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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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2,936 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 269 | 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 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
Photo of foogerd
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper clear body, head died out after a minute or so.

S- Sweet caramel aroma and bready toasted malts.

T- Follows the nose with caramel bready malts along with a hop bitterness. Very balanced.

M- Smooth full mouthfeel.

D- Drinks clean and crisp can pair with just about anything, for your buck a great deal.

foogerd, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of ivanwatling
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden colour, clear liquid, no head

Smell: Tangy, citrusy, lively

Taste: Hoppy, bitter, malt in background

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, tiny bubbles, slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: Refreshing, goes down easily, pleasant but not spectacular

ivanwatling, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of goalie33
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz pint glass.
A) Clear copper in color. One finger of off white head. Lots of carbonation. Leaves nice lacing in the glass.
S) Very hoppy aroma. Tropical fruits with a caramel background.
T) A little bit of caramel malt. Very little hop flavor other then a dry, slightly bitter finish. Leaves a bit of a nice bready after-tatse.
M/D) Medium body, flavorful, sessionable, very smooth drinking.

A good, solid lager for any occasion. Much better then BMC. On par with Sam Adams Boston Lager.

goalie33, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber orange with a bit of whitehead. A bit of nice lacing. Smells malty and good. Honestly. A better smell than i was expecting. Tastes really malty and smooth. A bit of hoppiness on the forefront but very balanced. Very well carbonated. Crisp and smooth. Honestly, way tastier than expected.

Urbancaver, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish copper color with quite a bit of clarity, although there does seem to be a hop haze misting up the business just slightly. Head is modest to thin, although the rapid bubble activity feeds it and keeps it from totally dying.

Clean and simple aroma. Lightly smells of boiled veggies, mineral/metal, sour fruit, watery caramel. That makes it sound bad, but it's not, it's just all really faint.

The fruit from the aroma comes into the flavor as young, green berries and various other fruits. Kind of tart, lightly sweet. This is offset with a hard candy-like caramel flavor, with hops very much in evidence in the citrus-like finish. A fairly aggressive flavor for a low-ABV lager, and one that's enjoyable, even on this chilly January day.

Really nice feel to this one, smooth and slick on one hand (tongue?) and tickling and effervescent on the other.

So this is the Brooklyn Lager, eh? Seen it zillions of times, but this is my first meeting. I like it, it's solid, and it has a good bit of personality that makes it stand out just enough to recommend.

Metalmonk, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of dhowe
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Big, creamy head, clear and amber. Not much carbonation.

S - Floral, tones of malt and yeast smells but pleasant.

T - Very nice, balanced brew...

M - Nothing notable about mouthfeel, which can be a good thing...

D - Very easy going down. Even a 6 pack is gone very fast by myself!

dhowe, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of patriot76
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A- Amber in color with a nice 1 1/2 finger retaining head. Very thick looking head. Nice and clear with outstanding lacing.

S- Very nice mix of malt and floral hops. The entire aroma is very pleasing to the nose. Also can smell a bit of orange coriander and is just short of having an alcohol smell. Very inviting.

T- An extemely crisp and well balanced vienna lager. A wonderful balance of malt and hops. Great bitter hop finish that lingers. The ending is very crisp with malt that is still there but doesn't overpower with sweetness.

M- Crisp and clean. From start to finish the malt and floral hops rest on the middle to back of the palate. Amazing finish. Medium carbonation.

D- Absolutely one of the most perfectly balanced and flavoral beers available. This is about as pleasureable and drinkable beer there is. Brooklyn knocked it out of the park with this one. For my money, one of the best beers out there.

patriot76, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of angrybabboon
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Copper, golden amber/red color - not exactly what I expected from a lager, even if it is "pre-prohibition style"

Smell: Sweet, lots of caramel malts - some hops, but also some hints of something that smells like corn

Taste: Unique, definitely on the sweet side with some interesting hops - loads of toasted caramel malts - subtle hints of soap, too

Mouthfeel: Above average body, but it is not as crisp and clean as it could be

Overall: Drinkability is good, but the sweetness gets to me

I have had this beer a number of times but I have never felt compelled to review it. I heard it was good, but I have never found it remarkable. It is not a bad beer, but there are definitely other flavorful lagers out there.

angrybabboon, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber brown. Starts off with a fluffy off-white head then becomes very rocky. Excellent amount of lacing. Very attractive looking beer.

S - Smell is of citrus hops with a good amount of toasted caramel malts. Smells clean and doesn't linger. Very simple.

T - Right up front your hit with the toasted caramel notes, along with maple sweetness. Finishes crisp with a good amount of citrus hops that leaves a bitter after taste.

M - A little above medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Its decent.

D - Not bad. A good beer that you can enjoy for a long while without it getting overpowering.

depechemode1983, Jan 25, 2011
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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