft beer fad.

Deep and mellow with a grainy texture, followed by an extra dose of noble hops or whatever are used.

Carries over to the flavor. Sweet and delightfully nutty. I wasn't expecting either. Very tasty either way.

Clean finish with nothing but sweet, grainy malt. Not much left of the hops.

A clean, tasty lager that's worth trying at least once. Very drinkable.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light caramel. Small frothy head almost completely disappears.
Smell: Some fruit and hop. Maybe honey.
Taste: Citrus, apricot, some sweetness, and a slightly bitter.

I like this one. It's basically the familiar lager taste with a bit of a bite. Not bad at all. The smell is rather faint, but combined with the taste, it's a very drinkable brew. The bit of bitterness is a nice addition. I'm not sure I'd buy this as a stand-alone, but it's a decent drink.

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Photo of dank203
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice golden pour, couple centimeters of white head. fruity ester on the nose, some hoppy notes. flavor is similar, bitter almost chalky finish, earthy notes, a bit of apple juice. a little nectary. its got a good bite to it, its different for a lager.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear gold color. The head is two fingers high and barely off-white in shade, and retention is pretty good. There's a lot of lacing left behind, and the end result is a damn good looking brew.

S: Mild and unpronounced. There are slight notes of ginger and grass from the hops, while the malts are faintly sweet. If I really concentrate, I can pick up some apricot. Allowing it to warm up, at least, will give it a decent tea-like vibe. At the end of the day, I like tea, so I can't hate on the nose too badly.

T: The initial flavors bring a little bit of apricot, before it finishes with faint touches of herb, citrus, and sugar cookie. At times, it's slightly redolent of green tea. Not very deep...then again, most lagers aren't. This quenches the thirst nicely.

M: Not the driest lager in the world, but dry enough - alongside its clean bite - to give it great drinkability. I think the fact that it isn't as watery as a lot of other Saranac brews helps it a great deal elsewhere. Carbonation stays in the background, which might be the reason it isn't so bone dry.

O: It isn't saying a whole lot, but this is probably my favorite of the Saranac 12-pack so far. It is a genuinely decent lager, though I can see how the mild hoppiness would be a letdown to someone expecting a full-blown IPL. Go into it expecting a slightly-hoppier-than-normal pilsner and you might just enjoy it.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is amber, very clear, very effervescent; head presents 1/4 inch thick and lingers nicely, some lacing.

Smell is muddled, not bad, just not clear in its presence, more light skunkiness (possibly from age) with a hint of grains (not malted barley specifically).

Taste is similar to the smell, muddled, slightly skunky, off grain flavors, some grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel is acceptable for pale lager, but a little much carbonation makes it biting on the tongue.

Overall, this is a beer that might be good on draft, fresh, bottled and aged does not serve it well, decent backbone but poor flavors and scents.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in the spring variety pack which was heavily discounted to 14 bucks for 24 bottles with 6 varieties. Into a pint glass.

A - Well even though its over 4 months old the carbonation is rocking giving me a solid 1/2 inch that doesn't quit, being fed by a ton of bubbles an decent lacing. If anything its a touch darker than a pale ale or lager rather a deep amber brown hue.
S - Well you have a touch of skunky lager yeast meets some dry herbal hops in a clash with what appears to smell of very little sweeter malts. And then the taste...
T - One words that describes it to me is forgettable. Don't get me wrong the lager taste is very mild not skunky but it doesn't taste too interesting either. And the dry hopping does add a dimension to it giving a kiss of herbal and tropical hops but other than that it just fades to nothing.
M - Light to medium which is pretty stellar for a 6% beer. It has that going for it.

Overall just like most offerings this beer just falls between the cracks. Sure it's drinkable and I will be dammed quite an exceptional brew for just 59 cents, hell I have had way worse at that price. Its just too simple for me. I may however pick up another variety pack just to drink it again and I still have 3 more in my first pack. Take it for what it is a simple lager with mild dry hopped notes.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a bone dry pilsner malt scent along with a touch of bitter hops. There is a slight bready aroma as well as a hint of yeast esters. The taste is good. It's a full bodied lager with excellent mouthfeel and a nice bitter hop flavor. This isn't your typical fizzy macro lager. The malt flavor adds a good deal of balance and taste. This is a very enjoyable American lager. It's not light on malt or hop character.

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Photo of CHickman
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear copper color with a thick 3 finger foamy beige head that faded slowly with tons of all different sized bubbles in the head, leaving decent foamy lacing.

Smells of toffee, roasted grains, smoked malts, herbs, toasted wheat like a crisp and almost burnt cracker, and some floral hops. Not the hop profile I was expecting, and yet not smelling like a typical lager either – kind of strange overall.

Tastes malty up front, with caramel, grains, sweet malt and toast or a burnt biscuit followed by a wave of hops which have a mix of lemon, piney hops, floral hops, tea leaf, herbs, and light spices like coriander and pepper. The malt sweetness overpowers the hops mentioned on the label and the bitterness is minor, yet somehow this beer seems balanced from the malt and hop union.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium body, very mellow carbonation, and a smoky finish which I assume is from the malts.

Good for a new beer as part of the Saranac variety pack, but the weak hops presence overall would deter me from buying a six pack of this. Good thought and attempt to create an exciting hybrid, but the execution in brewing missed that mark and disappointed me overall since there was no major hop elements to this beer besides the name.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ba Review #270
Served On: 4/19/2013
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: -
Date/ Code: 07/30/2013

From the 2013 spring mixed 12 pack from Saranac found at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick.

Look: Super clear bronze color with a thin layer of beige foam that produced some sticky lacing on the glass. Carbonation bubbles were very active and continuous.

Smell: Burnt toast and some grassy hopps. A heavy wet basement character was also there. Malts were forward and hops seemed to occasionally come through Despite this off-putting description, the aroma was rather pleasant and unique.

Taste: Upfront were semisweet malts and then grassy and citrus hop notes that made up the middle. The finish has some pine and citrus. The lager qualities were hard to detect. This beer actually drank more like the Big Moose or even the regular Saranac Pale Ale.

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Photo of fx20736
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought as part of Saranac's Spring variety pack on 4/6/13 for $ 8.77.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: light orange with a thin white head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing.

aroma: lovely noble hoppiness overlays a faint caramel maltiness.

mouthfeel: average, not thin.

taste: broad maltiness gives way to a nicely balanced hoppiness. a slight soapiness on the finish.

notes: decent, tasty, drinkable beer.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Pilsner Glass

A: pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a very small amount of carbonation bubbles working their way to the top to support a one inch head of very fine bubbled off white colored head that lingers nicely, leaves pretty good lacing across the glass
S: very clean scent, mostly of fresh wheat, reminds me of a cereal that i used to have as a kid but i cant remember the name, possible slight earthiness in the finish but i may just be imagining that
T: begins with a nice gentle toasty wheat note then moves into a really nice American pale ale like taste with a nice fresh hope note and bitterness, a very two-tier taste which is interesting and yet segmented
M: gentle and yet fine carbonation tingle, smooth across the palate, slightly astringent leaves the mouth just a bit dry, really smooth as it should be
O: a really well balanced and yet diverse beer, i really love the hop bitterness and think it brings a really nice dimension to this brew which otherwise may be very bland, quite happy with this offering from the folks at FX Matt

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, copper-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, bright white head. Clean and crisp on the pour. Aromas of honey sweet, floral highlights, and a subtle, peppery hopping. Very clean and crisp in mouth, with a mid-bodied that is a little more full than a typical lager, but suits the palate of this brew. Roasty, with buttery overtones and a floral ribbon throughout. Light and smooth. Hoppy character comes through in the aftertaste, with a peppery and bitter profile that cleans everything up, leaving only a hint of honey sweetness behind. Slight effervescence continues clean-up patrol, giving the beer a light, crisp, clean finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Golden copper color with decent head. Earthy, herbal hoppy aroma with parsley and rosebush notes. Aroma continues into tasting with spicy herbal, citrus and hoppy notes. The real flavor of the hops comes through. Dry. The sweetness of the alcohol shows. Name of the beer hits it spot on. We really dislike it. Kind of reminds us of a meat and vegetable stew in a beer. Finishes with more alcohol and bitterness.

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Photo of vicg12
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice hop aroma right away. Two figner head, burnt orange color. I was very interested to try this beer, a dry hopped lager, with tons of hops. Just sounds mighty interesting, and it was just that, interesting, and not much more. You definitely get the hops, but it just doesn't mix right with the lagering, it's not terrible but it's definitely not "good", it's decent. Other than the hops used, it really is a totally different taste than an ale. It's worth a try for something different, I recommend the Saranac 12 Beers A Springing mix-pack they have out right now because you get some other really great beers along with this one.

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Photo of AmitC
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Light amber color. One finger thick head that fades slowly. Excellent lacing. Clear and transparent.

Aroma is filled with grains and malts. Some typical Saranac used hops. Very blunt yet unlikable hop profile. Strength is moderate to good.

Taste is a lot like its Pale ale counterpart. Very hop forward. But hops are all very weird and different from typical citrus, flowery, resiny hops. Taste is more of what is imparted by Nobel hops. A good amount of malt presence. Only the slight graininess tell it is a lager else it is very difficult to differentiate from their pale ale. Slightly tilting bitterness. Overall finish is malt-bitter. and dry.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly light. Smooth and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured lint doughy malts and an herbal hop spice.

The taste was well balanced with a grainy malt body complimented by a vibrant herbal hop.

The mouthful was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent ho-hum lager. Not much dry hopping to speak of.

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Saranac Dry Hop Lager from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 74 ratings