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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,180
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 94
Gots: 453 | FT: 1
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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

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Ratings: 3,180 | Reviews: 1,169
Photo of kwakwhore
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden pour into a Sam Adams pint glass. white head doesn't last too long but leaves very nice lacing on the glass.
Malty, grassy aroma.
Clean flavor with malty accents. Good hop bitterness along with the malt.
Refreshingly light feel on the tongue.
Very easy to drink. A quintessential session beer, especially this time of year.
This may not be the "Great American Lager" but it's a lot closer to it than the beer that claims to be. I'm going to have to put this into the rotation for sure.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When people first try this beer, its often after being recommended to them after trying Sam Adams Boston Lager. Its hard not to strike up a conversation about one without mentioning the other.

That being said, I find the Brooklyn to be more drinkable and would probably be more appealing to the average beer drinker. There is nothing overly offensive about this beer. Its color, aroma and taste are all fairly unobjectionable. With a medium hop presence and mouthfeel, its a good step up from BMC stuff and I would definitely use this beer when trying to convert a BMC drinker, or if I were going to session, on a day like today.

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep copper color with a light head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- The hops dominant the smell but the smell is faint.

T- It starts with toasty malt flavor and even alittle biscuity. The malt is slighty over powered by the grassy hops but its pretty much balanced. Over all the taste is very good and even better when on tap.

M- Highly carbonated with a dry finish and a medium body.

D-I would have to agree that this beer is a good session beer, I plan to use it tomorrow on the 4th.

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper look, big fluffy head with lots of lacing. Usually leaves a good bit on the side of the glass. My current avatar is a picture of this beer one of my weizen glasses. Has a very tasty look to it.

S - Has a nice citrusy and sweet malty smell with some floral hops mixed in.

T - All malt in the beginning gives way to an ending of bitter hops. On first taste in my opinion, the end drops off and leaves a little more to be desired. All in all though, a very good taste to it and has an even taste to it.

M - Good carbonation on the tongue. Medium bodied, not too heavy on the mouth. Finishes dry but is still refreshing at the end.

D - Easy to drink beer. Bought a sixer, this is my fourth one. I would buy another sixer of this.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 can into pint glass.

A - Clear copper, with a huge 2-3 finger head. Great retention and great lacing.

S - Some toasty malt along with some floral hops. Not as malty as I remember from the bottle.

T - Wonderful. Mildy toasty, bicuit-y malts take hold early on and then the floral hops takeover. An interesting sweetness melds well with the hop flavor.

M - Highly carbonated, and very smooth. Light bodied, but not watery.

D - A great session beer for almost anyone. Though I think I prefered this a little better out of the bottle, I'd never pass this brew down. An excellent beer for the style.

Photo of oneeye
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've heard good things about this beer.

A. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper/gold. Lots of carbonation with a fluffy tan head that leaves a good bit of lacing.

S. The smell is all malts with a little hops.

T. All-malt-lager is perfect for describimg this beer. A strong malt taste with bitter hops. Not too complex but full of flavor.

M. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

D. I see why they call this a good session beer. Easy to drink and full of flavor that finishes clean.

Photo of RobH
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn Brewery website refers to this beer as a Vienna Lager-style brew, so I bought it as a way of comparing this Vienna Lager to another well-known Vienna Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

One "fault" that I have with the Sam Adams Lager is that it really fills me up fast, giving me a bloated feeling. I did not experience that with this Brooklyn Lager.

However, I'd have to say I like the overall taste of the Sam Adams Lager better. For me, this Brooklyn Lager finishes with a much more bitter note than the Sam, which is not as much to my liking. I tend to prefer ales over lagers for that reason.

That said, I did find the Brooklyn Lager to be a refreshing beer and there was no question that this is a high quality craft brew.

I do recommend this craft lager to any and all lager fans.

Photo of perfectkaos
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came from the same store as the Pilsner... its best buy date isnt exactly the best so ill take this one with that in mind

pours a copper color with a head that lingers for a while. good lacing the whole way down

smells very malty. tastes that way too. very bready with just a touch of hop bite

this one goes down a lot better than the pils i had a few miuntes ago. easy drinking. a good session beer

Photo of ShrLSU
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - a clear amber color with a slight one finger head.

S - sweet malts and some slight hop notes.

T - Very well balanced between the sweet malts that give it some breadiness and the slight hop notes that give a nice slightly bitter finish. A perfectly balanced lager.

M - Medium carbonation with a slight sweetness to it. Very refreshing.

D - This is a perfect session lager. I am not a big lager fan but this one could defintely find a permanent place in my fridge. Very well balanced and a very pleasing lager.

Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer of the month selection for June 2008. Nice clear amber color, with a small head on top. Lightly sweet malt nose, only a touch of graininess, and some grassy hop notes. Good malt backbone, a tad toasty, followed by a solid grassy, floral (a touch citrusy) bitterness. Clean finish.

Eminently quaffable.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice copper-orange looking colour with a nice head in a champagne like glass.

Smells very sweet almost citrusy, some hops here.

Tastes very lemony up-front, with some grassy hops on the finish - a lot different than the bottle version as I recall.

Way too sour and somewhat sweet to have more than one, this should almost be a lemon beer, very strange.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear orange -golden color with nice head and good lace. The aroma of toasted malts,hops and grains. The taste is of malts,hops,sweet with hop bitterness and some spicy kick.

The feel is high carbonation and a dry finish.

Notes: Decent brew and worth a purchase for the summer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blast of herbal / menthol hops greets my nose as I pop the tab on this can. The pour from the can produces a one-finger thick, lightish tan colored head. The beer sits in my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip with a murky amber appearance, that takes on an orangish hue when held up to the light but remains deeply hazy. I shouldn't have poured the entire contents of the can as the initial portions of the pour were quite clear. The aroma is quite hoppy; it definitely has an herbal hop focus, but there is just a hint of citrus zest here as well. Grassy grain notes become noticeable as do notes of crushed malt and soda crackers. The herbal hop component is a mix of light menthol, clean hemp oil and a fresh cut herbal note.

This has a solid bitterness to it that only becomes more biting through the finish of each sip. Grassy grain and herbal, almost grassy hop notes intertwine. A touch of malt sweetness comes through in the middle and finish, but doesn't really intrude on the hop focus of this beer. Herbal hop notes that are a mix of notes, none of which stand out nearly as much as the overall herbal presence; touches of rosemary, menthol, green hay, wild flowers and a finish of grapefruit zest. Easily quaffable, but not watery; this has a certain presence / heft from the malt, but is still quite drinkable.

This has a huge hop profile for a traditional Vienna (which of course this is not trying to be), and it is quite a nice addition, the fact that this is dry hopped comes through quite nicely with the vibrancy of the herbal / spicy hop character. This is a really nice beer, a perfect accompaniment to the 106°F / 41°C heat we have here today.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Nice clear orange amber, small bone white head of foam and medium bubbles, a lot of carbonation with small bubbles.

S = Very fresh smells of grains, lemons, flowers, very light pine. I would not have picked out the style of this beer on smell alone, it really has similarities to some APAs.

T = Clean fresh lemon and pine flavors hit the front of the tongue and keep their presence throughout the entire drink. Well balanced though with light biscuit flavors from the malts. Long quite bitter finish. As with the smell, this is almost an APA tasting beer, I'm not sure I would have known it was lagered except it does have a fresh, clean aspect to it that more than most APAs.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, carbonation stings the tongue just a little too much.

D = A very highly drinkable beer, great on a hot Summer day.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 fingers worth of head topped this beer as it was served. There was a very good amount of lacing left behind as I enjoyed the brew.

Crisp aroma of toasted malt.

I liked the balance of Malt and Hops and the flavor grew on me. At first thought I was a bit concerned about the sweetness.

Hops were not too assertive but did linger nicely.

I nice brew. Not great but nice.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dirty copper/orange in color. Noticeable carbonation supports a thin, whitish head. Aroma is gentle malts -- warm cereal. No hops to speak of.

Taste is crisp. Bready malts offer up some sweetness, with some surprising hop bitterness to follow. Finishes somewhat dry and hoppy. Aggressive carbonation that scrubs the tongue clean.

Full bodied, great mouthfeel. Still remains light enough to be great followup to my 7 mile hike up a mountain this morning. Exceptionally drinkable. I'll have to look for this on tap somewhere and make a night out of it.

Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date clearly evident.

A: Enticing orange-amber with thick, 1-2 finger off-white head with lots of sticky lace.

S: Very unique with solid malty backbone with substantial floral hops nose.

T: A little disappointing but still enjoyable with sweet, biscuity malt with a touch of metallic flavor which are met with significant spicy hops bitterness.

M: Very smooth and not overly prickly -- goes down easy and seems more in character with a Vienna or Dortmunder lager.

D: A really solid and unique lager with a strong hops component that blurs the lines of lager and ale in a very pleasant way. I think I like the on-tap version a little better though.

Photo of morebeergood
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this while at a comedy club in NYC this past weekend. Didn't look like like an average lager, it was a bit more darker orange than I would have expected. Taste was interesting. For an all malt beer, it had a bit of that hoppiness to it that makes it stand out. Very smooth going down, but it has a nice body to it and some very good flavor characteristics. A lager with great depth to it is not easy to make, and Brooklyn has hit the spot.

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

Let me just start by saying that I think that the Brooklyn Brewery has to be one of the finest brewers in the nation. I have yet to have a bad beer from them and the quality is outstanding. Now on to the beer.

A: Poured a clear amber color that had some hints of red to it with a white foam head to it that settled slowly. The carbonation streaming from the bottom of the mug was visible, but it did not appear to be overly carbonated.

S: The aroma was all malt and all hops. Not overpowering, but just right.

T: As I stated above, the taste was very good. The malt and the hops were the main drivers in this beer. Maybe a hint of some citrus.

M/D: Overall, this is a very good beer. The beer was smooth and finished well. The carbonation level was right. Highly drinkable and one that I will be enjoying often.

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

Pours a copper color with a smallw hite head. Some head retention and some lacing.

Very malty smell, and sweet. Smell has a hint of honey in it, and a slight hint of citrus.

Sweet (not overly) malty taste with a nice hop aftertaste.

Not overly carbonated and a nice smooth body. Goes down easy and the aftertaste doesn't linger too long.

Tasty brew that I'm sure I will revisit.

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

It's gonna be a photo finish, folks, as there are just days till we fly right past the "BEST BEFORE" date of June 08 notched onto the front label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body supporting a hefty crest of whiteish foam.

Smell: Delicate toasty maltiness with a pleasant spicy, floral hop scent.

Taste: Crisp, toasty malt flavor with a restrained sweetness that's quickly scrubbed away by a spicy, floral hoppiness and medium bitterness. Finishes with a lingering spiciness and some sweetish grain hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft, medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty lager from Brooklyn. If only every trip to Lagertown could be as satisfying.

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

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a thick two-finger head that settles slowly and leaves solid sheets of lacing in its wake.

S: All-malt lager? No way. This smells almost like an amber/red ale to me. Two aromas in this one--citrus hops and caramel malts. A balanced aroma, but this is totally not an all-malt lager. Either way, it still smells good.

T&M: Hops are even more prominent in the taste than the smell. A solid biscuity/toffee/caramel malt backbone underlays a rather strong citrus and spicy hop presence. I'll say it again--this ain't no "all-malt" lager, but it's still quite tasty. This lager is medium bodied with good carbonation that emphasizes the hops nicely. Finish is dry, yet refreshing.

D: Medium-body and intriguing flavor make this a most enjoyable beer. Not an ideal session beer, but I'll be picking some up again.

Photo of bboven
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium copper body with a half-finger of head and a lot of lacing.

Aroma is hugely malty, hugely hoppy. Seems a bit big for an American Lager, but still good.

This seems more like a weak English IPA than an American lager. it's really good, but stylistically, seems not right.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and drying. Spot-on.

It's too big for the style, but alright in its' own regards.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle
5.0% ABV
I tried this beer on February 26, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a dark translucent amber colour with a white head which disappates to permanent lacing. The aroma was slightly malty, but had an unmistakable floral hoppiness that was a prelude of good things to come. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour had some hints of malt, but was very hoppy, with some grapefruit like bitterness in the finish. A very good beer.

Photo of everetends
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a sixer from Grub Mart here in Jacksonville. I had a bit of a problem with this one. Every bottle in the sixer that I opened was overly carbonated, and spewed out of the bottle once the cap was popped. Didn't matter if it was the first or last I opened, all did the same thing with a few hours elapsing between the first and the last.

A: Amber, more orange than brown, with a slight, white head.

S: Malt, hops, grains, yeast, and fruits.

T: More malt than expected. The hops and a bit of citrus round it out. Not bad tasting.

M: Very thin and watery and flat. This may be due to my carbonation issue.

D: Will have to revisit this. Don't know if I got a bad batch with crazy carbonation or what, but did not leave a great impression. I will give it the benefit of the doubt.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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