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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

The beer pours an orangish golden with a frothy head that holds and laces nicely. There are subtle hop aromas balanced nicely with some sweetness from the malt. The overall smell however is not that strong. The beer tastes fairly similar to the smell however the taste is not weak at all. There is a decent mouthfell complemented by smooth carbonation. Overall this is a fantastic beer for what it is. There was even more of a hop presence than I was expecting which was quite welcome.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a honey/like color with a smallish head.The smell is not really that strong,but you can make out some malt aromas.The taste has a real sweet malt flavor that is a real delight.The m/f is light,but it does have a slight watery aftertaste.This beer is one that could be an everyday beer.It's not perfect,but it's worth trying.

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Photo of Franchise
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a sweet reddish amber color, and leaves a thin white head that disappates quickly. The smell is very malty with caramel aspects that give hints of honey and lemon. The taste of this lager is crisp and refreshing the sticky sweet malt weighs on your palate in a good way and there is a lemon wheat flavor on the palate that makes this a balanced refreshing brew to drink all day def session quality.

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, golden orange colour toped by a short, off-white head. The foam reduces fairly quickly, but leaves behind some nice lacing. Bold, hoppy aroma for a lager, quite floral with a hint of herbal and citrus character. Mellow sweet malt, maybe a bit toasty, hides in there as well. Hops kick off the flavour, melding into a balanced sweetness and a bit of fruit at the mid. It finishes with a lingering hop bitterness with plenty of flavour. Medium/light body with just the right balance of gentle carbonation to provide a creamy texture. Finishes with just a hint of dryness. This is a quality lager, a pleasure to drink. If I see this on tap, I'll definitely give it a try.

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

Wow, I've been meaning to get to the distributor all week and pick up this Brooklyn Party Pack but stuff kept coming up. Popped in today right before they closed and got the last one. Good karma indeed. This is Brooklyn Lager, the hombre that started it all, at least as far as Brooklyn's craftbeer revival is concerned.
Nice coppery color with a mighty foam and lace. I might mention that its poured into a Brooklyn Lager pint glass, might be my first perfect match of beer and labeled glassware that I've reviewed. Surprisingly for an all malt beer, the hops are predominant in the nose, but that's okay with me.
Strong, well rounded flavor with plenty of balance, although again the hops are kicking in this one. A real mellow but complex bitterness stays with each sip through the aftertaste and beyond. Maybe I just got a brand new example but this beer is extremely fresh tasting and pleasant to quaff. I've had this on tap dozens of times and I don't think it's lost much if anything in the bottle.
Not much bad to say about this one. For a lager, this borders on amazingly good and I could drink it all day.

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Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The truth is I am really not a personal fan of this type of lager. That said, this is much better than almost any other American Malt Lagers that I've had.

Appearance: This beer pours a coppery light brown, decent white head.

Smell: Raw barley was the overwhelming aroma. There was also malts, and a bit of green (hops) in the nose.

Taste: I found the taste to be a bit watery, with lots of empty space. Light malts up front with a quite hoppy aftertaste. Above average compared to American Macros but certainly not a very interesting beer in comparison to other craft beers or American All-Malt Lagers. Aproachable.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and watery; typical of an American lager but certainly nothing special in the mouthfeel (just okay).

Drinkability: There is nothing very interesting about this beer but it is cool clear and refreshing, like water. It is definitely a significantly sessionable beer, with low ABV and no extreme flavors you could drink it all night; and still walk home (w/o stumbling).

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty medium amber with a good two finger head, good longevity and very good lace. Good malty presence with a bit of caramel and spicy hop aromas. Good malty flavors with a good bit of hop spicyness and bitterness - even more than the pale ale I think. Leaves a nice hop bitterness all over the tounge. It is perhaps a bit too hoppy for a beer in this catergory, but it is a tasty one and a good solid beer.

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Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am surprised that I have not reviewed the Brooklyn Lager before but here it goes. The brew pours to a nice amber color with a nice fat white head that has great retention and leaves sheets of lace down the sides of the glass. Looks to be very carbonated with the amount of bubbles traversing up the side of the glass. The first aroma that I notice is the hops, according to the website it is German Hallertauer, Vanguard, and Cascade hops. Seems that I notice the cascade hop more than the others but that is probably due to inexperience. The taste is crisp, very fresh feel. Notice the caramel malt a bit at the start but it does have a heavy hop taste, more flowery than citrus. Very nice brew, might not be one if I am having friends over that like a more all purpose lager with the hop aromas and taste but for me a pretty good session brew. Very good product from the Brooklyn brewery.

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

This is from the Brooklyn Party Pack. I drank it in a goblet. Expiry date clearly notched on the label.

Pours a clear orange with a one finger head of off-white foam. Head eventually falls to islands and a ring, with decent lacing. Carbonation looks medium. This is a pretty beer.

Aroma is crisp biscuity malt, clean spicy hops, both gentle but well defined. Very nice smells; inviting.

Flavor is clean, crisp bready malt, spicy Noble hops, and a decent level of bitterness. Notes of black pepper and maybe bergamot. Aftertaste is dry, a little bitter, and toffee malty. This is a wonderful lager.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, with a refreshing snap to it. Carbonation is medium. Finish is crisp and slightly chalky, but in a good way.

I really like this beer. It has tons of flavor for a lager, with a great hop character, but the malt is right there, also. People talk about the perfect "lawn mower" beer; this has to be considered in the mix. Very crisp and refreshing. Highly recommended.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best buy date of Pours a copper color that was darker than expected with nice carbonation rising to the top and a thina off white head, could definately pass for an APA. The aroma is layered and has an english air to it, with floral hops, toasted bread, light caramel, minerals and some fruity yeast elements that i was not expecting...surprisingly complex in the aroma. The flavor is also coplex and well balanced, with toasted bread, biscuit, and caramel malt flavors and some floral and citrusy hops...seems alot more like an english ale than an american lager but its freakin good regardless. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a slightly bigger body than your typical lager but still very drinkable and refreshing. Another good offering from brooklyn...nothing spectacular here, but a good, easy drinking and flavorful session beer

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from 12 oz bottle

Appeance: Pours a medium amber hue with a nice 2" foamy white head. Head dissipates leaving substantial lacing on the glass.

Smell: An initial slight, piny hoppy scent, somewhat musty with hints of caramel.

Taste: Begins with an intitial piny hop bitterness that quickly transitions to a mild maltiness, hard for me to pick anything that really stands out in the flavor. Not too bitter, not too sweet, pretty well balanced in that aspect.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of carbonation with a medium body.

Drinkability: A nice transitional beer. Wouldn't offend to many palates. I could see myself drinking a bunch of these, a good tailgate beer or session beer especially with the 5% abv. Worth a try.

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Photo of bark
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is deep amber; the finger thick head is white. Lots of lacing, and even a small crater. Looks nice!

The smell is hoppy with notes of bitter citric fruits, caramel and a touch of Coca Cola. There is a chemical feel to the flavour with a touch of rubber and maybe even some smoked notes. Complex.

The chemical hoppy notes are also present in the taste. There is a lemon-like sourness, and the malt gives a balancing body. The (rather short) aftertaste got a creamy malty flavour and a lot of grapefruit and some oranges. Maybe there is a little too much hops for some occations.

The carbonation is milder than expected. Small bubbles. I like!

This is a non-compromising lager beer; very American micro.

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Photo of dnrobert24
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this beer. For a basic lager, it has all the right stuff...namely hops. Color is a dark gold, with a bit of chill haze. Smell is fantastic: citrus hops of tangarine and kumquats abound with a bit of maltiness to balance. Tastes nearly as good as it smells, with candied kumquats tugging through.

This washed down very nicely with my spicy chipotle-orange barbeque chicken on a bun. The citrus flavors balanced perfectly with the orange bbq and the hops balanced the spice. Every sip was pure refreshment to my burning tongue. I found this was fairly easy to drink on its own as well, though a little bold for a session beer.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Incredibly, I am just now realizing how damn great this beer is. With such a generic sounding name, it's easy to pass it up for a more "sexy" sixer.

Served in a nonic at fridge temperature on a cool Friday night in late September.

Appearance- On a strong pour, we have a clear medium gold brew that carries a spectacular two-finger creamy white head... thick and dense. As it slowly breaks down, a sticky web of lace remains. *The* best lager appearance I've ever seen, hands down.

Smell- A very strong hop aroma... almost uncharacteristic of any lager I've tried to date... but pure and clean. Seamlessly balanced are the malts that follow, making a bold presence too. It smells like handfuls of ingredients have been used!

Taste- Great malt introduction and balanced hop bitterness as we finish. Big flavors here, not your average everyday lager.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Pass me another, please. A winner in the American All-Malt Lager category.

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

This beer is a dark earthy orange color. Beautiful. Minimal lacey head

Smells Very strong malt smell, with a little bitter hop kick you can feel in your nostril. Caramel and orange citrus undertones.

Surprisingly smooth and light malt presence, the malt flavor grows stronger, sort of creeping up on your buds. Great transition to hop bitterness. A little playful in the mouth towards the tonsils. Light orange peel tanginess. Subtly warming.

Definitely one of my favorite brews. Great with any gamey meat dish, like venison. Reminds me of the taste in the air during autumn in the northeast…? So ask your local bar – Where Brooklyn at?

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Photo of jaluria
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An average beer lacking in complexity and balanced character; but a reasonable example of the style. It pours a medium-gold color with good carbonation. Rather subtle malt smell. Bland taste without complexity or backbone; malt presence is all there is. Unpleasant aftertaste due to the residual sugar texture. I didn't enjoy this beer, but I think under the right conditions a few of these could be had. A more balanced body is needed to make this more enjoyable, but then it might not be the right style.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a warm golden orange with crystal clear body and a strong carbonation with a thin white creamy head.

S- Nice pale malt grain smell with a light spicy hop aroma

T- This beer has a nice spicy citrus hop flavor at the beginning with a good malt background and a nice dry finish. Hops remain on the exhale.

M- Light mouthfeel with some fizz and a slight carbonic bite. It has a bit of a watery fell aswell.

D- This is a great fresh example of and all-malt lager. If this was a typical lager pre-prohibition then they had it pretty good. Good complexity and very drinkable.

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Photo of scooter231
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brewery this is. The lager certainly doesn't disappoint- orangeish/reddish colored brew, with little head and no lacing- quite clear. Smell is slightly hoppy and malty with some... black peppery presence, I want to say.

Taste is sweet and hoppy- more hoppy than expected. This is a lager, you say? I love hops, I recognize hops, and they are QUITE present here for a lager. I don't dislike this, but I'm a little thrown off. Other than that, some citrus and zestyness to be found.

Mouthfeel is chewy and bubbly, medium-bodied, very nice. Very drinkable, as more Brooklyn brews are. I hesitate to rate this as is, part of me wants to rate it lower because I don't think it's reeeeally a lager... but I liked it. So there.

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Photo of GnomeKing
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fear not the bottom-fermenting yeasts. This beer is smooth, has some nice, mild grainy flavors, and sports just enough hops that the IPA lover in me doesn't feel ashamed to have this beer in my hands. While I'm not a huge fan of this style, this beer proves that the style deserves some respect. Bud, Miller, and Coors, try this one out and realize that your beers don't have to suck.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this as a lark. I like most of the Brooklyn line so I thought this might be a good one. It was fair but not exceptional Still it is very drinkable and may buy it from time to time as a change of pace.

Poured aamber with one finger of white head and not much lacing as it withdrew. Smell is floral hops with a light dough/ biscuit malt coming through as well. Taste is not like a most lagers that I have tried, the presence of a strong hop taste hitting upfront fadinf into a slightly malty taste that balances the hops. This combination hardly leaves an aftertaste at all. Medium to light bodied with a lower carbonation level than most American lagers,

This is a nice entry level beer that I will share with my macro enamoured neighbors.

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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 jmc44
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite interesting for an American Lager - not typical at all.
Pours a copper color with slighly off-white head. Head dissipates rather quickly but leaves lace around glass.
Aroma of spicy hops. Tastes citrusy, inital hop taste is strong but mellows with the malt. No strong aftertase. A very drinkable, different lager. Definitely reccomend trying this one.

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

Best before Oct 05. Pours a bright amber with a finger of white head and not much lacing. Smell is suprisingly full of floral hops with a light bready malt coming through as well. Taste is not like a normal lager, with a pretty strong hop taste hitting upfront mellowing into a slightly sweet malt that completely balances the hops and hardly leaves an aftertaste at all. Medium bodied with a lower carbonation level than most American lagers, this feels great in the mouth. This is a really nice beer that I would share with my macro drinking friends---best American lager I've had.

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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 Schwarzbart
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange-honey in color with plenty of visible carbonation and great lacing.
Smell: Fresh malts and a good bit of floral hop.
Taste: I love the hop flavor, but didn't expect so much from a lager. Taste is leafy, very fresh and clean tasting with a citrusy bite at the end which seems more pronounced the more you drink.
Mouthfeel: Medium smoothness and a little more carbonated than many American Lagers.
Drinkablity: This came in a sampler case and I only have 3 left, oh no. I will definitely be getting some more.

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