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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,114
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 86
Gots: 386 | 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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass feb26 2010

A a clear golden copper with plenty of bubbles of all sizes popping up from everywhere. the massive off white head has great retention and leaves lots of lace, lovely looking lager

S lots of biscuit with a little citrus and some mild floral hops

T as it smells but the citrus is a little stronger with a small amount of grapefruit

M quite crisp with decent carbonation and a just a little bite

D a solid lager with out doubt not lacking in any areas and very easy to drink

one of the better lagers I've had recently and I can't think of any reason you shouldn't try it. I love a great lager and this is a great lager

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

Appearance: pours a crystalline apple cider color with the slightest finger of head, which disappears quickly but leaves behind a thin, snow white ring of foam. Carbonation seems very slight--bubbles are just barely noticeable as they float to the top of the glass. Very sticky, webby lacing. About right for the style, but nothing spectacular here.

Smell: I get light apples out of this...other than that, it seems a bit weak.

Taste: Pops a bit. There's the typical lager notes and some apple, but also a ton of bitter hops, which have a nice kick. Lemon peel and juicy orange citrus, with some bitter grapefruit at the end (and there's some spearmint as well!). Very neat. Hops are bitter and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Very nicely done. Not overwhelming and delivers the flavor well. Crisp, pops a bit, and has an extremely long-lasting bitter hop aftertaste.

Drinkability: Light, crisp, easy to drink, and with a nice crisp bite--everything you could want in a session beer. Pretty impressive for a lager, since I usually drink heavier stuff.

Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours amber orange with a 1/2 finger white head that left notches all down the glass

smells very hoppy earthy grassy hops - this beer also has a yeast smell close to that of rogue

taste - if i didnt know i would say this is a rogue beer - grassy lemon citrus hops backed up bu bready carmel malts - a very solid lager

mouthfeel is light/medium very crisp

drinkability - i am not a lager guy but this is one that could change my mind

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

0.33l bottle poured in a Pokal.

A: Nice clear amber color with a 1 to 2 fingers foamy head.
S: Fresh Hops (grassy perfume) and malts basically.
T: Hops and toasted malts. Bit of citrus. Bit of caramel. Quite refreshing.
M: Bitter "hoppy" start with a soft and clean end. Medium carbonation. Light body.
D: High. Quite refreshing beer.

Quite good Lager. Good quality as the other Brooklyns I've had.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy golden amber in color with some bubbles rising to the top. thick and creamy white head with decent retention and a nice lace left on the glass.

S-the nose brings toasted malts, some sweet caramel, a touch of grain.

T/M-the taste follows the nose bringing toasted malts, sweet caramel and grain. very smooth, pretty thick for a lager, hint of bitterness at the finish that gives it almost a certain level of crispness.

D-pretty solid mouthfeel, not bad flavor, pretty straight forward. decent session beer.

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, medium amber with a white, 1 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving moderate lacing in the pint glass.

Smell was nothing remarkable, hoppy that seemed to fade, some maltiness.

Taste was about as I expected from the smell. Hops on the front end, mild citrus. Better cold, flavors seemed to get lost as the beer warmed.

Nice and crisp in the mouth, little bit of bite on the end.

Overall a drinkable beer. Been drinking a lot of outstanding beers recently, so this was up against some stiff competition. I probably would have thought this much more flavorful a year or so ago. I could probably drink a few of these working in the yard on a nice summer day.

Photo of divineaudio
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - a pretty standard golden amber. decent one finger head, though not very thick or foamy. leaves very little or no lacing in the glass after drinking.

s - upon opening you will immediately notice a nice floral hop smell, however this dissipates fairly quick once poured into a glass.

t - slightly bitter and a bit malty, though a bit more complex than most american lagers that i have tried.

m - medium bodied, not too light, not too heavy. a little more carbonated than i would like though.

d - goes down pretty fast and easy, you certainly don't want to let this sit around long enough to warm up. the fairly low alcohol content means you could have quite a few of these in a night before you really notice it.

While I'm not usually a lager fan, this one was a fairly pleasant break from my usual stouts and porters. If I found my options limited at the liquor store (as was the case when I picked this up), I would probably buy it again, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After loving Brooklyn Brown Ale, I was again disappointed about this one - it really reminded me too much of a standard Bud, than a more impressive lager (in my taste, yuengling).

A: Light brown/tan with decent head that quickly dissolves.

S: Pretty watery, but clean and easy. Nothing special.

T: A bit watered down, slightly metallic, but as you continue some dynamic aspects emerge - lemon, hops, etc. Not bad, not great.

M/D: Pretty easy going down, but doesnt have a whole lot to offer. Exceptionally light for a lager.

Photo of albertjr21
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've sampled this amber colored lager from both tap and bottle now and feel that its carbonation can be slightly overwhelming at first but then overcome by a good medium body. But perhaps I've been drinking too much IPA lately to truly judge my recent first sips of this from tap. It was difficult to detect anything revelatory on my initial smell and mouthfeel but I was impressed with its good drinkability and uncharacteristic load of HOPS. This is a very refreshing lager and my preferred choice over most.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gold to amber hue in my pint glass. A thin head develops quickly and just as quickly fades away. Really like the color and look of this.
S: Slight floral and hop aroma blends nicely into a sweet malty smell.
T: A nice blend of the two scents described above, though I believe the malts are bit more pronounced throughout. A tad hoppy biterness at the end to balance the beer. Nicely done.
M: Medium carbonation, pretty crisp and refreshing.
D: I really enjoyed this beer. This would be an excellent beer to session with and one to reach for on a grass cutting day. Nice, easy, refreshing and good.

Photo of SickGnar
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Pre-prohibition Lager"

A: Light orangey amber beneath a short crown that leaves okay lacing on the way down.

S: Malty with floral hops. Pretty hoppy nose for a lager, and with the German malts it seems sort of marzen-esque.

T: Floral / herbal hops open earthy and finish a little spicy with a citrus undertone. Some grainy sweetness from the German malts (Munich/Vienna) with caramel and some toffee notes. Pretty malty, pretty hoppy, and quite good. Sort of like an Oktoberfest, but with a flavor profile that is fairly muddy for a lager.

M: Body is a bit beyond medium and a fairly standard level of carbonation. Both creamy and crisp with a semi-sweet finish that leans towards the thick side.

D: Lots of flavor all around. Kind of reminiscent of an Oktoberfest (or at least and Octoberfest). Flavor profile is less than clean (almost ale-like) and sort of rustic like maybe beer used to be way back when...

Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, poured in a pint glass at Hal & Al's on 1/12/10

A - Hazy, pale golden amber. The pour didn't offer much of a head, so retention is thin. Small trails of lace.

S - Sharp & earthy aroma; nice clarity without being overbearing. Notes of hops, grains, grass, yeast & toasted malt.

T - Taste is akin to the smell. There's a decent bit of hop kick upfront with a touch of spiciness. Hints of faint over-ripe citrus; maybe lemon & orange. This is offset by a solid backdrop of malt & yeast. Grassy undertones.

M - Medium body with appropriate carbonation & a fairly clean finish.

D - Drinkability is good. This isn't a beer I would put in regular rotation, but it's not bad at all.

Photo of teovaldi
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a frothy 2 finger head that dissipates into a thin cap leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is of sweet malt and earthy hops. More hoppy smelling than others of the same style.

Taste is of hops in the front followed by malts and finishes crisp and slightly bitter.

Medium bodied with good carbonation.

This is a very sessionable brew and also a good one to convert a BMC as the taste isn't extreme.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Single bottle (best by 12/2009 date) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Amber colored, but more on the orange shade of things. Slightly hazy. Poured a 1/4" persistent white (shade of orange in there) head with lots of lacing all over the glass as I drank it down.

Smell: Some malt, some mild floral hops. Subdued overall. Is that the bottle date though?

Taste: Well balanced. The malt comes up at the beginning of the sip, then the hops; not too bitter, not too strong. The hops do have some hints of orange to them, but with a pleasant bitterness. The beer finishes bitter, but then leaves a nice malty aftertaste in the mouth. Every now and then on a larger sip I would get something a bit more sweet in there with the other flavors I'm describing.

Mouthfeel: Just right in the carbonation dept., perfect level of thickness and liquidity going down.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this one. For a beer 1 month past its "best by" date, it's very sessionable and makes me want to have another one. Makes me wonder how better it would be before its date. Went well with a mild curry dish for dinner.

Photo of Long813
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: Best before Nov 2010 3139
Purchased at the LCBO, 355ml

G: Chalice

A: Clear dark amber body with two fingers of foamy white head. Quickly dissipates into a thin film and leaves moderate lacing.

S: Strong amount of biscuity and sweet malts. Also a large amount of earthy hops. Great aroma here.

T: Forward with biscuits and sweet malts. Slight spiciness and a good amount of grainy hops. Tastes really good and a good start to my lager journey.

M: Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. It's quite smooth with the carbonation making a crispness which is pleasant. Leaves a sticky maltiness after each drink.

D: I'm pleased with this lager. I haven't had some that tasted quite like it and I'm enjoying it. Still quite expensive for what it's worth, but it could really be a session beer.

EDIT: I see that it's on here as a red lager. That could explain the maltiness that I didn't expect. Either way, good beer.

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

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

It is an amber color with a thin head. Its scent and taste are dominated by the malt. I like the taste a little more than the scent.

The mouthfeel is good and it is very drinkable. I will drink this again.

I would recommend it to others.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber witha tan head. Decent retention and moderate lacing down the entire glass.

S: More hoppy than traditional lagers, this Brooklyn has a piney scent with grapefruit and notes of vanilla.

T: Hops in the front, honey/vanilla middle and a piney finish. Slightly bitter but ultra-refreshing. Medium bodied. More like an ale than a lager.

D: I'd get a six pack.

Value: Overpriced.

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

Clear honey orange colored body. Fluffy white head stand two and a half fingers tall and holds quite nicely. Lacing is left around the perimeter, while not thick or solid it is certainly sticky. Very fine looking beer.

Nose is rather malt forward though has a very nice hop profile. Bready and subtly sweet malt. Hops display a earthy, spicy attribute. Slightest whiff of citrus barely reached the nose.

Toasted bready malt with slight underlying sweetness crosses the palate first. Spicy hops follow soon after to provide some balance and ultimately change the flavor profile. Soft grainy presence is noted, works very well with the overall flavor.

Light to medium body, crisp but creamy texture. Finish is rather dry with a grassy bitterness lingering on the tongue.

Very pleasant beer. Definitely sessionable, could easily enjoy multiple in a sitting. Not my typical beer but a great option for times a easy drinker is called for. Glad to see this is coming to Kalamazoo.

Photo of NightINgale
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml/12oz bottle poured into an American pint glass...

A - Clear copper body, with a fair amount of carbonation and a nice frothy off-white head. Pretty good head retention.

S - Citrus-like hops, some grain and light hints of fruit (apple, cherry, plum). Surprisingly hoppy for a lager, though I was expecting that.

T - A nice hop bite up front, followed by some malty, slightly sour graininess, with a hint of fruit. Not much in the way of sweetness. The finish is moderately bitter and bready, with a bit of lingering hoppiness.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Crisply carbonated and a bit acidic.

D - Good, this is a sessionable beer, especially for hop-heads, or those who are beginning to get into hops. I'd prefer this over pale lagers any time!

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wiseman Zach brought this back from his trip to Rochester. Thanks bud!

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A half inch of soft, glistening, foam sits atop a crystal clear, amber body. Carbonation looks pretty fierce, and head retention is excellent. Surprisingly nice lacing for a lager, too. I'm impressed.

Smell: Sweet, clean, malt and citric hops. Lager yeast and toasted malt aromas come out more as the beer warms, though the lager yeast aroma is pretty light overall. Pleasant and enjoyable, but nothing to write home about.

Taste: Mild lager yeast and citric, grassy hops peak through a sturdy, wholegrain base. Grains are very present upfront, but the hops and carbonation lead to a nice sharp finish. The yeast flavors pick up strength in the aftertaste. I'm really enjoying this beer so far.

Mouthfeel: Malty, crisp, clean, and not too light. The aftertaste is mild, but long-lasting and tasty.

Drinkability: This is a great lager! It would be one of my go-tos if it was available out here. Thanks again Zach.

4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass. Best before date of April 2010.

A: From the initial pour, this beer looked great in the glass. There is a 2 finger off white and frothy head that lasts fairly long, eventually becoming a thin film resting on top of a copper body. While mostly clear, there is a very light hazy quality noticeable. Lacing is spare to none which is the main reason the Brooklyn Lager landed on a 4.0 instead of a 4.5. Otherwise, a very attractive brew.

S: This is the highlight. Incredibly well rounded, quantifiable in each of my most important aroma attributes: malts, hops & yeast. There is an overlying balance in each, such that no single area is so strong or weak to negatively offset another. The malts are the perfect blend of cookie and straw, bread and grain. The hops have a flowery quality, mixed with a subtle bouquet of herbs. And the yeast provides a well incorporated doughy addition.

T: Follows the nose. There are additional fruity ester flavors with dark fruit qualities plus unexpected hints of raspberry. Lightly sweet and lightly bitter.

M: Easy going on the palate. No room for complaints here.

D: Dangerously drinkable. And available. Holler at me.

Please realize that this review is per the style and the Brooklyn Lager nailed it. A very fine lager and well affiliiated in the American Amber/Red Lager category.

Photo of jneiswender
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a class of this at the Brooklyn Brewery brewhouse on tap.

A-clear, amber body with an off-white head

S-nutty, cereal smell

T-candy sweet with some toast, very faint hop character


D-not as hoppy as Sam's. Lacks that balance one looks for to be a lager

Photo of WeedKing4
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a dark clear amber with the slightest haze to it. Lots of foam in this one. Taste is malty with the slightest hint of sweet fruits with a mild hop taste. It is a little on the flat side though, so maybe its an old six pack. Its not bad for a lighter beer, and quite sessionable. But not one I would go out of my way to seek.

Photo of gford217
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from thecarster1 poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep golden amber with a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom feeding a very thick white head that stays on as a cap for the duration.

The aroma is subtle light biscuity malts, some toasted grains and a bit of grassy hops. The hops are also right up front in the taste with a floral grassy taste up. The backbone is decidedly sweet with lightly toasted caramel malts before a crisp, barely-bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and very clean and crisp with a strong carbonation that all pulls together to make an excellent lager. It's smooth, fairly sweet and has none of the skunky characters you sometimes get in a run-of-the-mill lager. Enjoyed this one thoroughly.

Photo of OskarL
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear golden/amber, the head leaves lacing but disappears.

Smell - A malty backbone with the smell of citrus/orange hops.

Taste - Malt with fruity bitter hops in the finish. Some citrus and green apples.

Mouthfeel - A medium body with some carbonation.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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