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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,879 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,879
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 74
Gots: 241 | 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 Plokhooy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid offering from a solid brewery. Not the typical larger as it was much more "red" than I expected but is fit the style perfectly and it really a start of the Red Larger category. This is recommended for both the enthusist and the every day beer drinker.

Plokhooy, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of awkward waveform lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of crisp biscuity, grainy caramel malt, mild aged, indistinct citrus, and punchy leafy, grassy, and sort of herbal hops. The taste is grainy, bready, and musty white malt, a bit of tangy lemon, and grassy, hay-like hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its overall, pervasively thorough pungency, the body medium-full in weight, teetering in its smoothness, and even a tad creamy, for a lager, that is. It finishes off-dry, with more tacitly sweet malt, and a timidly mild, somewhat musty citrus hoppiness.

A pleasant enough, generally lively all-malt lager. This seems to be a proper go-between amongst BMC's best faux-craft offerings, and the headiest of neo-German brewing provocateurs active in those United States. Tasty, and just the sort of thing one might slam a sixer of without moral sidesteps during yer best backyard BBQs of the season.

biboergosum, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Lager

served on tap from Lager's, Metairie, LA

Appearance: Copper, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: Malty citrus and hop goodness.

Taste: Hops, malt, and slight citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

It's a very nice lager. Lots of good hop flavor.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased as part of a four-pack from WineNation, Millbury, MA. Bottom stamped with best by date of Dec 2010.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy amber brew. Pillowy head dwindles slowly, bubbles bursting one by one, with lasting lace. Aroma is balanced with pine notes.

Taste starts with moderate maltiness, some lemony notes in the middle, and closes with pine bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. All around enjoyable brew that sessions with ease.

ppoitras, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of kellyst
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy in appearance with a deep golden color. Head is a thick white foam with lots of staying power. Citrusy hop aroma. Biscuity malt flavor with lots of citrusy and spicy hop flavor. Tastes like cascade hops mixed with continental noble hops. I'm not crazy about the citrus hop flavor in a medium bodies lager. In my opinion this would work better with a little more malt presence and alcohol strength.

kellyst, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good copper color with a decent sized head. Smells of hop fragrance and some malts. Tastes more of hops than your general lager but is mellowed out by tasty malts that add a slightly honey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average, somewhat thin. Highly drinkable for beer lovers and beer novices alike.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of vandemonian
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't love the smell. All I got was yeast with a bit of hops. The taste was lovely: citrusses hops that fade into a mellow honey aftertaste. This beer has a great medium body - I was surprised how thick it was. A very nice beer; it went down well.

vandemonian, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of modernartblues
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

don't know why it took me so long to give this one a go....

nice hoppy nose, no lacing, but pretty damn hoppy for a lager.

I vastly prefer this over Boston Lager. Might be the hop profile, or just the bigger nose and lighter body, but Brooklyn Lager is a winner and I now understand why it's their flagship.

modernartblues, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of PaulfromNoVa
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 45 into a pub pint. Freshness date stamped on bottle.

A slightly cloudy amber that gradually clarified, a short half inch head that quickly dissipated, wisps of carbonation twisting up, bottom to top.

A pleasant, predominantly malty nose. For me - a strong IPA preference and most assuredly a hophead - a notable absence of hoppiness, fruity esters, even in trace elements. Instead, toasted seven-grain breads. Lovely.

A lovely, dry, nicely balanced taste. Trace of sweetness, a nice malty finish.

Foamy, agreeable mouthfeel exceptional drinkabiliy. If this is indeed what our preProhibition forebears routinely drank, they are to be envied at least on that score.

PaulfromNoVa, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours golden honey brown. 2 finger fluffy head that dissipates rather quick.

S - Toffe malt, floral and citrus hops.

M - Good carbonation. Light to medium body.

T - Caramel malt up front laced with nice citrus hops. Bready and finishes dry.

You almost forget that you're drinking a lager. It has a tea like quality. Wonderful citrus aftertaste..

StaveHooks, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of geryeb624
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Amber in color, with not much head. What little head there is quickly dissipates into a film on top of the beer.

S- Buttery malt aroma with some hoppy pine and citrus.

T- Same slick, buttery malts with some citrusy hops. An orange-like flavor peeks through and works well with the malts.

M- Slick and crisp, with prickly carbonation.

D- Pretty good. A nice session beer, with a good balance of flavors.

A very nice lager, and a refreshing accessible beer. Seems to fill the same niche that SA Boston Lager does. A nice, balanced lager with some hop presence. Good for breaking in a craft newbie or enjoying with a meal or with friends.

geryeb624, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of IPAkindaguy
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had my first bottle almost by a "mistake" picking a six pack of another beer but only had 5 in the pack so they offered a Brooklyn Lager.

As other reviews already pointed out this is a hoppy lager that is extremely drinkable.

Very refreshing, floral scent. Refreshing is key because I find this beer to be just that. Very good, drinkable beer that I use as my "fill the fridge with something good that isnt pricey" beer.

Highly recommended.

IPAkindaguy, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of NEbeerbro
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best before December 2010

A lively appearing, golden amber lager. On the darker side of the category from my experience. Decent sand colored head.

Nice mild hop aroma, floral and fresh.

Clean, well balanced hops flavor upfront. Refreshing, not overwhelming, bitterness.

Very lively and pleasant mouthfeel - smooth going down, excellent carbonation. An enjoyable subtle crispness.

Highly drinkable lager, a standout in the category. Very clean and balanced hoppy lager. Will enjoy again in the future.

NEbeerbro, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of newk340
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: a light translucent amber color, a fizzling white foam that receded quickly.

S: some hop character is evident with an overshadowing of malt.

T: a somewhat bready taste that is laced with the sweetness of hops.

MF/D: nothing special in the mouth, neither heavy or light. a great sessionable summer afternoon beer.

newk340, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of MattyV
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with one-finger creamy white head that laces well.

The floral hops dominate the aroma with a faint sweet bready malt character also detected.

A solid pale, slightly bready malt character with hints of sweetness that is nicely balanced with citrus and floral hops that give it a refreshing bite.

Lively carbonation and quite light-bodied, but decent for the style.

One of my favourite lagers available at the LCBO. Provides a nice splash of hops that aren't too overpowering and is not heavy feeling at all. A perfect summer time session lager.

MattyV, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of johnwarne
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"Brooklyn's first lager,
Better than most brewers beers,
Good, but not their best".

Easiest to find, and their flagship beer sets the right tone for the brewery as a whole. Some of their other offerings are much better, but as a whole very likable lager.


johnwarne, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of jhammel01
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold amber color, white fluffy head, retaining tons and tons of lacing.

Sweet malt on the nose, hop aroma, Caramel. Smells great!

Tastes great too! Floral hops, citrus, biscuity malt, a little toasty, very well balanced.

Great mouthfeel and carbonation. A perfect session beer. Really enjoyed this one

jhammel01, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Grimaldi's Pizza in CC TX 8/28/2010
Poured an amber color with an off white head of bubbly foam that clung to glass.

S: slight floral hops with a sweet malt in the background.

T: similar to the aroma. This tasted a lot like a pale ale, similar to Sierra Nevada. The difference was the malt profile. It kept the hops from becoming too dry and bitter. There was a nice balance.

M/F: a subdued crispness.

D: very drinkable. A great session beer.

Overall impression: I could defiantly see myself purchasing a 6-er of this. It wasn't a knock out beer, but for a readily available micro brew this was solid. No complaints here.

LacquerHead, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good lager. An everyday beer that puts BMC to shame as a lawnmower beer or session beer.
Pours a nice amber color with a decent size white head (with a good pour). Aroma is bready malt and fairly strong.

Taste is smooth, malty with a nice crisp hops bitterness at the end. A good solid lager.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is very good. Goes down easy, good solid flavor. This is what a lager should be.

JayQue, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear Golden color with a nice head that fades to some lacing.

S: Light sweetness & citrus aroma. Smells inviting.

T: Light sweetness, smooth with a good bitter finish.

F: Fairly medium body, crisp & clean. Well balanced.

D: Excellent lager. Good brew anytime, any place.

soju6, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A darker than median gold color bordering on light amber. Aroma hangs neutral.

A higher amount of hops and bitterness than most, if not all lagers. Off flavor aftertaste defied description.

Not just a hot weather lager I guess, this one has a bigger flavor profile than most.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Best before Nov 2010.

It pours a golden/orange/red color with a modest white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

It has a decent aroma, it is mildly hoppy with a lot of breadiness.

It tastes pretty fresh, a nice mouthful of noble hops and bread.

It is simple but clean and effective.

crossovert, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Mit
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mit, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of StephenRich
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

StephenRich, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerNemesis, Aug 22, 2010
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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