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Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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3.75/5
Very Good
874 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

9322 Route 414
Lodi, New York, 14860
United States

(607) 582-6450 | map
wagnerbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
23
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
874
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.8/5
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
53
pDev:
15.26%
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by mikeys01:
Photo of mikeys01
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

We visited Wagner Valley as the first (and for me most exciting since it was also a brewery) stop on a wine tour around Seneca Lake in Upstate NY. I must start off by saying that Wagner, like many of the vineyards/places around the lake, sits on a fantastic view, at the top of a slope overlooking the lake. Contained in one building are the winery and brewery, and another building houses a restaurant. Both the winery/brewery and the restaurant have huge outdoor decks overlooking the lake, perfect for enjoying a good beverage, some good food, and taking in the scenery and fresh country air. It’s also my understanding that they have bands play on one of the decks occasionally on evenings during the summer.
Inside the building where it all happens, ample space is afforded to both the wine and beer tasting areas and you’re free to roam about. There is a long tasting counter/bar in the style of a wine-tasting room, and room to spread out or grab a seat if you want. There were 6 or 7 beers on tap. Memorable and tasty beers at our visit included a Maple Porter, the Sled Dog Triple Bock, and a decent Wit. I believe there was a small (like $1) additional charge to sample the special beers like the triple bock. Samples were a bit on the small side, but the price was reasonable I felt, and pints could be had for a few bucks as well. Beers were all of decent to very good quality. Only drawback was that the bartender in the brewery tasting room seemed to have no/very little in depth knowledge of their beers; questions on malts, hops, or adjuncts used were met with blank stares, and no offer was made to seek the answers I thought. There were plenty of beers available for take out in six packs or champagne bottles for special beers. Overall, it was a good experience, enjoyable beer, great location, fun place to visit.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Very nice place with a great view of Seneca Lake. Beers are not spectacular, but the views from the deck make up for it. Oh, and it's a winery too. So the significant other can order up a flight of wines while you work on a flight of beers. Beer wait staff were friendly and seemed to approve of my flight choices; wine stewerd (or whatever you call 'em) were totally out of my league. But then I'm not a wine enthusiast, so YMMV. Anyway, the views are great.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is by far one of the best breweries I've ever been too! The scenary is beautiful! Such a great vibe with awesome outside seating. You can see Seneca lake and acres upon acres of their wine vineyards. You can also do self guided tours throughout the brewery which is very cool. I didn't t get to try there food but by the looks of it it looked pretty up scale and fancy. They had about 10 beers on tap and the one I picked out for my flight were all fantastic! I would definitely go there again and highly recommend it to anyone who likes great beer and great vibes!!

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Photo of Jlang2012
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of StrangerTides
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dhmxray
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Great server, great selection and great view.

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Pretty sweet little set up, massive backyard/patio set up out back right in the mix of their vineyards. Selection was limited and the beers were a tick above average at best but if you're a wine drinker you get the best of both worlds with this place.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of EMV
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

This is kind of like the Disneyland version of a Finger Lakes winery/brewery. They have both and don't do either of them extremely well. It's packed (on the tour bus route), and it felt like a pig push the whole time we were there.... and note the massive gift shop. We went with the brewery tasting and their beers were okay. A few pretty good ones and a few duds. The guy doing our tasting was younger and clearly in a hurry... it was a "how fast can I pour these for you and move on to the next grouping" kind of tasting, so not the way I'd choose to do things. I got a few bottles to go and their Reserve Trippelbock was probably my favorite. There are much better breweries to visit on Seneca lake that are more about the beer.. not about being a tourist stop. Two Goats and Horseheads were both vastly better and within 15 minutes.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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1.16/5  rDev -69.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Budinetz
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Upon arrival you have a choice to your the brewery or the winery. There is a small fee for the brewery if I can remember, however it isn't too expensive. The offerings are usually fantastic with he exception of a few. The staff pouring the offerings is always extremely helpful with any questions and with always give accurate information about the brews and the property. They do fill growlers here and the property is non smoking due to NY state law which is a plus in my book. The decor isn't anything amazing but it does have the tasting room adjoining to an open glass viewing area of the mash tun, fermenters, lagering tanks, etc. thy also have a six pack area where you can buy cases or six packs to take out. I thoroughly enjoy this place!

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Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Wagner Valley Brewing Co. in Lodi, NY
Brewery rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 874 ratings
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