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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,894 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,894
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 72
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Daktah:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Daktah, Dec 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This was a light yellow in color with a modest head.

Smell - The aroma here is overly grainy and rough. It smelled more like an adjunct macro than a quality beer from BB.

Taste - Very disappointing. The grain was cheap and just wouldn't quit. From beginning to end this beer left a foul, graining taste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel - This was light-bodied and watery with a fizzy carbonation that made me think I was drinking a wine cooler.

Sinkability - Well I couldn't really pour this in the sink because I was at the pub, but I was drinking it so slow that the barmaid came over while I still had half a pint left and asked me if I wanted something else. I have had so many good beers from this brewery it's hard to believe that this came from the same place.

RoyalT, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours to deep honey amber body. Head is a short one finger of light tan fuzz. Nice woodsy hops meets wheat nose that is soft but appropriate. Mineral and nutty hints exist. Enters the mouth with a very sharp bitter soured feel. Reminds me of a Brittish ale. Mineral notes as well as raw wheat are present on the palate. Mellows a bit with warmth. Bitter feel really hangs around the mouth creating the mouthfeel along with an almost sour vegetable thing going on. Not really my thing.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.65/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear, pale gold with no head or lace. It's aroma is of fruit, bread, and caramel. The flavor is fruity with sweet malt notes followed by a hop bitterness that lasts from start to finish. The flavor is more reminiscent of an APA than a lager and leaves a lasting, dry, bitter, aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light. Brooklyn Lager is a mediochre beer, not recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of rickyleepotts
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have had this beer before. I have actually had this beer in New York City. Never been to the brewery before… but I wouldn't mind going. I love to travel, I love New York, and I LOVE beer! (Don't get excited… the beer is just okay.)

The beer smells like a lager. Makes sense… this beer is a lager. It has a weak carbonation on top, and sits like a pale in the glass. This beer does get better the warmer it gets. But the beer is an easy find, cheap, and not one that you want to sit around and get warm. At least close to room temperature. You get a hint of that carbonation on the palate, just as the flavor leaves. It's quick, slides down easy, and is a drinkable beer. Its a lager… nothing fancy about it.

I wouldn't buy this beer again, unless it was on sale. I mean, it's a typical boring lager. Brooklyn makes a LOT better beers than this. It's just okay…

rickyleepotts, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was suprised at the great appearance of this one great golden color,wirh a great foamy head.Had freas mowed grass fruity amoma almost like a IPA.One of the hoppiest lagers I have had if not the most.Refreshing quaffer with some substance,I can see why alot of people give this brew good marks.

oberon, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber/copper, ample head....floral & fruity nose....the taste was again fruity with more hop character than i would have expected...fresh, lively mouthfeel, somewhat creamy....more like a pale ale than a lager i would say but quite drinkable nonetheless

Popsinc, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev +7%

Turbo, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Hoppin_mad
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Hoppin_mad, May 03, 2014
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brownish lager with a single finger head and
good lacing. Head retention left much to be
desired.

S: Malty with hints of alcohol and grain.

T: Malty brew with a grainy aftertaste.

M: Thin with little to no character provided by
the carbonation.

D: This far surpasses your macro lager but
leaves me wanting more in a lager from this
great brewery.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Lager 5.2% alcohol. Got this one gallon growler from Brewers Pizza Orange Park Florida. $20... a tad pricey anyways.
Growler pour into pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber fluid that has perfect clairity. Produces a tight bubbley head leaving excellent lacing behind.

S- Slightly citrusy and floral... strange for a lager. Small amount of carmel malt scents in the nose as well.

T-M- Taste is refreshing and definitly different than most lagers i've had its almost a pale ale taste upfront. Fresh citrus and lemon hops upfront with a mild but malty backbone of carmel and toffee. Mouthfeel is creamy and lightly carbonated leaving no reason to hate.

D- Drinkablity is great and easy at that. Its a drinker and alot of at that! Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +7%

SkiBum22, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of humanfactor
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, if there was a score for the beer's branding I would have given it a 5. In fact the branding was so smart that I initially thought there might be some large brewery (e.g. AB, Coors, etc...) behind this label, so I was initially cautious about drinking the stuff.

I think it possessed some good characteristics:
- nice clean citrusy aroma
- very nice color
- a healthy head
- very drinkable

But I think it fell flat in the taste department. By no means was it bad... but it seemed to lack a personality in it's flavor... a very neutral experience... like the Switzerland of Lagers.

I checked out their website. Looks like a nice bunch of people running/working at the place. I also see their other creations are very well rated. I may try some of their other offerings.

humanfactor, May 05, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Orange-gold in color, clear, with a frothy white head. The head reduced but didn't dissipate completely, leaving a thick uneven layer of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Heavy of pale malt with significant, but not overbearing, hop notes. Other items on the nose include light yeasty & bread grain type aromas.

T: Heavier malts than I would expect in a lager, but for the better. The balance is very good with a bit is a split in flavors - light and caramel malts at the onset, diminishing to the lighter hop bittering toward the finish. The finish is a bit thin and lingers to mild hops and eventually clean.

M&D: The mouthfeel is rather a bit toward medium at first but sort of finishes with a bit watery. This isn't a bad thing, in fact it works well with this brew. The carbonation is very light, matching everything well. I nice lager, very enjoyable, and one I would drink again anytime.

SIRIUS2, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of kcc
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

kcc, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of newk340
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a light translucent amber color, a fizzling white foam that receded quickly.

S: some hop character is evident with an overshadowing of malt.

T: a somewhat bready taste that is laced with the sweetness of hops.

MF/D: nothing special in the mouth, neither heavy or light. a great sessionable summer afternoon beer.

newk340, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of markallmon
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

markallmon, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

danthehopslamman, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12onz Amber bottle with freshness date.

Appearance: Light brown ,golden color color.

Smell: Maltness and some sweet flavor

Taste:Medium body, Malt very clear in the there,some kind of sweet flavor and some kind a spices in there.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability : Very nice in the mouth can go with this beer again.

BeerDreadz, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

SD-Alefan, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

DaftPatrick, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

csmartin6, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Custom151
4/5  rDev +7%

Custom151, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with a clearly marked best before date, and ingredients (water, malt, hops, yeast).

Appearance: Clear golden-straw colour with a fine white head.

Smell: Very fresh, clean, with hints of malt.

Taste: A light, smooth malty flavour. Splashes of lemon sourness and a distinct hop bite.

Notes: Good drinking all around. This is a traditional lager, with all the characteristics one would expect from "The Pre-Prohibition Beer" as it states on the label.

Todd, Feb 11, 1998
Photo of MJLatimer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

MJLatimer, Feb 27, 2012
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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 2,894 ratings.