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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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3,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 87
Gots: 388 | 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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Photo of davidt
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber color with thick white head and lots of lacing. Nice citrus aroma with sweet malt in the background. Taste is clean with a nice citrus hop bite at the start, a well-balanced malt backbone, and then lingering hop bitterness. A very well done beer that’s easy to drink, very refreshing. A lager with a bit of an APA personality.

Photo of sbe1
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This larger would make a pretty good IPA. It's still a good beer, but somehow not very fitting for the style.

Freshness date: January 2008
Purchased and drank: December 14th, 2007

Appearance: Cloudy, coppery gold, with a good head that lasts, but eventually fades to a nice lace.

Smell: Malt, a little hop spice, a little buttery.

Taste: Like a malty IPA, a not entirely successful mix of malt and hop, but still very good. A slightly stale beer finish. In fact, once the head goes away the beer seems to rapidly acquire a stale taste. Does not taste like a true larger to me.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, low or no carbonation, but maybe a little too much of a hop tang.

Drinkability: Good but, depending on your taste, either the hops or the staleness near the end of the glass, might get to you.

Photo of DaveUK
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pale brown with a good head of bright white bubbles. Strongish retention.

Aroma - fresh hops, grapefruit and floral notes, initial strong vanilla note. Draws you into a sip.

Taste - Fresh and strong lightly toasted malt followed by bitter hops. No re-appearance of the strong vanilla in its taste.

Mouthfeel - acidic on the tongue, more so than I would say necessary. Perhaps a little less carbonation would enables more subtleties to be tasted.

Drinkability - gorgeous aroma and nice taste marred by over carbonation/acidity. Good but not great.

Photo of pwoods
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottled, purchased at some random Krogers, poured into a pint. Best before March '08

A: Pours an average amber with perfect clarity. Slightly aggressive pour produces 2 fingers of eggshell head. Nice retention and pretty decent lacing.

S: More hops than expected from this type of lager... Very crisp and floral. Other than that, a bit of grain malt rounds out the smell.

T/M: Sweet malts make up most of this brew. Hops are a bit more controlled than in the nose but make themselves seen. Underlying metallic taste. Mouth is decently thing and carbonation is on the high side.

D: Easily drinkable and not a back representation of the style.

Photo of praufs01
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Clear copper with creamy off-white head and light lacing.

Aroma – Grapefruit and malt smell.

Palate – A full bodied slightly oily beer with light fizzy carbonation.

Flavor – Clean and fresh up front moving to a very nice grapefruit hop taste in the middle that smoothes out in the finish.

Final thoughts – Leaves your mouth wet and wanting more. Excellent lager that is more like a light IPA. I could drink a lot of these : )

Photo of number1bum
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a bit of chill haze and about two inches of frothy off-white head. Excellent retention with a nice lace and lots of stick on the sides. Better than your average lager for usre.

First thing I get in the nose is actually some citrusy hops, which wasn't at all expected. Also some lightly toasted and biscuit malt characters, and the hops and malts combine to give it a somewhat earthy, sort of musty aroma.

Taste has a nice toasted malt and biscuit/bready base, again with a hoppier than normal flavor as well. Light citrus, but more earthy and herbal hops, and a good amount of bitterness. It's very flavorful, with a long bitter finish which I can best describe as earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a good level of carbonation and a dryish finish.

This is a lager I would have over most any other. Really a surprising hoppiness and bitterness to it, but I like it. I'm not a huge lager fan, but this is a very good one.

Photo of kguyty
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good beer. I had this while visiting Lombardi's Pizza in NYC...

The beer is a medium brown/orange color with a decent foamy white head. Lacing stickes to the glass after the head has disappeared. The beer smells fairly hoppy, and has a nice malt smell as well.

The tast is fairly fresh, pleasantly hoppy with a nice malt presence. This beer finishes clean and leaves me wanting more.

I could drink a whole lot of this beer if I could find it in the midwest (highly unlikely with all of the AB supporters here).

Photo of hopman333
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really starting to enjoy Brooklyn lager. We started getting it in Illinois about 5 - 6 month's ago.

S- A spicy / fruity hoppiness that only comes from dry hopping, and kudo's to Garrett Oliver for doing that with an amber lager. As
I wish more brewers would .

Taste- starts out with an almost Vienna style caramel malt sweetness that is quickly taken over by the hop bitterness which again is spicy and fruity at the same time only to subside in a wash of an almost tea like complexity that linger's on the pallette. It's really growing on me lately. Simply kick ass !!!

All in all an excellent and almost perfect example of a fresh amber lager. I wish I could try this on tap !!!

Photo of moocey
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy copper orange

Smell: pleasantly light sweet malty aroma with a hint of hops

Taste: A wonderful lager malty smoothness from beginning to end complimented by a crisp saaz-like hop flavor that surprises right up front and lasts throughout the aftertaste. This beer is packed with balanced malt and hop flavor, yet pleasantly light and crisp. It’s a great session beer to drink while watching football or relaxing on the beach.

Mouthfeel – Brooklyn Lager has the mouthfeel you’d expect from a 5.2%, craft brewed, all-malt lager – neither thick nor watery.

Drinkability – This is a tasty, balanced lager.

Photo of bozebus17
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with loads of bubbles racing to the top. This lager has an ample white head that sticks around and leaves gobs of lacing. I must say I am quite impressed with the appearence of this brew.

A very strong aroma wafts from the glass. It is a mix of floral and citrus hops, citrus being very interesting for a lager. There is also the fine scent of crystal malt and a touch of breadiness.

The taste is caramel malt up front with some light toasted flavors. The floral and citrus hops both make their appearence in the end. This brew is fairly balanced but quite hoppy for the style. There is a tingling aftertaste left in my mouth. Cascade is an interesting choice for a lager.

Overall this is a very good and flavorful brew. Tonight I drank it on its own but it paired very well with some pepper-lime chicken I made the other day. I am a hop-head but I think this beer has just a tad too much bitterness for the style. Back off the hops just a little bit and I think it'd be a near perfect lager. Still, very good.

Photo of jhu1995
2.54/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber with a nice head and good lacing. Lots of flowery hop aroma which I find odd for a lager. Smell is more like a pale ale. Taste was hoppy, with lots of bitter, flowery hop taste. Tasted like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is great if you want a pale ale but bad if you want a lager. Thought this strayed too much from the style. Medium-bodied and easy to drink.

Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Ruby color, with a nice head that didn't stick around, but did add some lace.

smell - Nice malt smell, and some hops to it too.

taste - Nice malt taste but does have a hop taste to at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Not your normal lager beer, real nice beer to enjoy. I'm starting to like Brooklyn Beer

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

Had on tap at the London Bridge in Jax.

Poured a nice copper-orange color displaying a durable, rocky 1’2" white head. Some spotty lacing as glass drained.

Aromas were admirably balanced between the surprisingly upfront hops notes and the caramel malts. Plenty of citrus and floral hop aromas combined with toffee, biscuit and caramel.

Mouthfeel was moderately full, fluffy and very smooth with a refreshing amount of carbonation.

Taste profile was quite APA like with plenty of citrusy/floral/spicy hops coming to the forefront, but it still maintained the clean delicateness of a lager. Finish brings in the malty, caramel candy, toffee sweetness.

Easy drinking and would be a superb everyday lager to enjoy regularly.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice golden amber color with a tinge of orange,nice foamy off white head that leaves spotty lacing,The nose brings a fresh floral,lite grass and malts with trace of caramel.Taste is refreshing,crisp,with the floral coming thru,caramel hitting in at the middle than some bitterness finishing off dry and leaving a tinge of the floral behind.Medium carbs,going down very easily and would be a very good summer drink.Quite enjoyable,but not really something i would like for a session beer,but 2 or 3 and move on and it's allright with me.

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

From a 12 oz bottle marked “best before Jan 08,” into a pint glass. Slight chill hazed amber brown with no carbonation. Thin whitish tan head rapidly fades to wispy cap but solid lace collar. Obviously, this is no typical “lager;” a bit of research shows it to be in fact an all-malt lager. Nose evinces some sweet malt and slightly floral hops. Tastes surprisingly hoppy up front but quickly tempered, fading to a light caramel malt. Mouth of extremely complementary carbonation keeping it crisp and clean. Wet and quenching, with a pleasant tingling at the end. Drinkability is very good: I can easily see me downing several of these tasty and crisp brews.

Overall: A nice all-malt lager, definitely worth a try.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger white head that dies down to a nice lasting layer. Stickiness is very nice, good lacing on the sides. Smell is of noble hops and a floral bouquet. Some caramel malt in the nose as well. Taste is a clean oily citrus hop flavor with a nice sweet honey taste. Very good balance on the tongue with a good malt undertone in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a creamy medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Wow, I wasn't expecting this beer to be this good. Pretty hoppy for a lager, but just enough malt to balance this one out well. This might have to be my new golfing beer seeing this beer is available in cans as well.

Photo of SargeC
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, bubbly white head, nice carbonation movement.

Smell: Clean, no standout aromas.

Taste: Crisp and balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light yet satisfying body.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer. It is always good to find a lager that keeps it simple, yet still comes off with some complexity.

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

Appearance- Poured a copper color with a thin white head.

Smell- Nice hints of malt with a light hop spiciness.

Taste- Crisp and clean lager taster. Had a nice graininess to it with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation

Drinkability -Very solid lager. As far as lagers go it was one of the better ones I've had.

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a nice creamy off-white head that displays excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is malt and fresh hops with hints of bread. The taste is a nice balance between the malt and citrusy hops. The mouthfeel has a little more body than the average lager but that certainly is not a bad thing with this brew. Overall, this is a really good American Lager that ranks right up there with the best of them. Recommended.

Photo of sawbones420
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There's a handful of "good beers" that I drink straight out of the bottle; beers that I believe are just as enjoyable straight up as they are in glassware. Brooklyn Lager is most certainly one of those beers. I'm reviewing the brew as is out of the bottle, because that's how most people probably drink it anyway when they buy it in 6-packs (but maybe I'm wrong). I'll probably take the time to review it out of a pint at a later time.

Appearance is the classic Brooklyn brown bottle with attractive but not-overly flashy label. I've always been suspicious of beers that put too much effort into labeling or work hard on having a gimmick. American IPAs are generally the worst offenders (Stone Coast's 420, for example), but I suppose that's predictable enough. Brooklyn keeps it simple, but instantly recognizable. When I see that B, I just sort of get excited.

Smells like hearty delicious lager made with fresh American hops.

Wowee. It tastes like a hearty delicious lager as well. Flavor hits the middle of the tongue, and goes down easy. A nice smooth malt/hop finish, with the ever slightest trace of alcohol flavor. This beer is the definition of balance.

At 5.2% and all that tastiness, this is an ideal beer for those looking to consume more than a drink or two in one sitting. Not too light, but not too heavy, Brooklyn Lager is versatile enough to suit most palates any time of the year. It can easily cool you off in the summer, but will keep you toasty in the windier months. A great beer for people that are a fan of Sam Adams, but want to kick up the quality several notches while lowering the price a bit.

If I could only choose one American lager to drink for the rest of my life, this would be it. I've yet to try a better one thus far, although I'm taking suggestions.

Photo of zerofear13
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't imagine that anyone would have a hard time finding this brew at any decent beer store. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Half inch frothy head with gentle pour. Smells of malts and hops. Taste reminds me an awful lot like Sam Adams' flagship lager, except much more subtle on the malt. Unlike SA's, Brooklyn's seems way more drinkable simply for the fact that the sweet caramel malts are much less profound. Overall, tasty beer and a very basic brew in the world of micros.

Photo of zdk9
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes out amber with a finger of dustlike white head that fades quickly and leaves a few pocadots of lacing as I wind my way through the beer. The smell is of hearty bread with a hint of toastyness and some floral hops as my nose gets deeper into the glass. The taste has the same without much of a distinct lager taste. There is a great vineous quality to this one, almost of red wine musk. An easy drinker that is delicious.

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

Picked this up in Ohio, part of the Brooklyn Beer Party pack. Comes in a brown bottle with history lesson on the label. Served in a pint glass because my pilsner glass is MIA. Inviting golden color with thin head that laces down the glass. Some malt smell. Drinks very smooth with some citrus hop bite. It is hard to fight the temptation to gulp this all down. Again, another well down beer that I wish was available in Wisconsin, or at least North East Illinois.

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

Pours amber with a thin head and decent lacings.

Great aroma, floral with honey, the hops really stand out. Very nice.

I was expecting a little more malt up front, like an SA Boston, and was actually pretty surprised. The grain is certainly there, slightly roasted, but the hops take over really quickly. Floral, citrussy and a lasting bitterness.

Mouth feel is nice for a North American lager, nice carbonation.

Usually not crazy about hop focused beers, but I enjoyed this. A lager with some really crisp hop flavours. I'd have it again.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12onz Amber bottle with freshness date.

Appearance: Light brown ,golden color color.

Smell: Maltness and some sweet flavor

Taste:Medium body, Malt very clear in the there,some kind of sweet flavor and some kind a spices in there.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability : Very nice in the mouth can go with this beer again.

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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