Rye Pilsener (Saranac Brewery)

Day 5 is here of SARANAC BREWERY THEME WEEK. We’re almost at the end!

Don’t let the name fool you, Saranac’s Rye Pilsener is actually a rye lager.  This easy drinking brew clocks in with a 4.8% ABV.

A nice, spicy twist on the traditional European Pilsener.  Rye malt adds dimension to what otherwise is a relatively simple brew.  We’ve used generous amounts of this complex malt so you can pick out the unique flavors.  You’ll notice a nice subtle spiciness in the finish complemented by a crisp bitterness from Vanguard hops.

Rye Pilsener pours a pale straw color with golden highlights.  The head starts as two inches of bubbly foam that fades into a thin film (a consistent theme with these Saranac beers).  Lacing isn’t thick, but it’s a lot more than I expected from this beer.

In the nose I picked up hints of caramel, orange, sourdough pretzel and lemons.  Sadly, I didn’t get any rye notes in the nose.

The taste is light and refreshing.  Initially, the taste is of the slight bite of Czech malts.  These dominate the flavor and make it a smooth tasting beer. Rye comes through in the backend with lemon-like notes buried under the heavy malts.  I also detected a minor spiciness, but I couldn’t determine what the spices were.

P.S. I’m glad to note that this is the first Saranac beer that doesn’t lose its flavor as it warms up.

This rye beer sure is bubbly!  The carbonation can be felt in you mouth, leaving behind a mild stickiness when it goes.

Rye Pilsener has been the best Saranac beer so far.  The beers have been progressively better, so I’m hoping that tomorrow will be the best yet.  Although I wished there would have been more of a rye presence in this beer, Saranac’s Rye Pilsener is still an easy drinking beer.

Overall: 7 out of 10

As a RYE BEER: 7.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Founders RED RYE PALE ALE, The Bruery RUGBRØD, Boulevard Brewing RYE-ON-RYE

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