Saranac Season’s Best is actually an impressive beer for many reasons,
the most notable being that it’s a lager as it does not have any of the
typical characteristics you’d expect even from an amber or other dark
lager. Nor does it go overboard with hops, but opts to play it a bit
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Saranac shaker pint.
Appearance: Dark amber/copper/brownish hue. Clear, not much visible
carbonation. Forms an average size, khaki-colored, soapy head which
fizzles away rather quickly and leaves on trace lacing on the glass.
Smell: Dark malty sweetness and a hint of roasted chestnut and some other earthy scent.
Taste: It’s hard to believe Saranac Season’s Best is a lager because it
doesn’t taste like one in the least bit. Though technically a
Vienna-style lager, it’s more akin to a brown ale with its sweet malty
taste and significant nut character. Caramel and toffee seem to be quite
prominent here, plus a hint of butterscotch. A quick burst of
bitterness on just before the beer finishes with a cyclical pattern of
more malty nuttiness.
Drinkability: Not only does Saranac Season’s Best taste pretty darn
good, it’s also easy to get it down. Bigger bodied than most brews of
the type, the mouthfeel is weighty with a smooth texture and a clean
aftertaste. Not generic beer fizziness here. The relatively light weight
of only 5.3% ABV is also impressive considering how much flavor is to
be found here.