hauxe (709) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2016
Rated from old notes. Dry, hoppy, not at all watery. Assertive and well rounded pils. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
It has a bright golden yellow color with great clarity and a thin white head that hangs on and just covers the body. Some lace is left behind on the glass. The aroma is sweet, almost fruity and floral hops are present. The flavor has a light malt presence with a lovely crisp hop flavor that adds nice floral and citrus notes. Bitterness is mild and not overpowering. The body is light with a good active carbonation and a refreshingly quick clean finish.
ads135 (4587) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Nothing that really distinguishes this beer from other mediocre pilseners. Light and crisp and very drinkable, just like a Miller High Life. Koelschtrinker (20216) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 9, 2011
-Leicht herb, ebenso leicht säuerlich
-leicht süßlicher Nachgeschmack
Test vom 3.12.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 8,7,7,6,10,6 - 6,70 jtclockwork (16436) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours a clear gold in the glass. Decent head. Nose and taste are light toast, wheats and little spice. Rated 1/13/2000
ChadPolenz (1801) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 I’ve never been a fan of light beers, except maybe at a bar during Monday Night Football while eating hot wings. I prefer taste over a light body, so it’s rare that a light beer can be truly tasty and weighty. basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Saranac Golden Pilsener comes pretty close, but I think half the appeal is in the name. From what I understand from the other beer snobs on epinions, this beer is not truly a pilsner, rather, just a unique lager. If you were to do a blind taste test and ask drinkers to distinguish this beer from Miller Lite I’ll bet many wouldn’t be able to do it.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
As soon as I poured Saranac Golden Pilsener into an actual pilsner glass I was a bit surprised it immediately took on the qualities of a Bud or Coors Light. It’s extremely thin in appearance and pours to a very light golden color, almost bright yellow, in fact. There’s a lot of carbonation immediately after the pour, but it calms down surprisingly quickly. What’s also interesting is despite the fact I poured it to form a minimal amount of head, its head started off small but then quickly blossomed. Then after only a few minutes the head dissipated rather quickly – can’t this beer make up its mind?
There isn’t much to comment on as far as aroma since this beer has a fairly generic scent, although it definitely leans a bit towards the malts and has a bit sweeter smell. It’s somewhere between that annoying big-name brew smell and the aroma of a true craft beer.
Some beers are absolutely delicious and some are completely awful. Then there are beers like Saranac Golden Pilsener which are pretty neutral in taste. This beer tastes a lot like the generic light beers it seems to be imitating. It’s extremely smooth, which is good, but there just isn’t much to be said as far as taste. The palate is weak and watery with the bare minimum of sweetened malts. It certainly tastes better than any beer with the word “lite” in its name, but doesn’t match up to good beers.
Despite the bland taste, I have to give Saranac Golden Pilsener a pat on the back for its extremely smooth and light body. It’s one of the easiest beers to drink I’ve had in a long time. Since it tastes so much like water, it drinks a lot like water too. It would make a great party beer since it’s so light and smooth. But on its own it’s pretty unsatisfying.
It seems like I’ve tasted a lot of beers lately that are neutral in taste but light in body. I’m torn whether to recommend Saranac Golden Pilsener or not because it’s nothing special, but it is easy to drink and does taste better than your average light beer. As a craft brew it leaves a lot to be desired, but I think the average drinker wouldn’t be too disappointed by this beer.
Decent pilsner showing. Not a whole lot of complex flavors, slightly dry and bready. smith4498 (3640) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Pours clear golden color with white head. Floral hop aroma. Light wheat and grassy hop flavors. Light to medium body with crisp carbonation. Leighton (21083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2009
I nice beer to enjoy with my lady - she’s a pilsener gal. Light, crisp and refreshing, the Golden Pilsener from Saranac is a nice beer. Slightly bitter and wheaty, it should please most fans of the pilsener style. ben4321 (6391) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2009
A pretty average example of a style that I’m not a huge fan of, it’s just plain and simple and OK beer...