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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,145
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 88
Gots: 423 | 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 hreb
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cold 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. "best before" date is illegible. Beer pours orange golden in color with big soda bubbles and a moderate white foamy head. Smells like a standard lager, neither skunky nor sweet.

First sip is clean, and a little bit more bitter than your standard lager. Pretty highly carbonated, but the beer has enough backbone to stand up to it. Continuing on, the bitterness in the initial taste fades to a dry malty body. Again, no specific flavors dominate, the malt is very balanced and very generic. Finally, the beer disappears with zero aftertaste. I wouldn't normally object to the presence of aftertaste in beer (assuming it's not actually offensive), but the lack of aftertaste in this particular style makes it remarkably drinkable. I don't understand how anyone could criticize its drinkability.

Photo of zoso493
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

Appearace: Pours a nice golden-amber color with a foamy two-finger head that dies down fairly quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of a nice variety of citrusy and grassy hops with some subtle sweet malt undertones. Pretty good scent for a lager.

Taste: There's a lot of the sweet malts up front, with a nice, grassy hop bitterness. Pretty tasty brew, but for me, the hops could play a bigger part in the taste. Still very nice, though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Fairly creamy, too. Crisp mouthfeel, but nothing special.

Drinkaibility: This would be a great session brew, so perfect marks from me in drinkability. It's got a low ABV, fair amount of complexity and is very refreshing. This would be a great beer to grab in a sixer, eat some pizza and watch a game.

Overall, this is a very nice and tasty lager. Although it's just a touch too malty, I think, it still has a nice hop presence. Either way, it's very refreshing and easy-drinking. Definitely worth grabbing a six pack

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This may well be the richest lager I've ever had...far from a delicate balance of some golden lagers, this beer is full of flavor, and is definitely differs from its delicate cousins. It pours amber, and is nicely balanced, with a ton of toffee and butter noticed, balanced nicely with some hop bitterness. Aroma was pretty mild, but more malty than hoppy, with the sweetness of the toffee notes and the buttery diacetyl cutting through. Mouthfeel was nice and clean. A nice beer.

I had two of these alongside an enormous sandwich at the Stage Deli in New York.

Photo of cnally
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love Brooklyn Brewery. Hopefully this beer meets their standards.

Just an awesome looking beer, with a huge root beer float off-white head that rises quick and falls even quicker, with plenty of lacing. A bubbly amber color in the beer is the ideal appearance for a red lager.

A sweet, grainy aroma. Yeasty and seemingly full of adjuncts. I know it's not...but it sure smells like it.

A balanced and even flavor. Begins sweet. Mildly caramel malt. Hidden fruit flavor in the middle--hidden mild grape. Finishes with a decent bitterness. More of a burnt sugar finish.

Slightly fizzy mouthfeel, but also not overly dry.

Decent brew for a steak. Paired with a heavy meal, this would be an outstanding offering. On its own, it feels underwhelming and also unappealing on the aroma and overall drinkability. I think I will go grill a strip.

Photo of mnrider
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Brown bottle. Pint glass. label say's Pre-Prohibition Style. Mmm old school beer.

A: Pours an amber looking color with healthy looking large white head which last a long time. Leaves great sticky lacing all over the glass.

S: Not much, just citrus and floral hops.

T/M: Crisp and very hopy. Medium to light bodied. Very easy to drink, as it is smooth and creamy. Not dry or bitter at the finish. Nice balance.

D: Very good brew from Brooklyn Brewery. One of my go to beers. I will always enjoy an nice Brooklyn Lager.


Photo of vdread
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Lager
bottle to glass

i drank half of a friend's st. pauli girl and, after tolerating it for review, had to trade it in for this one. luckily he likes st. pauli girl, but doesn't like this so much.

pours a golden amber with a thick, sticky white head that left a good bit of lacing behind. nose is impressive and reveals caramel malt, strong floral, citrusy hops.

taste is thick with malty, bready, biscuity, caramel malt on the heavy end, citrusy hops on the light end. mouthfeel is full and carbonated, easily drinkable. easily enjoyable.

pretty solid all around if you like the style, and much more hoppy than i expected.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tasty beer. My roommate and I split a 4pk of tallboys while making roasted red pepper/bacon/chicken lasagna. Hell yeah!

I drank one out of the can and am now drinking the 2nd out of a snifter.

Appearance is an amber with a nice, if fast-fading, head.

Smell is of sweet malts, maybe even cane sugar (but ever so slight). No real bitter hops, but perhaps a hint of citrus/grapefruit aroma hops.

Taste is very good. What a lager should be. Malty, mildly hopped, and easygoing. I could drink this stuff all day long.

Carbonation is high, which is good. Goes quickly across the tongue, leaving a nice, sweet malty aftertaste that doesn't linger too heavily.

Drinkability is through the roof. If I have a party, I'm getting this stuff in a keg... one of the best, most widely appealing session beers I've ever had.

Cheers to Brooklyn, I'm impressed!

Photo of Ezone024
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn's original Lager is a fantastic sessions.

pours out a nice amber color with lots of carbonation and a foamy 1 inch head with lots of lacing.

smell is mostly floral hops with a slight caramel hint that just makes it sweet enough

medium malt body with great hops character for a lager, it's the hoppiest lager i've ever had.

every time i got to citi field i drink brooklyn lager best ballpark beer out there! even though the mets always lose, i always win with brooklyn lager!

Photo of evilsoda
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tumbler.

has a rather light copper color to it. very clear and not much density. Head isn't too bad, with some lacing and decent retention. Smells of toffee caramelized malts with a hint of citrus. Taste is a bit lemony but mostly getting the caramelized malts and toffee and with quite a bit of hoppiness. pretty easy to drink this one and feels good in the mouth.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, I can't believe I'm just now getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a deep dark golden almost red color with a two finger fluffy white head that sticks around forever before impaling itself to the edges of my glass. Smell is very floral with a hint of citrus. Sweet malts, a little bread, a little caramel round out the nose. Taste is a little odd for a lager. Sweet up front, caramel and floral hops play off of each other nicely, then a slight mineral taste followed a dry hoppy finish. Medium carbonation, light to medium body, smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. This a great light easy drinking lager.

Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber hue with a two finger, tightly knit off white had that leaves sheets of lacing. Great retention.

Creamy, sweet, almost dry toasted bready malts, a spash of citrus and some nice fruity esters that compliment the malt.

Crisp notes of orange and lemon zest backed by some smooth toasted malts, a hint of toffee and a light grassy hop finish.

Staying true to the style, this one is smoooth and balanced with a creamy character.

Overall, a great tasty lager that's somewhat simple and quite refreshing. Solid 4's across the board, but nothing really stuck out that would make me say this is an excellent beer. Definitely worth the try and would love to try some more of their offerings.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light coppery amber with a frothy white head which falls quickly to a thin scum and a collar of oily lacing.

The aroma has a nice grassy crisp hop scent with a sweetish malt candy background.

The taste is bitter up front and on the finish with a slightly sweet malt middle. Some sour fruit notes and perhaps a little caramel in the malt. Noth malt and hops are more prominent than expected.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and a little creamy from the carbonation. Finish is somewhat slick.

This is the first Brooklyn beer I tried and is quite the good amber lager.

Photo of DarrellK
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this brew a number of times over the years and it has been very consistent.

The pour shows a nice tight head for a lager and one that leaves a nice lace and an light amber color.

The aroma is the big thing missing in this amber lager.

The mouth is fuller than many other domestic ambers amd the finish, while not a great prize, is both a bit dry and almost hoppy.

If there had been any nose, I'm sure I would have rated the brew higher, but it's still a good session brew.

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear, ruby amber colors. Very thin off white head, cream colored. Not quite as pretty as it could be, but not bad looking by any means.

S: Malty, slightly creamy nose. Almost a lactose quality, although I know this is not the case. More hops than expected...citrusy? Interesting and inviting nose.

T: Extremely smooth, this beer is more complex than it originally lets on. Lighter body make way for big malt flavor, with just as much piney and orange hops to back it up. Surprising really, this lager drinks more like an ale to me. Great balance and crisp finish.

M: High carbonation, but works well. Crisp and tasty, this beer is sessionable and delicious. Very pleasently surprised by Brooklyn's most widespread offering.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice amber color that is pretty clear with a solid, 1-finger head.

Smell: Has a very nice hop aroma to it, but it's not overpowering and is inviting.

Taste: Generally very smooth, but it does have a good kick to it at the end. I could be mistaken, but it almost seems to have a hint of caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and nothing to get excited about in this area.

Drinkability: Very good. It goes well with hamburgers and it also stands well on its own. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Shakujin
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Lager

Appearance:Poured from glass bottle into pint glass. Good head, falling down slowly while maintaining its fluffy shape. Mid amber, around 25 SRM. Looks to have a fair amount of carbonation. More or less clear

Smell: Interesting smell. Im getting some sweet malts as well as some earthy and then sour aromas

Taste: The taste was a little disappointing. I was hoping for a little more malt to it but mostly I got a light hop flavor. To be honest with all the carbonation I'm having trouble finding the different flavors. The hop is certainly in there but its light. Overall decent taste with light hops and medium hops. I guess this is to style? After a couple more swishes I got a little more of the malt flavor which is nice.

Mouthfeel: The hops and carbonation add some bite to it. In general light mouthfeel with a little bit of stickiness in there

Drinkability: Certainly nothing wrong with the beer does not make me want to drink another though

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

new "tallboy" (500ml?) can format

next to UPC: "8 05 15 A 2 BB"
bottom of the can: "0709" (i think)

tasted in late may 2009

crystalline classic golden amber. easy to create a big foamy off-white head, creamy and cappucino-like in the center, recedes slowly to constant 2mm layer. great lacing.

aroma: american and euro hop combo, both grassy/herbal and lightly citrus/pine. fresh and fragrant. underlying malty caramel, w faint estery apple, plus more citrusy fruit flesh.

taste: hoppy american/euro combo again, with bold, crisp bitterness, to balance the caramel maltiness and fruity ale-like esters as well - but not too much, still keeping some lager crispness. but the hops can linger, with light resins.

medium body, smooth, with touch of astringency near the finish. crisp moderate carbonation is almost fizzy, but keeps body and smoothness.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first official taste of what Brooklyn offers. I have had their beers before, the lager, and sips of chocolate and brown when I was young, but not since I realized what beer should be, and before becoming a beer geek. I have always respected the brewery and what they offer, recently I found out they run on renewable energy, which makes me like them even more.
The beer poured out with a nice white head about a finger in height. When held to the light it resembled a late summer sunset. Resembling sunrise/sunset is one of the most alluring character of a beers appearance.
The smell was terrific. Nice balance of malt and hops. Great floral smell. The taste was somewhat similar, a bit more complex with early sweet malt transforming into a nice dry hoppy finish. It has a very refreshing mouthfeel. Substantial but not too heavy. This is now one of my top session beers. Along with Sam Adams they are two great beers you can spend a night or day with.

Photo of Kendo
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is light honey-amber with a small whitish head. Leaves behind some splotches of lace, but not much.

S: Toasty and bready malt. Not terribly strong in the nose, but appropriate for the style.

T: Moderate toasted malty foundation, followed by nice florally hops. Lingering dry, floral hop bitterness, but it's not overwhelming. A tad bit fruity as it warms.

M: Light in heft, maybe just a slight bit heavier than light. Good creaminess combined with decent carbonation.

D: Excellent. Flavorful lager that goes down easily.

Photo of MikeRa
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried a Brooklyn Lager for the first time, and here what I can say about it.

It is a amber gold in color, with a unique malty body and great floral hop characterists.

When drinking it, you can tast the floral hops that were used to make this great drink.

Photo of mintjellie
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 fingers of off-white head float above the clear amber body. The head sticks around for a bit and leaves a little bit of lace behind. It smells of caramel and bread with floral/citric hops. It has a nice citrus rind hop flavour over a biscuit malt base, with a hint of caramel. Starts sweet and finishes with moderate bitterness. Just shy of medium bodied - the carbonation works to lighten it a bit. A nicely balanced lager, easy to drink at summer barbecues or while watching the baseball game.

Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet malt scents with a touch of hops

T - Unexciting like the smell sweet malt some hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - An ok lager nothing too exciting going on a decent beer over all just ok to me

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

My favorite "lager", though I've never met another lager quite like this. Pours a beautiful dark-golden brown (it's crayon might be burnt sienna) with a modest head. Citrusy notes in the nose, and those come through, along with a surprising amount of hops, in the taste. Malt only really comes through afterwards, and even then, it stays in the background. An eminently drinkable, refreshing, hoppy lager. My favorite from Brooklyn brewery, probably even surpassing the Black Chocolate Stout.

Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with a moderate head that has decent retention. The aroma is a hoppy citrus. The taste is quite refreshing, not your typical lager with the hops. The malt is there, but does not overpower the citrus taste. Lightly carbonated and light bodied. The drinkability is very good for this tasty lager.

Photo of bgreg3
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Amber with foam that sticks for awhile and leaves residue on the side.

Smell - Malty. I smell toasted oak or something in there that makes it smell a little woody and a small amount of hops.

Taste - There is an attack of sweet malt at the beginning and it is quickly balanced by the hops. This beer tastes earthy to me very natural. Very well balanced.

MF - Light/medium body not strenuous on the pallate at all.

Drinkability - Very drinkable and easy to enjoy.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,145 ratings.