MarkSachon (858) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from the sampler case. Comes close to a true Kolsch but has a few deficiencies. Some tastes of citrus and a notable smooth quality help, but again, not quite enough.
ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
FROM NOTES: August 23, ’12.
From a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Sweet, citrusy smell. A bit of a floral aroma to it.
A: Pours a clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.
T: Malty base with some faint caramel warmth. Clean, lager-like aftertaste.
P: Light bodied, heavy carbonation.
O: Overall, Saranac Kolsch is pretty unimpressive in terms of flavor and character but is an easy drinking lawnmower beer, no question.
ads135 (3870) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 5, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Its hard to get a kolsch right and this beer has the crispness and mild citrus quality down, but doesn’t have the right mouthfeel or breadiness.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear light amber with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that hung around for only a short while, reducing to a thin cap and had fair streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a straw malt, herbal hops and a musty yeast with hint of citrus and a dusty cardboard odor.
The taste was very lightly sweet and a tad malty with a touch of citrus throughout, with the finish being a rather minerally with a light bitterness and had a dusty bland ending. The flavor lasted only a short time which turned out not to be a bad thing in case, with the lightly bitter bland citrus taste disappearing quickly off the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a carbonation that was just above soft.
Overall this was a weak tasting brew, with the only thing standing out was a mildly bitter cardboard taste. Most definitely not worth having another... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Filtered pale orange-yellow body. Thin, patchy, fading head. Isn’t so far off a real Kolsch, but just doesn’t have the finesse...it seems like Saranac has gone down a notch in terms of brewing expertise, something they couldn’t afford with their budget beers. It has some of the delicate yeast notes, but the body is lacking a quality feel, and detracts. Real lackluster stuff.
Cybercat (4636) - Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is malty and slightly yeasty, not strong. Pours a typical straw yellow, OK head. Flavor is yeasty and malty, nothing special. Texture has about average viscosity and fizz. If nothing special, still refreshing and pleasing.
shigadeyo (3562) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
9/15/2013: Saranac Kolsch... To my surprise, this was my favorite of the six Saranacs that I’ve had recently and that’s saying A LOT since the other 5 were NOT good. ALthough this beer isn’t quite a true Kolsch, I like the bready, fruity, bisuity maltiness and soft floral hoppiness with a twist of citrus in it; mildly spicy bitterness overall. The color is a golden color with coppery highlights and a mostly white head. This beer is great, but unlike the other Saranac beers, I’d actually drink a second one of this. 12 fl. oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio. Rating #250 for this beer.
mansquito (4858) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Left over from a party: Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is grain and a hint of fruit. Taste is bready, a bit grainy, very unhoppy, with a green apple/ambiguous fruity finish. Drinkable, not bad.
rondphoto (3550) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear medium amber with a quick to reduce head, spots and thin bands of lace. Taste is carbonated malt that adds light bittering and a hint of herbs toward the finish. This is average at best, and certainly not a traditional kolsch. (it should be straw colored, light and delicate, with a hint of fruit). Drinkable, not worth seeking out.
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: pours a nice light golden color with a fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is sweet malt. It tastes much the same... Malty and refreshing. Not the best kolsch I have ever had, but its pretty tasty.