Saranac Lake Effect Lager
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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 178   ABV: 5.95%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14165) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13602) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (13410) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (10239) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"pretty nice for the style, but not so much so that it causes me to reevaluate the standard lager. dark golden/light amber, as w/other saranac brews a little too bubbly and light in body. aroma and flavor are much the same with a decent sweet malt backbone and a bite of german hops, but it works a little better in the aroma."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9999) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6840) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (5794) - 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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