Brooklyn Brewery

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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #10
Ranked #36,425
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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Reviews by iloveanarchy:
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3.2/5  rDev -14.4%

Oct 11, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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

12oz bottle - why do I always think of baseball when I look at this label?

This beer pours a clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of awkward waveform lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of crisp biscuity, grainy caramel malt, mild aged, indistinct citrus, and punchy leafy, grassy, and sort of herbal hops. The taste is grainy, bready, and musty white malt, a bit of tangy lemon, and grassy, hay-like hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its overall, pervasively thorough pungency, the body medium-full in weight, teetering in its smoothness, and even a tad creamy, for a lager, that is. It finishes off-dry, with more tacitly sweet malt, and a timidly mild, somewhat musty citrus hoppiness.

A pleasant enough, generally lively all-malt lager. This seems to be a proper go-between amongst BMC's best faux-craft offerings, and the headiest of neo-German brewing provocateurs active in those United States. Tasty, and just the sort of thing one might slam a sixer of without moral sidesteps during yer best backyard BBQs of the season.

Oct 11, 2010
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B967ierhunter177 from Pennsylvania

1.68/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a clear, pale gold with no head or lace. It's aroma is of fruit, bread, and caramel. The flavor is fruity with sweet malt notes followed by a hop bitterness that lasts from start to finish. The flavor is more reminiscent of an APA than a lager and leaves a lasting, dry, bitter, aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light. Brooklyn Lager is a mediochre beer, not recommended.

Jun 10, 2011
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gvickery from Texas

3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I wouldn’t call this an amber, the color is slightly darker than gold. I couldn’t detect much of any smell. I got this in a mixed six pack from Kroger and it was very out of date (Nov 17). I’ll remember that, Kroger. Even so, it had a good balanced flavor leaning a little to the malty side. It had a ever so slight skunk to it that I attribute to the out of date. It feels heavy to me, I could enjoy a couple but more than that would really fill me up. It’s well made and something I’ll get again.

Mar 13, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a burnt orange to amber color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Sly lace runs in streams along my glass, didn't cling much.
The aroma had a clean bready to biscuit sweetness playing with a little bit of caramel/toffee maltiness. Light yeasty sweetness applied itself fairly nice.
The flavor was somewhat malty sweet with a light grassy hop trying to blend, but somewhat seemed to leave a semi-vacant sort of misguiding edge of wanting to be that "fine blend" of being a fantastic lager. Aftertaste had some stickiness in it.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. There's nothing distracting. ABV felt fine. It left a courteous malty sort of finish.
Overall, I'd say this was a pretty decent lager. Probably could be a lot better if the flavor seemed to blend just a little better.

Jul 18, 2017
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rickyleepotts from Arizona

2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have had this beer before. I have actually had this beer in New York City. Never been to the brewery before… but I wouldn't mind going. I love to travel, I love New York, and I LOVE beer! (Don't get excited… the beer is just okay.)

The beer smells like a lager. Makes sense… this beer is a lager. It has a weak carbonation on top, and sits like a pale in the glass. This beer does get better the warmer it gets. But the beer is an easy find, cheap, and not one that you want to sit around and get warm. At least close to room temperature. You get a hint of that carbonation on the palate, just as the flavor leaves. It's quick, slides down easy, and is a drinkable beer. Its a lager… nothing fancy about it.

I wouldn't buy this beer again, unless it was on sale. I mean, it's a typical boring lager. Brooklyn makes a LOT better beers than this. It's just okay…

Jul 15, 2011
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This lager pours darker than expected, with a nice amber colour and quickly dissipating head. It smells good, perhaps a bit metallic, but that could have something to do with how fresh it is. It is very tasty - just enough body and sweet malt to set it apart from other lagers. The hops are not pronounced, but that is not a bad thing whatsoever. A quality lager, to be sure.

Feb 18, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

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

Poured into lager glass.
Clear amber/light copper, nice 2-finger off-white head, moderate retention, some laces.
Smell - pretty good floral hops, caramel.
Taste - caramel malts, floral hops.
Medium body and carbonation.
Impressing lager.

Aug 26, 2016
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks golden/red in color.Smells somewhat neutral, mild maltiness, fresh unbaked dough,slight toffee. Tastes buttery,malty smooth. Hops in the way back round. Feels velvety smooth,nicely carbonated. Clean finish. I don't see any resemblance to an "Irish red" This is a really good beer in my humble opinion. I enjoy the simplicity of a lager sometimes more than any ale.

Jan 06, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was suprised at the great appearance of this one great golden color,wirh a great foamy head.Had freas mowed grass fruity amoma almost like a IPA.One of the hoppiest lagers I have had if not the most.Refreshing quaffer with some substance,I can see why alot of people give this brew good marks.

Feb 06, 2003
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Bruno74200 from France

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I love this lager, simple and right to the point. Refreshing, good hop presence herbal and great malt dryness in both taste and mouthfeel. Worked perfectly well with pizza watching a football match.
Had it few months later on tap, even better with a good floweral complexity

May 30, 2016
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martinstannard from England

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty, slightly hoppy. Zingy tasty.

Jan 10, 2015
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

2.3/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours to deep honey amber body. Head is a short one finger of light tan fuzz. Nice woodsy hops meets wheat nose that is soft but appropriate. Mineral and nutty hints exist. Enters the mouth with a very sharp bitter soured feel. Reminds me of a Brittish ale. Mineral notes as well as raw wheat are present on the palate. Mellows a bit with warmth. Bitter feel really hangs around the mouth creating the mouthfeel along with an almost sour vegetable thing going on. Not really my thing.

Oct 01, 2007
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is hoppier then expected with some light caramel malt. Taste is more bitter and hoppy then I would have expected but still retain some of the light caramel malt that I love in Vienna. While this beer is interesting and refreshing, it resembles more of a hoppy ale ten a Vienna.

Feb 27, 2007
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RoyalT from Ohio

2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - This was a light yellow in color with a modest head.

Smell - The aroma here is overly grainy and rough. It smelled more like an adjunct macro than a quality beer from BB.

Taste - Very disappointing. The grain was cheap and just wouldn't quit. From beginning to end this beer left a foul, graining taste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel - This was light-bodied and watery with a fizzy carbonation that made me think I was drinking a wine cooler.

Sinkability - Well I couldn't really pour this in the sink because I was at the pub, but I was drinking it so slow that the barmaid came over while I still had half a pint left and asked me if I wanted something else. I have had so many good beers from this brewery it's hard to believe that this came from the same place.

Apr 10, 2010
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a lively lager, more fun than most. it pours a lighter amber color, with a short white head that sticks around. the aroma is very crisp, properly a winter lager, a little nutty on the malt profile, with a clean rounded finish. taste follows the nose, and this beer is a dead give away as brooklyn lager every time. its so distinct in terms of balance and richer malts than the industry standard, its really unmistakable. the red malts give it a nice body, not boring at all, and the carbonation is there. overall not the most adventurous or profound thing to come out of brooklyn brewery, but its a really servicable lager. the lager for the pale ale drinker i like to call it. yummy stuff. golf course beer to me at its finest.

Nov 30, 2012
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tjd25 from France

3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is dense and regular; it fades smoothly and slowly on the amber orange color body. The smell showed a great and sweet fruitiness, mostly red fruits; yeasty, with light hints of chocolate. The taste didn't completely fulfill the expections I got from the smell. It is good, but the red fruit notes are much less noticeable. There's more of a tart grapefruit aspect that bites the tongue; or maybe it's more floral. The round and very sweet maltiness sometimes evokes caramel. The hops are quite thick and probably contribute to the grapefruit/floral aspect of the brew. I'm confused about this aspect though. I guess it just didn't give me what I thought it'd give me from the smell. Still a remarkable lager.

Jul 12, 2004
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littleshamrocks from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "best before" date clearly notched on the side of the label.

Pours amber- dark gold with a nice foamy white head. Head retention was good, leaving excellent lacework all down the glass. Somewhat average clarity with good carbonation. Smell brought out toasty grain maltiness as well as floral hops. Also detected some faint nuttiness. One taste of this and I was struck by how much citrus hop bitterness it had. Also, balanced out well with a sweet malt backbone. The latter third of the taste was even a little tart. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, with a nice long dry finish and moderate to good carbonation.

This is one Hoppy lager! Well built and balanced and very drinkable. An excellent session beer.

Oct 05, 2007
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AgingWarrior from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice dark but translucent gold with a nice one and one half inch off white head. The head held up rather well and provided plenty of lacing.

The smell is what I expect out of a good lager.
Nothing overpowering, just a nice crisp smell of grain and hops.

Taste is really good. Just the right amount of carbonation when it hits the tongue and a nice well balanced finish.

Good mouth feel, not to thick, but a nice bite to it.

This is an outstanding lager, one that I intend to enjoy often. It rivals Sam Adams as one of my favorite "go to" brews.

Mar 29, 2008
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alleykatking from Indiana

2.41/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Light hazy golden amber color with this pour. More golden orange when this beer is held up to the light. One finger dirty white head leaves rather quickly. Nice ring style lacing left on the glass as drinking it.

S- Big sweet bready malts in forefront. Light notes of apple and darker fruits in there as well (raisin maybe?). Alcohol is present more so than any hops. This has a light cider smell to it.

T- Light hop bitterness in the front. Big alcohol taste in this. Malts come in midway and help kill alcohol taste with some sweetness. Everything is a mess with the taste.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. Very dry in the mouth. Alcohol was the dominate feature left on the palate along with some darker fruits. Alcohol flavor in the aftertaste as well.

D- Might have been a bad bottle but this was a terrible lager. The style was wrong and it actually tasted more like an Old Ale to me. Might try again in the future to see if I had a bad bottle. I drank this all while think about drain pouring it the entire time.

Dec 21, 2009
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chrispoint from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.8%

Feb 03, 2012
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vandemonian from Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't love the smell. All I got was yeast with a bit of hops. The taste was lovely: citrusses hops that fade into a mellow honey aftertaste. This beer has a great medium body - I was surprised how thick it was. A very nice beer; it went down well.

Oct 04, 2010
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sentimetal from Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - A tan-gold color, almost a cream colored. Not as dark as something like Sam Adams Boston Lager, but not a straw colored lager.

S - Roasted malts and bread

T - A slight maltiness with some grassy, grain notes that you'd expect from a typical American lager. There is a some hop bitterness towards the end of the beer. It's still refreshing and a beer I'd love to have again.

F - Medium carbonation, very smooth and slightly watery yet chewy after the initial carbonation.

O - A damn good lager. It's not as intense as Sam Adams Boston Lager, but it's a good beer; a good gateway beer for getting non-craft beer drinkers into something more robust than pale lagers without overloading their tastebuds. This beer definitely has a place in my fridge.

Jul 11, 2016
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Lare453 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Feb 11, 2013
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WDJersey from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Jul 27, 2012
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