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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,114
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 86
Gots: 387 | 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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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

Brooklyn Lager pours a light copper in color, with a wispy small white head.

Aroma of boozed caramel and pale malt with some feint grassy notes in the background.

Taste is nice and assertive. Striking citrusy hops along with a nice grassy underlay start out strong and are meet with a nice caramel malt sweetness. A tad earthy, a bit sweet, a bit sour, a bit bitter.
Overall very balanced, and right on for the style.

A very solid lager and one that is exceptionally easy to drink.

Photo of 12NattiBottles
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Classic label and logo, with simple green and black colors, seems very fitting for a beer style that developed during the Pre-prohibition era.

Appearance: Very nice amber color, closer to orange. Nice two finger head, and great lacing. Very active carbonation.

Smell: Sickly sweet smelling, with a very familiar scent of citrus.

Taste: Full of flavor, strong hop taste at the start with a malty finish, medium-bodied; Bitter hints, including notes of citrus lemon and a weak coffee taste at finish that accompanies the malty end.

Mouth feel: Crisp, a little bit dry; overall very refreshing

Drinkability: Smooth with a little bit of bite in the immediate aftertaste; very enjoyable.

Overall: Very enjoyable, and a one of the best American Lagers I have had. Good Drinking!

Photo of HardTarget
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Label notes "In Texas, Malt Liquor". Well said.

A) Deep amber / pale brown, solid cover of soapy bubbles.

S) Faint; mild hop leaf and white bread.

T) Lightly bready malt but not sweet, earthy hop bitterness which is pretty firm for an American Lager.

M) High carbonation shows in the finish as it goes airy and gassy. Slick texture, oily finish.

O) Solid beer, lots of flavor, mostly hop driven, strikes me as a Sam Adams Lager, a mainstream macro, but a well done one.

Photo of Raligitano
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a time before Beer School when I didn't know a Budweiser from a Belgian Ale or hops from hashish. Back then, I was at a party in Brooklyn and they had this stuff. I drank it, liked it a lot ("Hey! It doesn't taste like Budweiser!!"), then promptly forgot about it for the next 6 years. Back in Brooklyn...let's see how it goes now.

Pours into the pint glass with a strong, fluffy inch of head that clings to the glass. Several bubbles dance in its orange-yellow glow. Smells sweet and malty; a little floral hops starts to jump out as the beer warms up.

Mellow bite that's refreshing, not bitter. It's dry and goes down with the hops hitting at the end. Feels frothy. Like a standard American macrolager if they wanted to brew them with taste and not economies of scale in mind. Warm feeling of alcohol when it goes down.

I could take about 3 of these. The bite might get overwhelming after too many. My good drunken memories didn't serve me wrong though.

Photo of thain709
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An amber color...darker than what I had expected...a nice light fluffy head with light lacing

S - Floral hops and roasted malts

T - Great taste! The hops come through more than the malts...but the two are perfectly balanced

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing

D - First Brooklyn brew...looking forward to more...this one is a winner

Photo of midaszero
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - clear dark golden orage with 1 finger slight off white head with ok lacing

S - Lots of good malts and a little citrus

T - Good clean malt taste with a slightly bitter taste on the back and sticks around in the after tast

M - medium body with medium carbonation

D - Easy to session and kind of enjoyable but nothing I would drink on a regular basis

Photo of vikingmike
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden straw, decent head

Smell: Fresh, malty, citrusy

Taste: Clean, noticeable malt presence with hoppy bite

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing

Drinkability: I'm glad I found this beer. If it weren't so expensive in Japan I could see making it a session stand-by. Overall I'm very impressed

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pilsner glass. Has a light copper color and was unexpectedly darker than I thought it would be, a pleasant surprise. Hundreds of fine bubbles race upwards towards a fat, long lasting creamy off-white head. Superb lacing. A wonderful looking beer.

Well balanced nose with a floral hoppiness and sugar cane-esque malts. Very mild hints of sulfur and light berry fruitiness.

Mmmm, a flavorful lager. Piney hops seem most prevalent to me with a toasty flavored malt backbone. A few hints of clover and caramel. Refreshing! This beer shows the macros that lagers can still be thirst quenching and maintain a high level of flavor. One of the best (American style?) lagers I have had. Very tasty.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is light with soft malt and a touch of spicy hops.

Pours a butterscotch gold color, good clarity, nice head with lasting retention.

Medium-to-medium thin body carries a mild-to-moderately strong flavor. Spicy hops great the palate first with dry, oily, pungent bushwhack, a floral bouquet, and a good deal of tartness similar to lemon zest. Soft fruit-like sweetness that reminds me of sweet corn. A growing bitterness lurks in the back. Very soft malt flavor. Mildly grainy. Dry finish brings full-circle the hop.

Pretty good. I'd like to see it on tap; and I'm eager to try more Brooklyn's offerings.

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

Appearance: Copper with a white head that leaves some lacing. Small amount of foam, and I can see some semi-lively carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Mainly hops. Can't detect much else though. Good hop aroma though

Taste: Good malts, and of course, the hops. Balance between the two is good, along with some bread/grain type flavor going for it.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Goes down smooth, with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, ABV is on the lower side, tastes good, good mouthfeel. A good beer to have a few of.

Photo of garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially a somewhat rich malt aroma, but that is followed by an ever increasing hop presence of some grass and earthy note. Eventually the two balance off nicely, although it is a bit tight.
Nice rocky and dense head cap an amber liquid of orange and brown. Brilliantly clear and an active show of bubbles rising.
Quite a mix of hop and malt again an array of features with highlights of dryness, moderate bitterness, malt toast with limited sweetness. Very long finish with dryness primary.
Clean, but not necessarily crisp with the length dry finish diminishing a thirst quenching quality. Nicely carbonated with enough to hold interest, but not distract or detract.
This holds some characters similar to Sam Adams and I'm not quite sure why they aren't in the same category. I like them both, but I like the flavors of the hops more in this one, but the length of the dryness and bitterness of this one I prefer less.

Photo of Deus1138
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe I never wrote a review for this before!

Pours a rich copper with about two fingers of head. Smell is mostly of hops. Taste is very bready with nice hoppy finish. Don't let the style name fool you! There ARE hops in here and you WILL enjoy them! Drinkability is excellent! The label calls this "Pre-Prohibition Style." Too bad the macro-lager replaced this!

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

Poured into a pilsner glass. A two finger head is white and creamy and laces the glass. Bright copper color.

Cascade hoppiness comes through pretty strong. Breadiness and pie crust. A lot of hops in the nose.

First thing I taste is the hops right up front, which gaves way to a balanced maltiness with some fruity notes. The finish is pretty clean and bitter. Nice bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dead on for this type of lager. Good light/medium body and crisp and hard carbonation work beautiful on the palate.

Notes: Fantastic beer to pair with food, especially for bbqing and spicy foods this beer stands up well.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn is one of the best overall brewers

appearance: Looks like a lager should be

smell: Nice, not as floral as sam adams, but good

taste: Full flavor and malty lager

mouthfeel: Exceptional

drinkability: smooth and eay to drink

My favorite lager in the world. Since its not as available as Sam Adams it's a great alternative. Similar to each other.

Photo of NoahSYGG
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a great regular beer. It has a nice copper color. A nice hop presence on the nose without being too hoppy. The taste is a nice hop bite with a good malty backbone. Its not too bitter. This has a good medium mouthfeel and it goes down one after the other. This is a great beer for beginners.

Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of white foam... Golden copper hue... Moderate carbonation... Looks like a text book lager, possibly a tad darker than expected... This brew displayed an excellent head retention... Good lacing throughout the session...

S - Malt... A slight hint of ginger sticks out among floral aromas... Caramel... Mellow and subtle, not many complexities, but still enjoyable...

T - Floral and grassy characteristics are first on the palette... Malt... Granola... Hops are present, but subtle, though they do linger from sip to sip...

M - Mild carbonation on the tongue... Refreshing and smooth... Light bodied and ever so slightly bitter...

D - Drinkable, but not memorable... Not one to avoid, but also not one to seek out... A very average American Lager...

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

My bottle says it's about a year past the best-by date, but what the hell. The color is a deep cloudy amber with a quarter inch of head. Almost no lacing at all, but the head does stay there. Smells of pungent malt. Tastes of curiously bitter malt, a bit of citrus, with a intriguing bitter aspirin aftertaste. Pretty damn good. I wish I could have tasted it a year ago. Drinkable as hell, and it seems like a promising gateway beer from BMC.

Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= nice slightly dense copper, modest half-finger head which fades quickly but laces prolifically.

S= robust and bountiful, seems to change after each gulp, stronger with consumption. Nice hops florals, malts, slight landry-starch hints or maybe it's a dough scent. At times the scent is so delightfully powerful that it smells like a sachet packet from some new-age herbals store.

T= mild carbonation, florals, evident toasted malts, balanced hops bitters, occasional traits of sweetness. Nice dough presence. Preferred over the now-popular and common Sam Adams Boston Lager.

M= not bad, I'd like a little more balance and less bitters but still very fine.

D= very drinkable if the description suits your tastes.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on-tap at the Corner Tavern on Edgewood and Boulevard in Atlanta.

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. The lacing is very sticky, I can actually track my sips - a rarity for a lager.

Smells alright. Some light noble hop aromas with mild grassiness in the background.

Tastes good. Sweet malts up front, followed by mild hop flavors. There's a faint taste of grassiness, and a mild bitterness permeates throughout.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and solid carbonation. This beer goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily, although there's nothing that stands out that makes it exceptionally drinkable.

Overall this is a solid lager. I wouldn't necessarily seek this one out, but if you have a chance to get it on-tap it's certainly worth your time and money.

Original rating - 4.5, 3, 4, 3.5, 4

EDIT: Had this fresh in Astoria and it made all the difference. Much better hop character and a very well done hoppy lager. Brooklyn really does not put out any sub-par beers. Beware of old kegs - this is much better fresh.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear copper with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is a bit on the weak side.

S - Grassy hops with a hint of citrus. Some buttery sweetness comes through as well.

T - Hoppy, but not overdone. Citrus flavors are balanced by sweet flavors of buttered bread from the malts.

M - Medium-bodied, finishes crisp and clean and leaves a trace of bitterness lingering on your palate.

D - A terrific session beer. With better distribution, this one could give Sam Adams a good run for its money. It's very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a light brown with some reddish highlights and lot of visible carbonation rising in it. Big, fluffy light-tan head retained very well and the lacing was nice too. Great looking beer. Aromas of lager malt and restrained but pleasant floral hops. The flavors were pretty classic, a perfect balance of caramel malt with some nutty elements and floral hops. Slightly bitter and quite dry. Something about the finish was a little off, hints of minerals and earthiness that didn't quite sit right with me. The body was medium, the carbonation medium and the mouthfeel semi-smooth. I'm not really a Lager fan but this was a good version of one. Still, the flavors were nothing unique and the finish did throw me off.

Photo of TexIndy
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (label says there is a date but couldn't find one) into a pint glass. It was a golden amber color with tiny bits of yeast floating in it. A little bit of carb and good lacing. It had a good sized light beige head that slowly settled to a thin film.

The aroma was floral hops and sweet malt. Little bit of damp grass clippings as well. The taste was OK. Good hop bite but didn't like the bitter finish on it. Also just didn't have that much overall flavor to it. Still being than BMC but not enough there for me after so many flavorful beers over the years. With that said, this would be a good starter beer to get your friends to try something other than BMC.

Photo of Blake
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer.

A dark amber color that makes your mouth salivate.

Excellent, the best tasting beer I've had to date. Good amount of hops. Tastes like spicy autumn. Some nutty flavor is in there as well.

You won't want to stop drinking this beer. It won't dissatisfy you.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is what American beer is all about right here. Simple, tasty, refreshing and nothing else... I could have this all day, every day. It's very balanced and a low enough ABV it acts as a great session beer.. if you haven't tried this yet run out and grab some.

Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB JAN 09, served chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue, very elegant, coming with a pretty tight off-white frothy head and abundant flows of lively - not fierce - carbonation.
S: sweet prunes, flowery hops, creamy and caramely malts, and lightly sweet orangey citrusness are all packed in one deep sniff. Overall, very aromatic thanks to the American hop elements, while a lightly sour as well as salty touch lingers at the fringe of fluidy caramely malts.
T: the tasty flowery hoppiness is intertwined inextricably with the mildly nutty, caramely and biscuity malts, with milder hints of sweet prunes (even marinated cherries) and orangey-citrusness at the fringe... gradually the whole palate is overwhelmed by a really decent and deep aftertaste of tannic-chewy bitterness of dried-herbal and flowery hops. The level of bitterness is really soothing and lifts the whole performance considerably, while, just like the aroma, the decent touch of sourness threads throughout the drink.
M&D: light-bodied, refreshing on the texture, never too fizzy, while the hoppiness comes almost before any other elements in the flavour. Not much in this beer wakes me to the fact that this is a lager, and for such a decent flavour profile I just couldn't care any less about what experts like to categorise this... Really enjoyable like a session Bitter!

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