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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,081
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 82
Gots: 338 | 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 RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a creme head. A mild, sweet malty nose. Flavor carries some of the same character but with greater intensity. The tangy sweetness is quite high actually. Still nice though. Feel has a bit of a bite on the carbonation to it and the liquid is smooth but a bit thicker. A bit of a bite on the flavor profile slightly detracts, but there's a reason why this is a Brooklyn standard.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear orange light amber, cap leaves some lace
smells like an apa, grapefruity
citric bitterness is the predominate quality. it's an american pale lager, i guess. but it's not as clean and crisp as the best lagers. it really seems to me like an ale lover's lager, fine for when you want something that goes down like an easy drinking apa. (i suspect the profusion of apa lovers on here in large part accounts for the high rating.)
i was disappointed, having expected something a lot less cascade dominated. it's a competent beer, and i suppose a lager impersonating a pale ale is something of a novelty in today's market, but i'm having trouble seeing the point when there are already plenty of beers that taste like this but are more interesting.

Photo of Bananaman
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Breweries always make amazing or at least really good beer. This is no exception.

Nice light amber color with an nice white head, looks really nice in a lager glass.

Smells nicely of American hops and some citrus fruits, some nice sweetness in there too.

Tastes really good of citrus fruits and American hops, the same as the smell. Really refreshing beer.

I always appriciate a good lager beer, and this one is outstanding! In the same class as Jämtlands Bärnsten from Jämtlands Brewery.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Kegatron and mhewes for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy off-white head, with some small islands and creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slightly bitter. The taste is malty, sweet, very slight bitterness from hops. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty Lager one of the best I've had to date.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my recent trade with Mhewes... cool extra for sure.. shared poured into my smaller weizen glass.

Nice foamy head dies back slowly.. tight lacing.. dark golden/light amber brew is crystal clear.. darker than I expected.. but no problem.

pale malts with an unexpected hoppiness... sorta citric and floral.. was not even closely expecting this much (albeit light) hop aroma... pale malts are still the main player, but I am a little surprised.

Palate has less hops, but they're still more than present.. good pale malts and a clean maltiness that melts effortlessly into a flowery hoppiness... I'm impressed. Body is on the lighter side and the carbonation is prickly but still smooth.. I could drink a bunch of these.

Michael, Thanks a bunch.


Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of creamy, off white head that leaves rings of lace as it settles. Reasonably clear, copper colored body.

S - Nice, herbal/ citrus hop aromas backed by mild toasted malt notes.

T - Citrus hop flavors up front, followed by toasted malt and pungent bitterness in the middle. The finish is clean with mild malt sweetness and a lingering hint of lemony hops.

M - Medium-heavy body, and moderate carbonation. The finish is only slightly dry.

D - Enjoyable and easy to drink, the hops really stand out in this beer and give it a bit more complexity than most American lagers. Pre-prohibition style lagers are a rarity, but this is a very nice example of the style.

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

Eye: Color of this beer is great-golden close to the bottom of the pils glass and reddish amber at the top where more beer is gathered. The beer is transparent though not super clear like macros. Looking at this beer is like looking at a PH scale, or a graph of the visible light spectrum, or like those jars of sand you get at the beach where there are layered colors of sand. The head is pretty weak, just a thin sheet that looks like it would be creamy if it were larger. Pretty good lacing though.

Nose: Strong nice malty aroma floods the room even before I've picked up the glass to smell the brew. The smell of slight caramel malt and strong base malt reminds me much of the smell of a brewery during mashing. Great overall aroma. Smells like a fine beer. Hop aroma is very well rounded, noble.

Tongue: Nice balance of malt and hops here. Sweet malty and caramel flavors come through to be balanced by subtle floral hops, very familiar hop flavor and bitterness....noble. Very nice lager. Bitterness is right on, not too bitter, and not too sweet.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Leaves the palate with a grainy taste and dry feel after having been swallowed. Carbonation is low key and this one has a medium body. This is definitely one that I'll be picking up again....next time I'm in the mood for a nice balanced and full flavored lager, well here we go. This is one I could really drink all night. Be sure to pour it into the glass as much more can be appreciated that way. It really changes the whole character of the beer.

Photo of andrewm190
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer. It poured a fairly small head, but the color was a rich amber. At first the high hops presence gave me the impression that they had been mislabeling the beer as a lager when it should have been an IPA. After a few sips, however, I found the lager within. The beer is worthy of six pack and can be enjoyed on a warm summer night

Photo of mooseisloose
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A selection form the BOMC. Pours to a golden colour, more golden than typically expected for a lager. Smell however is classic lager malt, but with more fruity hop smell. Taste is not just sweet but a more complex carmelly and slighly bitter taste. Well bodied brew and well carbonated. Well balanced and smooth. More than I expected for a lager.

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

has a good hop bite and good malt flavor but this isnt great, this is a beer that is slghtly above avrage, i could drink this every now and agan. i am not a huge fan of lager but the hops in this one act more like a pale ale. this is a beer that is good for a hot summer day

Photo of boblog
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Copper/ Golden and slightly opaque.

Smell: Strong earthy hop scent, with a hint of sweet malt.

Taste: Again heavy on the hops, has a warm malt after taste, but really the hop flavor lingers in the mouth the most.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation levels. Has a nice amount of alcohol warmth to it.

Drinkability: Too strong for a true session beer, but I feel like I could have two of these in a night and not feel like I was missing any other beers for the most part. Good taste, and refreshing hops allways make for a very drinable beer, and this beer fullfills such.

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers of creamy brite-white colored head that retains down into a thin, wispy layer that leaves a surprisingly massive web of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is Wow! Fresh, floral hops and spice backed up by some tangy citric notes and some sturdy underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is once again a fresh, earthy dose of a hop profile that is well balanced with some juicy citrus character and caramel malt sweetness. The finish smacks of sweetness and some light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with easygoing carbonation and an overall crisp feel.

Wow! This shocked me with how much more fresh and hop forward this seemed than the bottled version. Probably a tribute to the canned packaging. Fresh, crisp, tasty, and quaffable as heck, I think that I might have to designate this as my new go-to.

Photo of AmishT
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Lucid amber with about a two-finger off-white head that retained decently. A little spotty lacing left behind.

S - Nice citrus, piney hop smell with a hint of some bready malts.

T&M - Crisp flavor to this lager; not complex, but enjoyable. The hop flavors are somewhat feeble. Light bodied with nice carbonation. Good flavor retention.

D - Crisp and light - a decent session beer. I'd like it to be a bit more flavorful.

Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
This robust, flavorful, Vienna Lager proved to be a great sample...
Pours a dark-orange, ruddy, tawny hue with a nice sized foamy head and minor carbonation that left a tremendous amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Malt-dominated aroma replete with a characteristic nuttiness...
Taste was very flavorful, and loaded with hints of bread, butter, nuts, and ginger cakes...
Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...

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

12-ounce can poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear amber body with plenty of active carbonation feeding a rocky two fingers of ivory foam. The cap retains at a half-finger and leaves plenty of freckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is sweetly malty with a bit of floral hops.

Taste is on the light-pale spectrum of malty with a vague hint of unsweetened caramel and a crisp hop bitterness. A bit of dry, biscuity malt with a note of raw pecans screams 'Drink Me!'

The drink is smooth and crisp, and I'm grateful to find a decent all-malt American lager offering in cans!

NOTE: Believe it or not, the drink tastes even better straight from the can... maybe because it catches a little air coming over the lip of the can (?), or whatever... but it definitely seems a bit creamier and nuttier that way. To me. :)

This would be a great tailgater, and perfect for all places that don't allow glass bottles.

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

This is the real Great American Lager, don't let the mass advertising fool you. A carbonated, mildly cloudy amber brew sits in my glass with a pretty decent head. For a name that is shamed by weak, American lagers this one tries to separate itself from the pack and I congratulate it. Slight smell but deep mahogany, smooth taste makes this a brew everyone should try. An American lager with taste! NO WAY! Pick up some Brooklyn Lager and enjoy.

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

I bought a six-pack of this from Tesco, Roscommon, Ireland (of all places!) for €10.95. Tasting on 26.07.2008. The best by date part of the label did not seem to have the all-important nicks indicating month and year, but presumably in-date.
It poured a clear, darkish amber brew with a very generous, slightly off-white head.
The smell was a clean hoppy smell with touch of fruit.
Tasted of some malts, but nicely balanced with the hop bite. Nice mouthfeel.
Overall; a very solid drinkable beer.

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So, here's my review of the "bottle" version of Brooklyn Lager. My on-tap version is buried in the list.

I'm pleased to report that the head I couldn't see before is impressive when I pour it--lots of lace, rocky, etc. Clear and amber. Nice.

Fresh citrusy (grapefruit) hop in the nose. Low malt, but still inviting.

More hoppy than malty, this is a crisp beer that is flavorful without being overwhelming. The swallow and aftertaste is all hop, but to a palatable level. Rich body for an American lager, but lighter than most microbrew ales.

I am always surprised by how much I like this beer. For some reason, I always expect less. Perhaps it's because it is simply a lager, not a pilsner or marzen. I think this has elements of both: It's dark for a pilsner, but hoppy for a marzen. Either way, it's delicious.

Photo of corey0212
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber color, foamy tan head settles slowly, leaves huge, thick rings of lacing on the glass. The great balance of this beer hits the nose hard...piney floral hops meet sweet, toasty caramel malt. Slight lemon taste, tons of biscuity malt, and a great grassy/pine hop presence. Nicely carbonated, super-refreshing, and as drinkable as a beer can get. Great stuff.

Photo of tmitch75
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Monthly club selection for June. Brilliantly clear golden amber color with thick soft white head and good retention.

Smells clean and bready... it's a very full and pleasing smell. Fresh floral hoppy aroma with a touch of citrus.

Full bready all-malt flavor, slighly toasty with crisp floral hoppy finish.

Medium bodied or a little over, very full for a lager and it works quite well.

Excellent lager, this is my new standard-bearer for the style. Hats off to the folks at Brooklyn.

Tasted on 7/4/08 (God Bless America and God Bless our Troops).

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

Pours a clear amber. About a finger's width head that quickly falls to a thin cap. Some lacing down the glass.
Aromas of toasted sweet malts, brown sugar, grassy hops.
Flavors mirror the aroma pretty close. Sweet malts (bread, brown sugar, light fruit) followed by grassy/piney hops. A slight tartness hits the side of the tongue.
Medium-light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable. Decent enough ABV to have a few of and flavorful enough to pay attention to while drinking.
Great gateway beer and also a great Friday-after-work beer. If we could get cans here, it would be the perfect beach beer.

Photo of smanders
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brewery Lager 5.2% ABV - freshness date of Sep 2008 (purchased in July)

Appearance - deep amber with a thick head (quickly dissipated). Good effervescence.

Smell - hoppy with a toasted malt background.

Taste - malty up front with a good balance of spice from the hops.

Mouthfeel - light but with a good coating on the palette. This beer maintains a consistent taste and texture throughout the pint.

Drinkability - As an ale lover I find it surprising I enjoyed this lager as much as I did. This is a very drinkable beer that would easily pair itself with a wide variety of food.

Photo of julian
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: nice light coppery color with lots of carbonation. head is minimal, but creamy in texture with a nice scattering of bubbles. surprisingly good lacing all around.

S: up front sweet and fruity aroma with a light floral hoppyness at the end. slightly creamy malty smell.

T: sweet, spicy malting up front, followed by a light roasty taste mid palate and finishes with a subtle dry peppery hop bitterness.

M: lots of carbonation, slight peppery bite...with a dry and lightly bitter finish.

D: Nice crisp refreshing lager. I'd still choose Session over this, but this is a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber-orange color with a thick amount of head which dissipates; a fair amount of soapy lacing resides on the glass.
Smells sweet with malts & fruits.
Malts & a notable amount of yeast up-front, hops linger on the tongue. Candied sugar flavors eminate from the malts, which gives off notes of tangerine & peach frutiness.
Hops & yeast last well in the mouth, leaving a nice bite. Well carbonated.
Very enjoyable lager; its complexity was a nice surprise. This one definitely lives up to the hype.

Photo of mhewes
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a nice clear golden color with a decent head that fades quickly. Leaves nice lacing on the glass

S : Mainly malts (a little toasted aroma) and a touch of hops

T : Good sweet malt flavor balanced by a nice hop crispness on the finish. Not too much going on.

M : Crisp, smooth, and refreshing

D : It's an easy to drink lager that I wouldn't mind having again but wouldn't go out of my way to find.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 3,081 ratings.