Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Nice amber /brown color,small head that faded fast leaving little behind.The aroma was Malty and caramel with a mild fruit presence the flavor was malty and semi sweet caramel with a mild fruit and mild hops coming through,as it warmed the flavor became a little more evident with a nice semi sweetness coming through in the finish.Fairly decent AD that i'm glad to say i have more to enjoy for later.More then makes up for the trip to GF to get this brew,and the many others. ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Saranac Season’s Best is actually an impressive beer for many reasons, the most notable being that it’s a lager as it does not have any of the typical characteristics you’d expect even from an amber or other dark lager. Nor does it go overboard with hops, but opts to play it a bit more mainstream.
dankfor20 (196) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2002
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.
Appearance: Dark amber/copper/brownish hue. Clear, not much visible carbonation. Forms an average size, khaki-colored, soapy head which fizzles away rather quickly and leaves on trace lacing on the glass.
Smell: Dark malty sweetness and a hint of roasted chestnut and some other earthy scent.
Taste: It’s hard to believe Saranac Season’s Best is a lager because it doesn’t taste like one in the least bit. Though technically a Vienna-style lager, it’s more akin to a brown ale with its sweet malty taste and significant nut character. Caramel and toffee seem to be quite prominent here, plus a hint of butterscotch. A quick burst of bitterness on just before the beer finishes with a cyclical pattern of more malty nuttiness.
Drinkability: Not only does Saranac Season’s Best taste pretty darn good, it’s also easy to get it down. Bigger bodied than most brews of the type, the mouthfeel is weighty with a smooth texture and a clean aftertaste. Not generic beer fizziness here. The relatively light weight of only 5.3% ABV is also impressive considering how much flavor is to be found here.
A great beer from saranac. The hint of nut falvor hits nicly with a little hop finish pmarren144 (37) - Auburn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Bottled. This is a very fine lager, definate nutty flavor coming through. Finished slightly bitter. Color is dark, and pours with a medium head which disappears in a few minutes. It’s too bad this isn’t around all the time, so get it while you can, it’s worth it. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Clear and glassy reddish brown. Puffy styrofoam head. Takes on a ruby/mahogany color in the light.
Slightly bitter, nutty malt. Some sweetish toffee. Really well-crafted. Bitter, very nutty but biscuity. This smell is the definition of the term "nutty" in a beer. Real real good.
Malt is dark and roasted. Very nutty. Not the brown sugary taste many browns have, not at all. Dark and roasted, like amber malts bitterly mingling with darkly sweetish toffee and caramel. Bitterness of a red, sweetness of a brown.
Light-bodied. A bit ashy; feels like an amber/red. A solid beer, bitter in the amberish malt, sweet in the caramel malts. A good offering.
generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
The body had a nice deep brownish amber color with good clarity. Its head was light tan in color, big and think with very good retention. It also made lots of lacing on the glass. Its aroma has big, sweet and malty body with some light nutty and fruity notes. The flavor has a solid toasted malty character with a mellow buttery/nutty presence. Hop flavor is modest, slightly floral, and adds just enough bitterness for some balance. The hops comes out more towards the finish which is fairly clean and somewhat dryer. The texture is wet and easy drinking with average carbonation and a medium body. Overall this is a solid ale and works well as one of Saranac’s Winter Seasonal beers All4Grog99 (22) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2001
The best balenced of the the Saranac beers i've tried but lacked the warmth i expect out of a holiday brew. Very good Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2003
The bottle that I had describes this as a Nut Brown Lager. The beer poured a nice dark reddish brown with a thin white head. The taste was malty, yet nutty. Not bad for a little change of pace. warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Hops dominate aroma followed by some malt. Nice hop flavor with some toasted crystal malt flavor. I like this beer the most so far of the 12 beers of Christmas pack that I bought. This should be an every day offering from Matt's not just a seasonal. shadow (12) - Oakford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Poured a crystal clear brown with a 3/8" white head that dissipated slowly retaining a slight head to the bottom of the glass. I could not describe the aroma other then to say it enticed me to give this selection a try. It went down smoothly and hinted of spice and nuttiness that I would say makes this brew a definite "keeper".