Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,090 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,090
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 82
Gots: 350 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out of the tall boy can with a clear amber color and a plain white head, forming a hilly texture at first which dies down to a thin lacing.

Aroma is a rather straight forward floral, hoppy scent. Hops come up first in the flavor, with a carmelly malt flavor in the middle. It finishes with a slightly bitter, dry finish, and seconds after the sip you get a nice lingering sweetness. Very classic flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light body with suitable carbonation. Rather simple and refreshing. Drinkability is as good as it gets. Just about every time I have this I grab for another until there is none left.

I'd also like to mention that I love this beer with pizza. I can't think of anything better to pair a pizza with.

Photo of NODAK
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells a bit hoppy, crisp. Some creaminess as well is apparent, perhaps like a Killian's.

Right away it's evident this has definite hop character. There are some floral hops upfront in decent quantity; pretty crisp. There's a mild maltiness on the body, along with a spicy hoppiness on the body as well. There's also some faint grain apparent on the finish, but I don't find it nearly as obvious as some others here do. Aftertaste is minimal to non-existant; clean.

Reminds me a lot of certain Vienna lagers actually with the hop character and slight grain. It's not bad. Pretty refreshing. Has a bit in common with Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Rather clear, amber body with a fluffy, slightly off-white cap. A good amount of staying power and a decent amount of lacing left behind.

A soft, floral hop aroma with a cereal-like graininess. A very pleasing lager nose.

A very clean malt bill with a flowery, bubble-gum like hop flavor. But the heavy dose of malt is where this beer shines. A hearty, toasted cereal malt flavor holds strong and complements the light, delicate hopping very well.

A medium body with a crisp, clean finish. Very refreshing and fulfilling. Just what you like in a lager.

Easily drinkable with loads of flavor. Very appealing to all types of beer drinkers.

Photo of beerhobo22
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Balanced malt and hop aroma. Earthy, citrus, hop aromas with hint of caramel malt. Goldend amber, clear. Off white, rocky, head. Poor retention, but maintained a thin layer with good lacing. Roasted malt w/ earthy hops. Good balance of malt/bitterness. Clean aftertaste. Medium body with good carbonation. Good session beer. Comparable to Sam Adams Boston Lager, but a bit earthier. Overall well balanced; a good beer.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a small fluffy white head.

Scent of malts, hops, sugars, bubble gum, and spice. A great scent, but I wasn't expecting it to be as complex as it is.

Taste of grain, sugars, malts and hops. Tasty and inoffensive, I could drink this on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lively with strong carbonation.

Photo of Grunewald
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 355ml bottle into a lager glass. The beer is clear with a rosy-amber color.

S - soft caramel and flower scents

T - nice grainy flavor, very balanced hints of caramel and flower

M - very smooth with an appealing medium carbonation

D - This is a good session beer. The highlight of this beer is the exceedingly smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a good balance of malts and hops. Taste is hops up front, malts kicking in later, slightly bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of jdg204
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feels like I should've tried this one a while ago, one of the more readily available mainstream craft brews in my part of the Northeast. Thus, I was looking forward to the experience.

A: Pours a clear, amber body supporting a hefty crest of whiteish foam.

S: Delicate toasty maltiness with a pleasant spicy, floral hop scent.

T: Crisp, toasty malt flavor with a restrained sweetness witha spicy, floral hoppiness and medium bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied. Soft, medium level of carbonation.

D: Very fine brew, I can see how it's become so popular in the area. One of the fine examples of a mainstream craft brew, acceptable to a wide audience and proves a gateway to more complex brews. Another winner from Brooklyn, do yourself a favor and pick up one of the original jewels of craft!

Photo of NewGeneric
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, had this one after work the other night. Poured a deep auburn/amber color with thin white head that left decent lacing. Smelled of earthy hops and malts. Tasted the same with some caramel notes. Very smooth, keep em coming! My second favorite lager next to Porteris.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz Tallboy poured in Imperial pint glass.

Wow, for a lager I was amazed! I've always been an ale guy and the color and head of this just blew me away! Especially from a can! This is my first craft beer from a can, and I'm totally hooked!
This has a deep amber/red color with a decent head that sticks around and a little lacing as well. Very smooth and totally drinkable.

Great for the beach or other no-bottle locations.

I WILL buy this again! I'm very excited to try more from Brooklyn!

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

can poured into a pint glass

dark gold body and a fluffy white head after a good pour

surprisingly there was a good amount of hops in the smell...almost reminded me of a Sam Adams Lager, but not an exact copy

well represented hop presence at first with a nice malty aftertaste

very good hop character but not too overpowering....nice medium body

the excellent balance of the hops and malt in this along with the relatively low ABV will have me coming back for more of this

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brownish lager with a single finger head and
good lacing. Head retention left much to be

S: Malty with hints of alcohol and grain.

T: Malty brew with a grainy aftertaste.

M: Thin with little to no character provided by
the carbonation.

D: This far surpasses your macro lager but
leaves me wanting more in a lager from this
great brewery.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy copper. frothy white head, light retention, amazing lacing. beautiful beer!

light caramel malts with a slight citrus hop

light caramel malts up front with a light citrus hop bitterness. very light red grapefruit.

medium carbonation adds some bite. very full bodied.

a very bold and refreshing lager. darker in color and bolder in flavor. easy drinking here.

last time i had this, i recall more hop flavor.

Photo of MaxBrews
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner. I've had this beer in all kinds of glassware and a pilsner was recommended so I tried it.

Appearance: Pours with a foamy 1 finger head. Dark amber bordering on copper in color . Bubbly. Head dissipates at a moderate rate, and lacing is thin and soapy but clings all over the glass. A very attractive beer with a color smack dab in the middle of light and dark.

Smell: Floral hop and malt character, sweet with a hint of citrus.

Taste: strong floral hop character, sweet malt taste but not too sweet.

Moutfeel: could be a tid bit crisper, more like you'd expect from a lager. Carbonation is spot on, the dryness and bitterness is low if at all present. A decent mouth feel:

Drinkability: Tasty and refreshing enough to have a few. The only thing that would hold a few people back is the sweetness and floral character. I do confess I am very partial to this brew and while its not perfect, it should be considered a modern classic. I've had this many times and I do recommend you serving at the proper temperature 40-45 degrees any warmer and you'll get a bad impression of this. The coolness of the serving temperature is fine by me, this is my favorite after cycling beer. :)

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

Bright and shiny brass glazed with a delectable caramel coating; damn this is a nice looking beer! Its tone is resplendent and illuminates against the light even while its colour appears hard-crusted and thick. Transparency is just barely afforded. Of course a gorgeous looking beer would not be complete without a sudsy white capping.

Brooklyn's lager expresses anti-macro sentiments without a word of it ever being spoken. No other flagship lager on the market smells this fruity, this tangy, this citric, this - in a word - hoppy. The fact that this is dried hopped is apparent and beneficial. There is also an ultra doughy, strongly scented biscuit malt that underlay the beer with caramel as well.

Who says a simple lager can't have all the flavour and enticement as an IPA? Who says a plain-type lager can't taste great? Who says a flagship beer can't have mass appeal and cater to more refined palates? Who says you can't brew a beer to be both gratifyingly hoppy and deliciously malty? If there are people out there saying such things, the folks at Brooklyn Brewing have proved them wrong.

The flavour has just a little bit of all that is great with liberally hopped ales; it has a hint of citrus, a dab of vinous bitterness and smacks of grapefruit. It also features all that is redeeming about plain lagers; it is extremely quenching and heavily rewarding to a dry palate. If you're a lager drinker just getting into craft beer, think of Brooklyn Lager as the trailer - it offers a preview of all the great things to come. (And it sells you on them!)

If not for his special releases then certainly for his core brands, Brooklyn Lager chief among them, Garrett Oliver deserves his face on the Mount Rushmore of brewers (if such a thing is ever made). There aren't many - are there any? - flagship lagers I find this interesting, let alone superb. If you have this beer readily available then maybe going through life drinking nothing but lagers wouldn't be such a bad way to live after all?!

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before November 2009.

A: Amber with a pretty vigorous head. Respectable amount of lacing.

S: Caramel and citrus. Almost like a pale ale.

T: Breadiness, hoppy bitterness, some grassy notes, just a touch of sweetness.

M: Heavier than the typical lager. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

D: So this is what beer was like before Prohibition, eh? Not bad. It certainly beats the pants off of any macro.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very bubbly and slightly hazy. Nice big chunky head leaves some lacing. Amber colored with a hint of gold.

S- Smell is earthy and sort of fruity like an apple. Some floral hop scents.

T- Taste is not very complex, but it is definitely substantial. Mostly sweet/earthy caramel/bread flavor with a hint of spicy, bitter hops.

M- Very full-bodied for what I used to in a lager. Sticky and smooth. Carbonation is quite active.

D- Very drinkable or perhaps I am in the mood for beer.

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired on our recent trip to Texas. I'm looking forward to seeing what the hype about this beer is all about...

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous coppery color with a lot of bubbles rising to meet the soft half-finger of cream colored head. The head looks to linger for a while. This looks like a solid opening for this lager.

Smell: The nose screams malts from the first sniff. Biscuits and breads jump down your nostrils immediately. Some notes of grains are present as well. No real tinges of spices or hops. The bottle purported some floral hints, but I can't pick any out.

Taste: The biscuits and grains hit your tongue right off the bat. There are some bitter flavors that are very unexpected, and I don't think really complement the lager at all. Very dull finish.

Mouthfeel: The lager starts very smooth and light, but the bitterness and the finish leave the mouth quite sticky. This wouldn't be my first choice for a lager ending.

Drinkability: This is a very average lager. The color and the nose are the highlights of this beer in my opinion. I'm sure this beer could be sessionable, but the taste and mouthfeel make me wonder why anyone would want to do that in the first place.

Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium carbonation, 1/3 inch head, clear, amber

Smell: malt, caramel, and grass

Taste: malt and bitter hops, dried grass, and caramel

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, sweet start and body with a bitter finish

Drinkability: This is a bit on the bitter side and for me, I think it is an average amber

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber with a lot of crystal clear bubbles on top and throughout. It all dies down rather quickly though. There's not a ton of lacing and only moderate head retention, but honestly, as long as a beer tastes good I can easily live without aesthetics.

The aroma is surprisingly citrusy with a fantastic creamy-malt, unusually fruity and bold for a lager and yet there's still a solid element of noble hops in the nose. The dry hopping adds so much to this beer.

The taste hits me more like an ale at first almost, with a rich biscuity malt and hops that seem to be equal parts west coast grapefruit (which I think I taste but it might be a trick of the nose) and noble (spicy metallic Hallertauer, this seems to stick around the longest). The level of bitterness is absolutely spot on.

Smooth, nice, a little thin maybe. Not a ton of carbonation at the end which leaves it a little watery.

I'm no lager lover but this strikes me as a deviation from the norm in the best possible sense. I could drink this all day.

Photo of thecarster1
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a weizen (all my pints were in the dishwasher), great clear light brown, reddish, amber coloring, two finger fluffy creamy head, great long lasting lacing, leaves a good bit of head on the glass.

s- bright malty smell, hoppy notes, little sweetness, citrus notes.

t- caramel malty taste upfront, hops on the backend, slight citrus taste, mix of grapefruit and lemon, well balanced blend of malt and hops.

m- great body, not overly carbonated or heavy.

d- super drinkable, very tasty, would (will) buy again, great for a session.

Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't really comment on the head since this was the first pour out of the keg and it was mostly foam. It did settle into a nice, clear, amber color. The aroma was hard to place. Slightly yeasty, slightly sour apple, I don't know; I was having trouble with this one. I do like the taste, though. Nice full mouthfeel with some well balanced bitterness and a smooth finish. Carbonation was a little low, could be the keg though. Wasn't as crisp as a typically lager, but that could be due to the carbonation. Overall, a very nice American lager.

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

Brooklyn lager is a beer that has eluded me for months. Always in stock but never actually at any of the LCBO's that I visit. It wasn't until I spotted it at a grocery store in Orlando that I had an opportunity to try it and I'm glad I did.

Off the pour it looks very nice with a white cloud like head that's two fingers deep and sticks around. Lots of lace on the way down as you drink this light brownish amber colored ale.

It smells lightly of caramel and oranges and the taste has both. Smooth rich caramel up front, fruity oranges from the yeast and a sharp burst of well balanced hops take over and stick around through the finish. It's quite nice.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and smooth and the carbonation is barely noticeable. The whole thing goes down fast though so hopefully you have some more on hand.

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid amber...almost hazy dark with better than a full finger off eggshell foamy head that decomposes in 3D with a nice amount of Belgian lacing. The smell is sweet malty and citrus. The lighter carbonation lends to a lighter mouth feel and medium body. At 5.2 % ABV, this one is a real nice drinker. Haven't been a big fan of Brooklyn, but I'm going back for these.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copperish amber color with a light white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

Smells lightly of malt and citrus

Taste consists mostly of caramel malt with some light grapefruit notes. Well balanced between malt and hops.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Not very complex at all but very solid all around. Easily sessionable and probably a good conversion beer for the macro drinkers.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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