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Saranac Octoberfest Amber Lager

Beer: Octoberfest Amber Lager
Brewery: Saranac
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 5.4%


Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: It looks like apple cider. Dark golden body with no head.

Smell: Relatively straightforward amber lager scent. It’s moderately sweet, with a toasted Munich malt aroma. Finishes with a Bavarian pretzel note.

Flavor: Initially a little sweet, like french toast with a light maple syrup, it is quickly balanced with a salty, pretzel taste. There’s quite a bit of spice at the end, which is a nice surprise

Feel: Watery with disproportionately high carbonation. Dry.

Concluding Remark: Saranac’s Octoberfest is a solid amber lager, but not quite indicative of a true Oktoberfest. It is, however, easy to drink, has enough flavor to keep you interested, and its mouthfeel makes it exceptionally easy to put back. It’s bright, lively, and could be consumed without much thought at any festival.

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Saranac High Peaks Lemon Ginger Saison

Beer: Saranc High PeaksLemon Ginger Saison
Brewery: Matt Brewing Company
Style: Saison
ABV: 8.5%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Wine glass
Drinking Establishment: A New Brunswick apartment
Primary Consumer(s): Ally and Kerensa



Sight: Slightly cloudy bright orange body with visible Champagne-like carbonation. There’s a dusting of bubbles in lieu of a head.

Smell: There’s a definite citrus scent, but it’s not distinctively lemon like the bottle advertises. There’s also a very sweet cardamom aroma and a slightly grassy smell, almost like some strange Riesling-Belgian White Ale hybrid.

Flavor: It more or less tastes as it smells, but the flavor is heavier on the grass and it’s less sweet than expected.  The high ABV (8.5%) is absolutely hidden in this, which is relieving. It’s quite spicy, but not in a hot way, instead a spices way. There are traces of cardamom, coriander, and ginger. If we had to compare it to anything, it would be spicy Hoegaarden.

Feel: Thin with moderate carbonation.

Concluding Remark: Saranac’s High Peaks line features beers that are “bigger, more complex and flavorful.” Well, Saranac, mission freaking accomplished. The Lemon Ginger Saison (WHAT?) is just that: bigger (at 8.5%, it has a higher ABV than most Saisons), more complex (lemon…and ginger…in a Saison…need I say more?), and flavorful (see previous parenthesis). While atypical of the style, it’s an adventurous brew deserving of the name “High Peaks.” It’s only downfall, really, is that it might be a little too much: it’s a little too spicy, a little too sweet, and a little too flavorful for hours of daytime drinking. However, if you can brave all of this flavor, you will be rewarded with a nice pile of drunk at the top of the proverbial peak.

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Saranac Stout

Beer: Stout
Brewery: Saranac
Style: American Stout
ABV: 5.4%

Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Pint Glass
Drinking Establishment: Kerensa’s kitchen
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Dark cola body. Full, thick foamy head filled with carbonation bubbles big and small. The head leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Scent: There’s not much in here other than generic roasted malt smell. A little bit of toffee is noticeable after the beer sits for a few minutes. 

Flavor: Overly bitter and burnt, with no other flavors to balance these antagonistic flavors. 

Feel: The body is too thin and feels like watery, carbonated milk.

Concluding remarks: This is a toss away beer. I knew that going into it the review. Saranac has always been a purchase of frugality (this cost $1.25). There is nothing to note on the taste of this beer, other than it tastes like it hasn’t been brewed to completion. Whereas every other Stout I have tried has had a surreal balance of bitter and sweet; this guy is all bitter. I would absolutely never buy this again, and I certainly don’t recommend anyone else do so either. If someone hands you one at a bar, sure, it’s safe to drink. Unless you have some illness where you are rendered ill from boredom.

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