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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,868
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 235 | 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 jneiswender
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-clear, amber body with an off-white head

S-nutty, cereal smell

T-candy sweet with some toast, very faint hop character


D-not as hoppy as Sam's. Lacks that balance one looks for to be a lager

jneiswender, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle pours a dark clear amber with the slightest haze to it. Lots of foam in this one. Taste is malty with the slightest hint of sweet fruits with a mild hop taste. It is a little on the flat side though, so maybe its an old six pack. Its not bad for a lighter beer, and quite sessionable. But not one I would go out of my way to seek.

WeedKing4, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

12oz bottle from thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden amber with a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom feeding a very thick white head that stays on as a cap for the duration.

The aroma is subtle light biscuity malts, some toasted grains and a bit of grassy hops. The hops are also right up front in the taste with a floral grassy taste up. The backbone is decidedly sweet with lightly toasted caramel malts before a crisp, barely-bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and very clean and crisp with a strong carbonation that all pulls together to make an excellent lager. It's smooth, fairly sweet and has none of the skunky characters you sometimes get in a run-of-the-mill lager. Enjoyed this one thoroughly.

gford217, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

Appearance - Clear golden/amber, the head leaves lacing but disappears.

Smell - A malty backbone with the smell of citrus/orange hops.

Taste - Malt with fruity bitter hops in the finish. Some citrus and green apples.

Mouthfeel - A medium body with some carbonation.

OskarL, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

I had this beer years ago and someone poisoned my experience by telling me it was the worst lager they had ever tried, right before my first sip. I recall not liking it. I've had it several times since then and each time it gets better. In the book "Beer School" about the foundation of the Brooklyn Brewery they founders said that they over sold their distant markets like Florida and unintentionally allowed their beer to go bad on the shelves. I'll dismiss my first encounter to a bad bottle in Florida and finally write this review from a fresh keg in D.C.

Served on draft at a local beer bar in D.C. Beer served in an Imperial pint glass. Beer is clear and orange in color. Carbonation is low but steady and made up of medium bubbles that expand slowly as they approach the head. The head is thin and made up of white bubble, small to medium in size. As the head falls away and as I drink, a lot of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Looks good.

The aroma is filled with strong citrus hops but overall its subtle and not in your face as some ales would be.

Beer has a lot of malt in it and its medium bordering on high bodied. There are nice citrus hop flavors and some bitterness at the end. Ultimately the beer is a little dry. There is no aftertaste and the drinkability is high. Mouthfeel has nice connectivity and overall is a very good beer. I'm glad I've tried this so many times and in different incarnations.

drabmuh, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Fat 1 finger head with a lot of staying power and lacing that is quite clingy. Quite honestly the color could pass for a merlot. Has a wine quality to it.

S: Malty sweetness that is almost fruity. Kind of reminds of the orange fruit roll ups when I was a kid. There are hops up front but it changes quickly.

T: Hmmm. Quite sharp. Wasn't expecting that. Can't say I care for the aftertaste at all. It is a bit tart. Front end is actually quite bitter for a lager but I don't really pick it up as hop bitterness. I give it props for being quite different. Definately better than Buds version.

M: Borderline overly carbonated but it mellows pretty quickly. Not too thick and not too thin.

D: It is actually quite refreshing. The only hit is the unpleasant bitterness that holds me back from wanting to guzzle them. I love my super hoppy IPA/DIPA's but this bitterness doesn't suit me.

Overall I do enjoy this one. Big step up from the macro stuff but I still rate it under Boston Lager even though I know they quasi different styles. May sound crazy but I can't help to wonder how this would be very near or just past the best buy date. I also expect to like it a bit more after warming.

generalnotsew, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Poured a great amber color with a slightly offwhite head of about one finger that lingered and laced fairly well. Definite lager aroma initially, with ample hops aromas of citrus/floral variety, balanced by a good malty base. Taste is has a good malt flavor with the hops balancing well. Carbonation is about medium, with a good crisp feel and a slight oily afterfeel lingering. Overall a good drinking beer with a sessionable ABV. Definitely one to keep at the ready

jacobseyb, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Have had both on tap, bottle, and can.

It has a very rich copper color, with a dirty foam head that lasts while drinking.

Considerable lacing left on the glass as you drink.

The flavor is complex and refreshing with an unexpected hint of a citrus-esque flavor. It also has a very "Brooklyn Brewery" aspect that I can't quite describe - but f you have had other Brooklyn's you know to what I am referring.

The finish is very refreshing and it is not too heavy, though not light either, in the mouth. I could definitely drink a few of these sitting around the house or a bar without getting full.

Tinfoilrcr, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +7%

12 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass: bright, clear copper with a sustained white head. This one leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Very strong, perfumy hop aroma; citrusy odors are surprising for a lager.

This one starts with a very solid malty flavor which is complemented by good hop bitterness. It is very clean and refreshing, even as it warms.

Medium bodied with restrained carbonation for a lager.

This is a very enjoyable, sessionable lager. Light on the palate, but it does have some complexity in the flavor.

jkrich, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of justincolts
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Dark golden beer with a thick steady head. Looks good,

A good malt smell, with some caramel or nut scents to be found. Really appealing aroma to be had with this beer

Taste somewhat like it smells. Has a good malty flavor, solid body, hints of some nutty caramel even though it is only brewed with malted barley, hops, and water. A strong, flavorful, and yet simple brew.

Strong bodied but smooth, has substance but light enough to toss a few of these back and hope for more.

justincolts, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of KChardstock
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Unlike most people I know i'm not a lager type of guy. I recently bought a book " Ambitious Brew" and the first couple chapters is focused on America's love affair with German Lager. Well, the author made a good case for Lager, and my mouth salivated every time i read "Lager." So i went out and bought brooklyn's lager and this last week has been pretty much lager exclusive.

The appearance is great, light fluffy off white foam. light clear yellow red color. i really didn't detect to much from the smell, but there is some good citrusy aromas. taste is great with exceptional mouthfeel. i know this review is brief, but simply put- this is a great beer to convert your friends to good beer.-

KChardstock, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Found it in a can for thirty cents cheaper than the bottle. Since the can eliminates the off chance of sunlight exposure I went for it, the thirty cents was only an added bonus. (purchased by the can at Vintage Estate (boardman OH), had I got a sixer this would have saved me almost two dollars)

Almost identical to the bottle experience save for a slightly metallic hint on the nose (yes, it was poured into a glass you smart ass). From the can? Maybe, maybe not though.

Otherwise, nice cap of foam, beautiful clear amber color. A great beer. Each time I buy this lager I am impressed with the complexity of the brew and how it manages to still seem so well balanced.

Easily one of my favorite beers.

donteatpoop, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
2.35/5  rDev -37.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Light hazy golden amber color with this pour. More golden orange when this beer is held up to the light. One finger dirty white head leaves rather quickly. Nice ring style lacing left on the glass as drinking it.

S- Big sweet bready malts in forefront. Light notes of apple and darker fruits in there as well (raisin maybe?). Alcohol is present more so than any hops. This has a light cider smell to it.

T- Light hop bitterness in the front. Big alcohol taste in this. Malts come in midway and help kill alcohol taste with some sweetness. Everything is a mess with the taste.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Very dry in the mouth. Alcohol was the dominate feature left on the palate along with some darker fruits. Alcohol flavor in the aftertaste as well.

D- Might have been a bad bottle but this was a terrible lager. The style was wrong and it actually tasted more like an Old Ale to me. Might try again in the future to see if I had a bad bottle. I drank this all while think about drain pouring it the entire time.

alleykatking, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Orange copper body with an ivory head. The nose offers sweet toasted malts, a toasty biscuit character and grapefruit peel. Has a pleasant tangerine backing in the taste to go with a freshly baked biscuity sweetness encompassing the malt profile. very drinkable and succulent for the style, I'm not a big lager fan but a sixer of this would be delicious next to most lagers. Mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, somewhat silky and medium dry.

natelocc787, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Ah, Brooklyn Lager. So nice to be back in NYC and to be able to walk downstairs and out the door to the bodega in the foot of my building and pick one of these up anytime.

Poured into the old Hold Steady pint glass.

A: Pours a lovely golden amber with a big, white foamy head. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface throughout. Lacing. Looks good.

S: Smells bitter and fruity. I'd probably think it was an IPA if I were sniffing it blind.

T: Starts out sweet and fairly fruity, and then a nice earthy bitterness that lingers and lingers. I love the bitterness, it's something I'm not used to in a lager, but it's more of a background player than in an IPA. There's a good amount of grainy malt, too. Bit of caramel as it warms.

M: Highly carbonated and fairly thick.

D/Overall: A real go-to beer that you can find almost anywhere in the City. I could (and often do) put back several of these, making it an excellent session beer.

CharlatanSin, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of elwood522
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%

One of my all time favorite brews. Hoppy, malty and rich.

A: Deep copper and a white foamy head.
S: Hoppy and slightly sweet.
T: Bold, malty at first with a nice lingering hop bitterness.
M: Just the right amount of carbonation.
D: Great on a snowy night with a bowl of spicy chili, a hot summer night on the roof with bbq, or with dessert. Very drinkable and very pairable with all kinds of food.

elwood522, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Brettster
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

This is seems to be a pretty clean and crisp beer. Has good carbonation and nice foamy white head. It is a golden amber color. It has a faint malty smell. It has a good malty hop after taste, a little weak in the front, but that is okay because it is still a good beer. This is a good lager, smooth, easy drinking, and well balanced.

Brettster, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of nicnut45
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

A-A nice clear copper color. Suprisingly foamy and it lasts awhile too. The head is a bit off white good retention.

S-Piney, metal like, some carmel malty notes.

T-This is a bit bitter for the style and not what I was expecting. I think cascades hops are used. This beer has a burnt finish to it. The hops have somewhat of an annoying aftertaste and I find myself drinking to try and get rid of it. This beer has a mettalic taste to it which is strange to me. Im suprised this is a lager. It has the fruity non clean flavors of an ale.

M.F.-Kind of rough maybe its the aftertaste. A little to much carbonation for my liking.

D-I wont be buying another 6 pack. Maybe there other offerings are better.

nicnut45, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Nezzy
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Had this on tap and was slightly surprised with the beer.

Appearance: more of a rust color with brown and red to it, pretty much what I expect from a lager. Small head, pretty opaque and little lacing.

Smell: It reminds me a lot of dogfish head in that the aroma is strong with lots of hops and malts coming through. Much more bitter and fruitful then I thought it would have.

Taste: Hops and bitterness sums it up. It's lighter then a traditional lager and has lots of citrus coming through with the bitterness. It's very refreshing and more sort of a summer beer.

Mouthfeel: slight carbonation and pretty smooth.

Drinkability: you know the first pint went down well but after that the bitterness caught up to me making it a bit hard to keep going. It's a great refreshing beer but couldn't drink more then two before calling it quits.

Nezzy, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. There's a great look to this one for a lager like this. Lots of bubbly carbonation, decent sized head that filled the last 4 ounces of the glass, but not quite enough to overflow. Very nice, and unexpected.

Very malty on the nose, nothing else stands out at all, clean smell, no funk at all. The malt carries over into the taste well, although it takes a while to get the flavors on the tongue. A bit watered down on the front and back end of each sip, strong malt in the middle with a bit of an aftertaste. It's good, and the flavor that is there is great, but just lacks a little body.

Drinkability is great, could go all night on these guys. All in all a damn fine lager, well done Brooklyn.

theboozecruise, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Tried with lunch at the Met Museum. Not the greatest venue for tasting beer, but a pleasant enough location in general.

Pours an orange golden colour, with a large bubbled but reasonably frothy head of white foam. Fair amount of streaming carbonation. Overall, it looks pretty good. A pretty decent lager.

Some sweetness on the nose, with a fruity-floral character that speaks of a really nice hop addition. Not as pungent as it might have been, or as sharp and redolent with hop-character, but very pleasant. It's milder than a pilsener, but shows good promise.

Taste is also pretty good. An initial sweet fruit note journeys towards acidity before the onrush of hop bitterness comes to clear it away. Not really dry on the back, but it does have a pleasant lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is sharp and spritzy, slightly too carbonated for my tastes, but it does suit the style, and I have to believe this is what they were going for.

Overall, a very drinkable and very flavoursome lager. Plenty of character to keep it interesting, but mild enough to be a true session brew.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Ruaidhri
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into a pint glass. Inticing deep amber colour with fluffy head which settles to around an inch and lasts pretty much all the way down. Lovely grainy smell, nice balance of hop bitterness and sweet malts. Very flavoursome beer - grainy malts hit you up front followed by pine/grassy tones and some caramel. Full mouth feel due to strong carbonation with a crisp finish and some alchohol warmth. A very quaffable brew any time of the year and one I return to frequently. A bottled 6 pack does the job just nicely.

Ruaidhri, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of littlekidlover
4/5  rDev +7%

I poured my Brooklyn Lager into a pilsner glass. The appearance is reddish copper with a thick puffy white head. The smell is of sappy bitter hops and a slight nutty sweetness. The taste is clean with well balanced spicyness. The mouthfeel is more viscus than a typical lager with nice carbonation. Good session beer. If you like Sam Adams Lager, this one is pretty similar, maybe a little less sweet.

littlekidlover, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. "best before" date is illegible. Beer pours orange golden in color with big soda bubbles and a moderate white foamy head. Smells like a standard lager, neither skunky nor sweet.

First sip is clean, and a little bit more bitter than your standard lager. Pretty highly carbonated, but the beer has enough backbone to stand up to it. Continuing on, the bitterness in the initial taste fades to a dry malty body. Again, no specific flavors dominate, the malt is very balanced and very generic. Finally, the beer disappears with zero aftertaste. I wouldn't normally object to the presence of aftertaste in beer (assuming it's not actually offensive), but the lack of aftertaste in this particular style makes it remarkably drinkable. I don't understand how anyone could criticize its drinkability.

hreb, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of zoso493
4.3/5  rDev +15%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearace: Pours a nice golden-amber color with a foamy two-finger head that dies down fairly quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of a nice variety of citrusy and grassy hops with some subtle sweet malt undertones. Pretty good scent for a lager.

Taste: There's a lot of the sweet malts up front, with a nice, grassy hop bitterness. Pretty tasty brew, but for me, the hops could play a bigger part in the taste. Still very nice, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Fairly creamy, too. Crisp mouthfeel, but nothing special.

Drinkaibility: This would be a great session brew, so perfect marks from me in drinkability. It's got a low ABV, fair amount of complexity and is very refreshing. This would be a great beer to grab in a sixer, eat some pizza and watch a game.

Overall, this is a very nice and tasty lager. Although it's just a touch too malty, I think, it still has a nice hop presence. Either way, it's very refreshing and easy-drinking. Definitely worth grabbing a six pack

zoso493, Nov 21, 2009
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