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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,019
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 78
Gots: 307 | 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 ThirstyBird
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
A - Orange/yellow in color with an ivory colored head that isn't real tall but last for quite a while.
S - Malt with a grain/bready smell. Earthy hops are present as well.
T - Hops up front with a spicy beginning mellowing with sweet malt and finishing dry.
M/f - Medium body with a lively carbonation yet the beer remains smooth to drink.
D - A different take on a lager. More spicy and dry. Interesting & drinkable.

ThirstyBird, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of remllof
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Sam Adams boston lager glass. The color is somewhat light tranparent copper. Poured a nice thick head that faded into decent lacing. Carbination is decent. Smell is nicly hoppy not too strong. Taste has a nice bit of hop taste at the front with a decent malty base. Leaves just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty fairly light with decent carbination. Overall a decent lighter beer to enjoy and relax with in the afternoon.

remllof, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber color with a white one finger head and moderate lacing. A nutty malt to the smell, little sweetness. Some nice carbonation makes it tasty, sweet malts round off with what little hops are thrown in. Gulp factor is high, a session lager is there was any. An overall great craft lager that gives the style some justice. Recommended.

BuffaloTapHugger, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Finn
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into a wide-mouth glass, this beer has a modest off-white head, and the color is nearly copper, and crystal clear.

Aroma: Sweet, mellow caramel malts and a mild grassy/herbal aroma take the forefront.

Taste: A crisp bitterness is met with a soft, sweet caramel malt backbone, and dissipates into a lingering hop bitterness on tongue. nice balance of flavors. a taste a hint of cascadey hops in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean mouthfeel with a nice carbonic bite to it.

Drinkability: Excellent. this is a great session beer, and a fairly unique blend of flavors for a lager, in my opinion.

Finn, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of RichT73
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this Brooklyn offering after a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery a couple of years ago. At the time I thought I could have sat there all day and knocked one back after another, which I did. I hadn't had it since, so after a lenghty trip to the liquor store I thought I would give it another shot. What a good choice. I forgot how much I loved this beer. To me, it tastes like Sam Adams lager with more of a hoppy bite. However, the Brooklyn Lager is much easier to drink than Sam. Glad I picked it up.

RichT73, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of nsmartell
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell: Malty bread and grassy.

Taste: Citrus hops and a nice balance of maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, oily with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Would drink again.

nsmartell, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of BaltimoreMike
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I've heard good things about the Brooklyn Beer company, so I figured I would give it a taste. I have to say I was NOT disappointed. This is a great beer all around, actually thinking about moving it into my favorite status. Superb flavor, great hoppy taste that isn't overpowering, and doesn't leave you wanting more. Great color, great aroma, price is a bit high, but on par with all the other micro-brews and beers like it.

Definitely one of my all time favorites.

BaltimoreMike, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper color with a bit of orange. Big and fluffy white head that lasted and laced nicely.

Aroma is mild hoppiness and sweetness from the malts. The hops give a nice herbal and flowery character.

Taste is full and balanced for a basic lager. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing without being too thin.

Absolutely great session lager. Must try side by side with Sam Adams.

gonzo46and2, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear light amber color with just a tinge of orange. Big, frothy off-white head. Excellent retention and big, thick sheets of lace.

S - Sweet bready aroma with very little else going on. A very clean nose, just a little on the bland side of things. A little spicy hop note mixed in underneath.

T - Very sweet toasted malt taste. Some breadiness to it. The sweetness carries through the entire beer with some caramel notes coming through as it warms. Hops are almost negligible but do show up mid-drink in a very mild earthy way.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very crisp. The beer seems to coat your mouth with sticky sweetness. Incredibly easy drinking. Add a touch more hops to it and the drinkability would be an easy 5.0

ckeegan04, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of timmay41
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle with a May 2009 freshness date.

A: Not the thin, watery yellow pour I expected, but darker and not entirely see through. I'm watching small bubbles of carbonation make their way up to a thin white film. The head dissipated quickly.

S: Pretty nice aromatic blend of semi-sweet malt tones and some hop character.

T & M: The carbonation is pretty strong, and somewhat of a deterrent to the overall taste, which is milder, less distinctive than I feel like it should be. Then I remind myself it's a lager. It nevertheless contains a pleasing malt presence on the front with hop notes emerging on the tail end that are sort of piquant after the bubbly sip.

D: Back in college I would get in moods for a session with Newport Storm amber ale but sometimes grew disappointed by its almost syrupy malt sweetness after one or two. This could have been a lighter, but still earnest, replacement. Better late than never.

timmay41, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass, Brooklyn lager serves up a one- to two-finger head. Beneath the head, the beer is moderately to highly carbonated, with a color just a bit lighter than most amber lagers.

Smell -- Floral hops are the star of this show, followed by a nice, sweet-ish malty background. Compared to Samuel Adams Boston Lager (my best point of comparison), Brooklyn Lager smells considerably hoppier, and the hops and malt don't meld together the way one would hope.

Taste -- Imagine Sam Adam Boston Lager, but with a stronger hops presence and something...watery separating the hops from the malt. To me, it seems like there's a "hole" in the flavor of this one, and I just can't put my finger on what that might be. Malt takes a back seat to the hops here, but there is a small swell of malt on the way down.

Mouthfeel -- Thinner/waterier than I would have hoped. It feels a bit overcarbonated, too, but not by much. Nothing really stands out about the mouthfeel.

Drinkability -- If I had a six-pack of this, it wouldn't be hard to finish them all on a hot day. I imagine this beer would go well with a lot of different foods, including those with multiple flavors/components at once (a supreme pizza or a burger with everything on it, for example). In spite of its minor shortcomings, this is a highly drinkable beer that I'd definitely try again.

UGADawgGuy, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A dark brown with decent carbonation and was poured at the Devils game into what brought up a big white foamy head

Smell- Definite malts and some slight maybe faint hops, sweet sugar and caramel nose

Taste- A good flavor comes at you from the start of bit of malt sweetness but not to overpowerlingly sweet, even has a slight hop finish giving it a quick hit of bitterness, overall a nice finish and long lasting full flavored lager

Mouthfeel- Decent foamy soft with moderate carbonation on the palate

Drinkability-- This is definitely a beer thats worth a look once in while, its good and enjoyable not one i necasarily stock constantly but still a pretty good beer to have around every once in while especially when it can be found frequently at pretty low price for its relative quality

Stunner97, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received from DuqTroops in the first of our bi-monthly trades.

Pours a light golden/brown color, pretty clear (maybe some chill haze), medium lacing and retention, 1/2" creamy white head.

Aroma is malty, maybe a touch of caramel, only the faintest hint of hops in the aroma.
No skunk and no adjuncts, hmm, almost doesn't seem right to have a good american lager.

Flavor is sweet, definitely all malt (no corn or rice added), a little caramel again, mild to medium hop bitterness for something this light, very simple and nice.

Body is medium for a lager, very nice, vey very drinkable (7 thumbs up). I've only had a couple american lagers that tasted like a good hearty beer. Leaps and bounds ahead of BMC.

t0rin0, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Darker golden in color, beautiful size head, nice clarity and lacing as well. Good retention down the glass.

Smell: A bit of wheat/grassy elements, some honey like aromas, and a good tinge of some malt and hoppiness almost balanced perfectly.

Taste: A good dose of some floral hops up front, citrus, grapefruit are big players up front, followed by a delectible malt presence in the background. As in the nose, these flavors are balanced perfectly and feature a robust flavoring on the palate. A pretty hearty brew to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a good robustness and smooth character in the carbonation, I think the malt left an excellent finishing touch on this one to make it smooth enough to be a pretty good contender.

Drinkability: Overall, this is what I picture as "Real American Lager" in termanology of how much this brew satisfies. The excellent dose of hops and malt are paired perfectly to give a beginner in the brew circuit a good picture of what a good lager is supposed to be. I tried alot of Brookyln's offerings and suprsiingly I tried this last, but this is a great introductory beer in the world of craft beer.

thespaceman, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger white head. Clear copper in color with lively carbonation. Head retention and lacing are minimal

Smell is of grapefruit hops, kind of sweet like honey.

First taste is the citrus grapefruit hops, not much bitterness but slightly tart. Very light in flavors, especially malts

Mouth feel is very light, tiny bit over carbonated.

Very session able beer. Light, simple, would drink again but not in a hurry to have another one soon

angelmonster, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny orange with a huge head with a styrofoam like consistency. Head sticks around several minutes after teh pour with good lacing. Aroma is of metal and light citrus, oranges, paper and light Munich malt, reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Taste is very strong in the amber flavor with a creamy aftertaste. Very slight amounts of diacetyl go with the amber malt. Surprisingly medium to full bodied served a little under room temperature. A friend of mine bought a keg of this a while back and it's a really great, easy drinking lager when you want a little more flavor.

wiseguy142, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Pours amber, clear, with a two fingered off white head into a Sam Adams lager glass.

Aroma is a bit of sweet malt mixed in with a nice hoppy floral aroma, though understated.

Flavor is nice and basic: very drinkable balance of malt and hops, lightly bready caramel up front fading into a nice dry, hoppy bite at the end.

Bit fizzy on the carbonation, medum-light bodied.

Versatile beer, and nice for as ubiquitous as it is in the NYC area.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nicely made lager from Brooklyn. I've been getting into all malt lagers recently and this is a nicely balanced one. Pours very nicely, with a nice dark amber color, a good head, and excellent lacing. Smells somewhat malty with a bubblegum undertone and an earthy finish. The taste is nicely balanced as well with some more light maltiness, slight graininess, and dry, nutty earthiness. Pretty mellow, but satisfying. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Georgiabeer, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of pseudo
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a red amber color, normal white foamy head lasts for a while. Smells mostly of breadiness, a slight bitterness. Taste is very malty, hops are slightly present. Reminds me of a samuel adams boston lager, but with less carbonation in the mouthfeel (which is smooth but slightly watery). Highly drinkable and good as a thirst quencher

pseudo, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, for a lager, this beer is a little too heavy for me. It has a clear brown color, with a good three-finger head to it. The malts and hop do come through on this brew.

I don't really care for how robust the malt flavoring is on this lager. It is too heavy and doesn't have a distinct enough taste for me to love it. Brooklyn Brewery makes a lot of great beers, but this one is one of the more disappointing ones, in my opinion.

Amalak, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of droomyster
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a tan head that clings with stickiness. Aromas of a mossy bitterness. Tasts a sweet malts and an asparagus-like bitterness - very pleasant. Feel is just fine. One of my favorite beers by Brooklyn. A highly recommended thirst-quencher that stands up to nearly any meal you could want.

droomyster, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of cratez
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 355ml bottle into a Murphy's pint glass.

Appearance: golden amber body with one finger of yellowish, cream-coloured head. Sticky lacing covers the entire glass while drinking.

Smell: fruity and floral Cascade hops, toasty malts, and yeast.

Taste: citrus, caramel, toasty malts, barley, and a dry hop aftertaste. For an amber lager, I was surprised by the strong hop presence in this beer.

Mouthfeel: silky upfront with a tangy, dry, and balanced hop finish. Smooth and crisp.

Overall: this is like a better version of Sam Adams Boston Lager. A superbly drinkable brew with hops all over the smell, taste, and finish. The head retention, lacing, and mouthfeel are excellent. I wish more beers were made like this in Canada. Until that happens, the LCBO should keep Brooklyn Lager in their lineup!

cratez, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a Best by date of Apr. 2009. I like the amber-red pour and quarter inch beige head and there's some decent lacing. Good clarity. The aroma is of sweet malts. The hops are evident in the flavor and it is a fairly mild taste. Good finish. Really it was a pretty decent brew but I like the Brooklyn brews anyway.

puboflyons, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 1/12/09

Poured an golden copper color from a 12oz bottle. A one finger white head appeared and then quickly vanished. Aroma is that of honey, malt, and spice and taste is clean, sweet, and grainy - great hint that is in fact a lager. Goes down smooth and finishes dry; very easy to drink. This is one of my favorite lagers because it has more taste than traditional macro/import lagers. A great entry-level craft beer that can be enjoyed again and again even by a discriminating palate. Haven't had this one since last summer in NYC so it was great to finally try it again.

deliriumfest, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Wasatch for this in a trade.

A: Poured a honey colored amber with a white head, about half an inch which receded to a film, nice gaps of lacing along the edges.

S: Honey, caramel malt, lots of malt sweetness in this one.

T: Grainey, honey, a faint hint of earthy hops in the background, definite lager profile from the yeast, really clean flavors throughout.

M: Quite creamy for a lager, but still nice prickly carbonation and a clean dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, a great lager that I could drink a fair amount of. Tasty beer really, and well crafted!

pokesbeerdude, Jan 13, 2009
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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