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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

3,206 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 3,206
Reviews: 1,174
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 96
Gots: 482 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Ratings: 3,206 | Reviews: 1,174
Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden amber with reddish tint. A thin finger of head is short-lived yet leaves behind some flicks of lace.

S - Not a huge punch of aroma but what there is is quite malty, caramel and honey particularly. Floral hops complement.

T - Nice balance of hop and malt. Citrusy tang and caramel, biscuity sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, moderate body.

O - A top option if looking for a session beer with plenty of flavour.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of awkward waveform lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of crisp biscuity, grainy caramel malt, mild aged, indistinct citrus, and punchy leafy, grassy, and sort of herbal hops. The taste is grainy, bready, and musty white malt, a bit of tangy lemon, and grassy, hay-like hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its overall, pervasively thorough pungency, the body medium-full in weight, teetering in its smoothness, and even a tad creamy, for a lager, that is. It finishes off-dry, with more tacitly sweet malt, and a timidly mild, somewhat musty citrus hoppiness.

A pleasant enough, generally lively all-malt lager. This seems to be a proper go-between amongst BMC's best faux-craft offerings, and the headiest of neo-German brewing provocateurs active in those United States. Tasty, and just the sort of thing one might slam a sixer of without moral sidesteps during yer best backyard BBQs of the season.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.68/5  rDev -55%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
2/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Photo of martinstannard
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty, slightly hoppy. Zingy tasty.

Photo of rickyleepotts
2/5  rDev -46.4%
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…

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This lager pours darker than expected, with a nice amber colour and quickly dissipating head. It smells good, perhaps a bit metallic, but that could have something to do with how fresh it is. It is very tasty - just enough body and sweet malt to set it apart from other lagers. The hops are not pronounced, but that is not a bad thing whatsoever. A quality lager, to be sure.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

Photo of humanfactor
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of newk340
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back in 1998 I had my first Brooklyn Lager and I knew then that some 14 years later I would still be enjoying it. Nice amber in a pint glass with plenty of balance. PLenty of hops and malt backbone, but the malt stays with you each sip. Nice finish and plenty of complexity for a session beer. Brooklyn Lager is classic.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear amber with a decent head that lingers. Smells of sweet malts and citrusy hops. Tastes of biscuity malts, balanced out by citrusy floral hops. Very crisp and extremely thirst quenching. Good carbonation....This is the perfect session brew with the exception that it tastes so damn good that I tend to drink them a bit too quickly, defeating the purpose of sessioning. Fantastic.

Photo of Duster72
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with one finger head. Not much aroma here, a little malt and a little floral. Taste is spicy hops with some lemon. Finish is dry and bitter. Biterness does not make me want to take another sip. Not my idea of a sessionable beer. I would pick it over the macros but probably will not seek this one out again.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Weathered copper, lacing drapes on the glass well.

SMELL: Thick wild herb, toasted bread, sweet floral resin, broth, mineral.

TASTE: Clean, smooth, toasty, faint brown bread, mellow herbal hop, lightly bitter, clean graininess, dry finish.

The malt backbone is just as broad as the hop character. A solid brew from start to finish, more than enough flavor and complexity to make it interesting enough to want more than just one.

Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't care much for this style, but bought this one along with some other Brooklyns that I've never tried over the past week. This pours a clear amber body, with a thick, offwhite head that stands about a centimeter tall and insists on hanging around, eventually leaving some impressive lacing on the glass. Aroma is very lagerish, with vague sweet maltiness and some floral hops. Mouthfeel is typical for style, with a light medium body and high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing for the most part, with slight floral hops bitterness. Malt is quite bready, but thankfully stays in the background for the most part. Another quality brew from a fine NYC brewery. This is a good one for fans of American lagers.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before date of June '04, yeah fresh beer! Golden amber, with an outmeal colored head. Soft malt, yeast and flowery hops in the nose.Balance and drinkability are the theme here. Freshness of the hops is obvious. A nice clean lager, a great session brew.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle purchased in Japan, best before Sep 2009.

Appearance: Dark amber with a mostly-white receding head and not much lacing. Very slightly cloudy (definitely filtered though) with low carbonation - just a few fine bubbles.

Smell: Very rich aromas for the style: date notes in the hops, a candied sugar element from the malt, other aromas of grape juice, the fresh grain smell of a field of cereal crops, and others that I can't identify. Very complex, very unusual.

Taste: While this is not one of those beers whose smell vastly outweighs the flavour in the mouth that follows, the taste still seems relatively restrained compared to the smell. This is probably ulitmately a good thing, since it would be packed with overpowering malt sweetness and hop floridity - rather, it is restrained to the point where it becomes an easy drinking beer, albeit one with plenty to hold your interest. Sharp sweetness on the tip of the tongue and sides of the mouth, a hop harshness on the palate, and almost none of the tantalising fruitiness that is offered in the bouquet, for better or worse. Easy drinking, satisfying, and leaving no unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth at all.

Mouthfeel: creamy and frothy, with no unpleasant dryness in the mouth after swallowing. Perfectly appropriate for a beer like this.

Drinkability: A fine beer that I'd drink as many of as I were permitted to and then some. A no-bullshit beer that delivers what it promises.

Overall: When I make it to New York one day there's not a chance I'll miss out on sampling this brew. This is a fine beer and a solid representation of a classic style.

Photo of bl400315
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured amber with medium white head. you can really smell the barley -hint of caramel and hops. good feel in mouth, medium-light body a bit malty. the hops really come through in the taste, pretty satisfying lager. can go for one or too more, very satisfying brew.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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