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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 65
Gots: 167 | 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 thinkbreakfast

New York

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

Appearance: This brew has a nice dark gold color. The head is very fluffy and sticks around well after a good pour.

Smell: The smell is one of my favorite aspects of this beer. There is a surprising amount of hops in the smell. It actually smells a lot like Sam Adams lager.

Taste: The hops are right up front in the taste. The malt follows the hops and is still pronounced in the immediate aftertaste. This is a truly great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good. This beer has a very well developed taste with a good hops character. However, the hops are not overpowering and therefore do not leave a strong aftertaste, which makes for good drinkability. Highly recommended.

Serving type: can

06-20-2004 23:28:42 | More by thinkbreakfast
Photo of edchicma


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

Nice amber color with good head retention and very good lacing. Smell is a nice rounded malt with a hint of yeast. Taste is initially sweet and finishes with a nice bitter element. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy on the palate. Drinkability is fine due to smooth quality good mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2004 01:01:16 | More by edchicma
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale malts lager yeast and a breadlike aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter and bready. It has a bit of hops present which only adds to the taste. The mouthfeel is great. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the best lagers I've ever had. It has great malt character and excellent mouthfeel; a great drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2004 00:02:41 | More by WesWes
Photo of UncleJimbo


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

12 oz bottle, month notched on label.

This lager poured a clear, dark amber color with off-white foam that settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty and fruity with a bit of hops in the nose. The taste was malty with a faint dry caramel character and with some fruity and floral hops notes. The finish was lightly hoppy with a touch of a woody taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and relatively clean with medium body and medium carbonation, and overall it was fairly dry. This was a very respectable lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 21:14:40 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, thick puffy slightly off white head. Some slight lacing

Smell is fragrant. Lavender aromas, fresh american hops, some rich crisp biscuity malt lingering in the background

Taste, crisp yet smooth caramel laden hops, some nice sharp slightly citric bitterness. Little bit of honey and fresh lavender from the hops, bit of biscuity malty backbone

A legend in the realms of the session beer. A superb lager, one I keep coming back to time after time

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 17:34:08 | More by cypressbob
Photo of david23

New York

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with tannish firm head that settles nicely and leaves a sheeting of lacing.Aroma is bready with a floral note and a hint of citrus, Nothing like the smell of a Brooklyn Lager freshly poured. Nice big malt flavor and a surprising hop note that some might find strange in a lager however seems perfect and quite surprising. Carbonation is not overdone making this a smooth crisp refreshing brew that could easily be a great session beer but is a little sneaky with a 5.0 A.B.V. If the choices are limited, you can't go wrong by ordering this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2004 06:01:38 | More by david23
Photo of mschofield


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

Pours a reddish amber-gold with a two finger creamy tan head, leaves thin spots of lacing, constant thin streams of carbonation.
Floral, mint, light biscuit, and butterscotch in the aroma.
Floral, and toaste bread in the taste. A bit oily fairly simple.
Medium bodied, but I didn't like the way this felt too 'acidic'. Good bitterness for this style of lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 20:40:13 | More by mschofield
Photo of Crosling


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Light copper in color with a creamy off white head that laces well and lasts long.

It's suprisingly hoppy with a well pronounced herbal, fresh and flowery aroma.

The hoppiness is present in the aroma and very pleasant. Is this dry hopped? Very grainy flavor with toffee and caramel notes.

This is an all-malt lager which is great. Anyone trying to get into craft brewed beer would like this.

Good solid bland lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 07:12:48 | More by Crosling
Photo of jackndan


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Lager: From a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Looks great: deep reddish tan color, fairly clear with just a wee bit of haze. The head was not huge, what there was almost seemed like a white/gray color, kind of unusual actually. Left some foamy lace down the side of the glass.

The aroma was light, clean with just a hint of caramel malts.

The taste was very carbonated, if you know what I mean. I can imagine this being a fine session beer, because it is lightly bodied, nicely balanced, and quite frankly, does not have an overwhelming amount of flavor. Sweet malt and then a cleaning swipe of hops, and a lingering sweetness. But flavor, well it tastes like a Yuengling. Not at all unpleasant, and one I can see drinking when I’m going to have more than one (Ok, 5), but as a nightcap, it leaves a little bit to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 04:00:43 | More by jackndan
Photo of sulldaddy


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

I had this brew at Eli Canon's tonite. The beer comes in a pint glass chilled. There is a nice small white head when I get the pint but this fades to a surface layer rather quickly. The aroma is grainy malt with a mix of light floral hops. Overall the aroma is light and sweet. Color is a rich amber/orange color.
First sip reveals average body and carbonation. The flavor is light and grainy malt with some grassy hop notes coming through. This is a very smooth and easy to drink beer. A good lager.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2004 04:23:45 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of BeefyMee


3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little more pale than I thought it would be. The head didn't shape up either. Tastes good though. At first I got this sublte hop flavor, I'm not sure what kind. By the end, an extremely prevalent sweetness came through, almost like a dopplebock type malty flavor. Actually, I'm not sure whether this was because it was the end of the beer or because it had warmed a little. The sweetness was slightly overbearing but nothing I couldn't handle. For the most part a very solid, drinkable beer, though I'd rather have a Sammy, but that's just me. Oh, and the mouthfeel is superb; a real high note.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 02:15:05 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

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

So today John went ot the forum with a post about Brooklyn Lager. As I was reading it, I realized that I drinkit all the time and never review it. So why not today? I picked up a six pack at Wegmans.
This is a great lager. Not like what the macro breweries have done to the name. It has a really nice foral scent with a nice smooth malty and hoppy taste. Brooklyn has made one of the best lagers outside of Germany.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 02:57:01 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of Billolick

New York

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

12 ounce bottle, best before date of June '04, yeah fresh beer! Golden amber, with an outmeal colored head. Soft malt, yeast and flowery hops in the nose.Balance and drinkability are the theme here. Freshness of the hops is obvious. A nice clean lager, a great session brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 23:09:44 | More by Billolick
Photo of wsouloa

New Jersey

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

When you venture into New York City area quite a bit, you definitely see this beer around enough and it is often a very good choice depending on what place you go to. This beer may not be in the upper tier of beers but it is certainly good. The first thing that strikes you about it is its nice amber color. It is a hoppy beer which goes down very smooth. It has decent carbonation, it is a lager as the title shows but it doesn't have too much of a lingering aftertaste, which is something that turns some people off. This makes it a great beer to buy a friend at a bar which has a good beer selection that may not know much about beers other than macros.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 16:56:45 | More by wsouloa
Photo of stewart124


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

Nice amber color with decent head that fades to a fizzy minute head. Leaves a little lacing Quite aromatic for a lager with hints of hops. Taste is a good clean flavor with a hop bite. This is a unique taste to most lagers and Brooklyn pulls it off well. Crisp aftertaste with that lingering hop flavor. Well balanced malts and a overall good brew. Very drinkable and I'm not a big lager fan.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 04:53:29 | More by stewart124
Photo of JackTheRipper


4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Brooklyn review, and a fine offering to start off with.

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 23:56:09 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of beernbbq


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

The classic Amber Lager. Pours a light red with a white head. Sweet malt with a suprisingly floral hop aroma smell is mild. Taste mimics the aroma of the beer. Tingly carbonation on the mouth with an easy drinkability. Pairs nicely with the pepperoni and mushroom pie at Grimaldi's.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 15:22:47 | More by beernbbq
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
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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