nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2010
The aroma is uninspired with sweet, toasted, chocolate malt and hops. The appearance is deep amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall not a great beer but certainly a drinkable one even though it’s pretty far off style. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Saranac Lake Effect Lager is a very clear blown beer with a dense light khaki head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has a sweet aroma, like malt extract. It’s medium-light bodied and crisp with a slightly watery finish. It’s slightly sweet and very lightly bittered. It’s a light, simple flavor and the bitterness comes out more at the finish. It’s not a very noteworthy beer, but it’s quite drinkable. brigg (701) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2010
(bottle) A rich mahogany beer, bubbly with a medium beige head. Sweet malt aroma, slightly smoky. The same sweet malt is in the flavor; roasted caramel, molasses, a hint of smoke. Medium bodied, oily mouth feel. Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Another poor winter beer. Too hoppy for a lager, and the hops used are too bitter and dry, very sad. shadey (2142) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
12oz bottle from Winter 12-pack. Nice amber color with very little head. Aroma is a nice spicy maltiness. The flavors are rich and surprisingly complex. The body is a little lighter than I would have expected out of this style, but Saranac did a nice job on this one.
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2010
A cream color head that receded quickly. Dark amber color with a bit of orange. Aroma was of malt and faint hint of hops. Smooth toffee malt flavor. Had an unexpected thickness to it. Enjoyed it. Drake (14045) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2010
12 ounce bottle from the Winter Sampler, from Harris Teeter Cville Barracks. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a large offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, faint raisin and even fainter hops. The taste is bitter hops, caramel, chocolate, raisin and a bit of a chalky finish. Medium bodied. blipp (9502) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber orange with a beige head. Sweet toffee malty aroma with aome lighter toasty notes. The flavor has sweet malts, toffee, lightly toasted malts, and some light earthy hoppy notes. Pretty good. freekyp (2364) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Classic take on the Dunkel style. Pours orangy brown with a quickly receding white head. Nose shows a slighty metallic noble twang with an undercurrent of cocoa powder. Hop bitterness is aggressive at first but quickly recedes to a long malty finish. Chocolate notes remain on the sides of the tongue in the aftertaste. williamstome (1909) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Pours dark orange-brown. Aroma is caramel maltiness and some light hops. Flavor is sweet malts and bread with a sweet yet slightly hoppy finish.