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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,725 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 65
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
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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PEBKAC

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cutting, & cutting, & cutting, the head just wouldn't stay flat. I heard the bartender growl in fustration, & then finally sighing, when she got everything like she wanted. In memory of the probably ten or so ounces then went down the drain, this review is for you.

Very barky, almost like fresh mulch. I could feel the carbonation, & the froth held really well. Strong & soft sourdough, with a very constant, but mellow malt that is as simple as bread & butter. They could put it in the toaster oven for a bit if you'd like. Burn from drinking your morning orange juice too fast runs down your throat.

Sloshy, with a good body, it spreads very well. A nice buffer for the more intense beers, having these all night would not be uncommon. Something salivating on the side would be necessary, as it would run your mouth dry after too many. Ever have too many grapes, & their skin starts getting to you? Yeah, exactly like that.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2007 23:52:14 | More by PEBKAC
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Beeryce

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great Vienna style lager with a full amber-gold color. Pours a nice off-white thick rocky head but deminishes quickly with little retention and pruduceing little laceing. The nose is faint with dull floral notes, more malty sweetness comes out as the beer warms.

The taste starts with a sweet maltiness that is accented with a spicey hoppiness. This fades to a rich sweet malty middle before finishing with a very nice hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and thick but finnishes dry. It has good drinkability with enough flavour to make you want another but not so heavy as to make it a sipper. Overall a very good complex flavourful lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 01:17:27 | More by Beeryce
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe this is a lager just by looking at it. Has a clear amber, much akin to and American IPA. Thin, yet sustained foam throughout. No bubbles to seen but has a thin of lacing. I had to mark it down a bit due to the lack of bubbles. NONE. You must have bubbles to be a lager of this style in my book. Very unique and spicey bitterness to this aroma. Very hoppy and rye like. This was out of left-field for me. The taste was even hoppier. A mild bitterness compared to an IPA, but very high for any lager I've had before this one. Very light biscuit malt profile, the hops take over on this one. Would love to drink this one fresh from the tap to compare. God I hate IL sometimes... just sometimes.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 06:26:26 | More by scruffwhor
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this lakt lager pours a dark golden color, richer than BMC lagers, with a finger of creamy white head kept alive by a fair amount of carbonation

S - malty of course, quality sweet roasted malts, the ones untainted by adjuncts, hints of sweetness, vanilla comes to mind with an alcohol bite at the end

T - plenty of flavor despite the malt dominance, roasted malts are of course on top with a highly carbonated alcohol sweetness with a slightly bitter finish

M&D - well done for the style, for which i didnt expect much, much more complex than i thought it would be, a few levels of flavor when i only expected one or two at most, not smooth but easy down, a nice brew, well done Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 19:51:28 | More by sinstaineddemon
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builder53

Maine

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours rich golden color with about a 3/8" off-white head (which dissipated quite quickly),and moderate lacing.Scents are of a hoppy/grainy mix. Taste is a very hopped bitter one that left a less than desirable taste on the back of the tongue. Mouth feel is quite good, full and creamy with a stick to the tongue feel.For my personal tastes this is a fogettable beer based on the lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 20:20:04 | More by builder53
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent amber body with around a half an inch of off-white head. Smells hoppy and roasty malty. Tastes hoppy and roasty, kind of citrusy sweet notes in the flavor too. Full-flavored and medium bodied. Not quite as crisp or clean as one might expect a lager to be, but a pretty tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 05:15:12 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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shirfan

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper-orange and clear, with a good sticky 2-finger layer of foam.

Aroma of floral and citric hops.

Taste: malt carries a very nutty, woodsy flavor; hops only throw in a bit of an accent with peppery, floral, and mild citrus notes. Nice complexity going on for a lager, yet it definitely has the smooth drinkability desired for the style.

Tasty.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2006 03:22:04 | More by shirfan
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srrn

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep amber/orange. Smells of floral hops and a bit of malt. Tasted like what a good simple beer should, nice bitterness on a solid malt backbone. I think this gives me an idea that adjunct is not a good thing (this is my first American all malt lager). This is a fine brew that is proof Lager is not a bad word. I'm sure this is going to be perfect on hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 00:03:54 | More by srrn
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle of Brooklyn Lager poured a brilliant amber-orange producing a fluffy white head which collapsed slowly lacing itself on the glass.

Hop aromas are dominant and mainly floral with a background aroma of toasted malt.

The flavor profile, as with the aroma, is dominated by hops. A perfumey floral hop character is dominant, with a hint of delicious toasted malt flavor in the background. The hop bitterness is assertive and mildly vegetal.

Medium bodied with a moderate degree of carbonation.

Brooklyn Lager is a very nice beer. If this is truly representative of what we Americans drank prior to prohibition, it is truly a shame that beers like this were lost for so many years

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 01:15:46 | More by biergeniesser
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malcontent

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber body topped-off by outstanding lacing born of a good finger of head.

Sweet malt characteristics dominate the nose with hints of honey and apricots. A little too sweet smelling for my taste.

The taste (thankfully) does not match the smell. The malt sweetness is far more well-rounded and actually balanced with nice burnt bitterness. It almost tastes like raw grains/barley, which for me is a plus as I love earthy flavors. Far more complex than the average lager.

Carbonation is slightly lower than I expect from this style but the flavor and body make this the standard by which American lagers should be judged. One of the elite for its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 19:02:40 | More by malcontent
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Hammarby

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a decent head.
S: Apricot, red berries, alcohol.
T: Malty, light yet full taste, a touch of apricot, bitternes that lingers in the after taste.
M: A fuller body than the average lager. Average carboration.

A nice little beer, that takes lager a step further than the average. This beer took me beyond Samuel Adams and Anchor Steam, and really fueled and renewed my interest for american beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 20:46:06 | More by Hammarby
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer really caught me off guard. When open a bottle of an all-malt lager I dont expect much in terms of flavor, but this was on par with a great amber or pale ale. There was rich caramel and fruit flavors with a nice hoppiness. Again, I wouldn't rate this so high, except that this beer is such a stand-out in the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 04:49:37 | More by tempest
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. purchased at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a hazy, coppery-amber with a tiny white head that quickly faded to a thin film of lace.

Smell was surprisingly hoppy with citrusy notes.

Taste was similar. Hoppy from start to finish (uncharacteristically hoppy for a lager - it tasted more like an IPA). Some malts noticeable up front before the intense hops washed them all away. Zesty hops with some bitter grapefruit notes apparent on the rear of the palate. Dry and puckering with a piney, resiny, lingering aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice crisp lager that goes well with pizza, burgers and a variety of other foods. Furthermore, it is quite affordable.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 03:59:31 | More by Damian
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two fingers thick fluffy white head into a tumbler. body is clear and golden. leaves good lacing and sticky residue throughout.
s - overwhelming scent is of floral hops.
t - taste is also floral and has a nice hop bitterness.
m - very crisp with a clean finish.
d - great beer and very enjoyable from start to finish. glad this is finally in alabama.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 15:06:21 | More by GPHarris
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber color with modeerate white puffy head.
Smell is light, with notes of sweet summer fruits presnet.
Taste presents with a strong sweet maltiness, balanaced nicely with firm hop notes.
Finish shows more hoppiness, and is a truly pleasant ending to this beer.
Perfect drinkability. Probably the best lager I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 01:54:19 | More by tgbljb
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid citrus hop aroma accompanied by a simple soft malt.

The flavor was well balanced with a great hop spice upfront and a soft biscuity grain bill throughout. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Overall a very drinkable lager. Very sessionable and uniquely hoppy.

Serving type: can

11-06-2006 21:16:32 | More by plaid75
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber, good clarity, spongey layer of cream-colored foam, great head retention

Aroma: lush bouquet of floral, citrus hops; caramelly malt

Flavor: deep malty base with a subtle sweetness followed by a poppy, herbal hop flavor and smooth bitterness; biscuity malt; finishes dryish with a lingering caramel-malt in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, smooth texture

Other comments: The color is startling. I was expecting something golden or yellowy, but instead it's this gorgeous amber. Looks great, tastes great!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 10:29:36 | More by GreenCard
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dove in Greenwich Village. Poured into a pint glass with half-inch head. Amber gold, looked very yummy. Smelled malty and hoppy. Taste full of malt, with that typical Brooklyn Brewery flavor. Medium to heavy bodied. Very drinkable (most nights), my cousins and I drink pint after pint of these babies when they are in town. BL is my favorite hometown beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2006 02:05:55 | More by AChamberlain
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Melchizedek

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive light amber-gold with a very substantial and beautifully-formed off-white head. Perfect little columns of carbonation make this a sexy, sexy lager.

Smell is delightfully floral with a grassy and grainy tang. Light and nicely textured in the mouth, with hop bitterness chasing a surprisingly full flavor profile replete with lightly bready notes and a sort of raw-veggie freshness. Very clean in the aftertaste, making this very easy to drink. Another? Yes, please.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 01:00:45 | More by Melchizedek
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the better lagers I've had as of late. Golden orange with a very thick head not typcial in most of the lagers I've had.

Malty smell, but there is a strong hop presence. This smells almost like a weak English IPA. A bit too zesty for a lager. No skunkiness present.

This is definitely an all-malt lager. No adjuncts here! Solid malt backbone, but again, the hop bite in this -present from the first taste- brings to mind an English IPA. A bit more lemony/sour than an IPA, but this certainly is quite zesty for a lager.

Decent mouthfeel, but sometimes it seems a bit heavy on the carbonation.

Easy to drink; a great session lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 02:45:54 | More by BDTyre
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn lager pours a clear light orange with a frothy head that lingers nicely. Smell is of fresh hops, as well as a sweet bready aroma, slightly fruity. Nice bitter hop bite up front, followed by a flavorful maltiness. Not as clean as I would expect from a lager, but I really like it. Definitely the beer to give to someone who thinks there are no good lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 22:26:27 | More by ericj551
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

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

This is yet another beer that I have seen on the shelf hundreds of times, and always passed on it for something else. Finally the other night I came to my sense and worked up the nerve to grab a sixer. Pours an appealing golden color, with chaimpaigne like bubbles floating to the top and a nice clean, thin white heading. You could definitely smell the malt in this one, along with lots of grains, a bit of a musky tree bark aroma, and a slight hint of mint. Taste starts off slightly fruity, with a small lemon kick, then fades away into the malty grains in the background. Mouthfeel is relatively light, maybe bordering on medium. This is an easy drinking beer for sure....a step above many other golden lagers, and an all around solid choice. Glad I had the oppurtuntiy.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 02:03:43 | More by jamie2dope
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 375ml bottle

Appearance: Golden amber colour, with sticky off white head, pleasant on the eye, lots of beading through the glass to the head.

Smell: Caramels and toffee malt notes, A hint of lemony hops with an almost italian tomato meaty marinara sauce quality to it. A meal in itself in the smell!

Flavour: A crisp, zesty lemony flavour on the tongue with sweet malts, finishing in a complex bitter balance.

Mouthfeel- maybe not quite as carbonated as i thought it would be, a little sticky on the tongue, goes down soothingly.

Drinkability- a very nice lager, my first american all malt lager - a wonderful alternative from the american macro rubbish we normally get in the UK. My favourite american beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 18:59:29 | More by seanyfo
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AltBock

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with a classy (not overdone) label that's black in color with a white Brooklyn "B" in the center. Behind the Brooklyn "B" is a black background with white stars and inside the black star background is a bright green color. So what I'm trying to say is that the Brooklyn "B" is in front of the bright green background that's surrounded by the black background with white stars. You know what, just look at the picture to the right on BA. To the right is the Govt. warning and to the left of the label is a best by date that is clearly notched. Information about the beer can be found on the neck label with the white Brooklyn "B" on the green background smack dab in the middle of the small label.

Appearance: When I first popped the cap, this string of white foam was emerging from the bottle and I didn't even shake it. When the beer was poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was a really nice golden orange with at least a 1 finger head of white foam. It had excellent retention leaving behind foamy rings and a ton of white sticky lace around the glass.

Smell: I was excepting this beer to have a large dominate roasted malt aroma, but that wasn't the case with this beer. Instead the dominate aroma was dry floral hops with a mild aroma of citrus fruits in the middle and then at the end comes a very subtle aroma of caramel malts. I would have to say this aroma is very unusual for a Lager.

Taste: Again like the smell, I was expecting something totally different from what I got. What I got was a very subtle taste of sweet malts in the beginning (which I thought that was going to be the dominate taste), then citrus fruits, and at the end came a strong and unexpected taste of bitter piney floral hops. Basically what I'm trying to say that it says Lager on the front, but to me it really doesn't taste or smell like one.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, light bodied, nice amount of carbonation, not watery at all, and with a mild aftertaste of bitter citrus hops.

Drinkability: Yet another great beer from a great Brewery. This one disappeared faster than I wanted it to be. Overall a full flavored, reasonably priced session beer. I could and will drink this again in the future. This is one of Brooklyn Brewery beers you need to try for yourself. It will surprise you!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 21:01:20 | More by AltBock
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helloloser12345

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Brown Bottle

Appearance: Honey coloured with orange hues, hazy body, sticky off white head, little lacing and fair retention.

Smell: Clean and crisp with a slight 'raw' edge. Caramel, warm malty aroma. The hops really jump out at you - very fresh.

Flavour: initial light, malt flavour which is quickly overpowered by the hops. These really bite in - fresh citrus flavours, lemony, piney.

Overall: Not quite what you expect - but this is exactly why this beer shines. Challenging and excellent in equal quantities - my favourite beer at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 18:36:39 | More by helloloser12345
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.