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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 tviz33

New York

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can in to something that's apparently called a "craft pub glass"

A- Pours a pretty clear amber body with lots of rising bubbles and a tall, fluffy off-white head of three fingers.

S- Smells pretty hoppy. Fresh cut grass and grain with some caramel sweetness.

T- Not as hoppy or bitter as I expected from the nose, but very interesting. If I had to describe it, I'd say it sort of tastes like sweet, wet grass and toasted wheat bread.

M- Medium body with good carbonation and an oddly crisp finish.

O- This is a pretty good brew, but I'm going to leave it at that. It's nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: can

05-24-2013 02:48:19 | More by tviz33
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light amber infused gold. Head is white and creamy. Drops to a thin cap and collar with some nice lines of lacing. Moderate to high carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Light crackery malts. Some caramel malt sweetness. Grassy with some husky grain. Solid backing lager yeast. Some faint esters. Some raw cracked wheat (wheat thins). Slightly sweet and vaguely corn-like. Nice balance of malts. Vague earthy hops.

Taste: Bready with some solid caramel malt sweetness. Slightly bitter grain. Roasted in small measure. Building caramel/corn sweetness balanced by a grassy and mildly estery backing. Some apple skin and hay. Solidly toasted. Lager yeast is powdery. Oddly spicy and earthy. Mildly bitter. Clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. Some lingering bitterness on an otherwise clean finish. Crisp.

Overall: This beer tastes like Where the Red Fern Grows.

Interesting, but not all good. A bit raw and sweet with too much toasted character. Drinks well but the flavor profile is a bit too broad.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 01:13:30 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of horshack7


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

Appearance: From a twelve ounce can is an amber colored beer with a slight haze. The head is off white and is rocky.

Aroma: Grapefruit, tropical fruits. caramel malts, piney.

Taste: Malty in the front with citrus fruit notes. Grapefruit, a fairly smooth mouthfeel and medium to full bodied.

Notes: A straight forward and very drinkable beer. Cheers.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 01:14:53 | More by horshack7
Photo of Maxwell


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky light amber bordering on dark mustard yellow with a big creamy white head with sticky lacing leaving creamy patches like spider webs on the glass. The body is clear of particles (obviously) but has a murky look. The beer is transparent with some bubbles, but murky. The beer smells wet and grassy with notes of slightly citrus light caramel malts. From the can the malt smell is much more potent and sweet syrupy, reminding me of rice pudding and candy. The beer tastes quite sweet for a lager with light biscuit, grass and slight citrus. The beer touches the tongue as light citrus apple juice before moving into grassy hops with light citrus and slight bread and then opening into syrupy sweet on sides of the mouth but never striking cloying levels. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and grassy, but overall quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy, leaving the mouth wet with saliva and slightly dry with bitter lingerings. Overall this is a nice beer to put back. I bought a six pack of the cans to session them, and session them I did. The sweet taste is a little too much for what I would normally like, and I kind of wish the grass was more there, but overall a lovely mediocre chugger. This beer will not blow you away, but is solid where it counts.

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 19:56:26 | More by Maxwell
Photo of SteveGus


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is the color of a new penny. Poured into a Long John Silver's glass mug, the head seemed reasonably solid.

Relatively muted nose, some citrus and geranium and yeast.

While I heartily enjoy this, it doesn't taste to me like a lager at all. I am more reminded of the old, classic Ballantine Ale that I had been drinking since college, or better yet, the Ballantine IPA that you'd see every once in a while. I haven't had a Ballantine Ale in several years now, and the last one I had seemed somewhat diminished from my memory.... or maybe it's just me.

At any rate, that's the point of immediate comparison. This has a big hop flavor, with both bitterness and hop nose in evidence, somewhat geranial and citrusy but not nearly as offensive as Cascades usually are. (Northern Brewer, maybe?) If you are a hophead you will probably enjoy this.

What malt is there is mostly noticed in the aftertaste, a bit of sweetness, not a whole lot of grain.

If you are a hophead you will probably like this.

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 16:51:15 | More by SteveGus
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review tonight: lots to do. But what better way to liven up a long, dull night than with some BEER?!

Bottom of the can says “OCT 2011,” so I’m hoping that means when it was canned (which would put this at just six months old).

A: Looking good: yellow-orange/light amber body with a superb white head. The foam on this sticks up to a full two fingers, leaving lacing in sheets as it slowly settles; looks pretty spirited, with a moderate amount of bubble floating up through the body.

S: The aroma was instant as soon as I cracked the can: bright, citrus hops. Lemon, grapefruit, raspberry, and a wet-hopped-style pine scent cover the majority of the nose. Some great lager grains are there in equal numbers, too, throwing down pie crust, cinnamon apple, lemongrass, and a big gust of barnyard/straw. Finishes with a short-lived mineral and metal character.

T: Bright and tart – hops are there in force – with grapefruit and lemon. It’s clean, not sugary or thick in its fruitiness. It is a little astringent, though it still shows it in a light way: sweet yet puckering, it reminds me of some sort of slightly sour orange candy (those sour gummy worms comes to mind). Malt is toasty and amber in its profile, grounding the palate with buttered rolls, toasted bread crust, and straw influences. Aftertaste is dry and piney, thick enough to render the end of the drink heavier than the start.

M: Fizzy and powerful out of the can, but much more smooth and drinkable from the glass (which I prefer). It works well with the mouthcoating effects of the palate’s finish, coaxing you to take drink after drink.

O: I have to say, I do love lagers. And this one was definitely enjoyable…I’ll have to check out Brooklyn more often from now on. Tasty beer, for sure.

Serving type: can

04-25-2012 23:30:41 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Color was caramel paleish. About two fingers of head. Healthy amount of white lacing on the top. Lots of film on the sides, which I enjoy. White and wet.

Smelled sweet caramel malts up front. Seemed to be some citrus lemon hops, but that could just be me wanting it to be.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, maybe a more watered down version. Really liked this beer. Seemed to be more like a pale ale. Still got those lemon citrus notes. Very smooth.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, but smooth finish.

Just a really good beer. And I say that surprisingly. Nothing like I thought it was going to be. Loved it.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 07:28:15 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - amber color with a white head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S - toasted malt and caramel aroma.

T - sweet roasted malt/caramel up front with light bitter hops on the finish.

M - medium bodied and smooth going down.

O - a good example of the style.

Serving type: can

02-12-2012 01:02:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of biggred1


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed, amber blonde with a big fluffy head of cream colored foam that sticks to the glass. Caramel malt and grassy grain with a touch of lemony hops. Grainy and toasty with nice flavors of caramel, mint and citric hops. Medium light bodied with mild carbonation. A good lager much like Sam Adams BL.

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 01:44:08 | More by biggred1
Photo of diamondc


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$6.99 for a 4 pack. BB May 2012.

A: Amber, a decent amount of head on the pour, some scattered lacing. There's some small islands of foam still floating after a few swigs.

S: Really heavy caramel malts and some resiny/herbal hops.

T: Sweet sticky caramel, toffee malts with a wallop of floral tasting, herbal-y malts. A bit of a soapy aftertaste though.

M/O: Prickly on the tongue. Not as great as SA BL (on tap), but it'll do in a pinch.

Serving type: can

01-03-2012 21:43:35 | More by diamondc
Photo of greenengineer


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz can into my Imperial Pint glass, while watching Cincy vs Vandy in the Liberty Bowl
A - Deep bronxe color, foamy head, good lacings
S - Yeast and malts.
T - malt out front, hops later. A little thin.
M - thin, but bubbly
O - not what I expected from a Lager. Don't know what "Pre-prohibition" style means - is this like Anchor Stream - lager yeast at ale temps? I like it, very drinkable. Good transition beer for someone who thinks Bud is good - nothing too scary.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 21:12:33 | More by greenengineer
Photo of shadow1961


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn "Pre-Prohibition" Lager pours a couple fingers of dense white foam over a slightly cloudy, effervescent amber brew. The nose is lager yeast funk and sweet, clean light barley malt with notes of honey and spring herbs. The flavor is simple and direct- sweet light malt balanced with mild herbaceous hops. The mouthfeel is round yet light, finishing semi-dry and clean with only a sticky lacing left behind in the glass. This is a deceptively simple lager sold for a premium price- but is it worth it? I would say yes- it's so simple there is nowhere for the Brewmaster to cover his tracks- every element of taste and texture is out in the open, and every element is in perfect balance- sweet, but not insipid, the hop presence just enough to balance the sweetness, pleasant in the mouth but dry enough to be quenching- a nice brew.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 08:23:24 | More by shadow1961
Photo of BranfordBound


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz can into a shaped pint.

Pours a light amber color with a mild head of almost two fingers. Mild lacing and mild carbonation.

Smells of herbal and earthy hops with some fruity and sweet malt to mix things up.

Like the nose is alluding to, this is a pretty balanced beer, although it errs on the side of malty. Sweet malts with notes of fruit and caramel are restrained by an herbal and resinous hop note that breaks up the monotony of typical amber lagers.

A bit on the wet side, surpisingly medium bodied.

For some reason, there's something about this beer that doesn't make it great. Perhaps the malts are too strong or the hops are too bitter and generic, but this is just a good/ok beer and nothing exceptional. Worth drinking over a Boston Lager, though, maybe even a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 22:46:22 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of 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
Photo of mdaschaf


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

A: Pours a clear brown/amber color with a two finger foamy, white head on top. Pretty good retention with some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Some toasted malt and sweetness right up front. There is some floral hops and grass as well. The sugary sweetness increases as it warms.

T: Sweet malts and toasted bread up front with a bit of floral hops in the middle. A bit of fruit as well with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, drinks smooth with a dry finish.

O: Pretty good for a lager, could drink this pretty much anytime, especially from the can.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 02:34:43 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of MurphyMacManus


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

Pint can into pint glass.

A: medium amber with an airy white head that dissipates and leaves impressive lacing and residue.

S: Pale malt, slight citrus and herbal notes.

T/M: Well-balanced between malt and hop bitterness. Feel is pleasantly refreshing.

Overall: excellent session beer, especially in the summer.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 04:07:29 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of ActonBrewer


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored with good head retention and lacing

S: Fruity and citrusy hops. Maybe a little dried fruit?

T: Slight spiciness of rye? Nice finish with american hops.

M: medium body. Good carbonation and hops on the finish.

O: One of my favorite lagers. This was the beer that helped me cross over into craft. A great replacement to pale ales or "light lagers" for a BBQ or party.

poured from a can into a 4 oz tasting glass

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 02:59:17 | More by ActonBrewer
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. best before OCT 2011 on bottom of can.

pours out fairly clear light copper/ amber color, very nice dense soapy head, a little rocky at first, great retention and some very nice lace.

bready caramel malt, hints of earthy hop.

bready, biscuity, grainy malt balanced by a slight earthy, herbal hop. some lager sharpness in the finish, as well as some bitterness.

clean, refreshing, light to medium in body, snappy finish.

a decent lager, easy drinking for sure and cheap. a few months ago, i had this out of a bottle that was a few months fresher than this can, thought it was hoppier, even a little better. not something i would go out of my way to buy again, but i wouldnt ever turn one down.

Serving type: can

08-15-2011 04:32:37 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of rodney45

New York

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

Had this beer at Citi field, home of the NY Mets. Its nice to see that brooklyn brewery is represented, and its not all about the big macro bullies.

From 12 oz can, poured into a cheap clear plastic cup... i guess they dont want us throwing things.

A: Quickly fading light sandy head. Dark amber, but clear.

S: The aroma is of rye, hops and citrus.

T: First notes are of rye, and bitter citrusy hops. Not overwhelming, but strong for a lager. The Secondary notes are of black pepper, and wheat.

M: A little bit harsh for a lager, but i did enjoy it.

O: Good solid beer to have on hand.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 09:37:41 | More by rodney45
Photo of auroracrisis


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into a nonic pint.

Pours a pale copper color with a two finger head that dissipates into a 2cm head. Some lacing as the beer is drank down.

A little hoppy on the nose, similar to a pine cone. Followed by bready and biscuity malts, with little bit of white pepper. A touch of sweetness too, like a shortbread cookie.

Upfront, you are greeted with a bread-like malty sweetness with a touch of bitter hops. Flavors similar to pumpernickel and biscuits, and that pinecone bitterness. Rounded out a little with a bit more sweetness and a touch of white pepper if left on the tongue for a few seconds.

Mouthfeel is medium, which is pretty heavy for a lager of this style. Moderate carbonation and just a hit of stickiness.

Overall, a good lager with a nice bready sweetness and just the right amount of bitter hop flavor. Very balanced. Something nice to have once in awhile, and great for any time that causes for cans. We don't get enough cans around here so this is a top choice for something like that.

Serving type: can

07-31-2011 23:20:00 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off white fluffy head. Light copper body with a lot of bubbles. Tiny bubbles start off at the bottom then explode into bigger bubbles about midway up to keep the head around. Nice lacing up and down the glass.

Faint hop smell and malt. A lot of the aromas don't show. What I do get is a little bit of bread and a floral smell.

Sweet and bitter right away. Bready malt, citrus, some bitter hops and at the very end a yeast character shows up. Very tasty for a Lager and more Lagers should follow suit.

Light body, light to medium carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling moist, no dry feeling at all. The body really coats the mouth feeling very smooth.

This is probably the smoothest Lager around; incredibly easy going down. The taste is unlike any of your Macro beers and blows a lot of craft Lagers away. This is very tasty in a can.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 00:05:47 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of ebby82


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny bronze from a can into a pint glass.

A very nice, caramel and grain aroma.

The taste is just excellent. A slight hop punch hidden by the delicious malts and caramel flavor. It tastes a lot bolder than its alcohol by volume. I can't believe I've never tried this because I love it.

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 00:50:17 | More by ebby82
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy can poured into my Brooklyn pint. Pours a light amber color with two fingers of bubbly white head.

The aroma is slightly fruity with some toasty malts in the background. Not much to smell here but it's pleasent all the same. A little bit of toasty malts on the pallet with a little bit of a bitter hop finish. Again it's pretty basic but simply enjoyable.

Standard feel on this one too. Nice light body with good active carbonation.

I buy this beer a lot. It's one of my go-to beers. I think it's a very well crafted beer that's easy to enjoy. A good step up from your run of the mill lagers.

Serving type: can

07-12-2011 02:57:00 | More by Bendurgin
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came in a 1 pint can that says its a pre-prohibition style. They must mean alcohol prohibition, since the other prohibition still continues.

Very dark-gold body, into the copper end of things. Pretty nice sized white head. Pretty good lace, some haze. Scent is sweet lagered malts, caramel. Nice sweet caramel front, lagered water, pretty well blended mild hop finish. Some fruit notes. Pretty full mouth with some astringency.

I cracked it open assuming it was more of a pale lager, so i was kinda surprised. I dont tend to love amber ales or lagers, and this isnt my favorite beer, but its certainly not bad, and as i continue through brooklyn's selections i continue to like what i'm seeing from them.

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 22:17:55 | More by Tballz420
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber colored lager appeared in front of me. Very clear with almost no haze visible in it what so ever, I was able to see ample amounts of carbonation coming up through the bottom of the glass. This served to reinforce the nice white frothy pillow that had formed on the top of it.

The aroma was striking me as odd when I leaned in, but no so much really in a bad way, but rather just a touch different then what I was expecting. It had a big malt character to it, with lots of wet grass, and earthy, musky smells coming through on it, however, if you looked inside a little deeper, what you found was a very nice, and light citrus noteThis was a highly drinkable session ale for me, and I am not sure what the percentage is here, but it cannot be that high. Really a very nice drinker with a nice light body and a smooth creamy finish with more then adequate carbonation. The flavor was light enough to not really overpower in one direction or the other, but at the same time, it also had more then enough going for it to keep you interested throughout. Nice bready malts popping up for me first, really earthy grainy like flavor, but this was soon passed up by a nice bright spot of floral hops. Really nicely balanced. Not sure what to call the style, other then a nice American lager. A touch sweet on the finish, before drying out and getting you ready for the next sip.

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 02:14:32 | More by mikesgroove
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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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