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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,813 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,813
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 69
Gots: 208 | 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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3.48/5  rDev -7%

Had a pint of this while at a comedy club in NYC this past weekend. Didn't look like like an average lager, it was a bit more darker orange than I would have expected. Taste was interesting. For an all malt beer, it had a bit of that hoppiness to it that makes it stand out. Very smooth going down, but it has a nice body to it and some very good flavor characteristics. A lager with great depth to it is not easy to make, and Brooklyn has hit the spot.

05-28-2008 23:25:56 | More by morebeergood
Photo of PhillyStyle


4/5  rDev +7%

Let me just start by saying that I think that the Brooklyn Brewery has to be one of the finest brewers in the nation. I have yet to have a bad beer from them and the quality is outstanding. Now on to the beer.

A: Poured a clear amber color that had some hints of red to it with a white foam head to it that settled slowly. The carbonation streaming from the bottom of the mug was visible, but it did not appear to be overly carbonated.

S: The aroma was all malt and all hops. Not overpowering, but just right.

T: As I stated above, the taste was very good. The malt and the hops were the main drivers in this beer. Maybe a hint of some citrus.

M/D: Overall, this is a very good beer. The beer was smooth and finished well. The carbonation level was right. Highly drinkable and one that I will be enjoying often.

05-27-2008 15:48:28 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of toolbrew


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a copper color with a smallw hite head. Some head retention and some lacing.

Very malty smell, and sweet. Smell has a hint of honey in it, and a slight hint of citrus.

Sweet (not overly) malty taste with a nice hop aftertaste.

Not overly carbonated and a nice smooth body. Goes down easy and the aftertaste doesn't linger too long.

Tasty brew that I'm sure I will revisit.

05-27-2008 02:59:16 | More by toolbrew
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4/5  rDev +7%

It's gonna be a photo finish, folks, as there are just days till we fly right past the "BEST BEFORE" date of June 08 notched onto the front label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body supporting a hefty crest of whiteish foam.

Smell: Delicate toasty maltiness with a pleasant spicy, floral hop scent.

Taste: Crisp, toasty malt flavor with a restrained sweetness that's quickly scrubbed away by a spicy, floral hoppiness and medium bitterness. Finishes with a lingering spiciness and some sweetish grain hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft, medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty lager from Brooklyn. If only every trip to Lagertown could be as satisfying.

05-22-2008 20:12:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a thick two-finger head that settles slowly and leaves solid sheets of lacing in its wake.

S: All-malt lager? No way. This smells almost like an amber/red ale to me. Two aromas in this one--citrus hops and caramel malts. A balanced aroma, but this is totally not an all-malt lager. Either way, it still smells good.

T&M: Hops are even more prominent in the taste than the smell. A solid biscuity/toffee/caramel malt backbone underlays a rather strong citrus and spicy hop presence. I'll say it again--this ain't no "all-malt" lager, but it's still quite tasty. This lager is medium bodied with good carbonation that emphasizes the hops nicely. Finish is dry, yet refreshing.

D: Medium-body and intriguing flavor make this a most enjoyable beer. Not an ideal session beer, but I'll be picking some up again.

05-20-2008 02:50:03 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Medium copper body with a half-finger of head and a lot of lacing.

Aroma is hugely malty, hugely hoppy. Seems a bit big for an American Lager, but still good.

This seems more like a weak English IPA than an American lager. it's really good, but stylistically, seems not right.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and drying. Spot-on.

It's too big for the style, but alright in its' own regards.

05-14-2008 18:08:45 | More by bboven
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

355ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on February 26, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a dark translucent amber colour with a white head which disappates to permanent lacing. The aroma was slightly malty, but had an unmistakable floral hoppiness that was a prelude of good things to come. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour had some hints of malt, but was very hoppy, with some grapefruit like bitterness in the finish. A very good beer.

05-12-2008 02:52:14 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of everetends


3.33/5  rDev -11%

Got this in a sixer from Grub Mart here in Jacksonville. I had a bit of a problem with this one. Every bottle in the sixer that I opened was overly carbonated, and spewed out of the bottle once the cap was popped. Didn't matter if it was the first or last I opened, all did the same thing with a few hours elapsing between the first and the last.

A: Amber, more orange than brown, with a slight, white head.

S: Malt, hops, grains, yeast, and fruits.

T: More malt than expected. The hops and a bit of citrus round it out. Not bad tasting.

M: Very thin and watery and flat. This may be due to my carbonation issue.

D: Will have to revisit this. Don't know if I got a bad batch with crazy carbonation or what, but did not leave a great impression. I will give it the benefit of the doubt.

05-08-2008 02:49:41 | More by everetends
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

A: The beer pours a clear, bright pumpkin orange hue with a thin diminishing white head.

S: There is a pleasing perfume scent of fresh citrusy/grapefruit on the nose which is pretty unusual for a lager.

T: There is a sweet caramel malting flavor with a nice citrusy hopping that really stands out for the flavor. Big fresh grapefruit notes with a touch of grassiness in the finish.

M: very smooth and the palate is very refined like a lager but has the hoppiness of a pale ale. The carbonation is lively.

D: drinkability was very smooth providing a enjoyable experience.

05-05-2008 23:04:32 | More by beerthulhu
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Had on-tap at The Brick in Milledgeville, Georgia. Came out in an appropriate Brooklyn goblet. Was a very deep brown, with not much of a head. Smell and taste were much sweeter than I had anticipated. Alot of malt and caramel backbone. Not a whole lot of hop backbone. Certainly not bad, just not what I was expecting. A pretty drinkable beer considering the ABV. Overall, a solid offering from Brooklyn.

04-28-2008 01:41:06 | More by jdubjacket
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured a crystal clear amber with a 1" off-white head that quickly dropped to a thin film with active volcanoes.

Initial whiff said strong on candy sugar and then caramel. Pixie stick came to mind up front. Lacing was pretty decent all the way down. Carbonation was strong.

Body was on the lighter side of medium with a smooth but not creamy texture. A little dry on the finish with a pseudo-metallic flatness about it that wasn't a turn off but not a feature either. Getting some citrus hop coming at me. Lemon rind but not strong. Bready malt for certain. I'm also thinking dry cracked innards of a cigar style pretzel stick. Almost a musty-organic dryness.

Balance is OK but tilted toward the malt side. A bit caramel dominant. Drinkable for sure but there's something missing in the middle I can't pin down. Keeps it in the B range. Lack of complexity perhaps.

04-25-2008 01:07:52 | More by AshevilleSippin
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

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

A: Orange-gold in color, clear, with a frothy white head. The head reduced but didn't dissipate completely, leaving a thick uneven layer of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Heavy of pale malt with significant, but not overbearing, hop notes. Other items on the nose include light yeasty & bread grain type aromas.

T: Heavier malts than I would expect in a lager, but for the better. The balance is very good with a bit is a split in flavors - light and caramel malts at the onset, diminishing to the lighter hop bittering toward the finish. The finish is a bit thin and lingers to mild hops and eventually clean.

M&D: The mouthfeel is rather a bit toward medium at first but sort of finishes with a bit watery. This isn't a bad thing, in fact it works well with this brew. The carbonation is very light, matching everything well. I nice lager, very enjoyable, and one I would drink again anytime.

04-14-2008 23:27:00 | More by SIRIUS2
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

A - Decent sized head that tried its best to stay for the duration. Golden lager, lovely.

S - Deep with fruity, flowery tones. This is a real lager.

T - It's all there, citrus flavours but with a great hoppy blast in the finish.

M - Excellent carbonation.

D - Absolutely though the strength is higher than a lot of UK lagers. Be careful.

Great to have a proper lager, given the slop that passes as standard in the UK. Up there with the best and a million miles from the majority of "lager" that is consumed worldwide.

04-13-2008 21:03:32 | More by Stephen63
Photo of fl0w

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

A: Pours a transparent copper with a 2 inch white head. Visible carbonation, but less then I would expect from a lager. Head stood around for a while, and left good lacing. Surprising appearance for a lager.

S: Floral, citrus smell. Clearly hops, with a slight malt. Decently complex, and very pleasant.

T: Great balance in the taste. Just enough sweetness, slightly caramel, with a nice dry hop and bittersweet finish.

F: The malty thickness is paired and evened out perfectly with its mild carbonation. Dances down the tongue.

D: Easy to drink as any lager, while remaining complex and rich.

04-10-2008 03:47:23 | More by fl0w
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

This beer poured an orange brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is mild and malty - very inviting. The taste is malty with a touch of sourness (faint). The mouthfeel is full and seems well-suited. Overall, I'm impressed - not the American Lager experience I had expected.

04-06-2008 00:32:32 | More by barefootbrewer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

A - Light golden red with lots of fluffy white head and visible carbonation.
S - Hoppy and grapefruity, some peach and mango flavours.
T - A good amount of hops with some sweetness, fruitiness and good citrus tastes. A biting long dry bitter aftertaste.
M - Very nice bubbly
D - Very drinkable, sessionable beer.

04-04-2008 01:19:41 | More by Quej
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer came in my beer of the month selection a few months ago. I had one left and I'm trying to review more.

A - Copper/Orange in color. Less than one finger of head which dissapated pretty quickly. There was a small film of head that remained nearly the whole way through the pint but little lacing.

S - Very nice smell. Note of hops at first followed by a strong scent of malts.

T - Strong malt and caramel tastes but a good amount of hops for an "all-malt" lager. Very well-balanced in my opinion.

M - Light to medium bodied with a bit of a carbonation tingle. There is a crisp and a bit of a dry finish at the end.

D - Very nice overall. I would consider this a good "regular" beer, nothing special, but good overall.

04-02-2008 00:49:08 | More by dashirey
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

a - clear orange copper color with a 2 finger bubbly, slightly creamy light tan head

s - nice hoppy floral and malty smell

t - sweet malts and a pretty powerful hop punch at the end.

m - well carbonated light body

d - Not quite as clean of a finish as I like in a lager. It is a lot like the boston lager, but with more hops. This beer might have it's place with the right food pairing, but the extra hops in the finish kind of puts me off from this one if I'm looking for a good refreshing clean lager.

03-30-2008 04:26:55 | More by thirtysixbelow
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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured a nice dark but translucent gold with a nice one and one half inch off white head. The head held up rather well and provided plenty of lacing.

The smell is what I expect out of a good lager.
Nothing overpowering, just a nice crisp smell of grain and hops.

Taste is really good. Just the right amount of carbonation when it hits the tongue and a nice well balanced finish.

Good mouth feel, not to thick, but a nice bite to it.

This is an outstanding lager, one that I intend to enjoy often. It rivals Sam Adams as one of my favorite "go to" brews.

03-29-2008 15:38:10 | More by AgingWarrior
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

one thing i just love: when distributors want you to sell their beer, they are more than willing to give out sample bottles of oh, say a dozen or more beers. thanks to joe from heidelberg.

A- very nice warm honey/tangerine/amber with a tight 1 1/2in of ivory-cream colored head that becomes chunky and porous as it settles to a thick disk. slight haze to the body, lots of rising bubbles, and thick strings and patches of sticky lace, way more than i expected. very impressive for this lager. possibly unconventional, but impressive nonetheless.

S- deep robust malt, caramel, toffee, and marshmallow. salt water taffy and a fruity-floral citrus potpourri type hop aroma. this baby is nougat sweet, almost smelling like a candy bar (maybe butterfinger?) hints of milk chocolate and roasted pineapple come to mind, most intriguing of all however, is its similarity to a fine dulce de leche.

T- more bitter than i expected over the strong malt backbone, a definite milk chocolate-orange dominates the fruity side, while the thick foundation of toasty barley keeps things starchy and balanced. finishes clean, as it should, with nothing but a soft dry herbal hop finish and some lingering malt.

MF- nearly viscous body is loaded with malt feel, and the mid-hi carbonation keeps it movin down nicely.

D- seriously impressed, brooklyn! their best offering that i've had by a long shot.

03-29-2008 09:45:07 | More by hustlesworth
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Surprisingly for a Lager it poured amber with an inch head that downgraded to a 1/4 inch head quickly. Taste is good. Extremely well balanced beer. Way more hops than i expected, which is awesome! Very drinkable. It delivers a nice Lager taste with the malts, but then follows up with an awesome hop finish. I love the hop structure. Maybe it's because i expected some tasteless lager but... I really like this beer! Lacing is awesome for a Lager...it leaves these rad rings. Perfect session beer. I have nothing bad to say about this beer. It's perfect for what it is. And packs many surprises! Will for sure buy again. Brilliant. But I must say...if I tasted this with a blindfold on my head and had to guess the style, I would not guess Lager. But hey...I really like this beer! I bought a 6 pack and enjoyed every last drop, noticing different flavors every sip. I will for sure buy this again and recommend it to all my friends!

UPDATE: This has become my favorite beer.

03-28-2008 06:12:57 | More by righlander
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Thick and frothy one and a half finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving a wall of lacing behind. Honey amber hue.

Not much malt aroma, just the citrusy spicy hops, which is odd for this style.

Some light grain, but again the hops steal the show. The malts do lend a little more towards the end. I can taste the "lager" behind the hops, which is an odd mix. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is lingering hops.

It's a good beer, and an odd one at that. It's easy to drink but not as easy as a Sam Adams, and certainly not as easy as an American Macro Lager such as Yueungling Lager. I think the hops are a bit much for the style. Still, I recommend it.

03-20-2008 23:44:48 | More by BeerSox
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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

I got this in a trade with yobdoog. Thanks Trevor!

This pours(near room temp) a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice note of sweet malt and a smaller note of hops. Overall, light on the nose.

The taste is very nice. Nice malty flavour up front gfollowed by a nice bittering hop flavour that gives it a good balance.

It has a medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and it finishes with those bittering hops that make for a nice dry ending.

I had Brooklyn Lager in cans a few years ago and I liked it a lot back then. I *still* do. If it was availble here, I'd drink it often.
Btw, great head retention and some lacing as well.

03-10-2008 23:49:06 | More by Bitterbill
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%

Pours out a bright amber, nice copper hues to it. Massive tall foamy off-white head that recedes slowly to a creamy cap. Thick chunky rings of lacing left in the wake of this lager down the sides of the glass, nearly a geologist's dream.

Crisp biscuit malt accentuated by floral and fruity hops on the nose, a nice zing of tangerine in there. One of the best smelling lagers I've come across in a long while.

The bready malt seems to be merely a chaperone for the exuberant hops' big night out on the town. Grassy and floral hops, with a citrus chaser, seem to own the show here. Aftertaste lingers with citrus fruit and wet grass, tart on the finish, then smooth and rounded after that.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and rounded, although just a bit sticky on the finish from the hops.

All 4's across the board on this one. A decent hoppy lager that would hold its own even as a pale ale as well, it puts many of that style to shame all the way from the other side of the bottom fermenting fence. Almost worth the exorbitant price for a 6 pack here in Alberta when all is said and done.

03-10-2008 23:45:49 | More by IronDjinn
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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice amber with good carbonation.

The smell is OK not real strong mild bitter hops and a white bready malt almost like a pizza dough.

The taste follows, more bitter then expected and a good malty base.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and a nice carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good, a fine easy drinking brew.

Prosit, MK

03-10-2008 23:16:49 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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