jrodooo5 (1753) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Pours clear amber w/ a razor thin head that leave speckled lacing. The aroma is slightly malty & quite boring. The taste is fairly clean w/ just a touch of an odd bitterness lingering on the palate. Other than the finish, it’s pretty drinkable but by no means spectacular! nasmith003 (252) - Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2014
bread, citrus, golden, hazy, white foam, frothy, medium bitterness, light body, thin feel, average carbonation, bitter, jb (3479) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle from Ron. Nice nose. Bright, sharp, German style or Saaz hops. Mmm. Floral. Palate is underwhelmingly light, and watery, and finish is tepid and uninspired. Such a nice start, such a disappointing rest. DocLock (11214) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle from Capone’s, Wegman’s, Smith’s. Pours hazy, bright golden with white clingy head. Some pale malt and hops in the nose, a good deal of star fruit and white pepper. Flavor is dry, white peppery, with hopcitrus, florals, and pineapple flavors. Medium palate heft, and decent complexity. This is better than I expected. SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
Pils sans arôme particulier. Pils sans goût particulier. Neutre. Peu inspiré mais pas désagréable. Elle a néanmoins la capacité d’étancher la soif.
rodenbach99 (4571) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Une bouteille du mix-pack d’automne. bb jan 2015. Une bière blonde avec une mousse blanche collante. Un nez sans défénition et une bouche légèrement sur le pain mouillé. Darkmagus82 (2303) - - OCT 11, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with tons of big carbonation bubbles seen clinging to the glass and a big fizzy white head floating atop the brew. The head fades over about a two minute time period to leave alight level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is a mix of more grainy and bready smells with some rather stronger herbal, grassy, and earthy hop aromas. Along with these smells comes some aromas of a lemon and caramel.
Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and bready taste with some hints of caramel sweetness and a light showing of some hop of an herbal and floral nature. A lemon flavor later comes to the tongue with it being accompanied by some more hop flavors of floral and grass nature as well as a bit of a more earthy and somewhat vegetal taste. With a lessening of the caramel and bready flavors and in arrival of a lemon flavor coming along with an increase in the earthy hop flavors (which become the dominant of the hop flavors) one is left with a somewhat dank and oddly bready and lemon, dirty hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. A little bit higher of a carbonation and a bit lighter feel may have been slightly better overall, but in the end the feel was still alright.
Overall – Ah… Nothing all that special here. The sorta vegetal and more earthy hop flavors take away from the vibrance and crisp of the more standard bready and lightly hopped flavors of the brew and make this one almost to dank and heavy for the style to really enjoy. Just OK.
Ron (4287) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a nice deep straw color with a two finger foamy head that sticks around for a bit. Bright crisp saaz hop aromas with hints of bready malts and traces of citrus. On the palate its smooth and refreshing with nice punches of bitterness balanced by bready malts. freekyp (2482) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2014
I’m partial to a quality Pils and this one, which is part of a Saranac seasonal mixed 12 pack, sticks to the classic crisp clean Czech Pils profile and does it well. Solid saltine cracker malt backs a lightly grassy hop character. Bitter to style, this one just comes across as a good benchmark Pils. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Brewing a German or Czech pilsner exactly to spec would seem to be a fairly easy thing to do, since these style are known for having no frills. Yet, so few breweries do them well, so I’m impressed and pleased when I find a very good example of either style. Saranac Autumn Pils is a Czech-style pilsner that I think would hold its own quite well if judged on style specifications.
I poured a 12oz bottle into my Saranac-emblazoned shaker glass. It has a best before date of 1/31/15 and came as part of an autumn seasonal mix pack for $14.99 ($1.25 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright golden hue over a clear body with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, fluffy head which retains and laces extremely well.
Smell: Light lemony notes on top of the usual all-malt pilsner aroma. Pleasant.
Taste: The beer claims to be a new spin on an Old World style, though the modernity quality is subtle. The palette here is what you expect and want out of a pilsner: light malt character with a mixture of spicy and citrusy hops and a smooth, clean finish. The taste is a bit “softer” than most pilsners, but does retain the familiar character. The Sterling hops create for a slight lemon zest flavor while the Saaz hops account for a minor spice and dry bitterness. There’s no adjuncts here, which is nice, since there’s a general clean, unfettered quality to this palette. Maybe a little bit more distinctiveness would be nice, but it’s more than satisfying as it is.
Drinkability: I based this review on two back-to-back servings. The first glass of Saranac Autumn Pils was so easily drinkable and refreshing that I downed it quickly (which is odd since I wasn’t especially thirsty at the time). This is definitely what a pilsner should be as far as delivery: light, thin mouthfeel with strong, but approachable, carbonation. It goes down smooth and leaves no aftertaste. At 5.5% ABV it’s a tad heavy to truly session, but that second bottle sat just as lightly as the first.