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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,178
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 94
Gots: 453 | 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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Ratings: 3,178 | Reviews: 1,169
Photo of JonB1958
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour is a very nice coppery color; a good head fills the pilsner glass and lacing is excellent.

But whoa! The aroma made me look at the label; it smells nothing like the lager I expected. A little malt, but mostly flowery hops. I thought I had poured a bottle of Goose Island Honkers ale, as the aroma is almost identical.

As is the taste, although the fruits (especially pineapple) are not nearly as pronounced, which IMHO makes it more drinkable. Nice malt presence, but still overwhelmed by the hops. A flavor that's round on the edges but hollow in the middle.

Mouthfeel is good with nice carbontation.

Nothing against this beer. It may technically be a lager, but it acts, smells, and tastes like an ale. Not my favorite.

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

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A nice hazy dark amber with a soft, fluffy head that comes down with nice lacing into a thin collar of off-white around the edge.

S - Not much here, but it is good. Floral hops mostly with some acidity in the backing.

T - Good balance of hops and malt with a very clean finish/aftertaste. Somewhat biscuit-like. Not very complicated, but still tasty.

M - Definitely not thin, but not syrupy. Carbonation is subtle and it feels just a little weighty on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. Definitely good for having a few at the bar.

Overall - I haven't met a Brooklyn Brewery beer I didn't like, and this is no exception. While not terribly complex, it's a well balanced and tasty brew that will likely become part of my regular refrigerator standbys.

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

The color is a clear coppery amber and the head pours nicely, dissipating to a thick one-finger head. Lacing clings all over the glass.

Tangy hops are the first thing I noticed in the smell; a little bit of that grapefruit sourness and citrus combination. Tangy and lightly malty notes as well.

The taste follows well. Grapefruit hops are in the forefront follows by that hops pinecone flavor and a slight biscuity or cracker note is detected. Finish is dry with a pleasant mix of mildly sweet and bitter.

This one is medium-bodied with light but active carbonation.

All in all, this one is a good option for a regular and would serve as a session beer very nicely.

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

Appearance- Pours a pillowy white head with good retention and lacing and a copper orange beer.

Smell- Moderate tangy amber German malts and a slightly bitter hop smell.

Taste- A dry maltines up front yields to a lightly sweet graham cracker malt which is promptly overcome by a full smooth hop without bite that fades very gradually.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated with middling body

Drinkability- Full bodied enough to satisfy without slowing you down. A good all weather beer and a fine choice for a session.

Photo of mullenite
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a crystal clear deep amber-red with a two finger off white foamy head which faded to leave a thin cap over the top. Excellent sticky lacing left along the glass. This is what I want a beer to look like.

Aroma is not very strong but there is a slight bitter to the smell similar to the grapefruit you would get from hops but without the added citrus. Very slight bread smell in there as well.

The bread from the nose is more prevalent in the taste, the bitter ness is here as well with a little bit of a burnt sugar taste. A little bit of a pine taste comes though in the finish.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, leaves a sticky feeling in the mouth and has a very long finish.

This has been a favorite of mine for a while, I'm surprised I never reviewed it before today. One of the most drinkable beers there is in my opinion.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been salivating over the idea of Brooklyn Breweries beers since I read "The Brewmasters Table." The lager is their flagship brew, so it is only reasonable that I try it first.

A: Beautiful light amber with just enough carbonation. Nice rocky white head.

S: Not a whole lot, which is bit disappointing. I do get some sweet malts and a good hop presence after a while though.

T: Nice hoppy bite. Sharp, but smooth however. Beautifully sweet malt backbone. Quite tasty for a lager.

M: Light to medium bodied, just right.

D: A damn good lager. I would definitely drink this again and again. Very sessionable. The hop presence was definitely a good surprise. Highly recommended for all. This beer has the ability to be a great crossover beer for the non-beer geek.

Photo of beerman207
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my second time sampling the Brooklyn Lager. First time was on tap. For the review, purchased a single bottle and poured into a pint glass. Nice copper tone to the beer with no significant head to speak of. Fruity tones were present. The taste started out somewhat sweet and then the bitterness came in later. Some nice lacing in the glass. The mouthfeel was a bit on the dry side. Overall, I really enjoy this lager.

Photo of confer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A real solid beer gold. One finger head doesn't last to long.

S- The aroma is simple, slightly hoppy and fresh smelling.

T- Again very simple. It starts out with almost no taste at all. Then the hops come out. That is the only flavor.

D- This beer is very drinkable, goes down easy. It would go great with almost any kind of food. It would also be great summer night on the porch beer. I will buy again. So far my favorite from the Brooklyn sampler.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass
A - Orange/yellow in color with an ivory colored head that isn't real tall but last for quite a while.
S - Malt with a grain/bready smell. Earthy hops are present as well.
T - Hops up front with a spicy beginning mellowing with sweet malt and finishing dry.
M/f - Medium body with a lively carbonation yet the beer remains smooth to drink.
D - A different take on a lager. More spicy and dry. Interesting & drinkable.

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

Poured into my new Sam Adams boston lager glass. The color is somewhat light tranparent copper. Poured a nice thick head that faded into decent lacing. Carbination is decent. Smell is nicly hoppy not too strong. Taste has a nice bit of hop taste at the front with a decent malty base. Leaves just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty fairly light with decent carbination. Overall a decent lighter beer to enjoy and relax with in the afternoon.

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

Poured a dark amber color with a white one finger head and moderate lacing. A nutty malt to the smell, little sweetness. Some nice carbonation makes it tasty, sweet malts round off with what little hops are thrown in. Gulp factor is high, a session lager is there was any. An overall great craft lager that gives the style some justice. Recommended.

Photo of Finn
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured into a wide-mouth glass, this beer has a modest off-white head, and the color is nearly copper, and crystal clear.

Aroma: Sweet, mellow caramel malts and a mild grassy/herbal aroma take the forefront.

Taste: A crisp bitterness is met with a soft, sweet caramel malt backbone, and dissipates into a lingering hop bitterness on tongue. nice balance of flavors. a taste a hint of cascadey hops in the aftertaste as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean mouthfeel with a nice carbonic bite to it.

Drinkability: Excellent. this is a great session beer, and a fairly unique blend of flavors for a lager, in my opinion.

Photo of RichT73
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this Brooklyn offering after a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery a couple of years ago. At the time I thought I could have sat there all day and knocked one back after another, which I did. I hadn't had it since, so after a lenghty trip to the liquor store I thought I would give it another shot. What a good choice. I forgot how much I loved this beer. To me, it tastes like Sam Adams lager with more of a hoppy bite. However, the Brooklyn Lager is much easier to drink than Sam. Glad I picked it up.

Photo of nsmartell
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a nice fluffy white head.

Smell: Malty bread and grassy.

Taste: Citrus hops and a nice balance of maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied, oily with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer. Would drink again.

Photo of BaltimoreMike
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I've heard good things about the Brooklyn Beer company, so I figured I would give it a taste. I have to say I was NOT disappointed. This is a great beer all around, actually thinking about moving it into my favorite status. Superb flavor, great hoppy taste that isn't overpowering, and doesn't leave you wanting more. Great color, great aroma, price is a bit high, but on par with all the other micro-brews and beers like it.

Definitely one of my all time favorites.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper color with a bit of orange. Big and fluffy white head that lasted and laced nicely.

Aroma is mild hoppiness and sweetness from the malts. The hops give a nice herbal and flowery character.

Taste is full and balanced for a basic lager. Slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing without being too thin.

Absolutely great session lager. Must try side by side with Sam Adams.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear light amber color with just a tinge of orange. Big, frothy off-white head. Excellent retention and big, thick sheets of lace.

S - Sweet bready aroma with very little else going on. A very clean nose, just a little on the bland side of things. A little spicy hop note mixed in underneath.

T - Very sweet toasted malt taste. Some breadiness to it. The sweetness carries through the entire beer with some caramel notes coming through as it warms. Hops are almost negligible but do show up mid-drink in a very mild earthy way.

M/D - Light to medium bodied and very crisp. The beer seems to coat your mouth with sticky sweetness. Incredibly easy drinking. Add a touch more hops to it and the drinkability would be an easy 5.0

Photo of timmay41
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle with a May 2009 freshness date.

A: Not the thin, watery yellow pour I expected, but darker and not entirely see through. I'm watching small bubbles of carbonation make their way up to a thin white film. The head dissipated quickly.

S: Pretty nice aromatic blend of semi-sweet malt tones and some hop character.

T & M: The carbonation is pretty strong, and somewhat of a deterrent to the overall taste, which is milder, less distinctive than I feel like it should be. Then I remind myself it's a lager. It nevertheless contains a pleasing malt presence on the front with hop notes emerging on the tail end that are sort of piquant after the bubbly sip.

D: Back in college I would get in moods for a session with Newport Storm amber ale but sometimes grew disappointed by its almost syrupy malt sweetness after one or two. This could have been a lighter, but still earnest, replacement. Better late than never.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass, Brooklyn lager serves up a one- to two-finger head. Beneath the head, the beer is moderately to highly carbonated, with a color just a bit lighter than most amber lagers.

Smell -- Floral hops are the star of this show, followed by a nice, sweet-ish malty background. Compared to Samuel Adams Boston Lager (my best point of comparison), Brooklyn Lager smells considerably hoppier, and the hops and malt don't meld together the way one would hope.

Taste -- Imagine Sam Adam Boston Lager, but with a stronger hops presence and something...watery separating the hops from the malt. To me, it seems like there's a "hole" in the flavor of this one, and I just can't put my finger on what that might be. Malt takes a back seat to the hops here, but there is a small swell of malt on the way down.

Mouthfeel -- Thinner/waterier than I would have hoped. It feels a bit overcarbonated, too, but not by much. Nothing really stands out about the mouthfeel.

Drinkability -- If I had a six-pack of this, it wouldn't be hard to finish them all on a hot day. I imagine this beer would go well with a lot of different foods, including those with multiple flavors/components at once (a supreme pizza or a burger with everything on it, for example). In spite of its minor shortcomings, this is a highly drinkable beer that I'd definitely try again.

Photo of Stunner97
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A dark brown with decent carbonation and was poured at the Devils game into what brought up a big white foamy head

Smell- Definite malts and some slight maybe faint hops, sweet sugar and caramel nose

Taste- A good flavor comes at you from the start of bit of malt sweetness but not to overpowerlingly sweet, even has a slight hop finish giving it a quick hit of bitterness, overall a nice finish and long lasting full flavored lager

Mouthfeel- Decent foamy soft with moderate carbonation on the palate

Drinkability-- This is definitely a beer thats worth a look once in while, its good and enjoyable not one i necasarily stock constantly but still a pretty good beer to have around every once in while especially when it can be found frequently at pretty low price for its relative quality

Photo of t0rin0
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received from DuqTroops in the first of our bi-monthly trades.

Pours a light golden/brown color, pretty clear (maybe some chill haze), medium lacing and retention, 1/2" creamy white head.

Aroma is malty, maybe a touch of caramel, only the faintest hint of hops in the aroma.
No skunk and no adjuncts, hmm, almost doesn't seem right to have a good american lager.

Flavor is sweet, definitely all malt (no corn or rice added), a little caramel again, mild to medium hop bitterness for something this light, very simple and nice.

Body is medium for a lager, very nice, vey very drinkable (7 thumbs up). I've only had a couple american lagers that tasted like a good hearty beer. Leaps and bounds ahead of BMC.

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

Served from 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Darker golden in color, beautiful size head, nice clarity and lacing as well. Good retention down the glass.

Smell: A bit of wheat/grassy elements, some honey like aromas, and a good tinge of some malt and hoppiness almost balanced perfectly.

Taste: A good dose of some floral hops up front, citrus, grapefruit are big players up front, followed by a delectible malt presence in the background. As in the nose, these flavors are balanced perfectly and feature a robust flavoring on the palate. A pretty hearty brew to say the least.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a good robustness and smooth character in the carbonation, I think the malt left an excellent finishing touch on this one to make it smooth enough to be a pretty good contender.

Drinkability: Overall, this is what I picture as "Real American Lager" in termanology of how much this brew satisfies. The excellent dose of hops and malt are paired perfectly to give a beginner in the brew circuit a good picture of what a good lager is supposed to be. I tried alot of Brookyln's offerings and suprsiingly I tried this last, but this is a great introductory beer in the world of craft beer.

Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1 finger white head. Clear copper in color with lively carbonation. Head retention and lacing are minimal

Smell is of grapefruit hops, kind of sweet like honey.

First taste is the citrus grapefruit hops, not much bitterness but slightly tart. Very light in flavors, especially malts

Mouth feel is very light, tiny bit over carbonated.

Very session able beer. Light, simple, would drink again but not in a hurry to have another one soon

Photo of wiseguy142
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny orange with a huge head with a styrofoam like consistency. Head sticks around several minutes after teh pour with good lacing. Aroma is of metal and light citrus, oranges, paper and light Munich malt, reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Taste is very strong in the amber flavor with a creamy aftertaste. Very slight amounts of diacetyl go with the amber malt. Surprisingly medium to full bodied served a little under room temperature. A friend of mine bought a keg of this a while back and it's a really great, easy drinking lager when you want a little more flavor.

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


Pours amber, clear, with a two fingered off white head into a Sam Adams lager glass.

Aroma is a bit of sweet malt mixed in with a nice hoppy floral aroma, though understated.

Flavor is nice and basic: very drinkable balance of malt and hops, lightly bready caramel up front fading into a nice dry, hoppy bite at the end.

Bit fizzy on the carbonation, medum-light bodied.

Versatile beer, and nice for as ubiquitous as it is in the NYC area.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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