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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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A nice, spicy twist on the traditional European Pilsener. Rye malt adds dimension to what otherwise is a relatively simple brew. We’ve used generous amouns of this complex malt so you can pick out the unique flavors. You’ll notice a nice subtle spiciness in the finish complemented by a crisp bitterness from Vanguard hops.


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3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickjimarilyn (17) - USA - JAN 29, 2010
This is the best Saranac beer I’ve tasted. It lived up to the description on the label. I especially enjoyed the crisp bitterness and various flavors. It’s a good winter time brew. The beer also left a pleasant aftertaste. I’d have another!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (535) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
The body had a clear yellow gold color with some visible carbonation rising up the head. Its head was white in color and slowly faded to thin skim of foam on top of the beer. Lacing was minimal and slick. There was not very much here to note, just light malt notes with hint of rye bread and light hops. Like the aroma there is a light malty base with hints fresh rye bread. There is only a mild sweetness from the malt that is balanced by pleasant hop bitterness. Its plate has a light to medium feel with active carbonation. This is a nice refreshing summery beer. It is note overly complex or extravagant but it will satisfy on a hot day.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Not bad for the brewery. Crisp, dry, with a bit of spicyness and some grassy hops.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
Originally reviewed: 10/10/09. Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a crystal clear gold with a decent amount of bubbles rising through. Good sized white head on top. Some retention, little lace. Smells of sharp grains, lemon zest, and freshly baked bread. The mouth was crisp and well-carbonated, not overly so. This was very flavorful. Lots of mild citrus flavors meld with a slightly sharp rye bitterness. This was great. I like what the addition of rye did to this pilsner. Very refreshing beer. Recommend.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1791) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2011
I am ever increasingly finding rye beers to be my favorite style and Saranac actually did a good job with this one. Sometimes their flavors can be a little overdone but this was subtle and refreshing.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
24-Sep-10 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 28-Feb-10: Purchased 17-Sep-10 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Beer #2 of the "12 Beers of Summer" 12 pack, Rye Pilsener, pours a hazy golden body with half an inch of white head. The mildly aromatic nose is grassy, grainy and slightly sweet, and actually smells like this might be a decent beer. The slightly sweet malt base offers grain-based flavors of bread and breakfast cereal and a hint of nuttiness, while the hops adds a delicate grassiness and light bitterness as a reasonable balance to the maltiness, though the hop flavor disappears quickly, leaving a stale, bready, somewhat cardboardy aftertaste. Dry on the palate, light-medium in body, medium carbonation, the beer starts out somewhat crisp and refreshing, but doesn’t finish that way. The aroma and initial sip was encouraging, but in the end, this is an average pilsener at best.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Part of the Saranac Beers of Summer Box - $13.48 at Sherlock’s in Marietta, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a fairly small, fizzy, white head Smell: Lightly sweet-scented pils malts in the nose, with a growing but gentle graininess as it warms. Soft notes of lemon peel and spiciness from German-like if not exactly German-born hops. Taste: Sweetish, lightly honey-tasting pilsner maltiness with a slight grainy undertone. Touch of zesty rye malt aided by the spicy, grassy, lemon-hinting hops with their gentle bitterness and still further aided by the carbonic bite of the crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: A simple, tidy, if average pilsner with a hint of rye which goes well enough with the light inclusion of Vanguard hops. Paired with the TCM television premiere of Metropolis.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (5628) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2010
Bouteille de 12 oz provenant d’un mix pack acheté dans une station service Sunoco de Lake Placid (NY). Arôme: Légère odeur de céréales et d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est dorée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement aqueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréales en arrière goût. (Rating #3221)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1089) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2010
My second specialty grain! Poured a clear yellow with a white foamy head. Not much aroma, but mostly pale malts. Taste is malty with some good rye flavors. A good amount of spices and hops. The balance is very good. Very crisp and refreshing. Aftertaste is a little too skunky.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
williamstome (821) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2010
Pours gold with small white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malty, notes of wheat. Taste is bready with some light spice.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours light gold with offwhite head. The aroma is spicy with notes of pepper, ginger, and hay, as well as a strong metallic note and a little bit of lemon cookie. The flavor is that disappointing cheap lager deal with a little bit more of a cookie-ish malt backbone. The hops are metallic and slightly earthy. Bland finish. Meh.


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