Prost! Saranac Brewery celebrates its 'German Roots' (beer review) –

In the 1880s, Francis Xavier (F.X.) Matt emigrated from the Black Forest region of Germany and founded a brewery in the west end of Utica, N.Y.

Today, the F.X. Matt Brewing Co., better known to many people as the Saranac Brewery, is owned and operated by the third and fourth generations of the Matt family. It is the fourth oldest family-owned brewery in the United States, and the oldest in New York.

Long known for its take on mainstream lager, Utica Club, Matt Brewing in the late 1980s began a transition to craft with the Saranac line. But the family still clings to its heritage.

That explains the German Roots 12-pack. It debuted in 2016 with four traditional German-style beers: Octoberfest, Black Forest, Kellerbier and Marzen Fest. This  year, the Octoberfest and Black Forest are back, but the other  two are replaced by Haus Lager and Bavarian Pils. There are three bottles of each beer in the 12-pack.

Tasting Notes

Haus Lager, one of the beers in the German Roots 12-pack from F.X. Matt (Saranac) Brewing Co. of Utica.Don Cazentre 

Brewery: F.X. Matt Brewing Co. (Saranac), 811 Edward St, Utica, NY 13502

Beer: Haus Lager 

Style:  American-style lager 

Alcohol content: 4.9 percent 

Price: This beer is available in 6-packs for $7.99 to $8.99; the 12-pack featuring three bottles of Haus Lager is $15.99.

Find it: Available across the state.

Look: Pale-to-medium gold, clear and with a gentle white head.

Aroma: Some fruitiness and bready qualities, but not very strong. No noticeble hop aroma.

Taste: As you would expect from an American-style light lager, this is a “clean” and “crisp” beer, with a light, slightly bready, flavor and zero finish (no aftertaste). You might say it tastes cold and wet (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Feel (mouthfeel, body): Light to medium with moderate carbonation — it definitely

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