ads135 (3292) - Lawrence, Kansas, 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 (799) - 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 (4917) - 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 (3796) - 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 (3147) - Harrison, 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 (3927) - 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 (2632) - 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 (721) - 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.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light orange with a thin white head. Aroma of light pale malts, light fruits. Flavor of pale malt, minerals, light fruit. Very bland, watery and minerally. Not terrible but not too good either.
LowBrau (99) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a bright & bubbly pale gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is fruity and spicy. Light body. The primary taste is bitterness, but not overpoweringly so. Light sweetness and lightly sour. Has a spicy hop aroma, along with hints of sweet malt and mustiness. It’s ok, but doesn’t make a big impression - slightly above average overall.