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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,671
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 64
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
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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 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
Photo of Bendurgin


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
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Says best before July 2011 on bottle...

Poured into a pint glass...

Appearance-Amber body with a one finger wheat head. Thin film resting a top glass after head dissipates. No lacing.

Smell-Sweet caramel malts. A faint aroma of some bitter hops. Picking up some light fruit, sort of peachy.

Taste-Follows the smell.. Sweet caramel malt up front with a faint hop finish. Also get some apple juice taste, peach, and some tea in there as well. Pretty enjoyable and tasty.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Refreshing and smooth.

Overall-Great session beer. Highly drinkable, with some very nice flavors. Nothing over the top by any means. I will definitely revisit this beer again. Also very reasonable...

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:05:18 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of bubseymour


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank a bottle of this at dinner last night at a pizza shop so I have 2 problems to note with this review.

- I drank straight from the bottle so I couldn't tell the appearance or smell so I gave "average" rating for those as default.

Taste - Even though I drank from bottle, I found the flavoring of the lager to be very well balanced and flavorful. Malty but also with some pine/floral hop notes and a slight bitter finish. Very "American" in style and flavor. One of the more hopped lagers I've sampled and reminded me more of many American Ales than a lager.

Mouthfeel - fine

Overall - I really enjoyed this flavorful, well balanced lager. I will buy again to sample at my house "properly" at a later date in my Sam Adams Pint glass like most of my other samplings.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 00:29:21 | More by bubseymour
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before November 2011.

A: Amber with a clumpy white head and some lacing.

S: Muted. Some caramel malt and floral hops and a weird sweet and sour thing as it warms.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell: caramel and bready malt with some citrus and floral hops. The sweet malt and sour citrus hop thing stands out quite a bit.

M: Not too light or thin and not as "crisp" as one expect of a lager (and that isn't a bad thing in this lager).

O: Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:39:49 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of codsmith


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

A: light amber color with a small light off-white head that stays very thin on top of the beer

S: A very light sweetness from the malt and a clean cirtus hop aroma.

T: Very clean tasting with a slight sweet malted flavor and a medium amount of hop bitterness to finish it off.

M: light-to-medium body with great carbonation levels

O: A very clean lager with a bite of hop bitterness to finish it off. Nothing very spectacular and wouldn't go out of my way to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:10:26 | More by codsmith
Photo of Mypintishalffull

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice 6 pack for the weekend. Threw into the fridge and cracked it open as soon as the sun set. Nice perfect clear deep amber. Offset white head. Aroma of malt and biscuit and bread. No hop present. Taste had heavy malt with some gentle hop character. Decent balance and drinkable for sure. Pleasant mouthfeel and easy to sip. A decent beer for sure but not a standout. I think any everyday craft beer.


Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 01:14:48 | More by Mypintishalffull
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 AleWatcher


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish orange body with a tan frothy 3 finger cap. Very little lace but decent retention.
Smells generically malty with some citrus and floral hop notes. This is a pretty hopped up lager, and it works.
The flavor is touched with sweetness and mildly malty. The hops hold citrus and floral notes with a very light bitterness.
There isn't a whole lot going in the beer, but it isn't bad. There's enough flavor to beat out any BMC products, but I'd still take a Pale Ale any day.
The body feels a litle syrupy and heavy for the style. Otherwise, pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 02:53:43 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of Tballz420


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 justintcoons


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

A: Pours a crystal clear gold color with 2 fingers of foamy head that dissipates slowly and clings to the glass. Moderate carbonation.

N: Clean caramel, grapefruit, hints of citrus and grass.

T: Again some very clean caramel comes through, some light grapefruit notes and finishes with some citrus and floral notes.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and smooth.

O: This is still one of my all time favorite lagers. Simple, straight forward and delicious! These are excellent for summer and are extremely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:15:11 | More by justintcoons
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Tanned brown to amber colour and produces a nice sized, dome shaped head that is off-white & slightly bubbly but has good retention.

A nutty aroma that is almost chocolate like and is backed up by a biscuit like caramel scent. The finish is a malty one.

Like the smell but caramel is a lot stronger here. There is nutty, chocolate taste to the drink which has quite a clean taste. There is hardly any bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied and still quite refreshing smooth & clean. The finish is light on bitter & slightly dry.

A very nice, drinkable lager that is a welcome change from the usual pale lagers. It was different but certainly one that I enjoyed & would drink again.

This is 1 of 1001 Beers to Try Before You Die:

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 13:45:59 | More by flyingpig
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
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 AlCaponeJunior


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

Not bad looking, pretty red with some tan overtones, mostly clear, pretty good head and decent enough on the lacing.

Heavy on the caramel malt, with biscuit and bready aromas, and a touch of graininess.

Taste matches the smell, with even more caramel malt. It's almost oily with the caramel malts, but it's still pretty tasty stuff. There's a notable breadiness, and just a smidge of hops, but not much.

Feel is pretty light bodied, pretty well carbonated, and generally damn easy to drink, especially for the style.

Very enjoyable brew. This would be a good canned beer for a fishin' trip or day at the beach.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:48:18 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of BigDRS


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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color is amber, I get about a finger or so of head that leaves a decent film. Not a whole lot of lace on this one.

Nose isn't what one would expect from a lager. There's some spice, floral notes, and some malt too. I'm actually getting a bit of citrus hop character out of this too ... quite impressive.

Taste has some impressive hop character from the nose. There's also a lot of bready/biscuty malt character in there too. The back end has a nice play back and forth between a bitter taste and some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is mid bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

This is an old favorite of mine. A high quality, easy drinking beer that's priced right and commonly found around where I live in Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 00:46:50 | More by BigDRS
Photo of teromous


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My serving was from a can.

A: Loads of carbonation while pouring, and a sizable head. It's a light amber color and is very transparent. Sparse carbonation bubbles.

S: Oddly I get the scent of cinnamon. There isn't a real strong "lager" smell to it.

T: Tastes sweet and a little bit like toast. Again, like the smell, there is no real "lager" flavor to this either. It still tastes nice.

M: It's a light-to-medium body that feels alright. Not quite "good" but alright.

O: Overall I thought it was a pretty good beer. Something you can just sit back and enjoy.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 16:07:19 | More by teromous
Photo of ndekke39


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Basic golden-yellow in color, with a fluffy bright white head. Very good retention: kept a thin layer of foam while I slowly drank the whole thing.

Smells like a crisp lager; some fruit and honey notes. Noting too strong, but enough to stand out. Flavors are good, too: basic lager grains, touch of honey.

Mouthfeel is very good: smooth, nice amount of bubbles. Overall, a very drinkable lager. Simple, to be sure, but still very crisp and easy to like.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 02:26:12 | More by ndekke39
Photo of herman77


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

A: Amber gold with a small white head. Nice lacing.

S: Strong sweet bready and carmel malts up front with a tiny bit of floral hop in the background. Smells pretty good for a lager.

T: Light malty sweetness, bready and just a hint of lager yeast, almost tastes more like an ale. A kiss of floral hops.

M: Medium to lighter body, higher carbonation.

O: Crisp, refreshing, easy drinking, a nice lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:52:21 | More by herman77
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 bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

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

One of my all-time favourites, first found in a sweaty little LCBO in Toronto, now readily available where I live.

Pours a hazy copper colour with a moderate tan head that settles as a film and leaves mild lacing. Very nice colour.

Nice hoppy citrus punch to the aroma with a creamed honey-like sweetness and a solid malt backing. Also has a certain peppery spiciness to it.

The taste is quite malty, but with a well-balanced bitter bite throughout. There is also a strong and crisp citrus (orange peel) character in the finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium body and moderate carbonation even at the end of a glass. Leaves a mild yeasty feeling on the back of the tongue.

I've never had another lager quite like this, with its solid hop presence. I'd love to see more.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 17:01:19 | More by bryehn
Photo of Buggies


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

What a nice flagshig beer for Brooklyn. Aromas of caramel and bread. Slight hop aroma there too... maybe fruity notes from the yeast?

Really light and refreshing. Slightly sweet, with caramel, and just a touch of bitterness from hops or a roasted grain of some sort.

Overall, a nice beer. It's flavorful, but light enough that it refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 21:22:30 | More by Buggies
Photo of MinnesotaRIS


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very reminiscent of a Munich lager, close to Vienna. Aroma is very clean and has a grainy, malty character. No hop aroma.

Very great taste of malt. Low sweetness with a decent amount if bitterness. Slight hop taste that is earthy. No citrus.

Very clean finish with residual maltiness. I think this is a great all-around beer. Less American style, more S. German style.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 01:19:57 | More by MinnesotaRIS
Photo of kojevergas


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Chimay goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: No head; maybe a goblet was a poor choice of vessel for this beer. Amber-copper colour; semitransparent.

Sm: Alcohol. A delightful complex mix of hoppy notes: slight dark fruit, some other esters. Malt. Pleasant.

T: Very estery climax, done in a subtle fashion. Body is malty and very flowery, as per the description on the label. Quite pleasing and complex. Certainly refreshing. The malt is very well handled and tame, the opposite of the garbage Spanish beers I had in Ibiza last week. The flowery complexity is the selling point of this beer, and the notes are very balanced. The open is very bland, however. Very well built for the style.

Mf: Moderate thickness. Smooth but with coarseness where it's needed. Very wet and refreshing. Suits the flavour.

Dr: ABV is disguised, contrary to the smell of the beer. The major flaw is the price. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 21:53:01 | More by kojevergas
Photo of MattyG85


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber gold with lots of rising bubbles. Big foam head that is white with a slight tint of tan. Very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong scent of sweet bready and caramel malts up front followed by a hint of floral hops in the background.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts up front followed by some floral hops. A light bitterness from the hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Floral hops linger a bit in the aftertaste.

Overall: A very solid lager. One of the best American lagers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 06:29:58 | More by MattyG85
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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