Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.72/5
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3,760 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
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#30,281
Reviews:
1,265
Ratings:
3,760
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
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Ratings: 3,760 |  Reviews: 1,265
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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Photo of Dper
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bixby1971
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Justincredble
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Migas85
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of porters4life
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dafla67
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eluvah
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

63/100

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Photo of Murph106157
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of bubbler
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a fine refreshing enough lager. a bit light and watery for my tastes.

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Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 3,760 ratings