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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,177 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,177
Hads: 3,375
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 109
Gots: 662 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

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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Reviews: 1,177 | Hads: 3,375
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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Photo of Immortale25
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. Bottleneck says BB APR 2014

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retains long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Grainy malt aroma with a trace amount of hops. Slightly sweet.

T- Quite neutral in flavor, or balanced, however you wanna look at it. Some more husky grain. Minimal bitterness. Clean and very drinkable.

M- Crisp with a small bite from the medium carbonation. Lightish body.

O- Aside from the decent mouthfeel, this is a very passable lager.

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

12oz bottle into a matching Brooklyn snifter. The brew appears a hazed orange copper color with a white finger that fades back to a thin film. It leaves stringy lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with malt that seems more like candy sugar than anything else. A little citrus zest and also a floral hop component is present. A clean, enjoyable set of aromatics here.

The taste has the previously mentioned almost belgian candy aspect instead of malt that gets immediately contrasted by a floral and citrus hop flavor with accompanying zesty bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. As far as everyday easily attainable lagers go, this one sure is unique and atypical. Easy drinking despite being quite different. Worth trying again if it had been awhile.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice and solid lager, although not certain it compares as well with many of the excellent beers I personally classify in the "red" category.

Pours a clear and dark golden amber colour with an attractive creamy head that has good retention. A nice looking beer with a decent amount of lacing that continues to look attractive as the glass empties... Grain-forward aroma of toasted biscuits, with nice caramel tones. The well balanced taste has a good blend of malt and hops, making it an easy drinking and sessionable lager. Its sweet start morphs into a nice bitterness that lingers longer than most German lagers, but not long enough to scare off someone transitioning into craft beers. There are elements of toffee and even some coffee in the body that make this far more interesting than any macro version.

As with anything I've enjoyed from Brooklyn, this is a well brewed beer!

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Photo of stella77artois
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a medium amber color, pretty clear. A fair amount of carbonation visible. A small head appeared which dissipated quickly. Just a tiny amount of residual left on the glass.

S - Really not a whole lot going on. Some bready-malty combo, along with a hint of grass.

T - Not a bad lager. Bread is certainly noticeable up front, and the malt is noticeable about midway. Just a slight bitterness at the end, where the grass aroma is noted slightly, as well. Again, not a ton going on, but it's not a bad lager.

F - Light and crisp as a good lager should be. Was very refreshing after a football game. Certainly a sessionable beer.

O - I'm a huge fan of quality lagers, but Amber/Red Lagers aren't among my favorites. More a Munich Helles and German Pilsener guy. Still though, I enjoy some offerings from this style and this is one. There isn't a ton going on, but it's still pretty tasty. I really liked that the malt is very noticeable without being sweet. A beer that I probably won't buy again, but if the beer were offered, I'd certainly drink it again.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden amber. Slightly hazy. Moderately tall, white, foamy head with good persistence.

Smell - Light sweet toasted malt. Bready, a little caramel.

Taste - Bready malt, with a little dark toast. A little orange or grapefruit in the finish. Leaves a slight sour aftertaste. Less malt forward than many in this category.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - Crisp and refreshing. Probably a good option on a hot summer day. Flavor's not quite up my alley, though.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best before October 2013 printed on the side. My second beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and I'm excited to try it based on my experience with their Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Pours a coppery burnt sienna orange colored body, with some cloudiness and some sediment floating around. About a finger of fluffy off-white foam for a head. Looks like more of what I imagine a pale ale would look like than a lager, but it still looks nice. Some very thin strings of lace.

S - Smell is pretty subdued aside from a good whiff of pine hops, a hint of spice, and some dusty malt sweetness.

T - Taste follows the nose in terms of subtlety, but it is well done. Crisp carbonation, sweet sugary malts, wheat grains, and some bitter hops to round things off.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Some lingering green apple skin on the finish. Medium bodied, with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice session beer from Brooklyn Brewery, one I would happily revisit. Some seriously flavorful easy drinking here; it is no wonder why this is their flagship beer.

Brooklyn Lager ---4/5.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Reviewed: 08-30-2006

I think this is one of the better all malt lagers out there. This was a nice surprise as I marched ahead in the Winking Lizard World Tour of Beers.

Taste: Hops, Caramel, Butterscotch, grapefruit and finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste. Very flavorful and full of character.

Smell: A bit hoppy.

Mouth feel: Medium bodied with a slight creamy characteristic.

Notes: Overall a solid beer and well worth picking up at the store.

Serving type: bottle

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,177 ratings.