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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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very good

2,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 2520
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 B967ierhunter177


1.65/5  rDev -56%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 12:23:55 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of RoyalT


2/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 10:02:08 | More by RoyalT
Photo of rickyleepotts


2/5  rDev -46.7%
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…

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 04:23:58 | More by rickyleepotts


2.25/5  rDev -40%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 00:51:58 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear deep straw color with a big bright white head. Good lacing. Sweet pils malt on the nose with a touch of caramel and floral hops.

Very interesting beer, not sure if im into yet or not. Slick mouthfeel with good carbonation. There's a strange sliced pickle taste to this beer, no lie. The bottle still has another 2 months before being out of code so it isn't old. Sweet and faint grainy malt bill up front. Some floral hop flavors kick in along with vigorous carbonation. Pickle flavor comes in around mid palate and finishes off the beer leaving a tinny and pickle aftertaste.

Unique but not sure if im down with this pickle taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 23:02:27 | More by jtierney89
Photo of alleykatking


2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Light hazy golden amber color with this pour. More golden orange when this beer is held up to the light. One finger dirty white head leaves rather quickly. Nice ring style lacing left on the glass as drinking it.

S- Big sweet bready malts in forefront. Light notes of apple and darker fruits in there as well (raisin maybe?). Alcohol is present more so than any hops. This has a light cider smell to it.

T- Light hop bitterness in the front. Big alcohol taste in this. Malts come in midway and help kill alcohol taste with some sweetness. Everything is a mess with the taste.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Very dry in the mouth. Alcohol was the dominate feature left on the palate along with some darker fruits. Alcohol flavor in the aftertaste as well.

D- Might have been a bad bottle but this was a terrible lager. The style was wrong and it actually tasted more like an Old Ale to me. Might try again in the future to see if I had a bad bottle. I drank this all while think about drain pouring it the entire time.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 02:03:36 | More by alleykatking
Photo of glasscleaner

New York

2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mix a little San Pellegrino bottled water into a Sam Adams Boston Lager,and the result's Brooklyn Lager.
BL's a starter craft beer to put drinkers on the road to something else.The flavors are not too pronounced,ABV's not high,there's a lot of carbonation,and as a session beer the price is a little high[bought a 12 pack at Rite Aid in Queens NY for $16.99,6'ers are $8.99 + in this area].
BL claims to have a "malty body",yet the "floral hops" dominate the relationship.Both need to be dialed up a notch to create lasting excitement on the palate.
Lightly refreshing,innocuous,mild,harmless are words which come to mind.A beer for when you don't want to drink "beer" only.
Those new on the scene might appreciate this briefly,but with more experience in the field they'll no longer take the Last Exit to Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 19:35:32 | More by glasscleaner
Photo of beerprovedwright


2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poor head of less than a finger and went poof in about 15 seconds. Lace is splochy and no cling. Color is a 8 on the SRM beer color chart. Smells like barley, and wet wheat. Tastes are roasted wheat, malt, and yeast. Mouthfeel is adequate, but nothing special. Just does not have much going for, flavor just sort of sends me the wrong way.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 17:28:55 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of waughbrew


2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad lager, but not a very good one either. I kept thinking that it was like a cheap Sam Adams.

light copper, hop oils form patches of head. Aroma was nice spicy hop. taste was a caramel flavor that did not integrate very well with the rest of the beer. There was a little lemon zest. The one nice surprise was the floral notes in the flavor of the hops. Easy drinking, but why would you buy one when SA boston lager is more easily found and tastes somewhat similar and much better? I suppose this beer is supposed to provide a step-up from tasteless lagers, which it does rather well i guess.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2003 13:30:24 | More by waughbrew
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2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/30/2008 (Tap @ Flying Saurcer, Houston, TX):

Pours an amber brownish body with a small creamy white head. Has a sweet aroma, fruit. Some hops in the nose. Grapefruity taste, sweet strawberry aftertaste. Malty. Watery palate. Has a soft mouthfeel. Hoppy taste. But too malty for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 13:57:50 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of jhu1995


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a nice head and good lacing. Lots of flowery hop aroma which I find odd for a lager. Smell is more like a pale ale. Taste was hoppy, with lots of bitter, flowery hop taste. Tasted like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is great if you want a pale ale but bad if you want a lager. Thought this strayed too much from the style. Medium-bodied and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 02:59:10 | More by jhu1995
Photo of putnam


2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Richly amber in color, the nose is of sweaty, sticky, cheap, yellow hop buds. Caramel sundae topping struggles to emerge from underneath the piercing load of herb. On the palate it is sharp, with an awkward clash of ingredients and a deficit of integration and harmony. It tastes somewhat rushed and painted by numbers. Alternating impressions of gritty metal and gastric acids are mild, but still too obvious. Some indiscriminate hop-heads may be delighted with this beer. I doubt, however, that one could honestly take pleasure in consuming it on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2004 02:13:24 | More by putnam
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In a pint glass, a nonic, and a pilsener (nothing changed in any of it):

A: light orange/yellow colored body, one finger white head that died within ten seconds. No rings, no lacing, no carbonation rising.

S: overly floral with the malts coming in and out at odd times

T: overly floral again, not getting into this

M: light to medium. It was mostly drinkable

O: as many times as I had this and kept trying to give it a chance, I couldn't get into this. Gimme a Sam Adams over this any day. Sorry Brooklyn, you make better beers than this

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:05:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of njmoons

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had Brooklyn Lager a couple times. I always come away with the same impression.

I could go into a extended review of the beer. Brooklyn makes quality beers, but to sum it up quickly...

The beer is out of balance. The Hop flavor overpowers the beer start to finish.

Hops quickly over power the malt flavor I am looking for in a medium lager, and interferes with the crispness of the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 12:26:03 | More by njmoons
Photo of jaluria


2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An average beer lacking in complexity and balanced character; but a reasonable example of the style. It pours a medium-gold color with good carbonation. Rather subtle malt smell. Bland taste without complexity or backbone; malt presence is all there is. Unpleasant aftertaste due to the residual sugar texture. I didn't enjoy this beer, but I think under the right conditions a few of these could be had. A more balanced body is needed to make this more enjoyable, but then it might not be the right style.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 17:39:02 | More by jaluria
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice coppery/amber color. Poured with a nice head and very effervescent. Nice lacing stayed with the glass through the tasting. Subtle smell, very faint floral aroma. Very hoppy, somewhat similar to an IPA. Not what I expected from a lager. Smooth mouthfeel, but I wouldn't consider this particularly drinkable in that I really wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting. In my opinion, not Brooklyn's best offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 00:50:26 | More by Jwale73
Photo of Jimmys


2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: a deep amber/copper hue. clarity isn't great. neither is the head retention. however the lacing looks good.

S: caramel is obvious. very sweet, not enough hop bitterness/aroma.

T: toasted bread. caramel. smooth, but mostly malty. struggling to find a hop balance. a little english earthiness.

M: smooth and mellow. light/medium body.

D: i wouldn't really consider this an american amber lager, but more of an english. just sort of a malty one-note lager. looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 04:39:47 | More by Jimmys
Photo of humanfactor


2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:21:54 | More by humanfactor
Photo of Mancer

New York

2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured amber in color with a 2 finger high off white head. For the most part, the head dissipated slightly and remained for most of the beer. Additionally, the lacing was everywhere and remain on the glass when the beer was finished off. The initial smell of the beer was hops, Barley, and a bit of alcohol. The initial taste of the beer was a quasi sweet barley. The beer finished like a wheat beer. Overall it had a light body with medium carbonation.

My conclusion is this, if you're stuck in a room with the big brands or a bottle of this, you take this, but if you had a craft beer selection, then you don't pick this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 21:43:14 | More by Mancer
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

starts out Ok, with floral aroma and reasonable appearance with head. First sips fine, but tires quickly. Not so drinkable. Some bitterness and balance. Malts and Ok aftertaste but just damn boring and plain. J'accuse. Least liked of the Brooklyn product line.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 03:04:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of scottfrie


2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass. Big thanks to StormKing47 for this one.

A: Pours a light red-tinged golden color with a couple fingers of light tan head that slowly receded into a thick fuzzy film that left a great network of lace down the glass.
S: Smells of lightly toasted caramel and slight hop resin. Very light smelling.
T: Tastes like a lager with a dose of caramel, toasted grains and a few drops of hop extract. Aftertaste is kinda sour and astringent.
M: A bit sharp and rough and around the edges. Half way through this beer I didn't want to drink it anymore. Crisp enough.
D: Pretty bland. Not my cup of beer. I'd probably rather have one of the better American adjunct lager over this.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 01:49:40 | More by scottfrie
Photo of sudz42


2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Many people are over the moon about Brooklyn Brewery, but notwithstanding good marketing and that New Yorkers should be re-entitled to a hometown brewery, this is pretty acrid stuff, not in the league of Sam Adams Lager.

I was disappointed. The mouthfeel is astringent. The malt is there, but no unifying mojo brings this drink together.

I think it's the water. NYC (and Brooklyn, assumedly) has relatively good drinking water, but like much of the eastern seaboard, the beers take on a mineral, harsh feel in the throat; not the soft, smooth feel of German beers, for example. Pennsylvania and the Great Lakes (Prima/Genessee Brewery) are the exception, as the geology is limestone, and thus a softer drink can be rendered (if only a brewery like Prima could back off a bit a brew a subtler drink).

The 16-oz. cans are gone and I'm back to Becks. Ooops! Did I admit that? Ultra-stressed, pasteurized Becks is a better drink? For better or worse, it is. Feel the softness, taste the subltle malt and German hop, see the clarity....

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:22:39 | More by sudz42
Photo of builder53


2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours rich golden color with about a 3/8" off-white head (which dissipated quite quickly),and moderate lacing.Scents are of a hoppy/grainy mix. Taste is a very hopped bitter one that left a less than desirable taste on the back of the tongue. Mouth feel is quite good, full and creamy with a stick to the tongue feel.For my personal tastes this is a fogettable beer based on the lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 20:20:04 | More by builder53
Photo of Mdog


2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber, ok head.

Smell: Mild fruit, but there's an underlying stinkyness that is unpleasant.

Taste: Pretty standard amber lager, bread, toffee, tea-like bitterness.

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, tea-like bitterness doesn't make me want to come back.

Another new-to-Minnesota beer, I thought this was a pale lager when I bought it but find that it is an amber lager. Not my favorite flavor combination, but I'll still try the other Brooklyn beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 21:43:26 | More by Mdog
Photo of bcgpete


2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best-by date of Oct. 2009, poured into a pint glass.
About half an inch of tan head on top of a nice burnt orange. Much darker than I was expecting for a lager.

The smell is fairly sweet, reminding me of an amber ale.

Upon tasting, however, the amber ale aroma gives way to a somewhat bland flavor. Almost reminds me of Killians.

The drinkability isn't bad, I could drink a few of these as it's not too heavy in the mouth or stomach.

Overall not a bad beer, but not one that I'd go on a quest to find.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 22:42:03 | More by bcgpete
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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,520 ratings.