Saranac 12 Beers of Summer, A review



Saranac is a line of craft brewed beers made in Utica NY by the Matt Brewing Company. Saranac was one of the first to offer several different beers in one package. For the past few years Saranac has released a mixed 12 pack of light easy drinking beers to celebrate the arrival of summer. We will be looking at their 2007 version which contains six beers:

 


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Belgian White

Saranac's Belgian White is an Americanized version of a Belgian style White beer also called a Witbier, or biere blanche. Saranac's version is lighter in body, and smoother than a traditional Witbier such as Hoegaarden. This makes it easy to drink and refreshing, but it is lacking in flavor and depth. The Coriander flavor is almost nonexistent. Overall this beer succeeds as a summertime sipper, but fails to capture the spirit of a true Witbier.

From Saranac.com:

Beer Style: Belgian
Malt Selections: 2 - Row Malt, Wheat & Wheat Malt
Hop Selections: German Perle & Hersbrucker
Color: Light Amber / Opaque
Mouthfeel / Body: Light
Food Companions: Chicken, Seafood,
Alcohol By Volume: 5.3%
Original Gravity: 12.0
Availability: Seasonal

 
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Golden Pilsener

Saranac has been making their Golden Pilsener for some time now. It was originally part of their trail mix six pack. Brewed with wheat malt, Saranac's Golden Pilsener is not a traditional European Style Pilsener, nor does it resemble American style Pilsners such as Budweiser and Coors. I have found that Pilsner is a hard style for American Craft Brewers to get right. And while Saranac's offering is a bit unusual for the style, it is one of my favorite American Pilsners. Saranac Golden Pilsener has a white head that dissipates quickly, and a Bready, malty-wheaty flavor. There is some hop bitterness in the finish, but not a lot of hop flavor or aroma. A good straightforward summertime beer.

From Saranac.com:

Beer Style: American - Style Pilsener
Malt Selections: 2 Row & Wheat Malt
Hop Selections: Cascade & Tettnang
Color: Golden
Mouthfeel / Body: Light
Food Companions: Fish and Chips
Alcohol By Volume: 5.1%
Original Gravity: 12.0
Availability: Seasonal

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Hefeweizen

Saranac's Hefeweizen is much more true to the style than some of the other beers in this 12 pack. Flavors of clove and banana provided by the yeast in this naturally cloudy beer are the first thing you notice when taking a sip. After your palette adjusts to the yeast, a crisp and refreshing, surprisingly authentic wheat beer is revealed, but a but more malt would help to round the flavor and mouthfeel of this beer.

From Saranac.com:

Beer Style: German
Malt Selections: German Pilsner, & Wheat Malt
Hop Selections: German Perle
Color: Light Amber / Opaque
Mouthfeel / Body: Light
Food Companions: Spicy, Thai, and Tex-Mex
Alcohol By Volume: 5.6%
Original Gravity: 12.50
Availability: Seasonal

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Kölsch

This Kölsch has a deep golden color, and an enjoyable German toasted malt flavor. Low in carbonation, and with just enough hop flavor to offset the malt, this beer is crisp and easy to drink. Like most of the other selections in this 12 pack, it is a bit thin and watery, but is a good summer beer.

From Saranac.com:

Beer Style: Kölsch
Malt Selections: 2 Row, Munich
Hop Selections: Perle
Color: Golden
Mouthfeel / Body: Light
Food Companions: American Fare, Pizza
Alcohol By Volume: 5.0
Original Gravity: 11.5
Availability: Seasonal

 

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Pomegranate Wheat

Pomegranate is the new hot flavor this year. Following this trend, Saranac offers the newest beer in their 12 beers of summer, Pomegranate Wheat. It is a light, fruity, unfiltered wheat beer with the sweet flavor of pomegranate in the finish.

From Saranac.com:

Beer Style: Fruit Ale
Malt Selections: 2 Row Malt, White Wheat Malt
Hop Selections: Columbus
Color: Straw
Mouthfeel / Body: Light
Food Companions: Picnic Fare
Alcohol By Volume: 4.7%
Original Gravity: 11.5
Availability: Seasonal

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Summer Ale

Smooth, crisp and refreshing with a hint of lemon and spice. This beer is lightly carbonated, and the head dissipates quickly. Like much of the rest of this mixed 12 pack, Saranac Summer Ale is a spiced wheat beer. It also share the same weakness the other beers in this series share: it is too thin and watery to be fully satisfying.

From Saranac.com:

Beer Style: Herb and Spice Ale
Malt Selections: 2-Row and Wheat Malt
Hop Selections: Tettnang
Color: Golden
Mouthfeel / Body: Light
Food Companions: Chicken, Fish, Salad
Alcohol By Volume: 4.7%
Original Gravity: 11.75
Availability: Seasonal 0
Availability: Seasonal

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