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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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very good

2,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 2518
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 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 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 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 SportsandJorts


3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: a dull orangish color. nice clarity. and a white head that leaves nothing behind

Smell: grassy, and caramel malts.

Taste: an odd, unbalanced mixture of sweet caramel malts and grass. way too sweet

Mouthfeel: light and good, but leaves a lingering sweetness that doesn't bode too well

Overall: I am hoping this one is bad tap lines. I was at a bar that wasn't the most craft friendly. other than that i found it to be on the verge of undrinkable

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 16:27:11 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-Amber, high clarity. A one finger head on this pour with sparse but intricate curtains of lace. Take a whiff of Brooklyn Lager and you'll find a floral hop note that's pleasantly surprising given the style. Cascade hops at work here, though much more restrained than in a pale ale. Notes of lightly toasted bread and caramel round things out.

On the palate, crisp, clean maltiness gives way to a healthy hoppiness that lingers a bit past the finish. Superbly balanced in my opinion, though craft beer neophytes may find it bitter. Dry, clean finish. Nothing earth shattering going on here, just very well integrated, complementary flavors.

Brooklyn's addition of American hops to a Vienna style lager yields an excellent brew. This is noticeably better on tap than from the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 23:04:28 | More by gr0g
Photo of chrisgalvin


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can someone send me a 12-pack of this. While this might just be the Sierra Nevada on the East Coast, this is a really good Lager. Nice brown color with a great balance of hops and malt and a super clean finish. Wonderful session beer and perfect with lots of food. A must stop (along with Momofuku) on Friday's when in NYC

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 05:21:15 | More by chrisgalvin
Photo of dar482

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I hated this stuff, but then I've been slowly appreciating lagers more.

It pours in a brown color that's relatively clear.

It has a light crystal malt flavor. There is a slight bit of caramel and then a little hops, but then the finish is very quick.

This still is really refreshing off of tap. The carbonation really sells this beer with this wonderful tingle and mouthfeel.

It's an enjoyable beer. Not my favorite lager, but a good go to in NYC.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 02:27:13 | More by dar482
Photo of Danny1217


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, lets plenty of light through. A nice bubbly white head. Good retention.
Grain and herbal hop aroma. Pretty light on the nose.
Crisp spicy hop bite, caramel malt sweetness, some grains. The way a lager like this should taste. Not too powerful, highly sessionable, but a full flavor. Good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Just one of those beers that you can have whenever and not be unhappy. Goes well with a nice, greasy meal too.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 03:51:34 | More by Danny1217
Photo of videofrog


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Flying Saucer in Austin:

A: Lighter red/amber color with frothy white head. Head has great staying power as it leaves thick rings of lace down the glass.

S: Clean, sweet malts, hint of hops.

T: Clean, sweet grainy malts. Grassy hops in the finish.

M: Very crisp, refreshing. Nice and easy drinking.

O This one worked perfectly as a palate cleanser in between 2 bigger brews. Very sessionable and good, clean flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 04:02:29 | More by videofrog
Photo of stumac


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

Pours up with a Blanca head, copper colored, boogie outta control. Smells of hops, German perhaps, nothin crazy, maybe a lil wee bit o' malt. It's nice and bitter, like an American Pilsner only because it's not a true Pils to the best of my lack of knowledge. Sweet lil baby kiss of malts. Nice medium body, good carbo, solid beer. Solid is the word here. Brooklyn is a solid brewery. Not gettin a fully here but I'll remain half-mast

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 20:58:47 | More by stumac
Photo of TwinButte

South Dakota

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at City Tavern in Dallas TX. Awesome bar that definitely has that old west tavern feel. Cozy booths, wood floors and rustic ceiling. Waiting for a shoot out to happen!

Oh yes, the beer. I am not much for the standard fizzy lager these days but really wanted to try something from this brewery so I gave it a shot. First thing I noticed was the hop profile. Can lagers have that much hop aroma? It lingers too and it's not the usual bitter flavor either. Really nicely done in that regard. It had a malty enough backbone to support it and the color was a nice anberish red.

Glad I tried it but won't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 02:53:49 | More by TwinButte
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head.

Smells of sweet malts.

There's a bit of fruitiness to this which was surprising some really tasty malt flavours.

Has just the right level of carbonation. Very refreshing.

This was a really good lager could easily session these. Probably the best lager I've had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 22:31:47 | More by Dave1999
Photo of cmq103

New Jersey

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

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg from my dual-tap kegerator into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Amber-copper color, typical for a lager, with a nice 1/2" frothy head. The head reduced to about a 1/8th of an inch, but left me with tight, clingy lacing indicating where my initial head pour was located. Lacing continued to be impressive as my glass emptied.

Smell: Malts are present, but so is a citrus hoppy aroma, which took me a little by surprise for a lager. Some might call might call me crazy but I swear as I swirl the glass, I pick up the faint aroma of cooked brussel sprouts.

Taste: Yep, light citrus hops flick the palate right away, making way for a mildly sweet caramel/toasted malt middle/end. Bitterness (grapefruit style) is clearly present in the finish. Reminds me of lighter pale ale, mixed with a lager.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, light body with lively carbonation. Dry, mildy bitter finish, with a hop presence that stays on the tongue a few seconds after each swallow.

Overall: Definitely an unexpected lager/pale ale combination, yet Brooklyn pulled it off to make it a well-rounded session beer. This will make it to my kegerator in the future. The lager fans who expect just a caramel/toasted malt presence with this style might not like this one due to the mild hoppiness. I didn't mind it at all...

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 02:56:37 | More by cmq103
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just had this with lunch, on tap, pint glass.
I took notes on a cocktail napkin.

A-Orange/amber color. Not cloudy but not clean, hazy. One finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S-slightly sweet grainy malt smell with some notes of citrus.

T-the grainy malts are upfront. A dry finish with a slight hop bitterness and lingering citrus flavor.

M-light to medium body with little carbonation.

O-a good lager. I've had this brew many times before, not my favorite as I trend toward a hoppier taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 19:10:43 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

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

Had this on tap at the brewery.

A: reddish brown. 1 finger head.

S: fruity and citrus. Subtle malt.

T: fruity and malty.

M: nicely carbed and medium body.

O: good but not great. Could take it or leave it. After having so many different flavorful beers I feel that this beer just couldn't hold its own. Probably not it's fault. It was overshadowed by great beers however.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2011 02:19:20 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of Francepants06


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured a medium sized white head with a amber color almost like a fall beer.
It smelled a fruitiness with a brown sugar smell.
I didn't get much hop like the other reviewers but I did get that fruitiness from belgian beers that you get in the finish and also some burnt caramel and brown sugar.
It was light to medium bodied, very easy to drink, definitely makes a good football beer.
Overall, a good beer from a good brewery. The brew master says to drink it with a basket of fries, I say drink it with a nice juicy burger with cheese and bacon.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 00:08:14 | More by Francepants06
Photo of TylerAddisonJ13


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

First review in ages. Here we go!

A - Slightly cloudy amber body, light brown 2-finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Looks like... beer. Nothing too spectacular, but certainly not boring.

S - Mainly malted barley. Smells almost like when you're at a brewery, and all you can smell is the malt. Very nice touch. Hops peek through the malty cloud here and there, for a brighter, slightly citrus smell.

T - Smooth malt taste at first, quickly segueing to grapefruit-esque hops. Very drinkable, enjoyable, and balanced. The taste really wins me over. I could have used a little bit stronger flavor, that's why it gets a 4 instead of a 4.5 or 5.

M - Coats the mouth thoroughly, leaves an (enjoyable) aftertaste. At first seems oily, but that goes away quickly.

Overall impression - good beer. A solid session-drinking lager. Great flavor, well-rounded character. I'd offer this to most of my friends, both beer connoisseurs and newbies alike!

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 02:28:05 | More by TylerAddisonJ13
Photo of ctfixer


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

On tap at Stillwater in Augusta GA.

Pours clear, amber in color, with fluffy a bit off-white head.

Smell provides malty base and a crisp, floral touch of hops.

Taste follows the nose (I like that) Malty, sweet notes upfront, then a nice crisp bite of hops.

In my mind, malt and hops work together perfectly. This makes for a well balanced brew with good mouthfeel and a pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable. Will be having more of these

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 22:45:35 | More by ctfixer
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sly Fox Inn; served in a Bud Light shaker.

A: Pours a light amber with a slight, but persistent cap of white head.

S: Seems to be heavy on the German hops, as their earthy, musty aroma is what appears first. Caramelly malts jump in right after the hops.

T: A bit more malt forward than the nose suggested, but that's all right. Hops are there for balance and the flavour is creamy malts and a pleasant fruity and bitter finish.

D: I could down this one all night. It has great balance and it really is just a joy to drink. Tasty and simple.

Overall: To me, this is like SA Boston Lager's maltier, American cousin. It has many similar aspects in flavour and aroma profile, but just clocks in with a bit more malt sweetness than Sam's amber lager. It's a nice little beer, and I'm glad that even shitty places (selection-wise) usually have this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 11:55:52 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of womencantsail


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

On-tap at Atwood's

A: The pour is a light amber color with about a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with quite a bit of toast and bread. Just a sweet malt profile overall. There are some floral hops and a mild grass note. The necessary lager yeast aroma is present, as are some mild esters.

T: Things don't deviate much on the palate. Sweet toast and bread malt flavors with a bit of a toffee note. Minimal bitterness with floral and grassy hop flavors. A few fruit esters give a bit of depth.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Sort of an ubiquitous beer on the East Coast, it seems. I found it to be pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 23:38:55 | More by womencantsail
Photo of sweett3k


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On special at C J's Pub in Kalamazoo for $1.75 a pint. A darker golden brown for a lager beer. Pencil thin head with little lacing. Smell of sweet Malt and grain. Not a lot going for it until you taste it. Nice hop bite with mellow tones of biscuit and rye. Real yummy. Over all great beer for the price. Time to order another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 22:46:13 | More by sweett3k
Photo of DrinkingDrake


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark golden color. Almost no head, just a couple big bubbles floating around. Nose has a big malty aroma with a lot of grassy earth, almost like I just ripped up a patch of grass. Flavor has a lot of grainy malts but some fruity hops comes through but get covered up by a bitter, grassy dryness. Orange fruit middle but too much of a dirty bitter dryness. This was alright to drink all night at a bar with no selection.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 01:12:49 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear orange amber with a thick, pale butter-tan head that leaves some substantial lacing. Aroma is strong, malty and slightly fruity. Malty flavor has firm fruity underpinning and a slight hoppy note. Firm-bodied texture is smooth, fizzy and lively. Normally I don’t care much for lagers, but this is a happy exception.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 14:26:36 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of lurpy1


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at Pepito's. Brooklyn may not be exotic by most standards, but Dos Equis is about as wild as Pepito's gets, so I considered it a hell of a coup.

Pours a standard reddish tint with decent head and head retention. Taste and smell are pretty standard.

Now, moving on to mouthfeel, maybe it's just me...maybe Pepito's put parrafin into the glass, but Brooklyn Lager had one of the most spectacular mouthfeels I've ever had. A thick, silky consistency, and spot on carbonation.

This beer was otherwise ordinary, but the consistency merits giving it really high marks.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 20:00:05 | More by lurpy1
Photo of TheHopMonster

New York

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Old tarnished penny with a lacy head. Slow rising bubbles showing a medium bodied lager.


Rich malts with some pine and grassy hops. Very dominating hop aromas that bring a bitter/sweet tingle to my nose.


Aggressive malts with caramel characteristics breaking through the intense grassy earthy hops. VERY bold taste for a lager.

Drink ability:

Not as refreshing as I would have thought. Very rich with intense malt and hop characteristics.


Wasn't expecting this from a lager, I was a little disappointed because I thought it would have been similar to a Samuel Adams which has a better balance of bitter and sweet. In my opinion a Sam Adams is a much better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 22:09:55 | More by TheHopMonster
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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,518 ratings.