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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,722
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 65
Gots: 167 | 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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
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Photo of techdiver


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

Pours a clear amber with modest head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer of foam with little lacing and little carbonation.

Malt and hops nose; surprisingly heavy on the hops.

More malt taste present, but hops very present.

Medium bodied and palate coating. Not as crisp and clean as more carbonation would show.

Good drinkability, a hoppier American Amber.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 03:35:14 | More by techdiver
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

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

Picked up a sixer from the L.C.B.O. BB May 2008

Served from a 355ml brown pop off bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear orange amber in color, with a huge head that laces fairly nicely. Lots of small bubbles.

S- floral/fruity hop aromas. Sweet malt. Some grain/bread, kindof smells like bran muffins!.

T- Caramel malts up front, somewhat grassy with a sweet citrus character to it and a fairly bitter dry hop finish. Nice balance.

M- very smooth and medium bodied brew with great carbonation.

D- great drinkability.

Overall this is a solid Lager beer from one of my favorite U.S. Breweries. I wish that it was more easily available in Canada. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 23:30:14 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of TurdFurgison


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

I had this on tap at Ruby's Oyster Bar in Rye, NY. The beer was a bit darker than I felt it would be, kind of an amber orange with a thick and creamy poof, off-white and lacy.

The aroma is a bit hoppy, which I think is strange for an all-malt lager. The aroma translated to the taste, with more malt added in the flavor than I detected in smell. Kind of biscuit-like malts.

Not filling and tastes great. This is what the macros should target.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2007 02:26:32 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of jeffjfindley


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend & I are now off the plane at La Guardia, already enjoying the view of Manhattan through the massive windows at the airport. She's gotta use the restroom before we pick up the baggage, I spy an airport bar with an unfamiliar tap, and decide to investigate.

Pours beautifully with a dark copper color, and a very respectable head. This head sticks around, literally, with some damn fine lacing. On the nose I got smooth caramel and a delicious trace of floral hops. Taste was very surprising for an east coast lager, in that it contains a hell of a west coast hop flavor. The malt is rich, the finish lager-dry, with one more blast of those citric hops. Mouthfeel is the weak link here, but not by much. It's a smooth, refreshing beer that happens to go down a little sticky.

I figured out pretty quickly that this beer is ubiquitous in NYC, and deservingly so. My girl is a little nervous about the baggage, and the beer cost $8.68, but I don't give a damn. My first beer in NYC was well worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2007 17:43:20 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a nice amber color with ample head. Aroma is nice and malty, even fruity somewhat. Taste has a strong malt backbone with just a hint of bitterness. Very nice for an all-malt lager. Goes down smooth and would make a decent lawnmower beer. Definitely would recommend it over other all-malt lagers I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 17:26:43 | More by Brad007
Photo of Leebo2007

North Carolina

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

The color is a very warm brown and has a crispy, yet light head. The smell is a blend of chocolate and nuts...that drinks very well. The hops opens up the fruit flavors and stay in your mouth, not leaving a bitter after taste. This is a great beer! Taste even better on draft!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 01:47:43 | More by Leebo2007
Photo of Slar211


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

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber into a pint glass. Nice creamy head leaves good amounts of sticky lace.

Smell: Malt as would be expected from an all-malt lager. A surprising amount of citrus hops as well.

Taste: Follows the smell. Malt gives way to hops and does it well.

Mouthfeel: Soft in the mouth with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: A quality beer, I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 20:23:26 | More by Slar211
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: An amber/orange hue pours out of the bottle, classic Brooklyn B label and a vigorous pour yields barely a quarter inch of head.

S: A clean malt smell, scented lightly with backing hops. The bouquet is somewhat bready and grainy.

T: Malty, grainy, and downright tasty. Perfect accent of hops towards the end that makes for a well-balanced lager.

M: Carbonation seems a bit on the low side, but nothing too egregious as far as the mouthfeel is concerned.

D: The smoothness and flavor of this beer make for a versatile lager that works well for most any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 19:59:49 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of arguemaniac


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

Brooklyn Lager in a can?! I’ve had this brew before but never in a CAN!!!! I had to try it. Let’s see if it’s any different than the bottled version…

Deep amber color with a thick, rocky orange-tinged head. Fresh, pungent hop aroma. The smooth, slightly bready palate features a nice toasted grain malt character with a pleasant toffee hint as well. But the most noticeable flavor is the crisp citrus hop spice that really balances out the other flavors very nicely.

Perhaps it’s even better in a can, I actually enjoyed this beer a lot more now than the last time I had it. Perhaps they changed the recipe (not likely, it’s a fairly classic brew), but more likely my palate has just developed and I can now fully appreciate all its flavors and characteristics. The excellent hop spice stands out a lot more than I remember. I’m glad I got this one another go…

Highly recommended….

Serving type: can

07-01-2007 02:22:25 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark coppery orange color with a small head of foam. Medium levels of carbonation and mild lacing in the glass. Looks more like an fruity ale or marzen... Not very lager-like.

S: Smells like a brewery that's got wort cookin'. Nice. Aromas of malted barley, grain and bready yeast blend together to give the nose a nice treat.

T: Mild maltiness fills out with a healthy dose of hops and buttery grain. Slight souring earthy note toward the finish. Not bad.

M: Lacks carbonation on the palate, and comes off wishy-washy. Kind of watery, but it maintains a mild density about itself. Totally lacks any kind of crispness that I look for in a lager

D: Average. I wouldn't pass on this, but with so many other brewers kicking out Lagers that I would prefer over this, I likely won't be back.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 01:36:09 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber body pours with a thick foamy white head. Head quickly fades to a nice collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nice balanced smell. Big caramel malt and floral refreshing hops.

T- Little caramel malt and some hops up front. Balanced finish between refreshing hops and caramel malt. Aggressive bitter hops linger long after everything else is gone.

M- High assulting carbonation with thin body. Somewhat watery at first.

D- The high carbonation, thin body, and aggressive aftertaste don't do much for me. The refreshing hops and caramel malt leave a lot of promise though. Not bad overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 03:46:22 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of GRPunk


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Amber color was a little darker than expected. It had a thin sticky head that left lots of lacing. It was a little light on the carbonation, but I often chalk that up to the keg setup at many restaurants.

S- I picked up mostly piney hops.

T- It was much more balanced than I expected. After noting the hop tones in the nose, I was surprised to taste some sweeter tones from the malts.

M- A little thicker than expected.

D- It was a decent beer before dinner on a warm summer night, but nothing spectacular. I'd take it over many of the "cleaner" lagers out there, but after enjoying other Brooklyn offerings I was hoping for a little more out of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 00:20:23 | More by GRPunk
Photo of Blakaeris


3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cler amber. Head a creamy, sticky mass. Very nice lacing.

Aroma is toasted malt, some breadyness and citrus hops.

Taste is sweet up front with toasted malt. Mildly grainy. Hops are stronger than in the nose and appear more hebal than citrusy. Finish is crisp with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium.

This lager is certainly on the hoppy side. Some initial sweetness, but the herbal hops take over quickly. Not bad, but could use a little more depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 17:44:11 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of bashiba


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

Poured a nice slighlty hazy golden/amber with a thick creamy tan head, great retention and good lacing.

Smell has a nice mixture of lemon zest, light green hops, and some decent grain.

Flavor is very rich for an American lager, has a nice bit of toasty grains, a bit of citrus, mint, and a clean crisp bit of hops. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice dry finish.

A very easy to drink, solid lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2007 17:39:06 | More by bashiba
Photo of PorterLambic


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

Pours a rich, golden color with a light tan head. Great retention and great lace.
Smell is malt, hops, hints of spice and lemon. Good balance.
Taste is hops, lemon, spice, malt. Very nicely balanced here as well, very IPA-like in character. Good body - medium leaning fuller - with a nice hoppy/malt blended aftertaste. A very good brew and I'm not a lager man but I would gladly do this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2007 02:14:41 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Mickelswit


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

A - Orange hue with an inch head dissipating into a thin, persistent layer of foam

S - Soft malts and hops with a slight citrus note

T - Toasty, nutty malts with a surprising level of hop bitterness - a little too much bitterness for my tastes

M - Adequate, with a good level of carbonation

D - This one goes down pretty smoothly

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 00:21:03 | More by Mickelswit
Photo of Gmann

New York

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

Pours a golden pale amber color with a nice and fluffy white head that dissipated into a decent cap with good lacing on the glass. The smell has a light floral hop scent, I'm picking up some caramel malt. Not an overly pronounced smell. The brew has enough hop presence to notice. The hop flavor is followed up with a light caramel malt taste. The feel is light and well carbonated, an ever so slight bitterness left on the palate. This is a well balanced lager and is very drinkable. A great example of an American lager, good competition with SA Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 00:27:37 | More by Gmann
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out very malty, with strong flavors of caramel & spice. A strong and bitter hops presence for the style quickly follows and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, there’s a lot of substance for a beer in a style that usually doesn’t have too much of it, I expected this beer to be decent at best, but was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a very good beer. I could certainly drink a few of these easily.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 00:10:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of wjimson


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

Had this at Chaucer's in London Ontario. Had a small sample of this beer before I got two pints it. The smell is freshly herbal, such that it also lingers in the aftertaste of the beer. Served in its own glass with a 2cm head. The first sip gave strong hints of malt, which of stings the back of the tongue with the metallic taste. The bitterness is strong and sharp and lingering. Taste like an American pale ale or IPA. Despite the strong taste this beer is very drinkable, with a semblance to iced tea.

I wish they would sell this beer in bottles at the beerstore. If not, i would just have to return again to the pub for the beer on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2007 16:39:14 | More by wjimson
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

355ml bottle with freshness date still eight months away despite being brewed in another continent.

Fairly dark for a lager, this almost looks like an amber. It has a fairly fluffy head, but what is most noticeable about its appearance is a load of bubbles. This looks well carbonated to say the least. Malt is very apparent in the nose, but then again it doesn't smell sufficiently different from Carling Premier to have me enthused! There is maybe a hint of citrus.

The carbonation is very apparent as I had suspected, but there is an unusual degree of interplay between a pleasant slightly biscuity malt flavour and a slightly lemony hop element. This has much more going for it than your bog standard macro lager.

I'm not a lager man myself but this would certainly make a good session beer for a slow drinker like me.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 01:07:35 | More by charlatan
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid golden amber color with some brown hints too. Very nice two fingers of white frothy head on top. Good looking beer. Nose has a touch of grain, but lots of tasty malt with some nice spices too. Taste is first of a dry, toasted malt that lingers on the tongue. There's a bit of citrus flavor as well, along with a little apricot. Feel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. This one is a good one; for some reason I've been hesitant on Brooklyn stuff, but this one might have single-handedly turned me around. A solid lager with a good flavor and interesting after-taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 00:44:15 | More by soupyman10
Photo of pieper


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Great cooper color and a smooth malty taste.

S. I dont have a good sense of smell (all beers get a 3 for that)

T: I am not a big lager fan but this is a great lager with a lot of flavor.

M. nice

D. Using only h20, malt, hops and yeast, Brooklyn set up a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 03:38:07 | More by pieper
Photo of robocrouch


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden color with an ok amount of white head.

S: Malty goodness with a hint of hop aroma.

T: Light body, very smooth malty-ness with a splash of hop bitterness that to me seems out of place in this beer.

D: A very basic lager, that is missing something to me. I think that it could be a little more crisp for the style. Overall worth a try but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 16:20:00 | More by robocrouch
Photo of chilidog


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

As part of a mix pack, I was glad to get four of thier most popular beer. Poured into my Brooklyn Lager pint glass that I got as part of a micro glass set some time back. It all comes together now!!

It poured a nice, moderate carbonated amber gold, a half inch off-white head. No real lace. Not real active in the glass, and no fizz (of coarse).

The aroma was malty, alittle floral

The taste starts out a floral hop for me then followed by a bread like barley malt, sweet caramel and a slight earthy finish.

Very drinkable, smooth, yet crisp and clean

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 02:31:47 | More by chilidog
Photo of prototypic


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear goldnen color. Head is a little off-white, foamy, and about one and a half fingers. Good retention and a light coat of lace was left behind.

Smell: Sweet caramel and toffee malts are immediately noticeable. A light touch of citrus fruit bleeds through. A bit of floral hops and earthy notes come through at the end.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. A bit of citrus and herbal spiciness kick it off. Caramel maltiness adds a sweet flavor. Hops are certainly of the floral variety and are quite tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Carbonation is nearly perfect in this beer. Definitely light bodied and quite the session beer. I could drink this all night. Overall, this is a very good beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 02:31:48 | More by prototypic
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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