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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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very good

2,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 2527
Reviews: 1124
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%

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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998)
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Photo of dar482

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought I hated this stuff, but then I've been slowly appreciating lagers more.

It pours in a brown color that's relatively clear.

It has a light crystal malt flavor. There is a slight bit of caramel and then a little hops, but then the finish is very quick.

This still is really refreshing off of tap. The carbonation really sells this beer with this wonderful tingle and mouthfeel.

It's an enjoyable beer. Not my favorite lager, but a good go to in NYC.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 02:27:13 | More by dar482
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a good looking beer. A nice amber color.

It has a pleasant floral hop aroma.

This beer is very well balanced. Malty, with a nice hop bite.

Smooth and easy drinking.

Just a great all around beer. What a lager should be.

This beer would be a perfect to have in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 03:43:43 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of ThirstyBehr


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a- orange/ amber body with a thick off-white bubbly head, leaving nice lacing around the glass.

s- rather weak, a little hop lingering, heavier malt, bitter-sweet scent.

t- slight hop bitter up front, then a bread malt following, you can tell this is a lager, nice and refreshing with a dry finish.

m- thin body to be expected with a lager, but leaves mouth wanting more.

o- overall a great session beer, nice balanced lager, very fresh, and leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 16:46:39 | More by ThirstyBehr
Photo of zachloveshisbeer

Alberta (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was something I wanted to try for a while, but I never seem to float to the lager section of the liquor store, though I do enjoy a nice pilsner or black lager. It is stated as being a pre-prohibition lager and I understand exactly what they mean as the hops and malt are omnipresent during the entire experience. Poured into a pint glass and the colour was a light ruby red, nice head retention and lacing throughout. It smelled of light caramel malt with some pleasant, aromatic hops on the nose. I drank a couple of them and they flowed nicely. It's really a shame that Americans did the whole Prohibition thing, and I wish they would have bootlegged beer like this throughout as it could destroy any macro side-by-side. Hell, it could snipe down a crap Miller Light from miles away! Enjoy it in the sunshine with a burger or a brat and a side of slaw.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 20:23:27 | More by zachloveshisbeer
Photo of endovelico


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Foamy garnet brew with good retention, lacing and no perceived effervescence.

S: Medium high in intensity. Vegetative, flowery, and noble hops quintessential pollen notes with some background citrusy, caramel and biscuit notes.

T: Follows up on the nose with delicious noble hop notes upfront to the backdrop of a shy caramel and biscuity backbone.

M: Medium carbonation, Medium bitterness, Medium bodied. Like: The clean bitterness in this. Dislike: The flat finish.

O: Probably my favorite red lager to date. It's absolutely delicious, but probably a bit off-style. This definitely makes for a great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:30:39 | More by endovelico
Photo of mjurney


4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-gold color, slight hazy. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thick frothy head. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Floral hops, a little citrusy. Sweet malts. Crisp. Refreshing.

Rich barley malt, biscuity, caramel, a little toffee. Hop bitterness is medium, floral, citrusy, lemony. Semi-dry finish. Body is light-medium, a little dry in the aftertaste, nice carbonation, very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 01:23:55 | More by mjurney
Photo of SmashPants


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: standard 355mL brown bottle, decent label - better than your standard macro.

Appearance: clear amber with a decent thick and hilly white head. Great retention and some lacing - unusual for a lager.

Aroma: fantastic aroma - smells much more like a pale ale than a lager. Some light pale biscuit malts, but dominated by a wonderful combination of pine, citric and floral hops. Very inviting.

Taste: not much deviation from the great aroma. The hop flavours do eliminate the undertone of malts, however.

Aftertaste: lingers well too. I'm really starting to think this has been labelled incorrectly as a lager. It's coming across more and more as a pale ale.

Mouth feel: medium bodied, with lower than usual carbonation.

Overall: this beer was a complete shock - I was expecting a standard American lager without much flavour, but this delivered a properly good, interesting pale ale / lager cross. Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:40:06 | More by SmashPants
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a lively lager, more fun than most. it pours a lighter amber color, with a short white head that sticks around. the aroma is very crisp, properly a winter lager, a little nutty on the malt profile, with a clean rounded finish. taste follows the nose, and this beer is a dead give away as brooklyn lager every time. its so distinct in terms of balance and richer malts than the industry standard, its really unmistakable. the red malts give it a nice body, not boring at all, and the carbonation is there. overall not the most adventurous or profound thing to come out of brooklyn brewery, but its a really servicable lager. the lager for the pale ale drinker i like to call it. yummy stuff. golf course beer to me at its finest.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 07:33:42 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of dougbassett


3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #6 for me.

A seemingly omnipresent beer in the NE and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US, almost any bar or six-pack store in the area with pretensions to stocking any kind of quality beer at all will surely be stocking this. Brooklyn Lager is a hard beer to review because while I think it's not very distinctive at all in a lot of respects, it's a strangely likable beer anyway. I think of it as a good session beer -- if I'm in a situation where I'm likely to be having a few beers -- watching a boxing match on tv at a bar or something -- this is definitely one beer I'd reach for.

But as for appearance, it pours a reddish-gold with a head that satisfyingly lingers. The nose is okay but really nothing special, sweet malt over cut grass and maybe some herbs. Mouthfeel is light and maybe a bit too effervescent for my liking. The flavors are mainly just hops, with a pleasant but non-distinctive bitter finish.

It is what it is; it's hardly a classic. But it does what it does pleasantly enough and I confess to having a soft spot for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 21:30:20 | More by dougbassett
Photo of Maxwell


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky light amber bordering on dark mustard yellow with a big creamy white head with sticky lacing leaving creamy patches like spider webs on the glass. The body is clear of particles (obviously) but has a murky look. The beer is transparent with some bubbles, but murky. The beer smells wet and grassy with notes of slightly citrus light caramel malts. From the can the malt smell is much more potent and sweet syrupy, reminding me of rice pudding and candy. The beer tastes quite sweet for a lager with light biscuit, grass and slight citrus. The beer touches the tongue as light citrus apple juice before moving into grassy hops with light citrus and slight bread and then opening into syrupy sweet on sides of the mouth but never striking cloying levels. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and grassy, but overall quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy, leaving the mouth wet with saliva and slightly dry with bitter lingerings. Overall this is a nice beer to put back. I bought a six pack of the cans to session them, and session them I did. The sweet taste is a little too much for what I would normally like, and I kind of wish the grass was more there, but overall a lovely mediocre chugger. This beer will not blow you away, but is solid where it counts.

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 19:56:26 | More by Maxwell
Photo of Danny1217


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, lets plenty of light through. A nice bubbly white head. Good retention.
Grain and herbal hop aroma. Pretty light on the nose.
Crisp spicy hop bite, caramel malt sweetness, some grains. The way a lager like this should taste. Not too powerful, highly sessionable, but a full flavor. Good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

Just one of those beers that you can have whenever and not be unhappy. Goes well with a nice, greasy meal too.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 03:51:34 | More by Danny1217
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB FEB 2013

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of bubbly head

S: Not too much going on here aside from some light malts and grains. Some floral hops come through as well

T: Nice and malty, with some caramel and then some floral notes from the hops. Rich and flavorful

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Crisp

O: A solid pre-prohibition style lager with plenty of flavor with a full (not light or fizzy) mouthfeel. Nice and malty without overdoing the sweetness. Definitely a solid choice for lager fans

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 21:17:23 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber color with a finger of pillowy head. Great retention.

S: Caramel and bready malts mixed with mild citrus hops. The aroma is very restrained, yet nice. A bit of spice and a hint of metal.

T: Restrained bready malts with less caramel sweetness than the aroma would suggest. I get a bit of citrus hop flavor, but the hops mostly impart a moderate bitterness. A bit metallic in the finish as I get with most beers of this style.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel for the style with appropriate carbonation.

O: I'm really not a fan of the style, but I'm trying to open myself to it. This is decent - balanced with a very restrained metallic flavor. Usually I get a stronger metallic flavor with the style. I get some nice caramel and bready malts in the flavor that I enjoyed, I just find myself wishing it were made with ale yeast.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:13:27 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours ac copper-amber color with a two finger white head. The head fades rather slowly to leave a great level of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is of a lightly roasted malt with some caramel sweetness. Mixed with these aromas is a light but nice blend of a herbal and floral hop aroma.

Taste – The taste started out on the crisper and breadier side. Quickly a caramel sweetness greets the tongue and sweetens the flavor. These flavors persist throughout the taste until more towards the end. At that point an herbal and floral hop flavor comes to the tongue. While they start lighter, they grow stronger and stronger, and in the end, leave a crisp and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the slightly chewy side for the abv. and style with a carbonation level that is rather average. The chewiness, while not characteristic of a lager, was actually very nice of the herbal and floral hop flavors. Overall the mouthfeel was great.

Overall – A good herbal and floral lager that is crisp and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:06:01 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of videofrog


3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Flying Saucer in Austin:

A: Lighter red/amber color with frothy white head. Head has great staying power as it leaves thick rings of lace down the glass.

S: Clean, sweet malts, hint of hops.

T: Clean, sweet grainy malts. Grassy hops in the finish.

M: Very crisp, refreshing. Nice and easy drinking.

O This one worked perfectly as a palate cleanser in between 2 bigger brews. Very sessionable and good, clean flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 04:02:29 | More by videofrog
Photo of Biffster


3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a deep amber copper color. It was a touch cloudy, with a persistent tawny off white head.

There is an intense dark bread, graham cracker like maltiness, with a moderate grassy, somewhat vegetal, hop aroma. The aroma is clean with no fruitiness. There is a hint of caramel as it warms.

The flavor is malty yet hoppy. The flavor balances to hops but there is a ,lingering graham cracker, nutty caramelly maltiness in the finish. There is a not insignificant diacetyl note here. The finish has a touch of hop bitterness but is malty and caramelly overall'

Overall,this is a tasty beer It is a bit flabby to style - a little sweet and full bodied but a very tasty quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 02:32:58 | More by Biffster
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In a pint glass, a nonic, and a pilsener (nothing changed in any of it):

A: light orange/yellow colored body, one finger white head that died within ten seconds. No rings, no lacing, no carbonation rising.

S: overly floral with the malts coming in and out at odd times

T: overly floral again, not getting into this

M: light to medium. It was mostly drinkable

O: as many times as I had this and kept trying to give it a chance, I couldn't get into this. Gimme a Sam Adams over this any day. Sorry Brooklyn, you make better beers than this

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 01:05:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of ChrisPratz


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber coloring, pours to a finger and a half worth of head that dissipates down to just under a fingers worth of pillowy goodness that stuck around for a very long time. Looking down into the glass its like looking into a CoolWhip container. Very nice.

S: Light and clean malt flavors. Slight hint of toasted grains but its very subtle. Was hoping for a bit more on the nose.

T: Nice roasted malt flavors that has a slight sour tang to it. Light floral hop aroma with very light, barely noticeable bitterness. Crisp and clean, def. enjoyable.

M: Light carbonation works with the flavor profile. Left with a slight dryness and crisp feeling on the palette.

O: Not a bad little lager. Bit more tart then im used to being born and raised on Yeungling but it was def. enjoyable. Look forward to trying more of their brews and will have this one again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:01:08 | More by ChrisPratz
Photo of stumac


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up with a Blanca head, copper colored, boogie outta control. Smells of hops, German perhaps, nothin crazy, maybe a lil wee bit o' malt. It's nice and bitter, like an American Pilsner only because it's not a true Pils to the best of my lack of knowledge. Sweet lil baby kiss of malts. Nice medium body, good carbo, solid beer. Solid is the word here. Brooklyn is a solid brewery. Not gettin a fully here but I'll remain half-mast

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 20:58:47 | More by stumac
Photo of OVBC

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 ounce bottle into American pint glass

Very clear bright copper color with a nice pillowy head that leaves a sticky lace

Getting mostly a ripe orange-like character from the hops and some bisquit or bready notes.

Nice flavor kind of like a clean, brighter Yuengling lager. A bit of spiciness adds a little interest.

Medium/light mouthfeel not too much carbonation

Not my favorite style of beer but I found myself having a second and will definitely have this again

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 03:13:33 | More by OVBC
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 2013. This stuff only became available here within the last few months, as the local store seems to be putting in an effort to expand their core beer lineup. I figured I'd give it a try - after all, it's not every day that some American craft beer shows up on the shelves. Normally I have to drive all the way over the bridge to Port Huron for that.

Pours a lovely, translucent, pale orange-amber colour, topped with roughly one finger of off-white head. It lingers on the surface for 2-3 minutes before dissipating into a smooth, creamy cap, while smearing the sides of the glass with a fine coat of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and clean, with a backbone of grainy malts, biscuits and brown sugar, as well as some tangerine citrus and floral hoppiness. Also some faint notes of pine needles - pretty good so far.

Balanced, approachable flavour that doesn't go anywhere particularly out of the ordinary for an amber. Starts off with a biscuity malt sweetness backed by some caramel, which leads into the earthier hop notes. Not as much citrus as on the nose, but the lemon/orange character is noticeable amongst the earthy pine needle and floral qualities of the hops. Finishes with a pleasant bittersweetness that doesn't cling to the palate for long. Light-bodied, with appropriate (firm, but not distracting) carbonation for the style. Easy to toss back quickly, but tasty enough to be worth sipping.

Not exactly mindblowing, but this is still a well-crafted amber ideal for sessioning. Expertly balanced, with neither the caramel-sweet malty backbone nor the accompanying juicy, floral hop character overpowering the other.

Final Grade: 3.93, a solid B+ grade. Brooklyn Lager is one flagship that should be welcomed into Canadian ports with open arms. Few amber lagers that I have tried are of such high quality - and this stuff is noticeably heavier on the American-style hops than most of them, placing it in a comfortable middle ground between ambers and APAs. Well worth purchasing at least once, and something I will probably return to in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:04:22 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of This_Guy

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a tall brown bottle with green label. Forms a foamy head for about a minute or so then dissipates.

S: Smells like a wet leather belt + a brief whiff of burnt sugar.

T: An okay taste, somewhat tart and earthy flavors, a twinge of citrus for a millisecond, then burnt caramels/pillowcase flavors supersede. Rather pleasant tasting at first, but an unexpected bitterness remains afterwards.
Makes it feel incomplete.

M: Not very malty. Finishes dry.

Overall: This was my first BB beer and although I enjoyed it, frankly, I was expecting a little more. Perhaps it's the allure that the Brooklyn label holds for a new york native :D. I wanted something with a bit more character, but I'm sure I'll have this beer again on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 02:02:02 | More by This_Guy
Photo of SteveGus


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is the color of a new penny. Poured into a Long John Silver's glass mug, the head seemed reasonably solid.

Relatively muted nose, some citrus and geranium and yeast.

While I heartily enjoy this, it doesn't taste to me like a lager at all. I am more reminded of the old, classic Ballantine Ale that I had been drinking since college, or better yet, the Ballantine IPA that you'd see every once in a while. I haven't had a Ballantine Ale in several years now, and the last one I had seemed somewhat diminished from my memory.... or maybe it's just me.

At any rate, that's the point of immediate comparison. This has a big hop flavor, with both bitterness and hop nose in evidence, somewhat geranial and citrusy but not nearly as offensive as Cascades usually are. (Northern Brewer, maybe?) If you are a hophead you will probably enjoy this.

What malt is there is mostly noticed in the aftertaste, a bit of sweetness, not a whole lot of grain.

If you are a hophead you will probably like this.

Serving type: can

07-13-2012 16:51:15 | More by SteveGus
Photo of ckollias


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden-copper hue with a very thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates down the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a huge frothy persistent lace.

S: Sweet malty aroma with a caramel background followed by floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell sweet caramel malts meets floral hops to create a smooth refreshing brew.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent lager by Brooklyn Brewery. Nothing spectacular but something I would grab at a bar if available.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 21:05:29 | More by ckollias
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not much of an amber lager more of a dark Euro lager with a 1/4 inch of head. Seems like it sticks around for a while.

S - Grainy yet minimal which is nice. Mild twang of citrus hops and clean sweet malts.

T - Not bad the taste is very balanced and clean. Grains are pure and the citrus hops taste good. Sweet corn is the best I have ever tasted in this beer.

M - Light to medium it was easy to drink.

Overall I might want to pick this up again. Really great lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 04:51:53 | More by DrDemento456
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