Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Ronbo56
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle into plastic cup at Springfield Bagel, Périgueux, France (OK, that's not the only place I've had it, but it's by far the strangest)

L - Attractive copper color, not food-dye red like some of this style. Head thins out pretty quickly, but that adds to the authentic old-style look.
S - Nothing special going on, lightly floral and fruity.
T - Excellent balance of flavor and drinkability. Could savor over the best burger in Southwest France or chug at a ball game. I've done both.
F - Lighter than expected. Very easy to drink.
O - I really like this beer. Clearly brewed to be enjoyed, not just to prove how smart or hip the brewer is. Not sure but I think this was among Brooklyn's first products and still perhaps its best.

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Photo of matcris
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a Boston Lager. More caramel color than red with a nice fluffy off white head that leaves some sticky lacing as the head recedes. Caramel, light toasted bread in the nose. Same in the flavor. Medium thin body, a little watery, average carbonation, and fairly dry. Better than an BMC, any day.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me this is shockingly good. It has to be the caramel malt and super soft mouthfeel to the beer. Just enough hoppiness to satisfy and then a smooth dry finish. Funny thing I actually seek this out as far past it's best by date as possible. Not something I would normally do. I drank this several years ago and then neglected it through the IPA years and when I revisited I was stunned all over again. Not many beers do that to me.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep yellow/orange with very nice foamy head and sticky lacing. Smells really nice with floral notes, citrus, hops, grain and some maltiness. The taste is really good, this is a full flavored beer, tons of malty hops with a blend of grain balanced out with some soft citrus and floral flavors. The feel is excellent, slight carbonation and zero dryness. I love this beer, this is a great anytime beer and is so full of taste it reminds me of older beers and how they once tasted, fantastic.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very rich amber with an ample off white head.

Sweet grain cereal, yeasty bread, caramel malt, and a floral/bitter herb aroma.

High carbonation up front with a nice hit of bitter citrus giving way to cereal grain malt notes, finishes dry.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer was ok yet set the mood when visiting NYC. My wife and I grabbed a 6er of this and sat in our hotel watching the night life of Manhattan sipping on this lager. It was a very unusual lager and was very hoppy for a lager. There was some sweet hops and some buoyancy to this beer. it also had a very dry finish. It's not a beer i would probably purchase again but hits the mood when your in New York. So it's got that average brew rating but worth trying.

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Photo of illpass78
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at Empire in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Clear copper. Minimal head and lace.

Aroma: Biscuit, floral hops, grass, toast.

Taste: Follows nose, along with some caramel and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Seasionable.

Overall: Just a good, solid straight up lager. Works for all seasons and all meals.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like your typical amber, copper colored lager. Smells malty and slightly hoppy. Tastes like a slightly cleaner Yuengling, with a bit more hops. Feels medium bodied if not a bit light. Overall this is worth trying, but it's just a standard lager really and isn't going to be a "go-to" for me any time soon. (If it were as cheap as Yuengling or other comparable basic lagers, then maybe that'd be different story.)

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Photo of Dentist666
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of MattChiasson
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, this is a gateway beer to introduce a timid lager drinker to something with more hops and flavour. Out of the can it poured a clear medium copper colour. I experienced notes of caramel, hop aromatics, canned peaches, orange peel, and dried apricot, turning more biscuity in the palate. Creamy and refreshing.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy Cadillac-meringue-foot! It’s really been 10 whole days since I did a list of my top 100 beers (obtainable) and 20 whole days since my last beer review. Worry not... no really, stop worrying - you’re going to give yourself an aneurysm... because the wait is finally over and those cats at Brooklyn have a Lager that has stared me down one too many times for me to miss it: Brooklyn Lager - A prohibition-style Vienna Lager in the vein (or Wien) of brews like Sam Adams Boston Lager - because that’s what they drank back in them old days.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: Wow it’s been such a long time since I’ve described a beer... ummm, it’s cloudy and amberish with a touch of caramel in the body... it has a head (duh!) thin and beige-tinged... looks tasty hey - like a golden sunset of roasted barley and caramel dreams [Ooo, poetic, nice one me!]. 8/10.

S: Right off the nose there’s some lemony notes, sorta like the smell of a KFC wet wipe. Hints, nay - very large suggestions of: Caramel, toasty barley and biscuit characters mingle about in the background hosting their very own “who pitched the yeast” mystery party. It’s an Ale-like Lager, as that Vienna lot tend to be, with plenty to keep this Ale-drinker happy. 7/10.

T: Much like several of Brooklyn’s brews (I won’t name names - you’ll just have to look up my reviews) it starts off dry and finishes dry. The flavour betwixt is an alright combination of lemon, floral potpourri hops, some peach [WTF did that come from???], toasted biscuit malts, and did I mention it’s dry? Yes, ok, I just bring it up because some of Brooklyn’s brews give Japanese Lagers a run for their sand*. In any case a bit of malty sweetness would not have gone astray here. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied, nice bit of heft to it, with an almost flat but creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: It’s a tough one because I’m pretty sure if I had Sam Adam’s for the first time the score I gave it wouldn’t be so high (I was a bit more generous in those days). Still Sam Adam’s, which is really the basis of comparison here style-wise, beats Brooklyn because of my main Brooklyn complaint: Too dry - sweet is better when it comes to a Vienna Lager IMO. 7/10.

Food match: Cheese... just don’t have a water cracker: Your brain might implode.

*Get it - cause sand is dry... yeah I really pulled out my thesaurus on that one.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the supermarket just tonite. Mostly just because it was on sale...

A pours about the color of honey. just a mini head, quickly settles to barely a film - no lacing at all. Very clear when held to the light.

S not overwhelming at all, in fact I gotta say Underwheming. a *bit* of a metallic, malty undertone to the nose...I really dont get any hops at all

T from the nose I was bracing for the worst - and im happily surpirsed. this is MUCH better than a macro- hearty, full taste, with the malt up front, and the hops taking a seat WAAAY in the back.

M SOLID. not bad at all.

D pretty good for a session beer IMHO

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Photo of sentimetal
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of farrago
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Modest finger deep head, light tan in color, even surface with less than average retention, the lacing fares somewhat better, thick streaks of good length. The liquid is a pale amber red to orange hue, has pleasing shine and limpid clarity, plenty of larger bubbles visible, no beads. There’s a metallic, earth bitterness to the nose which sort of cancels out a lot of the caramel, bread and sweeter grains, soft notes of white pit fruit, there’s a residual funkiness left in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is strong enough to fluff it up and increase palate coverage, subtly drying mouth feel. The grains are more bitter here and bolster that earth, metal edge, turns grassy at the end with a hint of corn. The caramel, bread and raw dough help but it’s not an especially flavorful beer, vague white citrus and those pit fruits. It’s not that the beer is “tentative” or such but little here is stating its case clearly and directly. This taster lost interest about halfway through the pint, albeit it is in no way a flawed beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A darker yellow color, 3/4" white head. Aroma doesn't kick anything down.

Rather bitter for a lager, the color scheme is darker than you would expect, caramel and C hops. Something weird going on, I dunno if its just the lager yeast with the darker than usual malts or what.

This one isn't refreshing. Rarely do I say this for a lager, but a lighter malt bill would be better.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.33/5  rDev -65%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I was hoping to find a new, good, lager. Not so much.

The aroma was nice as I put the bottle to my lips. The taste was good, initially.
But then, as with almost all USA "craft" beers, the hops gang appeared and kicked the crap out of my tongue and mouth.
A small taste of malt reduced the hops gang damage, a little.
Then the aftertaste started and a "nostalgic" remembrance of the hops gang stayed longer than needed. Sort of like your ol' uncle Billy and his family of 3 spoiled brats. get out............

Thankfully I am done with my taste "tolerance" tests.I tried to expand my tastes to include some of the USA craft offerings and their 24/7 HOPS and HOPS and HOPS and HOPS and..........

Nope. Not gonna do it. Too much hops is too MUCH hops.

Willkommen zu Hause, deutsches Bier!!!!

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice-looking beer, though more honey/gold than amber/copper. Active carbonation props up a solid khaki head cap that lingers for a good bit. Plenty of malt on the nose, though there is a lot more hoppiness than I'd have guessed for a beer billed as a lager. Same true of the taste; a solid blast of hops on first approach, but the malt balances things out as you go down. A little metallic on the back end for me, too. I do very much enjoy the creamy fullness of the mouthfeel, but that's the only part of this beer that is clearly well above average to me. Somewhat disappointing, given this beer's pedigree.

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Photo of dcjones82
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first non macro beer and it changed my whole outlook on craft beers. I went from drinking beer to get drunk, to drinking beer for the taste and enjoyment. Thought I would review one of my new found favorites!

L- Very nice looking beer in a glass. Golden amber color, 2 finger creamy white head, and a good amount of carbonation. Very good lacing on sides of glass.
S- Roasted malt smell, caramel, hops. Very nice smelling amber lager.
T- Taste follows the nose imo. Malt up front, hop in middle, nice finish. Just a really good amber lager flavor, enough hop bitterness, very well balanced.
F- Very nice medium bodied mouth feel. Creamy, hop, roasted. Not too heavy, not too light.
O- Still a huge fan of this beer! I'm new to the craft world, but will always have a spot for this on my shelf. If your into lagers at all, do yourself a favor and pick this up. I don't think you will be disappointed. Great beer, highly recommended!

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Photo of rocketcat
2.2/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Quite mild foretaste, but strong and long aftertaste. Not easily foaming. Abit bitter. Good balanced dark beer, but not unfortunately my personal favourites.
Etumaku vaatimaton, mutta vahva ja pitkä jälkimaku. Ei vaahtoudu. Hieman katkera. Tummana oluena tasapainoinen ja hyvä, muttei minun makuuni parhaimmistoa.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another one of my easy drinking favorites for under $15 for a 12-pack...nice color, smooth flavor with no aftertaste. Nice afterwork beer when you want to relax...

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle to Pilsner glass. Nice 3 finger head, settled to one. Beautiful brown/golden color with bubble rising. Initial taste was deep and rich. Well carbonated with a dry finish. Very nice beer for drinking outside by the pool.

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Photo of TheBeerPimp
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply the best lager in the world. I love this beer. A complex, multi-layered lager with a hoppy taste and malty bitter aftertaste, but still works as a standard 'relaxing' beer. You want want to go back to any other lager after trying this.

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Photo of Gothish
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a sensory pint glass.

Color is medium amber with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly

On the nose it's a bit bready, a bit grassy

This is an ok lager, but it didn't wow me. It's a bit thin on the palate. The flavor is there, it just isn't punchy enough. Dry hoppiness, but not much of the malty sweetness I love in a lager. It's all just a bit anemic. If it was a choice between this and literally any macro brew, I'd go for Brooklyn every time - but if there is a Sam Adams in the area, then Brooklyn is sitting this one out.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's not bad, but after having my first lager in years yesterday (Ayinger dortmunder) and being super-excited about what I might be missing, this was a slight letdown. That stuff is fantastic btw. This pours a clear amber with almost-dissipated bone-white top that does cling a bit. Aroma is floral and slightly hoppy in a funky way, not what I'd expected. Flavor is better with more malt getting a grip - a nice biscuit - but still slightly overbalanced by the hop. Finish is on the semisweet which is okay by me.

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