Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
3,657 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,657
Reviews:
1,241
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
120
Gots:
878
For Trade:
1
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - amber color with a white head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S - toasted malt and caramel aroma.

T - sweet roasted malt/caramel up front with light bitter hops on the finish.

M - medium bodied and smooth going down.

O - a good example of the style.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of brureview
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first tasting of a Brooklyn Brewery beer, and I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a style similar to a SA Boston Lager, but the two are noticeably different.

I poured the lager into a pint glass, and got a sizable head.
This is an excellent looking copper-tone beer. It's fun to look at, especially at eye-level with bubbles from the bottom surfacing to the head.

The smell is spicy fruit. There is just enough carbonation in this beer, and the finish could be a little less bitter.

Overall, a good American lager. I want to drink it on tap.

Update( May 9): It's been a several months since I sampled this beer. I put a bottle in the freezer for about 20 minutes, and the temperature was quite good. I noticed more orange rind in the smell and taste. In general, more fruity with a strong orange accent. Quite a good beer at a moderately cold temp.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Mix a little San Pellegrino bottled water into a Sam Adams Boston Lager,and the result's Brooklyn Lager.
BL's a starter craft beer to put drinkers on the road to something else.The flavors are not too pronounced,ABV's not high,there's a lot of carbonation,and as a session beer the price is a little high[bought a 12 pack at Rite Aid in Queens NY for $16.99,6'ers are $8.99 + in this area].
BL claims to have a "malty body",yet the "floral hops" dominate the relationship.Both need to be dialed up a notch to create lasting excitement on the palate.
Lightly refreshing,innocuous,mild,harmless are words which come to mind.A beer for when you don't want to drink "beer" only.
Those new on the scene might appreciate this briefly,but with more experience in the field they'll no longer take the Last Exit to Brooklyn.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg from my dual-tap kegerator into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Amber-copper color, typical for a lager, with a nice 1/2" frothy head. The head reduced to about a 1/8th of an inch, but left me with tight, clingy lacing indicating where my initial head pour was located. Lacing continued to be impressive as my glass emptied.

Smell: Malts are present, but so is a citrus hoppy aroma, which took me a little by surprise for a lager. Some might call might call me crazy but I swear as I swirl the glass, I pick up the faint aroma of cooked brussel sprouts.

Taste: Yep, light citrus hops flick the palate right away, making way for a mildly sweet caramel/toasted malt middle/end. Bitterness (grapefruit style) is clearly present in the finish. Reminds me of lighter pale ale, mixed with a lager.

Mouthfeel: Thinner, light body with lively carbonation. Dry, mildy bitter finish, with a hop presence that stays on the tongue a few seconds after each swallow.

Overall: Definitely an unexpected lager/pale ale combination, yet Brooklyn pulled it off to make it a well-rounded session beer. This will make it to my kegerator in the future. The lager fans who expect just a caramel/toasted malt presence with this style might not like this one due to the mild hoppiness. I didn't mind it at all...

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear reddish gold with a thick one finger head that hangs around forever. Wonderful lacing too.

Smells quite citrusy and flowery with a bit of caramel also coming through.

The flavor is a nice balance between malt and hops. A slight tartness up front along with citrus and flower flavors leading to a nice biscuit from the malt. Also some slight toffee and caramel all leading to a moderately bitter dry finish.

This is a great easy drinking beer and a nice alternative to SA Boston Lager.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 3,657 ratings.
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