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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,895
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 72
Gots: 250 | 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 whomas
4.9/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- a distunct red hue and deep amber colour very attractive with a thin off white head that sticks around.

S- Extremly hopy! deep piny hops with hints grapfruit a good amount of sweet malt and a slight funk.

T- Crispy and fresh with a massive burst of spicy hops hops and a juicy mouth waterning malt, the beer has a balanced finish finally becoming dry and quite bitter.

M &D- not your average lager, but an excellent diveation from traditon, a smooth mouth feel and great drinkability could drink this all year round but imagine it to be fantastic during the summer.

whomas, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of germanbeer1
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears as an amber with it's slightly reddish color and minimal head. The first thing that jumps out about this beer when going in for drink is the incredible level of hoppiness that can be detected in the smell. However, the taste is quite good with a moment of bitterness followed by a nice clean and abrupt finish. This lager has a decent body that gives it a nice sense of drinkability.

germanbeer1, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of UDbeernut
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on Tap, poured into pint glass

a: translucent deep amber color with decent carbonation. Foamy 1/2" head of ok retention that eventually settles into lacing

s: clean smell, malts and slight hops aromas

t: Very well balnaced between malts and hops. Hints of citrus and grass.

m&d: Medium bodied, easy to "session"

What a good Lager!!!


UDbeernut, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An explosion of bubbles flows upward through the dark orange brew into a two-finger, bubbly tan head. As the bubbles pop, the head slowly recedes, leaving a healthy amount of lacing behind. A nice brisk maltiness floats to the nose, along with some fruitiness (perhaps pineapple or apple). Some earthiness, some sourness, and some grain are mixed in. Tastes of crystal malts, with a quick bitter finish which wraps up some sour apples, spice, and grass. This is a complex lager on both the aroma and taste fronts. Mouth-feel is light to medium-bodied, and leans toward the dry side. This is a very tasty and somewhat unique lager which might be losing some minor points due to style, which would be terribly unfortunate.

stephens101, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of vurt
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of ATPete, poured into a Young & Jackson pilsener glass with a laser-etched grid at the bottom for serious head retention.

The color is deep gold leaning towards amber. The beer is perfectly clear, and is topped with a tight cap of dense off-white foam which leaves plenty of lacing behind with each sip.

A fresh clean lager aroma, with some malty sweetness, a light bready character, and mild citrusy hops. As it warms slightly, a faint but zesty black pepper note emerges. Very well put together.

First impression is lightly toasted malt with an excellent spicy hop bitterness. There are some bready, melba toast-like flavors in the middle, along with notes of honey, grass, and a trace of orange. Finishes as it starts, with toasty malt and lingering bitterness (spicy and a little earthy at the finish).

Medium-bodied, soft, and drying. Carbonation feels rather light for the style, though it still scrubs the palate nicely.

This is a very well put together beer. Plenty of flavor, yet not at all heavy, and the malt and hops are nicely balanced. It's a shame that Brooklyn beers aren't available in California, because this is a superb session beer that makes me want to try more of this brewery's offerings. One of the most satisfying lagers I've had in years.

vurt, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Bubba Gump's in NYC.

Came to me a nice copper-amber with good clarity. Nice head of tight bubbles left behind very nice lacing.

The aroma was of nice pale malts, light citrus hops, and just a hint of bread.

The flavor was refreshingly good. Citrus hops up front with a bit of grass thrown in there, too. Sweet pale malts with a little bread balances it all out very nicely. If some macro lagers tasted like this one it would be hard to convert many people.

Solid feel to it. Very easy to drink and highly enjoyable. I may even go grab a sixer for tomorrow night's poker game. But then again, maybe not. I don't want everyone else drinking my beer!

Imstillthegman, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow body with a slight white head that has decent retention and leaves a ton of sticky lacing behind on my glass.

The aroma is dominated by hops with some pale malt in there.

Hops come up again right in the front of the taste. Citrusy, grassy, this is hoppy for a lager but not bordering on an IPA or anything like that. Very nicely balanced by some pale, bready malts that are very sweet. Reminds me a lot of Victory's Prima Pils.

Light, well carbonated body.

Really drinkable, I could see myself drinking a ton of this stuff. Another nice beer from Brooklyn.

Hojaminbag, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Lager pours a light copper in color, with a wispy small white head.

Aroma of boozed caramel and pale malt with some feint grassy notes in the background.

Taste is nice and assertive. Striking citrusy hops along with a nice grassy underlay start out strong and are meet with a nice caramel malt sweetness. A tad earthy, a bit sweet, a bit sour, a bit bitter.
Overall very balanced, and right on for the style.

A very solid lager and one that is exceptionally easy to drink.

HoustonTX, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of 12NattiBottles
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Classic label and logo, with simple green and black colors, seems very fitting for a beer style that developed during the Pre-prohibition era.

Appearance: Very nice amber color, closer to orange. Nice two finger head, and great lacing. Very active carbonation.

Smell: Sickly sweet smelling, with a very familiar scent of citrus.

Taste: Full of flavor, strong hop taste at the start with a malty finish, medium-bodied; Bitter hints, including notes of citrus lemon and a weak coffee taste at finish that accompanies the malty end.

Mouth feel: Crisp, a little bit dry; overall very refreshing

Drinkability: Smooth with a little bit of bite in the immediate aftertaste; very enjoyable.

Overall: Very enjoyable, and a one of the best American Lagers I have had. Good Drinking!

12NattiBottles, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Label notes "In Texas, Malt Liquor". Well said.

A) Deep amber / pale brown, solid cover of soapy bubbles.

S) Faint; mild hop leaf and white bread.

T) Lightly bready malt but not sweet, earthy hop bitterness which is pretty firm for an American Lager.

M) High carbonation shows in the finish as it goes airy and gassy. Slick texture, oily finish.

O) Solid beer, lots of flavor, mostly hop driven, strikes me as a Sam Adams Lager, a mainstream macro, but a well done one.

HardTarget, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Raligitano
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a time before Beer School when I didn't know a Budweiser from a Belgian Ale or hops from hashish. Back then, I was at a party in Brooklyn and they had this stuff. I drank it, liked it a lot ("Hey! It doesn't taste like Budweiser!!"), then promptly forgot about it for the next 6 years. Back in Brooklyn...let's see how it goes now.

Pours into the pint glass with a strong, fluffy inch of head that clings to the glass. Several bubbles dance in its orange-yellow glow. Smells sweet and malty; a little floral hops starts to jump out as the beer warms up.

Mellow bite that's refreshing, not bitter. It's dry and goes down with the hops hitting at the end. Feels frothy. Like a standard American macrolager if they wanted to brew them with taste and not economies of scale in mind. Warm feeling of alcohol when it goes down.

I could take about 3 of these. The bite might get overwhelming after too many. My good drunken memories didn't serve me wrong though.

Raligitano, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of thain709
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber color...darker than what I had expected...a nice light fluffy head with light lacing

S - Floral hops and roasted malts

T - Great taste! The hops come through more than the malts...but the two are perfectly balanced

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - First Brooklyn brew...looking forward to more...this one is a winner

thain709, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear dark golden orage with 1 finger slight off white head with ok lacing

S - Lots of good malts and a little citrus

T - Good clean malt taste with a slightly bitter taste on the back and sticks around in the after tast

M - medium body with medium carbonation

D - Easy to session and kind of enjoyable but nothing I would drink on a regular basis

midaszero, Oct 31, 2008
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
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 2,895 ratings.