1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

3,035 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,035
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 77
Gots: 316 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Brooklyn Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,035 | Reviews: 1,148 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +34%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Hessian257, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +7.2%

vicsju1991, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
4/5  rDev +7.2%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: no head, cloudy copper color; good carb action; great lacing
S: persistent, fragrant aroma; hops dominate, as if an IPA
T: complex, spicy; dry; toward a Vienna lager and its earthy tones; a tad bit brooding

A pretty good lager, overall

Arithmeticus, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of taigor
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden amber color with medium white head that quickly dissipated leaving average amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Malts dominate with scents of caramel, citrus, apples and some flowers.

T - Slightly sweet to start due to honey or brown sugar and lots of malts. Then other flavors follow - caramel, citrus and slight earth flavor.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Good lager but a little too watery. I would still recommend it.

taigor, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Weathered copper, lacing drapes on the glass well.

SMELL: Thick wild herb, toasted bread, sweet floral resin, broth, mineral.

TASTE: Clean, smooth, toasty, faint brown bread, mellow herbal hop, lightly bitter, clean graininess, dry finish.

The malt backbone is just as broad as the hop character. A solid brew from start to finish, more than enough flavor and complexity to make it interesting enough to want more than just one.

Jason, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can purchased at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI for $1.59.

This was a very volatile can of beer. Seconds after the seal was cracked, an overflow of bubbles gushed out. I poured the remainder of the can into a pilsner glass. Three fingers of fluffy ivory head rose to the rim of the glass. Head retention is moderate. As the head recedes it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The beer is a deep golden hue and is nearly crystal clear. It's a pretty nice looker.

The aroma is bursting with fresh crisp hops. A nice floral/citrus combo rises to the nostrils. It is backed with a soft caramel malt presence. It smells subtle, but definitely not delicate. It is seductively inviting.

The flavor is pretty good, but unfortunately not as good as it looks and smells. Grainy malts rule the roost, giving the impression of chewing on raw barley. This is not bad per se, though some subtlety would have helped the overall effect. Hops are grassy and a bit dusty on the palate, leaving an earthy impression that goes well with the ample grain bill. Though this beer is adequately hopped the bitterness is soft and out of balance with the huge stacks of grain. Still, I can't help but like it for all of the flavor it packs. I could just wish for a better balance.

The mouthfeel is much heavier than I was expecting, though the beer is still light to medium bodied. Carbonation is simultaneously soft and stinging. The beer's impression lingers after the swallow. It's not a wow beer, but it is very nice for style.

Overall this is a good if not great little lager. It is a bit pricey to be tipping back at a rapid pace; but it is a nice treat, and a fantastic Sunday afternoon football beer. It is the perfect compliment to Triscuits and Colby Jack cheese. Mmmmm.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this solid lager. If it were more cost effective I would gladly give two Schlitz.

weizenbob, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown/amber color with a two finger foamy, white head on top. Pretty good retention with some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Some toasted malt and sweetness right up front. There is some floral hops and grass as well. The sugary sweetness increases as it warms.

T: Sweet malts and toasted bread up front with a bit of floral hops in the middle. A bit of fruit as well with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, drinks smooth with a dry finish.

O: Pretty good for a lager, could drink this pretty much anytime, especially from the can.

mdaschaf, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sly Fox Inn; served in a Bud Light shaker.

A: Pours a light amber with a slight, but persistent cap of white head.

S: Seems to be heavy on the German hops, as their earthy, musty aroma is what appears first. Caramelly malts jump in right after the hops.

T: A bit more malt forward than the nose suggested, but that's all right. Hops are there for balance and the flavour is creamy malts and a pleasant fruity and bitter finish.

D: I could down this one all night. It has great balance and it really is just a joy to drink. Tasty and simple.

Overall: To me, this is like SA Boston Lager's maltier, American cousin. It has many similar aspects in flavour and aroma profile, but just clocks in with a bit more malt sweetness than Sam's amber lager. It's a nice little beer, and I'm glad that even shitty places (selection-wise) usually have this on tap.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with "BB Jan 2012" printed below the neck of the bottle.

Pours copper/amber in color, and it has a slight haze to it. Head initially stood about one inch tall, but settled to a thin and spotty layer after a couple of minutes or so. Good amount of carbonation bubbles throughout. Not a ton of lacing or head retention.

Immediately following the pour, I was definitely getting some hops in the aroma....not so much now. Mostly toasted grain and just a kiss of grassy-wet hops.

Malt flavor up front is quickly greeted with some hop bitterness towards the middle. Hops linger on into the finish which I like, but the carbonation is a bit low here so the finish is smooth, but not really crisp.

Lack of carbonation makes for a thinner mouthfeel. I usually like lower carbonated beers, but this almost taste like it's going flat to me.

A good beer overall, but I was expecting this to be a bit better honestly.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is good, but it's just a bit under-carbonated. Maybe this is just an off bottle. The flavor is there though.

Morey, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Translucent orange/amber, two finger head that stays around and leaves behind some lacing.

S-Very malty, a tiny bit of citrus hops as well.

T-Does not live up to the nose, the malt is there and works well but there doesn't seem to be the hops.

M-Light and a little flat.

O-A decent lager, would pick up to try and convert BMC drinkers.

rlee1390, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Atwood's

A: The pour is a light amber color with about a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with quite a bit of toast and bread. Just a sweet malt profile overall. There are some floral hops and a mild grass note. The necessary lager yeast aroma is present, as are some mild esters.

T: Things don't deviate much on the palate. Sweet toast and bread malt flavors with a bit of a toffee note. Minimal bitterness with floral and grassy hop flavors. A few fruit esters give a bit of depth.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Sort of an ubiquitous beer on the East Coast, it seems. I found it to be pretty enjoyable.

womencantsail, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of danieelol
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden honey colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is hop well integrated with sweet caramel malt and marzipanny yeast.

Taste is very complex. You get the yeast flavours, caramel malt and a _lot_ of bittering hops. There's also nuttiness. So much flavour on the palate.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate bordering on high carb. Works well.

Overall a great beer. Packs a huge amount of flavour for a lager. Could stand with being a bit cheaper cause at the moment it's got a 33% markup on the Sam Adams range when I've seen it. Still a fantastic lager with similarities to Boston Lager but which it ultimately outdoes. Bit harder to session as a result of the massive flavour and slightly higher alcohol.

danieelol, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Swim424
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my anchor bar pint glass.

A-very nice head. pretty good retention. much better than expected. very much a amberish color. slightly cloudy but mixes well with appearance.

S-good. sort of floral. some hops. some malts. not to strong though.

T-at first i get some carbonation mixed with some sweet flowery malts. finishing with slight hops. tastes of maybe some slight pine. not sure exactly how to describe but very simple. maybe some yeast. again the big word that comes to mind is like a floral maltyness to it.

MF-leaves sort of a thin coating in your mouth that has a pretty good aftertaste. slightly creamy.

O-much better than i originally expected, before opening. a very good lager. this is the first amber lager i have had, and it is a very good start with this type of beer. i would definitely have this again.

Swim424, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of NickRivers
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A&S - Pours a reddish amber, kinda like a sunburst but with a grainy chill haze. Not too much on the nose(Typical Lager) nice sweet honey and carmel smell, along with a pleasant floral hop presence.

T&M - Hits crisp and light, wonderful malt flourish with a honey crispness that enlightens the floral hop finish. Amazing light bodied mouthfeel carbonated to perfection.

O - A wonderful plain and simple session beer. I'll definitely be picking this brew up whenever I'm in need of a session and find it in the area. Looking forward to visiting the brewery next year.

NickRivers, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden amber with reddish tint. A thin finger of head is short-lived yet leaves behind some flicks of lace.

S - Not a huge punch of aroma but what there is is quite malty, caramel and honey particularly. Floral hops complement.

T - Nice balance of hop and malt. Citrusy tang and caramel, biscuity sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, moderate body.

O - A top option if looking for a session beer with plenty of flavour.

dansmcd, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack from the LCBO on Yonge and Wellesley. Been meaning to try this for a while - though I've loved Garret Oliver's book, I haven't really had a chance to try many of his brews.

Poured into a dimpled beer mug. Amber golden, good creamy head, some lacing. Looks like a pale ale, truth be told.

Nose is grain, noble hops, a bit of apple and caramel.

Nice, flavorful lager. Not as crisp as I normally would like, but it nevertheless is quite taste. Hops are mild - edging towards being a bit too sweet.

Medium bodied, thin carbonation, nice creaminess to it. A touch too watery for my liking.

Solid brew - nothing to write home about, but still a nice lager that I can see myself picking up now and again.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of enzocc
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden Amber-Honey color. clean white head.

S - Hops, malts, light caramel,Malty, floral spices.

T - Not all the same as you smell. Not so crispy as you can expect thanks the hops it has. Sweet and crispy. Malty hops. light caramel.

M - Almost watery but smooth at the same time.

O - Excellent lager. Could be more crispier. Nice flavors that enhance the beer character.

enzocc, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of sweett3k
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On special at C J's Pub in Kalamazoo for $1.75 a pint. A darker golden brown for a lager beer. Pencil thin head with little lacing. Smell of sweet Malt and grain. Not a lot going for it until you taste it. Nice hop bite with mellow tones of biscuit and rye. Real yummy. Over all great beer for the price. Time to order another.

sweett3k, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of ikats
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, amber in color, with fluffy a bit off-white head. Smell provides malty base (reminds me of bread) for a refreshing crisp, floral touch of hops. Taste is similar. Malty, sweet notes upfront give way for a crisp bite of hops. In my mind, malt and hops work as a team which makes for a nice mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable.

I am a fan of Brooklyn beers and whenever I want a simple, quality, easily accessible, local brew I often reach out for a Brooklyn lager.

ikats, Sep 07, 2011
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 3,035 ratings.