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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,871 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,871
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 74
Gots: 234 | 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 thirtysixbelow
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

a - clear orange copper color with a 2 finger bubbly, slightly creamy light tan head

s - nice hoppy floral and malty smell

t - sweet malts and a pretty powerful hop punch at the end.

m - well carbonated light body

d - Not quite as clean of a finish as I like in a lager. It is a lot like the boston lager, but with more hops. This beer might have it's place with the right food pairing, but the extra hops in the finish kind of puts me off from this one if I'm looking for a good refreshing clean lager.

thirtysixbelow, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

Poured a nice dark but translucent gold with a nice one and one half inch off white head. The head held up rather well and provided plenty of lacing.

The smell is what I expect out of a good lager.
Nothing overpowering, just a nice crisp smell of grain and hops.

Taste is really good. Just the right amount of carbonation when it hits the tongue and a nice well balanced finish.

Good mouth feel, not to thick, but a nice bite to it.

This is an outstanding lager, one that I intend to enjoy often. It rivals Sam Adams as one of my favorite "go to" brews.

AgingWarrior, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

one thing i just love: when distributors want you to sell their beer, they are more than willing to give out sample bottles of oh, say a dozen or more beers. thanks to joe from heidelberg.

A- very nice warm honey/tangerine/amber with a tight 1 1/2in of ivory-cream colored head that becomes chunky and porous as it settles to a thick disk. slight haze to the body, lots of rising bubbles, and thick strings and patches of sticky lace, way more than i expected. very impressive for this lager. possibly unconventional, but impressive nonetheless.

S- deep robust malt, caramel, toffee, and marshmallow. salt water taffy and a fruity-floral citrus potpourri type hop aroma. this baby is nougat sweet, almost smelling like a candy bar (maybe butterfinger?) hints of milk chocolate and roasted pineapple come to mind, most intriguing of all however, is its similarity to a fine dulce de leche.

T- more bitter than i expected over the strong malt backbone, a definite milk chocolate-orange dominates the fruity side, while the thick foundation of toasty barley keeps things starchy and balanced. finishes clean, as it should, with nothing but a soft dry herbal hop finish and some lingering malt.

MF- nearly viscous body is loaded with malt feel, and the mid-hi carbonation keeps it movin down nicely.

D- seriously impressed, brooklyn! their best offering that i've had by a long shot.

hustlesworth, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of righlander
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Surprisingly for a Lager it poured amber with an inch head that downgraded to a 1/4 inch head quickly. Taste is good. Extremely well balanced beer. Way more hops than i expected, which is awesome! Very drinkable. It delivers a nice Lager taste with the malts, but then follows up with an awesome hop finish. I love the hop structure. Maybe it's because i expected some tasteless lager but... I really like this beer! Lacing is awesome for a Lager...it leaves these rad rings. Perfect session beer. I have nothing bad to say about this beer. It's perfect for what it is. And packs many surprises! Will for sure buy again. Brilliant. But I must say...if I tasted this with a blindfold on my head and had to guess the style, I would not guess Lager. But hey...I really like this beer! I bought a 6 pack and enjoyed every last drop, noticing different flavors every sip. I will for sure buy this again and recommend it to all my friends!

UPDATE: This has become my favorite beer.

righlander, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Thick and frothy one and a half finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap, leaving a wall of lacing behind. Honey amber hue.

Not much malt aroma, just the citrusy spicy hops, which is odd for this style.

Some light grain, but again the hops steal the show. The malts do lend a little more towards the end. I can taste the "lager" behind the hops, which is an odd mix. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is lingering hops.

It's a good beer, and an odd one at that. It's easy to drink but not as easy as a Sam Adams, and certainly not as easy as an American Macro Lager such as Yueungling Lager. I think the hops are a bit much for the style. Still, I recommend it.

BeerSox, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

I got this in a trade with yobdoog. Thanks Trevor!

This pours(near room temp) a clear amber with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell has a nice note of sweet malt and a smaller note of hops. Overall, light on the nose.

The taste is very nice. Nice malty flavour up front gfollowed by a nice bittering hop flavour that gives it a good balance.

It has a medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and it finishes with those bittering hops that make for a nice dry ending.

I had Brooklyn Lager in cans a few years ago and I liked it a lot back then. I *still* do. If it was availble here, I'd drink it often.
Btw, great head retention and some lacing as well.

Bitterbill, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +7%

Pours out a bright amber, nice copper hues to it. Massive tall foamy off-white head that recedes slowly to a creamy cap. Thick chunky rings of lacing left in the wake of this lager down the sides of the glass, nearly a geologist's dream.

Crisp biscuit malt accentuated by floral and fruity hops on the nose, a nice zing of tangerine in there. One of the best smelling lagers I've come across in a long while.

The bready malt seems to be merely a chaperone for the exuberant hops' big night out on the town. Grassy and floral hops, with a citrus chaser, seem to own the show here. Aftertaste lingers with citrus fruit and wet grass, tart on the finish, then smooth and rounded after that.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth and rounded, although just a bit sticky on the finish from the hops.

All 4's across the board on this one. A decent hoppy lager that would hold its own even as a pale ale as well, it puts many of that style to shame all the way from the other side of the bottom fermenting fence. Almost worth the exorbitant price for a 6 pack here in Alberta when all is said and done.

IronDjinn, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice amber with good carbonation.

The smell is OK not real strong mild bitter hops and a white bready malt almost like a pizza dough.

The taste follows, more bitter then expected and a good malty base.

The mouthfeel is good, medium body and a nice carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good, a fine easy drinking brew.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

pours bright amber with full head. Beer really laces and lacing is parallel (not eratic) on glass.
Aroma is heavy malt with hops and citrus also evident. Full carbonation, quite hoppy.

Good solid satisfying beer that I look forward to having again.

jadpsu, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

Drink by 07/08
Pours a clear, light amber, caramel color with a solid quarter inch of fluffy head and great tracing. I get very strong hop aromas, plenty of citrus, spice, a bit floral. There's also some toasty, and a little biscuity malts too. On the palate, the hops really pull through providing some initial bitterness, moving to a medium filling malt feel finishing very bread like. Mouthfeel is very crisp with medium high carbonation, but the finish is more lingering than most lagers. Overall, an excellent lager with plenty of hop appeal and a solid malt profile.

dreadnatty08, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of andrewt960
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

I liked this beer. It's been awhile since I drank a decent lager. I've been on an Ale - hoppy kick.
A- Not bad at all.... an amber color, nice off whit head, with both large and small bubbles.

S- It had a malty smell, kinda bread like, but for a lager I was surprised as to how hoppy it smelled.

T- It was nice, pretty well carbonated, and again, surprisingly hoppy for this lager. A nice surprise.

D- I could've had a few more of these, went down very smooth, and was great with a Val's pizza.

andrewt960, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Amber colored beer with a thick foamy head that quickly fades to a lacing.Smell and taste are bread,florals and malt.This beer really don't do much for me it's kind of average and bland.I would drink it again only if it was free though.I will label this as a disappointment.

matty, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

Great vibrant orange color. Good thickness in the head.
Smell is of floral hops and honey.
Good malt taste for a lager. Good floral taste at the end. Nice balance.
Sharp mouthfeel. Very fizzy.
Smooth beer. Not enough going on in this to want to drink a lot of it.

BDIMike, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +7%

For an all-malt lager, this is pretty hoppy. The beer pours a nice amber color with a nice off white soap like bubbly head. Retention is good and this beer really laces, especially for a lager. The beer is only modestly carbonated, slightly heavier than a typical lager, but I wouldn't yet call it medium bodied. The smell is malt, hop, and citrus ... quite good. The taste is a little surprising in that the hops really make their presence known throughout. The beer has a splash of dryness, quite a bit of a citrusy acidity, some bready malts, and a nice hop backbone. There is an apple citrus to this beer as well. The beer does lack some of the yeasty snap of a lager. The beer seems to have had its lagery tail clipped a bit, but this is a nice beer well worth seeking out because it transcends the limitations of the style. L'Chaim.

albern, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of medic25
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

Pours a golden amber color, with a very thick white head that lingered nicely. Aroma is clean and malty. Flavor is very easy-drinking; a nice balance of malt and hops, with much more of a hops presence than I would have expected. This would make an incredible session beer; it's what I wish most commercial lagers were like today.

medic25, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of madjr80
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from the bottle into a tapered glass. Good head retention and a bronze/copper color. Not too much hops, but hoppy for a traditional lager. You can tell that this a quality lager from the aftertaste. Very smooth and semi sweet. The texture reminds me of Sam Adams.

madjr80, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 2/6/08.

A - Clear amber body with sparse white, bubbly head and plenty of active carbonation. Pretty decent head retention given the initial head size. Spotty lacing at best.

S - Solid dose of caramel malt with some mild breadiness and an ample helping of grassy hops in the aroma. Also present is a touch of fruity spiciness.

T - Begins with a sweet caramel malt aspect that transforms into a nice bready finish with plenty of grassy hops. Quite hoppy for a lager. A mild toasted quality emerges in the finish as well.

M - Light to medium body with lively carbonation that contributes to lots of tongue prickle. Pretty crisp, dry finish with a mildly bitter hop bite.

D - Solid lager that's easy to drink. I like the addition of the extra hops in this one. The finish isn't quite as crisp and clean as I typically like in a lager, but it has a pretty satisfying hop profile that makes this lager stand out.

ffejherb, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of Boppar
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

A: Pours the color of honey. Brilliant, vibrant golden orange. Beautiful. 1.5 fingers of creamy white head.

S: Floral hops and honey.

T: Sweet malt backbone. Some bittering hops present. Slight floral hops on the finish. Crisp finish.

M: Thin, fizzy and cutting.

D: Great drinkability. It's smooth and has enough hop character to keep it interesting. But not too much to prevent this from being a session beer.

Well done, Brooklyn Brewery.

Boppar, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of billybob
4.15/5  rDev +11%

poured a clear amber gold color with a beige three finger head with a easy pour with large patches of lace. floral and herb aromas are strong. taste is bready with lots of malt and bitter hops from start to finish also very dry. mouthfeel light with lots of crisp carbonation. unique dry taste but not unpleasant, taste more like a ale then a lager.

billybob, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance lite brown in color large white head. Smell a little hops a little malt nothig special. Taste was like a sam adams without as much caramel flavor, very crisp and cleen. Mouthfeel was good well carbonated. Drinkability was good I could have a few.

BeerTaster, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of skizziks
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

Hard pour raises a 3" thick, light tan head. Fine with a few large bubbles that lead the way to a slooow rocky decay that leaves a ton of lace behind.

Aroma is piney lemony hops, bread, biscuit, caramel. A touch of apple.

Starts bitter with a crackery edge to the malt. Caramel builds and mingles with the herbal hops. A slow fade to a long finish that leaves a drying bitterness on the tongue.

Medium body with med-high carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Satisfying and refreshing. A very nicely balanced beer.

skizziks, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

Had this on tap while in NJ for work. Overall a nice brew and best option on draft at the bar. It lost a touch on taste and mouthfeel IMO as it seemed to be missing that clean lager note I enjoy in a lager beer. nice hop note, biscuit malts and all but it comes back to the lager aspect for me. Worth a try.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a 355mL bottle purchased in a six pack at a Kingston LCBO. Brooklyn is one of my standby easy drinking beers (along with Ambroise Pale and Mill St Tankhouse), and I'm excited to review it. Poured into a gold rimmed Stella Artois glass.

Appearance is amber-gold, with a medium sized off white head. Lots of bubbles on the inside of the glass, leaves some nice lacing.

Citric hop aroma immediately present, then spice. Lots of smooth malt breadiness, no roast apparent. Maybe a bit of autumn fruits (apples, grapes, etc.).

Medium body, lots of carbonation.

Very malty on the palate. Strong bitterness with a highly malty and spicy finish. Grapefruit in the finish. I'd like to compare this one with the Ambroise Pale... this is almost ale-y in its maltiness and lack of clean finish. I don't mind this but I see how as this is a lager there are some detractors.

Antilochus, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

A- Amber/copper color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin ring, few tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Mostly malts, grains, hint of hoppyness

T- Toasted malts, citrus (lemons), grains, flowery and citrus hops bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, slightly dry hops finish

D- Good session beer

I definatly consider this one great lager. Full of auroma and flavor, but not too overpowering.

iceball585, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

On tap- poured into American pint glass.

A: Hazy gold with a thinner head than usual for this beer but good lacing. This wasnt the freshest Ive had of this one but will give benefit of the doubt.

S: Malts of a typical lager and biscuity but the hop presence is always stronger than what one would expect.

T: A strong malted pale ale with a finish that is most lager-like. Always back and forth in my intrigue to this beer but it is an overall good taste, not a lager though.

M: Extremely light with some carbonation and a hoppy mouthfeel.

D: High in that it can make good session beer but can become a bit bland after a couple.

Really seems to be more of an ale/pale ale taste to it, but good nonetheless. A decent standby session beer.

marcpal, Jan 12, 2008
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 2,871 ratings.