Saratoga Lager | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Saratoga LagerSaratoga Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States
mendobrew.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by weissbierhead on 11-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.76%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orangish red color with very little off white head. Smells like honey or molasses. Initial flavor is definitely Marzen like with a light crisp finish. Little to no lacing to speak of and only slight carbonation. I really like this brew so I hope that I can find it again this fall when all the other Marzens come out.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bordoz
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ems_backpack
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anglophile1117
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breardon1776
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of corybills
2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MENDOCINO SARATOGA LAGER 11/4/15

Still another new single from the mixed sixpack I put together while on a trip in NY state. I picked this one because it is a product local to eastern NY state, and the old fashioned label art of a horserace was interesting and appealing. This Mendocino brewery, as opposed to the California one, we do not see beers from in my neighboring state.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Lawson's stemmed tulip.

a: Gorgeous clear copper/ruby but lacking much head or lacing.

s; Mild caramel malt

t; Follows the nose, especially as it warms. Sweet finish.

m: Medium, good body, decent carbonation tingle.

o: Starts out rather mild but becomes more malty and therefore tasty as it warms. An above average Marzen/Octoberfest entry, definitely sessionable, although I only bought one.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrUse
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zotzot
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bplabernie
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very deep amber color with a small head of a just off white color. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a caramel aroma with some other lighter bready smells. Beyond these aromas comes some very light notes of an herbal and grassy hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and caramel flavor which create a strong base flavor for the brew. As the taste advances a little bit of brown sugar joins the taste which sweetens it even more. Toward the end a little bit of a grass and grain taste comes to the tongue balancing the sweet rather nicely and leaves a rather bready and moderately sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side for a lager with a carbonation level that is average. For the style it is OK, but a little thinner of a body and a little higher carbonation may have been slightly better for the style.

Overall – A fairly decent lager, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Worth a try, but not worth going out of the way for it.

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Photo of JLAudio1012
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chasmandocharles
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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Saratoga Lager from Mendocino Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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