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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 bgreg3


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

App - Amber with foam that sticks for awhile and leaves residue on the side.

Smell - Malty. I smell toasted oak or something in there that makes it smell a little woody and a small amount of hops.

Taste - There is an attack of sweet malt at the beginning and it is quickly balanced by the hops. This beer tastes earthy to me very natural. Very well balanced.

MF - Light/medium body not strenuous on the pallate at all.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:43:46 | More by bgreg3
Photo of DerBayer


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is interesting I recognise the smell and taste as part of the amazing composition that is Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfenweisse.

The smell and tatse are of bitter hops wit caramel and cherry.

Mouthfeel is a bit flatter than most lagers but quite pleasant and refreshing.

this is a good session beer really

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 21:24:28 | More by DerBayer
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear copper that pours with a slight head. The nose is a bit grassy. The flavor is sweet with hints of hay, the finish has a bit of bitterness to it. The beer is light to medium in body with average carbonation. Overall a solid lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 20:08:21 | More by bonkers
Photo of Bierguy5


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 5.2% ABV. Best before Sept. 2009.Pours a lsightly hazy, darker gold color. Maybe a bit of an orange or amber hue. White fluffy head holds together very well. A few nice spots of lace eventaully.

Light malt aroma, a bit grainy. A hint of lemon zest. Some earthy hops round out the nose in a nice way.

Good dose of lighter malt up front, with a bit of a rar, grainy edge. A bit of zest as well. Some earthy bitterness to round things out. I see a bit of things in common with the Summer Ale here.

Light body, with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. I would have liked it a bit cleaner, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 15:46:29 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of oldpinecone

New York

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

First off I want to say....what a beer. Delicious and refreshing.

Poured a really nice pale copper with a great 2 finger head. The head lasted about halfway down the glass. Pretty impressive.

It smelled of small biscuity malts. Not too much hop essence but it was there,

The taste is what blew me away. I couldnt believe a vienna style lager could taste so good. It had lots of malt with a nice bitterness from the hops that takes over and blances it out right away. I drank my first glass in a few minutes because I needed that taste over and over. Definetely a great beer to mow the lawn with.

It was excellent consistancy too. Perfectly carbonated and not too rich so it made it very very refreshing all together.

One of the most drinkable beers Ive ever had. Light and crisp...but in the good way. Easily the best session lager Ive had yet. Bring this to a party for BMC drinkers and they will more than likely give up there commercial world of crap and join us in the wonderful world of craft.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 20:52:09 | More by oldpinecone
Photo of Durge


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

This cold brew from can to pint glass shows a very glowing orange amber color with a sturdy off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is a surprisingly pleasant malt and floral hop mix, mild but better than most lagers for sure. The flavor gives me a crisp cereal grain with bright floral hops that park on the edge of your tongue. Body is midland for a lager, somewhat creamy but easy going down. There is lots of peppery carbonation and a somewhat thick finish of grainy alcohol with some sweet malt. It's not the most drinkable lager I've ever had, a bit full in it's constitution, but it will suffice for a decent flavored refreshment. While I find this more personable than most lagers, certainly more than the macros by far, it still leaves a bit of an abrasive aftertaste for me, possibly owed a bit to the container but it's hard to say for sure. Just not extremely agreeable, but definitely decent. The hops do become more pronounced as you go, more of a citrus hint too. I'm a bit torn between very good and just good. Lager lovers should be pleased.

Serving type: can

08-19-2009 02:45:23 | More by Durge
Photo of cdpike


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a very nice copper golden with great clarity and lasting foam. It has a great light body and crisp effervescence, and thus is very refreshing. Taste is fairly biscuity and sweet. The finish is quite bitter and dry but this beer is definitely driven by the malts. There's also something sweet in flavor that I can't put my finger on and frankly, I'm not sure how I feel about it. All in all though, this is a tasty lager and I'd be happy to drink it by the liter.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 14:35:14 | More by cdpike
Photo of eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden honey colour with a nice bright-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Lots of caramel malt and hops; some subtle maple sugar candy. This is one fine smelling beer.

This is a great lager - it's packed with flavour. Great bitter, floral hops, a good dose of malt, a bit of caramel in the background. Exceptionally well balanced and so delicious. Not the most complex beer but I don't always want a complex beer anyway.

Creamy medium body with a medium-light carbonation. Fits the taste perfectly.

This is just an all-around solid beer. I've had this quite a few times and seem to have felt differently each time I've had it; maybe I just got lucky with this bottle but whatever is in this one is amazing. I could start drinking this at lunch and keep drinking it until I go to bed, it's that drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:12:05 | More by eat
Photo of stcules


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

Amber - chestnut color. Two fingers of a decent head.
In the smell an intense maltiness, with the freshness of the hop. A good hop, with light note of tangerine.
Malty taste, with a citrus hop in the back.
Light aftertaste.
Definitely drinkable, very thirst-quenching.
Nothing memorable, but definitely pleasant and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 11:17:23 | More by stcules
Photo of indiapaleale


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

Brooklyn Lager is truly one of the few American lagers that I really, really enjoy. What you see here is a 12 oz. can of American lager that makes 99% of the rest of the canned lagers look (and taste) like crap. This is a lager with taste, body and some complexity.

Pours a nice, deep, dark amber color. Hey, its not pale yellow and almost clear! The head on this is so thick and fluffy it really is a sight to behold. It leaves quite a bit of lacing along the inside of the glass. Great looking beer in a glass, from a can, the bottle or on tap. You can't go wrong.

Smell is quite hoppy for a lager in my opinion. Lots of noble hops going on with some nice floral notes. There area also some hints of honey and some caramel. Nice rich malty aroma as well.

Taste is crisp, refreshing and delicious. This is what a lager should taste like! Its got a nice delicate hoppiness to it that gives it a nice bitter and sharp finish that combines nicely with the carbonation level and dryness from a lager. Excellent beer and Brooklyn has done good by putting this offering in a can.

Cheers to you Brookyln Brewery for getting in there and hopefully converting some of those life-long canned tasteless macro adjunct lager drinkers!

Serving type: can

08-12-2009 03:27:46 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of wagenvolks


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (best by Dec 2009) into a pilsner glass.

Brooklyn's Lager builds a towering, rocky custard head that appears creamy on top, but the side profile shows swiss-cheese like bubbles getting larger as the foam settles. Sticky, honeycomb lacing left behind. A torrential up-pour of carbonation streams through a clear, golden-copper body. This is what lagers SHOULD look like. Clean, crisp aroma, with a hint of sweet crystal malts and German hops (Saaz?) leading the way. A floral, green grassiness lingers in the background with some graham cracker and honey.

Lots of herbal grassiness to the hops, very well done. Balance of light, toasted amber malts and traces of sourdough. A fresh, hoppy bitterness lingers into the finish almost like a good IPA. Mouthfeel sits between medium and light, with a bubbly carbonation level that kicks up the spice mid-palate. Gets a little sticky with residuals towards the finish, but it's a minor nit-pick, as this is probably one of the best readily available lagers out there. Kudos to Brooklyn for crafting a sessionable, hoppy, and extremely tasty American Lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 23:58:15 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange amber color with 1-2 fingers of white foam that recedes quickly.

Smell is modestly sweet, like a caramel or brown sugar.

Taste is similar to an amber ale, but also a vienna lager. The lager holds true and the taste is clean and crisp, but theres a delightful malty sweetness throughout. Faint hop at the close, but never more than taste, Pleasant in the mouthfeel.

Overall a very enjoyable lager. The featured brew from the Brooklyn lineup and it does not disappoint. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 00:26:52 | More by KTCamm
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

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

Poured from the can a dark copper color with a nice sticky off-white head. The nose mixed caramel toffee aromas with pine and floral hops. The flavor offered more of the same with more floral hops riding on a rail of sweet caramel maltiness. Highly drinkable and nicely balanced.

Serving type: can

08-05-2009 23:14:29 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of bcgpete


2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best-by date of Oct. 2009, poured into a pint glass.
About half an inch of tan head on top of a nice burnt orange. Much darker than I was expecting for a lager.

The smell is fairly sweet, reminding me of an amber ale.

Upon tasting, however, the amber ale aroma gives way to a somewhat bland flavor. Almost reminds me of Killians.

The drinkability isn't bad, I could drink a few of these as it's not too heavy in the mouth or stomach.

Overall not a bad beer, but not one that I'd go on a quest to find.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 22:42:03 | More by bcgpete
Photo of wspscott


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Crystal clear, copper color with a creamy white head that drops quickly and leaves quite a bit of lace.
S: Slightly sweet, a light graininess, a little bit of hops.
T: More bitter than the nose suggests, a lot of graininess, a little bread, hops are mostly bittering additions vs flavor/aroma, no yeast character at all.
M: Crisp, dry, highly carbed.
D: This goes down very easy, a nice session beer, great for the pool or beach. A good choice for your BMC drinking friends. I could easily reach for another one of these, now I just need a cheeseburger. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 20:22:26 | More by wspscott
Photo of JMD


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich copper color with one inch white head that dissipates very slowing. Heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Toasted carmel malt and toffee. Sweetbread and bisquits. Some grass and citrus.

T: Sourdough bread and carmel. Followed by a nice dose of citrus hops. Very balanced and flavorfull lager.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation.

D: This is a well crafted, highly drinkable lager, which makes for a great session beer. Perfect for a summer bbq or sitting inside watching a game. Great for seasoned BA's or beer newbs just getting into craft beers. Brooklyn lager has become a staple in my beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:55:23 | More by JMD
Photo of BARFLYB


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

12oz bottle into a regular kitchen glass, I have not had this in years.

A- Brooklyn lager pours a copper/amber color with spots of orange. The foam only reaches about a half inch, making a thin skim on the surface. Decent retention plus nice amounts of lace from this.

S- Smells like a lager with class. The caramel is apparent from jump but the addition of the hops give off a floral smell. They tend to be pretty balanced. A nice smell for a simple style.

T- Pretty much the same as above. Caramel and floral hops blending nice together. Some barley in between. Also getting some grain with some warming. A great lager.

M&D- A smooth ride with just a bit of bitterness with the finish, Im not sure if it's the hops or the carb, which there is a lot of. The feel is a small step below medium bodied. The low abv make this a anytime beer, one which I would love to drink a six pack of at or watching the ballgame.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 02:45:44 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of njmoons

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had Brooklyn Lager a couple times. I always come away with the same impression.

I could go into a extended review of the beer. Brooklyn makes quality beers, but to sum it up quickly...

The beer is out of balance. The Hop flavor overpowers the beer start to finish.

Hops quickly over power the malt flavor I am looking for in a medium lager, and interferes with the crispness of the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 12:26:03 | More by njmoons
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Received a light copper brew with a decent, dense off-white head.
No lace.

Light bread toast, a little fruity sweetness, and some leafy bitter notes.

More of the same. Flavor was a bit subdued, but what struck me was the sweetness. Some caramel and light fruit, leading into some hop leaf and a lighter drier finish. Flavors were a bit lighter than expected.

Medium bodied, and crisp enough in the finish to be enjoyable.

Overall, a very good brew on its own or with food. Good structure and balance, but a bit untraditional for a lager. Some fruit and light sourness make this one you won't instinctively reach for when seeking a lager. It's ok.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 01:54:36 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of david18

New York

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent lager but I think I mostly have it because it's local to me. I appreciate everything Brooklyn Brewery has done for craft beer and they have some great brands (especially recently with the Locals and Cuvees) but this is not my favorite lager. If you're in brooklyn or nyc and deciding among 6% beers (i.e. siera, sam adams) i think this would be the choice. Otherwise, a great pilsner would be my preference.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:03:32 | More by david18
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 16oz. can into a nonic pint the beer was an old penny color copper with a bit more than one finger of pure white head. The head was fluffy and extended just above the rim of the glass to look like an ice cream cone. Lots of streaming carbonation running up from the bottom of the glass to feed the head. Thick rims of lacing and the head retained throughout the sample.

The nose has hints of light hoppiness with a semi-sweet just baked bread aroma. Slight apples and sugar cookies too.

The taste is a pleasently balanced hoppiness that hits the back of te palate first. Nothing aggresively bitter, but slightly floral and flowery. This balances to a malty backbone with some light brown sugars, caramel, sugar cookies, and cinnamon-sugar coverd apples. Well balances throughout, and a decent amount of carbonation.

Medium body with ample carbonation.

An all-around drinkable and sessionable beer. Easy to drink and well balanced. Perhaps its all in my head, but seemingly a little less hoppy from the can than the bottle.

Serving type: can

07-29-2009 01:27:19 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Microbrews in tallboys = sweet.

Clear amber with a large white head. Great retention for a lager. Looks yummy.

Deliciously fruity, specifically ripe, red apples. Hop stank.

Apple juicey with a zesty hop finish and solid hop oil infused body. Sweeter and less crisp but much more flavorful than most lagers.

I'm a fan.

Serving type: can

07-28-2009 00:40:55 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of originalsin


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few bottles of this at the new Yankee Stadium for $8.50! I'm not complaining...

My first thought--what a spectacular looking lager. Really incredible. Deep amber beer with a huge foamy off-white head that has infinite retention and laces beautifully the whole way down. I'm wowed. (Can't quite understand what people are looking for in appearance if it's not something like this....skimming the reviews I see a lot of low 'appearance' scores. Can anybody explain this to me?)

Smell is big on the floral hops right up front. A bit spicy too. There's a great hoppy nose on this lager. Ain't that somethin? Tastes all kinds of smooth and just crisp enough for me. Brooklyn got a great year round brew with this one. Cheers on that. There's some apple in this one that I'm tasting but mostly it's floral and citruisy, a bit of grapefruit. An altogether enjoyable brew.

Drinkability?? I had 6.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 20:38:53 | More by originalsin
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Glowing amber, with a white slightly unewen head.

S: Hops! I'm guessing Cascade. But there is also fruit and some caramell.

T: Hops! There must be Cascade hops in this dry beer. You can sence fruit, caramell and some sweetness as well.

M: Very well balanced, nice hoppy tone to this dry and creamy beer.

D: A very nice lager, that really goes well with a bit sturdier food. I will buy this one again and again.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 11:50:28 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of nlmartin


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

The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a amber golden coloration. The head is thick with a biege coloration. The head retention is terrific. Thick frosty lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer has a grassy lemon aroma. A bit of caramel malt backs the hops up.

Taste: The beer has a toasted caramel malt flavor a splash of lemon. The beer finishes with a floral grassy flavor. The hops are very forward for a lager but I like it.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has light body well carbonated. Very easy to drink. I could throw back several of these in an evening.

Serving type: can

07-27-2009 01:38:46 | More by nlmartin
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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