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Brooklyn Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,165 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,165
Hads: 3,306
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 106
Gots: 599 | 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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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). (1,077 characters)

Photo of Twobeards
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of kaplunk02
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Fuldner
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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! (377 characters)

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (895 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,139 characters)

Photo of Amish_Ambush
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (484 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a short tan head with small amounts of lacing.

S: Light, mellow aroma, wheat, yeast, barley, hops, citrus peels, spices

T: Low key flavor, wheat, grains, citrus, yeast, spices and hops

M: Medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation, well balanced, smooth, soothing and crisp

O: Overall, this is a pretty damn good lager, it's relatively cheap and I could guzzle this. Recommended by me. (458 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brilliantly clear. Medium gold in color, with frothy, long-lasting, yet thin, ivory head.

Smell: Grainy malt and some DMS mixed with light citrus esters. Not unappealing, but not an inviting aroma, either.

Taste: Balanced, medium hop bitterness and well-attenuated pale maltiness. Reminds me a bit of a Dortmunder Export. Not very flavorful, but at least it's nice and round.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, and slightly watery. Medium carbonation. Higher carbonation might take away from the watery character and make this beer more satisfying.

Overall: A decent lager with good intentions via cutting out the usual adjuncts. Nothing off-putting, but nothing much to remember it by. (695 characters)

Photo of boddhitree
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pre-Prohibition Style Brooklyn Lager (bottle):

Wonderfully süffig ("drinkable, goes down easily/quickly") but light on Pils malts, which were only evident after warming it up.

I can't remember if there were much malts, but it went down great on a hot and sunny day. (270 characters)

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light amber color with mild carbonation and mild head. Malty, yeasty aroma with a floral and fruity hit from the hops. More carbonation in the sip than it appears. Overall taste is similar to its aroma. Slight tang with some sweetness. Not really bitter at all. Perhaps too light. (280 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught into shaker pint

Two finger off-white head, amber body

Moderate carbonation

Smells; malt, hop, and herb

Taste: smoky, malty, wet grain, hop finish

Mouthfeel: oily

Overall, I'd definitely have this again, it is what I want from a lager. Refreshing and flavorful!
It could be in my fridge. (301 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a small stein. The beer pours out a clear light amber color with a nice thick 3 fingers of head. The nose is faint, but has bready, nutty malt notes and a hint of lemony hops.

The beer has a light-medium body with a nice clean malt flavor. Sweet, bready notes up front are balanced by lemony, peppery hops. Unfortunately, the malt flavor is a bit light and the hops die rather quickly, leaving to a rather bland, watery finish. Refreshing, but not all that flavorful. The feel is firm, but I don't get that ``chewy, bread-in-a-bottle'' feel that I look for in a (true) lager.

I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a Vienna-style lager or an ``Americanized'' version of one. In either case, it has a nice flavor, just not quite enough of it to suit me. An average lager at best. (806 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From twelve ounce bottle in summer variety pack.

Aroma of sweet citrus malt. Pours amber/orange body with a finger and a half of white foamy head. Head dissipated to fine white film light spotty lacing of glass. Taste of crisp citrus zest and flowery notes. Finely carbonated, thoroughly enjoyable! I am going to have another right now! (337 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden amber/copper color with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated to a thin coating of foam that covered the top of the beer, like wispy clouds.

Aroma: Malt, malt, and more malt. Freshly baked bread and some brown sugar. Some floral notes too, like clover. Very nice.

Taste: Nice balance of a hoppy front followed by a malty finish. More freshly baked bread and some subtle fruit, oranges? Peaches? Pears? Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium and smooth. Nicely carbonated. Crisp and clean.

Overall: This is a damn fine lager! It has more depth than most other good lagers that I’ve tasted, such as Yuengling to Sam Adams name two, and a great balance between the malt and hops. That balance, combined with how crisp and clean the beer is, makes for an excellent session beer! (858 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orangish-amber; medium frothy head; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; slight bread; orangy hops

Taste: Juicy on the start with a hop kick, quick turn to orange and hop notes in the mid; finishes slightly dry and slightly hoppy; overall smooth and not bad; good session beer

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (352 characters)

Photo of Billy2222
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this lager with a Naples style pizza and it was the perfect match. A crisp clean lager with a medium body. Nice brown color and smell. I drank this from the bottle ice cold. It was refreshing and the flavor is reliable and outstanding finish taste. (258 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper orange with a finger of foam that dwindled to a nice lacing. Nose is aromatic with a rich malt profile. Cracker, biscuit, carmel. Some shy hops come up to offer a little grass and tangerine citrus. Taste is earthy and clean. The pale malt is nice and round and the hops lend a touch of bitterness to make it drink well. Mouthfeel is a little flat, could have used a few more bubbles. But it was smooth, semi dry and had a grainy and slightly bitter finish. It won’t blow your mind but you could drink a few of these. (531 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

An old classic from my days in CT/NY. Found 'em for 2.35 euros at a local grocery store. The cheapest I've ever seen in Italy.
One and one half 12 oz bottles poured into a 0.5 liter mug.
Kind of a copper. Fairly clear. For some reason I remember it being redder, but still pretty good looking.
Some citrus and floral hoppiness in the nose, with a little toasted grain in the background that's not quite as rich as I would like.
The toast is a little more present in the taste, but still not where it could be. There's also some citrusy and herbal hops and a touch of bitterness in the back that keeps things dry and me coming back for more.
Real drinkable beer, smooth and perfectly carbonated. I've had countless bottles over the years.
I suppose I would prefer this style without the dry hopping and without the American hops, they give it a kind of bite that I'm not looking for in this style of beer. Without it, it would probably lead to a cleaner more malt forward amber lager, which is what I like these days. Keep the citrusy hops and the dry hopping for pale lagers, APAs and IPAs. (1,094 characters)

Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.