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Saratoga Lager - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Saratoga LagerSaratoga Lager

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in the grand tradition of Vienna Lagers in Austria and Marzenbiers of Munich, Saratoga Lager is a smooth, medium bodied lager with a pale copper color and a rich aroma. German hops and Munich malt impart an intriguing balance between light, soft bitterness and a refreshing sweetness.

(Beer added by: mentor on 10-19-2005)
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Wortman1998:
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Wortman1998, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Tiernan, Jan 31, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The bottle has a nice description of the beer on the label but no abv or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a nice amber color with a slight haze. From the pour I got a tall off white head. It is made up of mostly loose soapy bubbles that quickly settles down to a thin cap that holds on near to the end. Lacing is limited to just a few spots at the top of the glass.

Smell: There is some good malt aroma here with nice sweet bready and nutty sweetness. I also pick up some leafy hop notes as well.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor is medium bodied and basic but good. As I had expected from its aroma there is a nice bready malty base with some sweet caramel and light nutty notes mixed with some leafy herbal hop bitterness. Its texture is a bit smoother than I like to see in a lager but not a big distraction.

Notes: Overall it was a strong average for me.

generallee, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of BeerIsland
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent lager but certainly not in the top echelon. If I had known there were this few reviews, I'd have given the tasting a better shot but my initial sip sort of convinced me it wasn't worth the time and I was outside cutting wood. The review dates this beer has been out there a while but the review numbers indicate the beer hasn't generated much enthusiasm. I would have thought that they would have put more marketing effort into the East Coast operation. Perhaps with a better beer...

BeerIsland, Feb 01, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

dantsbeats, May 01, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funny, my first impression was how this tastes like a better-made and bigger version of Yuengling. The roast and dry toffee flavors are deeper and sweeter, while the body is also a touch thicker. There's a hit of spicy hops in the finish for balance, and overall, this is a fine amber lager. I dont think I'd group it with similarly-colored German lagers though.

tempest, Jun 11, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

dexterk1, Dec 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

nyrblue2, Nov 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber with a decent one inch or so of a head on top. Decent retention as it hung around for a good couple of minutes before finally resting and falling down

piced, lots of pumpkin like smells mixed in with a good amount of roasted malts. It had a touch of nutmeg and a definite grassy or earthy mix in it. There was definitely some depth good amount of malt made up the backbone of it as you would expect. Once you got past that a nice bready sort of grain started to come over you, mixed in was a nice herbal, grassy sort of punch that really started to break though. It was definitely a fresh taste as it had some teeth to it. A decent hoppy expression then followed and even had a bit of a floral note to it. The finish was very long, and quite dry

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

tclapper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Amalak
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had on tap at Lock Inn in Brooklyn, NY. Pours a crystal-clear amber, some head and little lacing. Not very good looking, but has a decent malt scent to it. And like the smell, it has a crisp malt taste. Nothing really special about this brew, it's kind of light and lacks any discernible style. Meh. It's easy to drink, but not very memorable.

Amalak, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A mildly murky, orange hue (cross between rust and carrot, but not quite amber or copper). Head was a bit unimpressive, soda-like, and diminished quickly.

S: A strangely sweet scent. The sweetness in the malts is almost like sweet carrot in some ways, but not quite. Rather grassy.

T: Leavy hops, giving a decent balance to the soft malts.

M: A nice and round, medium body. Carbonation carries a reasonable assertiveness that gives it added life.

D: Initially, this was bought to cook sausages in, so I just bought 1 bottle. Ended up drinking it, as the cooking was done with something else, but I wish now that I had one more.

Proteus93, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and bready malts are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
T: The overall taste very much follows the smell and is quite malty with notes of dark fruits—plums and raisins seem to stand out in particular—and some hints of spicy hops towards the finish. Only faint hints of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite drinkable despite its maltiness. It's quite flavorful for the style and almost seems like a "light" version of a bock.

metter98, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Referencing Austrian Vienna and Munich Marzen styles on the bottle neck label seems like name dropping for this beer. Poured a reddish gold. Aroma was pronounced caramel malt. Slightly tart at the beginning, but softens and ends with a mildly bitter finish. Quite pleasant, but not a lot of depth to the flavor profile. For a beer out the Mendocino group, this falls a bit short.

Brent, Sep 07, 2003
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

civicm87, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

EnronCFO, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy deep copper hue with a 1/4 inch thin foam head. There was not much retention and no lacing.

The smell was 100% sweet caramel malt.

The taste started very sweet but evened out by the finish. Strong grain aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a run of the mill and overly sweet lager. Nothing to really report here.

plaid75, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of ProfessorHomer
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very, very nice clean, crisp & clear Marzen Lager. Recommended!

A = Clear & coppery amber color with a very nicely-behaved tan head.

S = Clean, hoppy aroma, you can smell the fresh, wet well water.

T = Sweetish almost cookie-like flavor with a medium, but pleasant, hop flavor in the finish

M = Solid body and very nice carbonation. Clean finish.

D = Very Good

Highly recommended by a beer club member as his favorite beer and with very good reason. A very nice surprise from our local Mendocino brewery just up the Northway! By far and away the best Mendocino brew of their very solid line-up. A great Spring/Summer/Fall beer. Maltier than the very equivalent Sam Adams' Boston Lager, which is more hopped. This is a very fine, pleasant, well-balanced, sessionable & well-mannered Lager. A real treat!

ProfessorHomer, Nov 03, 2009
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

TonyY, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Rudgers73
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. It pours a medium shade of amber with a slight orange tinge. The head is about 1/2 inch and sticks around for a few minutes. It ends up settling into a ring. The smell is like a dark lager with a little spice added. Mellow hops and mellow malts. Right in the middle and maybe a little boring. The taste is very Oktoberfest. Sweet, almost pumpkin taste, with hop bitterness at the end. Earthy and buttery. The mouthfeel is light and peppery, but it leaves a gross bitter taste that tastes like leaves or grass. Not my style, and not a good rep. of the style IMO.

Rudgers73, Mar 19, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and some fruit. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely a lot of other beers in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 03, 2013
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Saratoga Lager from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.