williamherbert (1546) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Crisp lagery aroma, with some sweet/sour cherries added. Slightly sharp with that Euro/Bavarian malt.
The appearance is clear red-orange. Decent head retention; leaves a remnant on the tongue.
The flavor is a nice German lager malt base, with the cherries acting as an accent to replace the hops.
The palate is creamy and not bad. More of an ale feel. An average, drinkable lager. Not great, just okay. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2009
POurs a Dark amber with a tall offwhite head. Aroma is light and toasty with some caramel and spiciness. Flavor is suprisingly robust with a solid caramel malt base and some spiciness on the finish. Light enough for sessioning but solid flavor. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
12oz - Aroma of toasted malts and leather. Flavor of caramel, toffee and toasted malts. Palate is sticky. Not a bad dark lager. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bock like aroma and taste. Sweet and with yeast, but not overly artificial. A distinctive taste and aroma. One of the better brews from them. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - NOV 13, 2009
POurs amber. Nose is nutty, toasted malt and sweet caramel. Flavor is bready, nutty, floral hops, sugar sweet, cinnamon.
MrBeerFanatic (1067) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Pours a medium to dark amber with a slightly foamy off white head. Aromas of caramel, wood, light whiskey, light nuts, and some roasted malt. Flavor is of caramel, light roasted malt, toffee, honey, and some light vanilla. Aroma isn’t quite as the same as the flavor. Slightly sweet with some tasty drinkable flavors. A decent but average winter lager. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Saranac Winter Lager is a clear, amber beer with a fluffy, off white head that has decent retention. It smells slightly sweet, malty and peppery. It’s medium-light bodied and the finish is a little gritty. It has a peppery twang that’s balanced well with a green, botanical bitterness that lasts through the finish. There’s nothing really stand-out here. Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
Extremely rich malty nose filled with caramel & brown sugar. Taste starts off full of malt then opens up to some dull nut and earthy dryness and a backgrond of burnt toast. Not as impressive as the nose but still comforting and hearty enough for a winter’s day. Finish is dusty and subdued. LIghtly carbonated and a peaceful light brown colour. PhatB420 (841) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2009
From the 12 beers o winter sampler, which is great, this is another solid saranac brew that settles in the kettle with an abundance of malts smacking you in the face. A homey winter esque feeling fills the room when sipped and enjoyed. Great after hours of tobogganing. Frothmeister (826) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber, with a thin off-white head. Pretty obvious caramel/toffee on the nose. A little floral. Taste is slightly sweet with caramel, toasty malt, wood (pencil shavings?), with a bitter finish.