puboflyons (1667) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle no. 2790-1009. It has a handsome looking dark amber pour with considerable head and good retention. Pearly, upwardly mobile carbonation can be seen. The aroma has a nice maltiness with a faint but somewhat unique hoppiness mixed in. The taste has a nice bitter bite to it. Easy to drink.
HighlanderOne (930) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of roasted malt and nut. Mahogany, tan head. Malt and nut flavors come through in the flavor. Caramel notes as well. Creamy feel. Nicely drinkable. Good finish. Well done brew.
skoll (402) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear reddish brown color with a large off-white head. Goodhead retention and lacing. Aromas of choco, faint raisin and even fainter hops. The taste is bitter hops, caramel, chocolate, raisin. Medium bodied mouthfeel I would drink this one again.
nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Deep red-brown color. Steady off-white/beige head. Fresh, doughy, brewhouse aroma. Some amber vanilla tones, caramel, toffee. An odd pungency doesn’t quite sit well with me. I’d really expect Saranac to excel at smooth, clean Lagers, but this one is pretty weak. Medium bodied, some smooth malt tones, but overall kind of a mess.
thechandler (573) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours darker than I’d anticipated, foamy cream head. Dry aroma, mostly bread and yeast. Flavor is very solid. Good malt presence with a nice hop balance. Good warming beer for a cold winter evening.
fsbw21086 (309) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad. Aroma is carmel and vanilla. Body is alittle thing and taste is alittle watery. Flavor of roasted malts and hints of sweetness. Slight hop finish but mostly malty.... not a bad one.
jb (1939) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Figured I’d choke down some lake effect snow with lake effect lager. Tea and grainy nose. Clear amber, thick clingy lacing. Smooth sweet smoky palate. Clean and well balanced. A nice straight-ahead dunkel.
Ron (2182) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark orange-brown with a white head that did not last long. Aroma is caramel malt and some light hops. Flavor is sweet malts with a sweet yet slightly hoppy finish. This had some body to it. Decent. The in-laws had the variety pack at their Thanksgiving day party.
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is uninspired with sweet, toasted, chocolate malt and hops. The appearance is deep amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall not a great beer but certainly a drinkable one even though it’s pretty far off style.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Saranac Lake Effect Lager is a very clear blown beer with a dense light khaki head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has a sweet aroma, like malt extract. It’s medium-light bodied and crisp with a slightly watery finish. It’s slightly sweet and very lightly bittered. It’s a light, simple flavor and the bitterness comes out more at the finish. It’s not a very noteworthy beer, but it’s quite drinkable.