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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,671
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 64
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 boblog


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Copper/ Golden and slightly opaque.

Smell: Strong earthy hop scent, with a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Again heavy on the hops, has a warm malt after taste, but really the hop flavor lingers in the mouth the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation levels. Has a nice amount of alcohol warmth to it.

Drinkability: Too strong for a true session beer, but I feel like I could have two of these in a night and not feel like I was missing any other beers for the most part. Good taste, and refreshing hops allways make for a very drinable beer, and this beer fullfills such.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 17:16:12 | More by boblog
Photo of Kegatron


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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers of creamy brite-white colored head that retains down into a thin, wispy layer that leaves a surprisingly massive web of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is Wow! Fresh, floral hops and spice backed up by some tangy citric notes and some sturdy underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is once again a fresh, earthy dose of a hop profile that is well balanced with some juicy citrus character and caramel malt sweetness. The finish smacks of sweetness and some light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with easygoing carbonation and an overall crisp feel.

Wow! This shocked me with how much more fresh and hop forward this seemed than the bottled version. Probably a tribute to the canned packaging. Fresh, crisp, tasty, and quaffable as heck, I think that I might have to designate this as my new go-to.

Serving type: can

08-07-2008 16:38:19 | More by Kegatron
Photo of AmishT


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

A - Lucid amber with about a two-finger off-white head that retained decently. A little spotty lacing left behind.

S - Nice citrus, piney hop smell with a hint of some bready malts.

T&M - Crisp flavor to this lager; not complex, but enjoyable. The hop flavors are somewhat feeble. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Good flavor retention.

D - Crisp and light - a decent session beer. I'd like it to be a bit more flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 15:47:04 | More by AmishT
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
This robust, flavorful, Vienna Lager proved to be a great sample...
Pours a dark-orange, ruddy, tawny hue with a nice sized foamy head and minor carbonation that left a tremendous amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Malt-dominated aroma replete with a characteristic nuttiness...
Taste was very flavorful, and loaded with hints of bread, butter, nuts, and ginger cakes...
Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 20:14:59 | More by dsa7783
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

12-ounce can poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear amber body with plenty of active carbonation feeding a rocky two fingers of ivory foam. The cap retains at a half-finger and leaves plenty of freckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweetly malty with a bit of floral hops.

Taste is on the light-pale spectrum of malty with a vague hint of unsweetened caramel and a crisp hop bitterness. A bit of dry, biscuity malt with a note of raw pecans screams 'Drink Me!'

The drink is smooth and crisp, and I'm grateful to find a decent all-malt American lager offering in cans!

NOTE: Believe it or not, the drink tastes even better straight from the can... maybe because it catches a little air coming over the lip of the can (?), or whatever... but it definitely seems a bit creamier and nuttier that way. To me. :)

This would be a great tailgater, and perfect for all places that don't allow glass bottles.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 22:10:20 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the real Great American Lager, don't let the mass advertising fool you. A carbonated, mildly cloudy amber brew sits in my glass with a pretty decent head. For a name that is shamed by weak, American lagers this one tries to separate itself from the pack and I congratulate it. Slight smell but deep mahogany, smooth taste makes this a brew everyone should try. An American lager with taste! NO WAY! Pick up some Brooklyn Lager and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 06:32:52 | More by JRed
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six-pack of this from Tesco, Roscommon, Ireland (of all places!) for €10.95. Tasting on 26.07.2008. The best by date part of the label did not seem to have the all-important nicks indicating month and year, but presumably in-date.
It poured a clear, darkish amber brew with a very generous, slightly off-white head.
The smell was a clean hoppy smell with touch of fruit.
Tasted of some malts, but nicely balanced with the hop bite. Nice mouthfeel.
Overall; a very solid drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 11:10:18 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of smcolw


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

So, here's my review of the "bottle" version of Brooklyn Lager. My on-tap version is buried in the list.

I'm pleased to report that the head I couldn't see before is impressive when I pour it--lots of lace, rocky, etc. Clear and amber. Nice.

Fresh citrusy (grapefruit) hop in the nose. Low malt, but still inviting.

More hoppy than malty, this is a crisp beer that is flavorful without being overwhelming. The swallow and aftertaste is all hop, but to a palatable level. Rich body for an American lager, but lighter than most microbrew ales.

I am always surprised by how much I like this beer. For some reason, I always expect less. Perhaps it's because it is simply a lager, not a pilsner or marzen. I think this has elements of both: It's dark for a pilsner, but hoppy for a marzen. Either way, it's delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 20:55:56 | More by smcolw
Photo of corey0212


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber color, foamy tan head settles slowly, leaves huge, thick rings of lacing on the glass. The great balance of this beer hits the nose hard...piney floral hops meet sweet, toasty caramel malt. Slight lemon taste, tons of biscuity malt, and a great grassy/pine hop presence. Nicely carbonated, super-refreshing, and as drinkable as a beer can get. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:35:57 | More by corey0212
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4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Monthly club selection for June. Brilliantly clear golden amber color with thick soft white head and good retention.

Smells clean and bready... it's a very full and pleasing smell. Fresh floral hoppy aroma with a touch of citrus.

Full bready all-malt flavor, slighly toasty with crisp floral hoppy finish.

Medium bodied or a little over, very full for a lager and it works quite well.

Excellent lager, this is my new standard-bearer for the style. Hats off to the folks at Brooklyn.

Tasted on 7/4/08 (God Bless America and God Bless our Troops).

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 01:14:21 | More by tmitch75
Photo of gabeerfan


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber. About a finger's width head that quickly falls to a thin cap. Some lacing down the glass.
Aromas of toasted sweet malts, brown sugar, grassy hops.
Flavors mirror the aroma pretty close. Sweet malts (bread, brown sugar, light fruit) followed by grassy/piney hops. A slight tartness hits the side of the tongue.
Medium-light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable. Decent enough ABV to have a few of and flavorful enough to pay attention to while drinking.
Great gateway beer and also a great Friday-after-work beer. If we could get cans here, it would be the perfect beach beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 23:24:34 | More by gabeerfan
Photo of smanders


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brewery Lager 5.2% ABV - freshness date of Sep 2008 (purchased in July)

Appearance - deep amber with a thick head (quickly dissipated). Good effervescence.

Smell - hoppy with a toasted malt background.

Taste - malty up front with a good balance of spice from the hops.

Mouthfeel - light but with a good coating on the palette. This beer maintains a consistent taste and texture throughout the pint.

Drinkability - As an ale lover I find it surprising I enjoyed this lager as much as I did. This is a very drinkable beer that would easily pair itself with a wide variety of food.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 20:13:33 | More by smanders
Photo of julian


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: nice light coppery color with lots of carbonation. head is minimal, but creamy in texture with a nice scattering of bubbles. surprisingly good lacing all around.

S: up front sweet and fruity aroma with a light floral hoppyness at the end. slightly creamy malty smell.

T: sweet, spicy malting up front, followed by a light roasty taste mid palate and finishes with a subtle dry peppery hop bitterness.

M: lots of carbonation, slight peppery bite...with a dry and lightly bitter finish.

D: Nice crisp refreshing lager. I'd still choose Session over this, but this is a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 17:56:29 | More by julian
Photo of Natural510


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

Pours a bright amber-orange color with a thick amount of head which dissipates; a fair amount of soapy lacing resides on the glass.
Smells sweet with malts & fruits.
Malts & a notable amount of yeast up-front, hops linger on the tongue. Candied sugar flavors eminate from the malts, which gives off notes of tangerine & peach frutiness.
Hops & yeast last well in the mouth, leaving a nice bite. Well carbonated.
Very enjoyable lager; its complexity was a nice surprise. This one definitely lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 07:21:13 | More by Natural510
Photo of mhewes


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a nice clear golden color with a decent head that fades quickly. Leaves nice lacing on the glass

S : Mainly malts (a little toasted aroma) and a touch of hops

T : Good sweet malt flavor balanced by a nice hop crispness on the finish. Not too much going on.

M : Crisp, smooth, and refreshing

D : It's an easy to drink lager that I wouldn't mind having again but wouldn't go out of my way to find.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 21:22:31 | More by mhewes
Photo of erosier


4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a medium bodied and medium sized white head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: The smell is of nice toasted malts and a bit of hops at the end of the nose.
T: The taste is really close to the nose but a bit more balanced. Nice toasted and slightly sweet malts balanced out with a hoppy bitter flavor.
M: Very crisp, clean, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer as all the flavors mesh very well and none of them are overwhelming. It is also a nice light session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 10:29:01 | More by erosier
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. white head doesn't last too long but leaves very nice lacing on the glass.
Malty, grassy aroma.
Clean flavor with malty accents. Good hop bitterness along with the malt.
Refreshingly light feel on the tongue.
Very easy to drink. A quintessential session beer, especially this time of year.
This may not be the "Great American Lager" but it's a lot closer to it than the beer that claims to be. I'm going to have to put this into the rotation for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:48:58 | More by kwakwhore
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Rhode Island

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

When people first try this beer, its often after being recommended to them after trying Sam Adams Boston Lager. Its hard not to strike up a conversation about one without mentioning the other.

That being said, I find the Brooklyn to be more drinkable and would probably be more appealing to the average beer drinker. There is nothing overly offensive about this beer. Its color, aroma and taste are all fairly unobjectionable. With a medium hop presence and mouthfeel, its a good step up from BMC stuff and I would definitely use this beer when trying to convert a BMC drinker, or if I were going to session, on a day like today.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 21:16:55 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep copper color with a light head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- The hops dominant the smell but the smell is faint.

T- It starts with toasty malt flavor and even alittle biscuity. The malt is slighty over powered by the grassy hops but its pretty much balanced. Over all the taste is very good and even better when on tap.

M- Highly carbonated with a dry finish and a medium body.

D-I would have to agree that this beer is a good session beer, I plan to use it tomorrow on the 4th.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:17:32 | More by ItMakesMeHappy
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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper look, big fluffy head with lots of lacing. Usually leaves a good bit on the side of the glass. My current avatar is a picture of this beer one of my weizen glasses. Has a very tasty look to it.

S - Has a nice citrusy and sweet malty smell with some floral hops mixed in.

T - All malt in the beginning gives way to an ending of bitter hops. On first taste in my opinion, the end drops off and leaves a little more to be desired. All in all though, a very good taste to it and has an even taste to it.

M - Good carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied, not too heavy on the mouth. Finishes dry but is still refreshing at the end.

D - Easy to drink beer. Bought a sixer, this is my fourth one. I would buy another sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 19:48:12 | More by mlounsbury
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Poured from 12 can into pint glass.

A - Clear copper, with a huge 2-3 finger head. Great retention and great lacing.

S - Some toasty malt along with some floral hops. Not as malty as I remember from the bottle.

T - Wonderful. Mildy toasty, bicuit-y malts take hold early on and then the floral hops takeover. An interesting sweetness melds well with the hop flavor.

M - Highly carbonated, and very smooth. Light bodied, but not watery.

D - A great session beer for almost anyone. Though I think I prefered this a little better out of the bottle, I'd never pass this brew down. An excellent beer for the style.

Serving type: can

07-03-2008 07:15:29 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of oneeye


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

I've heard good things about this beer.

A. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper/gold. Lots of carbonation with a fluffy tan head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

S. The smell is all malts with a little hops.

T. All-malt-lager is perfect for describimg this beer. A strong malt taste with bitter hops. Not too complex but full of flavor.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

D. I see why they call this a good session beer. Easy to drink and full of flavor that finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:45:54 | More by oneeye
Photo of RobH


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

The Brooklyn Brewery website refers to this beer as a Vienna Lager-style brew, so I bought it as a way of comparing this Vienna Lager to another well-known Vienna Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

One "fault" that I have with the Sam Adams Lager is that it really fills me up fast, giving me a bloated feeling. I did not experience that with this Brooklyn Lager.

However, I'd have to say I like the overall taste of the Sam Adams Lager better. For me, this Brooklyn Lager finishes with a much more bitter note than the Sam, which is not as much to my liking. I tend to prefer ales over lagers for that reason.

That said, I did find the Brooklyn Lager to be a refreshing beer and there was no question that this is a high quality craft brew.

I do recommend this craft lager to any and all lager fans.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 19:01:11 | More by RobH
Photo of perfectkaos


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came from the same store as the Pilsner... its best buy date isnt exactly the best so ill take this one with that in mind

pours a copper color with a head that lingers for a while. good lacing the whole way down

smells very malty. tastes that way too. very bready with just a touch of hop bite

this one goes down a lot better than the pils i had a few miuntes ago. easy drinking. a good session beer

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 04:26:17 | More by perfectkaos
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - a clear amber color with a slight one finger head.

S - sweet malts and some slight hop notes.

T - Very well balanced between the sweet malts that give it some breadiness and the slight hop notes that give a nice slightly bitter finish. A perfectly balanced lager.

M - Medium carbonation with a slight sweetness to it. Very refreshing.

D - This is a perfect session lager. I am not a big lager fan but this one could defintely find a permanent place in my fridge. Very well balanced and a very pleasing lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 14:29:35 | More by ShrLSU
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