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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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very good

2,528 Ratings

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Ratings: 2528
Reviews: 1124
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%

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)
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Photo of MarkoNm


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a clear amber colored contents with a medium white frothy head that has a pretty decent retention.
The mild, sweet roasted aroma is complemented by some caramel and a slight yeasty smell.
Starts sweet and fruity, followed by some yeastiness and bready feel in the body, plus some roasted feel, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 19:19:33 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of Flounder57


3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft during the Celtics game at the TD Garden.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a color color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass ad the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight toasted and caramel malts with some lager yeast and citrusy hops.

Taste: Same as above. Balanced and simple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bitterness, light bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: A good Vienna lager. Not the best, not the worst, but better than average. Enjoyable, simple, and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2014 22:53:35 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Retroman40


3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass - drank cold from the refrigerator.

A - Poured a light copper color with a good thick long lasting head as well as significant lacing.

S - A nice combination of citrusy hops and malt sweetness.

T - Started with the citrusy hops and ended with a nice sweet malt finish.

M - Good body and carbonation level.

O - A really refreshing lager that could be a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 09:50:24 | More by Retroman40
Photo of ppvora


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened a cold bottle:

Plenty of aeration as the bottle was emptied into a lager glass. One finger of robust head which dissipated quickly. Color of beer was light brown with some copper hues.

Upon taking in a whiff of the beer, I got a fairly strong malty aroma with barley. The malt was stronger than the barley.

Taste: Light hops. You can taste quality here. Some subtle floral and citrus tones in the background. These subtle floral and citrus tones really add to this beer and it's likely to become one of my favorite lagers. (After making my own notes, I read the label on the beer and it talks about floral tones -- they are spot on!)

Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report.

Overall: A super lager with subtle hops and floral/citrus tones.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 11:59:37 | More by ppvora
Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is not a bad beer it is not an outstanding one either. For the price there are other beers in the same category at a better price. Maybe they are not made with the same quality ingredients, but I cannot know or tell the difference. That is not to say that I do not enjoy this one, because I do. I just believe that its a bit overly priced for what you get. I got it on sale for $7.99/ six pack a similar beer out of Pennsylvania I also picked up for $7.99, but it was for a 12 pack. I have been on this tirade for a while now, but beer has gotten overly costly as of late, or so it seems. That has not deterred me from drinking it, but I feel a bubble burst coming, at least I hope a leveling. On to the review, the color is a golden red the smell is flat, nothing much to express there. The taste is good, its not too much of anything, which to me says balance. That is a good thing, especially in a lager. This is, as someone else put, a very sessionable beer, although if you plan on saving some cash I wouldn't put a way too many, because there are much better beers in the same price range. Overall, this is a solid beer, but I do wish that it was more in the same price range of its real competition, because for lagers you have a lot of competition and at much better prices.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:26:22 | More by humuloner22
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: February 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION: the Olympics begin in Sochi--and I am a fool for the hype... APPEARANCE: beautiful orange-amber body; healthy and bubbly; thick, rocky white head that settles well; noticeable tracing... AROMA: fragrant malt; faint yet formidable citric elements--lemongrass, some pear--and some softer hops--understated but alluring... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly oily--solid mouthfeel--active and bubbly ...TASTE: light malts hint at bubblegum and muffin--refreshingly light overall, with a taste that invites a six-pack without simply rinsing... OVERALL: A companion piece to Sam Adams' offering, though not as bold, big or bountiful; a solid mix-pack filler, a session beer for certain, and definitely versatile enough to be a plus at parties where macros are offered mindlessly....

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:34:01 | More by dacrza1
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a bottle poured into a pint glass at a Calgary pub in the Kensington area (the Bottlehouse, which now also has the best fried chicken in the city by the way). An amber-brown color with around two inches or so of beige head, quite fizzy. Aroma is reminiscent of light caramel, some other nondescript semi-sweet fruit (melon?), and reasonably assertive German noble hops along with Cascade quasi-citrus elements as well. Hops on the nose fairly impressive for the style. Very inviting. Taste is crisp, refreshing, and again semi-sweet, with some pleasant herbal notes. I get some bread crust, a twinge of brown sugar, unripe plums, and green grassy hops, balanced and quenching after physical exertion. Compares favorably with Creemore Springs Premium Lager (see that review) and is a prime example of how to do this style well. Thin bodied but flavorful with moderately aggressive carbonation. Would tackle a six-pack during an afternoon of yard work and would appreciate actually tasting what I was drinking (bye bye adjunct lagers ... That was your only real purpose).

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:20:30 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Twobeards


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber, light brown with head that doesn't last long. Nice and clear. Smells like sweet malts, and a hint of hops. Tastes about the same, the bitter from the hops outweighing the sweetness. Finishes clean and a little dry. Thinner mouthfeel. Overall a very good lager, but there's others from Brooklyn I like better.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:17:13 | More by Twobeards
Photo of kaplunk02


3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden brown with a lasting off-white head.

S: Smells grainy and sweet but also something almost like a toxic sweetness. Its not a bad smell in and of itself but seems to remind me of some kind of sweet smelling paint or something.

T: Very hoppy and citrusy/floral.

M: Pretty crisp with a bit of a hoppy bite. A dry finish.

O: A pretty flavor lager. A bit too hoppy and floral for my personal tastes but very dynamic for its style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 02:31:31 | More by kaplunk02
Photo of Fuldner


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Lager from Brookly Brewery is a perfect example of a quality craft lager with amazing taste. The lager gives out amazing taste without a hard acid level. This lager although tasteful, continues its lager tradition in how light weight the beer settles. Although one could make the arguement that the brew has a almost too much hoppy taste. But in visiting New York City, this beer is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 13:39:40 | More by Fuldner
Photo of SonictheBeerhog

New York

3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this. When I smelled it it had a slight hoppy scent. After the first swig I was very satisfied because the overall taste was light and average but the after taste is what I really enjoy: full of hops! As for the appearance: Hat! At first I really enjoyed the hat but when I went for the second sip there was still an inch of hat.
So overall option I enjoy it!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:43:12 | More by SonictheBeerhog
Photo of Nagol

New York

3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very thick head that stays for a long time. Color is sort of a golden brown. Couldn't smell the beer out of the bottle, had to pour it to smell. Not an overly attractive scent. Taste is very good. A hint of malt with a nice hoppy kick. Mouthfeel is good, not too carbonated. One of the better beers I've had recently. Definitely a fan of pre-prohibition style lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:40:11 | More by Nagol
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Bottleneck says BB APR 2014

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retains long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Grainy malt aroma with a trace amount of hops. Slightly sweet.

T- Quite neutral in flavor, or balanced, however you wanna look at it. Some more husky grain. Minimal bitterness. Clean and very drinkable.

M- Crisp with a small bite from the medium carbonation. Lightish body.

O- Aside from the decent mouthfeel, this is a very passable lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:55:37 | More by Immortale25
Photo of stakem


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a matching Brooklyn snifter. The brew appears a hazed orange copper color with a white finger that fades back to a thin film. It leaves stringy lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with malt that seems more like candy sugar than anything else. A little citrus zest and also a floral hop component is present. A clean, enjoyable set of aromatics here.

The taste has the previously mentioned almost belgian candy aspect instead of malt that gets immediately contrasted by a floral and citrus hop flavor with accompanying zesty bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. As far as everyday easily attainable lagers go, this one sure is unique and atypical. Easy drinking despite being quite different. Worth trying again if it had been awhile.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 15:12:48 | More by stakem
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice and solid lager, although not certain it compares as well with many of the excellent beers I personally classify in the "red" category.

Pours a clear and dark golden amber colour with an attractive creamy head that has good retention. A nice looking beer with a decent amount of lacing that continues to look attractive as the glass empties... Grain-forward aroma of toasted biscuits, with nice caramel tones. The well balanced taste has a good blend of malt and hops, making it an easy drinking and sessionable lager. Its sweet start morphs into a nice bitterness that lingers longer than most German lagers, but not long enough to scare off someone transitioning into craft beers. There are elements of toffee and even some coffee in the body that make this far more interesting than any macro version.

As with anything I've enjoyed from Brooklyn, this is a well brewed beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:23:18 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a medium amber color, pretty clear. A fair amount of carbonation visible. A small head appeared which dissipated quickly. Just a tiny amount of residual left on the glass.

S - Really not a whole lot going on. Some bready-malty combo, along with a hint of grass.

T - Not a bad lager. Bread is certainly noticeable up front, and the malt is noticeable about midway. Just a slight bitterness at the end, where the grass aroma is noted slightly, as well. Again, not a ton going on, but it's not a bad lager.

F - Light and crisp as a good lager should be. Was very refreshing after a football game. Certainly a sessionable beer.

O - I'm a huge fan of quality lagers, but Amber/Red Lagers aren't among my favorites. More a Munich Helles and German Pilsener guy. Still though, I enjoy some offerings from this style and this is one. There isn't a ton going on, but it's still pretty tasty. I really liked that the malt is very noticeable without being sweet. A beer that I probably won't buy again, but if the beer were offered, I'd certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 12:47:05 | More by stella77artois
Photo of scaliasux


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden amber. Slightly hazy. Moderately tall, white, foamy head with good persistence.

Smell - Light sweet toasted malt. Bready, a little caramel.

Taste - Bready malt, with a little dark toast. A little orange or grapefruit in the finish. Leaves a slight sour aftertaste. Less malt forward than many in this category.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Crisp and refreshing. Probably a good option on a hot summer day. Flavor's not quite up my alley, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 03:20:44 | More by scaliasux
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best before October 2013 printed on the side. My second beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and I'm excited to try it based on my experience with their Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a coppery burnt sienna orange colored body, with some cloudiness and some sediment floating around. About a finger of fluffy off-white foam for a head. Looks like more of what I imagine a pale ale would look like than a lager, but it still looks nice. Some very thin strings of lace.

S - Smell is pretty subdued aside from a good whiff of pine hops, a hint of spice, and some dusty malt sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose in terms of subtlety, but it is well done. Crisp carbonation, sweet sugary malts, wheat grains, and some bitter hops to round things off.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Some lingering green apple skin on the finish. Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice session beer from Brooklyn Brewery, one I would happily revisit. Some seriously flavorful easy drinking here; it is no wonder why this is their flagship beer.

Brooklyn Lager ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 03:23:04 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Amish_Ambush


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Reviewed: 08-30-2006

I think this is one of the better all malt lagers out there. This was a nice surprise as I marched ahead in the Winking Lizard World Tour of Beers.

Taste: Hops, Caramel, Butterscotch, grapefruit and finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste. Very flavorful and full of character.

Smell: A bit hoppy.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied with a slight creamy characteristic.

Notes: Overall a solid beer and well worth picking up at the store.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 17:55:50 | More by Amish_Ambush
Photo of Mavigo


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a short tan head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Light, mellow aroma, wheat, yeast, barley, hops, citrus peels, spices

T: Low key flavor, wheat, grains, citrus, yeast, spices and hops

M: Medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation, well balanced, smooth, soothing and crisp

O: Overall, this is a pretty damn good lager, it's relatively cheap and I could guzzle this. Recommended by me.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 23:40:03 | More by Mavigo
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear. Medium gold in color, with frothy, long-lasting, yet thin, ivory head.

Smell: Grainy malt and some DMS mixed with light citrus esters. Not unappealing, but not an inviting aroma, either.

Taste: Balanced, medium hop bitterness and well-attenuated pale maltiness. Reminds me a bit of a Dortmunder Export. Not very flavorful, but at least it's nice and round.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, and slightly watery. Medium carbonation. Higher carbonation might take away from the watery character and make this beer more satisfying.

Overall: A decent lager with good intentions via cutting out the usual adjuncts. Nothing off-putting, but nothing much to remember it by.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:31:28 | More by BethanyB
Photo of boddhitree


3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pre-Prohibition Style Brooklyn Lager (bottle):

Wonderfully süffig ("drinkable, goes down easily/quickly") but light on Pils malts, which were only evident after warming it up.

I can't remember if there were much malts, but it went down great on a hot and sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 10:33:49 | More by boddhitree
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color with mild carbonation and mild head. Malty, yeasty aroma with a floral and fruity hit from the hops. More carbonation in the sip than it appears. Overall taste is similar to its aroma. Slight tang with some sweetness. Not really bitter at all. Perhaps too light.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:08:52 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of BierStein711


3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught into shaker pint

Two finger off-white head, amber body

Moderate carbonation

Smells; malt, hop, and herb

Taste: smoky, malty, wet grain, hop finish

Mouthfeel: oily

Overall, I'd definitely have this again, it is what I want from a lager. Refreshing and flavorful!
It could be in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 10:14:08 | More by BierStein711
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small stein. The beer pours out a clear light amber color with a nice thick 3 fingers of head. The nose is faint, but has bready, nutty malt notes and a hint of lemony hops.

The beer has a light-medium body with a nice clean malt flavor. Sweet, bready notes up front are balanced by lemony, peppery hops. Unfortunately, the malt flavor is a bit light and the hops die rather quickly, leaving to a rather bland, watery finish. Refreshing, but not all that flavorful. The feel is firm, but I don't get that ``chewy, bread-in-a-bottle'' feel that I look for in a (true) lager.

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a Vienna-style lager or an ``Americanized'' version of one. In either case, it has a nice flavor, just not quite enough of it to suit me. An average lager at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 20:18:07 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.