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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,083
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 82
Gots: 341 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of KChardstock
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unlike most people I know i'm not a lager type of guy. I recently bought a book " Ambitious Brew" and the first couple chapters is focused on America's love affair with German Lager. Well, the author made a good case for Lager, and my mouth salivated every time i read "Lager." So i went out and bought brooklyn's lager and this last week has been pretty much lager exclusive.

The appearance is great, light fluffy off white foam. light clear yellow red color. i really didn't detect to much from the smell, but there is some good citrusy aromas. taste is great with exceptional mouthfeel. i know this review is brief, but simply put- this is a great beer to convert your friends to good beer.-

Photo of donteatpoop
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found it in a can for thirty cents cheaper than the bottle. Since the can eliminates the off chance of sunlight exposure I went for it, the thirty cents was only an added bonus. (purchased by the can at Vintage Estate (boardman OH), had I got a sixer this would have saved me almost two dollars)

Almost identical to the bottle experience save for a slightly metallic hint on the nose (yes, it was poured into a glass you smart ass). From the can? Maybe, maybe not though.

Otherwise, nice cap of foam, beautiful clear amber color. A great beer. Each time I buy this lager I am impressed with the complexity of the brew and how it manages to still seem so well balanced.

Easily one of my favorite beers.

Photo of alleykatking
2.35/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Light hazy golden amber color with this pour. More golden orange when this beer is held up to the light. One finger dirty white head leaves rather quickly. Nice ring style lacing left on the glass as drinking it.

S- Big sweet bready malts in forefront. Light notes of apple and darker fruits in there as well (raisin maybe?). Alcohol is present more so than any hops. This has a light cider smell to it.

T- Light hop bitterness in the front. Big alcohol taste in this. Malts come in midway and help kill alcohol taste with some sweetness. Everything is a mess with the taste.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Very dry in the mouth. Alcohol was the dominate feature left on the palate along with some darker fruits. Alcohol flavor in the aftertaste as well.

D- Might have been a bad bottle but this was a terrible lager. The style was wrong and it actually tasted more like an Old Ale to me. Might try again in the future to see if I had a bad bottle. I drank this all while think about drain pouring it the entire time.

Photo of natelocc787
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange copper body with an ivory head. The nose offers sweet toasted malts, a toasty biscuit character and grapefruit peel. Has a pleasant tangerine backing in the taste to go with a freshly baked biscuity sweetness encompassing the malt profile. very drinkable and succulent for the style, I'm not a big lager fan but a sixer of this would be delicious next to most lagers. Mouthfeel is adequately carbonated, somewhat silky and medium dry.

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Brooklyn Lager. So nice to be back in NYC and to be able to walk downstairs and out the door to the bodega in the foot of my building and pick one of these up anytime.

Poured into the old Hold Steady pint glass.

A: Pours a lovely golden amber with a big, white foamy head. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface throughout. Lacing. Looks good.

S: Smells bitter and fruity. I'd probably think it was an IPA if I were sniffing it blind.

T: Starts out sweet and fairly fruity, and then a nice earthy bitterness that lingers and lingers. I love the bitterness, it's something I'm not used to in a lager, but it's more of a background player than in an IPA. There's a good amount of grainy malt, too. Bit of caramel as it warms.

M: Highly carbonated and fairly thick.

D/Overall: A real go-to beer that you can find almost anywhere in the City. I could (and often do) put back several of these, making it an excellent session beer.

Photo of elwood522
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my all time favorite brews. Hoppy, malty and rich.

A: Deep copper and a white foamy head.
S: Hoppy and slightly sweet.
T: Bold, malty at first with a nice lingering hop bitterness.
M: Just the right amount of carbonation.
D: Great on a snowy night with a bowl of spicy chili, a hot summer night on the roof with bbq, or with dessert. Very drinkable and very pairable with all kinds of food.

Photo of Brettster
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is seems to be a pretty clean and crisp beer. Has good carbonation and nice foamy white head. It is a golden amber color. It has a faint malty smell. It has a good malty hop after taste, a little weak in the front, but that is okay because it is still a good beer. This is a good lager, smooth, easy drinking, and well balanced.

Photo of nicnut45
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-A nice clear copper color. Suprisingly foamy and it lasts awhile too. The head is a bit off white good retention.

S-Piney, metal like, some carmel malty notes.

T-This is a bit bitter for the style and not what I was expecting. I think cascades hops are used. This beer has a burnt finish to it. The hops have somewhat of an annoying aftertaste and I find myself drinking to try and get rid of it. This beer has a mettalic taste to it which is strange to me. Im suprised this is a lager. It has the fruity non clean flavors of an ale.

M.F.-Kind of rough maybe its the aftertaste. A little to much carbonation for my liking.

D-I wont be buying another 6 pack. Maybe there other offerings are better.

Photo of Nezzy
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap and was slightly surprised with the beer.

Appearance: more of a rust color with brown and red to it, pretty much what I expect from a lager. Small head, pretty opaque and little lacing.

Smell: It reminds me a lot of dogfish head in that the aroma is strong with lots of hops and malts coming through. Much more bitter and fruitful then I thought it would have.

Taste: Hops and bitterness sums it up. It's lighter then a traditional lager and has lots of citrus coming through with the bitterness. It's very refreshing and more sort of a summer beer.

Mouthfeel: slight carbonation and pretty smooth.

Drinkability: you know the first pint went down well but after that the bitterness caught up to me making it a bit hard to keep going. It's a great refreshing beer but couldn't drink more then two before calling it quits.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. There's a great look to this one for a lager like this. Lots of bubbly carbonation, decent sized head that filled the last 4 ounces of the glass, but not quite enough to overflow. Very nice, and unexpected.

Very malty on the nose, nothing else stands out at all, clean smell, no funk at all. The malt carries over into the taste well, although it takes a while to get the flavors on the tongue. A bit watered down on the front and back end of each sip, strong malt in the middle with a bit of an aftertaste. It's good, and the flavor that is there is great, but just lacks a little body.

Drinkability is great, could go all night on these guys. All in all a damn fine lager, well done Brooklyn.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried with lunch at the Met Museum. Not the greatest venue for tasting beer, but a pleasant enough location in general.

Pours an orange golden colour, with a large bubbled but reasonably frothy head of white foam. Fair amount of streaming carbonation. Overall, it looks pretty good. A pretty decent lager.

Some sweetness on the nose, with a fruity-floral character that speaks of a really nice hop addition. Not as pungent as it might have been, or as sharp and redolent with hop-character, but very pleasant. It's milder than a pilsener, but shows good promise.

Taste is also pretty good. An initial sweet fruit note journeys towards acidity before the onrush of hop bitterness comes to clear it away. Not really dry on the back, but it does have a pleasant lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is sharp and spritzy, slightly too carbonated for my tastes, but it does suit the style, and I have to believe this is what they were going for.

Overall, a very drinkable and very flavoursome lager. Plenty of character to keep it interesting, but mild enough to be a true session brew.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Inticing deep amber colour with fluffy head which settles to around an inch and lasts pretty much all the way down. Lovely grainy smell, nice balance of hop bitterness and sweet malts. Very flavoursome beer - grainy malts hit you up front followed by pine/grassy tones and some caramel. Full mouth feel due to strong carbonation with a crisp finish and some alchohol warmth. A very quaffable brew any time of the year and one I return to frequently. A bottled 6 pack does the job just nicely.

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

I poured my Brooklyn Lager into a pilsner glass. The appearance is reddish copper with a thick puffy white head. The smell is of sappy bitter hops and a slight nutty sweetness. The taste is clean with well balanced spicyness. The mouthfeel is more viscus than a typical lager with nice carbonation. Good session beer. If you like Sam Adams Lager, this one is pretty similar, maybe a little less sweet.

Photo of hreb
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. "best before" date is illegible. Beer pours orange golden in color with big soda bubbles and a moderate white foamy head. Smells like a standard lager, neither skunky nor sweet.

First sip is clean, and a little bit more bitter than your standard lager. Pretty highly carbonated, but the beer has enough backbone to stand up to it. Continuing on, the bitterness in the initial taste fades to a dry malty body. Again, no specific flavors dominate, the malt is very balanced and very generic. Finally, the beer disappears with zero aftertaste. I wouldn't normally object to the presence of aftertaste in beer (assuming it's not actually offensive), but the lack of aftertaste in this particular style makes it remarkably drinkable. I don't understand how anyone could criticize its drinkability.

Photo of zoso493
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearace: Pours a nice golden-amber color with a foamy two-finger head that dies down fairly quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of a nice variety of citrusy and grassy hops with some subtle sweet malt undertones. Pretty good scent for a lager.

Taste: There's a lot of the sweet malts up front, with a nice, grassy hop bitterness. Pretty tasty brew, but for me, the hops could play a bigger part in the taste. Still very nice, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Fairly creamy, too. Crisp mouthfeel, but nothing special.

Drinkaibility: This would be a great session brew, so perfect marks from me in drinkability. It's got a low ABV, fair amount of complexity and is very refreshing. This would be a great beer to grab in a sixer, eat some pizza and watch a game.

Overall, this is a very nice and tasty lager. Although it's just a touch too malty, I think, it still has a nice hop presence. Either way, it's very refreshing and easy-drinking. Definitely worth grabbing a six pack

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This may well be the richest lager I've ever had...far from a delicate balance of some golden lagers, this beer is full of flavor, and is definitely differs from its delicate cousins. It pours amber, and is nicely balanced, with a ton of toffee and butter noticed, balanced nicely with some hop bitterness. Aroma was pretty mild, but more malty than hoppy, with the sweetness of the toffee notes and the buttery diacetyl cutting through. Mouthfeel was nice and clean. A nice beer.

I had two of these alongside an enormous sandwich at the Stage Deli in New York.

Photo of cnally
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love Brooklyn Brewery. Hopefully this beer meets their standards.

Just an awesome looking beer, with a huge root beer float off-white head that rises quick and falls even quicker, with plenty of lacing. A bubbly amber color in the beer is the ideal appearance for a red lager.

A sweet, grainy aroma. Yeasty and seemingly full of adjuncts. I know it's not...but it sure smells like it.

A balanced and even flavor. Begins sweet. Mildly caramel malt. Hidden fruit flavor in the middle--hidden mild grape. Finishes with a decent bitterness. More of a burnt sugar finish.

Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but also not overly dry.

Decent brew for a steak. Paired with a heavy meal, this would be an outstanding offering. On its own, it feels underwhelming and also unappealing on the aroma and overall drinkability. I think I will go grill a strip.

Photo of mnrider
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Brown bottle. Pint glass. label say's Pre-Prohibition Style. Mmm old school beer.

A: Pours an amber looking color with healthy looking large white head which last a long time. Leaves great sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Not much, just citrus and floral hops.

T/M: Crisp and very hopy. Medium to light bodied. Very easy to drink, as it is smooth and creamy. Not dry or bitter at the finish. Nice balance.

D: Very good brew from Brooklyn Brewery. One of my go to beers. I will always enjoy an nice Brooklyn Lager.


Photo of vdread
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Lager
bottle to glass

i drank half of a friend's st. pauli girl and, after tolerating it for review, had to trade it in for this one. luckily he likes st. pauli girl, but doesn't like this so much.

pours a golden amber with a thick, sticky white head that left a good bit of lacing behind. nose is impressive and reveals caramel malt, strong floral, citrusy hops.

taste is thick with malty, bready, biscuity, caramel malt on the heavy end, citrusy hops on the light end. mouthfeel is full and carbonated, easily drinkable. easily enjoyable.

pretty solid all around if you like the style, and much more hoppy than i expected.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty beer. My roommate and I split a 4pk of tallboys while making roasted red pepper/bacon/chicken lasagna. Hell yeah!

I drank one out of the can and am now drinking the 2nd out of a snifter.

Appearance is an amber with a nice, if fast-fading, head.

Smell is of sweet malts, maybe even cane sugar (but ever so slight). No real bitter hops, but perhaps a hint of citrus/grapefruit aroma hops.

Taste is very good. What a lager should be. Malty, mildly hopped, and easygoing. I could drink this stuff all day long.

Carbonation is high, which is good. Goes quickly across the tongue, leaving a nice, sweet malty aftertaste that doesn't linger too heavily.

Drinkability is through the roof. If I have a party, I'm getting this stuff in a keg... one of the best, most widely appealing session beers I've ever had.

Cheers to Brooklyn, I'm impressed!

Photo of Ezone024
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn's original Lager is a fantastic sessions.

pours out a nice amber color with lots of carbonation and a foamy 1 inch head with lots of lacing.

smell is mostly floral hops with a slight caramel hint that just makes it sweet enough

medium malt body with great hops character for a lager, it's the hoppiest lager i've ever had.

every time i got to citi field i drink brooklyn lager best ballpark beer out there! even though the mets always lose, i always win with brooklyn lager!

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

Poured into tumbler.

has a rather light copper color to it. very clear and not much density. Head isn't too bad, with some lacing and decent retention. Smells of toffee caramelized malts with a hint of citrus. Taste is a bit lemony but mostly getting the caramelized malts and toffee and with quite a bit of hoppiness. pretty easy to drink this one and feels good in the mouth.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, I can't believe I'm just now getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a deep dark golden almost red color with a two finger fluffy white head that sticks around forever before impaling itself to the edges of my glass. Smell is very floral with a hint of citrus. Sweet malts, a little bread, a little caramel round out the nose. Taste is a little odd for a lager. Sweet up front, caramel and floral hops play off of each other nicely, then a slight mineral taste followed a dry hoppy finish. Medium carbonation, light to medium body, smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. This a great light easy drinking lager.

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

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber hue with a two finger, tightly knit off white had that leaves sheets of lacing. Great retention.

Creamy, sweet, almost dry toasted bready malts, a spash of citrus and some nice fruity esters that compliment the malt.

Crisp notes of orange and lemon zest backed by some smooth toasted malts, a hint of toffee and a light grassy hop finish.

Staying true to the style, this one is smoooth and balanced with a creamy character.

Overall, a great tasty lager that's somewhat simple and quite refreshing. Solid 4's across the board, but nothing really stuck out that would make me say this is an excellent beer. Definitely worth the try and would love to try some more of their offerings.

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

Pours a clear light coppery amber with a frothy white head which falls quickly to a thin scum and a collar of oily lacing.

The aroma has a nice grassy crisp hop scent with a sweetish malt candy background.

The taste is bitter up front and on the finish with a slightly sweet malt middle. Some sour fruit notes and perhaps a little caramel in the malt. Noth malt and hops are more prominent than expected.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and a little creamy from the carbonation. Finish is somewhat slick.

This is the first Brooklyn beer I tried and is quite the good amber lager.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 3,083 ratings.