Wagner Valley Brewery
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Reviews by mobud:
2.85/5 rDev -26.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
We always hit Wagner's when in wine country. Their setting is great; can't get much better than high up on the hills besides the lake. The quality of the beer is another issue. The lighter beers they sell are ok, but the darker beers are not too bad. The IPA seems to be their "hey look at us beer". It is nicely balanced and appears to be also the beer that holds the rest of the line together. The service to me (based on many trips before this one) continues to slide downhill. The sampling area has evolved from an area to enjoy and discuss beer to an area to move in/out as many folks as possible. In fairness to them, it does appear that many folks use Wagner's as a break from all the wine. In the past, I always enjoyed some banter with the server about the beers they had. This guy poured one ounce sips and moved as if he had a quota to fill. One lady next to us asked outloud, in his direction, how IPA got its name. After a slight pause, he keep pouring and my friend gave her the 2 minute history talk and she was very happy to have learned something new. I really did not have a problem with the beer poured; an ok grouping for folks that are usually more wine heads. They have a good size cooler of their stuff in bottles and food is limited to some rebagged pretzels and some Beernuts. There is good restaurant on the grounds called The Ginny Lee" I believe, but we did not eat there this trip. I will be back; the wife loves their wines and I like the Oatmeal Stout.
06-04-2007 19:32:44 | More by mobud
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4.88/5 rDev +26.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Nice rustic style brewery on Seneca Lake in Lodi, NY. Great selection of beers, a little something for everyone. Gotta get there early for tastings because it gets busy really quick. They also have vineyards and a winery there as well. Highly recommended.
02-24-2013 21:44:26 | More by CountryRock2001
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
It almost sounds like damning with faint praise, and to be fair I did not sample the wine (not a wine drinker) but the best thing I had to drink there was the root beer. Seriously. It's unbelievable and I'd have gladly picked up two or three bottles or six packs if that were possible. Sadly the only way to leave Wagner with it would have been to purchase a growler, and that'd push the price of it to $12 for roughly 2 liters of soda. Yikes.
The grounds are very pretty and there's a lovely view of Seneca Lake. It's a bit odd finding your way around though, and the inside route to the brewery portion of the business was through a pretty nondescript hall, making me think we'd gone into some employees only area.
Service was pretty much what you'd expect in the brewery and in the adjacent restaurant. Someone forgot our app and we had to remind the waiter. No biggie. Food was very good and the menu lists wine and beer pairings for various meals, which was helpful.
The beer is kind of hit or miss, with a couple of good brews but some others that have odd notes or textures. The Sled Dog dopplebock lacked the oomph I'd expect from that style, and the Mill Street Pilsner was chewier and heavier than the typical pils. I'd definitely recommend the Cayman Station oatmeal stout though.
10-18-2012 21:52:59 | More by DirtyPenny
3.64/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped in with a few friends while we were in nearby Ithaca for a wedding.
We checked out the deck, but then stood at the bar to do a beer flight tasting.
The building is pretty nice. Like a lot of the wineries in the area, it has a big deck and a big yard overlooking the Lake. There's also a small bottle shop so you can get some to go, and they do growlers as well.
The beer was fine. We got to try everything they had on tap (plus the root beer) for $3.50, which was a great price. Oddly the bartender poured each taste one at a time, and waited until we were dont before pouring the next. Maybe this is the influence of being in a wine region? My favorite was the triple boch, which was actually a solid beer.
Worth a quick stop if you're looking for some beer in Ithaca. I think Two Goats down the street has a more unique and beer-centric atmosphere.
08-02-2012 12:26:04 | More by shivtim
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
part of a winery operation, so a lot of the beers are kind of run of the mill offerings, beer for wine people. however, a couple of their beers are outstanding, especially the sugarhouse maple porter. the atmosphere here is great, sit out on a big open deck overlooking the grapes and the lake. summer days could pass by like minutes out there. apparently music at night too. service at the brewery is a bit bogus, always croded and understaffed. food available next door for a premium wine crowd price, but it is quite good, with much better service, and the beers come in generous sample flights. you cant beat this place in the summer. they fill growlers and have a cooler full of bottled beers too, the beer is getting better and better too!
01-31-2012 01:20:18 | More by StonedTrippin
3.73/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped at this place for just a few minutes with my buddy when I was u around the fingerlakes. This place was clearly much more of a winery than a brewery, but it's beers weren't too bad at all. They were nothing stunning, but they were good. We had the tasting of all their brews and then we each had one pint, I think I had the Doppelbock but I can't remember. The best part about this place was the location. The vineyards surrounding it are just lovely and the lake right in the background is great. The folks working the bar area were nice and chatty as well, and they didn't seem to care about much of anything. They were very laid back and funny. There was some lady in there that was joking around with the bartender and she obviously didn't like beer, or hops, for that matter. He had her trying all these things and she was having horrific reactions to them. It was quite humorous.
If you are in the area check it, but I wouldn't seek it out like a pilgrimage or anything. But a cool place.
12-14-2011 00:47:19 | More by jifigz
4/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Was here for a wedding. How can you beat this atmosphere? Great lakefront view with plenty of water, trees and other vineyards to look out upon. They've got a great selection of quality beers and the prices are very reasonable. The food even took me for surprise, as it was served buffet style but tasted as good as any individual plate. Some kind of alfredo chicken that was very tender.
The bartender was great, he knew the beers very well and was able to describe them in a way that I would expect from somebody who works at a brewery/vineyard.
I wish I could remember each beer well enough to review them, but I left very impressed. My favorites were the dopplebock, IPA and the oatmeal stout. The maple stout was good as well. This is a place that I hope I may be able to go back to.
08-21-2011 20:03:11 | More by mjw06
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