Saranac Traditional Lager

Saranac Traditional Lager

Rated 2.892 by BeerPals
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Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  Lager

4.8% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 3842 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank42237
Overall Percentile10.8
Style Rank649 of 983
Style Percentile34
Lowest Score1.7
Highest Score3.9
Average Score2.878
Weighted Score2.892
Standard Deviation0.520

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23 Member Reviews

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  • MHOT55 158 reviews
    rated 2.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Lends itself towards a macro with a little more malt flavor. Still has that stale average taste with some hop bitterness up front and at the finish. still better than mass produced brews though.

  • FOZAPD 474 reviews
    rated 2.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Saranac Traditional Lager...can you say 'macro'. Good I thought you could. This beer poured a golden colored body. It tasted like a macro lager. Sort of bland and made for the masses. Not bad...but not for me.

  • HEEMER77 1009 reviews
    rated 2.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    From the winter beer sampler. Medium golden body with a small white head. The aroma is light raw potato with some grassy tobacco. The taste is potato skins with some carrots and a fairly spicy black pepper finish. However, as you drink, you begin to get a sweet heather like note. Weird finish. This would be decent as a session brew.

  • RANGERCG96 74 reviews
    rated 2.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    watered down taste, maybe because i just drank the Saranac black and tan. light in color with a light tan head. Didnt have a beer taste to me. wouldnt turn this beer away but wouldnt buy a 6 pack of it either. Saranac has much better beers.

  • BITTEEINBIT 155 reviews
    rated 2.7 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Golden color, perils racing up to make a small white head, head fades fast with no lace. Aroma is a bit grain-ish, mild grass and a light hint of malt. Taste is watery up from then a bitter stint, and a sweet middle and an ever so light bitter finish. Better than most (all) macro’s.

  • CAPTAINSKOAL 429 reviews
    rated 2.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    poured a golden color with a very thin white head it really was not even head it settled way to faast the flavor was a little watery and the mouthfeel was thin but it was a slightly better than average lager

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 2.7 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with a nice medium foamy head with pretty good retention. Aroma of floral malt and crisp hops is easily detectable and clearly enjoyable. Taste is refreshing with the floral malt and crisp hops being the main attraction here. Nice to get a adjunct-free lager once in a while.

  • MINGO51 678 reviews
    rated 2.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This beer poured a pale gold color with a small white head that left little lace. Aroma was lightly hoppy with some malt also noticable. Mouthfeel was thin. Flavor was a little watery but did have a decent malt hop balance.

  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 3.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This was one of the better Saranac brews but it was still nothing really special. It was right down the line pretty average fare but still enjoyable.

  • AABREWER318 475 reviews
    rated 2.7 16 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    this is one of the cleaner american lagers ive had. light flavors with no skunky aftertastes. not bad. There is something artificial here though-- Opposite of traditional. I dont even mind some familiar american skunkiness if it reminds me of beer.... Starts woody and corn-sweet, finishes dry and not over-extended like some lagers. Good body and crisp mouthfeel. "Is there alcohol in here"??
    This seems cheaper to me now that its packaged in a clear bottle with a twist off. Tastes cheaper too..But the right idea for saranac on marketing this as such. It could catch on.

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