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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,895
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 72
Gots: 250 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Jesse13713
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Jesse13713, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of BasementBer
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

BasementBer, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of livewire05
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

livewire05, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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

FreshmanPour77, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

jsprain1, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Wattsox
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Wattsox, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of chcfan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

chcfan, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

nickhiller, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of marty21
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

marty21, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of earthboundagain
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

earthboundagain, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of omnigrits
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

omnigrits, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

jmerloni, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

hosehead83, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of beerdepartment
4.45/5  rDev +19%
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.

beerdepartment, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of adam42381
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Best before July 2011 printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel color with golden-orange highlights and a 1-2 finger foamy off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Pale malt and floral hops with a hint of spice. Very clean aroma.

Taste: Pale malt and sweet lager yeast up front followed by bready malts in the middle and ending with a surprising amount of bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is a nice mix of bitter and sweet. I don't feel that this is as well-balanced as it should be in terms of overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly high drinkability. The alcohol isn't an issue, but the unbalanced nature of the flavors keeps this from earning top marks in my opinion.

Overall: Good beer overall. This isn't something I'll actively seek out, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered to me. It's worth trying.

adam42381, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by 6/11) poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Pours Golden light-copper, clear, 1 finger off-white foamy head that slowly dissipates.

S: Lots of floral/earthy hops, lightly toasted malt, lager yeast

T: Big flavor for a lager, good portion of floral hops with just a tiny bit of bitterness. Malt body is quite large and nicely toasted with just a little caramel-like sweetness. Finish is a little sticky, floral esters, and lager yeast. Alcohol is perhaps a bit peppery.

M: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body that's chewy and a little sticky. Very pleasant, crisp, and refreshing.

D: This is easily the best Lager I've had and it goes down incredibly easily. This is close to a perfect session beer/lager.

Satchboogie, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, well balanced lager. Malty and hoppy with a bitterness that balances ou towards the end of the drink. Very refreshing and drinkable, possibly one of the best lagers. Plain tasting but that is to be expected of a lager. I would definitely get this again.

CwrwAmByth, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of anakar
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good, but also conflicting beer. It feels to me like they tried to make regular American beer (which is terrible) but with quality.

App - Pours dark goldronze, with a pretty little head which sticks around, but is actually tasty

Smell - Non-existent as far as I can smell it

Taste - very good, bready and beery rich flavor. Foam's good too (weird right?)

Mouth - very refreshing

Drink - it seems like you can have quite a few and not really feel it.

anakar, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of saradad
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took a bottle of this and poured it into my all purpose handy-dandy glass and see a medium amber body with a light creamy tan head. The scent is full of grapefruit and the foam head tastes more like grapefruit juice than beer. The taste is long on citrusy hops with a short start of light toasted malts. It feels good in the mouth, not thin or watery, but still light with a touch of limgering creaminess. Slightly hoppier than I prefer but very good and I can honestly say it's very tasty and would probably be a good brew for a hot summer afternoon.

saradad, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Lordcheez
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are two ways I want to review my beers, as overall the beers I have tasted, there is over 425 in my bottle collection, and ratings and review based on representation of the category of beer.

As a rule, Garrett Oliver and Brooklyn Brewery guarantee great beer. Their Black Ops may be on my top 5, if it exists, but their Chocolate Stout definitely is. This is why it is so hard to compare their flagship beer, which is a standard lager.

However, if that was the end of my review, that would be unfair. They have made an effort to make all their beers distinct, while remaining very close to the style.

This lager is tangy and a touch bitter with spicy hops and is amber and crystal clear. While this beer is not at the top of my all time list, it is a perfect definition of an American style Lager, perhaps dark version of a American Premium Lager. The beer is complex in flavor, but not overwhelming. Perfect for hot day or a savory meal.

Problem with this particular beer it was a little past its prime. A little flat in initial smell. Overall, great beer.

Lordcheez, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of jiggahertz
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great 2 finger head, nice frothyness, can watch it recede from the rim on top of a nice deep amber beer. Excellent lacing.

S: Nutty, can pick out the peanuts poking through the hops, some wheat in the background.

T: Some subdued mals notes up front, nice hops finish.

M: Nutty, med-full bodied.

D: Not a ton going on in this beer but a nice all around lager.

jiggahertz, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Excellent color and good carbonation. Not a whole lot of foam or lacing. Color is a golden red honey color, very cool.

Smell: Smell is also good. Smells like honey, caramel malt, and definitely enough citrus hops. Some brown sugar as well maybe.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically just bitterness here. Not much spice. A middle of the road flavor. Mouthfeel is pleasant enough though, some body, but not too much so it doesn't overpower the flavor.

Drinkability: An adequate session beer but not particularly exciting.

Overall: Seems I haven't found a Brooklyn beer I love. Gonna keep trying though...

tjsdomer2, Feb 04, 2011
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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