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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,734 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,734
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 65
Gots: 172 | FT: 0
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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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
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t0rin0

California

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

Received from DuqTroops in the first of our bi-monthly trades.

Pours a light golden/brown color, pretty clear (maybe some chill haze), medium lacing and retention, 1/2" creamy white head.

Aroma is malty, maybe a touch of caramel, only the faintest hint of hops in the aroma.
No skunk and no adjuncts, hmm, almost doesn't seem right to have a good american lager.

Flavor is sweet, definitely all malt (no corn or rice added), a little caramel again, mild to medium hop bitterness for something this light, very simple and nice.

Body is medium for a lager, very nice, vey very drinkable (7 thumbs up). I've only had a couple american lagers that tasted like a good hearty beer. Leaps and bounds ahead of BMC.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:02:23 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%

02-18-2012 05:06:49 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pour yields a brew with an amber body and a pretty big off-white head that leaves behind gobs and gobs of lacing. Head goes from a few fingers to a nice, stead half-finger. The nose has some light malt and a bit of earthiness. Nothing too complex, but it's done well. The taste improves upon this with a nice dry malt presence and a bit of light earthy hops. Slightly bitter in the finish. Seems to be part hops and part tannins. Body is light to medium. Good carbonation as well. Drinks really quite well. A solid brew that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 02:50:49 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly dusted, amberish orange with abundant carbonation and an attractive crown that is somewhere between ivory and ecru in color. Creamy and somewhat sticky, it looks to be a more than satisfactory lace maker.

What's this? Citric hops in an all-malt lager? One deep inhale tells me that this is a hoppier than normal version. It just goes to show what talented brewers can do with what is too often a ho-hum style. Actually, the nose is more floral and spicy than citrusy. Well done Brooklyn.

Lager is an excellent lager. There's plenty of toasted malt holding down the bottom end, while a surprisingly generous hop load is free to strut its stuff on the top end. The hop bill might be somewhat unconventional (Hallertauer, Vanguard, Cascade), but it works beautifully. As in the nose, the hoppiness is floral, spicy and grapefruit citrusy all at once. Cascade plays the biggest role on the palate... which is just how I'd have brewed it.

Sweetish, biscuity malt dominates the start of each mouthful and is overtaken at the midway point by an insistent hoppiness, which hangs around to mop up on the longish finish. There's just enough sweet on the back end to offset bitter. Beautiful.

Brooklyn Lager is the second superb Brooklyn offering that I've had in the past several weeks (Brooklyn Pilsner was the other). I'll have to give the nod to this one, though. The secrets of its success include a healthy amount of malt, an even more healthy amount of hops, and an inspired hop bill of disparate, yet wonderfully complementary, flavors. I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 14:00:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with some notes of citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that there are also some hints of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness throughout the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with notes of crispness and hints of dryness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 02:10:26 | More by metter98
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-07-2011 19:50:50 | More by nmann08
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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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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is hoppier then expected with some light caramel malt. Taste is more bitter and hoppy then I would have expected but still retain some of the light caramel malt that I love in Vienna. While this beer is interesting and refreshing, it resembles more of a hoppy ale ten a Vienna.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 17:11:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A recent brewery that has begun distribution to the Central Kentucky area. Bought a bottle of each of their offerings. The standard lager...well, it is what it is. It's beer. Though I can't detect anything that is really wrong with the beer, it is lackluster. Lightly malty and earthy hopped. Light and refreshing. Not watery, but I prefered a smoother texture. Modestly grainy and vegital like. Light notes of apple and citrus. Finishes a little abrupt and thinning. Not bad, but must be reserved for those times when out working in the backyard to truely appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 20:31:22 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%

01-15-2012 02:42:10 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

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
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

12-02-2011 15:27:45 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

It's gonna be a photo finish, folks, as there are just days till we fly right past the "BEST BEFORE" date of June 08 notched onto the front label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body supporting a hefty crest of whiteish foam.

Smell: Delicate toasty maltiness with a pleasant spicy, floral hop scent.

Taste: Crisp, toasty malt flavor with a restrained sweetness that's quickly scrubbed away by a spicy, floral hoppiness and medium bitterness. Finishes with a lingering spiciness and some sweetish grain hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft, medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty lager from Brooklyn. If only every trip to Lagertown could be as satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 20:12:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-21-2011 20:49:02 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

A: Clear, dark golden almost red color with 1.5 fingers of head.

S: sweet and malty

T: more hops than your typical lager. Semi sweet on the front end and finished a little bitter. Earthy and citrus notes.

M: mild to moderate carbonation and light bodied.

Overall: One of the better lagers which is one of my least favorite genres but I am still impressed with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 22:55:10 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-11-2013 06:57:49 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was suprised at the great appearance of this one great golden color,wirh a great foamy head.Had freas mowed grass fruity amoma almost like a IPA.One of the hoppiest lagers I have had if not the most.Refreshing quaffer with some substance,I can see why alot of people give this brew good marks.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 08:04:11 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured out as a decent looking golden amber color with a foamy white head on top. The head settles and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some caramel elements and some lager yeast aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it wasn't anything over the top but had a good drinkablity to it. The malts and hops are pretty well balanced in my opinion here. The mouthfeel was pretty good, nicely carbonated and fairly smooth. Overall it's a good drinking beer for anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 18:05:32 | More by Knapp85
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of awkward waveform lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of crisp biscuity, grainy caramel malt, mild aged, indistinct citrus, and punchy leafy, grassy, and sort of herbal hops. The taste is grainy, bready, and musty white malt, a bit of tangy lemon, and grassy, hay-like hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its overall, pervasively thorough pungency, the body medium-full in weight, teetering in its smoothness, and even a tad creamy, for a lager, that is. It finishes off-dry, with more tacitly sweet malt, and a timidly mild, somewhat musty citrus hoppiness.

A pleasant enough, generally lively all-malt lager. This seems to be a proper go-between amongst BMC's best faux-craft offerings, and the headiest of neo-German brewing provocateurs active in those United States. Tasty, and just the sort of thing one might slam a sixer of without moral sidesteps during yer best backyard BBQs of the season.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 06:47:29 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber with an orange cast beneath a short head of ivory foam. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace in its wake.

The nose expresses floral and spicy hops spread across a caramelish malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

The flavor delivers a combination of its floral hops and caramelish malt upfront, followed by an increase in it's hop character across the middle. The bitterness becomes obvious, but at the same time it starts to warm displaying more of it's malt. It finishes dry with some hop acidity that fades into a lingering bitterness as a note of caramel rises and then falls, leaving only the long-lasting bitterness behind.

Quite nice! There's enough complexity to keep it interesting as your tastebuds are carried on a little trip with each sip; and it's rich enough to satiate without becoming overwhelming at some point. Very nicely balanced, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 17:50:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - One and a half fingers of creamy, off white head that leaves rings of lace as it settles. Reasonably clear, copper colored body.

S - Nice, herbal/ citrus hop aromas backed by mild toasted malt notes.

T - Citrus hop flavors up front, followed by toasted malt and pungent bitterness in the middle. The finish is clean with mild malt sweetness and a lingering hint of lemony hops.

M - Medium-heavy body, and moderate carbonation. The finish is only slightly dry.

D - Enjoyable and easy to drink, the hops really stand out in this beer and give it a bit more complexity than most American lagers. Pre-prohibition style lagers are a rarity, but this is a very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 04:27:11 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear amber with a creme head. A mild, sweet malty nose. Flavor carries some of the same character but with greater intensity. The tangy sweetness is quite high actually. Still nice though. Feel has a bit of a bite on the carbonation to it and the liquid is smooth but a bit thicker. A bit of a bite on the flavor profile slightly detracts, but there's a reason why this is a Brooklyn standard.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 05:06:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out very malty, with strong flavors of caramel & spice. A strong and bitter hops presence for the style quickly follows and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, there’s a lot of substance for a beer in a style that usually doesn’t have too much of it, I expected this beer to be decent at best, but was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a very good beer. I could certainly drink a few of these easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 00:10:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Weathered copper, lacing drapes on the glass well.

SMELL: Thick wild herb, toasted bread, sweet floral resin, broth, mineral.

TASTE: Clean, smooth, toasty, faint brown bread, mellow herbal hop, lightly bitter, clean graininess, dry finish.

The malt backbone is just as broad as the hop character. A solid brew from start to finish, more than enough flavor and complexity to make it interesting enough to want more than just one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:23:58 | More by Jason
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