Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
3,647 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,647
Reviews:
1,240
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
870
For Trade:
1
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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trboley
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of dms1767
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ADTaber
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djl1983
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dental
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sanitarium16
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine, caramel and toffee. It had a nice toasted caramel, toffee and light piney bitterness.

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Photo of StormAles
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jtee
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 473ml can served at 8 degrees Celsius into a pilsner glass.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant amber with 10cm of dense, off-white head that dissipates within 7+ minutes. Very persistent head with good lacing. Outstanding colour, clarity, and head. A real treat to look at.

Smell: Very subtle toasty malts with floral and spicy hops. An adjunct quality and a very mild vegetal character is observed.

Taste: Low, grainy-sweet malt profile. Toasty-bready with floral and spicy hops. The finish is clean and towards bitter.

Feel: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Great-looking and overall respectable lager. Thirst-quenching and easy-drinking for sure. I'm not a fan of the style but this one is well-crafted.

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Photo of frykid
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice lager...this is my go to when I would like a lager
L: nice golden/amber color
T: maltly, some bitterness
overall - very good drinking beer, refreshing and tastes good !

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Photo of cwkash
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thommo_nk
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good beer, however not one I will return to regularly......it is just too expensive in th UK and the discerning customer can get a nice UK lager for much much less.

Nice amber colour though.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear amber with a frothy carbonation that yields an enormous pillowy head. The retention is nearly perfect as the creamy head almost fully retains its original size, and it leaves huge sheets of lacing behind.

S: Toasted grains, rich brown bread, crisp lager yeast, some caramel or light molasses, and a subtle zing of herbal hops.

T: Very toasty and bready upfront, like bread crust, which tapers off into a biscuity mid-palate with a touch of honey. It grows slowly to a crisp and refreshing finish, despite the initial rush of coarse bready flavor, a finish which then subtly showcases a pleasant bite of grassy and herbal hops, with a slight lemon flavor, even.

F: The toasted grainy flavor and the boisterous carbonation make for a great mouthfeel. It fills rich and creamy upfront like a doppelbock, but then it smoothly fades into a crisper, light finish without being watery, that is decidedly refreshing--the ample carbonation creating a sensation of creaminess all the while.

O: This is a stellar American amber lager. I highly recommend it this to everyone from hardcore lager fans to your average blue-collar BMC drinker. This is a fine lager.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baldy00
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GulDukat88
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz bottle into into a Stangen glass (not my choice/I was at a party).
A: Pours clear golden to amber with a lively, foamy white head. Decent retention and moderate Belgian lacing.
S: Malty with citrus and pitted fruit notes, honey perhaps.
T: Light to medium malts, distinctly citrusy flavor nicely balanced with bitterness throughout.
M: Light bodied with solid effervescence.
O: Enjoyable. Seemed to share a surprising number of flavor/color characteristics with an English IPA.

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Photo of NickFry9
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rsquared59
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmokySignals
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Meh. Not made in Brooklyn, and not worth having two. So many better lagers than this, why bother with it.

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