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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,883 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,883
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 242 | 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 vikingmike
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw, decent head

Smell: Fresh, malty, citrusy

Taste: Clean, noticeable malt presence with hoppy bite

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing

Drinkability: I'm glad I found this beer. If it weren't so expensive in Japan I could see making it a session stand-by. Overall I'm very impressed

vikingmike, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pilsner glass. Has a light copper color and was unexpectedly darker than I thought it would be, a pleasant surprise. Hundreds of fine bubbles race upwards towards a fat, long lasting creamy off-white head. Superb lacing. A wonderful looking beer.

Well balanced nose with a floral hoppiness and sugar cane-esque malts. Very mild hints of sulfur and light berry fruitiness.

Mmmm, a flavorful lager. Piney hops seem most prevalent to me with a toasty flavored malt backbone. A few hints of clover and caramel. Refreshing! This beer shows the macros that lagers can still be thirst quenching and maintain a high level of flavor. One of the best (American style?) lagers I have had. Very tasty.

twiggamortis420, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is light with soft malt and a touch of spicy hops.

Pours a butterscotch gold color, good clarity, nice head with lasting retention.

Medium-to-medium thin body carries a mild-to-moderately strong flavor. Spicy hops great the palate first with dry, oily, pungent bushwhack, a floral bouquet, and a good deal of tartness similar to lemon zest. Soft fruit-like sweetness that reminds me of sweet corn. A growing bitterness lurks in the back. Very soft malt flavor. Mildly grainy. Dry finish brings full-circle the hop.

Pretty good. I'd like to see it on tap; and I'm eager to try more Brooklyn's offerings.

MrHungryMonkey, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper with a white head that leaves some lacing. Small amount of foam, and I can see some semi-lively carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Mainly hops. Can't detect much else though. Good hop aroma though

Taste: Good malts, and of course, the hops. Balance between the two is good, along with some bread/grain type flavor going for it.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Goes down smooth, with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, ABV is on the lower side, tastes good, good mouthfeel. A good beer to have a few of.

kshankar, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially a somewhat rich malt aroma, but that is followed by an ever increasing hop presence of some grass and earthy note. Eventually the two balance off nicely, although it is a bit tight.
Nice rocky and dense head cap an amber liquid of orange and brown. Brilliantly clear and an active show of bubbles rising.
Quite a mix of hop and malt again an array of features with highlights of dryness, moderate bitterness, malt toast with limited sweetness. Very long finish with dryness primary.
Clean, but not necessarily crisp with the length dry finish diminishing a thirst quenching quality. Nicely carbonated with enough to hold interest, but not distract or detract.
This holds some characters similar to Sam Adams and I'm not quite sure why they aren't in the same category. I like them both, but I like the flavors of the hops more in this one, but the length of the dryness and bitterness of this one I prefer less.

garymuchow, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe I never wrote a review for this before!

Pours a rich copper with about two fingers of head. Smell is mostly of hops. Taste is very bready with nice hoppy finish. Don't let the style name fool you! There ARE hops in here and you WILL enjoy them! Drinkability is excellent! The label calls this "Pre-Prohibition Style." Too bad the macro-lager replaced this!

Deus1138, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. A two finger head is white and creamy and laces the glass. Bright copper color.

Cascade hoppiness comes through pretty strong. Breadiness and pie crust. A lot of hops in the nose.

First thing I taste is the hops right up front, which gaves way to a balanced maltiness with some fruity notes. The finish is pretty clean and bitter. Nice bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dead on for this type of lager. Good light/medium body and crisp and hard carbonation work beautiful on the palate.

Notes: Fantastic beer to pair with food, especially for bbqing and spicy foods this beer stands up well.

EatsTacos, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn is one of the best overall brewers

appearance: Looks like a lager should be

smell: Nice, not as floral as sam adams, but good

taste: Full flavor and malty lager

mouthfeel: Exceptional

drinkability: smooth and eay to drink

My favorite lager in the world. Since its not as available as Sam Adams it's a great alternative. Similar to each other.

CampusCrew, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of NoahSYGG
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a great regular beer. It has a nice copper color. A nice hop presence on the nose without being too hoppy. The taste is a nice hop bite with a good malty backbone. Its not too bitter. This has a good medium mouthfeel and it goes down one after the other. This is a great beer for beginners.

NoahSYGG, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of white foam... Golden copper hue... Moderate carbonation... Looks like a text book lager, possibly a tad darker than expected... This brew displayed an excellent head retention... Good lacing throughout the session...

S - Malt... A slight hint of ginger sticks out among floral aromas... Caramel... Mellow and subtle, not many complexities, but still enjoyable...

T - Floral and grassy characteristics are first on the palette... Malt... Granola... Hops are present, but subtle, though they do linger from sip to sip...

M - Mild carbonation on the tongue... Refreshing and smooth... Light bodied and ever so slightly bitter...

D - Drinkable, but not memorable... Not one to avoid, but also not one to seek out... A very average American Lager...

philbe311, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says it's about a year past the best-by date, but what the hell. The color is a deep cloudy amber with a quarter inch of head. Almost no lacing at all, but the head does stay there. Smells of pungent malt. Tastes of curiously bitter malt, a bit of citrus, with a intriguing bitter aspirin aftertaste. Pretty damn good. I wish I could have tasted it a year ago. Drinkable as hell, and it seems like a promising gateway beer from BMC.

PhxHorn, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of therica
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= nice slightly dense copper, modest half-finger head which fades quickly but laces prolifically.

S= robust and bountiful, seems to change after each gulp, stronger with consumption. Nice hops florals, malts, slight landry-starch hints or maybe it's a dough scent. At times the scent is so delightfully powerful that it smells like a sachet packet from some new-age herbals store.

T= mild carbonation, florals, evident toasted malts, balanced hops bitters, occasional traits of sweetness. Nice dough presence. Preferred over the now-popular and common Sam Adams Boston Lager.

M= not bad, I'd like a little more balance and less bitters but still very fine.

D= very drinkable if the description suits your tastes.

therica, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood and Boulevard in Atlanta.

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. The lacing is very sticky, I can actually track my sips - a rarity for a lager.

Smells alright. Some light noble hop aromas with mild grassiness in the background.

Tastes good. Sweet malts up front, followed by mild hop flavors. There's a faint taste of grassiness, and a mild bitterness permeates throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and solid carbonation. This beer goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily, although there's nothing that stands out that makes it exceptionally drinkable.

Overall this is a solid lager. I wouldn't necessarily seek this one out, but if you have a chance to get it on-tap it's certainly worth your time and money.

Original rating - 4.5, 3, 4, 3.5, 4

EDIT: Had this fresh in Astoria and it made all the difference. Much better hop character and a very well done hoppy lager. Brooklyn really does not put out any sub-par beers. Beware of old kegs - this is much better fresh.

glid02, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of pwsoldier
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear copper with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is a bit on the weak side.

S - Grassy hops with a hint of citrus. Some buttery sweetness comes through as well.

T - Hoppy, but not overdone. Citrus flavors are balanced by sweet flavors of buttered bread from the malts.

M - Medium-bodied, finishes crisp and clean and leaves a trace of bitterness lingering on your palate.

D - A terrific session beer. With better distribution, this one could give Sam Adams a good run for its money. It's very enjoyable and easy to drink.

pwsoldier, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a light brown with some reddish highlights and lot of visible carbonation rising in it. Big, fluffy light-tan head retained very well and the lacing was nice too. Great looking beer. Aromas of lager malt and restrained but pleasant floral hops. The flavors were pretty classic, a perfect balance of caramel malt with some nutty elements and floral hops. Slightly bitter and quite dry. Something about the finish was a little off, hints of minerals and earthiness that didn't quite sit right with me. The body was medium, the carbonation medium and the mouthfeel semi-smooth. I'm not really a Lager fan but this was a good version of one. Still, the flavors were nothing unique and the finish did throw me off.

thekevlarkid, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (label says there is a date but couldn't find one) into a pint glass. It was a golden amber color with tiny bits of yeast floating in it. A little bit of carb and good lacing. It had a good sized light beige head that slowly settled to a thin film.

The aroma was floral hops and sweet malt. Little bit of damp grass clippings as well. The taste was OK. Good hop bite but didn't like the bitter finish on it. Also just didn't have that much overall flavor to it. Still being than BMC but not enough there for me after so many flavorful beers over the years. With that said, this would be a good starter beer to get your friends to try something other than BMC.

TexIndy, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Blake
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer.

A dark amber color that makes your mouth salivate.

Excellent, the best tasting beer I've had to date. Good amount of hops. Tastes like spicy autumn. Some nutty flavor is in there as well.

You won't want to stop drinking this beer. It won't dissatisfy you.

Blake, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is what American beer is all about right here. Simple, tasty, refreshing and nothing else... I could have this all day, every day. It's very balanced and a low enough ABV it acts as a great session beer.. if you haven't tried this yet run out and grab some.

oriolesfan4, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB JAN 09, served chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue, very elegant, coming with a pretty tight off-white frothy head and abundant flows of lively - not fierce - carbonation.
S: sweet prunes, flowery hops, creamy and caramely malts, and lightly sweet orangey citrusness are all packed in one deep sniff. Overall, very aromatic thanks to the American hop elements, while a lightly sour as well as salty touch lingers at the fringe of fluidy caramely malts.
T: the tasty flowery hoppiness is intertwined inextricably with the mildly nutty, caramely and biscuity malts, with milder hints of sweet prunes (even marinated cherries) and orangey-citrusness at the fringe... gradually the whole palate is overwhelmed by a really decent and deep aftertaste of tannic-chewy bitterness of dried-herbal and flowery hops. The level of bitterness is really soothing and lifts the whole performance considerably, while, just like the aroma, the decent touch of sourness threads throughout the drink.
M&D: light-bodied, refreshing on the texture, never too fizzy, while the hoppiness comes almost before any other elements in the flavour. Not much in this beer wakes me to the fact that this is a lager, and for such a decent flavour profile I just couldn't care any less about what experts like to categorise this... Really enjoyable like a session Bitter!

wl0307, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Appearance: Has a copperish color to it, kind of an orange with a slight red tint. Pours with a decent sized, frothy head, which takes a while to go down.

Smell: Its predominant scent is a caramel-like sweetness, which combines with a slightly bitter undertone.

Taste: A nice malty bitterness, and at the same time not overly bitter. Unlike the smell, the
sweetness is more of the undertone here, rather then the predominant flavor. Leaves a bitter aftertaste which I didn't love, but was not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Feels somewhat thick in the mouth, almost malt-like, yet goes down smooth and without being too heavy.

Drinkability: This beer would go well with a meal of steak or a similar meat. I wouldn't drink
this with sweet foods of any kind, but for a hearty dinner this would definately be a decent beer to take in.

Goregazm, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 3/4 head with good retention and a nice orange color, not a pale yellow fizzy one. Retention is very nice and well and it's easy to generate some foam on the side of the glass.

Nice pale malts on the nose with an ample hop bitterness too balance.

This beer has all the qualities of a refreshing lager with a nice clean malts, but it has a good hop profile to balance. Clean malts with a good amount of hops to balance. This is very nicely done.

This is just an all around nicely done american style lager. This beer is one that everyone who likes beer (even fizzy yellow beer) can like. It's crisp, it's well balanced, it's refreshing

Nicely done!

jasonjlewis, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer personally. I was looking forward to it for a long time since my girlfriend (beer connoisseur herself) said I would love it.

A - Poured nice light amber color with a white off white head that stayed through the whole beer

S - Smell of spice and some nuts and a nice citrusy hint

T - The taste was a little lighter than expected but still very pleasing. Nice mal sweetness and a definite hop bitterness that finished of clean

M - A little lighter than expected but carbonation was perfecta and refreshing

D - Very drinkable especially in warm months but at the same time flavorful

JoEBoBpr, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Nice coloring, darker than typical lager. Half finger of head that dissipated quickly. High carbonation apparent.

S: Malt apparent on the nose, really nice nose. Slight tinge of hops as well. Doesn't get much better than this for a lager.

T & M: Malt flavor apparent up front, hoppy slightly bitter finish. This is definitely the hoppiest lager I've ever had. Doesn't have the crisp clean finish that other alt-malt lagers that I've encountered. Mouthfeel just a tad on the watery side.

D: Very drinkable, Brooklyn just came into Dallas and I'm very pleased as this beer definitely met my high expectations. Definitely sessionable and will be a stand-by if it is readily available.

elniko, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A color of clear and light orange. Really excellent color for a lager. Head goes away almost immediately, but leaves some nice icy lace. It's how lagers should always look!

The aroma gives a nice grassy hop over some decent pale-ish barley. Aromas are mild but refreshing. A spring-y aroma.

The taste gives more grassy hop flavor, which is such a welcome element. There is mild chlorine from the grassy hop but it's not intrusive or unpleasant.

The feel is a fizzy, bubbly mouthfeel. Lager-dry, but good. This is one terrific, hoppy lager with good body and lots of character. Grassy and malty both.

williamherbert, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of theghost3
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, thick white head. Substantial lacing. Color is a sort of hazy dark amber. Smell is strong of hops, flowery. The taste is also hoppy at the end but it begins rather malty. The hops give it an almost citrusy medicinal taste. Not too far from an IPA. Mouthfeel is clean. Overall, a very refreshing beer. Easy to drink several in one session.

theghost3, Sep 14, 2008
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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