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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Saranac Winter Lager is a rich, malty, old school German Lager, made with traditional German malts and hops and fermented with a lager yeast. Look for a rich but smooth malty taste, balanced by an impressive Hallertau hopping-A nice reward for enduring our winter months.

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Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Copper color with an off white head...Mild malt aroma...Slightly bready flavor with a medium body and carbonation...Good balance...

3.7
generallee08 (773) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 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 some malty sweetness and hints of leafy, almost herbal/metallic hops. There is a rich bready sweetness up front with some light roasted grain notes as well. This maltiness meats some hop flavor in the middle it and adds a nice moderate balance of hop spice and bitterness with just a very slight metallic edge. It seems to finish quickly and fairly clean. It is dryer than it started but there is still a thin residual sweetness mixed with thin hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with average carbonation. For the style it seems just a little on the light side but everything is in good balance for the style. Once again Saranac has brewed another decent easy drinking beer.

3.2
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle: Poured a dark amber color with a nice head. The aroma was again, sweet malts with a bit of spice. The flavor was malty, cinnamon, ginger, and a hint of clove. Overall, a nice conclusion to the 12 beers of winter...a very easy drinking variety.

3.3
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - APR 14, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has no freshness date or abv% listed. This bottle was part of the 2009 Saranac Winter 12 pack. Appearance: 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. Smell: It is light overall in the nose with some malty sweetness and hints of leafy, almost herbal/metallic hops. Taste/Palate: There is a rich bready sweetness up front with some light roasted grain notes as well. This maltiness meats some hop flavor in the middle it and adds a nice moderate balance of hop spice and bitterness with just a very slight metallic edge. It seems to finish quickly and fairly clean. It is dryer than it started but there is still a thin residual sweetness mixed with thin hop bitterness. The body is light to medium with average carbonation. Notes: For the style it seems just a little on the light side but everything is in good balance for the style. Once again Saranac has brewed another decent easy drinking beer.

2.5
thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Pours a medium amber color with a slight red tint. Aroma is rich, nice deep malt notes. Taste is metallic. The flavor corresponds to the brews copper color. There’s a bit of malt sweetness, but I’m sorry, I cannot get past the metallic flavor. Not awful, but not great unless you like chewing on wire or foil.

3.1
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Pours a dark amber with little head. Almost non existent aroma. Smooth taste with a nice malt taste and a bit of hop balance. Nice and smooth, but not that interesting.

2.6
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear pale nutty brown body with a thin dissipating white head. Weak nutty aroma with some yeasty and skunky notes. Flavor is very similar to aroma with some decent roasted malty notes. Pretty bland. Thin body. For a winter lager I would like some spice and more robust flavors.

4.2
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Pours a rich dark brown color with a slight white head. Flavor is a sugary bready mixture that is delicious. One of my favorite Saranac offerings.

2.5
MarkBarnes (418) - Waterville, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Dec. 27, 2009; 12 oz. bottle (winter sampler pack). Full-bodied winter lager; a slightly-heavier & spiced version of Saranac’s Octoberfest. Meh.

2.6
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber with white head. Aroma is earthy with grain and caramel. Flavors of caramel and roasted nuts. Thin body with watery mouthfeel.


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