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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,802 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 67
Gots: 208 | 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 Macca


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

This pours a clear dark golden almost red colour with a solid couple of centimetres of head.

Amazing nose. The grassy, earthy hops jump out of the glass to smack you in the face. Looking at the other reviews they all seem to mention malt first but for me it takes a back seat to the hops for sure.

More malt on the palate but even there it's the hops that dominate. More fruity on the palate but still with that earthiness. Bitterness isn't assertive though. Kept in check by the malt but still crisp.

Medium bodied.

That is one nice beer. So glad that we've finally got access to it in Australia. Would love to try it brewery fresh one day.

07-20-2011 10:10:08 | More by Macca
Photo of fx20736

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle with a Dec 2011 date into a Pilsener glass. The label says this is a Pre-Prohibition style lager.

Appearance: Reddish-Gold/ Amber with very active carbonation. 1 finger off white head. The glass when empty was left with a spider web of lacing that brought up it's appearance score.

Aroma: Bready malts with restrained hops, hop profile is citrus and floral.

Mouthfeel: Full from active carbonation.

Taste: Strong maltiness which quickly changes to a decent but not overpowering hoppiness. Hops are complex. No one flavor predominates but I get citrus, floral and a slight herbal bitterness at the end. Long Finish with all flavors lingering on the palate.

Notes: A nice, solid beer, very sessionable. Really quite lovely. This is the kind of lager that all American Brewers should make. Is it more expensive to make it this well?

07-19-2011 18:55:45 | More by fx20736
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Before my review, let me just say this. I have had this beer a hundred times at least. You can get it in almost every store, bar, and restaurant. This beer was one of my first introductions to craft beer many years ago and it still hits the spot when I have one.

The beer poured a copper color more light and amberish. Very biscuity and malty in the nose. Caramel notes as well. Taste has a nice hop bite, somewhat English-y, but more malty and biscuity. Nice mouthfeel- smooth and easy drinking. I will always have love for this beer even though it is not the greatest that I have ever had. Still, a great example of the style.

07-17-2011 16:13:26 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Blueribbon666


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Reviewed from notes; poured into pint glass, scent of hops from bottle, pours a 1/8" head on top of reddish/caramel color. Malty w/a slight hoppiness. Strong flavor nice full mouthfeel w/a balanced finish. Seems stronger then the ABV listed. Another solid entry from the Brooklyn Brewery

07-17-2011 13:30:48 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of rickyleepotts


2/5  rDev -46.5%

I have had this beer before. I have actually had this beer in New York City. Never been to the brewery before… but I wouldn't mind going. I love to travel, I love New York, and I LOVE beer! (Don't get excited… the beer is just okay.)

The beer smells like a lager. Makes sense… this beer is a lager. It has a weak carbonation on top, and sits like a pale in the glass. This beer does get better the warmer it gets. But the beer is an easy find, cheap, and not one that you want to sit around and get warm. At least close to room temperature. You get a hint of that carbonation on the palate, just as the flavor leaves. It's quick, slides down easy, and is a drinkable beer. Its a lager… nothing fancy about it.

I wouldn't buy this beer again, unless it was on sale. I mean, it's a typical boring lager. Brooklyn makes a LOT better beers than this. It's just okay…

07-15-2011 04:23:58 | More by rickyleepotts
Photo of ebby82


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

07-14-2011 00:50:17 | More by ebby82
Photo of Bendurgin


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

07-12-2011 02:57:00 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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...

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


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

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.


07-04-2011 01:14:48 | More by Mypintishalffull
Photo of Jimmys


2.63/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

07-03-2011 04:39:47 | More by Jimmys
Photo of AleWatcher


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

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:

06-19-2011 13:45:59 | More by flyingpig
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

06-15-2011 02:14:32 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of B967ierhunter177


1.65/5  rDev -55.9%

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.

06-10-2011 12:23:55 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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