Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by weizenbob:
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce can purchased at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI for $1.59.
This was a very volatile can of beer. Seconds after the seal was cracked, an overflow of bubbles gushed out. I poured the remainder of the can into a pilsner glass. Three fingers of fluffy ivory head rose to the rim of the glass. Head retention is moderate. As the head recedes it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The beer is a deep golden hue and is nearly crystal clear. It's a pretty nice looker.
The aroma is bursting with fresh crisp hops. A nice floral/citrus combo rises to the nostrils. It is backed with a soft caramel malt presence. It smells subtle, but definitely not delicate. It is seductively inviting.
The flavor is pretty good, but unfortunately not as good as it looks and smells. Grainy malts rule the roost, giving the impression of chewing on raw barley. This is not bad per se, though some subtlety would have helped the overall effect. Hops are grassy and a bit dusty on the palate, leaving an earthy impression that goes well with the ample grain bill. Though this beer is adequately hopped the bitterness is soft and out of balance with the huge stacks of grain. Still, I can't help but like it for all of the flavor it packs. I could just wish for a better balance.
The mouthfeel is much heavier than I was expecting, though the beer is still light to medium bodied. Carbonation is simultaneously soft and stinging. The beer's impression lingers after the swallow. It's not a wow beer, but it is very nice for style.
Overall this is a good if not great little lager. It is a bit pricey to be tipping back at a rapid pace; but it is a nice treat, and a fantastic Sunday afternoon football beer. It is the perfect compliment to Triscuits and Colby Jack cheese. Mmmmm.
The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this solid lager. If it were more cost effective I would gladly give two Schlitz.
Serving type: can
11-02-2011 03:19:28 | More by weizenbob
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Rated to enjoyment, not to style.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a 1" thick, rocky head with great retention. Significant visible carbonation. Lacing goes all down the sides of the glass.
Aroma: Fruity, tropical, grapefruit; malty background. It's those Cascade hops! Smells great, but doesn't seem like a Vienna lager.
Taste: Dry, clean arrival, bitter and clean across mid-palate. Dry, hoppy finish. It could use a little more malt, but it is a lager, not an ale, after all.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, good carbonation.
Overall: Really pleasant. Because this doesn't quite seem like a Vienna lager, what with the strong American hopping, I'm not going to rate it as one (BJCP does not have a category for American Amber Lager - that's a problem...). This is a beer I could come back to again and again. It is a well-structured, balanced, hoppy craft lager. Easily one of my top five beers of all time. Clean, refreshing, and remarkable (but not a Vienna lager).
Serving type: can
07-29-2014 01:42:42 | More by SaltofOH
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.