Brooklyn Brewery

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #10
Ranked #33,453
3.74 | pDev: 12.57%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Notes: 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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Photo of markkyronaylin
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

look: one finger slightly off white head with good retention and lots of lacing. amber coloured beer, of course, more or less clear with loads of carbonation in the beer.

smell: a nice balance of hops and malts, a lot of malt sweetness there, but also some bready biscuity flavours, some grassy flavours too, but also a hoppy snap, with some bitter citrus aromas, orange and lemon zest.

taste: taste is more subdued than the aroma but it’s still pleasant, those malt flavours don’t really shine, there’s definitely a caramel sweetness though, certainly a hoppy bitter finish, a tad metallic, some lemon and orange flavours.

feel: light bodied, medium to high carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

overall: a classic beer, always found it hard to get in ireland but my local supermarket has started stocking it now which i suppose is good, this is a real good transition beer from macro to craft for those looking to dip their feet into craft waters, but ultimately it is just a passable lager.

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Photo of nbaker290
2.14/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I have had a couple of Brooklyn’s brews before, I decided to try their basic “Hoppy Amber Lager.” I will write the review as I do each step (new approach).

Appearance: crystal clear golden-orange. White head that leaves a fairly dense film across the top (this is a standard laser cut pint glass). A little on the gold side of gold-orange. Lots of lacing.

I let it sit for about 10 minutes to air out and get a little warmer to let the flavors come out.

Smell: aside from dry hop, there is a hint of bready malt and some citrus (could be from the hops). Seems pretty straight forward, but smells more like an ale.

Taste: This does not taste like an Amber Lager hardly at all. Very hop forward, not balanced by malt. It is not easy to drink when you’re expecting a lager, but it gets easier while it sits. Possibly one of my least favorite Amber Lagers (one of my favorite styles). Dirty finish of hops.

Feel: medium-light body, okay carbonation level, wet finish.

Overall: not a beer I will be buying again anytime soon, and it a hard for me to say that. This is more like someone tried to make an Amber Lager, and wound up messing up their recipe and decided to make a hybrid between an Amber Ale and an IPA/IPL. This beer is not to style, and I do not recommend it unless you think IPL’s are the pinnacle of beer (which they are not). It tastes almost as if someone followed the recipe to Sam Adams Boston Lager (to me is more of an ale), then decided to ramp up the hops and shorten the brew process to 2 weeks. It is actually reminiscent of the old Sam Adams Rebel line of IPA’s.

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Photo of Nofoba
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brewed in Sweden.

It pours a clear, amber body with a tiny bit of visible carbonation, and a thick white head with good amount of lacing.

The aroma has grapefruit, honey and grassy hops with notes of raisins.

It has a mild taste of bready malts, pine, and grapefruit with slight sweetness. The mouthfeel is light bodied, somewhat dry, with soft bitterness and light carbonation. The aftertaste has a mild, grapefruity bitterness to it.

A well balanced and easy drinking red lager.

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Photo of jjones12
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brilliant amber color, great clarity
Mouthfeel: What you would expect from a lager
Aroma: None really, slight carbonation sting on the nose
Taste: When I had this, I thought it was a strange lager that basically wanted to be an old-school ale by putting in tons of caramel malt and cascade. Turns out I was exactly right, which was pretty disappointing as I was wanting a lager. Almost sickly sweet caramel flavor with some piney/citrusy flavor to it. Small hint of vienna malty-ness comes through, but pretty much drinks like your old school pale ale.
Overall: Seems like an ancient beer from the mid 90's when craft beer was trying to gain a foothold, so they made a "lager" that would bring in the budweiser drinkers who only knew lagers. It was probably good for the time, but a beer like this wouldn't even make it to flagship status at a new brewery nowadays. Not an awful beer by any means, but f you want a darker lager don't go with this.

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Photo of crazyspicychef
2.33/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Way over hopped for the style. It tastes more of a pale ale to me with the aggressive dry hop bill.
Not my thing. No balance.
My least favorite from Brooklyn so far.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 473 mL Can

L- Pours a nice amber topped by a two finger white, foamy head. Good retention and heavy lacing.

S- Caramel malt with floral hops

T- Same as aroma, very much hop forward although not overbearing.

M- Light Body with steady but moderate carbonation. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel!

O- One of the better American Amber Lager's I've had - Not overly malty with great hop flavour, definitely leaning more towards hoppy flavours which I prefer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager seems to generally be underrated. It tries a little harder than most and thus succeeds in putting a little umph usually missing in this style.

It is not a pretty red, more of a dirty copper. The head is good. The aroma is a bit stankier than yer garden variety lager. It pushes the envelope with finishing hops.

The taste is a much more bitter experience than you would expect, all thanks to a high dosage of hops. It all still seems appropriate for the style. It lingers like a much stronger brew than it is. That is success.


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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with near white two finger head. Light malt with caramel and a little toast and floral hops. The flavor adds plenty of hop character, floral, earthy, herbal, spicy, grassy, citrus. Bitterness lingers, with something of a dirty hop aftertaste.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lager with American new hops by the taste of things. Bit of a butterscotch/vanilla tasting malt (or is it a product of fermentation?). Got that American clean taste to it. Bit mono-dimensional but easy drinking and quite fun to drink. £3.99 for six 355ml cans in Home Bargains in UK.....quite a deal.

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Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; creamy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of toast along with some hints of caramel and toffee. Breads and grains are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More caramel and toffee. More toast. Mild hints of citrus. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing without dominating. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice flavorful lager. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Comes as advertised. Clear, golden amber with 1 1/2 finger head and healthy lacing. Aroma and taste is a combination of malt, caramel, and fruit (peach) with smooth, mild bitter finish. Nice beer man.

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Photo of Gostlool
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer. Darker than I expected. Goes down very smoothly with just a touch of bitterness at the end, which doesn't really linger. I could see myself drink this more often if it was cheaper and more readily available.

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Photo of crickrun
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice malt flavor with a little hop bitterness. This is a smooth beer that goes well with most food. Definitely a great beer after a hard day at work. I like to start with this one before I move onto something a little more robust in flavor. One of my favorite "go to" beers. Sadly, it's not available in bottles at my grocery store anymore.

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Photo of moodenba
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft Brooklyn Lager taken with a pub-style dinner at a New York City bar in June, 2019. The beer was served in a cooled mug with about 1/2 inch of foam. The body was a deep amber. This was a handsomely served brew that may sway my review rating. The initial flavor gave me the impression of extreme freshness: a balanced malt body and lively hop bitterness. An impressive amber lager. It has been a while since I had sampled the bottle version, but I don't remember the bottle giving me the big hit of fresh flavor that I received with the draft beer.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown to copper color, off white head, spotty lacing
S: Yeast, caramel malts
T: A little yeast, piney hops and some caramel sweetness
M: Light to medium
O: A good flavorful lager. Could be an everyday beer if I lived where it was more readily available.

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Photo of defunksta
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours a completely clear copper color with a moderate off-white head that lingers.
Aroma: Surprisingly very little aroma here. Slight caramel and dark cherry. Some toasted sweet bread. That's about it.
Flavor: Flavor is also lacking here. Some pine and citrus upfront. Turns slightly to a pine bitterness on the back end. I was expecting a more complex malt flavor profile, but really didn't get anything. Attenuated caramel and toffee.
Feel: Lighter bodied. Mildly carbonated, Mildly bitter. Actually drinks like water.

Overall: What happened here?! I bought it in Chicago and perhaps it was expired, but there is really nothing here. It drank more like a water with a splash of amber ale. Or like a light lager but amber version. You get the picture. Really one of the most disappointing beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Body is a glowing caramel color with steady rising bubbles. Finger thick foamy head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is both floral and hoppy. Notes of caramel, yeast, grass, fresh bread, grain, toasted malts, and some faint honey and caramel notes too.

Flavor altogether reminds me of a Vienna lager. Balanced between spiciness of the hops and the sweetness of the malts mentioned in the aroma. Body is medium-light. Overall, a distinctive lager with its own name.

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Photo of LarryV
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -4.3%
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 -33.2%
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 +29.7%
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 +7.8%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.8%
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 -37.2%
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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