Saturday, February 9, 2013
Saranac Season's Best Nut Brown Lager
Saranac Season's Best - Nut Brown Lager
Matt Brewing Company
Utica, New York USA
Brewed with a special blend of domestic and Belgian malts for a delicate nut-like character, you'll love this lager's rich taste and signature hop aroma. The exceptional full-bodied taste reflects our brewery's extraordinary commitment to brewing beers of the highest standard of quality. We hope you'll enjoy it. Happy Holidays!
12oz bottles: ~$7.50 6 pack ~$27.00 case
This was in a variety case of Christmas bees that I got from State Line Liquors just before Christmas. I managed to save a few of these to review.
The beer pours a clear dark amber with ruby hues and a off white head.
The nose is interesting with pilsner and caramel malt aromas along with grassy notes and a touch of floral hops.
The taste starts out with a touch of sweetness up front followed by effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is additional carbonation release during the swallow that masks flavors and adds a refreshing aspect to the experience. The finish is pleasant with pilsner malt flavors with a touch of caramel followed by a slight hop bite and touch of spice. There is also a distinct harshness on the finish. This is not bad, for me it’s more typical of a lager. There is little of a final aftertaste just a hint of some caramel malt.
At this beer warms that harshness is almost overpowering and now leaving a bad aftertaste.
C | Saranac’s Seasons Best is anything but the best. It’s not a awful lager but it’s also not a very good one. It does have nice malt flavors with a touch of caramel and spice with a slight hop bite on the finish. However it also has a harshness that turns down right unpleasant as the beer warms.