1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

2,877 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,877
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 74
Gots: 240 | 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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,877 | Reviews: 1,146 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ninaturner:
Photo of ninaturner
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ninaturner, Jan 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
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 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 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
Photo of Shagator
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Shagator, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of bellce0
4/5  rDev +7%

bellce0, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

TimoP, May 10, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 2,877 ratings.