October 14, 2009

Saratoga Lager

Tonight we will be resuming our beer reviews. I know you all missed me, but hey, Iím back! Okay, letís get this going right. This beer has been waiting for me to review it since early August. It was donated to me by my friend Wil. Heís decided he wants to be an enabler too. The first beer Iíve drank in almost two months and the beer we are reviewing tonight is Saratoga Lager by the Olde Saratoga Brewing Co in Rochester, NY.

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We have our standard 12 oz brown bottle. There is an olde style series of pictures on it that depict various scenes of horse racing. The name of the beer is in red letters across the top of the bottle, with the word lager in red on a banner in the middle. There is a matching neck label.

It pours a dark copper penny color. When the light hits it, you can see amber flashes. Light passes through it easily, but there is a haziness to it that prevents you from seeing objects on the other side clearly. A ĺ inch head formed. It was off white in color and faded quickly to a film on the top of the beer. There was minimal lacing.

The smell was of rich toasted caramel malts. A touch of biscuity sweetness can also be detected to fully enhance to scent. There is a dry, roasted malt flavor that is balanced by the taste of floral hops evenly. It finishes smoothly. The after taste is a mix of citrus and grains.

It is a medium bodied beer, and is a little bit heavy on the carbonation.

This is a good sipping beer. Sit back, crack one open and chat with friends. It is a good representation of a Marzen-style lager. I enjoyed this beer and could see myself drinking another. I give it 6.5 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at October 14, 2009 07:29 PM | TrackBack

Glad you're back. I've missed drinking a beer, vicariously, with you.

Posted by: Peter at October 16, 2009 05:17 PM

Of course I have to ask, was your scoring swayed by it being the first beer in forever? :)

Glad to have you back man!

Posted by: BloodSpite at October 21, 2009 10:26 AM

......you posted this on my birthday???...... and you didnt tell me?!.....

Posted by: Eric at November 2, 2009 09:25 PM