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Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Reviews: 1,211 | Ratings: 3,520
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A darker yellow color, 3/4" white head. Aroma doesn't kick anything down.

Rather bitter for a lager, the color scheme is darker than you would expect, caramel and C hops. Something weird going on, I dunno if its just the lager yeast with the darker than usual malts or what.

This one isn't refreshing. Rarely do I say this for a lager, but a lighter malt bill would be better.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2.35/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I was hoping to find a new, good, lager. Not so much.

The aroma was nice as I put the bottle to my lips. The taste was good, initially.
But then, as with almost all USA "craft" beers, the hops gang appeared and kicked the crap out of my tongue and mouth.
A small taste of malt reduced the hops gang damage, a little.
Then the aftertaste started and a "nostalgic" remembrance of the hops gang stayed longer than needed. Sort of like your ol' uncle Billy and his family of 3 spoiled brats. get out............

Thankfully I am done with my taste "tolerance" tests.I tried to expand my tastes to include some of the USA craft offerings and their 24/7 HOPS and HOPS and HOPS and HOPS and..........

Nope. Not gonna do it. Too much hops is too MUCH hops.

Willkommen zu Hause, deutsches Bier!!!!

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love this lager, simple and right to the point. Refreshing, good hop presence herbal and great malt dryness in both taste and mouthfeel. Worked perfectly well with pizza watching a football match

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice-looking beer, though more honey/gold than amber/copper. Active carbonation props up a solid khaki head cap that lingers for a good bit. Plenty of malt on the nose, though there is a lot more hoppiness than I'd have guessed for a beer billed as a lager. Same true of the taste; a solid blast of hops on first approach, but the malt balances things out as you go down. A little metallic on the back end for me, too. I do very much enjoy the creamy fullness of the mouthfeel, but that's the only part of this beer that is clearly well above average to me. Somewhat disappointing, given this beer's pedigree.

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Photo of dcjones82
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first non macro beer and it changed my whole outlook on craft beers. I went from drinking beer to get drunk, to drinking beer for the taste and enjoyment. Thought I would review one of my new found favorites!

L- Very nice looking beer in a glass. Golden amber color, 2 finger creamy white head, and a good amount of carbonation. Very good lacing on sides of glass.
S- Roasted malt smell, caramel, hops. Very nice smelling amber lager.
T- Taste follows the nose imo. Malt up front, hop in middle, nice finish. Just a really good amber lager flavor, enough hop bitterness, very well balanced.
F- Very nice medium bodied mouth feel. Creamy, hop, roasted. Not too heavy, not too light.
O- Still a huge fan of this beer! I'm new to the craft world, but will always have a spot for this on my shelf. If your into lagers at all, do yourself a favor and pick this up. I don't think you will be disappointed. Great beer, highly recommended!

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Photo of rocketcat
2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Quite mild foretaste, but strong and long aftertaste. Not easily foaming. Abit bitter. Good balanced dark beer, but not unfortunately my personal favourites.
Etumaku vaatimaton, mutta vahva ja pitkä jälkimaku. Ei vaahtoudu. Hieman katkera. Tummana oluena tasapainoinen ja hyvä, muttei minun makuuni parhaimmistoa.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one of my easy drinking favorites for under $15 for a 12-pack...nice color, smooth flavor with no aftertaste. Nice afterwork beer when you want to relax...

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to Pilsner glass. Nice 3 finger head, settled to one. Beautiful brown/golden color with bubble rising. Initial taste was deep and rich. Well carbonated with a dry finish. Very nice beer for drinking outside by the pool.

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Photo of TheBeerPimp
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply the best lager in the world. I love this beer. A complex, multi-layered lager with a hoppy taste and malty bitter aftertaste, but still works as a standard 'relaxing' beer. You want want to go back to any other lager after trying this.

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Photo of Gothish
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a sensory pint glass.

Color is medium amber with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly

On the nose it's a bit bready, a bit grassy

This is an ok lager, but it didn't wow me. It's a bit thin on the palate. The flavor is there, it just isn't punchy enough. Dry hoppiness, but not much of the malty sweetness I love in a lager. It's all just a bit anemic. If it was a choice between this and literally any macro brew, I'd go for Brooklyn every time - but if there is a Sam Adams in the area, then Brooklyn is sitting this one out.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's not bad, but after having my first lager in years yesterday (Ayinger dortmunder) and being super-excited about what I might be missing, this was a slight letdown. That stuff is fantastic btw. This pours a clear amber with almost-dissipated bone-white top that does cling a bit. Aroma is floral and slightly hoppy in a funky way, not what I'd expected. Flavor is better with more malt getting a grip - a nice biscuit - but still slightly overbalanced by the hop. Finish is on the semisweet which is okay by me.

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Photo of seedyone
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Way maltier than I imagined. Nearer an ale IMO, due to the bigness of it all. Most notable is the heavy texture. Not what I'd call a summer brew which is how I catagorize lager. A tad cloying which steps away from the refreshment I seek. Labels aside, this is a substantial drink. Chewy almost.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear orange peel color with a fairly large head. The aroma offers up orange and grapefruit peel notes, a strong presence of toasty malts, as well as floral and earthy-sweet undertones. The flavor actually leads with some floral, rather violet like perfumey notes, leading into a strong taste of orange peel, and finishing on slightly bitter toasty brown bread. The mouthfeel is not quite crisp, but with very clean carbonation. Overall this is a flavorful and pleasant lager, with strong but not overwhelming hop presence. There is a fairly strong perfume flavor on the start of the sip, which is a touch off-putting, but it does not ruin the beer in any way.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow / amber colour. Big fluffy head which retained quite well. Some lacing

Hoppy nose with some citrus and a little malty biscuit. Not bad

Palate is quite nice but not particularly complex. Malty with some biscuit flavours. Bitterness is quite low.

Mouth is ok - light to medium.

Overall a pretty good, light and refreshing beer.

Recommended if you like the style. I'd rather drink a more complex pale ale though.

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Photo of Squire123
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vienna comes to the Big Apple.

Nice amber color announcing a flavorful beer. Malt forward with a good dose of hops to balance, very much in the European tradition. This is an exciting beer. One that doesn't rely on complicated formulas, barrel aging or a double shovel full of hops to call itself special. It relies instead on craftsmanship and brewing tradition.

Buy it, order it, swap for it, get it any way you can.

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Photo of EMH73
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a one inch white head and decent lacing. Aroma is malts with not much else. Taste is slightly hoppy for a lager, some malts and caramel. Nothing complex to the smell or taste, but easily drinkable-crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, clean, refreshing, easy drinking and layered. Brooklyn lager . . . A severely underrated lager in terms of availability, cost and craftsmanship. Nicely balanced and complex. Terrific beer.

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Photo of NatiBuck
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Beer is a coper gold color. White head that leaves foamy lacing.

S - Smells like very little, very faint grassy hops aroma.

T - Tastes are pretty plain , grassiness is by far the strongest flavor, a little bit of grainy malts on the end.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, a little bit of astringency makes you pucker a bit towards the end.

O - Not a bad beer. Just not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Color: orange, copper, clear. Foam off-white, rigid, compact and durable. Nicely adorned with glass.
The aroma of malt, caramel, light fruitiness.
Taste: caramel crust of bread, too sweet to beer was refreshing.
Bitterness: light, dry. Saturation: high.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured it into a Boston Lager glass for irony.
Pours a deep copper color with a thin foam head that lingers thin.

Smells slightly hoppy, with that malt smell.

Tastes like a watery IPA/APA. Not too strong in its hop flavor. But ont he watery side.

Fells smooth, watery, but with a minor tickling carbonation.

Overall, it's decent. Would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very "meh". Not bad, but not special. It is exactly what is advertised. It's a slightly hoppy amber lager. Not a lot of character with the flavor, but still pretty refreshing.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Mediocre. I had about 3 of the 12 pack i bought with my girl. I was not enjoying this beer. Although it is very pretty looking and tastes good. I found it to be so okay, its average. I would recommend this beer to anyone. But I won't have it again.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a small head.

Faint grain, malt, nothing much else.
A pleasant bitterness to it, but its got a good malt character to it. More flavor than Im used to getting in lagers. Slightly sweet.

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Photo of bhblbagpiper
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a strong caramel and floral hops aroma. At first the taste is a little bitter forward but fades to rich caramel malt flavor and lingering floral hops taste. Lovely deep gold color. The dry hopped aspects as well as the Vienna malt really shine through. Nice distinct but balanced flavors.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden colour, tow fingers head that fades soon, leaving a good lace.
Aroma of herbs, citrus, fruits, notes of caramel. Medium body and average carbonation. Tasteof citrus, fruits, perpery, notes caramel. Dry finish.

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