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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,933
Reviews: 1,149
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 269 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
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Photo of geexploitation
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

geexploitation, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

doppelmeup, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChuckD, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

mdagnew, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

amatuerbeerguy, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

JerzDevl2000, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

pentathlete, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

gbarron, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of JanM
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

JanM, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of LPorter33
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

LPorter33, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a frothy ivory head. Light lacing. Smells of grassy malt and light citrusy hops.

Grassy malt and bitter hops. Light fruitiness from the malt. Persistent low level herbal hops. Lightly sticky mouth and long longering bitterness. Pretty good stuff.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a decent ring of lacing and scattered bubbles above the clear rose tinted, amber golden brew.

S - Floral and pine hops over a faint malt. Pretty good.

T - This might be the first lager I've ever had where a brewer took it seriously! It has some pine hops, some faint floral hops, some faint grain character and a tiny bit of sweetness in the malt. A nice bitterness rounds this out. I didn't know a lager could taste so good!

M - Well, this is honestly a step down from the better macros. It has a decent body, but the hops detract a bit from refreshment the beer provides. It isn't bad though.

D - This is excellent for a lager. The lager has as much depth as your average IPA, while still leaving a subtle presence. This would be a fabulous session beer, would go well with food. It is actually worse in drinkablity than your typical decent macro, because the flavor is so complex. Now, if only it were as costly as the average macro! Brooklyn is an awesome brewery. I'll have to make my way up there one of these days.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

The beer pours an orangish golden with a frothy head that holds and laces nicely. There are subtle hop aromas balanced nicely with some sweetness from the malt. The overall smell however is not that strong. The beer tastes fairly similar to the smell however the taste is not weak at all. There is a decent mouthfell complemented by smooth carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic beer for what it is. There was even more of a hop presence than I was expecting which was quite welcome.

MSchae1017, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a honey/like color with a smallish head.The smell is not really that strong,but you can make out some malt aromas.The taste has a real sweet malt flavor that is a real delight.The m/f is light,but it does have a slight watery aftertaste.This beer is one that could be an everyday beer.It's not perfect,but it's worth trying.

jmz62565, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of Franchise
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a sweet reddish amber color, and leaves a thin white head that disappates quickly. The smell is very malty with caramel aspects that give hints of honey and lemon. The taste of this lager is crisp and refreshing the sticky sweet malt weighs on your palate in a good way and there is a lemon wheat flavor on the palate that makes this a balanced refreshing brew to drink all day def session quality.

Franchise, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden orange colour toped by a short, off-white head. The foam reduces fairly quickly, but leaves behind some nice lacing. Bold, hoppy aroma for a lager, quite floral with a hint of herbal and citrus character. Mellow sweet malt, maybe a bit toasty, hides in there as well. Hops kick off the flavour, melding into a balanced sweetness and a bit of fruit at the mid. It finishes with a lingering hop bitterness with plenty of flavour. Medium/light body with just the right balance of gentle carbonation to provide a creamy texture. Finishes with just a hint of dryness. This is a quality lager, a pleasure to drink. If I see this on tap, I'll definitely give it a try.

DrJay, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I've been meaning to get to the distributor all week and pick up this Brooklyn Party Pack but stuff kept coming up. Popped in today right before they closed and got the last one. Good karma indeed. This is Brooklyn Lager, the hombre that started it all, at least as far as Brooklyn's craftbeer revival is concerned.
Nice coppery color with a mighty foam and lace. I might mention that its poured into a Brooklyn Lager pint glass, might be my first perfect match of beer and labeled glassware that I've reviewed. Surprisingly for an all malt beer, the hops are predominant in the nose, but that's okay with me.
Strong, well rounded flavor with plenty of balance, although again the hops are kicking in this one. A real mellow but complex bitterness stays with each sip through the aftertaste and beyond. Maybe I just got a brand new example but this beer is extremely fresh tasting and pleasant to quaff. I've had this on tap dozens of times and I don't think it's lost much if anything in the bottle.
Not much bad to say about this one. For a lager, this borders on amazingly good and I could drink it all day.

daliandragon, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The truth is I am really not a personal fan of this type of lager. That said, this is much better than almost any other American Malt Lagers that I've had.

Appearance: This beer pours a coppery light brown, decent white head.

Smell: Raw barley was the overwhelming aroma. There was also malts, and a bit of green (hops) in the nose.

Taste: I found the taste to be a bit watery, with lots of empty space. Light malts up front with a quite hoppy aftertaste. Above average compared to American Macros but certainly not a very interesting beer in comparison to other craft beers or American All-Malt Lagers. Aproachable.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and watery; typical of an American lager but certainly nothing special in the mouthfeel (just okay).

Drinkability: There is nothing very interesting about this beer but it is cool clear and refreshing, like water. It is definitely a significantly sessionable beer, with low ABV and no extreme flavors you could drink it all night; and still walk home (w/o stumbling).

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of sabrills70
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty medium amber with a good two finger head, good longevity and very good lace. Good malty presence with a bit of caramel and spicy hop aromas. Good malty flavors with a good bit of hop spicyness and bitterness - even more than the pale ale I think. Leaves a nice hop bitterness all over the tounge. It is perhaps a bit too hoppy for a beer in this catergory, but it is a tasty one and a good solid beer.

sabrills70, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am surprised that I have not reviewed the Brooklyn Lager before but here it goes. The brew pours to a nice amber color with a nice fat white head that has great retention and leaves sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. Looks to be very carbonated with the amount of bubbles traversing up the side of the glass. The first aroma that I notice is the hops, according to the website it is German Hallertauer, Vanguard, and Cascade hops. Seems that I notice the cascade hop more than the others but that is probably due to inexperience. The taste is crisp, very fresh feel. Notice the caramel malt a bit at the start but it does have a heavy hop taste, more flowery than citrus. Very nice brew, might not be one if I am having friends over that like a more all purpose lager with the hop aromas and taste but for me a pretty good session brew. Very good product from the Brooklyn brewery.

Stimack, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is from the Brooklyn Party Pack. I drank it in a goblet. Expiry date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head of off-white foam. Head eventually falls to islands and a ring, with decent lacing. Carbonation looks medium. This is a pretty beer.

Aroma is crisp biscuity malt, clean spicy hops, both gentle but well defined. Very nice smells; inviting.

Flavor is clean, crisp bready malt, spicy Noble hops, and a decent level of bitterness. Notes of black pepper and maybe bergamot. Aftertaste is dry, a little bitter, and toffee malty. This is a wonderful lager.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, with a refreshing snap to it. Carbonation is medium. Finish is crisp and slightly chalky, but in a good way.

I really like this beer. It has tons of flavor for a lager, with a great hop character, but the malt is right there, also. People talk about the perfect "lawn mower" beer; this has to be considered in the mix. Very crisp and refreshing. Highly recommended.

jakester, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best buy date of Pours a copper color that was darker than expected with nice carbonation rising to the top and a thina off white head, could definately pass for an APA. The aroma is layered and has an english air to it, with floral hops, toasted bread, light caramel, minerals and some fruity yeast elements that i was not expecting...surprisingly complex in the aroma. The flavor is also coplex and well balanced, with toasted bread, biscuit, and caramel malt flavors and some floral and citrusy hops...seems alot more like an english ale than an american lager but its freakin good regardless. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a slightly bigger body than your typical lager but still very drinkable and refreshing. Another good offering from brooklyn...nothing spectacular here, but a good, easy drinking and flavorful session beer

silver0rlead, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle

Appeance: Pours a medium amber hue with a nice 2" foamy white head. Head dissipates leaving substantial lacing on the glass.

Smell: An initial slight, piny hoppy scent, somewhat musty with hints of caramel.

Taste: Begins with an intitial piny hop bitterness that quickly transitions to a mild maltiness, hard for me to pick anything that really stands out in the flavor. Not too bitter, not too sweet, pretty well balanced in that aspect.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation with a medium body.

Drinkability: A nice transitional beer. Wouldn't offend to many palates. I could see myself drinking a bunch of these, a good tailgate beer or session beer especially with the 5% abv. Worth a try.

SwillBilly, Oct 30, 2005
Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 2,933 ratings.