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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,147
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 88
Gots: 424 | 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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice pale orange color. frothy white head with a surprising amount of lacing. the nose is mostly pils like malts and grassy hops. a fairly strong nose on this one. clean pale and pils malts with a pleasant sweetness before a bitter drying finish. a little earthy grassiness from the hops. a nice full body for a lager with crisp carbonation and a good clean dry finish. a great feel that helps this beer slide down extra smooth.

Photo of 7thInningSuds
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looked good.

S - Smelled good.

T - A good hop presence, but not overbearing. I liked the aftertaste to this beer over other lagers with strong hop presence.

M - Good.

D - Pleasantly surprised with this beer. Wasn't expecting a lot, but will definitely have more of these. Bought this one as a single from Total Wine & More, but will have a 6-pack or more next go-round.

Photo of DJED69
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is is just a good brew, period. Great tasting (esp on tap), drinks well, not too much alcohol so can have a few and not be hammered.

I'm actually suprised how widespread this brew seems to be---was at a bar/rest for dinner last night in Southern NJ---rural area---had on tap!

Bottles are good, but tap is next level...

Great all-arounder

Photo of humanfactor
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, if there was a score for the beer's branding I would have given it a 5. In fact the branding was so smart that I initially thought there might be some large brewery (e.g. AB, Coors, etc...) behind this label, so I was initially cautious about drinking the stuff.

I think it possessed some good characteristics:
- nice clean citrusy aroma
- very nice color
- a healthy head
- very drinkable

But I think it fell flat in the taste department. By no means was it bad... but it seemed to lack a personality in it's flavor... a very neutral experience... like the Switzerland of Lagers.

I checked out their website. Looks like a nice bunch of people running/working at the place. I also see their other creations are very well rated. I may try some of their other offerings.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber with a perfectly white head. It leaves lots of lacing.

S- Bready, fresh cut grass, floral hops, some faint lemon.

T- Very well balanced. Bready and caramel malts back up some lemony hops.

M- Medium body with sharp and crisp carbonation. Very clean finish.

D- This is an average beer but it is way better than most other amber lagers around. Its great for a warm weather session. This would be a good beer to have around a BBQ.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice and light amber color, an equally nice head, white and long lasting.

S: A nice play between mild hops/malts.

T: Good, easy going hop taste.

M/D: I like Brooklyn, this is an easy going beer, Very easy to drink. This is a great beer to bring to a BBQ, it would be something most people would enjoy.

Photo of huxcrunner
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-darker golden to amber color that is claen ans crisp, nice carbonation and white head that dies down quickly

s-smell of hops

t-clean lager taste not to heavy good body good combination of hops and malt

m-clean full mouth feel with a little bit of a bit for the aftertaste

d-good drinkability because of smoothness

Photo of elgiacomo
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, best by Sept 2010.

Pours amber with a two finger off-white head that is quite pillowy and rocky. Leaves some nice rings of lacing.

Aroma is floral hops, some fruit, biscuit, toast, light caramel malt, an attention-getting aroma for a lager, and the flavor follows suit...

Nicely hopped overall, very floral, some citrus with good bitterness that is balanced very well against some sweet caramel malt and bread. Nice, enjoyable finish, very tasty and refreshing.

Medium body, slick, good carbonation.

Fantastic lager.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my growler a golden amber color with about 2 inches of tan foamy head. Faint smells of roasted nuts but mostly malts. Caramel flavors, candied malts, and a faint bit of hops. Flavor is very drinkable nothing to special. Mouthfeel is smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with a golden hue. Quarter inch white head that remains.
Smell is Slightly spicey, bready malts, with some decent hops. Faint hints of ginger, and some even more faint hints of burnt caramel as well.
Taste is barley malts and some mild hops presence. Finish is mild malts and some very faint caramel and ginger.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but the level of carbonation could be a bit higher. Ever so slightly crisp, with a slightly watery finish.
Very good drinkability. Another well-rounded beer that drinks easily.

Photo of roddwolff
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Once served in my "Club America mug". Look: Bright amber color, fat foamy head, acceptable duration and good lacing. smell: Biscuity malts and floral hops. Taste: Biscuity malt and semi roasted malt, a background of floral hops and grains, the malt character dominates. Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, medium bitterness, medium to robust body (somewhat creamy). Drinkability: Nothing to criticize, probably the best red lager i drank.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the six pack in the LCBO.

Pours a golden orange, almost looks like an IPA in color. A finger of creamy head on top which settles to a thin layer which sticks around and leaves some lacing.

Nose is hefty for a lager, decent caramel malt bill. Some grassy hops, a hint of lemon.

Pretty easy drinking though not as clean as perhaps I would go for in a lager, almost drinks more like a pale ale. Nice big hop presence for a lager, grassy and herbal, just a touch of bitterness. Decent caramel malt body, goes down easy.

Not a bad lager, not a great lager. Certainly way better than most of the selection around here, kinda a toss up between this or Creemore.

Photo of Mancer
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured amber in color with a 2 finger high off white head. For the most part, the head dissipated slightly and remained for most of the beer. Additionally, the lacing was everywhere and remain on the glass when the beer was finished off. The initial smell of the beer was hops, Barley, and a bit of alcohol. The initial taste of the beer was a quasi sweet barley. The beer finished like a wheat beer. Overall it had a light body with medium carbonation.

My conclusion is this, if you're stuck in a room with the big brands or a bottle of this, you take this, but if you had a craft beer selection, then you don't pick this.

Photo of RoyalT
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This was a light yellow in color with a modest head.

Smell - The aroma here is overly grainy and rough. It smelled more like an adjunct macro than a quality beer from BB.

Taste - Very disappointing. The grain was cheap and just wouldn't quit. From beginning to end this beer left a foul, graining taste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel - This was light-bodied and watery with a fizzy carbonation that made me think I was drinking a wine cooler.

Sinkability - Well I couldn't really pour this in the sink because I was at the pub, but I was drinking it so slow that the barmaid came over while I still had half a pint left and asked me if I wanted something else. I have had so many good beers from this brewery it's hard to believe that this came from the same place.

Photo of keithmurray
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Beer pours a dark amber color with some beige head that hung aorund for a while

Smell - Rich malts, some caramel and toffee

Taste - malt is upfront with somer flavors of toffee, brown sugar and caramel

Mouthfeel - decent, nothing to blow your mind, ok carbonation, this beer went down rather smooth

Drinkability - you can session this one easily

I would have no problems keeping a 6pk of this handy

Photo of chickenm
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper color with a nice white head with decent retention, leaves good lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly mild with citrus and floral hops and a tiny bit of sweet malt. The malt is more pronounced in the taste, and nicely balanced with the hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied. This wasn't quite what I was expecting; this didn't taste like a typical lager. But regardless, this is a very good beer!

Photo of al3
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots o' hops for a lager, from my experience this is a bit different than most others I've had. Orange amber in color with some lacing, it has a strong floral hop aroma on the pour. The upfront flavor is similar to the smell, floral/herbal hops. Has a malt backbone and a trace of some sweet wheat/grain. Feel is about what I'd expect, nothing remarkable. Would buy again.

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear and pale golden with little to no head, not much life in its appearance, but it is nice and clear looking

S: caramel malts, biscuits and toast, predominately malty- no hop profile

T: very similar to the nose with more pronounced caramel profile, very well balanced with lots of nice flavors, everything is mild but also tastes good

MF: thin, medium carbonation

D: very highly drinkable, great balance, nice crisp and refreshing flavor that gives off a nice malty profile

Photo of jovy1097
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: The bottle has a very conspicuous "Best Before" date on it, which I love. Huge, billowy head over a reddish, clear liquid. Very pleasing to look at. Leaves significant lacing along the sides of the glass as it goes down.

S: Fruity, floral hop smell with a tinge of caramel.

T: Hops slap your tongue sharply at first swig, then gradually fade to a sweet malt. The hops reassert themselves after the swallow. A little bit of caramel along with the malt in the middle. There is a distinct pine taste to the hops. Very dry and crisp.

M: Medium feel to it with average carbonation. More crisp than smooth.

D: Very drinkable, but too many hops to be a guzzler for me. You need to slow down a little when drinking this one. Not your typical lager. Lots more hops than I expected. I think it would be a really nice brew to cut through the cheese and sauce of a pizza. Definitely reminds me of a hoppy American Pale Ale in the mold of Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale rather than a red/amber lager. Not really what I'm looking for in a lager.

Photo of juju7
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice little surprise. I bought it and poured it without reading the label properly and was expecting a pale lager. This is a very pleasant red lager with a nice hop kick and slightly creamy malty feel with firm bitterness. This would be a go to beer for me if it were available in Australia. Good stuff.

Photo of smerkinb
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Gorgeous 2 finger cream head that is thick and foamy. Beautiful sunset amber clear enough to see through. Sheets of lacing.

Caramel malts blend with grassy floral hops to promise a tasty refreshing beer.

The taste is a step down from that wonderful preview by the appearance and smell. Coppery malts hit first and then a slow lemony zing which is quickly forgotten as the finish takes over. A sort of metallic, roasted floral flavor. As it warms, the hops proceed to dominate the endnote. They are not overwhelming, but are a bit too predominant for my personal tastes.

The body of this beer is indeed a smooth malty seductress. Lightly carbonated throughout with a snappy finish.

Honestly I could confuse this with a pale ale what with the American hops leading the show. Easy to drink but not what i was hoping for when I grabbed a lager. Perhaps with a different mindset this would have been more impressive to me.

Photo of kjyost
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange - yellow with a nice head atop it. I was (and still am) taken aback at the amazing lacing this beer had, leaving sticky lacing throughout the entire half hour sipping session that is still stuck to the glass!

The beer has a citrus hop aroma and a sweet maltiness in the background. This what a beer should smell like.

The beer itself doesn't disappoint. It is the best lager I have had. A rich body with a good level of malt balancing out the hops. The hops were well attuned with the beer too, they were there, but were not the star of show, like an IPA.

The mouthfeel seemed a little thick,and may have benefitted by sharper carbonation.

A good drinkable beer, whose only fault is how long it sticks in your mouth after you drink it. To me, that is not what a lager should be. If this is what beers were like pre-prohibition, bring me back there!

Photo of SShelly
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pint glass on the first hotish day of the year.

Light amber, thin white head, faint chill haze.

Aroma is light citrus hops with a small amount breadiness.

Flavor follows the aroma, light citrus flavors, medium breadiness, med-light body leaves a light lemony flavor in the mouth.

Definetly nice on a hot day.

Photo of bourbonbock
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first time drinking this from a bottle. This used to be my standby when living in New York (City). From the bottle this pours an amber beer with abundant carbonation rising in the glass.

A. Nice clear amber color which is slightly lighter than the bottle itself. Good foamy head which left heavy lacing on the glass and reduced to a white cap.

S. Initial smell of aromatic hops which is balanced by the malty flavor.

T. This beer is delicious. Significant malty flavor up front pretty well balanced by the hoppy smell that is created by the carbonation.

M. Heavy, creamy and bubbly carbonation bounce the hops into the back of your throat.

D. I could drink this beer all day or all night. I would definitely drink this beer with a nice big hamburger or delicious stew.

I wish I lived a little closer to the source and could find this on tap more often.

Photo of seth608
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

love the Brooklyn lager... always pick up a six pack when I'm in new york... like the hoops smell and has a great taste that you can drink all night... also had on tap and is also excellent... excellent with hamburgers and other American food and BBQ foods.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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