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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,142
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 88
Gots: 420 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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

A: Poured a nice amber color with ivory head that hangs around and leaves nice lacing.

S: First impression was of malt impact with a bready/grainy scent. Hop smell also detectable with some earthy tones.

T: Starts somewhat bitter but leaves a sweet taste in aftertaste.

M/D: Smooth. A very easy to drink lager that provides different tastes than other lagers.

Photo of BrewerB
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into my Stella Artois glass. Clear amber-orange color with some yellowing highlights on the fringes. Thin white head with good retention and some noticeable lacing on the sides of glass.

S - Grainy combined with herbal and spicy hop notes. Malt aroma is saltine crackerish.

T - Upfront graininess off-set by some herbal hop flavor and hints of spiciness. Soft finish is dry. Bitterness could be a little firmer but retains a nice balance to the malt.

M - Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation bordering moderate-high. Smooth.

D - As an amber lager, you'd certainly expect drinkability and Brooklyn doesn't disappoint. The soft malt character, dry finish, and pleasing herbal hoppy spiciness combine to make for a very drinkable version of the style. I'll take a second, maybe a third.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copperish color. Head started off big, sticky, and white in color, but dissipated to what is now a thin layer of foam, lacing is good.

Smell: a bit on the faint side, but after a few swirls, I'm smelling some malty, grainy smells.

Taste: starts off a bit on the bitter side, but the finish is lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice level of carbonation, alcohol is pleasantly warming.

Drinkability: This would make a nice session beer. Nicely done.

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

A: A browish, reddish color beer. No real head or lacing on the glass. Very minimal.

S: A good blend, but not overwhelming, of malt and hops. Some bready malts with hints of citrus and pine hops.

T: A lot more hoppy than I first expected! The pine/citrus hops come through most predominantly. Some sweet bready malt on the back end.

M: A smooth medium body beer. Hops and malt blend well.

D: A really good beer that you can enjoy in a session.

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

this beer pours a light clear golden color with a tall creamy off white head that fades slowly leaving lace sticking to the glass. the aroma brings a strong scent of floral and pine hops with a bit of malt in the background. the taste follows with a good bit of hops and sme of the sweeter malt characteristics. the mouthfeel is decent if a little low in the co2 department. a very drinkable lager.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/19/08. On tap. Pours a brown/orange, small head. Lots of piney hops, sweet malt. This is a very smooth drinking beer and one of the best lighter lagers that I've had.
Aroma: 6/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with a one finger off-white head. Head was smaller than expected, but had great staying power. Reduced to a froth that remained until the end. Lacing was such that I could tell how many sips I had taken by the complete rings of lacing all the way down.

Smelled pretty clean; malty with a spicy hop kick. Maybe a touch of fruit.

Tasted like good flavorful caramel malts to start, with a very prominant citric hop presence that dominates the middle and end. Finishes crisp and clean.

Well constructed carbonation and fuller body for a lager.

Nothing fancy, just a good, drinkable beer. Definitely on the hoppy side, but without ignoring the malt. I would say this is probably my second favorite lager behind Sam Adams.

Photo of harley101
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

well this beer is pretty good, it has a kind of syropy thick floral hoppy taste. i bought it obviously after reading reviews like usual. it gave me a feeling like how duff beer would taste(simpsons).

smells gingery.

goes down easy has a perfect abv.

i like the idea of a pre-prohibition beer.

feels good in the mouth.

a worthy beer but i might not buy it again.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Freshness date clearly marked that says best consumed before March 2009.

Pours a very nice looking deep reddish, amber color. Nice head along with a good lacing on the glass as it is being consumed. Caramel along with some slightly sour apple notes dominate the nose of this beer. Taste is a fairly big dose of caramel sweetness up front followed by some acidic apple flavors a good hop bite at the end with some residual caramel sweetness riding through until the end. Nice, refreshing carbonated mouthfeel that has plenty of body to keep this beer from being watery.

I could have easily have a few of these, but I am not sure this is a brew I would actually buy again. Maybe it's just the style, but to me, it tastes like a slight astringent version of a vienna style lager. Nevertheless, this a well crafted beer, and I think some of the harshness I am tasting could possibly be attributed to improper storage of the beer. Overall, a good brew, and one that won't overwhelm most peoples' palate.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent golden copper with a thin creamy white head and a rush of bubbles to the surface.

S - Clean and crisp with sweet brady malts and spicy, grassy hops. Slightly hoppy for a lager.

T - Toasty bread, slightly sweet caramel with a bit of grainy malts. Earthy, spicy hops balance it out with the usual flavor I pick up in most lagers (must be the yeast).

M - Medium body, clean and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Easy drinking making it enjoyable to have a few in one sitting.

Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden orange color. A white head forms, and recedes to leave lace.
S: Grainy malt at first. Cereal. Quickly gives way to a caramel sweetness. A substantial hop presence of grapefruit and citrus aromas.
T: A light malty graininess and sweet caramel again. A good hop bitterness that balances everything out nicely.
M/D: A crisp clean snap of carbonation. A little on the watery side. Slick and oily. This is a refreshing and smooth beer to drink. An easy choice for a session beer.

A very nice lager. Something I should have tried a lot sooner and something I will definitely have more of in the future.

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

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery pours a lovely deep copper color with a nice thick head. The smell is of malt and faint hops. The taste is exactly the same but with some earthy tones mixed in as well. Was enjoyable and left lacing down my glass. When I'm in the mood far a lager(which don't happen much), this will be my go to beer. Sessionable and very drinkable.

Photo of TrevorGW
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Copper color with a nice head. Visually it is your ideal regular beer.

Aroma is malty and woody with the citrus around the edges.

Taste is balanced, but falls more on the hoppy side. Delicious oily, earthy hop hits you up front. Sweet biscuit lingers after the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel is grainy and medium-bodied. Highly sessionable and refreshing.

Great, complex taste packed into a lager - rare and wonderful.

Photo of jonziefle
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish amber, with a thin frothy head. No real lacing left behind. Appears to have good carbonation.

Smell: A surprising hoppy nose overpowering the typical lager maltiness. Floral hops and bready malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste proves that this is definitely a lager. The hoppiness in the smell isn't nearly as strong in the taste, and the malts mostly take over. There is a moment of hops at the beginning, but it gives way quickly to the slow and sweet malts. Medium body and good carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good beer. A good balance of malts and hops, which is sometimes rare in a lager. Something ale drinkers should try, even if they're not fond of lagers.

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

12oz bottle, poured into Sam Smith pint glass.

Appearance - transparent golden brown, amberish.

Smell - very malty smell, with the flowery hops the second most noticeable part.

Taste - sweeter than I expected, malty, cool, ends with hops, which are especially pronounced on the swallow, and linger in the aftertaste. Nothing amazing, but something that could easily be enjoyed on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel - as present as the malt is in the nose and taste, the body of the beer is almost thin, by comparison. The mouthfeel is more like a cool glass of water than the expected maltyness. This seems like a bad thing, but it does make the beer very refreshing to drink; perfect for a fall evening after a full day, for example.

Drinkability - like Brooklyn's IPA, this is a beer that is very flavorful, yet balanced and calm enough to be an easy go-to beer on a regular basis, pleasing flavors and smooth texture would compliment many foods, and could easily be enjoyed more than one in an evening. In fact, I think I may have another after this one.

In summary: a good, solid, drinkable and enjoyable beer, though nothing to write home about.

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

This lager pours a clear amber with a dense white head that mostly dissipates. It has a firm aroma of citrusy hops. The mouthfeel is light with almost no carbonation. It has a simple crisp hop flavor from start to finish. It's almost like a lager version of a special bitter. Very simple and refreshing.
(rated Jan 30, 2007)

Photo of stone3187
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color, has a hoppy floral aroma with a malty undertone. It has the mouthfeel of a more full bodied lager. The taste is a good balance between the Cascade Hops and the American Malts. Overall I liked it very much, I would label it as the ale drinkers lager.

Photo of Vendetta
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
July 6, 2008

Had this during Armin Van Buuren's set in McCarren park. Amber pour, not much head. Hoppy aroma, hoppy taste, smooth, a bit toasty. Lots of hops, they work well with the beer. Strong malt also. Quality brew, it will surprise you.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.48/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/30/2008 (Tap @ Flying Saurcer, Houston, TX):

Pours an amber brownish body with a small creamy white head. Has a sweet aroma, fruit. Some hops in the nose. Grapefruity taste, sweet strawberry aftertaste. Malty. Watery palate. Has a soft mouthfeel. Hoppy taste. But too malty for my taste.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a nice copper with creamy white head that laces the glass.

Smell is crisp, with a great mix of malt and fruity hops.

Taste is of hops and fruit initially with a nice malt finish.

Mouthfeel is just crisp enough to keep the flavors lingering.

Extremely drinkable beer, a favorite of mine to get in a sixtel.

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

This is very tasty and rather like a solid vienna.

It is copper-amber with a large, off-white, creamy head slowly shrinking and leaving some nice creamy lace.

The aroma is dry toasty, caramelly with leaf, citrus, a hint of grapefruit.

The taste is caramelly-toasty grain, leaf, grapefruit, slightly oily but with a crisp, lightly bitter finish that is dryish,, leafy and grapefruity. A light juiciness immediately precedes the finish.

Photo of whomas
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- a distunct red hue and deep amber colour very attractive with a thin off white head that sticks around.

S- Extremly hopy! deep piny hops with hints grapfruit a good amount of sweet malt and a slight funk.

T- Crispy and fresh with a massive burst of spicy hops hops and a juicy mouth waterning malt, the beer has a balanced finish finally becoming dry and quite bitter.

M &D- not your average lager, but an excellent diveation from traditon, a smooth mouth feel and great drinkability could drink this all year round but imagine it to be fantastic during the summer.

Photo of germanbeer1
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears as an amber with it's slightly reddish color and minimal head. The first thing that jumps out about this beer when going in for drink is the incredible level of hoppiness that can be detected in the smell. However, the taste is quite good with a moment of bitterness followed by a nice clean and abrupt finish. This lager has a decent body that gives it a nice sense of drinkability.

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

Had on Tap, poured into pint glass

a: translucent deep amber color with decent carbonation. Foamy 1/2" head of ok retention that eventually settles into lacing

s: clean smell, malts and slight hops aromas

t: Very well balnaced between malts and hops. Hints of citrus and grass.

m&d: Medium bodied, easy to "session"

What a good Lager!!!


Photo of stephens101
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An explosion of bubbles flows upward through the dark orange brew into a two-finger, bubbly tan head. As the bubbles pop, the head slowly recedes, leaving a healthy amount of lacing behind. A nice brisk maltiness floats to the nose, along with some fruitiness (perhaps pineapple or apple). Some earthiness, some sourness, and some grain are mixed in. Tastes of crystal malts, with a quick bitter finish which wraps up some sour apples, spice, and grass. This is a complex lager on both the aroma and taste fronts. Mouth-feel is light to medium-bodied, and leans toward the dry side. This is a very tasty and somewhat unique lager which might be losing some minor points due to style, which would be terribly unfortunate.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 3,142 ratings.