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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,708
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 64
Gots: 162 | FT: 0
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 palma

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light amber body with off white head. Head quickly dwindles to a nice lace and sticks to the glass a little.

Smell: Malty and bready. Some caramel. Some floral and a little musky.

Taste: Light sweet caramel flavor. A crisp metallic taste. Hoppy bitterness definitely comes thorough. Leaves a grainy and bready aftertaste. Somewhat dry finish. Great tasting lager. One of my favorites

Mouthfeel: Good overall mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good thickness in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 01:35:09 | More by palma
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a inch and a half head with big bubbles. Lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was nice, as the malt sweetness and a hint of nuttiness is detectable. The flavor is basic and clean - malt is up front with some nice mellow bittering just behind it. I also detected a bit of honey flavor on my tongue.

Very smooth at first then a slight crispness hits the back of your tongue. Clean finish. Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. One of my favorite lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 17:08:32 | More by Gavage
Photo of gueuzeonhigh


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this beer cascaded into my glass, I was surprised by the color. Ah but this is supposed to be "pre-prohibition" beer-- whatever that refers to...

Produced a scant head, but with a coarse bubbly texture that dissipated into a foam atol within the confines of my glass.

The nose created a strong malt aroma with a fruity sweetness punctuated by hints of hops.

The flavor was robust, more forthcoming than a "traditional" lager. Malt was the major focus-- propped up here and there by traces of hops. I couldn't taste a signature of yeast in the flavor but it's in there..

The effervescent mouthfeel added to the overall spirit of the beer's flavor culminating into a long lasting and clean finish.

This was a very satisfying brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 06:13:10 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of shippos

New York

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

orangy light amber color with a slight off-white/cream colored head. grassy hoppy aroma, wasn't expecting that has a sweet chewy malty aroma with bready and toffee hints. very well balanced with a juicy taste. slight hint of a butter in the aftertaste. an excellent lager, one of the absolute best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 15:53:47 | More by shippos
Photo of BeerFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color into my 16 oz Brooklyn Brewery pint glass. White foamy head lingers which leaves good lacing. Starts fruity and malty, but finishes dry with some nice hop bitterness - Hallertauer and Cascade hops. This well balanced beer is round and crisp and makes for a nice session beer. It's a constant staple in my fridge. I've been drinking this since the early '90's and makes for a good cross-over beer for macro drinkers. One of the most under-rated beers on this site.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 00:47:28 | More by BeerFan
Photo of HappyHourHero


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

Poured a dirty white, foamy head. Its leaving a bit of lace as it sinks back down into the beer. The smell is of sweet malts. The beer is light amber in color and pretty clear. The taste is just a bit sweet, it's definitely leaning toward the malt side, but there's enough hops in there to keep it from going to far. This beer is just ok out of the bottle. I had a can (yes can!) of Brooklyn Lager a couple months ago and it was super hoppys, kinda like a lager/IPA hybrid, and I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 04:33:35 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of RBorsato


4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold to amber with a nice creamy tan head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Nice dry-hopped aroma when fresh. Good malty flavor with great balance -- flowery hops. Light-medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish; maybe just a tad too dry.

One of the better American Amber Lagers -- a great seesion brew and much more consistent in quality than Sam Adams.

Label States: "The Pre-Prohibition Beer"

Per B.B. website:
Malts: 2-row pale malt, caramel malt, carapils
Hops: Hallertau and Cascade

Per "Beers" book: Crystal and Pale malts, dry hopped, 5.1% ABV

Per "B.A.B." book: 5.2% ABV

Gold Medal - Vienna Lager - 1992 GABF

Best Before: Sep '02
Tasted: 10/25/03

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 17:06:03 | More by RBorsato
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A really good lager, somewhat in the mold of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but much better. Sweetish malts give way too a nicely hoppy spicy, dry-ish finish, lots of flavour, yet mildly refreshing, really nice quaffer, not really complex in any way, just nice n' tasty and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 03:31:17 | More by rastaman
Photo of goz


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper, smallish white head that sticks around quite well, and leaves good lacing. Body has a lot of tiny bubbles meandering about. Aroma is mainly caramel and some other malt sweetness, some hops playing around in the back to balance it out nicely. Flavor starts with some caramel, middle is clean with a slight fruitiness, ends with a good chewy and tasty hoppiness. Body is medium, medium carbonation level, easy drinking and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 00:38:23 | More by goz
Photo of chaduvel


3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another good beer in a can tastee. Pours darker than most "pale lagers" that I've had. Not much smell, some malts, a little hops. Has a very nice malty flavor and a hop bite. No fillers or adjuncts in there what so ever. Smooth taste and much better than any macro lager out there. Very nice.

Serving type: can

08-27-2003 21:41:59 | More by chaduvel
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber body continually pierced by light carbonation. Fine ad rocky white head topped it all off for a little while before the mass melted into a thin layer of sticky fluff. This is a very easy drinking and uncomplicated beer. Lightly hopped and modest malt, this beer has always reminded me of a good version of Yuengling Lager. Strange metallic flavors build on the finish the more you drink. I hope this is never the first Brooklyn beer that anyone tries. It’s not bad, but when compared to their other brews it is nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 15:16:30 | More by yen157
Photo of 86MonteSS


4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how much the order of beers had determines how tastey they all are, but this was the last I tried tonight and boy was it good. Usually the last beer I have tastes the worst because I fail to adequately cleanse my palate, but tonight was an exception. I'm tasting a remarkable hop content for a lager, almost enough to make it a pale ale. In fact, that would make sense since it has a bold amber coloration. A notably fruity nose makes Brooklyn Lager especially unique. Tastes pretty damn good, will probably buy again. This and that, bla bla bla.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 03:10:01 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours out with a one-finger head and lots of foam. Amber-orange color with lots of bubbles and some decent lacing on the far side of the glass.

Very nice malt and floral nose, you should be able to tell pretty quickly that this is not your average lager about to be sampled.

Taste - A rather hoppy lager. A quick malty presence is quickly over-ridden by an outstanding but not aggressive hop kick. Not terribly bitter, but solid and tasty, blending beautifully with the carbonation. As the bubbles die down, the sweetness of the malt comes through on the finish. The sweet of the malt and the bitter of the hop resolve in perfect balance at the eleventh hour of the aftertaste. A fine, fine way to round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - pretty heavy for a lager. Slightly oily/resinous, which provides a lot of body to the beer. Solid coating, doing its best to make you remember its name...

Drinkability - A very versatile beer. A light enough style to be a session beer all by itself, but enough character to stand up admirably if paired with food. I suspect the hops would hold their own reasonably well with wings or barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 05:55:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of dmarch


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and golden in color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty with some citrusy hops. Taste starts out sweet like caramel with a zesty lemony finish. Very bitter in the finish which may not please most beer drinking novices. Not the best from brooklyn, but it's a classic in the microbrewing industry.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 21:19:51 | More by dmarch
Photo of SheepNutz


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a sample tasting cup. It pours a classic amber color with one rocky finger of head. There is lots of lacing left on the cup. The smell is a mix of sweet malt and slightly grassy hops. The taste starts with rich malt, and ends with a good dose of hops. Pretty hoppy for a lager. The balance is very nice. The body is a little light, but very smooth. The drinkability is great, and this is good to go for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 20:54:45 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of StevieW


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear medium carmel to copper in color. A touch lighter than Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which I think is a fair comparision. Nice fluffy white head. Laced the glass just fine.
Noticable hop presence on the nose, which surprised me. Nice crisp taste, slightly toasted malt, and crisp hop finish. More hops than I ever would have thought from a lager. Very crisp and refreshing. Medium body, nicely carbonated. Taste is less full, less gas filled, and much crisper and more refreshing than a Boston Lager. This could be the perfect grilling beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 19:41:54 | More by StevieW
Photo of Wildman


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is also present. One of the darkest lagers I have ever seen. An aroma of malt and hops are present with a touch of caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel. A rather crisp and light finish to it. The coloration and the flavor isn't bad, but I guess this brewer is trying to point to an older way of brewing lagers like Victory's does.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 14:53:06 | More by Wildman
Photo of aaronh


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

Sampled at a new place in Washington, Sapphire's, during their first week of operation.

Pours a medium golden color, topped by a solid white head that shows good retention and lacing. The smell is more malty than most, and a little light on overall aroma. Faint hop notes are also evident. The taste is fairly malty for a lager, but it has a substantial hop bite on the finish. I was actually surprised by the overall flavor profile of this beer. The mouthfeel is solid, and the overall package makes for a supremely drinakble beer. I'll revisit it later after my initial impression fades a bit, but I have to get this one in the fridge soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 16:41:22 | More by aaronh
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe this brew is an aquired taste. My initial thoughts on this beer is that of syrup.
Colour of deep golden with a light frothy head. Carbonation is medium active.
Taste starts sweet then switches to a slightly lingering hoppy bitterness.
In the transition tho, I cannot get past a syrupy presence that I find annoying.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 19:37:46 | More by Shiloh
Photo of BeerResearcher


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

One of my favorite US Lagers. Pours an amber with orange hue and short-lived off-white head. Nice malty and floral hop aroma. Mostly a trailing lace with some clinging residue. Lightly sweet caramel notes within a nice rounded malt body. Sharp citrusy bitterness and a light metallic edge. A hint of pears appears towards the end of the glass as the flavors meld and balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 18:46:08 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of powoo19


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured nice with a nice golden color and a nice white head that lasted a short time. The smell was a hint of fruit and florallike, very inviting. The taste was very good, crisp and smooth.
It went down nice. The aftertaste was pleasent to the palet. a nice crisp lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 06:25:20 | More by powoo19
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight brown hue to this golden colored brew. Off-white head that laces. Nice looking beer.
Aroma of floral hops and sweet malts.

Taste is balanced. Nicely hopped with plenty of floral hop notes. Malt backbone has a caramel flavor to it.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good lager. If you're in the mood for a lager, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 07:02:19 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of pezoids


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

This beer poured a very bright and clear amber orange color. Decent frothy white head. Wonderfully inviting and slightly flowery hop aroma. Nice malt presence. The beer is medium bodied and is a great tasting lager. Smooth and mellow and very flavorful. Perfect carbonation. It’s a definite step up from a normal premium lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 11:37:47 | More by pezoids
Photo of bditty187


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent, coppery-bronze hue, a finger’s worth of white head, excellent retention, a few rings of lace. The nose is clean and unassuming… a suggestion of floral. Simple palate; tasty nevertheless… malty with a kiss of creamy-sweetness, some hoppy bitterness, floral notes too. Pleasant palate, rather enjoyable… lovely subtle hops influence. Low carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel, maybe a tad thin but not a problem. Drinkable… session brew material, this would also work well as a crossover beer. This is a tasty Lager… try one.

Thanks Stegmakk for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 18:07:28 | More by bditty187
Photo of dwarbi

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a true amber colored beer. Pours an average head that fades quickly, but provides excellent lacing. Smells of flowers and sugar. Good tasting lager. A little sweet, but enough other flavors in there, too. Somewhat thick in the mouth, but more drinkable than your average lager. A great standby beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 20:49:49 | More by dwarbi
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,708 ratings.