Saranac Rye Pilsener

12 oz single, thanks to Kevin for the chance to try this.
Rye beers (of any description) are not really my thing so I approach this with a degree of trepidation.
the beer pours as a totally clear, golden straw color with a small, white head. Carbonation is decent and leaves a touch of lace.
With the combo of pale malts and, hops and rye, the beer does deliver a clean-cut edge with a degree of bitterness up front. However, this beer is not really deep. Finish is short and dry (good), but lacks much presence. The rye bitterness builds a bit and is an interesting alternative to a noble hop bitterness but never fully replicates it,
A little graininess to it, and a beer that although not sweet per se, seems sweeter than it should be for the type of brew that it is.
No complaints here since the beer delivers a refreshing experience, but in no way is this a beer that is memorable or lingers on the palate. OK, I suppose, but still leaves me saying, “ho hum” a bit. Wouldn’t turn down a few in the height f summer, but never a beer that I would seek out again.

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02/20/2011
Style:
Rye Beer
Format:
bottle
ABV: 4.8 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.5
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