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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,873
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 74
Gots: 235 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
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Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

Hard to believe this is a lager just by looking at it. Has a clear amber, much akin to and American IPA. Thin, yet sustained foam throughout. No bubbles to seen but has a thin of lacing. I had to mark it down a bit due to the lack of bubbles. NONE. You must have bubbles to be a lager of this style in my book. Very unique and spicey bitterness to this aroma. Very hoppy and rye like. This was out of left-field for me. The taste was even hoppier. A mild bitterness compared to an IPA, but very high for any lager I've had before this one. Very light biscuit malt profile, the hops take over on this one. Would love to drink this one fresh from the tap to compare. God I hate IL sometimes... just sometimes.

scruffwhor, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

A - this lakt lager pours a dark golden color, richer than BMC lagers, with a finger of creamy white head kept alive by a fair amount of carbonation

S - malty of course, quality sweet roasted malts, the ones untainted by adjuncts, hints of sweetness, vanilla comes to mind with an alcohol bite at the end

T - plenty of flavor despite the malt dominance, roasted malts are of course on top with a highly carbonated alcohol sweetness with a slightly bitter finish

M&D - well done for the style, for which i didnt expect much, much more complex than i thought it would be, a few levels of flavor when i only expected one or two at most, not smooth but easy down, a nice brew, well done Brooklyn.

sinstaineddemon, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of builder53
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%

This beer pours rich golden color with about a 3/8" off-white head (which dissipated quite quickly),and moderate lacing.Scents are of a hoppy/grainy mix. Taste is a very hopped bitter one that left a less than desirable taste on the back of the tongue. Mouth feel is quite good, full and creamy with a stick to the tongue feel.For my personal tastes this is a fogettable beer based on the lingering aftertaste.

builder53, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Translucent amber body with around a half an inch of off-white head. Smells hoppy and roasty malty. Tastes hoppy and roasty, kind of citrusy sweet notes in the flavor too. Full-flavored and medium bodied. Not quite as crisp or clean as one might expect a lager to be, but a pretty tasty beer.

MrHurmateeowish, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of shirfan
4/5  rDev +7%

Light copper-orange and clear, with a good sticky 2-finger layer of foam.

Aroma of floral and citric hops.

Taste: malt carries a very nutty, woodsy flavor; hops only throw in a bit of an accent with peppery, floral, and mild citrus notes. Nice complexity going on for a lager, yet it definitely has the smooth drinkability desired for the style.


shirfan, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of srrn
4.3/5  rDev +15%

Poured a deep amber/orange. Smells of floral hops and a bit of malt. Tasted like what a good simple beer should, nice bitterness on a solid malt backbone. I think this gives me an idea that adjunct is not a good thing (this is my first American all malt lager). This is a fine brew that is proof Lager is not a bad word. I'm sure this is going to be perfect on hot summer days.

srrn, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of biergeniesser
3.48/5  rDev -7%

This 12 oz bottle of Brooklyn Lager poured a brilliant amber-orange producing a fluffy white head which collapsed slowly lacing itself on the glass.

Hop aromas are dominant and mainly floral with a background aroma of toasted malt.

The flavor profile, as with the aroma, is dominated by hops. A perfumey floral hop character is dominant, with a hint of delicious toasted malt flavor in the background. The hop bitterness is assertive and mildly vegetal.

Medium bodied with a moderate degree of carbonation.

Brooklyn Lager is a very nice beer. If this is truly representative of what we Americans drank prior to prohibition, it is truly a shame that beers like this were lost for so many years

biergeniesser, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of malcontent
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Beautiful amber body topped-off by outstanding lacing born of a good finger of head.

Sweet malt characteristics dominate the nose with hints of honey and apricots. A little too sweet smelling for my taste.

The taste (thankfully) does not match the smell. The malt sweetness is far more well-rounded and actually balanced with nice burnt bitterness. It almost tastes like raw grains/barley, which for me is a plus as I love earthy flavors. Far more complex than the average lager.

Carbonation is slightly lower than I expect from this style but the flavor and body make this the standard by which American lagers should be judged. One of the elite for its style.

malcontent, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of Hammarby
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Amber with a decent head.
S: Apricot, red berries, alcohol.
T: Malty, light yet full taste, a touch of apricot, bitternes that lingers in the after taste.
M: A fuller body than the average lager. Average carboration.

A nice little beer, that takes lager a step further than the average. This beer took me beyond Samuel Adams and Anchor Steam, and really fueled and renewed my interest for american beer.

Hammarby, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +15%

Wow, this beer really caught me off guard. When open a bottle of an all-malt lager I dont expect much in terms of flavor, but this was on par with a great amber or pale ale. There was rich caramel and fruit flavors with a nice hoppiness. Again, I wouldn't rate this so high, except that this beer is such a stand-out in the style.

tempest, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. purchased at Penguin Pizza, Boston, MA

Poured a hazy, coppery-amber with a tiny white head that quickly faded to a thin film of lace.

Smell was surprisingly hoppy with citrusy notes.

Taste was similar. Hoppy from start to finish (uncharacteristically hoppy for a lager - it tasted more like an IPA). Some malts noticeable up front before the intense hops washed them all away. Zesty hops with some bitter grapefruit notes apparent on the rear of the palate. Dry and puckering with a piney, resiny, lingering aftertaste.

Medium-full bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

This is a nice crisp lager that goes well with pizza, burgers and a variety of other foods. Furthermore, it is quite affordable.

Damian, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +7%

a - poured a two fingers thick fluffy white head into a tumbler. body is clear and golden. leaves good lacing and sticky residue throughout.
s - overwhelming scent is of floral hops.
t - taste is also floral and has a nice hop bitterness.
m - very crisp with a clean finish.
d - great beer and very enjoyable from start to finish. glad this is finally in alabama.

GPHarris, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured a deep amber color with modeerate white puffy head.
Smell is light, with notes of sweet summer fruits presnet.
Taste presents with a strong sweet maltiness, balanaced nicely with firm hop notes.
Finish shows more hoppiness, and is a truly pleasant ending to this beer.
Perfect drinkability. Probably the best lager I've ever had.

tgbljb, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%

Poured a light copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid citrus hop aroma accompanied by a simple soft malt.

The flavor was well balanced with a great hop spice upfront and a soft biscuity grain bill throughout. Finished dry.

The mouthfeel was clean and crisp.

Overall a very drinkable lager. Very sessionable and uniquely hoppy.

plaid75, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance: amber, good clarity, spongey layer of cream-colored foam, great head retention

Aroma: lush bouquet of floral, citrus hops; caramelly malt

Flavor: deep malty base with a subtle sweetness followed by a poppy, herbal hop flavor and smooth bitterness; biscuity malt; finishes dryish with a lingering caramel-malt in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, terse carbonation, smooth texture

Other comments: The color is startling. I was expecting something golden or yellowy, but instead it's this gorgeous amber. Looks great, tastes great!

GreenCard, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap at the Dove in Greenwich Village. Poured into a pint glass with half-inch head. Amber gold, looked very yummy. Smelled malty and hoppy. Taste full of malt, with that typical Brooklyn Brewery flavor. Medium to heavy bodied. Very drinkable (most nights), my cousins and I drink pint after pint of these babies when they are in town. BL is my favorite hometown beer!

AChamberlain, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Melchizedek
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours an attractive light amber-gold with a very substantial and beautifully-formed off-white head. Perfect little columns of carbonation make this a sexy, sexy lager.

Smell is delightfully floral with a grassy and grainy tang. Light and nicely textured in the mouth, with hop bitterness chasing a surprisingly full flavor profile replete with lightly bready notes and a sort of raw-veggie freshness. Very clean in the aftertaste, making this very easy to drink. Another? Yes, please.

Melchizedek, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

One of the better lagers I've had as of late. Golden orange with a very thick head not typcial in most of the lagers I've had.

Malty smell, but there is a strong hop presence. This smells almost like a weak English IPA. A bit too zesty for a lager. No skunkiness present.

This is definitely an all-malt lager. No adjuncts here! Solid malt backbone, but again, the hop bite in this -present from the first taste- brings to mind an English IPA. A bit more lemony/sour than an IPA, but this certainly is quite zesty for a lager.

Decent mouthfeel, but sometimes it seems a bit heavy on the carbonation.

Easy to drink; a great session lager.

BDTyre, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of ericj551
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%

Brooklyn lager pours a clear light orange with a frothy head that lingers nicely. Smell is of fresh hops, as well as a sweet bready aroma, slightly fruity. Nice bitter hop bite up front, followed by a flavorful maltiness. Not as clean as I would expect from a lager, but I really like it. Definitely the beer to give to someone who thinks there are no good lagers out there.

ericj551, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +7%

This is yet another beer that I have seen on the shelf hundreds of times, and always passed on it for something else. Finally the other night I came to my sense and worked up the nerve to grab a sixer. Pours an appealing golden color, with chaimpaigne like bubbles floating to the top and a nice clean, thin white heading. You could definitely smell the malt in this one, along with lots of grains, a bit of a musky tree bark aroma, and a slight hint of mint. Taste starts off slightly fruity, with a small lemon kick, then fades away into the malty grains in the background. Mouthfeel is relatively light, maybe bordering on medium. This is an easy drinking beer for sure....a step above many other golden lagers, and an all around solid choice. Glad I had the oppurtuntiy.

jamie2dope, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

Serving Type: 375ml bottle

Appearance: Golden amber colour, with sticky off white head, pleasant on the eye, lots of beading through the glass to the head.

Smell: Caramels and toffee malt notes, A hint of lemony hops with an almost italian tomato meaty marinara sauce quality to it. A meal in itself in the smell!

Flavour: A crisp, zesty lemony flavour on the tongue with sweet malts, finishing in a complex bitter balance.

Mouthfeel- maybe not quite as carbonated as i thought it would be, a little sticky on the tongue, goes down soothingly.

Drinkability- a very nice lager, my first american all malt lager - a wonderful alternative from the american macro rubbish we normally get in the UK. My favourite american beer to date.

seanyfo, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

12 oz. bottle with a classy (not overdone) label that's black in color with a white Brooklyn "B" in the center. Behind the Brooklyn "B" is a black background with white stars and inside the black star background is a bright green color. So what I'm trying to say is that the Brooklyn "B" is in front of the bright green background that's surrounded by the black background with white stars. You know what, just look at the picture to the right on BA. To the right is the Govt. warning and to the left of the label is a best by date that is clearly notched. Information about the beer can be found on the neck label with the white Brooklyn "B" on the green background smack dab in the middle of the small label.

Appearance: When I first popped the cap, this string of white foam was emerging from the bottle and I didn't even shake it. When the beer was poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was a really nice golden orange with at least a 1 finger head of white foam. It had excellent retention leaving behind foamy rings and a ton of white sticky lace around the glass.

Smell: I was excepting this beer to have a large dominate roasted malt aroma, but that wasn't the case with this beer. Instead the dominate aroma was dry floral hops with a mild aroma of citrus fruits in the middle and then at the end comes a very subtle aroma of caramel malts. I would have to say this aroma is very unusual for a Lager.

Taste: Again like the smell, I was expecting something totally different from what I got. What I got was a very subtle taste of sweet malts in the beginning (which I thought that was going to be the dominate taste), then citrus fruits, and at the end came a strong and unexpected taste of bitter piney floral hops. Basically what I'm trying to say that it says Lager on the front, but to me it really doesn't taste or smell like one.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, light bodied, nice amount of carbonation, not watery at all, and with a mild aftertaste of bitter citrus hops.

Drinkability: Yet another great beer from a great Brewery. This one disappeared faster than I wanted it to be. Overall a full flavored, reasonably priced session beer. I could and will drink this again in the future. This is one of Brooklyn Brewery beers you need to try for yourself. It will surprise you!

AltBock, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of helloloser12345
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Serving Type: Brown Bottle

Appearance: Honey coloured with orange hues, hazy body, sticky off white head, little lacing and fair retention.

Smell: Clean and crisp with a slight 'raw' edge. Caramel, warm malty aroma. The hops really jump out at you - very fresh.

Flavour: initial light, malt flavour which is quickly overpowered by the hops. These really bite in - fresh citrus flavours, lemony, piney.

Overall: Not quite what you expect - but this is exactly why this beer shines. Challenging and excellent in equal quantities - my favourite beer at the moment.

helloloser12345, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

12oz purchased at the Odies on Clippert in East Lansing and poured into a pilsner. The side of the label is not clearly notched for best by date.

Light amber with active carbonation that supports almost two fingers of vanilla. Exceptional retention and lots of thick rings and webs of lace. This sucker must have a lot of protiens floating around in there.

Smells very hoppy for the style, but there's enough caramel malt aroma underneath to lend balance. The grains poke out just a enough to add complexity. Nice.

When tasted the hops are as assertive as they are in the nose. The grains are lost but there's that balance given by the malts just like they did in the nose. Very crisp with a pleasantly lingering hop flavor that is both citric and piney and really gives the finish a nice kick. The best tasting all malt I've ever had. I don't care if its too hoppy for style. This stuff rocks.

The mouth is medium but very much alive from the carbonation and hop bitterness. Too bad I have to drive over an hour to get more.

ypsifly, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%

Slightly hazy, amber orange with a dense yet modest yellowed-newsprint head. Wonderful caramel-candy malts in the nose right away with a slight scent of grassy-earthy hops at the end. The sweetness foretold of the caramel malts by the aroma is artfully restrained in the taste, revealing itself to be more of a toasted biscuit/caramel hybrid. A not unexpected grassy hop flavor is also detectable near the finish, which is decidedly metallic and just slighty marked by an earthy compost character. Medium thin body, not overcarbonated at all. Overall, an utterly smooth and clean mouthfeel. This is a classic lager that I really don't have around as much as I should. In my estimation, a flagship beer of which all New Yorkers (even us out here in the western part of the state) should be quite proud.

orfeu, Sep 07, 2006
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 2,873 ratings.