joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
pours clear amber brown with an off-white head. nose of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, plum, date. flavor is bready, with amaretto, raisin bread, caramel, roasted malt. finish is long, malty and with a slight bitter edge of baker’s chocolate. pretty good. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle: Pours a deep copper/bronze with perfect clarity and a tan film of head. Malty, firm aroma- mildly sweet with a hearty Vienna/amber Munich malt biscuity presence- bready. Creamy carbonation- but it’s slightly thin bodied. Nice clean toasted Vienna malt flavor. Biscuity and toasted with a bready quality and mild peppery noble hop notes. A nice session with no off flavors (minus a touch a metallic character I get in many of the Saranac lineup. Goes well with pretzels. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Clear ruby amber, thick foamy beige head. Aroma of bread, caramel, earth and spicey hop. Taste is like an O’fest with some bitter hops and roast balanced by toffee. Medium body, smooth carbonation. 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.
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.
JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
Amber pour with a nice tight white head. The nose is fairly swet with a bit of light toasty character. There is also a bit of light herbal hoppiness. Slightly nutty with a kiss of light woodiness. Fairly pronounced hop flavour and a lean to moderate bitterness. It’s okay. MrBunn (2844) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a lovely deep amber/copper color with a thin but dense head. Aromas are a mix of grain dust, a bit of apple juice concentrate and caramel. Flavor is pretty grain dominant with a bit of an apple like fruitiness that comes and goes. This is fairly sweet with a fruity finish. beastiefan2k (4054) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Its not impressive but for some reason I like it. Its far from a good Vienna, its dark enough but not much else. The beer has a bit of a skunkiness to it, the malts are very clean but no perception of caramel or light sweetness that I want from my Viennas. There is a bit of the house lager mineral character. Its not the worst beer Saranac ever made.checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
12oz bottle out of the winter mix pack, small lambic tumbler glass.
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. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Bottle from Winter 09 variety pack. Deep coppery brown pour w 2f tan head. Nose is earthy c malkt, some spices, hops. Tastes fairlly rich, w some hops, mild spicy peppery notes, and some finishing Wheaties. A decent cold weather beer, and this one went rather quickly out of the variety 12 pack, which is a relative indicator of its decency.