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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,021 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,021
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 77
Gots: 308 | 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 Lordcheez
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
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 -11.5%
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 +4.6%
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 -3.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +4%
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 -2.1%
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 +8.6%
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 +20.6%
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 -17.4%
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%
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
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color. A white head builds to about an inch and dissipates within a couple of minutes leaving nice lacing. This beer reminds me of my every day draft from home in germany.
I smelled only some hops and malts, with a little fruitiness, which I cannot quite pinpoint.
The taste was rather very good. A little caramel and toasted malt up front, being nicely checked by some very interesting hops. Not to strong and not to weak, but enough to leave some bite atbthe end.
A light bodied lager with a lot of character. I like it very much for it's drinkability and certainlyvwill pick it up again.
Great job!

Hopfenpeter, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of BatDaddy
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear light golden brown with hints of orange-copper. A nice white head tops it off. Decent retention.

S - Some toasted malt and citrusy hops.

T - Good strong malt backbone with a crisp hop bite. Full flavored.

M - Crisp and clean but with a bit of weight.

D - Really good. Nice and well balanced, with way more flavor than you'd get from most lagers.

Once again, it's really nice to have Brooklyn distributing here. I just wish I could find this beer a little easier!

BatDaddy, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color, that has a bit of a red hue to it. It has a big 3-finger white head, that has good retention. The head left good lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of light toasted malts. There are also notes of caramel, toffee, and hops.

T - The taste is of lightly toasted malts and a mild caramel sweetness. There is also a spicy hop presence and some light tropical fruit notes.

M - This had a light-medium body and medium carbonation. It has a bit of a watery feel, but It is much better than other lagers that I've had in the past. It is quite smooth, and it goes down easy. There is also a crispness to it, as well as a slight hop feel.

D - The drinkability is good. It goes down easy, and it is a great tasting lager. I think I would choose this over any lager I've had in the past. I think Brooklyn Brewery did a great job with this beer. I would gladly drink this beer again.

JizackFH, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw color with less than one finger of white head.

The scent is of toasted grain, some notes of hops too.

The taste is of toasty grains, there is an unusually stronger hop presence for the style which I liked, notes of citrus also.

Light bodied, smooth, crisp, and dry. Moderate to high carbonation.

This is a pretty nice beer, there is good balanced flavor and is very easy to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking this again.

BeerCon5, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a 16oz pint glass. The appearance is one you would expect from an amber lager, reddish, gold transparent tint with a frothy white head on top. Smells delicious, and tastes delicious, smooth sweet caramel flavor with a big malty finish. Very good session beer, I'll probably drink it's 5 other buddies tonight, yum.

gabedivision, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of plfahey
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Medium burnished gold in color. Brilliantly clear. Sizeable off-white head with moderate retention and awesome lacing.

Aroma-Grainy, Pils malt aroma, with graham cracker notes. Light floral/spicy hops are also perceptible, but not very apparent.

Flavor-Grainy and malty up front, finishes relatively dry, with light crackery malt flavors, and low floral hop flavor. Hop bitterness is moderately low.

Mouthfeel-Medium low body, medium carbonation. Smooth on the palate, no alcohol warmth.

I've heard good things about Brooklyn Brewery so I was a little bit disappointed with this offering. It's certainly not bad, but there's nothing special about it. Pretty drinkable, but not good enough to make me want to drink a bunch of it.

plfahey, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new offering on tap at a local watering hole. Arrived settled, so head retention is unknown.

A - Arrived a copper colour with a reddish hue with some sporadic lacing, and moderate body carbonation.

S - Caramel malts off the top with some leafy green hops and some nutty almonds on the finish, though slightly mild overall.

T - Much like the scent, though the hops seemed at odds with the malts, competing for dominance. Hops, though still leafy, offered a citrus presence as well.

M - Medium bodied, goes down smooth with a little bit of dryness on the finish.

D - A very flavourful offering, and a pleasure to see on tap at the local Irish pub. Easily sessionable with a nice hop/malt balance, likely a go-to offering at this establishment in the future.

andrenaline, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of CooperEllis
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into .3l tulip.

I really need to spend more time drinking locally and when I finally found Brooklyn 6pak cans at a halfway decent price I jumped.

This is an "AMBER" lager for sure. The pour is light as can be with an overly billowy head. Nice and bright.

Straight malt aroma with nothing else. It smelled a touch 'off'(more 'wort' than 'finished') so 2.5 instead of 3, though maybe it's me.

Fine flavor, lighter than I was expecting, truly more to the 'amber' side of everything with this brew.

Good mouthfeel, felt there could be a bit more carbonation, but otherwise good.

It's better than average. I've actually not had this any other way, so perhaps it's a different beast on draught but for me a solid/average brew that looks topshelf.


CooperEllis, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of devilben02
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I went through 5 gallons on my home tap, and I checked the labeling multiple times to make sure that I had the right beer. If it wasn't so clearly marked, I could have sworn that this was a pale ale or even an IPA. The beer pours with a deep yellow-amber color and a thick, creamy off-white head. The aroma and flavor are much more hop-forward than expected, with prominent notes of grapefruit and grass, but there is also a substantial caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel seemed even more off-style, with a much more resinous texture and little of the crispness I expected (and desired) from a lager, even from an American amber lager. Overall, it was different, interesting, and quite unexpected, but it was just too far from what I was looking for in a good lager.

devilben02, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a very large frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, caramel, malts, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels creamy on the tongue. Most of the flavour is made up of malts, caramel, light hops, and a dark fruit sweetness. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I think I also tasted either pears or apples. The beer finished with a slightly bitter malty and fruity aftertaste.

Drink - I drink this beer quite a bit.. It's an above average beer that never lets me down.

spinrsx, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of rjplumer
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Has a nice fruity aroma that reminds me of an IPA. Has a nice deep amber color with about a one finger head that laces nicely. Has a int of hops with bitter bite that fades quickly. The taste seems intimating at first but then seems to mellow. Carbonation has a nice zing to it. Not a bad beer overall that seems to have a nice balance to it. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again but I would refuse one if offered.

rjplumer, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of fostachild
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best before nov 2011.

pours a clear light orange/amber colour. lots of foamy white head, retained a film of lacing throughout.

smell was malty, lemony, and slightly bitter.

taste little bitter yet had some sweetness to it. also malty/citrusy/hoppy. smooth but well carbonated - good drinkability.

fostachild, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, best by date stamped in yellow ink on the bottle's neck is unreadable. Received from drabmuh in Secret Santa 2010, much thanks!

Great amber bodied beer, decent off-white head. Creamy enough to hang around the edges.

Lots of floral hop aromas as the label promises. Sweet pale malt with a little juicy citrus.

Very juicy malt and hops. A little honey and 2-row pale with a good dose of floral hops. Low bitterness and a little citric. Some dry saltine lager yeast.

The mouth is actually not as bubbly and spritzy as it should be. Not quite crisp enough. Drying.

I really wish I could get this locally, I hear it's affordable. Great hop flavors.

brewerburgundy, Dec 22, 2010
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 3,021 ratings.