Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original.

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Reviews: 1,283 | Ratings: 3,833
Photo of LarryV
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big, malty nose with a moderate head that fades quickly, Pours a deep amber color with light carbonation. Malty with a good twang of hoppiness, very balanced and clean. Not an exciting beer by any stretch of the imagination but enjoyable. A good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Pat_L_1028
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color, especially for a lager.
Lots of malt and hops for a "lager". Not citrus, but a fruity body. Little bit of cream flavor, with a clean crisp finish.
Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of Aegelis
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On the pour, the lager looks nice with its light amber colour and lasting froth. Wafting to the nose, I'm reminded of elderflower in a field of wheat. Tasting takes on a twist though, like a slightly bitter grapefruity IPA. Proof that things are not always as good as they appear. If it's your thing, do what you want to do. I can't tell ya who to sock it to.

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Photo of dxpnthedrunk
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I saw the owner of this brewery on youtube and it just seemed like an amazing guy who absolutely loves beer. So i had to go out a try some of there brew and i picked up the Brooklyn lager. i took sip of it and it was like ''ZAP'' so many different flavors in my mouth. lots of floral notes,Malts and it wasn't too over hoppy. just the right amount of hops. it was very smooth and crisp.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden amber with plenty of carbonation and a thin, creamy white head. Leaves a little lacing.
Not a huge smell. Malt and lemongrass.
Crisp taste with very goid hop and malt combination. Good peppery presence.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review: 5cl bottle of Brooklyn Lager: 5.2% vol.

The iconic logo showing the big white B for Brooklyn on a green background, instantly recognizable.

Has a nice amber colour on pour with a decent frothy white head. Looks ok on pour. Some slight lacing. Not a bad looking beer.

Get an interesting floral hoppy aroma, fruity, not too bad on the nose, pleasant enough. A light IPA note. Not too bad. I guess that is all that “dry hopping” they mention in their blurb.

On the taste not a bad start, nice and smooth, IPA style in that the hops are quite noticeable but very manageable. Sweet malts, fruity and hoppy.

Bit surprised, had it twice on tap, didn’t like it at all but this is much more palatable for me! Enjoying it as it is very crisp and tasty, Standard in taste but all well balanced, light and soft enough to enjoy and goes down easy enough.

Caramel mouthfuls were nice to taste and gave a good balance to the beer.

A lager with a bite. Nothing extraordinary but it does the business.

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Photo of Amendm
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A strong pour from a 12-oz. bottle (BB APR 2019) is needed to reach a finger of white soapy froth with short retention and scant lace. Orange-amber color, clear with rising bubbles.
Smells of lager yeast and fresh baked bread with floral and herbal hops.
The taste starts semi-sweet and moderately bitter, elements from the smell are bolder.
Caramel malt and reserved carbonation liven the rich middle. The finish is less sweet and bitter, hops flavors a muted a bit.
Medium bodied, above average carbonation. Smooth and malty, a little grainy.
Vienna style? I get some German lager smells and taste, like Munich Dunkel Lagers.

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Photo of Nass
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This is intensely bitter for an amber lager. There is no date on the bottle either so I am not sure if I am drinking a really old beer so anyways, I don't recommend this beer. Cheers! C-

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Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Honey and amber colored body with a thick, soapy, sticky white head. Malty and herbal and grassy scent. Decent light malt flavor with a fine hop bitterness counterpoint. Medium body; rich and full with a bit of prickliness to the palate; mild warmth.

A solid lager.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear orange/amber with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Bitter hops, toasted malt. More like an IPA.

Taste: Hop-forward, but mildly so. Otherwise a typical amber lager taste.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker than average. High carbonation.

Overall: A surprisingly hoppy take on the beer. I would advise caution ordering this if you’re not expecting bitter hops taking the front of the style.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Fairly nice, safe lager that was both tasty and clean. Pours a nice amber color with minimal lasting head or lacing. Smells of some toasted malts, grain and corn. Tastes similarly, except there’s also just a hint of some hops in there, as well as a little caramel and nuttiness. Smooth clean thin mouthfeel, good carbonation. Nice and safe, just a little boring.

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Photo of DarkStar75
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden amber with a one finger frothy head and an interesting aroma. The hops (cascade and noble) are very present here far more than the caramel flavor of a Sam Adams...I prefer Brooklyn's. The flavor and bitterness of the hops makes this rich lager taste similar to a pale ale. Very satisfying beer, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber, coppery coloration with a medium, fizzy head. Smells faintly of caramel malt with hints of floral, citrus hops. Taste follows the nose, with a good balance of caramel, slighty grainy malt and floral/herbal citrus hops, with just a hint of red berries. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some sweet malts lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Clean and crisp, with some nice hoppy accents for a Lager, making this drift almost into Pale Ale territory. Reminds me a little of Anchor Steam Beer as well. Not terribly exciting, but well-balanced and enjoyable enough.

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Photo of MackT
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Minimal head and retention.
Pours a clear medium dark amber. Slight aroma of malt and sweetness. Crisp, carbonated mouth feel. Nice solid lager, would pair well with any meal where beer would be appropriate. I like it, will revisit as a change of pace from my usual hoppy ales.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight piney hop, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is a slight bitterness noticeable. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight piney hop, and slight citrus hops. Overall, great appearance, good body, but the blend is chaotic.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always pass this one by and never picked it up. Now that I did get a six pack, I've been missing out on an excellent lager. Its just a well balanced lager that packs enough flavor to make it interesting and appealing. A nice lager to enjoy alone or with a burger or sandwich. Well done!

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I will start with an admission. I am not the biggest fan of lagers. That being said, I really enjoyed this one.

Look is a nice amber with a thick foamy head that gives way slowly to a nice collar. Lacing is nice.

Smell is nice and malty. I am getting predominantly bready with traces of sweet caramel. There is a resiny hop that is barely there.

Taste is sweet malts that give way to a bitter hops. The hops fade quickly, bit man those malts are nice.

Feel is light with active carbonation. The finish is bitter and sweet...I know but true. A real nice feel.

Like I said, I damn like this one and I don't really care for most lagers. I could drink this regular like.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - this is how i like my beer to amber colored, thick foam head and glass lacing
Smell - sweet, bready and malty. Some notes of earthy resin. Not a very robust aroma.
Taste - Fairly straightforward but like it says in the description it pairs well with food. Some sweet malt, caramel, decent hop flavor. It's not amazing but it is tasty. Medium carbonation. Drinkable but fairly filling.

Overall, i like this style a lot and so this beer is another solid version of it. I think its good sometimes to just drink a smooth tasting beer with some hop bite and body. Give this beer a grade of B+

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Photo of ajm5108
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Classic pour. Aroma is agreeable if light, medium malt with a floral hop pinch. Flavor is a little breadier than I like in a Vienna - this is closer to the amber style that BA lists it as versus what the bottle purports. The caramel malt is a bit heavy and wee bit on cardboard-y side, the hops are there but don’t really gel with the rest of the beer, maybe a more traditional approach instead of dry hopping would have been better

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pale chestnut. Gentle rising carbonation into medium tan head, slowly reduces to lacing. The beer is crystal clear.
S- Nice, quite complex for a lager. Some brief deeper conifer/fruits, but a fresh nose
T- Quite dry, 'pale-ale'ish', into yet hoppier dry end. There is a brief flavoursome middle, but I can't put my finger on the fleeting flavour notes there.
M- Distinctly dry and hoppy, especially for a lager. In a blind tasting I would have put money on this being a pale ale, albeit not a sledge-hammer example, perhaps a summer pale ale.
O- I've drunk this several times on/off over the years, but this is the first time I've sat down and thought about it via the prism of rating it. Very nice. Checking now and seeing it's 5.2% makes sense as it feels that way. Strikingly hoppier/dryer than your typical lager. Would happily enjoy this again.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-clear amber can pour with 1cm of fluff and a light, hay-like aroma. The flavor is malt first, with a bit of spice from the hops, following. This is a consistent, classic brew

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Photo of D1noB
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A crisp lager with small bits of grainy spice in the finish. A great gateway beer.

Taste rating in words: The wind through your hair driving down the road.

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Photo of Holderness
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L — Deep clarified copper body with a finger of white head produced with aerated pour. Good retention and some lacing
S — Grain, husk, hint of sulphur. Very mild
T — Good amount of grassy, herbaceous hoppiness for a lager. Also getting some doughiness from the malts, a bit of lemon, and a slight metallic quality
F — Crisp and refreshing. Not as easy drinking as I like my lagers (Munich Helles for the win!), but not too offensive either. Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb.


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Photo of casualbeerman
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Lager is another old standby of mine. It's been years since I've had it now, but I used to drink it frequently so this should be an easy one to review. Technically, I believe their description that this is a "Vienna Lager" rather than an "American Amber" is probably correct. IE its got a bit more complexity and punch than what I'd call a strictly American Amber. While this site puts Bluepoint and Yuengling Traditional as top alternatives, I'd say this is closer to Sam Adams. No matter, I think all 4 can be pretty appealing to the same audience. I know they usuually are for me.

Look, its a nice dark brown, clear, not cloudy. The head is usually pretty healthy though not quite as thick as on the Brooklyn Pils

Smell is of sweet malt, yeast, almost woody, with a strong counterpoint from the hops. I find the hops to be more deep than floral, and the overall smell to be kind of like bread or maybe sourdough pretzels.

Taste is good. Sweet, malty, slightly thick, counter-balanced by a strong, dry, slightly woody, almost tannic hop bitterness. Overall its fairly pleasant and balanced, but I personally would like Brooklyn Lager even better if it were a bit less bitter. To me the taste starts sweet, then turns kind of bready, then ends up dry and kind of oaky.

Feel, I rate sligthly below average. This is a sessionable beer, but its not as easy to knock an endless number of these back on a hot day as say Becks or Yuengling, or even Killians.

Overall this is an above average beer. Its not my very favorite for the style (I gravitated towards Yuengling Traditional and Sam over this, and would also probably add Bluepoint now), but its still very good. And brewed from more expensive ingredients than Yuengling (IE 2 row barley only with no corn, and imported hops). So its definitely wortha try for anyone who likes darker lagers.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Amber red in color, two-finger head with nice lacing retention.
Smell - biscuit, malts, and some honey-like sweetness, although not much hop presence. In line with the Vienna lager style.
Taste - a lot of malts, but unlike in the smell, a distinct floral hoppiness is definitely present. beer finishes with robust toasted malts/bread
Feel - medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. appropriate ABV for the style at 5.2%
Overall - The flagship beer of the brewery, and a lot of good aspects about it. A tasty beer easily enjoyed by all.

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