Saratoga Lager - Mendocino Brewing Company
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4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
One of my local, in-person traders, Sam Knocken, provided me with this and one other in the Saratoga series.
From the bottle: "Fresh Brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York."; "Handcrafted with an 'old World' attention to detail & brewed in the grand tradition of the Marzenbiers of Germany, Saratoga Lager is smooth & medium-bodied with a rich aroma. German hops and imported Munich malt impart an intriguing balance between its soft bitterness & refreshing sweetness,"
My aggro pour created three massive fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an almost syrup-like sweetness from the malt. The bottle's verbiage left me quizzical, but it is almost certainly a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Mouthfeel was soft, not much above medium-bodied, with a distinct malty sweetness in the mouth. I really did not get much in the way of hops, but that is probably just as well, given the style. Once more, it was a bit sweet of a beer for my taste, but it was certainly a solid beer overall.
02-05-2014 14:55:06 | More by woodychandler
Saratoga Lager from Mendocino Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.