Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
3.71/5
867 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:
20
Reviews:
458
Ratings:
867
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.81/5
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
52
pDev:
15.22%
 
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by mobud:
Photo of mobud
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

We always hit Wagner's when in wine country. Their setting is great; can't get much better than high up on the hills besides the lake. The quality of the beer is another issue. The lighter beers they sell are ok, but the darker beers are not too bad. The IPA seems to be their "hey look at us beer". It is nicely balanced and appears to be also the beer that holds the rest of the line together. The service to me (based on many trips before this one) continues to slide downhill. The sampling area has evolved from an area to enjoy and discuss beer to an area to move in/out as many folks as possible. In fairness to them, it does appear that many folks use Wagner's as a break from all the wine. In the past, I always enjoyed some banter with the server about the beers they had. This guy poured one ounce sips and moved as if he had a quota to fill. One lady next to us asked outloud, in his direction, how IPA got its name. After a slight pause, he keep pouring and my friend gave her the 2 minute history talk and she was very happy to have learned something new. I really did not have a problem with the beer poured; an ok grouping for folks that are usually more wine heads. They have a good size cooler of their stuff in bottles and food is limited to some rebagged pretzels and some Beernuts. There is good restaurant on the grounds called The Ginny Lee" I believe, but we did not eat there this trip. I will be back; the wife loves their wines and I like the Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
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 -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of StrangerTides
4.04/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dhmxray
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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 -3.4%
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%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of EMV
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
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 +18.1%

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of dwatty
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Pete9094
1.16/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of Cooker_stp
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of joelambic
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Budinetz
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Wagner Valley Brewing Co. in Lodi, NY
Brewery rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 867 ratings
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