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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,710 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,710
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 65
Gots: 163 | 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 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
Photo of ZAP


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

Bronzed color....nice lacing....nice malt forward lager but hops are not short changed either....maltiness is light caramel....hops floral and earthy...this lager has some character...retains its drinkability level nicely....reminds me some of Sammy Boston Lager...Nicely done...great BBQ beer...crisp...light side of medium bodied...

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:44:55 | More by ZAP
Photo of OrangeAmps


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

Pours an orangy color with a small white head that lingers for a moderate amount of time. Minimal lacing.

The smell i get from this beer is very clean and refreshing, but not very pungent or blatantly apparent. I can smell the malt immediately.

Crisp and refreshing taste, as one would expect from a lager. There were more hops than i expected which was a pleasant surprise. The beer was very drinkable, and i feel like i could definitely call this a "session" beer.

Overall, a good beer especially for someone new to craft brews and more acquainted with adjunct lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:00:54 | More by OrangeAmps
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


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

Pours a coppery-orange with a one-finger white head. Moderate retention and minimal lace.

The nose is malt dominant, with toasty tones to the sweet bread and marzipan notes. There's hints of orange blossoms as well as citrussy hop notes too. More hoppiness than I expected.

The palate is bright and crisp, with a smooth delivery of creamy, toasty malt balanced out by a leafy, bitter-orange hoppiness.

Overall, I like that this has more of a roasted character than other lagers I've had. The slighly amped up hoppiness also saves this from being too easy-drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 03:25:52 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of MaxBrewell

West Virginia

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Brilliant copper color with 1" of thick, off-white head that faded slowly. Ringlets of lacing throughout.

S - Sweet, honey and biscuit malts with hints of floral hops. Very pleasant aroma.

T - Malty sweetness, almost like nectar, with some mild hops.

M & D - Very light and crisp. Nice carbonation. This one was designed to appeal to the masses. Very well-balanced, but nothing extremely exciting. I would certainly try another.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:18:16 | More by MaxBrewell
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

This beer pours a brilliant copper hue with an inch and a half-thick off-white head that takes some time to settle. Effervescence is quite alot, especially in an etched glass. The nose is grainy, with some honey and biscuit notes, along with a floral hop backround. Flavors consist of fresh bread and some caramel notes, along with some fruity esters. Finish is clean and dry, with grassy, floral hop undertones.

Overall, Brooklyn Lager is a clean, refreshing, easy-to-drink beer. Light to moderate-bodied, and pretty darn tasty. This is a beer that could be paired with just about any cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 05:07:17 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of hardy008


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber with a small head which fades and leaves no lacing. The aroma has floral hops and toasted malt with a small amount of caramel.

The taste is just like he aroma. Toasted and light caramel malt, with floral hops. Light sweetness with a good amount of bitterness. Nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The aftertaste has floral hop bitterness. A nice amber lager. It does nothing to blow my mind, but is a solid offering.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 01:22:34 | More by hardy008
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" head which took a while to settle down. Lots of effervescence in the glass. Dark amber color. Otherwise both the smell and taste could have been most any other American lager. So to me this is a really good looking version of the same old thing. But I love lots of Brooklyn's other specialty beers and this one is clearly a mass production version.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 07:45:06 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of Erish


3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Best by July 2011.

A: reddish amber color with just a touch of haze, the tan head pours thick, but quickly falls into a nice little iceberg of a cap, the lacing is decent.

S: a faint earthiness, caramel, honey.

T: faint earthiness, some vanilla/oak, and the malt character up front in subdued to the point I find it actually lacking. The herbal hop finish is decent, but I was wholly underwhelmed by malt backbone of this beer.

M: light-bodied, lightly silky texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: There is nothing interesting about this beer to me, and I would not recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 22:55:04 | More by Erish
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

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

Had on tap at the Country Corner in Setauket, New York. Served in a pint glass. Decided on ordering a Brooklyn brew because I started the Brewmaster's Table and thought that was reason to celebrate.

Look: amber colored body with a very thin, slightly off white head. Not much in the way of lacing but decent retention. Looks good.

Taste: I remember hating the bottle, liking the can, but the taste on tap is spot on. Caramel, toasted malt, and grain really stand out with enough herbal, grassy and floral hops to balance it out. Its really an interesting balance of hops to this one. Not overly complex and perfect for what you'd want in a sessionable lager.

Feel: medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp, and fulfilling.

Drink: easy drinking, this could make for a fine session beer.

Overall: quite nice. Brooklyn Lager is really starting to grow on me. It was one of the earliest craft beers and I remember not liking it at all. In the span of a month, I've had it in the can and on tap and both have really impressed me. Think a more hoppy, flavorful Boston Lager and you have Brooklyn Lager. Certain worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 04:43:40 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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

As I would guess most craft beer people are, I am mostly an Ale guy and most of the time do not appreciate the subtlety in lagers. This beer has somewhat changed my mind. What a tasty brew.

Has a nice look with a caramel color appearance and good lacing. Head good at first, but dies down to a ring. The smell is also good, with a hearty malt and barley smell with dry hopped floral notes and a bit of bready citrus.

The taste is wonderful, very full with an excellent malt character and bold citrus tinged hop character. Man what a great taste compared to your 'average' lager, so full of cereal flavors and great clean hops/malt.

The mouth is good and very appropriate to style with the level of carbonation and body. Overall, the beer is good and very drinkable. Nice work from brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:09:21 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of gatornation


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

12 oz bottle best by 091011

A- pours a clear copper color with a 1 finger off-white head that recedes to a fresh collar with an impressive amount of lacing

S- is vienna malts with a bread and biscuit smells some caramel and some wet hay

T- is sweet with caramel malts leading the way..its followed by some baked bread a touch of citrus hops

M- is well carbonated and a medium flavor for the palete

O- this is the flagship brew for brooklyn its pretty tasty ,well made but i dont see buying alot of this one..i will drink it again for sure but only in single or on tap

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:10:18 | More by gatornation
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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