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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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very good

1,177 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,177
Hads: 3,374
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 109
Gots: 662 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Reviews: 1,177 | Hads: 3,374
Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on Beer Advocate for 8 years now, but I have a confession to make; I have never had a Brooklyn Lager in my life! Living in California, I cannot find Brooklyn products, and I haven't been on the East Coast in six years. Why I choose Biermarkt Von Fass in Porto Alegre to pop my Brooklyn Lager cherry only Vishnu knows. On-tap (R$16.90 for 300 ml), on to the beer:

Brooklyn Lager is a dark amber colored lager, topped with a creamy head and outstanding retention. The aroma is clean, brings quick citric and toffee aromas to smell. With a taste, I learned how Brooklyn Brewery got its groove. This lager is not only with flavor, but is clean, light, and easy drinking. Highlighting the tasting notes are graham cracker, light fruits, and citrus. The beer is balanced as well. If I had access to this beer, Brooklyn Lager may even join my drinking rotation.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

such a good beer. finger and a half head. Amber color head lasts throughout whole time but eased down to quarter inch. good lacing throughout. malty. little dry. smooth as hell. little bit of a hop bite. medium feel. I loved this. f or people who never had this it's like closer to a less intense Sam Adams I could drink this all the time

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Photo of drmeto
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

-very nice floral hops with oranges and tangerines upfront
-middling caramel component
-well carbonated
-thin with light hop bitterness,oranges and grapefruit on the finish
Ive seen this categorized as a Vienna Lager,its not.
Theres a definite american touch to this and i love it.

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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It has a light bready nose with light grains and spice. It pours brilliant gold with a three finger fluffy, lacy white foam collar. The beer has a good malt backbone, mostly light bread and grain with an mild initial sweetness that dries out by the finish. The hops taste like they have been added in flavors with herbal and spicy flavors mingling with the balancing hop bitterness. A very drinkable, refreshing medium to medium light bodied beer with slightly above average carbonation.

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Photo of dd43
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A well made lager is a thing of beauty and this is a great example of the style. Richly malty without being sweet, and light hop balance to enhance the crisp finish. In the vast wasteland of American lagers this is always a reliable choice, and luckily at least in the northeast it is available in a lot of venues where the alternatives range from bad to awful. Comparable to a Sam Adams but in my opinion, better made with a more pleasing aroma and truer to the Vienna lager style. Cheers!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly amber/copper in appearance with a finger of of airy white foam that dissipates quickly, but leaves slightly sticky lacing.

Biscuits, caramel, roasted malt, earthy/floral, and slight notes of citrus.

Some resinous pine, citrus, and earthy hops are overpowered entirely by a sweet bready malt backbone with slight notes of roast and caramel.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, very mild citrusy hop bitterness, and a sweet bready and toffee-like malt backbone.

Overall, a very good lager, but nothing that puts this ahead of the pack.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This lager pours darker than expected, with a nice amber colour and quickly dissipating head. It smells good, perhaps a bit metallic, but that could have something to do with how fresh it is. It is very tasty - just enough body and sweet malt to set it apart from other lagers. The hops are not pronounced, but that is not a bad thing whatsoever. A quality lager, to be sure.

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Photo of interzen
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Look: Quite a bit darker than I expected a lager to be, but then I'm a lousy judge as it's not really my style of choice. Clear, almost coppery with a lot of off-white head - as in, two pours to get it all in the glass. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Has that slightly fruity/resiny aroma of hops, but it's more or less overpowered by a sweet malt/yeast vibe. Hints of burnt sugar and toffee, but not much.

Taste: Slightly sweet, oddly, malt up front with hops in the aftertaste. There's a bit of hop bite, but mainly this is very much toffee/malts up front kind of beer.

Feel: Quite smooth and creamy - doesn't have the astringence that some lagers
have. It's different, I'll give it that.

Overall: Not my thing, I'm afraid - lagers in general don't do it for me, but as such things go this isn't bad. Glad I tried it, but I doubt that I'd go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of GFM
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Restaurant tap poured into weizen glass. Light Amber color. Very light, quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing. Has a crisp feel but not much body. Middle of the fairway lager taste. Probably a top quartile American lager. I prefer it to Sam Adams. (8.0)

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: toffee;

T: sweet malt all the way; a touch of bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: a little boring; not much complexity;

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Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a nice white head that stays for a minute or two.

S- Excellent little malt hop base. Super good yeast

T- Pretty good for a lager. Has a ton of body and bite. Like this a lot.

M- Pretty creamy. Nice for a lager.

O- Pretty good and will buy again. Like the blend that really accentuates the overall level of beer. Not their best offering but for a lager is very good.

Food Pairing

This nice little lager went well with...... Grilled cheese with tomatoes and onions grilled hard with butter to form that nice hard crispy layer of brown goodness


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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a neat looking, clear amber color, spritzy looking carbonation, a moderate creamy head, and a lace that clings to the side of the glass. Mostly clean aroma, but, as the drink warms, there is a faint sweet grassy tone as well as light citric tones. Super clean and simple taste, lightly toasted malts, modest but noticeable hoppy finish, very smooth, light and very well balanced. This is a staple of any NY bar and I thus have a lot of experience with it. I might be biased, being from NY, but I think that as far as refreshing session lagers go, this one is as good as it

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Massive, massive head, with an almost salty malt smell.

Taste is mostly sweet malt, with some crusty bread.

Mouthfeel has some nice oil slickness. Mild carbonation.

Overall, this is a great American session.

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Photo of barczar
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nondescript aroma, with a caramelly malt backbone and a dry, lightly bitter finish. Perfectly drinkable beer. I don't get as much lager yeast character as expected.

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Photo of denver10
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a dark caramel-amber with minimal off white head. Disappointing appearance overall. Aroma is toasted bread, some caramel, lager yeast (as it warms) and hints of some earthy hops in there. Flavor follows suit. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, solid lager. Reminds of Great Lake's Elliot Ness but the less sweet of the two options. Would drink again but happy I only grabbed a single and not a full sixer of this.

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Photo of Ashed27
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

My personal go-to beer. Its nothing crazy, no over the top hops or malts. Just a tasty, drinkable, good beer, especially when you're not trying to drink bud products or natty...

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Photo of VicBorghiani
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a medium brown with medium sticky head,aroma is somewhat hoppy. This is a complex brew, in my opinion has a hoppy taste but still a very smooth taste. Overall, very filling beer indeed and i think it would go great with a backyard bbq

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps one the most affordable lager beers in the world.
Malt is dominating the aroma. Almost to the point that it sticks a little in the nose when you take a smell.
The taste full of hops in abundance with some flowers when the beer passes the palate.
Brooklyn Lager reminds me a little of Falcon Bayerskt, but with 20 times more flavor and aroma.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. "BB FEB 2015" on the bottom of the can. enjoyed on august 11, 2014

a: almost-clear golden light amber, two fingers of bone-coloured head

s: doughy, bready, caramel malt, and some floral notes. nothing too exciting or vibrant but smells good

t: follows the nose. nice caramel and bread flavours all around with some floral touches. hints of citrus fruits underneath the malt, like lemon and grapefruit. earthy notes, spices, and a mild-to-medium hop bitterness close things out

m: the medium body and moderate carbonation work together to create a creamy and excellent mouthfeel

o: a tasty and great lager that i wouldn't mind drinking again in the future

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber. Visible carbonation. Not much in the way of head or lacing. Aromas are light. What is there is a blend of light citrus, caramel and wet cardboard. Tastes are dry caramel, a bit of biscuit, a bit of citrus on the swallow. Overall, this is a fairly mild beer. As a lager I give it credit for bringing more to the table than a lot do in this category, but the word "forgettable" keeps creeping into my mind when compared to most beers I drink..

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Photo of donquixote
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely balanced but could use more Saaz. True to style and a great example of a drinkable pils. Finish is smooth and crisp with light hop notes in the flavor. Malt is slightly grainy but no dycetyl or DMS is present. Carbonation is perfect as is the serving temperature.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, fizzy orange amber with a nice white foam head.

S: Lager yeast, carmel malts, faint hop, sudsy

T: Caramel malts, smooth and creamy on the front, with a slight hop dryness on the back. This is the perfect beer with a grilled burger and fries on a hot day.

M: A little too carbonated, but super sessionable.

O: Confession - I love this beer more than I probably should. Nothing really blows you away, but this is a consistently solid, ever-so-drinkable lager. This is what adjunct macro garbage could taste like if any of the brewers gave a crap. While this beer isn't going to win any big awards, it is a great, consistent brew. Great job Brooklyn!

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Rated to enjoyment, not to style.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a 1" thick, rocky head with great retention. Significant visible carbonation. Lacing goes all down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Fruity, tropical, grapefruit; malty background. It's those Cascade hops! Smells great, but doesn't seem like a Vienna lager.

Taste: Dry, clean arrival, bitter and clean across mid-palate. Dry, hoppy finish. It could use a little more malt, but it is a lager, not an ale, after all.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall: Really pleasant. Because this doesn't quite seem like a Vienna lager, what with the strong American hopping, I'm not going to rate it as one (BJCP does not have a category for American Amber Lager - that's a problem...). This is a beer I could come back to again and again. It is a well-structured, balanced, hoppy craft lager. Easily one of my top five beers of all time. Clean, refreshing, and remarkable (but not a Vienna lager).

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Photo of spoony
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at LaGuardia airport in New York into a stein.

A-My pour arrived with about one and one-half fingers of sticky, off-white head. Lacing was chunky at first. The beer is light-golden in color with a bit of active carbonation visible in the clear liquid.

S-The aroma is mild as you would expect. I smell some toasted bread, biscuit, and a bit dry, grassy hops. Pleasant and simple.

T-The taste tracks the smell mostly. The beer is pleasantly crisp, not quite sharp, but certainly not a sweet, malty monster. There is some grain flavor, toasted bread, biscuit, and hints of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

M-The body is medium to light with crisp carbonation of average strength.

O-A simple but enjoyable beer. This thing won't take you away from your Pliny or BCBS habit, but if you need a decent, easy drinking beer at the airport bar, this is a good choice.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden copper, one finger head, clingy lace.

S - Malts, bread.

T - more an ale (English IPA) to this palate than a hoppy lager, so I guess it's to style. Bready/biscuity malts. Little bitterness.

M - moderate to high carbonation and lightweight.

O - really quite drinkable as in grab a six pack, but not at Aus price point.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.