Saratoga Lager | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Saratoga LagerSaratoga Lager

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

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

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by Wortman1998:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of generallee
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

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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 Nfiorini513
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Aficionado_Shawn
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dantsbeats
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of odbjs735
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of dexterk1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of dahr85
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Amalak
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +12.4%

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 EnronCFO
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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 plaid75
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Saratoga Lager from Mendocino Brewing Company
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