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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,707 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,707
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 63
Gots: 159 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
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Photo of Melchizedek


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of jamie2dope


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
Photo of 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
Photo of AltBock


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
Photo of 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
Photo of ypsifly


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz purchased at the Odies on Clippert in East Lansing and poured into a pilsner. The side of the label is not clearly notched for best by date.

Light amber with active carbonation that supports almost two fingers of vanilla. Exceptional retention and lots of thick rings and webs of lace. This sucker must have a lot of protiens floating around in there.

Smells very hoppy for the style, but there's enough caramel malt aroma underneath to lend balance. The grains poke out just a enough to add complexity. Nice.

When tasted the hops are as assertive as they are in the nose. The grains are lost but there's that balance given by the malts just like they did in the nose. Very crisp with a pleasantly lingering hop flavor that is both citric and piney and really gives the finish a nice kick. The best tasting all malt I've ever had. I don't care if its too hoppy for style. This stuff rocks.

The mouth is medium but very much alive from the carbonation and hop bitterness. Too bad I have to drive over an hour to get more.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 03:16:10 | More by ypsifly
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, amber orange with a dense yet modest yellowed-newsprint head. Wonderful caramel-candy malts in the nose right away with a slight scent of grassy-earthy hops at the end. The sweetness foretold of the caramel malts by the aroma is artfully restrained in the taste, revealing itself to be more of a toasted biscuit/caramel hybrid. A not unexpected grassy hop flavor is also detectable near the finish, which is decidedly metallic and just slighty marked by an earthy compost character. Medium thin body, not overcarbonated at all. Overall, an utterly smooth and clean mouthfeel. This is a classic lager that I really don't have around as much as I should. In my estimation, a flagship beer of which all New Yorkers (even us out here in the western part of the state) should be quite proud.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 03:56:47 | More by orfeu
Photo of akahn


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simply put, this is a well-built beer. A nice amber color with a lasting head. Surprisingly deeply malty aroma and taste, with a hop tingle in the finish. Perfectly balanced, with a smooth medium body. Very drinkable, and a dependable beer to fall back on, as it is available everywhere in this city.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2006 20:24:50 | More by akahn
Photo of zebedee

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new line in my local monopolising supermarket. Hidden away on the bottom shelf, with various obscure (for now) lagers. I poured this into a pilsner glass. Thin off white head, effervescence aplenty. Deep amber colour, not like your average lager. This had a very hoppy aroma to it, with a strong malt backing. Toffee, smokey, with a hint of violet. The taste I found had intense hop bitterness, butterscotch, and a hint of vanilla. More of a pale ale than what I’d expect from a lager, hence I marked it fairly low, despite liking it. A nice bitter finish to it though. Although the mouth is a bit heavier than what I’d expect from what is labelled a lager, I find it fairly drinkable. It’s nice, in a confusing way, because I expected something lighter from what was printed on the label, although I note that it’s categorized as an “all malt” lager, so maybe my lack of experience with this style is telling in this. Overall, a good drink which I'll probably buy again. It certainly blows any other American “lager” I’ve had up to now clean out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 01:49:33 | More by zebedee
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a deep amber color, deeper than a normal lager. A nice white ehad sat on top for a good amount of time. A ton of hops in the nose, what's this, an IPA? There's some malt, a little floral scent, a little citrus and yeast. Hops dominate the taste again, with a little malty sweetness. This tastes, again, more like an IPA/APA than an american lager. It's nto that this is a bad bad, I rather like it, but it is not typical of the style. This is fairly drinkable, finishes clean. I'm good with about three of these before all the hops start to burn my tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 04:31:55 | More by dherling
Photo of Deconstructionis

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is well made; it's just nondescript and uninteresting. Perhaps it's too "well crafted"-- to the point where while it is obviously a quality product it has little character, and "product" is the operative word. If you are out somewhere with a very limited beer selection and it's this or a macro-brewery product, you definitely want ths but there are so many better lagers out there I can't see buying it for home consumption.

It's a bold amber with a decent head and has a slight but nice aroma of yeasty malt and just a trace of hops. It is smooth and well balanced with no discernible aftertaste. Body is light/medium and it's slightly astringent. All in all it's a good beer but it seems too calculated to be moderate in all things to be anything special.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 13:25:16 | More by Deconstructionis
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber with an orange cast beneath a short head of ivory foam. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace in its wake.

The nose expresses floral and spicy hops spread across a caramelish malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

The flavor delivers a combination of its floral hops and caramelish malt upfront, followed by an increase in it's hop character across the middle. The bitterness becomes obvious, but at the same time it starts to warm displaying more of it's malt. It finishes dry with some hop acidity that fades into a lingering bitterness as a note of caramel rises and then falls, leaving only the long-lasting bitterness behind.

Quite nice! There's enough complexity to keep it interesting as your tastebuds are carried on a little trip with each sip; and it's rich enough to satiate without becoming overwhelming at some point. Very nicely balanced, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 17:50:51 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of BEERchitect


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent brewery that has begun distribution to the Central Kentucky area. Bought a bottle of each of their offerings. The standard lager...well, it is what it is. It's beer. Though I can't detect anything that is really wrong with the beer, it is lackluster. Lightly malty and earthy hopped. Light and refreshing. Not watery, but I prefered a smoother texture. Modestly grainy and vegital like. Light notes of apple and citrus. Finishes a little abrupt and thinning. Not bad, but must be reserved for those times when out working in the backyard to truely appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 20:31:22 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass.

A: Finger-plus of head. Quickly dissipated. Lacing, sticky trails on sides of glass. Much richer color than what was expected from a lager (damn you pale American lagers! messing with my conceptions). This is a rich, deep amber color.

S: Malt, more hops than expected for an all-malt lager (or maybe I am too literal with the "all-malt" descriptor). Perfumy, fruity.

T: Sweet, lightly grainy with a dry, light hop finish. Very flavorful lager, almost like a hopped pale ale. Is frankly more flavorful and more ale-like than many pale ales.

M: Light, crisp.

D: Good session beer. A nice beer overall, and I was looking forward to the second one before the first was even finished.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 01:47:13 | More by rarevos
Photo of quasimoto


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - POured a nice bright copper color with a white head that laces very slightly.

S - The is a presence of hops that make this less of an AAML and more of a marzen, but in the same sense this doesnt have the camael aromas that a marzen has. Some fruity hops though make it very pleasant.

T - Dry crisp sweet biscutly malt take the reigns but it turns to a sort of paper taste at the end. There is some caramel in there too, but not much

M - Dry and crisp are the two words that immediately come to mind. Also it has a nice exceedingly light creamyness to it.

D - if it wasnt for the cardboardy / paper taste at the end, it would be a very clean refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 01:21:21 | More by quasimoto
Photo of akorsak


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle served in a tumbler. The lager is cool.

A: The lager has a strong coppery color with a small ring of head and decent lacing.

S: The beer has a biscuity malt nose.

T: The lager is malty, almost chewy in its depth. The malts are biscuity and slightly nutty. The hop presence hits you on first sip but rarely appears after that.

M: The lager's malt body has a decent flavor that is not too big.

D: Very drinkable, this beer has the good firm malt flavor of a lager and is worth looking at.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 01:14:18 | More by akorsak
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A - A reddish golden amber that's fairly translucent. A decent sized foamy whire head sits atops. The head stays fairly well with a little shrinkage and sporadically laces the class.

S - Some floral hops with a faint tea like aroma.

T - A nice malty flavor with a lot of floral hop character especially towards the finish. That faint tea-like taste appears briefly and the aftertaste is more of the same.

M - Medium bodied lager that really goes down smooth.

D - A nice one to quaff a few of.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 19:56:33 | More by EStreet20
Photo of bluejacket74


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshness label on side of the bottle says this is best before September 2006. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours an amber color with about a half inch white head which goes away very quickly. It leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. It smells mostly like floral and citrusy hops, with some biscuity malts in there also. With the hoppiness it smells more like an IPA than a lager. The beer tastes like citrus hops (grapefruit), with some sweetness and then a slight hoppy bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good as well, it's crisp and refreshing. Not what I expected, but a good surprise. I'd drink this again, it could turn into a session beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 00:10:01 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of barknee

New York

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

Brooklyn Lager looks like and drinks like a good ol' American made IPA. Somewhat dark for the style, this lager pours a deep topaz with a nice rich malty head. A nose of ferric laden citrus and pine are easily detected, as flavors of well-bittered sweet malts cascade on the tongue. Smooth, plush and snappy, this "all malt lager" has something going for it; a well endowed version of the style on steroids. Pick up your sixer today!!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 23:23:58 | More by barknee
Photo of jwc215


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a freshness label along the side, but nothing was indicated.

It poured orange/amber with a two-finger head, that, after a minute or two descended to a very well-retained one-finger head that left rings of lacing down the glass. Darker than typical for style.

The smell was of strong floral, citrusy hops with barley malt underneath. Almost like smelling an English IPA.

The hops were noticeable, and stood alone at first. Then, the malt - mainly a semi-sweet barley - came through to give it body and more flavor. Then, the hops came through towards the end again.

Medium- to full-bodied, especially for the style, it left a bitter/sweet taste. The flavors hung on pretty well.
It's flavorful - hoppy for style - and enjoyable. A good brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 15:26:43 | More by jwc215
Photo of haz77


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

A – Pours a clear amber with and inch of foamy white head, which falls away to a thin layer.

S – Floral hops, caramel, citrus, pine, honey.

T – Initial floral hops are briefly superseded by toasty malts, before leading the way once again into the finish.

M – Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

D – Decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 14:24:34 | More by haz77
Photo of malty


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

Best before July '06 notched out of the label.

Pours a slightly chill hazed dark golden color with a fluffy ever-so off-white 1" head. Tons of rocky-ledged lacing!

Fresh sweet pale malts in the nose, reminds me of almond toffee almost. A few swift swirls of my 8 oz. 'Krait Beer' tumbler shape tasting glass and more sweetness is evoked. Barley kernels (like the ones found in soup) are apparent along with buttered dinner rolls.

Nicely balanced crisp malty flavors are supported by clean and dry hops. There's that sweetness again, with hints of mineral earthiness and unsalted crackers. Biscuits and (ever so slight taste of) honey. Quite dry & sweet.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. Light bodied with understated carbonation. Long, slightly dry finish.

Drinkability is awesome. The less than expected carbonation really lends itself to a high quaff quotient. I'm already done with my 12 oz. bottle!

Overall a very, very fine golden lager that stands above most micros I've had (of this style). The character of this lager is strong, but it's very pliable to many people (I would guess). Way to go Garrett!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 18:44:46 | More by malty
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


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

Appearance is a golden amber with a small white head and just a tiny bit of lacing. Aroma is slightly citrusy, as is the taste. A little bitter, the taste of hops comes through, and it's overall dry. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but probably not a great session beer in my opinion. I prefer the Brooklyn Brown.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2006 15:59:47 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,707 ratings.