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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,820
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 69
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
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 berkey


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
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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
Photo of mrgrinch

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
Photo of vaneson

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
Photo of Mjoepp


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
Photo of tbeckett

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
Photo of donniecuffs

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
Photo of DaveWhite

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
Photo of tronester


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
Photo of bigrzman


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
Photo of steveh


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
Photo of Shrews629


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
Photo of Mosstrooper


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
Photo of ZeroSignal


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

A - Pours a medium to dark amber with a finger of vanilla colored head. Good retention and lacing, brisk carbonation

S - Malty with just a hint of floral hops. Hints of grain and caramel.

T&M - Crisp, refreshing with a nice carbonated "zing". Big malt backbone with grainy, biscuity and caramel malt notes. Nice balancing floral hop presence.

D - A nice, sessionable lager; well balanced and easy on the palate.

07-18-2010 00:26:17 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of mikepuke79


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: A bit of a copper and amber color to it with a thick head that settles down to a thin patchy head leaving some good laceing along the glass.

S: Smell of floral hops and sweet caramel malts. A little of a bready smell also.

T: Taste the hops first with a rush of sweet malts followed again with the hops. Sort of like the hops surround the malts in a way.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate as to be expected with this style. Medium carbonation as well

D: This is a very good lager, one of my favorites actually. This is a great beer for hanging around the grill, or just making a night of it.

07-17-2010 17:30:40 | More by mikepuke79
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus, bready malts, caramel malts, and maybe a hint of floral hops.

t - Tastes of bread malts, caramel malts, and a hint of citrus.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink.

d - This beer is very easy to drink and a very solid amber ale. Have had many times again and something I will definitely buy again.

07-16-2010 23:06:02 | More by mdfb79
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured in to pint glass

A - Slightly hazy light amber colour with a nice yellow glow.

S - A nice balance of bitter floral hops and bready malts. A very robust nose for a lager.

T - A nice palate of slightly bitter hops with a light floral scent and bready malts. As the nose suggested, this is a pleasantly surprisingly robust nose for a lager.

M - Light body, moderately carbonated.

D - An excellent lager. Easy drinking yet still has a nice full flavour. A good summer beer and would be a good any time beer.

07-16-2010 01:12:05 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

poured into a 12oz. stein from a bottle

pours a nice pale orange colour, little head with a decent amount of lacing at the top of the glass. Does not look like your typical lager, but not a bad thing. The smell put me off a little though it had some lovely hop notes to it. Tastes excellent has a firm structure but still very refreshing, nice mild hop finish with a sliht malty sweetness. Drinks very easily the first sip was the one I enjoyed the least.

This is only the second beer I've tried from Brooklyn, the first being the chocolate stout and I was quite impressed with that wish I could get more up in Canada, but it is what is.

07-15-2010 00:47:51 | More by peensteen
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz can served in tulip pint glass.

A: Golden amber with copper highlights. Red in some lights. Two fingers of ivory head dwindle to a thin layer and leave nice lace down the side of the glass.

S: Sweetish carmel malt. A hint of vanilla and a vague nuttiness. Mild hop presence.

T: A very nice balance of flavor has been achieved. Grainy, bready flavors offset by mild hop flavor and bitterness. Lingering carmel finish.

M: Prickly carbonation. Mouthfeel might be just a little thin.

D: High. Abv is near the session range. Flavors are subtle but interesting.

An East Coast classic. Glad to see Brooklyn add cans to their portfolio.

07-15-2010 00:16:57 | More by AdamGarcia
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, copper body with a 2 finger head

S: Smells of malt and citrus.

T: Tastes strongly of malt, mild citrus, strong creamy oak/woody flavor

M: So smooth with a perfectly carbonated body.

D: Easy to drink, more so than most beers.

07-10-2010 16:18:35 | More by gboy515duo
Photo of airheadmtrcycle


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Becker. Amber/red/orange, transparent brew with a thick head that lasts to the bottom with help from the etched bottom on the glass. Left behind ample lacing. A beautiful beer in my opinion.

Smell is reserved with biscuity malts and hops. The taste is similar, but much less reserved. The hop flavors are unique to me. Very well balanced, but not boring at all. Maybe less crispy than a couple of other lagers, but that's a property that doesn't hurt this beer at all.

The mouthfeel has caught me a couple of times as slightly watery. Most sips are NOT watery and they have substantial body and are not overly carbonated. I could drink these back to back with no problem and I have done that on several occasions, including tonight.

I like this beer and recommend it highly. It's great looking, with a unique flavor profile (to me) and is so very drinkable. I think this is my third 6-pack in 2 or 3 months. I look forward to trying Brooklyn's other beers.

07-07-2010 03:57:52 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of bundy462


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Amber with a frothy tan head. Very crisp and clean.

S: Sweet roasted malts with an unexpected floral hop bite. Slight citrus, not what I expected for the style.

T: Sweet and grainy with an aggressive hop profile...for the style at least. Very good.

M: Thin and smooth.

O: Highly drinkable, would make a great session beer.

07-07-2010 00:34:12 | More by bundy462
Photo of samie85


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

A- Pours an orangish amber with a 3 finger beige head. Leaves behind sticky lacing.

S- Caramel malt and some floral and piney hop notes with a hint of orange.

T-Caramel sweetness upfront but the citrusy, floral hops cut through that on the finish with a crisp, dryness.

M-Pretty silky smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation is on the low end for the style but that's something I enjoy.

D-I really like this brew a lot. Easy drinking but sophisticated enough where I'm still interested in the beer. Very nice effort from Brooklyn.

07-05-2010 21:39:39 | More by samie85
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7%

On draft at Adam's house. Adam is pretty much the man.

Brooklyn Lager appears a slightly dark brown shade. Atop the beer rests a small head that fades after a few moments, leaving no trace on the glass. Aromas are fairly weak, though I don't expect huge scents from a session lager. The taste is very refreshing and light, with a hearty malt backbone that gives the beer a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. This is a solid example of the style and a good, lighter abv beer.

07-05-2010 15:43:15 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

I bought this as a six-pack of cans in order to have good beer on the go. As such, I am reviewing it as I believe any canned beer should be consumed - from the can.

As I cannot actually see the beer, I will rate its appearance based upon what is visible - the can. It is a black can with gold trim and a green field covered with the "B" logo for Brooklyn Beer. Silver stars surround the green field. Overall, a pretty BA looking can.

Has a mild pine-hoppy smell to it, unusual for a lager. Definitely not your typical canned beer experience!

It is crisp, refreshing, and a bit tart with mild hops chasing gentle malt. No doubt that the can gives this a different taste that it would have out of the bottle or poured into a pokal glass.

Gentle, refreshing mouthfeel that ends with a tangy nip at the tongue.

Overall, quite drinkable, a beer that goes well with a game of cornhole!

07-04-2010 22:53:26 | More by TheHoppiest
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