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3.72/5
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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager
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:
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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,481
Reviews:
1,260
Ratings:
3,741
pDev:
12.63%
Bros Score:
3.51
 
 
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Ratings: 3,741 |  Reviews: 1,260
Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
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 +10.8%
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 jaydoc
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 t0rin0
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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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