Brooklyn Brewery

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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #10
Ranked #36,524
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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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color, small white head fades quickly, no lacing.
Baked bread, caramel mild hop aroma.
Flavors match the aroma.
Kind of thin, not much carbonation..
Tasty, but really nothing to get excited about.

Oct 06, 2021
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't often drink lager, but I am finding a slight preference for Vienna style when i do drink it. The malt is not especially sweet and the low abv beer can sometimes hit the spot. I had this bottle on election night 2020 when I was only drinking beer from blue states.

Jun 16, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'BB 07/2021'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. One thin finger of eggshell white head, which sticks around as a cramy cap.
Aroma of caramel malts and floral hops. Smells sweet.
Taste follows the nose, and has flavors of sweet caramel malt, floral hops, and slightly bitter end. The spice, malts, and hops trail off together in the aftertaste.
Thinner than medium mouth feel, with a creamy texture. Very good carbonation.
All components are positively expressed in this brew. Refreshing and somewhat crisp. Would be a very good choice for pairing with spicy or savory foods. Very handsome in its presentation.

May 05, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

De color ámbar, con una pequeña espuma blanca de retención media. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta tostada y lúpulo. Sabor levemente amargo pero aparecen notas de toffee. Muy agradable.

Apr 30, 2021
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised I have not had this one yet.
BBD of 5/2021.
Into White Elm Willie Beecher.

Has a copper orange body - looks like this is a vienna lager or an amber lager - with a butter colored head of 1 finger. Moderate haze, moderate clarity. Lots of webbed lacing.

Aromas of hop spoilage and strawberry, with some caramel malt and onion skin.

Flavor is your typical amber lager but is crisper and more defined. I would say this is a stronger effort than SA's Boston Lager by a mile, and most any other "micro macro" amber lager you can get (New Belgium, Yuengling, Naragansett, Sierra Nevada, etc). Has a distinct toasted malt flavor with some underlying fruity esters (strawberry, lemon, orange) with a nip of pine on the finish. Unfortunately this one has fallen to hop spoilage as well, so it's not quite as enjoyable. This was partially my fault as it is nearing the end of its shelf life.

Feel is crisp and tight, very busy with carbonation, exciting and poppy like an Amber lager should be. Drying, crisp finish. No sign of alcohol.

Overall, a decent Amber that I'd be willing to try a fresh can of. It's not going to blow your mind of course, but will do just fine at a sporting event, casino, bar, or bowling alley. Recommended.

Price paid : $1.39 / can

Apr 20, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice size white head over a clear, bright amber body. Muted, moderately sweet, floral aroma. Crisp, clean taste courtesy of the carbonation. Free of the adjuncts that ruin many mass produced lagers. Decently balanced; not overly hoppy or bitter nor excessively malty. Caramel more noticeable in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with an average length finish.

Apr 01, 2021
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MrOH from Malta

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear light copper, generous off-white head, great retention and lacing. Beautiful
Toasted bread crust and light caramel along with a whiff of floral hops
Caramel and toast malt flavor with a hint of citrus hops
Light bodied and properly carbonated
An exceptionally well made although not especially exciting beer.

Feb 18, 2021
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dingers from England

3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

this drink makes me feel like an ogre taking a dip in the swamp - GROSS! my mouth is filled with the foamy horrific taste of murky water. brooklyn lager recieved a good review ebcause its not terrible, i could stomach one maybe... maybe just maybe x

Feb 12, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a one inch white head. Light lacing.

Aroma is floral, citrusy, fruity, slight pine.

Taste is caramel malt, citrus, nutty, slightly sweet.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry finish

One of the best lagers I've had.

Oct 26, 2020
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lager brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, with an ABV of 5.20% This American Red/Amber Lager pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with heavy grains and malts. Then there is a nice mix of hop bitterness. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. Lots of nice malts an grains an the hops tie it all together. The body of this Lager brew is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. I really enjoy how smooth this brew goes down. This brew would go nice with lunch or dinner. If you are looking for a soild lager style brew, this is it. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I can going to give this brew a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to.
Brooklyn Brewery did a super nice job with American Red) Amber Lager.

Oct 25, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. Best before 15/04/2020. Poured into a tulip.
Look: clear amber colour, and with about 2cm of head with tight bubbles. Good head retention and leaves some lacing.
Smell: hoppy straight up, citrus and lime. Some biscuity male sweetness too. Smells good.
Taste: similar to the nose, a malty backbone with a touch of golden syrup, then the hops, citrus, lime, a little bit of spice as well.
Feel: lighter but mouth filling. Refreshing. A little tingly carbonation, and a dry finish.
Overall: tasty drop. Enough happening to keep it interesting yet still drinkable

Oct 23, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into tulip glass

Two finger off-white head, ruby body

Nose of caramel, grapefruit, sweet malt and honey

On the palate, stone fruit (apricot), citrus, and spicy hops

Medium bodied, creamy, and dry

I'm torn on this one. On one hand, its a fine beer. On the other, its quite unlike any amber lager I've had before, and reminded me more of an aged imperial west coast red ALE I've recently had. This is where marketing, innovation, and expectations can make scoring tricky. I had purchased an IPA, but this has made it seem redundant!

Sep 23, 2020
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can.
Pours a near clear bronze/orange colour with finger plus of off white head.
Malty on the nose - caramel, bready, biscuit with slightly floral hops.
Slightly sweet, grassy, caramel malt, touch of honey on palate - grainy, biscuit with mild bitterness from the floral hop.
Medium mouthfeel with brisk and prickly carbonation - touch of bitter hop presence lingers with balancing the sweetness.

Sep 20, 2020
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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap - Not your standard light American style lager and one of the hoppiest out there, almost IPA level of hoppiness. Nice bitter finish but not easy to drink for someone expecting a refreshing beer.

Aug 14, 2020
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sjrider from California

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

Poured from a can - clear amber/copper with foamy almost white head leaving lots of lacing. Nose is muted malt with whiffs of hops. Taste steps up from the nose and is closer to a pale or lesser ipa. Finish is on the smooth side and almost dry. Not at all what I was expecting.Would like to try on tap. A decent brew.

Jun 27, 2020
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misteil from Ireland

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.

May 08, 2020
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nbaker290 from Texas

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.

Jan 18, 2020
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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.

Nov 03, 2019
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jjones12 from North Carolina

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.

Sep 29, 2019
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

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.

Sep 03, 2019
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schoolboy from Ohio

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.


Aug 30, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

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.

Aug 10, 2019
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DypsoBubble from England

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.

Aug 09, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Aug 05, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

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.

Aug 03, 2019
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