shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pour is golden with minimal head of tiny bubbles. Aroma is mostly sweet thick malts and just a touch of hops. Flavors are full, complex, and clean. Tasty and refreshing.
Iznogud (1295) - CROATIA - FEB 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Brooklyn.Pours hazy golden with white head. Bready malts, light to medium hops, grassy, fruity.
malvrich (78) - durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 poured from brown bottle into a pilsner glass at home
A: A gentle pour yields a one finger head of whitish head which leaves pretty quickly leaving nice lacing on the glass, lasting intact at the end of the glass. Lovely straw to amber yellow color and a great degree of clarity.
Carbonation present in streams and is persistent.
S: Very nice with an earthy hop pungency. A bit strong for what it is but sharp and eye opening.
T: Follows the nose closely with this fat herbaceousness to the hops. Not very strong but definitely front & center. Citrusy springs to mind but mainly just uniquely tart. Malts are understated and clean, letting the hops shine through. A nice bit of crackers or pretzel on the finish. Lemony and refreshing.
M: Not much happening. Very light as expected with a really nice bubbly tingle. Bitter but subtle aftertaste. Leaves the mouth feeling clean with minimal stickiness.
O: As a lover of pilsners in general, I have to say I regard this one quite highly. Light and refreshing enough for the mower or the card table. Complex enough in flavor to keep me interested without any cloying sweetness or hopping me all about the head & shoulders.
The price is nice in my area as well, usually $8/6.
This year’s beer has been renamed Saranac Summer Pils and tastes quite different. Not as fruity/citrusy in the nose or taste with instead a more resinous hop quality. Malts maybe a bit more doughy now than bready. All in all, almost but not quite as good. Rating tweaked to reflect.
canary dog (683) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an interesting Pils. This is definitely full-bodied. The hops are quite robust and almost chewy. But I find the overall character or body of the beer to be lacking. It reminds me a little of Sam Adams Noble Pils, and I actually might like this Saranac brew better.
MadRobin (2260) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. This bottle was marked down dramatically, so it has probably seen too much shelf time.
Slightly hazy, golden yellow with a fine near-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of pungent fruit, grass, citrus, pale malt and green apples.
Taste of hay, grain, lemon, floral hops, light fruit and mustiness.
Light/medium body and high carbonization.
This probably was better when it was fresher. It comes across as a very hoppy pilsner. However, I'm not sure that is a desirable style. In this particular case, the hop flavors den a bit strange.
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J_man (776) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean lager aroma with some grassy notes. Very slightly hazy medium yellow color with a small foamy white head. Good biscuit malt flavor and a drying slightly astringent hop bitterness. Very light lemon/citrus taste in the background. Overall fairly light in body and flavor (which is appropriate), but quite enjoyable and very refreshing.
Nik925 (769) - USA - OCT 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting aroma. Palate is okay. Flavor is pretty lacking. Interesting . Sure, the hops taste a bit different. Meh
tnkw01 (1286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear golden color with a really nice head. Aroma was light with good balance but leaning to the hoppy side. Taste is also nice and balanced with the citrusy hops finish.
Radek Kliber (6589) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where and how: bottle 355 ml
Aromacitrusy, mild pungent noble hop feel. Fresh back with zesty notes.
Top: large, rocky top, plenty of lace.
Base: golden, clear, hint of amber.
Palate : medium boded, easy going. Medium lighter carbonation with somewhat chewy texture.
Taste: front fairly clean. Feel of fresh sweet corn, zesty citrus.
other notes good.
Darkmagus82 (1940) - - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 8-29-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a big beautiful foamy white head. Big bubbles pop in the head causing it to fade slowly over time with it eventually fading over about a three minute time period to leave some streaks of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is mainly of a biscuit and a toasted grainy malt smell. Mixed with these aromas are a bit of herbal smells and some floral notes.
Taste – The taste is much as would have been anticipated from the nose. The taste starts out with a toasted grain taste that is mixed with a little bit of a biscuit taste as well as some sweeter flavors of a honey and citrus flavor. Upfront there is also a bit of a grapefruit hop bringing just a small bite of bitter. The sweeter flavors dwindle as the taste moves on, with some floral and herbal hop flavors developing more toward the end. At the completion of the taste the combination of flavors leaves a rather pleasant, crisp, and moderately bitter taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to slightly thinner side with a carbonation that is average to slightly above average. The feel of the beer is very appropriate for the style and matches well the crisp finish and moderate hop flavors of the brew.
Overall – The rather crisp and refreshing brew that is fantastic for a nice warm day. A very tasty summer day brew.