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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,184 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,184
Hads: 3,418
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 113
Gots: 697 | FT: 1
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager | 5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Photo of kevinlater
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

473ml can into nonic pint. "BB FEB 2015" on the bottom of the can. enjoyed on august 11, 2014

a: almost-clear golden light amber, two fingers of bone-coloured head

s: doughy, bready, caramel malt, and some floral notes. nothing too exciting or vibrant but smells good

t: follows the nose. nice caramel and bread flavours all around with some floral touches. hints of citrus fruits underneath the malt, like lemon and grapefruit. earthy notes, spices, and a mild-to-medium hop bitterness close things out

m: the medium body and moderate carbonation work together to create a creamy and excellent mouthfeel

o: a tasty and great lager that i wouldn't mind drinking again in the future

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Photo of BeerWatcher
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium amber. Visible carbonation. Not much in the way of head or lacing. Aromas are light. What is there is a blend of light citrus, caramel and wet cardboard. Tastes are dry caramel, a bit of biscuit, a bit of citrus on the swallow. Overall, this is a fairly mild beer. As a lager I give it credit for bringing more to the table than a lot do in this category, but the word "forgettable" keeps creeping into my mind when compared to most beers I drink..

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Photo of donquixote
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nicely balanced but could use more Saaz. True to style and a great example of a drinkable pils. Finish is smooth and crisp with light hop notes in the flavor. Malt is slightly grainy but no dycetyl or DMS is present. Carbonation is perfect as is the serving temperature.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, fizzy orange amber with a nice white foam head.

S: Lager yeast, carmel malts, faint hop, sudsy

T: Caramel malts, smooth and creamy on the front, with a slight hop dryness on the back. This is the perfect beer with a grilled burger and fries on a hot day.

M: A little too carbonated, but super sessionable.

O: Confession - I love this beer more than I probably should. Nothing really blows you away, but this is a consistently solid, ever-so-drinkable lager. This is what adjunct macro garbage could taste like if any of the brewers gave a crap. While this beer isn't going to win any big awards, it is a great, consistent brew. Great job Brooklyn!

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Rated to enjoyment, not to style.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a 1" thick, rocky head with great retention. Significant visible carbonation. Lacing goes all down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Fruity, tropical, grapefruit; malty background. It's those Cascade hops! Smells great, but doesn't seem like a Vienna lager.

Taste: Dry, clean arrival, bitter and clean across mid-palate. Dry, hoppy finish. It could use a little more malt, but it is a lager, not an ale, after all.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, good carbonation.

Overall: Really pleasant. Because this doesn't quite seem like a Vienna lager, what with the strong American hopping, I'm not going to rate it as one (BJCP does not have a category for American Amber Lager - that's a problem...). This is a beer I could come back to again and again. It is a well-structured, balanced, hoppy craft lager. Easily one of my top five beers of all time. Clean, refreshing, and remarkable (but not a Vienna lager).

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Photo of spoony
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at LaGuardia airport in New York into a stein.

A-My pour arrived with about one and one-half fingers of sticky, off-white head. Lacing was chunky at first. The beer is light-golden in color with a bit of active carbonation visible in the clear liquid.

S-The aroma is mild as you would expect. I smell some toasted bread, biscuit, and a bit dry, grassy hops. Pleasant and simple.

T-The taste tracks the smell mostly. The beer is pleasantly crisp, not quite sharp, but certainly not a sweet, malty monster. There is some grain flavor, toasted bread, biscuit, and hints of hoppy bitterness on the finish.

M-The body is medium to light with crisp carbonation of average strength.

O-A simple but enjoyable beer. This thing won't take you away from your Pliny or BCBS habit, but if you need a decent, easy drinking beer at the airport bar, this is a good choice.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden copper, one finger head, clingy lace.

S - Malts, bread.

T - more an ale (English IPA) to this palate than a hoppy lager, so I guess it's to style. Bready/biscuity malts. Little bitterness.

M - moderate to high carbonation and lightweight.

O - really quite drinkable as in grab a six pack, but not at Aus price point.

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Photo of mrjez
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: pours a slightly orange gold, clear, small head.
S: nice malt and honey sweetness, mixed with a grassy herbally hop.
T: great taste, good malt body, herbally finish, sweet and floral.
F: balanced from start to finish, nicely carbonated, lingering mild hop rising up.
O: always my go-to lager. I love Vienna/Amber lagers and this has plenty going on whilst being easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served fairly cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $2.90 CDN from LBCO.

Appearance - Clear coppery orange color. 2 fingers of white fluffy of head that recedes slowly and leaves tremendous lacing in the glass. A few bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell - Mild caramel mixture with some grainy aspects and just a hint of tropical fruitiness.

Taste - Dry grain flavor with some tropical sweet fruits blended in. Well constructed and balanced.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, lovely feel that is filling in the mouth and satisfying, medium-light bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall - A really nice lager that is well crafted and tasty and comes highly recommended.

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Photo of Beric
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 5 June 2014

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle, so can't comment tooicj on it. Bottle art very retro/classic.

Smell: Dank hops on top of a somewhat musty-sweet malt backbone.

Taste: Way better than the smell! Pretty assertive hop bitterness without being totally overpowering. The hops aren't as strong as in an IPA, but are definitely noticeable as a major flavor component.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and very lively. Medium to medium-light body.

Overall: The same style as Yuengling and significantly better. You can find pretty clear similarities between the two but Brooklyn lager has a much more developed taste. An easy drinking beer that would be excellent with cookouts and barbecue, which is incidentally exactly where I tried this one.

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Photo of BoonebreW420
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Weak abv for me. But I had this beer in New York on tap and it was amazing. The 4 pints I had Complimented my shepherds pie extremely well. I forgot the name of the pub or else I'd mention them, oh well. I do suggest going to the heartland brewery tho ;)

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark blonde kinda orange with a head that dies to a ring but leaves good lacing.. the smell is a sweet malt and a sharp bitterness.. the taste is more bitter with a grassy pine bitterness from start to finish and a light toasted tea sweetness.. pretty good beer i say it mirrors Sam adams but less sweet more bitter.

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Photo of Sirwootalot
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an English pint glass.

Smells subtle and bizarre - I'm having a very hard time thinking of how to describe it, but it's not a bad smell. Something like fresh hay bales, sourdough bread, or horses. It's a beautiful pour, with a chunky 1.5" head that quickly subsists to a patchy, soapy consistency.

The taste is very mild, and almost just like the smell - definitely hay, wheat, and a touch of baker's yeast. The aftertaste is fruity and delicious, *exactly* like canned peaches. This is extremely drinkable and refreshing; it goes down in gulps, not sips, and is one of the only beers I've ever had that felt like it actually quenched a thirst.

Overall, this is a paradoxical blend of "not that special" and "completely unique". I could and probably will crave this on a hot, humid day.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a clear amber colored contents with a medium white frothy head that has a pretty decent retention.
The mild, sweet roasted aroma is complemented by some caramel and a slight yeasty smell.
Starts sweet and fruity, followed by some yeastiness and bready feel in the body, plus some roasted feel, finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft during the Celtics game at the TD Garden.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a color color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass ad the beer was drank.

Smell: Slight toasted and caramel malts with some lager yeast and citrusy hops.

Taste: Same as above. Balanced and simple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little bitterness, light bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: A good Vienna lager. Not the best, not the worst, but better than average. Enjoyable, simple, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass - drank cold from the refrigerator.

A - Poured a light copper color with a good thick long lasting head as well as significant lacing.

S - A nice combination of citrusy hops and malt sweetness.

T - Started with the citrusy hops and ended with a nice sweet malt finish.

M - Good body and carbonation level.

O - A really refreshing lager that could be a great session beer.

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Photo of ppvora
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened a cold bottle:

Plenty of aeration as the bottle was emptied into a lager glass. One finger of robust head which dissipated quickly. Color of beer was light brown with some copper hues.

Upon taking in a whiff of the beer, I got a fairly strong malty aroma with barley. The malt was stronger than the barley.

Taste: Light hops. You can taste quality here. Some subtle floral and citrus tones in the background. These subtle floral and citrus tones really add to this beer and it's likely to become one of my favorite lagers. (After making my own notes, I read the label on the beer and it talks about floral tones -- they are spot on!)

Mouthfeel: Nothing significant to report.

Overall: A super lager with subtle hops and floral/citrus tones.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is not a bad beer it is not an outstanding one either. For the price there are other beers in the same category at a better price. Maybe they are not made with the same quality ingredients, but I cannot know or tell the difference. That is not to say that I do not enjoy this one, because I do. I just believe that its a bit overly priced for what you get. I got it on sale for $7.99/ six pack a similar beer out of Pennsylvania I also picked up for $7.99, but it was for a 12 pack. I have been on this tirade for a while now, but beer has gotten overly costly as of late, or so it seems. That has not deterred me from drinking it, but I feel a bubble burst coming, at least I hope a leveling. On to the review, the color is a golden red the smell is flat, nothing much to express there. The taste is good, its not too much of anything, which to me says balance. That is a good thing, especially in a lager. This is, as someone else put, a very sessionable beer, although if you plan on saving some cash I wouldn't put a way too many, because there are much better beers in the same price range. Overall, this is a solid beer, but I do wish that it was more in the same price range of its real competition, because for lagers you have a lot of competition and at much better prices.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: February 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner...OCCASION: the Olympics begin in Sochi--and I am a fool for the hype... APPEARANCE: beautiful orange-amber body; healthy and bubbly; thick, rocky white head that settles well; noticeable tracing... AROMA: fragrant malt; faint yet formidable citric elements--lemongrass, some pear--and some softer hops--understated but alluring... PALATE: medium-bodied, slightly oily--solid mouthfeel--active and bubbly ...TASTE: light malts hint at bubblegum and muffin--refreshingly light overall, with a taste that invites a six-pack without simply rinsing... OVERALL: A companion piece to Sam Adams' offering, though not as bold, big or bountiful; a solid mix-pack filler, a session beer for certain, and definitely versatile enough to be a plus at parties where macros are offered mindlessly....

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a bottle poured into a pint glass at a Calgary pub in the Kensington area (the Bottlehouse, which now also has the best fried chicken in the city by the way). An amber-brown color with around two inches or so of beige head, quite fizzy. Aroma is reminiscent of light caramel, some other nondescript semi-sweet fruit (melon?), and reasonably assertive German noble hops along with Cascade quasi-citrus elements as well. Hops on the nose fairly impressive for the style. Very inviting. Taste is crisp, refreshing, and again semi-sweet, with some pleasant herbal notes. I get some bread crust, a twinge of brown sugar, unripe plums, and green grassy hops, balanced and quenching after physical exertion. Compares favorably with Creemore Springs Premium Lager (see that review) and is a prime example of how to do this style well. Thin bodied but flavorful with moderately aggressive carbonation. Would tackle a six-pack during an afternoon of yard work and would appreciate actually tasting what I was drinking (bye bye adjunct lagers ... That was your only real purpose).

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Photo of Twobeards
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber, light brown with head that doesn't last long. Nice and clear. Smells like sweet malts, and a hint of hops. Tastes about the same, the bitter from the hops outweighing the sweetness. Finishes clean and a little dry. Thinner mouthfeel. Overall a very good lager, but there's others from Brooklyn I like better.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden brown with a lasting off-white head.

S: Smells grainy and sweet but also something almost like a toxic sweetness. Its not a bad smell in and of itself but seems to remind me of some kind of sweet smelling paint or something.

T: Very hoppy and citrusy/floral.

M: Pretty crisp with a bit of a hoppy bite. A dry finish.

O: A pretty flavor lager. A bit too hoppy and floral for my personal tastes but very dynamic for its style.

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Photo of Fuldner
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Lager from Brookly Brewery is a perfect example of a quality craft lager with amazing taste. The lager gives out amazing taste without a hard acid level. This lager although tasteful, continues its lager tradition in how light weight the beer settles. Although one could make the arguement that the brew has a almost too much hoppy taste. But in visiting New York City, this beer is a must try.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this. When I smelled it it had a slight hoppy scent. After the first swig I was very satisfied because the overall taste was light and average but the after taste is what I really enjoy: full of hops! As for the appearance: Hat! At first I really enjoyed the hat but when I went for the second sip there was still an inch of hat.
So overall option I enjoy it!

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very thick head that stays for a long time. Color is sort of a golden brown. Couldn't smell the beer out of the bottle, had to pour it to smell. Not an overly attractive scent. Taste is very good. A hint of malt with a nice hoppy kick. Mouthfeel is good, not too carbonated. One of the better beers I've had recently. Definitely a fan of pre-prohibition style lagers.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,184 ratings.