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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,680
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 65
Gots: 147 | 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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Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny orange with a huge head with a styrofoam like consistency. Head sticks around several minutes after teh pour with good lacing. Aroma is of metal and light citrus, oranges, paper and light Munich malt, reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Taste is very strong in the amber flavor with a creamy aftertaste. Very slight amounts of diacetyl go with the amber malt. Surprisingly medium to full bodied served a little under room temperature. A friend of mine bought a keg of this a while back and it's a really great, easy drinking lager when you want a little more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 07:13:29 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours amber, clear, with a two fingered off white head into a Sam Adams lager glass.

Aroma is a bit of sweet malt mixed in with a nice hoppy floral aroma, though understated.

Flavor is nice and basic: very drinkable balance of malt and hops, lightly bready caramel up front fading into a nice dry, hoppy bite at the end.

Bit fizzy on the carbonation, medum-light bodied.

Versatile beer, and nice for as ubiquitous as it is in the NYC area.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 23:36:56 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nicely made lager from Brooklyn. I've been getting into all malt lagers recently and this is a nicely balanced one. Pours very nicely, with a nice dark amber color, a good head, and excellent lacing. Smells somewhat malty with a bubblegum undertone and an earthy finish. The taste is nicely balanced as well with some more light maltiness, slight graininess, and dry, nutty earthiness. Pretty mellow, but satisfying. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 17:49:05 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of pseudo

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a red amber color, normal white foamy head lasts for a while. Smells mostly of breadiness, a slight bitterness. Taste is very malty, hops are slightly present. Reminds me of a samuel adams boston lager, but with less carbonation in the mouthfeel (which is smooth but slightly watery). Highly drinkable and good as a thirst quencher

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 17:26:12 | More by pseudo
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, for a lager, this beer is a little too heavy for me. It has a clear brown color, with a good three-finger head to it. The malts and hop do come through on this brew.

I don't really care for how robust the malt flavoring is on this lager. It is too heavy and doesn't have a distinct enough taste for me to love it. Brooklyn Brewery makes a lot of great beers, but this one is one of the more disappointing ones, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 02:40:31 | More by Amalak
Photo of droomyster


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a tan head that clings with stickiness. Aromas of a mossy bitterness. Tasts a sweet malts and an asparagus-like bitterness - very pleasant. Feel is just fine. One of my favorite beers by Brooklyn. A highly recommended thirst-quencher that stands up to nearly any meal you could want.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 08:47:27 | More by droomyster
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 355ml bottle into a Murphy's pint glass.

Appearance: golden amber body with one finger of yellowish, cream-coloured head. Sticky lacing covers the entire glass while drinking.

Smell: fruity and floral Cascade hops, toasty malts, and yeast.

Taste: citrus, caramel, toasty malts, barley, and a dry hop aftertaste. For an amber lager, I was surprised by the strong hop presence in this beer.

Mouthfeel: silky upfront with a tangy, dry, and balanced hop finish. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: this is like a better version of Sam Adams Boston Lager. A superbly drinkable brew with hops all over the smell, taste, and finish. The head retention, lacing, and mouthfeel are excellent. I wish more beers were made like this in Canada. Until that happens, the LCBO should keep Brooklyn Lager in their lineup!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 19:26:03 | More by cratez
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best by date of Apr. 2009. I like the amber-red pour and quarter inch beige head and there's some decent lacing. Good clarity. The aroma is of sweet malts. The hops are evident in the flavor and it is a fairly mild taste. Good finish. Really it was a pretty decent brew but I like the Brooklyn brews anyway.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 23:06:20 | More by puboflyons
Photo of deliriumfest


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 1/12/09

Poured an golden copper color from a 12oz bottle. A one finger white head appeared and then quickly vanished. Aroma is that of honey, malt, and spice and taste is clean, sweet, and grainy - great hint that is in fact a lager. Goes down smooth and finishes dry; very easy to drink. This is one of my favorite lagers because it has more taste than traditional macro/import lagers. A great entry-level craft beer that can be enjoyed again and again even by a discriminating palate. Haven't had this one since last summer in NYC so it was great to finally try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:30:57 | More by deliriumfest
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Wasatch for this in a trade.

A: Poured a honey colored amber with a white head, about half an inch which receded to a film, nice gaps of lacing along the edges.

S: Honey, caramel malt, lots of malt sweetness in this one.

T: Grainey, honey, a faint hint of earthy hops in the background, definite lager profile from the yeast, really clean flavors throughout.

M: Quite creamy for a lager, but still nice prickly carbonation and a clean dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, a great lager that I could drink a fair amount of. Tasty beer really, and well crafted!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:34:40 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of hwwty4


4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Hojaminbag for sending me this one. It has been a top wants for a long time.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a dark orangish red with a fluffy 2 finger head that left an unanticipated amount of lacing. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy. This is definitely the most hoppy lager I have ever had. The aroma is floral and citrus hops. There is definitely a good bit of lemon in the nose along with a good floral bouquet. The flavor is just a superb combination of a nice hoppy bite with a good caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a velvety creaminess to it. I wish this beer would be local to me. I definitely would make it a staple in my beer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:00:23 | More by hwwty4
Photo of u2carew


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Clear and transparent. Copper color. Pours with a nice head.
(S) Hoppy aroma very prominent... guessing Cascade hops.
(T) Very unique taste. A sweet malty flavor mixed with a typical pilsner taste. Some citrus tones, but very minimal bitterness.
(M) Light to medium body. Very crisp and refreshing.
(D) This is a great lager with excellent flavor. I could a few of these consecutively.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 23:38:01 | More by u2carew
Photo of Brewnami


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because I wanted to try something clean and crisp and simple. I was on an IPA binge and I needed a change. Poured into a pint glass and looked like an amber ale. Fluffy head that left a lace around the glass. Malty scent with a light hop bitter taste and medium carbonation. Just what I was looking for. A nice clean lager that is very drinkable. Would be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 21:38:49 | More by Brewnami
Photo of cagocubs


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice amber color with ivory head that hangs around and leaves nice lacing.

S: First impression was of malt impact with a bready/grainy scent. Hop smell also detectable with some earthy tones.

T: Starts somewhat bitter but leaves a sweet taste in aftertaste.

M/D: Smooth. A very easy to drink lager that provides different tastes than other lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 03:35:25 | More by cagocubs
Photo of BrewerB


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into my Stella Artois glass. Clear amber-orange color with some yellowing highlights on the fringes. Thin white head with good retention and some noticeable lacing on the sides of glass.

S - Grainy combined with herbal and spicy hop notes. Malt aroma is saltine crackerish.

T - Upfront graininess off-set by some herbal hop flavor and hints of spiciness. Soft finish is dry. Bitterness could be a little firmer but retains a nice balance to the malt.

M - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation bordering moderate-high. Smooth.

D - As an amber lager, you'd certainly expect drinkability and Brooklyn doesn't disappoint. The soft malt character, dry finish, and pleasing herbal hoppy spiciness combine to make for a very drinkable version of the style. I'll take a second, maybe a third.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 21:24:46 | More by BrewerB
Photo of bataround


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copperish color. Head started off big, sticky, and white in color, but dissipated to what is now a thin layer of foam, lacing is good.

Smell: a bit on the faint side, but after a few swirls, I'm smelling some malty, grainy smells.

Taste: starts off a bit on the bitter side, but the finish is lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice level of carbonation, alcohol is pleasantly warming.

Drinkability: This would make a nice session beer. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 20:27:42 | More by bataround
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A browish, reddish color beer. No real head or lacing on the glass. Very minimal.

S: A good blend, but not overwhelming, of malt and hops. Some bready malts with hints of citrus and pine hops.

T: A lot more hoppy than I first expected! The pine/citrus hops come through most predominantly. Some sweet bready malt on the back end.

M: A smooth medium body beer. Hops and malt blend well.

D: A really good beer that you can enjoy in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 19:28:47 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of almychristopher

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a light clear golden color with a tall creamy off white head that fades slowly leaving lace sticking to the glass. the aroma brings a strong scent of floral and pine hops with a bit of malt in the background. the taste follows with a good bit of hops and sme of the sweeter malt characteristics. the mouthfeel is decent if a little low in the co2 department. a very drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 23:47:11 | More by almychristopher
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/19/08. On tap. Pours a brown/orange, small head. Lots of piney hops, sweet malt. This is a very smooth drinking beer and one of the best lighter lagers that I've had.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 18:50:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with a one finger off-white head. Head was smaller than expected, but had great staying power. Reduced to a froth that remained until the end. Lacing was such that I could tell how many sips I had taken by the complete rings of lacing all the way down.

Smelled pretty clean; malty with a spicy hop kick. Maybe a touch of fruit.

Tasted like good flavorful caramel malts to start, with a very prominant citric hop presence that dominates the middle and end. Finishes crisp and clean.

Well constructed carbonation and fuller body for a lager.

Nothing fancy, just a good, drinkable beer. Definitely on the hoppy side, but without ignoring the malt. I would say this is probably my second favorite lager behind Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 23:49:00 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of harley101

Manitoba (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well this beer is pretty good, it has a kind of syropy thick floral hoppy taste. i bought it obviously after reading reviews like usual. it gave me a feeling like how duff beer would taste(simpsons).

smells gingery.

goes down easy has a perfect abv.

i like the idea of a pre-prohibition beer.

feels good in the mouth.

a worthy beer but i might not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 02:58:57 | More by harley101
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Freshness date clearly marked that says best consumed before March 2009.

Pours a very nice looking deep reddish, amber color. Nice head along with a good lacing on the glass as it is being consumed. Caramel along with some slightly sour apple notes dominate the nose of this beer. Taste is a fairly big dose of caramel sweetness up front followed by some acidic apple flavors a good hop bite at the end with some residual caramel sweetness riding through until the end. Nice, refreshing carbonated mouthfeel that has plenty of body to keep this beer from being watery.

I could have easily have a few of these, but I am not sure this is a brew I would actually buy again. Maybe it's just the style, but to me, it tastes like a slight astringent version of a vienna style lager. Nevertheless, this a well crafted beer, and I think some of the harshness I am tasting could possibly be attributed to improper storage of the beer. Overall, a good brew, and one that won't overwhelm most peoples' palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:32:00 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of brewcrew76


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent golden copper with a thin creamy white head and a rush of bubbles to the surface.

S - Clean and crisp with sweet brady malts and spicy, grassy hops. Slightly hoppy for a lager.

T - Toasty bread, slightly sweet caramel with a bit of grainy malts. Earthy, spicy hops balance it out with the usual flavor I pick up in most lagers (must be the yeast).

M - Medium body, clean and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Easy drinking making it enjoyable to have a few in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 23:18:52 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of champ103


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden orange color. A white head forms, and recedes to leave lace.
S: Grainy malt at first. Cereal. Quickly gives way to a caramel sweetness. A substantial hop presence of grapefruit and citrus aromas.
T: A light malty graininess and sweet caramel again. A good hop bitterness that balances everything out nicely.
M/D: A crisp clean snap of carbonation. A little on the watery side. Slick and oily. This is a refreshing and smooth beer to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

A very nice lager. Something I should have tried a lot sooner and something I will definitely have more of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 23:41:53 | More by champ103
Photo of BeerMark


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery pours a lovely deep copper color with a nice thick head. The smell is of malt and faint hops. The taste is exactly the same but with some earthy tones mixed in as well. Was enjoyable and left lacing down my glass. When I'm in the mood far a lager(which don't happen much), this will be my go to beer. Sessionable and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 05:45:28 | More by BeerMark
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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