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Saranac Lake Effect Lager
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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 178   ABV: 5.95%
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Our Saranac Lake Effect Lager is a rich, malty, old school German lager, made with traditional German malts and hops and fermented with a lager yeast. Look for a rich but smooth malty taste, balanced by an impressive Hallertau hopping - A nice reward for enduring our winter months.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10951) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle from a mixed box at the World Market in Davis, CA. Pours copper/amber with a 3 finger foamy yellowish head. Aroma is quite bready, but I’m not getting much hop. Med body. Flavor is sweetish roast caramel with something heavily roasted - but the hop is sort of only lightly present. That’s taste/flavor. In fact my tongue says there’s a lot of bitter here. But no grass, herb, etc. Still, it drinks ok.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted malt and soft hop aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Moderate toasted malt flavor with a small biiter hop finish of average duration. Well balanced drinkable brew.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (9710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of carmel, brown sugar, honey and light fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light brown sugar with a crisp malty finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2010
12 ounce bottle from the Winter Sampler, from Harris Teeter Cville Barracks. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a large offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, faint raisin and even fainter hops. The taste is bitter hops, caramel, chocolate, raisin and a bit of a chalky finish. Medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle from Frank Smith’s out of a winter variety pack. Pours clear deep coppery ruby with minimal off-white head and a lot of carb streams. Nose is German malt, yeast, resiny hops, vinous fruit. Tastes caramel malty, earthy, nutty, with resiny hops late. Gets hoppier as it warms, and gains a maple flavor. Decent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours reddish/gold with a tan head. Smells of sweet malt, some perfumy hints. Tastes vegetal with some sweet caramel elements and some light spiciness on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber orange with a beige head. Sweet toffee malty aroma with aome lighter toasty notes. The flavor has sweet malts, toffee, lightly toasted malts, and some light earthy hoppy notes. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4909) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was toasty and malty with light notes of caramel and nut. The flavor was malty with light notes of caramel, toast, sour nut and there was a vague vegetal undertone and some grassy hops. The finish was long, sour and malty. Fairly full bodied and quite smooth. Decent.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Cola coloured body with a thick dense, tan head - actually nice looking. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of roast, a little sweetness and not much else at all - perhaps some cardboad. Medium-bodied; Pungent roasty malt flavour with some rice sweetness and a bit of soy sauce and other funky flavours following behind. Aftertaste is a bit bitter, a bit too puingent and not showing much complexity at all. Overall, not such a great beer - deep and strong flavours and not in a good way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$1.19 sampled at home in Washington on 18-December-2011.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (4347) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2010
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.


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