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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Brewed with a special blend of domestic and Belgian malts for a delicate nut-like character, you'll love this lager's rich taste and signature hop aroma. The exceptional full-bodied taste reflects our brewery's extraordinary commitment to brewing beers of the highest standard of quality. We hope you'll enjoy it. Happy Holidays!


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Not bad, w/ a good balance sorta on ESB.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopmelt (104) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Pours deep coper, slight thin head, this lacing that dissipates quickly. Bready, toffee caramel aroma. Sweet bready malt, toffee, caramel taste up front, bit of noble hop bitterness mid mouth and on the finish with more toffee and caramel. Mouth feel is thin, slightly more than medium carbonation, pleasent. Overal tasty, well made beer, not great, but good for a vienna type lager, almost a marzen flavor, but less robust and refined.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UkrainPubCrawler (57) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
A nice tasty seasonal beer. I enjoyed the nut flavor. Dark amber color and nice foamy head.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Not a bad beer, definitely special by Saranac’s standards. Good malty character, some nice breadiness.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
alexsdad06 (4530) - Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle (2011). Pours a clear brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some toasted bread, mild bitterness, light nutty notes with mild hop character. This was a tick.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
foyle (187) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: ½” thin off white head recedes rapidly, leaving light lacing. Significant amount of carbonation bubbles. Color is light brown and mostly clear. Aroma: mild but pleasant aroma. A little hop spice but mostly malt – whole wheat bread, a little caramel and slight nuttiness. Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied with heavy carbonation. Mostly watery with a somewhat dry finish. Flavor: caramel and nut flavors are predominate. There is some hop spice in the finish. There is also a bready aspect—similar to yeast rolls. Overall: a pleasant beer, not outstanding, but not bad at all. I would recommend giving this one a try. Would probably pair very well with cheddar cheese and some crackers.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
huggybeerwvu (1) - - FEB 4, 2013 does not count
Nice hoppy aroma, good appearance and taste, overall good seasonal beer, I would recommend

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1694) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Boonville Hotel in Boonville, NY. Clear, mahogany brown with small khaki head and very good lacing Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, spices and herbal hops. Taste caramel, brown sugar, spices and herbal hops. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
bottle. amber brown with small head. light bodied brown ale. nutty with a dry finish. strange.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Saranac Season’s Best is actually an impressive beer for many reasons, the most notable being that it’s a lager as it does not have any of the typical characteristics you’d expect even from an amber or other dark lager. Nor does it go overboard with hops, but opts to play it a bit more mainstream.

I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.

Appearance: Dark amber/copper/brownish hue. Clear, not much visible carbonation. Forms an average size, khaki-colored, soapy head which fizzles away rather quickly and leaves on trace lacing on the glass.

Smell: Dark malty sweetness and a hint of roasted chestnut and some other earthy scent.

Taste: It’s hard to believe Saranac Season’s Best is a lager because it doesn’t taste like one in the least bit. Though technically a Vienna-style lager, it’s more akin to a brown ale with its sweet malty taste and significant nut character. Caramel and toffee seem to be quite prominent here, plus a hint of butterscotch. A quick burst of bitterness on just before the beer finishes with a cyclical pattern of more malty nuttiness.

Drinkability: Not only does Saranac Season’s Best taste pretty darn good, it’s also easy to get it down. Bigger bodied than most brews of the type, the mouthfeel is weighty with a smooth texture and a clean aftertaste. Not generic beer fizziness here. The relatively light weight of only 5.3% ABV is also impressive considering how much flavor is to be found here.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (557) - Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Sweet nutty aroma. Dry palate. Thin and a bit fizzy. Not a bad sessionable beer.


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