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3.72/5
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3,778 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,297
Reviews:
1,268
Ratings:
3,778
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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Photo of btbcolo
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YvesB
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Frenchi
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of generallee
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bankboy66
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 egrandfield
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best lager I've ever had. Super hoppy for a beer of this style.

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Photo of alexsergio
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of miwestcoaster
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TeeCee
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sandradj
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Ivan-Beertacora
2.4/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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 cwm51662
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 look...rich 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 BigMustyElbows
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MikePatellis
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatch
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingpinKev
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 kinmundy77
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peterpunk15
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueSpader
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 3,778 ratings