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 Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

starts out Ok, with floral aroma and reasonable appearance with head. First sips fine, but tires quickly. Not so drinkable. Some bitterness and balance. Malts and Ok aftertaste but just damn boring and plain. J'accuse. Least liked of the Brooklyn product line.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark golden almost red color with 1.5 fingers of head.

S: sweet and malty

T: more hops than your typical lager. Semi sweet on the front end and finished a little bitter. Earthy and citrus notes.

M: mild to moderate carbonation and light bodied.

Overall: One of the better lagers which is one of my least favorite genres but I am still impressed with this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received from DuqTroops in the first of our bi-monthly trades.

Pours a light golden/brown color, pretty clear (maybe some chill haze), medium lacing and retention, 1/2" creamy white head.

Aroma is malty, maybe a touch of caramel, only the faintest hint of hops in the aroma.
No skunk and no adjuncts, hmm, almost doesn't seem right to have a good american lager.

Flavor is sweet, definitely all malt (no corn or rice added), a little caramel again, mild to medium hop bitterness for something this light, very simple and nice.

Body is medium for a lager, very nice, vey very drinkable (7 thumbs up). I've only had a couple american lagers that tasted like a good hearty beer. Leaps and bounds ahead of BMC.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking golden amber color with a foamy white head on top. The head settles and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer had some caramel elements and some lager yeast aromas coming off of it. The taste of the beer was pretty good, it wasn't anything over the top but had a good drinkablity to it. The malts and hops are pretty well balanced in my opinion here. The mouthfeel was pretty good, nicely carbonated and fairly smooth. Overall it's a good drinking beer for anytime of the year.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with some notes of citrus and floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that there are also some hints of caramel malts. There is a light amount of bitterness throughout the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with notes of crispness and hints of dryness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is what American beer is all about right here. Simple, tasty, refreshing and nothing else... I could have this all day, every day. It's very balanced and a low enough ABV it acts as a great session beer.. if you haven't tried this yet run out and grab some.

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

A recent brewery that has begun distribution to the Central Kentucky area. Bought a bottle of each of their offerings. The standard lager...well, it is what it is. It's beer. Though I can't detect anything that is really wrong with the beer, it is lackluster. Lightly malty and earthy hopped. Light and refreshing. Not watery, but I prefered a smoother texture. Modestly grainy and vegital like. Light notes of apple and citrus. Finishes a little abrupt and thinning. Not bad, but must be reserved for those times when out working in the backyard to truely appreciate.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Chimay goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: No head; maybe a goblet was a poor choice of vessel for this beer. Amber-copper colour; semitransparent.

Sm: Alcohol. A delightful complex mix of hoppy notes: slight dark fruit, some other esters. Malt. Pleasant.

T: Very estery climax, done in a subtle fashion. Body is malty and very flowery, as per the description on the label. Quite pleasing and complex. Certainly refreshing. The malt is very well handled and tame, the opposite of the garbage Spanish beers I had in Ibiza last week. The flowery complexity is the selling point of this beer, and the notes are very balanced. The open is very bland, however. Very well built for the style.

Mf: Moderate thickness. Smooth but with coarseness where it's needed. Very wet and refreshing. Suits the flavour.

Dr: ABV is disguised, contrary to the smell of the beer. The major flaw is the price. Give it a go.

2016/11/03: impression from a draught pour at a bar in Brooklyn.

Coating mouthfeel. Some bitterness on the finish. Pilsner malts and pale malts provide the backbone.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Mikasa pilsner glass.

Pour yields a brew with an amber body and a pretty big off-white head that leaves behind gobs and gobs of lacing. Head goes from a few fingers to a nice, stead half-finger. The nose has some light malt and a bit of earthiness. Nothing too complex, but it's done well. The taste improves upon this with a nice dry malt presence and a bit of light earthy hops. Slightly bitter in the finish. Seems to be part hops and part tannins. Body is light to medium. Good carbonation as well. Drinks really quite well. A solid brew that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of creamy, off white head that leaves rings of lace as it settles. Reasonably clear, copper colored body.

S - Nice, herbal/ citrus hop aromas backed by mild toasted malt notes.

T - Citrus hop flavors up front, followed by toasted malt and pungent bitterness in the middle. The finish is clean with mild malt sweetness and a lingering hint of lemony hops.

M - Medium-heavy body, and moderate carbonation. The finish is only slightly dry.

D - Enjoyable and easy to drink, the hops really stand out in this beer and give it a bit more complexity than most American lagers. Pre-prohibition style lagers are a rarity, but this is a very nice example of the style.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of white head. Decent retention. Color is a clear amber.

Aroma: Pretty malty. Biscuit flavors. Not much here, but I like it for a lager. Light caramel and some grassy hops.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. Malts and some grassy hops. Caramel and biscuit flavors. Simple, but decent.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with biscuit flavors.

Overall, a really solid lager. Really easy drinking. I like this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before March 2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a very nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, orange zest, cracker, biscuit, floral, herbal, light pepper, and earthy hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of apple, pear, orange zest, caramel, cracker, biscuit, floral, herbal, light pepper, and hop earthiness. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, cracker, biscuit, floral, herbal, light pepper, and earthy hops on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of flavors with solid robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a very good amber lager. Nice fairly robust flavors with good balance; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at texas bbq in Northborough.

Light fizzy head over clear tan copper golden brown color.

Nose has nice light lager yeast fruits, toasty light malts, nice grassy floral hops, touch off a crisp but sweet malt.

Taste had some light crisp toasty sweet malts, very light lager yeast fruits, but the hops come forward more with some light floral grassy flavors, hint of fruity hops, it gets fairly bitter but not too, with a slight bitter finish, little sticky and drier but could be a bit drier and crisper on the finish imo, touch if lingering grassy and hint spicy hops.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, dec carb.

Overall pretty good, lighter but full flavor, light malts could have added a bit more of the lager flavors and crisp drier finish but a nice beer overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber with an orange cast beneath a short head of ivory foam. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some nice spots and splashes of lace in its wake.

The nose expresses floral and spicy hops spread across a caramelish malt base.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

The flavor delivers a combination of its floral hops and caramelish malt upfront, followed by an increase in it's hop character across the middle. The bitterness becomes obvious, but at the same time it starts to warm displaying more of it's malt. It finishes dry with some hop acidity that fades into a lingering bitterness as a note of caramel rises and then falls, leaving only the long-lasting bitterness behind.

Quite nice! There's enough complexity to keep it interesting as your tastebuds are carried on a little trip with each sip; and it's rich enough to satiate without becoming overwhelming at some point. Very nicely balanced, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers of creamy brite-white colored head that retains down into a thin, wispy layer that leaves a surprisingly massive web of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is Wow! Fresh, floral hops and spice backed up by some tangy citric notes and some sturdy underlying malt sweetness.

The taste is once again a fresh, earthy dose of a hop profile that is well balanced with some juicy citrus character and caramel malt sweetness. The finish smacks of sweetness and some light bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with easygoing carbonation and an overall crisp feel.

Wow! This shocked me with how much more fresh and hop forward this seemed than the bottled version. Probably a tribute to the canned packaging. Fresh, crisp, tasty, and quaffable as heck, I think that I might have to designate this as my new go-to.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, some spice and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out very malty, with strong flavors of caramel & spice. A strong and bitter hops presence for the style quickly follows and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, there’s a lot of substance for a beer in a style that usually doesn’t have too much of it, I expected this beer to be decent at best, but was pleasantly surprised to find that this is a very good beer. I could certainly drink a few of these easily.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?

A: Amber with red highlights, nice off-white head.

S: Light, roasty malts.

T: Roasty malts and mild caramel sweetness.

M: Light-medium body, a little bit harsh and watery, but still smoother than your generic lager.

D: Fairly drinkable, but not too flavorful.

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

It's gonna be a photo finish, folks, as there are just days till we fly right past the "BEST BEFORE" date of June 08 notched onto the front label.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body supporting a hefty crest of whiteish foam.

Smell: Delicate toasty maltiness with a pleasant spicy, floral hop scent.

Taste: Crisp, toasty malt flavor with a restrained sweetness that's quickly scrubbed away by a spicy, floral hoppiness and medium bitterness. Finishes with a lingering spiciness and some sweetish grain hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Soft, medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, tasty lager from Brooklyn. If only every trip to Lagertown could be as satisfying.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear amber color with no visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy off white head which has good retention properties. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Aromas are of caramel sweetness, toasted and pale malts, and quite a bit of hops (which is surprising considering other examples in the style).

T: The flavor is dominated by a nice malt sweetness with lots of caramel notes. The beer finishes with a very pleasant hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very full flavored and a great example for the style. Quite easy to drink and very much a session beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly dusted, amberish orange with abundant carbonation and an attractive crown that is somewhere between ivory and ecru in color. Creamy and somewhat sticky, it looks to be a more than satisfactory lace maker.

What's this? Citric hops in an all-malt lager? One deep inhale tells me that this is a hoppier than normal version. It just goes to show what talented brewers can do with what is too often a ho-hum style. Actually, the nose is more floral and spicy than citrusy. Well done Brooklyn.

Lager is an excellent lager. There's plenty of toasted malt holding down the bottom end, while a surprisingly generous hop load is free to strut its stuff on the top end. The hop bill might be somewhat unconventional (Hallertauer, Vanguard, Cascade), but it works beautifully. As in the nose, the hoppiness is floral, spicy and grapefruit citrusy all at once. Cascade plays the biggest role on the palate... which is just how I'd have brewed it.

Sweetish, biscuity malt dominates the start of each mouthful and is overtaken at the midway point by an insistent hoppiness, which hangs around to mop up on the longish finish. There's just enough sweet on the back end to offset bitter. Beautiful.

Brooklyn Lager is the second superb Brooklyn offering that I've had in the past several weeks (Brooklyn Pilsner was the other). I'll have to give the nod to this one, though. The secrets of its success include a healthy amount of malt, an even more healthy amount of hops, and an inspired hop bill of disparate, yet wonderfully complementary, flavors. I like this one a lot.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown/amber color with a two finger foamy, white head on top. Pretty good retention with some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Some toasted malt and sweetness right up front. There is some floral hops and grass as well. The sugary sweetness increases as it warms.

T: Sweet malts and toasted bread up front with a bit of floral hops in the middle. A bit of fruit as well with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, drinks smooth with a dry finish.

O: Pretty good for a lager, could drink this pretty much anytime, especially from the can.

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