Friday, April 24, 2009

Beer Review: Saranac Adirondack Lager

F.X. Matt Brewing Company Saranac Adirondack Lager

This lager is the flagship brew for the Saranac lineup. At least according to the website. It seems to me that the Pale Ale is more prevalent and shown in more Saranac publications including their newsletter. Yes, I am a proud member of Club Saranac. The lager pours a light copper color with a very foamy white head. Very minimal in the aroma department. I get a little bit of the characteristic Saranac yeast odor but really nothing else.

The flavor is very straightforward. This is a classic German style amber lager. Very drinkable and with a sharp hop bite after the initial sweet amber malt. The malt is extremely sweet and full but is balanced very well with the sharp hot finish.

This is not a deep or complex beer by any stretch of the imagination but it certainly is drinkable. There is enough flavor here to keep things interesting but I probably won’t buy this very often. If I want a flavorful session beer I can go elsewhere. There are other Saranac brews that would fill this role much more effectively.

Final Score: 70% (Not Enough Depth or Character. Not a Standout.)

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