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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,680
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 65
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 WoodBrew


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went out to dinner with the Mrs. and some friends and the Brooklyn Lager was on tap....so I had to partake!!! The Brooklyn lager is a Amber in color, with thin clear head. There was not much nose on this beer so I really couldnt get too excited. The taste was a solid lager. As it warmed up it started to remind me, albeit very slightly, a little like Samuel Adams. The mouth feel was decent and I could SESSION this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 00:07:04 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Pours a finger of white head. Decent retention. Color is a clear amber.

Aroma: Pretty malty. Biscuit flavors. Not much here, but I like it for a lager. Light caramel and some grassy hops.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Malts and some grassy hops. Caramel and biscuit flavors. Simple, but decent.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with biscuit flavors.

Overall, a really solid lager. Really easy drinking. I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:46:58 | More by mothman
Photo of Bighuge


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

Appearance: Clear copper body with a modicum of CO2 beads rising through the body. Fluffy off white head has good retention and lace properties. (4.5)

Aroma: Aroma has an "English" feel to it. Not sure if English malts or yeast were used. If not, it's a definite "ghostly" presence in my mind. Flowery hops accent a toffeeish malt aroma in a fairly profound manner. (4.0)

Flavor: Malty and fairly rich. Toffeeish malt character and a ghostly buttery feel as well. Not in a diminishing way, however. Hops add some dryness but not a lot of flavor. (3.5)

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Slick mouthfeel with a big and full body. Flavors round off nicely with a bit of bitterness and dryness lingering. Overall, a nice and flavorful lager with some pronouned malt flavor. (4.0, 4.0)



Pours a clear amber tone with caronation evident. Medium fizzy head dissipates quickly. Lovely malt aroma mixed in with nice flowery aroma accents. The beer has a nice firm body. There is a slight bitterness present. Maltiness is average. For european style pilsener, I was expecting a little bit more of a bite. This is a decent brew however.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 19:17:40 | More by Bighuge
Photo of London1985

United Kingdom (England)

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

Picked up a 6 pack today from Sainsburys. First time ive seen it on sale in the UK shops apart from on tap at specialist bars and pubs.

Not as good as the draught version but still very impressive as far as 'lagers' go.

Has a very smooth finish as texture is concerned with a lovely hoppiness that envelopes younr tongue. Finishes with a malt wave of a flavour.

A great lager, reminds me of Samuel Adams but not as potent on the taste. A more mellow version if you wish.

I also really like the branding on the label.

A welcome addition to the selection in the stores of the UK.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 19:27:05 | More by London1985
Photo of xnicknj


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

on tap at a bar in brooklyn

Pours a somewhat clear auburn color with a nice crop of white head, retains for a bit with some filmy retention and lacing on the glass.

A decent hit of floral hops with caramelized breaded malt, some sweetness underneath and bitterness as well.

Some slightly bitter hoppiness with floral and citrus edges. Soft fruit pith adds to the sweetness before the burly malt backbone takes over. Malty bread and caramel override most of the hops. Finishes somewhat bitter and sweet.

Medium body, normal carbonation, a little sticky. This is one of those beers that's an awesome find at a sporting event or random bar, but not something I'd necessarily buy or seek out (If that makes sense).

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 05:16:34 | More by xnicknj
Photo of boss302


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

This beer was given by a friend who described it as hoppy, although I did not find it so.

A Orange amber color, not much head and it faded quickly.

S Slight alcohol aroma, not much hops, a little caramel. Nothing really stood out.

T Some caramel, balanced by hops, but no distict flavor from either. Mild, nothing bold.

M Medium body, a little lower than average carbonation, a little astringency in the finish.

D Drinkable, mild amber lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 02:27:54 | More by boss302
Photo of AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin branded pint pot.

A. Orange-brown beer with a foamy double finger thick head. A few stream of bubbles rising.

S. Spicy, peppery, sweet toffee, roasted malt, resiny, floral and slightly oily.

T. Caramel, chocolate, spice and a good hop bitter finish.

M. Just about medium bodied.

D. A pleasant, clean drinking lager, not quite as good as Sam Adams Boston Lager IMO.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 12:06:52 | More by AEK
Photo of paulozanello


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

Best before date: june 2011.

Pours a dark yellow amber color, translucent, with a creamy white head that has some nice retention and average lacing.

Aroma is malty, biscuity, nutty with a faint floral noble hop presence. Very nice.

Taste starts a little malty with some biscuity and caramel notes but the hop presence dominates the malts (as opposed to the aroma). Hops are earthy and floral, ending fairly dry with some light bitter notes.

Body is moderate to low with moderate carbonation and a dry and crisp finish.

Overall a great session beer, one of the best out there. Good balance of hop and malt character with just the right amount of body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 14:44:57 | More by paulozanello
Photo of Jesse13713


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Three fingers of clumpy head appear quickly and fade into the beer. A very porous head that laces pretty well to the glass. This lager is strictly brown caramel colored. Transparent and appears heavily carbonated.

Smell - Smells heavily of malts and grain. No real noticeable hop presence. I fail to get too many citrus or biscuit notes. A very plain smelling lager.

Taste - A very light bodied flavor full of floral and caramel notes. More bready than the smell lets on with signs of sweet toasty malts. A pretty delicious lager despite being so plain. Slight citrus notes as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - As stated, very light bodied and packed with floral notes. A good overall lager but not close to being my favorite amber. Easily drinkable in any fashion.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 03:05:06 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Get some label design skillz and report back. I respect the style and method used to re-create a historical perspective of brewing. Its almost more intriguing to match this up with something else like a Fat Tire to draw out the comparisons. Magically this beer still holds up as soo many homebrews of just canned extract tend to fall short. Also wondering what sort of international beer cartel you work with to get distributed so widely?

A: Nice rocky head with tight, fine bubbles. Consistent lacing around glass. Effervescence is consistent. Amber gold is right!

S: Smells great, citrusy to be sure. Nothing overly wet about the hops but an all extract beer may change the aroma. Less hearty smell.

T: A bit on the light side for me. It seems watered down and finishes all too quickly. Having said that its got a nice nut flavor. Intriguing for lager. Reminds me of Fat Tire with less undertones of hazelnut.

M: The lack of lingering action in the mouth doesnt hurt this beer, just would preferably want more.

D: It goes down easily, I can see eating with this beer. Certainly not a dessert unto itself. Id go back for another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 00:19:20 | More by BasementBer
Photo of livewire05


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

Appearance: Poured a mostly clear, dark amber color. Frothy white head, which dissipated rather quickly. Fair amount of bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell: Sweet bread-like aroma.

Taste: Very malty up front, with a little hoppy bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly crisp - you can definitely feel the carbonation on your tongue.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but I wasn't completely blown away. I would consider having again if I was in the mood for a lager and the price was right.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 16:53:12 | More by livewire05
Photo of FreshmanPour77


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

Reviewed on 2-25-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a clear two fingers of foam, decent lacing ring, good layer of froth along the inside of the glass, carbonation is present, nice copper color

S - Malts, wheat and hops, slight citrus sweetness

T/M - Medium bodied lots of malt, little hops with some wheat taste at the end. Slight bitterness at the end

D - Pretty drinkable lager, glad I had tried it but not overly impressed. I wouldn't seek this brew out but glad I had it

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 19:35:21 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of jsprain1


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

A- Clear amber, with an ivory head that last decently well. Creamy consistancy to the head, some lacing.
S- Floral hops, caramel and biscuit malt aromas. Well balanced.
T- Good malt presence, with biscuity and just ever so slightly caramel flavors in there. The hop profile is well done in that it establishes itself without losing balance. Mostly floral, but a bit of citrus deep in there.
M- Rich full bodied compared to most in the style.
D- Probably the best amber/red lager I have had to date. Well balanced and wonderfully tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2011 15:21:02 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Wattsox

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

355ml bottle, consumed March 2011, BBE *some* time in 2011 though the best before seems to rub off a little too easily!

A - Amber body with a good head that dissipates moderately quickly, leaving a decent light blanketing and a lot of lacing with cling.

S - Crisp aromas of sweet bready malts with a little citrusy hop underneath.

T - Malty lead in the taste, some hoppy bitterness. Good overall balance.

M - Light to medium body with decent carbonation.

O - Very easy to drink, either on its own or as a session.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 03:16:07 | More by Wattsox
Photo of chcfan


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my new Crate and Barrel fluted glass. Best before July 2011. I would imagine that makes it pretty fresh.

Amber in color with an off-white head.

Smell of hops and some toasted malt.

The malt is more pronounced in the taste. The finish is dry and hoppy.

This is a beer I've come to appreciate more over the years. If I can find the cans fresh, I'll probably get a case of it in the upcoming, warmer months to replace Genny Bock as my easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:35:36 | More by chcfan
Photo of nickhiller


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

A: bronze colored, 1/4 finger head leaves no trace, no lacing.

S: fresh marijuana bud, malt extract.

T: like drinking wort, seriously, this is what my homebrew tastes like post-boil pre-fermentation. Sour and mildly bitter, some nice aroma hops.

M: light to medium body, decent carbonation.

D: refreshing when warm, less so when warm (but that makes sense for the style). It's basically a slightly more malty/hoppy macro lager, short on the flavor and complexity, long on the drinkability, but then again drinkability isn't everything.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2011 23:13:27 | More by nickhiller
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

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

A: Pours a clear golden orange with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Settles to a thin cap and quite a bit of lace on the top half of the glass.

S: Bready malt with some fruit that reminds me almost of catalope? Also a decent amount of hops in the nose.

T: Lots of bready malt with some grassy/floral hops. Decent bitterness in the finish as well.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: This was a different lager then what i've ever had. But it was a good different. I'd have no problem having a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 21:13:37 | More by marty21
Photo of earthboundagain


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

From Notes:

Amber orange with an off white head, with ample lace.

Ok we have citrus hops and a fair amount of them; I also detect some floral and spicy notes.

Toasted malt, a small splash of caramel malt and a mix of citrus and spicy hops.

The mouth feel is smooth with an ample amount of carbonation.

This is a great beer and is an easy drinker, but has a ton a flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:19:36 | More by earthboundagain
Photo of smakawhat


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

Poured on tap at Kramers Books in DC into a shaker pint glass.

A nice white head forms off the pour, and has a real good copper body. The body is clear but with no visible carbonation. The drink does manage to have good lacing while finishing on the glass.

The bouquet on this is very closed, but there is a faint malt, and a strange mild sort of grass. It's kind of refreshing almost, but still very small.

The first taste sensation is a big whole wheat bread feel. There is a real good actually quite excellent body on this beer bit the finish is sort of almost dare I say it... missing. The taste of this beer from the palate upon swallow and the aftertaste doesn't last, it's very odd.

Regardless this is pretty easy drinking with some good qualities to be had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 00:34:46 | More by smakawhat
Photo of omnigrits


4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a 16oz tulip pint... and it just barely fits. "Pre-prohibition style" it says on the can. That sounds promising.

Clear golden amber with a good head that's leaving a substantial amount of lace. The head would have been even more impressive if either I'd used a bigger glass or Brooklyn didn't give such good measure in their cans.

The smell is immediately bready malts but with a good hop presence. More than I'm used to finding in most everyday lagers. A faint smell of something fruity... peaches maybe? Can't quite pin that one down.

The taste is a surprise if you're used to the better quality European lagers - far more of a hop bite but it still retains the malty base and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is good with a nice bite of CO2 on the tongue.

I'm very happy to see this in cans at last, and 16oz cans too. And at 5.2% it's very sessionable.

Serving type: can

03-02-2011 00:20:55 | More by omnigrits
Photo of jmerloni


4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Orange-yellow-amber color. big sticky white head that laces very nicely.

S - Oranges, citrus, hops, and a whole lot of bread and mild bready malts.

T - Yeasty citrusy bready malty wonderfulness. Really refreshing and pleasant. Really really really well balanced in a way that it is kind of special almost.

M Medium bodied. Perfectly balanced between hops and malt. Great. Dry. Hoppy.

D - Very very drinkable. Could drink this all day every day and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite session beers of all time. Will be getting this a LOT in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 03:33:49 | More by jmerloni
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of hosehead83


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. "Pre-Prohibition Style" printed on the label. Interesting.
Bright copper in color, with a moderate head of foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel note
Taste-Toasted malt, nice, short, floral hop bite.
Nice full-bodied flavor, and very well balanced.
Very much like an ESB than a traditional American lager. No complaints here. Probably my favorite beer with the word "lager" on the label.
Well-crafted and session-worthy.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 18:57:14 | More by hosehead83
Photo of beerdepartment


4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is perhaps more appealing to me because this is a lager that does not look like a mass produced "Light" or "Ice" or "Ultra" in its hue; apparently lagers can be nice amber.

Smell is extremely nice but subtle. Chalky dry smells expected of a lager are given blushy peach tones. A great smell for a lager.

Maybe the best tasting lager I've ever had. Although I have not had a huge variety of lagers. Mostly I just know the crap lagers. And this stands out in a big way against the crap. A little malty, a little peachy, and a little spicy. Usually lagers have me wondering what flavor I can sense at all, and maybe that is their ambition. This one has some flavor and I enjoy.

Mouthfeel, being a bit sturdier than the lightest of lagers, is also a hit for me. Carbonated enough to burn the throat of someone hoping to funnel it, but fewer crazy bubbles than others in the lager category.

Right on.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 05:43:27 | More by beerdepartment
Photo of 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
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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