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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,821
Reviews: 1,139
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 69
Gots: 211 | FT: 0
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
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Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev +19%

winking lizard tour beer

citrus/grassy hop aroma and the hops stood out in front og the clean platform. really, the hops have their way with the experience, and to great effect. the piney bitterness is smooth. delicious hop burps reveal nice citrus flavors

a copper beer with decent head and lacing

05-16-2006 00:23:30 | More by bruachan
Photo of HimerMan

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap at many bars throughout NYC, and had in bottles in various months.

I really like this lager. It has a nice floral nose - but without the over-the-top hops that can be found in many beers that are a dark amber with a golden/honey hue.

Mouthfeel is truly full of flavor, but does get a bit more bitter towards the end of the bottle (not so much the case from the tap).

Easily a highly drinkable beer with a solid reputation that backs it.

Definitely a must try beer on the market.


05-09-2006 02:47:14 | More by HimerMan
Photo of rkowalick

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +19.5%

Served from a 12 oz bottle that recommends I drink it before august '06.

Poured a lovely deep golden color with a pale golden head.
Smell was very malty and clean. A sweet scent indeed.
Taste had loads of sweet maltiness all over. The finish was particular good. A nice malty feeling on the top of my mouth.
Mouthfeel was very good for a lager. Light, yet ballsy. Delicate, yet muscular.
I enjoyed drinking this beer. A good break from all of the ales i've been drinking.

05-09-2006 01:04:48 | More by rkowalick
Photo of errantnight


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Sampled in Brooklyn yesterday on my very first trip to said borough.

Not bad... reminds me a lot of Sam's Lager.

For a beer that is "all-malt" there's a lot of bitterness here. Interesting.

There's some complexity of malt but it's overpowered by that bitterness. Which keeps bringing me back for more (and it washes down this take-out Chinese quite nicely), but it's not crisp, or refreshing.

A fine choice as a session brew, I just can't see myself craving this beer, or wanting it on a hot day, or to nurse me on a cold one, and it seems a little much to be a great crossover choice.

Still, I'd indulge again without question, and it's interesting enough to get me behind the idea of seeing what else Brooklyn can do.

05-03-2006 17:22:37 | More by errantnight
Photo of rowew


4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Best by date clearly notched. Nice clean designed label, good description of the beer.

Appearance: Pours a bright reddish orange with a decent head, just a bit of haze, and some bubbling.

Smell: Clean bready malt aroma and floral hops that seem to be on the noble end of the scale.

Taste: Just like the aroma. Nice bready malt flavor is the main attraction here - smoothly mixed with some floral hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - this is my first, and I really don't think the six pack will survive the night. If only I could get it locally!

05-03-2006 00:39:55 | More by rowew
Photo of Boilermaker88


4/5  rDev +7%

Presented in a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: clear light copper color, decent level of carbonation and a firm, sudsy white head that lingered quite a while and left a thin coating of lace on the glass as the beer retreated.
Smell: Solid caramel malt notes set off by the aromas of floral hops and minor doses of citrus rinds.
Taste: initially fruity-sweet with hints of apples and melons mixed in with a drizzling of caramel. Touch of minerals skirt the periphery of the tongue as the hops bitterness takes hold in the form of citrus peels and dandelion.
Feel: medium-light in body, clean, lightly crisp.
Drinkability: pretty darn good, if you ask me. Polished off the glass and found myself wishing for another. A well-crafted brew. Recommended without reservation.

04-26-2006 17:45:44 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of kmo1030


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

amber with a good sized off white head.
the aroma is spicy sweet caramel anf floral hops. simple, but totally nailed.
the taste is sweet toasted caramel balanced nicely with some slightly spicy grassy floral hops. simple again here, but used to great effect.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
drinkability is very good. if you don't watch yourself the glass is over before you know it. once again, a simple, but expertly crafted beer.

04-18-2006 23:31:43 | More by kmo1030
Photo of HoboAGoGo


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

Medium copper, but very clear body with steady carbonation and a thin head. Smell of grain grain, piney resin and some sweet citrus. The taste is of a dry sweet grainy husk, light herbal tea, dry walnut taste, citrusy bite with a piney finish. All in all a good beer, really crisp and went down easy.

04-13-2006 17:58:06 | More by HoboAGoGo
Photo of granger10


4/5  rDev +7%

Goldish amber color with a medium frothy head that lingers. Lacing not really there. Aroma was strong on the floral hoppy aspect. Not really bitter but quite floral with a pleasant hoppiness in the background. The taste begins with that floral quality. A bit of spicyness comes in and provides some bitterness but that doesn't last too long. Caramel is the only malt flavor I detect. Malts seem to be simple here and basically just provide the base for the hoppy flavors. Finish is almost fruity but with a bit of residual sugars to it as well. Not really too crisp or refreshing but definitely enjoyable. This is a full bodied lager. I could use a little more malt flavor and a better finish but other than that this is top notch.

03-23-2006 14:11:43 | More by granger10
Photo of sinistrsam


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

I'll have to be hoenst, I've never been a huge fan of Brooklyn. That is, until this beer. It poured a beautiful copper-amber color, with a foamy speckled head. It left excellent lacing.
It had a hoppy floral nose, with hints of malts and some mild sweet fruits.
But the taste! This was the first good example of a beer I can think of, that I would recommend to people who say they wish they could find a hoppy beer minues the bitterness. This beer tasted(and smelled) like most of the pleasant homebrew experiences I've had. Or, on the other hand, if you get the pleasure of catching a few whiffs outside a mircobrewery, this is what is is like.
Mouthfeel was very crisp and clean, right ammount of carbonation, yet smooth.
Excellent beer, overall, and makes me rethink Brooklyn.

03-12-2006 06:18:56 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +11%

Clear, amber appearance, under a slim, but sturdy speckled white head.

Creamy, malty nose, quite attractive...soft and flowery, pleasant esters from yeast (?)... I like it.

Taste: smooth, clean, crisp, malty. Light bodied, but nicely textured, good grit, tight balance, tidy hops meet copious malt. A streamlined beauty, full of flavor. Blend of fruit associations chimes in, some apple, melon, grape, mixed with grain.

Quite a classy lager, this one, damned good. Almost ale-like in it's display of flavors. Just goes to show what happens when a lager is done well!

Can be drunk without disappointment, and no end in sight for the taste. Very, very nice!

03-03-2006 10:17:24 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Amber color with busy carbonation and a fat creamy head on top. Decent retention as a milky covering. Nice pleasant floral hop aroma along with toasted malts - a little creamy. The flavor is fresh and malty with a dry spicy hop finish and a mellow fruitiness. Plenty of hops in this lager. Medium bodied and crisp, easy to drink - a very solid dry-hopped lager.

02-26-2006 02:54:32 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

Clear golden orange with white bubble head. Its fast fading to a ring but there are little patches of lace here and there. Smells nicely malted, crisp but sweet. Caramel, bread, floral and a trace of citrus and pine. Tastes clean and bright. Nice malts and a little hoppier than I expected. I'm pretty partial to the unexpected hops combined with the crispness. Drinkability is A OK.

A very good solid and pleasant lager.

02-25-2006 00:33:43 | More by tastybeer
Photo of geexploitation


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

The ubiquitous (at least in the Northeast) Brooklyn Lager pours a light amber color with a copious head that thins to a white dusting but can be agitated back into existence. The nose is mostly sweet malts, with some hints of lemongrass. Taste is predominantly sweet, but with a distinct hop note. This beer centers itself in the front of the palate. The finish is fairly long for a lager of this color, and the mouthfeel is quite smooth. This is a very drinkable, tasty beer, although not a terribly complex one. A great session beer, though.

02-23-2006 23:14:06 | More by geexploitation
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North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

This came from a Brooklyn Variety Pack.

Poured an amber color. Not much head, but the lacing on the glass wasn't bad.

Smelled of hops, similar to a Pale Ale.

Tasted slightly bitter, didn't notice much malt presense. Not as bitter as a Pale Ale, but more bitter than I was expecting.

Not overly carbonated. slightly Bitter taste left a clean palate afterwards.

NOt a bad beer, but to me it seemed more like a pale ale than a lager. It wasn't terrible, but not really what I was expecting. I doubt I'd drink it again.

02-20-2006 02:32:20 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of ChuckD

New York

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%

A 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a pint glass. The body color is a light golden. Fluffy white head with decent lacing shows.

To the nose, it is somewhat bland - expectable. There is a slight maltiness but not enough to stay with.

In the mouth, you get a pleasant, clean sweetness. The malt character is nice and simple - very tasty. Hops are there to create nice drama for the malts.

The body is smooth and light. Not a lot of chewiness to it. At the back, it finishes cold and clean.

Musings: A good drinking lager - nothing spectacular.

02-14-2006 21:46:28 | More by ChuckD
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden amber / burnt orange colour... Slightly off white head poured quite big and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Nice toffee/caramel maltiness, quite strong hop notes, spicy, lemony, fruit cake, traces of honey...

Taste – Nice spicy hop bitterness, peppery, light toffee maltiness, slight sweetness, nutty, citrusy, grassy hints...

Feel - Sharp and quite dry.. Medium bodied. Extremely drinkable... a good session beer...

Overall - An excellent beer.... Recommended...

02-13-2006 10:22:12 | More by mdagnew
Photo of amatuerbeerguy


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured out orange, with with head, that had some lacing. Malt, sweet, slight caramel, with notes of pine and some pungent. Tastes of malt, some grapefruit, hay/straw, and hoppiness to finish. Bitter aftertaste, with some dryness in the throat. Nice lager, very drinkable. Not overwhelming in any of the flavors, or aroma. Low alcohol percentage allows for a nice drinkability to go through the long night.

02-12-2006 00:58:36 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

Brooklyn Lager

Appearance- light orange with a decent white head. Soapy head with moderate lacing.
Smell- light malt and sweet.
Taste- light hay/ straw but blended with malt.
Mouthfeel- watery but a nice smooth malty texture.

Overall- a nice lager with flavor to it!! A beer I relyed on heavily 1 night in a bar called "stitch" in the garment section of NY. I converted 3 guys from Calgary from Bud to Brooklyn.

02-03-2006 23:30:04 | More by NJpadreFan
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Just read "Beer School" by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter. Got it signed when I went down to Hoboken a little over a month ago, so I picked up a 6-pack of this to go with it. I love Brooklyn's offerings, for their value and solid taste and craftsmanship. This staple of theirs is no exception!

Nice orange-amber pour to this beer, with a moderate amount of head. Malty, but not heavy up front, with notes of Pine and Citrus throughout. A bit like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but there's not a buttery taste and certainly nowhere near the hops in the back. This is solid, either by itself or with American staples like pizza and burgers. At 5.00% ABV, this would make a great session beer and a good introduction for those just stepping into the craft beer movement. It could be a little more full and less watery to me, as seen by the (lack of) lacing on the side of my glass. Don't get me wrong though, it doesn't take anything away from my enjoyment of this!

This is not my favorite offering by Brooklyn, but I've had this at Grimaldi's (best pizza in New York City!) and other places around the borough that offer great food and this brew. It's worthy to be served at great establishments, and this is one of the few beers I know of that could suit a ride range of tastes and times. A solid offering indeed...

01-31-2006 02:45:32 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of pentathlete


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Dark orange with minimal head, no lace, appears still. Sweaty saltine and hops odor. Malt and hops blend together exceptionally well throughout the taste. While the finish is a little wet, it is lingering and satisfying. Decent mouthfeel for the style and one of the family favorites for casual beer drinking. Recommended for most refrigerators.

01-28-2006 23:09:46 | More by pentathlete
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

a - Copper colored without much head. Bubbles constantly rising (I know there is a word for this) give it a pleasantly livley appearance

s - To me, not a lot of smell, but I did detect the aroma of honey.

t - Bitter upfront flavor offset slightly by the honey aroma but all in all a very nice balance.

m - Feels bubbly, surprising for how little head was produced.

d - Good with food, good by itself. Found myself liking it more and more as I approached the bottom of the glass.

01-19-2006 23:01:50 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of gbarron


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Enjoyed from a bottle at Lombardi's in Little Italy along with several pizza pies.

Appearance - dark gold color, a little orangey. A nice bubbly (medium sized bubbles), bright white head forms quickly and holds all the way down. Perfectly clear.

Nose - lots of hops. Citrus, pine. Nice noble hop spiciness in the background. Some malty notes as well, like burnt toast or cooked bread.

Taste - nice hop flavor comes through, grapefruity. Almost tastes like SNPA but without the fruity malt notes. Very, very clean beer. Toasty malt backbone quickly follows the hops, but the hops dominate. Has that tart "lager" flavor that you fine in most premium, all-malt American lagers (e.g., Sam Adams Boston Lager). Very, very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel - medium to low carbonation. Thin mouthfeel, little bit of stickiness on the tongue.

Drinkability - great beer to sit down with and have a few with friends (or pizza -- or both).

Overall - I'm not usually a lager drinker, but this is one that could change my mind. Fabulous beer, goes perfectly with pizza or pasta or those type foods. This would be a great beer to have ready in the fridge for those friends who "don't like fancy beer," but would if they had this. Highly recommended.

01-17-2006 01:01:20 | More by gbarron
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

The sales pitch around this beer has deterred me from buying it but in the spur of the moment I decided to bring a bottle home anyway. It's a brew that pretty much pleases everyone. Normally this will put a beer lover off but I was positively surprised. It poured with a finger of foam or so, and with a nice reddish amber color. The smell was stong and citrusy, surprisingly similar to an IPA. The main thrust of the taste is a pronounced bitterness wrapped with a sweetness and some malts. A little toast in the aftertaste. The mouth-feel is creamy and in general I think Brooklyn lager is a well-balanced beer. Pleasing but perhaps lacking in character.

01-14-2006 08:12:33 | More by JanM
Photo of LPorter33


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

Single bottle from Martignetti's, Best before April 06.

Appearance = Pretty color, bright, amber, transparent with some bubbles coming up. Not much head all though and some pretty weak lacing.

Smell = Smells bitter and hoppy with some pine undertones. Not malty at all. Smells much more like an APA. weird.

Taste = Not bad. Refreshing and relatively light. Good malt aftertaste comes in. Initial flavors are floral and hoppy. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. It's well balanced though. Too flat though. Mouthfeel feels thin and weak; this is my only real complaint with this beer.

Overall = Nothing spectacular or unique. Doesn't really remind me of the lagers I've tried before, although it is a different style. Comparing this to most lagers it kicks butt. On it's own it's still a decent beer and is pretty drinkable.

01-13-2006 00:48:56 | More by LPorter33
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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