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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,038
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 77
Gots: 318 | 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 sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +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 +4%
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 +12.1%
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
Photo of jmbranum
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite beer I've had over the last few days on a trip to nyc. (I bought this from a bodega on lenox in harlem)

Attractive dark gold or maybe a light amber, with a generous head.

Nice malty aroma. The flavor has much more complexity than I've ever had from a lager. Generous malts but still dry. Tons of hops, both floral and bittering, but not overpowering. Very well balanced. This is most definitely the best lager I've ever had. I highly recommend this beer.

On a sidenote, this beer (like most lagers) is best enjoyed cold, but it is very good when only cool which is a testament to how good this beer is.

jmbranum, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of micahgoldfus
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber look, had light head that dissolved quickly

Smell of sweet malts, light carmel smell as well

Great taste, starts sweet, finishes off lightly hoppy and very fresh tasting

Good mouthfeel, not too caronated. Went down sweet, left a delcious bitter taste.

A casual, drinkable beer. I ended up ordering another round. Great any time!

micahgoldfus, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 ounce bottle with a best before date of September 2007.

A- A light amber in color with a creamy off white head.

S- Very flowery hops scent, slightly citrusy, slight fresh bread smell as well.

T- Powerful fresh hops, very flavorful.

M- Very good, not overly carbonated.

D- A great everyday beer.

cichief, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Douglas14
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer...my first beer to try from Brooklyn Brewery.

Has an amberish/ orange color to it and smell pretty good - slightly hoppy, slightly malty.

Tastes awesome as well...malty and hoppy. Very nutty as well...finishes dry.

Overall pretty good beer, very enjoyable.

Douglas14, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of longarm
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber color. Classic carbonation of bubbles-up feed a light frothy head from the bottom.

Grassy noble hops hit the nose hard. Almost like sticking my face in a bag of fresh hops. Really a delightful experience.

Caramelly flavors rise to the front on the palate but a kick of hops smoothes everything-out exceptionally well

Even though it's been around for awhile, this is a new favorite of mine and easily one of the most drinkable beers on the market. Whether a newbie or a seasoned drinkers, it's solid complexity captivates and refreshes but does not overwhelm in any sense. A great session beer.

longarm, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of zebulon
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking at it and it was golden honey colored, with a lot of tiny bubbles giving it a hazy look. Starting with 1/2" foam that fell fast, lace on the glass whenever I swirled it, but he lace died off fast.

Malty aroma, couln't pick up the hops.

Strong hop taste to me more like a bitter than what I am used to in a lager. As it warmed up it picked up lemonyness, and the bitterness lost strength (this surprised me). The lemon actually complimented the bitter taste. It was dry and astringent on the tongue.

The body was light. Lots of fizzy bubbles on the tongue. This beer proves that light doesn't have to mean tasteless.

Even though this was not my favorite style I found it very drinkable. On a summer day I could chill this and drink it all day.

zebulon, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a darker golden color. good head that leaves nice lacing.very fresh smelling, really nice. definitly an inviting beer. good bitterness, slight spice notes, slightly grassy in the finish. very refreshing. definitly how a lager should taste. i don't have anything bad to say about this brew. my favorite lager, and yet another great offering from brooklyn brewery.

scarletfire79, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Widely available in the UK, brown 35.5cl bottle, this one is best before Aug 2007 and was drank on a sunny April Fools Day 2007.

If I hadn't joined this site in August 2006, I wouldn't have touched this beer with a Barge Pole, (I had drank Bud, Olly, Blue Ribbon, Coors and few other watery products from your shores previuosly and vowed never to drink such crap again) but I am now trying American beers again, if the price isn't too high.

Poured into my Veltins 0.2litre stemmed glass (twice), it looked a lot darker than the lagers I normally see in Europe, not the straw blonde norm at all, this looks like a real beer! Deeper tones of old gold with an off white head.

Aroma of hops and yeasts, a lot stronger than any other lager I've had, and I've had more than my fair share, this is good stuff.

Bitter and malty taste, this is very, very good stuff in deed.

Good retension of flavours, a strong almost heavy aftertaste where the hops re-assert themselves.

This is one of, if not the best lager I have ever had and I don't mess with those sort of quotes (see some of my other reviews). It is also the first time I have had an All-Malt Lager, so am I being unfair to European brewers? You can add German and other European Pilsners to that list, as I consider them all to be in the same basket. So well done Brooklyn and American All-malt lagers. I now have to decide if All-Malt lagers should really be compared to normal Pils and Lagers, life does get difficult doesn't it?


BlackHaddock, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The beer pours a crystal clear light golden color with a light head over top and a moderate carbonation working out of solution. This one is brilliant. The aroms is slightly grainy, with a honey-kissed sweetness. Very light and very enticing. The flavor more focused on the light grain aspect, with a more subtle sweetness. On the finish, there is a nice grassy hop and a mild bitterness. There is good balance and a very nice taste. Mouthfeel is moderate with a mild carbonation that really works well with the rest of the beer. I enjoy this one as a subtle and drinkable lager. It is very full on flavor, but nothing that gets in the way. I am happy this beer is distributed in Illinois now. It is very nice.

kmpitz2, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale amber with a sturdy off-white head. Nice aroma of hops, bitter and beery without being overwhelming. Taste is light, effervescent, and hoppy. It's that grapefruity hop flavor that I am usually down on, but in this case it isn't overdone.

Finish is bitter and crisp. A nice lager, very drinkable.

alexskovan, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a warm caramel/amber tone. Its appears darker than an average lager, and has a very frothy white head. The aroma was plesant but for me was not all together strong enough to note. The taste however was very nice. A bit more hops than most lagers, creating a stronger flavor profile than is expected. It is not as clean and smooth as some more watery lagers but the extra flavor i sappreciated over the lost crispness. It has a medium body that is nice in the mouth and makes each sip enjoyable. Very drinkable beer i would buy again.

Redwood21, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bought in six pack from local liqour store.
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice carmel color. Looks very good in the glass. Pours nice white head with nice lacing

S: Clean, fresh nose with floral and malt hints

T: Smooth malty tast with nice hoppy kick

D: Very drinkable. Great "Session" beer

Monsone, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Rodan
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful amber color, darker (or richer) than most lagers. Head is very thin, but does leave some lacing on the glass. I'm using a goblet instead of a pilsner glass, which probably accounts for some head loss.

Smell: Nice, carmel malt aroma.

Taste: This may be the most flavorful lager I've ever tried. It has a hefty hop presence for a lager. The combination of floral hops and a burnt toast malt character is really enjoyable. I also get a hint of apple juice in there somewhere.

Drinkabilty, etc: With the heavy hops and enough malt to balance it out, it's more like a Vienna lager, than an American pilsner. I could see this being a session beer in the colder weather. It's not as much the light and crisp style lager to quench your Summertime thirst. I'll definitely make this a regular purchase.

Rodan, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received bottle via trade. Thanks Pootz.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber colour with a beauty of a head. White with great retention.

Aroma: Truck loads of hops here with a bit of spicyness. Lots of citrus and florals and fresh grass. Hints of caramel.

Taste: Solid sweet malt spine but not sparse with the hops by any means. Chewy caramels and a great bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of body with with a medium carbonation. Well crafted.

Final Statement: This is the best lager I've had. Someone said in the forums that it makes you think of the style in a different way, and they are right. This is a well crafted lager, fantastic for hop heads like myself.

MMansfield, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally rating this on the last bottle of the 6 pack.

Pours a clear amber, thick white head forms, nice lacing all over the glass, good retention, this head really sticks around. Smell is nice, real hoppy for a lager, lots of florally notes, some citrus, caramel, grains, very pleasant. Taste is sweet and malty, bit of caramel, floral/citrus hopping, nice clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very nice lager, good drink and a nice complexity. Like the hops in this one.

Viggo, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with one finger head. Not much aroma here, a little malt and a little floral. Taste is spicy hops with some lemon. Finish is dry and bitter. Biterness does not make me want to take another sip. Not my idea of a sessionable beer. I would pick it over the macros but probably will not seek this one out again.

Duster72, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks great, a dark orange/medium amber color with a decent head that leaves lacing down the entire glass. Only thing stopping it from a higher rating in looks is its quickly dissapating head.

Smell's wonderful... both citrus and hops come through.

Has a wonderful hoppy finish, but with hardly any bitterness. Lots of malts and hops, but neither too overdone. I love the way it finishes, tho I sometimes wish it had a little more 'umph'.

Medium-Heavy bodied, but goes down like water... far and away trumps macro swill, and now that it's available around the Detroit area, I'm sure I'll be drinking quite a bit more of this.

Thanks for the great brew, Brooklyn. Very much on par with the likes of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

SaucyA, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of MDekker
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had a fear that this would be macro-swill, but it's not...

It pours out an amber color with some head, not a ton, but it seems to hang on OK. The initial aromatic impression is malty and a little floral. Not much more than that. The first sip hits with me sour bitterness that won't go away. I'm a little past the "best by" date, and that may be contributing. Otherwise, the flavor is both crisp and tart, but pretty tame, not complex. It is appropriately carbonated and pretty decent in the mouth. It's OK, but I'm not thrilled, and I'm not inclined to return to it.

MDekker, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My team lost by 33 pts ... ouch. Ah, well at least there’s still beer in the fridge. This poured with a deeper color than I’d expected (because I didn’t read the label), pretty much an amber-golden beer. The whipped-up head sticks to the top of your lip on the first swallow. Wow, there’s a lot of apple in this one, tart light caramel, too. Pretty rich, yet disarmingly drinkable. Well done. (#2750, 3/15/2007)

Braudog, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, red, good sized head, but it's porous (duh... but you know what I mean), and weak.

S - Good hoppiness. Some metallic notes and malty sweetness and floral notes.

T - Solid hop bitterness in this one, but with some maltiness too. Drier than expected and some notes of lemon. Almost reminds me of a less fruity EPA. Aftertaste is strong and long-lasting.

M - Smooth, good carbonation level. Medium bodied.

D - Well... it's almost gone already. Easy drinking with a solid flavour. A good sessionable beer.

allergictomacros, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of uconnalum2
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a perfectly clear amber color with a nice foamy head. The aroma is of malt with some citrus hops. The malty taste is well balanced with the citrus and floral hops. Nice crisp taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Smooth and crisp with some mild carbonation. This is quite drinkable and would make a good session beer. Overall, a very good American-style lager. If this beer is available, there is no need to settle for the macro lagers.

uconnalum2, Mar 11, 2007
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 3,038 ratings.