Queens Lager | Queens Brewery

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Queens Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dbrauneis on 10-21-2013

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by scootny:
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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Photo of pinyin
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I mistakenly bought 2 four packs (16 ounce pounder cans) of this beer because I thought it was a Singlecut product. The actual Singlecut Queens Lagrr is pretty decent for a helles, and reminded me a lot of Victory's Brandywine Lager.

Upon reading the can label for this beer, I come to find out that I have been duped. Thinking I had purchased a product made in Queens at a local brewery, the label plainly states "Brewed for the Queens Brewery in Pottstown Pennsylvania".

OK, so Central Pennsylvania has a reputation for making some of the best Helles Lagers stateside, without making the trip to Deutschland. And even Pottstown's own Sly Fox Helles Lager is pretty damn good for the price point.

So I figure that this is a higher end craft branded product in 16 ounce pounder cans. It has to be special because of the price point, and just maybe it will taste better than the Sly Fox Helles Lager?

No. Not even close. And I'm still not certain if it is infact Sly Fox that is contract brewing this lager for the Queens Brewery.

On the Queens Brewery webpage it pretends to be an actual brewery in Maspeth, although, with this being the only product they produce, and said product being manufactured in Pottstown PA, I don't think there is even an actual brewery here in Queens. Most likely just a marketing office, as there is no physical address of said brewery on their website. As if I wasn't ticked off already that they stole the concept from Singlecut, and they are trying to pass it off as something that it isn't. A handcrafted top tier Helles Lager.

Look is is fairly generic-light gold, similar to Budweiser with an average light predictable carbonation.

Smell is sort of generic and sugary malty. When I opened a can I thought it was similar to Budweiser.

Taste is typical, cheap yeasty and malty American lager. It does have a decent dry finish, but the malts and yeast character are very generic average. Nothing stands out. No imported grain or hop character. Typical American lager boring.

Mouth feel is decent from the can, not very good in a glass. I would like to try it on draft just finalize how I feel about this product.

The biggest letdown with this brand is that they aren't an actual brewery, just a website with some not so clever marketing.

I would not pay an inflated price for this very average, boring American adjunct lager.

Marketing gimmick aimed at transplant hipsters.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, consistently leaving lots of lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some bubbles clinging to the sides.
S: Light aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose along with some notes of grassy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the grassy hops shine though in front of the malts and also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice amount of grassy hops in the taste.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +14.3%

On draft at Hurricane, Garden City, NY.

Poured a light bronze hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean malt and grassy hop.

The taste offered a balanced experience with clean crackers malts complimented by grassy and herbal hops.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and well balanced beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film (made up of moderate to large bubbles) surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted + caramel malts with light to moderate aromas of spicy and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and caramel malts without much sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy hops with a light amount of spicy hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present which slowly fade away.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable, definitely feels like it could be a decent session beer. I like the beer a lot more than I like the annoying jingle/song on the brewery website.

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Photo of frankrizzo
1.94/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

This is a totally bogus product, trying to cash in on being a "Queens NY" brewery, but actually nothing more than contract brewed schlock made in... wait for it... PA. Not to mention the name is something Singlecut (a great and actual Queens brewery) had already marketed. It's hard to believe "the Bros" actually condone this bait and switch bogosity.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jason
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

STYLE American Amber Lager | ABV 4.7% | AVAILABILITY Year-round

Malty, Bready, Grassy, Herbal

With Queens becoming more hip in recent years, it was inevitable that better beer would follow soon behind. However, I do have to note that this sample can was brewed in Pottstown, Pa. But does that really matter anymore? This is a very well put together amber-colored lager; up front the focus seems to be balance and drinkability, though there is enough going on to appease the beer geek crowd, too. I could easily hoist many steins of this lager.

Look 4.25 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.50 | Overall 3.75

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #104 (SEP 2015)

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Photo of JC333
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1nf1n1te
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of dcbeers
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mackeyse
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Really appreciate the heads up from pinyin's review from May 2015--I ended up only buying a single of this beer based on the info he provided in regards to it being brewed in PA and not from a NYC brewery.

It wasn't very good--tastes malty and cheap---aftertaste is way too yeasty. Ambers aren't my thing to begin with so that didn't help but but I've had far better Ambers. I wouldn't go so far as to say its AAL level--it's better than that---but it's still not something I would ever revisit in can or draft.

Smells like nothing at all--I didn't get a whiff of anything. Mouth-feel was OK--rated that slightly above average at 3.25

And their is no Queens Brewery (in NYC at least--kind of feel like that are trying to pull a fast one ) and the packaging does seem to mimic other NYC brewery's cans. They don't overtly advertise as being from Queens NY but still feels like some sort of bait and switch.

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Photo of JoeyDubs
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewAskew
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BColton1
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Eman17
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of midnightcowboy818
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R11415
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JRod1969
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in an amber color.

The flavor has a front of light toasted malt, spicy and grass, and then onto a biscuity and honey sweetness on the back end.

The body is medium, with a bit more body on the middle to end.

A good refreshing lager with good balance of hops, but also with a decent bready malt.

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Queens Lager from Queens Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 59 ratings