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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: 339 | 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 JustinOSU99
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark golden color with a one inch lacey head that takes it's time clearing.
S: Strong malt overtones with rich syrupy sweet hints of caramel, raisins, figs, vanilla, and a little corn malt.
T:Starts a little tart and finishes surprisingly sweet. A really nice tasting lager that is refreshing.
M:Smooth on the palate and crisp in the mouth. Definitely pleasing.
D: A beer I could really enjoy outside on a hot summer day. A great choice for grilling or just relaxing.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce long neck into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours nice ruby-brown color with a fluffy off-white head. The head doesn't stick around long, but leaves a nice lace behind it. Average looking carbonation.

S: Smells like a malt should, but there are distinct hop notes here which is a surprise. This thing smells like an IPA, or APA at least, maybe even like a DFH 60 Minute.

T: A nice refreshing lager with a little hop bite and a pretty nice malt balance. The style claims to be an all-malt lager, but I think there's a bit more going on here; definitely doesn't leave an all-malt taste in my mouth.

M: Enters crisp, but foams up when its rolled around a bit. Nice for the style, and not really one to chug.

D: It's flavor and medium-bodied nature would make this a nice session beer. Maybe there's not enough to keep you coming back to it time and time again, but for people who aren't looking to wow themselves, but maybe get a rise out of their BMC friends, Brooklyn Lager is a nice surprise.

I'd recommend this beer to people who don't know what to get a bar and "want to try something different." If they say they don't like dark beer, just get this for them and I'm sure they'd be happy. I know I would.

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

A thin head shrunk to a thin, lacy film with slow rising bubbles and not a lot of carbonation. The amber/gold colour was deeper than I expected to see. There was a faint green apples aroma that gave way to a hint of cantalope. Big points for the taste - a refreshing balance of hops and malt that had a subtle bitterness and was genuinely pleasing. A nice finish but a bit brief perhaps. A lot of staying power - it got better as the glass emptied, more fullness in the mouth.

Overall, I I found this to be a very satisfying lager that reminded me why I favoured lagers for so many years ... it really doesn't get a whole lot better than this. What a steal from Brooklyn New York, thanks from your beer drinking friends in Ontario.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of all of the lagers I have tried so far this is probably my favorite. It is a great session beer.

Has a frothy white head off the pour. Some nice lacing and good retention. Has a clear amber colour.

The hops come through nicely on the nose (citrus, cascade hops?) with some malty rye bread notes.

The most flavorful lager out there (IMO). The hops are the dominant factor with some malt notes and a slightly bitter finish. This makes up for all of the other bland lagers out there.

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

This is a great beer. This style is exceptional, drinkable as well as tasty. Brown/amber colour, nice dense head that fades at the right pace. The smell is truly incredible, and the taste is malty and pleasant. I cant describe what it tastes like because the style is unique and new to me (along with Sam Adams). But I would say it is a little biscuity, with just the right amount of floral/hoppy character hiding behind it.

I could really have a decent session on this stuff.

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

You will never go wrong with this brew. This beer pours a light amber with noticeable hops in the aroma, the cascade hops really show through with a hoppy smell. Taste is light and hoppy, biscuity too, like a low-grav APA. Delicious and very drinkable. A little filling and a bit heavy for this style, but I'm not complaining, This brew is a true American classic.

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

Reviewed from notes that were lost then found.

A nice looking mildly carbonated amber lager capped by a two finger offwhite head. Decent head retention, and leaves decent spotty lacings.

Toasted malts with some nuttiness and a hint of biscuit greet the nose. A decent amount of floral and citrus hop aroma also present. Almost similar to an APA in this fashion. Mild scents of bready lager yeast remind one that this is a lager.

The tasty malty toastiness is nicely contrasted by the floral, grassy, and citrusy hops. A blend of noble and american hops in here?

This is a light bodied lager which finishes refreshingly dry due to the toasty maltiness, and the hops nicely balance the malts with an interstly forward hop bite.

A great summer beer with its light body and refreshing quality. Certainly drinkable and sessionable. Approachable enough to serve at a family or work gathering, and interesting enough to be enjoyed by beer geek friends. Good stuff that i will be drinking again.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice amber orange color with a moderate head that faded fairly fast.

S - Hops are upfront in the nose, with a spicy graipfruity character. Cascade? This beer also has a nice malty presence as well; maybe a bit of dark fruit... figs.

T - After an excellent aroma, the beer is deemed wanting. However, this is an extremely well balanced beer, a nice amount of hops coupled with a good malt backbone. However I cant help but compare this beer to SA Boston Lager (they taste fairly similar), and while this is a very nice beer, it just does not pack the punch that SABL does.

M - Nicely carbonated and very smooth. Good for the style.

D - I could drink this all day, a well-made, well-balanced beer. I will be coming back for more and I am looking forward to other Brooklyn offerings.

Photo of dstc
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice orange color with a full light tan head and decent retention. Leaves a fine lace on the glass and looks well carbonated.

Fruit flavor definitely comes through in the nose as does a sweetness.

Rather prominent hoppiness right up front. Seems too hoppy for an American "All-Malt" Lager but still clean and refreshing. Mild bitterness as well.

Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth with nice carbonation.

This is a fairly drinkable beer but it still seems too hoppy for me to think of it as a lager.

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

Pours a clear amber with modest head that dissipates slowly leaving a thin layer of foam with little lacing and little carbonation.

Malt and hops nose; surprisingly heavy on the hops.

More malt taste present, but hops very present.

Medium bodied and palate coating. Not as crisp and clean as more carbonation would show.

Good drinkability, a hoppier American Amber.

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

Picked up a sixer from the L.C.B.O. BB May 2008

Served from a 355ml brown pop off bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear orange amber in color, with a huge head that laces fairly nicely. Lots of small bubbles.

S- floral/fruity hop aromas. Sweet malt. Some grain/bread, kindof smells like bran muffins!.

T- Caramel malts up front, somewhat grassy with a sweet citrus character to it and a fairly bitter dry hop finish. Nice balance.

M- very smooth and medium bodied brew with great carbonation.

D- great drinkability.

Overall this is a solid Lager beer from one of my favorite U.S. Breweries. I wish that it was more easily available in Canada. Recommended.

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

I had this on tap at Ruby's Oyster Bar in Rye, NY. The beer was a bit darker than I felt it would be, kind of an amber orange with a thick and creamy poof, off-white and lacy.

The aroma is a bit hoppy, which I think is strange for an all-malt lager. The aroma translated to the taste, with more malt added in the flavor than I detected in smell. Kind of biscuit-like malts.

Not filling and tastes great. This is what the macros should target.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend & I are now off the plane at La Guardia, already enjoying the view of Manhattan through the massive windows at the airport. She's gotta use the restroom before we pick up the baggage, I spy an airport bar with an unfamiliar tap, and decide to investigate.

Pours beautifully with a dark copper color, and a very respectable head. This head sticks around, literally, with some damn fine lacing. On the nose I got smooth caramel and a delicious trace of floral hops. Taste was very surprising for an east coast lager, in that it contains a hell of a west coast hop flavor. The malt is rich, the finish lager-dry, with one more blast of those citric hops. Mouthfeel is the weak link here, but not by much. It's a smooth, refreshing beer that happens to go down a little sticky.

I figured out pretty quickly that this beer is ubiquitous in NYC, and deservingly so. My girl is a little nervous about the baggage, and the beer cost $8.68, but I don't give a damn. My first beer in NYC was well worth it.

Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with ample head. Aroma is nice and malty, even fruity somewhat. Taste has a strong malt backbone with just a hint of bitterness. Very nice for an all-malt lager. Goes down smooth and would make a decent lawnmower beer. Definitely would recommend it over other all-malt lagers I've had so far.

Photo of Leebo2007
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a very warm brown and has a crispy, yet light head. The smell is a blend of chocolate and nuts...that drinks very well. The hops opens up the fruit flavors and stay in your mouth, not leaving a bitter after taste. This is a great beer! Taste even better on draft!

Photo of Slar211
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from the B-Side Liquor Lounge on Coventry, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber into a pint glass. Nice creamy head leaves good amounts of sticky lace.

Smell: Malt as would be expected from an all-malt lager. A surprising amount of citrus hops as well.

Taste: Follows the smell. Malt gives way to hops and does it well.

Mouthfeel: Soft in the mouth with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: A quality beer, I enjoyed this one.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: An amber/orange hue pours out of the bottle, classic Brooklyn B label and a vigorous pour yields barely a quarter inch of head.

S: A clean malt smell, scented lightly with backing hops. The bouquet is somewhat bready and grainy.

T: Malty, grainy, and downright tasty. Perfect accent of hops towards the end that makes for a well-balanced lager.

M: Carbonation seems a bit on the low side, but nothing too egregious as far as the mouthfeel is concerned.

D: The smoothness and flavor of this beer make for a versatile lager that works well for most any occasion.

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

Brooklyn Lager in a can?! I’ve had this brew before but never in a CAN!!!! I had to try it. Let’s see if it’s any different than the bottled version…

Deep amber color with a thick, rocky orange-tinged head. Fresh, pungent hop aroma. The smooth, slightly bready palate features a nice toasted grain malt character with a pleasant toffee hint as well. But the most noticeable flavor is the crisp citrus hop spice that really balances out the other flavors very nicely.

Perhaps it’s even better in a can, I actually enjoyed this beer a lot more now than the last time I had it. Perhaps they changed the recipe (not likely, it’s a fairly classic brew), but more likely my palate has just developed and I can now fully appreciate all its flavors and characteristics. The excellent hop spice stands out a lot more than I remember. I’m glad I got this one another go…

Highly recommended….

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark coppery orange color with a small head of foam. Medium levels of carbonation and mild lacing in the glass. Looks more like an fruity ale or marzen... Not very lager-like.

S: Smells like a brewery that's got wort cookin'. Nice. Aromas of malted barley, grain and bready yeast blend together to give the nose a nice treat.

T: Mild maltiness fills out with a healthy dose of hops and buttery grain. Slight souring earthy note toward the finish. Not bad.

M: Lacks carbonation on the palate, and comes off wishy-washy. Kind of watery, but it maintains a mild density about itself. Totally lacks any kind of crispness that I look for in a lager

D: Average. I wouldn't pass on this, but with so many other brewers kicking out Lagers that I would prefer over this, I likely won't be back.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber body pours with a thick foamy white head. Head quickly fades to a nice collar. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nice balanced smell. Big caramel malt and floral refreshing hops.

T- Little caramel malt and some hops up front. Balanced finish between refreshing hops and caramel malt. Aggressive bitter hops linger long after everything else is gone.

M- High assulting carbonation with thin body. Somewhat watery at first.

D- The high carbonation, thin body, and aggressive aftertaste don't do much for me. The refreshing hops and caramel malt leave a lot of promise though. Not bad overall.

Photo of GRPunk
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Amber color was a little darker than expected. It had a thin sticky head that left lots of lacing. It was a little light on the carbonation, but I often chalk that up to the keg setup at many restaurants.

S- I picked up mostly piney hops.

T- It was much more balanced than I expected. After noting the hop tones in the nose, I was surprised to taste some sweeter tones from the malts.

M- A little thicker than expected.

D- It was a decent beer before dinner on a warm summer night, but nothing spectacular. I'd take it over many of the "cleaner" lagers out there, but after enjoying other Brooklyn offerings I was hoping for a little more out of this one.

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

Pours cler amber. Head a creamy, sticky mass. Very nice lacing.

Aroma is toasted malt, some breadyness and citrus hops.

Taste is sweet up front with toasted malt. Mildly grainy. Hops are stronger than in the nose and appear more hebal than citrusy. Finish is crisp with lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium.

This lager is certainly on the hoppy side. Some initial sweetness, but the herbal hops take over quickly. Not bad, but could use a little more depth of flavor.

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Mickelswit
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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

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