slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014 BrewIPA (93) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, pours coppery red. This beer has a very nice appearance with lively carbonation and good head. Decent tasting lager but the finish is a bit off for me.
"pretty nice for the style, but not so much so that it causes me to reevaluate the standard lager. dark golden/light amber, as w/other saranac brews a little too bubbly and light in body. aroma and flavor are much the same with a decent sweet malt backbone and a bite of german hops, but it works a little better in the aroma." generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
The body has a garnet color with good clarity. On top sits a thin half inch thick head which is beige in color and fades quickly. Lacing is very minimal and slick leaving a mostly clean glass behind. It is light overall in the nose with a light malty sweetness with hints of light herbal hop spice and faint mineral presence. There is a mild bready sweetness up front with some sweet roasted grain notes and some nice moderately balanced hop spice and bitterness with just a very slight mineral touch. It finishes quickly and fairly clean with a thin residual sweetness balanced by light hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with average carbonation. Overall it follows the same basic Saranac formula of an easy drinking well balanced beer with a decent flavor profile based on its style.
Christpuncher (3135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2013
A bitter lager that is average at best. Pours a cloudy orange in color and smells awful. Would not get again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone LowBrau (139) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours clear dark brown with a reddish tint. Light to medium body. Caramel and burnt aromas along with vanilla and cherry. Fairly balanced - slightly sweet, a touch of tartness and a somewhat bitter finish. PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
12oz into a pint. Pours a striaght cherry brown with distilled amer highlights. Taste is maltly, old school pipe tobacco, and sweet cherry fermented with black licorice. An easy drinker, and an easy one to forget. the only highlight here is withing the tasteful and trendsy names within the mix pack. Head rises and subsides fast, with dark lingerings of a mild hop infusion, but no. Chocolate shows up now and than, like in the initial bite and the forthcoming aftertaste. That is nice for this par brew.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark amber/brown with fizzy tan head. Aroma of toasted grain and burnt caramel. Flavor is much the same with a hint of molasses, very subtle sweetness with a dirty mild hop presence with a faint astringent bitterness, earthy. Light-medium body, watery with very high carbonation. Overall, ok. redpooba (406) - Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
It’s a Lager that is smooth yet has those winter brewed calories that make it quite flavorful. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
The aroma is sugary sweetness, akin to a winter ale. Touch of cinnamon. Sour berry and a touch of nutmeg.
The appearance is red-orange, decent head. Just an inkling of lace.
The flavor is more sweet, sugary malts, similar to the aroma: cinnamon, sour cherry. Wish it had some kind of hop balance. Very much like an English ale. It does get more palatable as it heats up.
The palate is a little sandpapery, but a little slicker on the outside. Overall, it’s decently drinkable and sweet. A good choice to bring to a party, especially if the host hates hops. Dacrza (980) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Occasion: senses are BACK after a bout with bronchitis....
Glassware: nondescript pilsener...
Appearance: dark orange body with strong effervescenceand a thin, off-white head--nothing out of the ordinary...
Aroma: doughy, bready scents; malts are punchy if not pungeant...
Palate: smooth, slightly bubbly finish with a thicker, warming texture on the tongue...
Taste: full-bodied malts! as the glass drains, a balance approaches comfortability with not too much uniqueness..and I have had a good amount of Saranac...
Overall: a slightly weightier Saranac for the winter--bottle’s scene is snowy and sentimental, but the beer is what it is--serviceable but not outstanding...fair for the price.... dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2012
has a cherry flavor that comes out as it warms malt has a slightly bitter after taste aroma made me snneze out a mouthfull onto my keyboard not that it was repulsive just tickled my nose