Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

very good
3,659 Ratings
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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #6 for me.

A seemingly omnipresent beer in the NE and Mid-Atlantic regions of the US, almost any bar or six-pack store in the area with pretensions to stocking any kind of quality beer at all will surely be stocking this. Brooklyn Lager is a hard beer to review because while I think it's not very distinctive at all in a lot of respects, it's a strangely likable beer anyway. I think of it as a good session beer -- if I'm in a situation where I'm likely to be having a few beers -- watching a boxing match on tv at a bar or something -- this is definitely one beer I'd reach for.

But as for appearance, it pours a reddish-gold with a head that satisfyingly lingers. The nose is okay but really nothing special, sweet malt over cut grass and maybe some herbs. Mouthfeel is light and maybe a bit too effervescent for my liking. The flavors are mainly just hops, with a pleasant but non-distinctive bitter finish.

It is what it is; it's hardly a classic. But it does what it does pleasantly enough and I confess to having a soft spot for this one.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,659 ratings.
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