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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 69
Gots: 218 | 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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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

a-pours a nice clear golden red colour with a respectable head.

s-bready smells some spiceyness from the hops, citrus

t-yeast flavours coming through at front, followed by tangy citrus and ending with a nice bitterness.

m-thicker than I would have thought, very nice.

d-These go down well...I could do these as a session beer no prob. Will get again.

08-23-2010 03:04:46 | More by Mit
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

In the 1800′s Brooklyn New York was a haven for brewing in America, sadly though, prohibition and time destroyed a once vibrant community. We are lucky today though because the Brooklyn Brewery has brought revitalization to the heart of New York by brewing new and innovative beers, and exception traditional beers which pay homage to their predecessors.

The Brooklyn Brewery's flagship beer is the Brooklyn Lager, an award winning Vienna Style lager brewed traditionally as would have been done in 1890. It is available at almost all LCBO locations all year round, and is distributed all across the United States and is beginning to float across the globe.

This is all for very good reason too; Brooklyn has brought back to us a fantastic example of the Vienna Lager, a purely refreshing, versatile and meaty beer which fits many situations all too perfectly. The Brooklyn Lager is 5.2% abv and generally sells in six packs of standard 355ml bottles bearing the original green Brooklyn logo. Strickly it should be classified as an American Amber, rather than a Vienna Lager; it is brewed as a Vienna-Style lager, then is dry hopped.

It pours smooth and cleanly raising a fluffy white head about one and a half inches above the pale amber red beer. It shines with bronze and golden rays peering through the beer exposing life and carbonation pouring up in it. The nose is very clean and crisp with light caramel, soft dry fruit and a very floral hop aroma. It has a touch of malt and bitter shinning though in the scent showing a freshness and drinkability. Overall is displays a dry and crisp nose that is both appetizing and seemingly very smooth.

Drinking the Brooklyn Lager really just relaxing. Benefiting from cold Lager maturation, this beer is exceptionally smooth and elegant. It flows gracefully into your mouth bringing fresh lightly tart floral hops which excite your tongue and cheeks. Slowely crisp and warming malts show themselves at the true heart of this beer bringing light biscuit, soft caramel and still a bouquet of floral hops.

The mouth is very clean and dry creating a quenching, but also satisfying beer. Its body is slightly lush, but also very crisp. Moderate carbonation cleans up the beer nicely and proves its ability to remain flavorful, yet totally civilized.

Its very clean and simple on your palate because it has a perfect balance of ripe fresh flavors. It has been dry hoped as a Vienna Lager would showing light citrus and pine with supreme balance and softness. This brings a huge refreshing and quenching characteristic to the beer, and combined with the smoothness and overall creamy texture of the beer it is very drinkable and well suited for any occation.

The Brooklyn Lager is excellent with barbecue, steak, roast chicken, pesto, fish and chips, cheddar, and really almost anything savory. Serve it right out of the fridge in a pint glass, and enjoy!

Pics at: http://wp.me/pNKWo-7U

08-23-2010 01:27:07 | More by StephenRich
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Brooklyn Lager | 350 ml. | 5.2% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: American Amber / Red Lager
Glass: U.S. Pint

Glistening and straw-colored with a respectable snowy head.

Clean malt aromas... not much else.

Smooth malty flavor with a hint of lemon oils. Strong hop bite on the exit.

Crisp and clean.

A workhorse lager of the best variety. It does it's job and leaves you happy, but not in awe.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, as an "anytime" beer.

08-22-2010 17:07:21 | More by BeerNemesis
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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

A clear amber brew, hints of orange, an off-white head leaving some lacing.

Sweet notes in the smell, honey, caramel, biscuits and citrus fruits. Oranges and mandarins.

Upfront sweetness, honey cereal notes, citric tones, the bitterness is somewhat "chemical" and sharp.

Medium to low carbonation, a rather simple body, a short dryness.

Well, it looks and smells good, but I'm not 100% into the taste and feel. Miss a solid bitterness, the sweet tones remains behind the bitterness, which actually makes me more thirsty.

08-22-2010 15:51:10 | More by rarbring
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

Clear light amber with a finger of off-white head. Thin cap of retention and tons of lacing. The aromas are quite malty, with more toastiness and caramel than anything else. Something baked and sweet in the aromas, too. Biscuit bordering on cookies. Flavors are mild. More than anything, it's a toasted biscuit. Not a lot of hoppiness in there that goes beyond "bitter". A slight astringency is killing the flavor a bit. Mouthfeel is medium body with mild carbonation. I don't know if I would recommend this one. Maybe to folks who are newer to the craft scene?

08-21-2010 23:43:54 | More by washburnkid
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Had this as a part of a recent "macro" lager blind tasting...needless to say, we had to remove it from the bracket because it was so much better than anything else we were tasting

A: Pours a medium gold color with a nice dense cap of foam. Retention was better than I expected, actually pretty damn nice.

S: The nose consists of pale malts that also give a little sweetness to it. A little bready and sugar cookie-y. Hops are subtle but really seem flavorful. Light fruit, slight citrus, and a nice earthy note. Really balanced...I'm surprised how awesome the nose is

T: Both the malts and hops are evenly balanced. Slight sweetness from the malts, but maintains balance through the hops. Hops give off light bread and a touch of bitterness. Slight mineral flavor.

MF/D: Fuller in body than most lagers. Crisp and refreshing finish with medium carbonation. Really refreshing.

Nice work Mr. Oliver!

08-21-2010 19:17:29 | More by scottyshades
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

It would be nice if the lagers produced in Brazil were like Brooklyn. Amber color. Like all Brooklyn beers that I´ve tasted, it has a salty, but nice flavor. Aroma: floral, herbal, citric and malts. Taste: well balanced hops, something sweet and salty. Mild carbonation. High drinkability. Pleasant bitter end.

08-20-2010 13:55:59 | More by GBalbin
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Best before Dec 2010

Clear amber color with a solid two fingers of white head that hung on for a long time. The head settled to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Quite the hoppy little lager we have here. Floral and slightly citrus aroma with just a hint of a bready malt base. The hops play a large role in the flavor as well. The spice from the hops compliments the dry, bready malt flavor. I would bump the score up a bit if it was a little bigger beer in the malt department. But as it is, a good light bodied, flavorful lager that is easy to drink. No surprise this is Brooklyn Brewery's top selling beer.

08-19-2010 21:56:56 | More by morimech
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

A - A cloudy Orange/Golden color. A small head is present that leaves a slight lacing down the glass.

S - Heavy on the hops with a crisp citrus and flowery smell.

T - Crisp hops blend well with the bready malts. Not a whole lot going on but satisfying nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Pretty solid and enjoyable drink. It is what it is. Great for summer drinking.

08-18-2010 14:04:34 | More by skullsplitter
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Amber with a massive creamy white head, nice and fluffy. Great retention and a thick coat of lace, impressive.

S- Not much strength. Slight toasty, caramel malt and some fruit hops is about all I can pick up.

T- A nice amber flavor. Nutty, caramel and biscuit malt backbone. Hops lend some floral, fruit, earthy and zest flavor. Bready yeast.

MF- Creamy light body with high carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Low bitterness rounds off a nice mouthfeel. Smooth.

DB/Conclusion- Refreshing lager with maybe the best lager flavor I have come across. Well balanced and smooth, could be a great session beer, great example of the style.

08-12-2010 00:43:49 | More by cbutova
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New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +11%

A natural honey-amber color, plenty of good life and a classic white-fuzzy head, sticks around perfectly!

The aroma is very robust and hearty with a gentle honey sweetness in the malt, sour herbals and light red fruits round it out.

A very, crispy , clean flavor with a rightous, hearty, wheatie and sour yeast complexity that is right-on style wise. the malt is crispy and slighlty sweet, but gentle. earthy herbs and amber malt flavor's in the back for even more nice balance.

The feel is light bodied, crispy and slightly dry, refreshing as all hell.

An American classic for the style, this is what it should be folks!

08-10-2010 20:53:08 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp pale orange with a decent diminishing off white head that leaves a trace of lacing on the top of the glass. Aroma is pale malts and mild earthy hops. The taste is a nice amount of sweet Malta in front of a nice citrus hops backbone that leaves just a touch of bitterness in the finish. The beer is quite light, smooth, and refreshing. I'll admit, I didn't expect much when I ordered this one, but it is a great beer for a hot Summer afternoon.

08-09-2010 19:19:50 | More by atsprings
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Yet another Summer beer on the balcony. A nice Sunday early afternoon listening to good music and enjoying a beer I've never sampled before. 12 oz bottle poured into a contoured pint glass. Best before December 2010.

Bright amber body shows what appears to be very high carbonation with awkwardly large soda-like bubbles when it's first poured. Forms a surprisingly large and nicely retained head that leaves lacing everywhere.

Clean, bready, and vaguely fruity malt profile leads off the aroma with some nice herbal and flowery hop notes following closely thereafter.

Sweet bready malt character turns almost honey-like on the first sip. Mild hop bitterness is nice on the aftertaste. Starts to take on a toasty character as it warms. Carbonation has settled down considerably since the initial pour but is still very active and can be easily felt as I drink.

Not incredibly complex but I really don't think that's what they were going for. Pleasant and easy to drink, I probably wouldn't seek it out on a regular basis but definitely wouldn't complain if it were the only option at a backyard barbecue or in a similar setting.

08-08-2010 16:56:06 | More by berkey
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Pours a golden/orange color with the perfect sized head, fades at a slightly fast rate and leaves a few patches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is mostly the caramel malt backbone but there is a decent amount of hop aroma.

Taste is light and crisp, the caramel malt melds with the hop bitterness, neither is overwhelming but pretty much the perfect balance.

Honestly, one of the easiest drinking lagers out there and a prime example of how they should be.

08-03-2010 22:11:26 | More by deltatauhobbit
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance - Nice amber color, mild carbonation with a decent head upon pouring. Clear to cloudy--tea like.

Smell - Sweet caramel to flowery smell.

Taste - Uneventful. But is was served in a small, frozen beer glass which may have affected it.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the thin side but not too much so.

Drinkability - A very drinkable beer. My overall impression at this sitting was unremarkable. But I have enjoyed this beer right out of the bottle too.

08-02-2010 22:47:56 | More by mrgrinch
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams Perfect Beer Glass

A: Dark Amber to Copper Color with one finger creamy foamy head that reduced quickly leaving a good amount of lacing.

S: Hops, Citrus, Fruity with a slight sweet caramel smell.

T: Malty, Fruity taste that finishes sour with a bite of carbonation.

M: Slight bite from the carbonation but wonderful full bodied taste.

D: This is a delicious beer. Easy to drink with enough body and girth to make it feel like you're drinking something substantial.

07-30-2010 00:20:16 | More by vaneson
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

A: Copper/amber colour. White head.

S: Hoppy, fruity.

T: Many different tastes: citric fruits, caramel malt, spices. Tough a sour feeling to it, almost as if it either hasn't aged enough or the other way around.

O: Really nice lager, but could be better.

07-29-2010 22:48:11 | More by Mjoepp
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

355 mL bottle into a Hoegaarden glass. Best before November 2010.

A - Hard pour produced a slight, cap-like off white head that disapated quickly into a sort of film but left decent lacing on the glass. Beer is sort of brown or light amber with noticable carbonation.

S - All hops, quite citrusy.

T - A really nice balance of buttery malts and citrusy hops with a lingering bitterness and flavour that sticks around on the tongue for a while. Hops definately dominate the flavour but there is noticable balance. Hop flavour isn't as attractive as the aroma though.

M - Light body and obviously bubbly.

D - I could easily session this baby. Good does of hops and the regulation ABV makes this a decent lager.

07-24-2010 03:17:30 | More by tbeckett
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New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%

Poured copper/amber, with a heavy dose of carbonation, two fingers of white, good head retention, and good lacing. Smelled of biscuit, malt, pear, grass, and herbal hops. Nice to see what a good lager is capable of smelling like. The taste yielded a nicely balanced herbal/grassy/malty mix that progressed to a crisp dry finish, and left malty hints afterwards. More pear fruitiness was revealed as it warmed towards room temperature. The mouthfeel was a perfectly carbonated medium body. An excellent session lager.

07-22-2010 03:01:19 | More by donniecuffs
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New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

The beer pours golden brown with a thick half inch white head. The first sip brings a malty flavor, a bit sour, but refreshing. Drinks fast without a hint of alcohol. A good lager for a summer afternoon BBQ. When Sam Adams goes sweet, this goes bitter. Very drinkable. One of my favorites.

07-22-2010 02:45:35 | More by DaveWhite
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Pours a clear amber with an offwhite head. Smells of citrus fruit peel. Taste is a light caramel sweetness, followed by a very herbal, earthy, Floral, hop flavor and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is average, so is carbonation. Very good drinkability, I could drink several. A nice refreshing beer.

07-21-2010 15:34:08 | More by tronester
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4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

I bought this in a Brooklyn Party pack. This is the flagship beer and it brought the party! A complex beer that is just right. I maintains a balance between extremes.

A: Cloudy amber/copper beer with a thick creamy coppery/white head. The beer leaves rings of beautiful lace as it is emptied. This is a good looking beer.

S: Spicy hop smell with a a nice toasted malt to boot.

T: Hops are spicy and lemony. The sour over tone is balanced with a hearty malt sweetness provided by the deeper malt roast. Think sweet and sour chicken here.... I like the two battling for dominance despite the world war one like futile stalemate that gives you the consumer a complex and tasty brew.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation (to be expected from a lager) and hop drying create a pleasant drinking experience.

D: Yes sir pour me another. I like this beer. It may well become a staple in my household. Like I said it is the sweet and sour of the beer world. I want to drink it with Chinese food.

07-21-2010 14:13:04 | More by bigrzman
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3.48/5  rDev -7%

Scored some Brooklyn while on a trip to southern Michigan.

Best by 12/2010 on bottle.

A -- Nice deep, clear golden with a thick, light tan/cream colored head.

S -- Spicy hops up front with biscuit malt back. Some vague phenols.

T -- Spicy hops up front with good biscuit and caramel character back. Not sure what style to rate this by, "American Red Lager" not being a truly recognized style.

M -- Medium body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel.

D -- Not bad, but the hops get a little heavy after a couple. I have to wonder if this recipe wasn't developed as a match to Sam Adams Boston Lager. It is nearly identical in profile, save for being a little heavier in body.

07-20-2010 19:54:30 | More by steveh
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4/5  rDev +7%

Appearance - Clear. Orangish/Amber color with a white head that had nice retention and left some real nice lacing. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom. Looks pretty inviting.

Smell - Getting some floral hops at first with the smell. A bit more than usual with a typical "lager" style beer. Some lightly sweet smelling malts. Not too strong though. Caramel malt. Bread or biscuit notes also.

Taste - Nice light bitter touch that leaves me wanting another sip. Somewhat sweet in the taste. Well balanced and good. Only slightly sour.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry. Even, crisp finish. Chewy.

Drinkability - I really like this beer. I could drink this at any time during the year. Not real heavy. Good all around beer. I will definitely pick this up again.

07-19-2010 00:54:19 | More by Shrews629
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4.15/5  rDev +11%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Light amber color with a golden hue. Two-finger white head that dissipates slowly, leaving heavy rings and spots of lace.

Smell: Sweet, buttery malt aromas with citrus and grass notes.

Taste: Sweet buttered-biscuit flavor, finishing with more biscuity sweetness and a slight herbal/floral hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a finish that sticks to the palate but is dryer in the throat.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite of Brooklyn's "Party Mix" pack. A good, highly drinkable and sessionable lager. A beer lighter on hops, but with very refined malt flavors. Worth a taste.

07-18-2010 01:36:45 | More by Mosstrooper
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