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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,934 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,934
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 269 | 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 bashiba
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slighlty hazy golden/amber with a thick creamy tan head, great retention and good lacing.

Smell has a nice mixture of lemon zest, light green hops, and some decent grain.

Flavor is very rich for an American lager, has a nice bit of toasty grains, a bit of citrus, mint, and a clean crisp bit of hops. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice dry finish.

A very easy to drink, solid lager.

bashiba, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, golden color with a light tan head. Great retention and great lace.
Smell is malt, hops, hints of spice and lemon. Good balance.
Taste is hops, lemon, spice, malt. Very nicely balanced here as well, very IPA-like in character. Good body - medium leaning fuller - with a nice hoppy/malt blended aftertaste. A very good brew and I'm not a lager man but I would gladly do this one again.

PorterLambic, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Mickelswit
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange hue with an inch head dissipating into a thin, persistent layer of foam

S - Soft malts and hops with a slight citrus note

T - Toasty, nutty malts with a surprising level of hop bitterness - a little too much bitterness for my tastes

M - Adequate, with a good level of carbonation

D - This one goes down pretty smoothly

Mickelswit, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden pale amber color with a nice and fluffy white head that dissipated into a decent cap with good lacing on the glass. The smell has a light floral hop scent, I'm picking up some caramel malt. Not an overly pronounced smell. The brew has enough hop presence to notice. The hop flavor is followed up with a light caramel malt taste. The feel is light and well carbonated, an ever so slight bitterness left on the palate. This is a well balanced lager and is very drinkable. A great example of an American lager, good competition with SA Boston Lager.

Gmann, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out very malty, with strong flavors of caramel & spice. A strong and bitter hops presence for the style quickly follows and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, there’s a lot of substance for a beer in a style that usually doesn’t have too much of it, I expected this beer to be decent at best, but was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a very good beer. I could certainly drink a few of these easily.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of wjimson
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Chaucer's in London Ontario. Had a small sample of this beer before I got two pints it. The smell is freshly herbal, such that it also lingers in the aftertaste of the beer. Served in its own glass with a 2cm head. The first sip gave strong hints of malt, which of stings the back of the tongue with the metallic taste. The bitterness is strong and sharp and lingering. Taste like an American pale ale or IPA. Despite the strong taste this beer is very drinkable, with a semblance to iced tea.

I wish they would sell this beer in bottles at the beerstore. If not, i would just have to return again to the pub for the beer on tap.

wjimson, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of charlatan
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle with freshness date still eight months away despite being brewed in another continent.

Fairly dark for a lager, this almost looks like an amber. It has a fairly fluffy head, but what is most noticeable about its appearance is a load of bubbles. This looks well carbonated to say the least. Malt is very apparent in the nose, but then again it doesn't smell sufficiently different from Carling Premier to have me enthused! There is maybe a hint of citrus.

The carbonation is very apparent as I had suspected, but there is an unusual degree of interplay between a pleasant slightly biscuity malt flavour and a slightly lemony hop element. This has much more going for it than your bog standard macro lager.

I'm not a lager man myself but this would certainly make a good session beer for a slow drinker like me.

charlatan, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid golden amber color with some brown hints too. Very nice two fingers of white frothy head on top. Good looking beer. Nose has a touch of grain, but lots of tasty malt with some nice spices too. Taste is first of a dry, toasted malt that lingers on the tongue. There's a bit of citrus flavor as well, along with a little apricot. Feel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. This one is a good one; for some reason I've been hesitant on Brooklyn stuff, but this one might have single-handedly turned me around. A solid lager with a good flavor and interesting after-taste.

soupyman10, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of pieper
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Great cooper color and a smooth malty taste.

S. I dont have a good sense of smell (all beers get a 3 for that)

T: I am not a big lager fan but this is a great lager with a lot of flavor.

M. nice

D. Using only h20, malt, hops and yeast, Brooklyn set up a very drinkable beer.

pieper, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of robocrouch
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Clear golden color with an ok amount of white head.

S: Malty goodness with a hint of hop aroma.

T: Light body, very smooth malty-ness with a splash of hop bitterness that to me seems out of place in this beer.

D: A very basic lager, that is missing something to me. I think that it could be a little more crisp for the style. Overall worth a try but that is about it.

robocrouch, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As part of a mix pack, I was glad to get four of thier most popular beer. Poured into my Brooklyn Lager pint glass that I got as part of a micro glass set some time back. It all comes together now!!

It poured a nice, moderate carbonated amber gold, a half inch off-white head. No real lace. Not real active in the glass, and no fizz (of coarse).

The aroma was malty, alittle floral

The taste starts out a floral hop for me then followed by a bread like barley malt, sweet caramel and a slight earthy finish.

Very drinkable, smooth, yet crisp and clean

chilidog, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a clear goldnen color. Head is a little off-white, foamy, and about one and a half fingers. Good retention and a light coat of lace was left behind.

Smell: Sweet caramel and toffee malts are immediately noticeable. A light touch of citrus fruit bleeds through. A bit of floral hops and earthy notes come through at the end.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. A bit of citrus and herbal spiciness kick it off. Caramel maltiness adds a sweet flavor. Hops are certainly of the floral variety and are quite tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Carbonation is nearly perfect in this beer. Definitely light bodied and quite the session beer. I could drink this all night. Overall, this is a very good beer. Highly recommended.

prototypic, May 28, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the kind of lager that Sam Adams does so well, good dose of hops and lots of flavour. This is well constructed and well finished making you .a second round while still on the first. The colour is a nice dark golden brown and the nose lets the hops come through. A great session beer that is interesting enough to sip and savour

canucklehead, May 17, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden edges around a copper body. Firm, lasting, dirty beige head. A great looking all-malt lager. Caramelly toasted malts mix with light cookie dough and spicy, herbal hops. Cookie sweet malt flavors up front. Toasted, almost nutty middle. Light cooked vegetables and vegetal hop notes. Lasting spicy noble hops in the finish. Moderate body with a smooth feel and a crisp finish. Very drinkable and would be a staple session beer if it were on-tap at my house!

alexgash, May 14, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Straight forward pumpkin amber color with some chill haze. Loads of bubble activity flows to the surface where a fluffy, oatmeal colored head greets them.

S: Cooked vegetables, corn pops and floral hops.

T: Tastes like it smells. Lots of cooked carrots, cabbage, potatoes and corn. Bit of sweetness in the green peas sector can be found with very subtle hints of orange. Finishes grassy, light caramel and surprisingly bitter for the style.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth.

D: Not sir, I didn’t like this one much.

Westsidethreat, May 14, 2007
Photo of pootz
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first exposure to this hybrid beer on tap.

The difference between the kegged product and the bottle product is like day and night.

This was a luxurous clouded amber elixer with a tight 2 finger cap

It had pugent, rustic aromas of honey and must earthy-woody tones

The flavor was "big" although not intense and the rich honey malts and burlap-cedar tastes made for an exciting draught of beer. The finish was long and wet and malt pronounced where hop presense played out as a sort of herbal- juniper tinge.

If you ahve to judge this beer's amracter...taste it on tap ...the bottled version is a pale imitation of this draft elixer.

A good micro beer by all standards.

pootz, May 14, 2007
Photo of katieandtodd
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on a business trip to DC. This beer has a really nice depth to the taste. It was better than I thought it was going to be. The beer had a lovely color out of the bottle with a decent head. The initial taste was smooth but then there was a great hop finish. Very drinkable.

katieandtodd, May 13, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass, thanks to fisherman34 for this one.

Pours a slightly hazey copper colour with a 1 inch fluffy head, very mild carbonation, sticky, webby lace. Smell is exceptionally hoppy, spicy with some citrussy floral notes. Sweetish malt presence, a bit of caramel. Not complex, clean but delicious.

Taste is very full, hop bitterness balances the caramel and vanilla malt nicely. Light citrus, floral, and a bit herbal. Great balancing act, absolutely delicious. Finish is a bit sticky but very clean with a mild hop bitterness. Medium-light body with a perfect amount of carbonation. This is a dangerously delicious and drinkable lager. I would have this in my fridge all the time if I could get a steady supply. Here's to summer!

trevorwideman, May 10, 2007
Photo of TheDragonTony
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my fancy new Samuel Adams glass

Appearance: Huge white fluffy head exceptional retention, crystal clear amber color.

Smell: Spicy and floral hops.

Taste: Smooth and malty with a slightly dry hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. This had a bit less carbonation (and crispness) than I would have expected from a lager.

Drinkability: this beer goes down quite easily, especially once I knew not to expect the carbonation crispness.

TheDragonTony, May 05, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the sudden realization that I haven't reviewed this one yet. Considering it became somewhat regular in my rotation since I moved into their distribution area, I thought I should.

So I poured it into a pilsner glass. This is actually the first time I used a pilsner glass for Brooklyn Lager. But boy does it look stunning: perfect amber with a two-finger thick white head. It dissipates to one-finger thick, but laces pretty good.

It has a spicy grassy hop nose, with some malt.

This is a very well balanced lager, toasty with malts and a complementing amount of spicy hops throughout.

Medium to light bodied. I’d say there’s not really anything about it that stands out too much, but this is pretty much a quintessential session beer for me.

joeskirkie, May 05, 2007
Photo of hammer09
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper with a huge, foamy head that lasts. Thick, clumpy lacing and vigorous carbonation add to this beer's visual appeal. Smell exhibits a mild, peppery hop aroma and is both clean and fresh. This is not a beer that has been sitting in a warehouse for awhile. Taste is good. Medium, lingering bitterness makes this a refreshing lager. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a crisp finish. Overall, drinkability is very good.

hammer09, May 03, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Toasty brown and clear with a frothy pillowy head. Plenty of lace sticks to the glass as the beer is consumed. The head lingers as well. This is a damn fine looking beverage.

S- is of grassy hops and a clean slightly toasty malt profile.

T is very fresh which is good since I am two blocks from the brewery. Clean lightly toasted malt is followed with those noble hops which are definitely on the grassy end of the spectrum.

M-mouthfeel is somewhat light but not thin with a steady stream of carbonation.

D-This is what i would call a session beer. Or a hot summer day beer as well. Not too many breweries in the US are producing lagers of this quality. This will be in my summertime fridge rotation. Another winner from Bklyn

sleazo, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$7.19 6-Pack
Sam's Downers Grove

Best before 7/07

Brooklyn Lager poured a crystal clearhoney golden with handfuls of big carbonation bubbles rising to the head. A 2+ finger fluffy meringue like white head formed on the pour as it slowly receded it left sticky patch lacing down the pilsner glass. This is a really good looking beer.

Aromas of toasted malt greet the nose up front. Along with a nice even dose of grassy hops and a tea leaf like quality. Clean fresh smells.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Lightly toasted grains lead the way and are quickly followed by a nice balance of grassy herbal hops. The tea leaf character is in the flavor as well but more subdued.

Medium bodied but crisp and smooth. Good carbonation keeps this beer moving through the palate.

Very easy drinker. Could see myself polishing off a few bottles of this today.

High quality sessionable beer from Brooklyn. Brooklyn just recently came to Illinois and I'm looking forward to trying all of them I can get my hands on.

joe1510, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of kRaa
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a fairly dark amber color with a creamy off-white head and a clear sparkling body. The aroma is malty, with a distinct caramel smell. It also has a light hoppy smell of pine. The flavor is initially sweet and a bit caramel-like. Has a slight bitter finish. Light to medium body with a soft carbonation and a light astringent finish.

kRaa, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of happygnome
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark amber color with an eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving average lacing, looks very inviting
s: deffinate sweet malt presence, hop presence detectable as well
t: sweet malt at the onset followed by nice hop presence in the finish
m: medium bodied with average carbonation

overall this was a very enjoyable beer, left a very pleasant bitter after taste

happygnome, Apr 16, 2007
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 2,934 ratings.