ChrisD (8) - Walltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great tasting pilsener does not lack at all in the flavor category. The color is rich an supple. nice head
LordNeuf (135) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clean, crisp, nice body, tasty head... GREAT for food and preztels. very refreshing. nearly perfect.
beerman991979 (137) - Old Town, Maine, USA - AUG 26, 2000
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was pretty damn good for a pilsner. It had a good balance of malt and hops, not to much or to little of either. Very clean, crisp taste. Very refreshing. I was impressed. It did have a mildly spicy flavor though.. kind of interesting.
Aggie80 (783) - Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another good one from Saranac! Nice head and clear, crisp color. Nice finish with a satisfying afterbite.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Life is good when beer tastes like this. Crisp and refreshing; flavorful. This light-bodied American Pilsener is not particularly distinctive but so unassuming and pleasant that it can be drunk unaccompanied, but would probably really flourish paired with the right food (gourmet hot dogs? jerk chicken? lamb chops?) The Hops do not go unnoticed!
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was poured from a 12oz bottle into pilsener glass. It has a bright golden yellow color with great clarity and a thin white head that hangs on and just covers the body. Some lace is left behind on the glass. The aroma is sweet, almost fruity and floral hops are present. The flavor has a light malt presence with a lovely crisp hop flavor that adds nice floral and citrus notes. Bitterness is mild and not overpowering. The body is light with a good active carbonation and a refreshingly quick clean finish. Notes: Kudos to Saranac for going with brown bottles for there pilsener instead of the more common green bottles. I never understood why a beer style that is so sensitive to light and freshness would be put into green bottles that allow more light to filter through it.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 8, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice pilsner, slightly sweet, but still very good.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite impressive pilsener. Very nice refreshing, cooling hop aftertaste. I’d drink this anytime.
Frank (2302) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 A tasty pils. Typical straw-like appearance. Light body, feisty carbonation with a crisp lemony finish. I am suprised that this is rated lower than the other Saranac brews I have tried. It is definitely one of their best brews.
RerateNothing much to add but now that I have tried a few more Saranacs, I would have to say this is definitely their best beer.
pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: bottling date code indicates this is fresh ( botttled in the last 2 weeks)
Poured a gracious shimmering gold into my pilsner flute: large puffy 2 finger cap that lasts and laces well. Moderate carbonation.
Great lager smells in the aroma: fresh rising bread dough with apple cidery undertones from some dry hopping...very bready and fresh.
Solid malt spine with a decent dollup of malted wheat, medium bodied, silky mouth feel, rounded smooth character...
A nice chew of fresh bready malts up front, this is quickly balanced by a swirl of citrusy-herbal hops (Cascade & Tettnang ) which give a malty-apple cidery decernment, finishes clean and lightly drying from some help from the wheat and dry hopped cascades with the non-cloying cider flavors still riding along.... then a solid biscuit after taste.
A quenching yet substantial lager with an interesting mix of malts and hops ( Wheat and cascade with carapils and tettnang) that simply works well in the flavor compliment. This brewer is gaining my respect as I have not had a beer from them I did not like and the quality is certainly apparent in the ingredients and process.