RATINGS: 320   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Saranac Octoberfest is a rich flavorful lager. We use imported two-row and crystal malt and balance it with the pleasant bitterness of Saaz and Tettang hops.

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coyforce (684) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Weak flavor. Pours a pale amber with a thick head. Skunky flavor and grassy aftertaste.

Maverick34 (3314) - New York, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Bottled. Light caramel and light bread bit otherwise some weak sauce here. Nothing to see.

hman43 (1802) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2013
It has the smell of dough with spices. It is a dark orange color. The head disappeared rather quickly and was weak. The taste has a lively kick of floral spices. It has a doughy aftertaste with the spices.

OKplus (788) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 11, 2013

A - Crystal clear, copper/amber color, 2 fingers of soapy off-white head. Average retention with a few specks of lacing.

S - Dried barley dust, toasted bread, hints of caramel, mild straw aroma.

T - Toasted grain, bread crust, some caramel, chalky lager yeast, sunflower seeds, grassy hops come in rounding off the finish.

M - Medium carbonation, light to medium body, rigid feel.

A straightforward Oktoberfest. Malt bill is raw and toasty, mild hops do their job, the yeast plays a part as well. Easy drinking but nothing to seek out. One of the better beers I’ve sampled from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle


Lightrider (346) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle into a Lager glass. Pour is a dark Amber with a fine head. Aroma is a light malt. Taste is a warm malt back. Finish is a wash of malt.

JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Departmental picnic tick - thanks, colleague! Dingy amber pour with a watery look and minimal carbonation. Tons of grain and malt in the nose, so rarely the kind of thing that appeals unless it’s got plenty of hops a la Foothills. This was one of the more depressing entries I’ve tried, just a thin, sweet, syrupy excuse for a beer.

dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Underwhelming Oktoberfest pours clear orange with a fizzy head. Caramel sweetness, a touch of hops. Inoffensive.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2012
Bottled. Hazy orangeish amber colour with a mediumsized beige foamy head. Aroma is bready malts, some slight toffee, mild grass and herbal notes. Flavour is rather similar with a nice sweetish toasted malty finish. Crisp maltyness meeting some grassy and herbal notes.

AirForceHops (7895) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Paid $1.69 for a 12 oz. [email protected] Julio’s Liquors. Used a lager glass. Totally clear orange color with small thin white head. Nose is lightly toasted grain. Taste is real weak with a thin watery texture. Taste is faint caramel malt and light weak hop. This is below average.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2012
I’m so lazy that I’m tempted to copy and paste my 2009 review of Saranac Octoberfest, change a word or two, and call it my 2012 review of this beer. I’ve been re-reviewing a lot of Marzen-style brews over the last month and my opinion on all of them has changed by at least a grade or two, but this is the only beer that will score exactly the same all these years later.

I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker glass.

Appearance: Perfectly copper colored body, clear with small, slow carbonation visible. Forms an average size, off-white, frothy head which mostly dissipates, but does leave plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A lager without the generic smell and certainly nothing off-putting. A slightly sweet aroma of dark cereal grain and slight earthy, autumn scents. Otherwise mild.

Taste: Most Oktoberfestbiers, German or American, tend to be sweet, but Saranac Octoberfest is bit different. While there are subtle flavors of toffee and caramel, the most prominent feature of the palate is a nuttiness. It’s slightly dry, bitter and rustic - akin to a peanut shell rather than the nut itself. There’s a distinct hop component to this brew you don’t get in most of the style. It’s a mild spicy sensation from the German noble hops which pepper the palate.

There’s a continual sweet flavor as well, reminiscent of hard candy and other confectionery flavors, plus a hint of toasted wheat bread. Caramel emerges strongly on the finish, which is a refreshing change and makes for a well-balanced palate. It’s flavorful and tasty to be sure, but still nothing absolutely amazing. This is what makes for a good American Oktoberfest-themed beer.

Drinkability: Though technically a lager, Saranac Octoberfest drinks like an ale. The body is calm, the mouthfeel is comfortable, and the finish is smooth and clean. Flavorful enough to pair with autumn festival meals like brats, baked beans, potatoes, etc, but mild enough to be refreshing. The 5.4% ABV weight is perfect for this beer as it’s definitely something you can drink two of in a row.

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