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Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Reviews: 1,214 | Ratings: 3,538
Photo of kalosjakar
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a small head.

Faint grain, malt, nothing much else.
A pleasant bitterness to it, but its got a good malt character to it. More flavor than Im used to getting in lagers. Slightly sweet.

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

This beer has a strong caramel and floral hops aroma. At first the taste is a little bitter forward but fades to rich caramel malt flavor and lingering floral hops taste. Lovely deep gold color. The dry hopped aspects as well as the Vienna malt really shine through. Nice distinct but balanced flavors.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden colour, tow fingers head that fades soon, leaving a good lace.
Aroma of herbs, citrus, fruits, notes of caramel. Medium body and average carbonation. Tasteof citrus, fruits, perpery, notes caramel. Dry finish.

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Photo of SGT_Cookie
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells just like an APA. Pours a nice golden, light amber color. Feels pretty carbonated, nice rich feel though. Tastes just like a lighter APA rather than a lager. Very refreshing, tastes much better than any macro lager, or many other lagers also. Great beer, will drink again. A must try for lagers

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.The appearance is a amber to almost copper color with a large white head. The aroma was citrus and floral hops. The taste included a slight citrus and hop bite, really enjoyable.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. It pours a bright, clear amber with a thin, milk-white head and lacing that dissipated rapidly. It smells of bready malt and caramel with a whiff of citrus. The taste largely follows the nose but is more dry and bitter. It's a tasty blend of caramel malt, citrus, and dry, grassy hops. The feel is really nice: medium in body for a lager, lightly carbonated, and very drinkable at 5.2% ABV. This lager touches all the bases: it is light and drinkable but has a substantial and balanced flavor. It's sessionable but also good with a meal (I drank it with a nice salmon dish and it paired well). I would drink it again and would recommend it.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/30/15 - Chicago (Bottle poured into glass)

Golden pour with a generous white foam head and mild carbonation.Aromas of grass and hops. Carmel malt taste, very smooth and pleasant feel and easy going down. Overall very good beer.

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

Clear amber pour with a short-lived white head. Smells malty, of caramel and mashed grains. The taste is more bitter than the nose suggested, but well within the amber ale style. A decent beer.

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Photo of MTLDOG
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite go to budget friendly beers. Good quality lager, good flavor, great classic dank beer smell. Nothing glamorous here, just solid lager.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Clear bright copper gold color with light carbonation and frothy lacing.

S - Grainy, earthy, grassy, lemons, some honey toasted malt sweetness, some citrus.

T - Citrus, floral, some lemon, a little earthy and finishes with a citrus bitterness over top of the honey malt.

M - Medium body with sharp carbonation.

O - Not a fan of lagers but this one is solid.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Amber Lager.

I always heard great things about this brewery yet I can never manage to find any of their beers around here except for this one and even then it's usually $4-5 for a single and it just never sounded worth it for a standard amber lager. Anyway, got THIS one at Meijer for $2.39 on the single. Pretty excited to finally give these guys a shot. Lets see what we get.

Look - Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear amber with copper hues all sitting below a perfectly formed two finger head that immediately starts leaving some solid stick amongst the top edges. The head is only ever so slightly off white and retains very well thus far. The carbonation appears the be exceptionally high for any beer I've ever seen. The remaining stick is pretty nice though not a work of classical art.

Smell - This is very earthy smelling beer. Only way I can describe it is highly grassy though not offensively so with a medium dosage of caramel maltyness and I had expected for the style. Bit of a faint onion like smell if you really want to look for it, though with a touch of juicy indiscriminate hoppyness to balance things out.

Taste - The flavor profile starts off with a big dosage of earth flavors and a smudge of inoffensive onion. The hops come through and are quite juicy in nature though I cannot specifically finger any fruits when it comes to these guys. The caramel malts are also very apparent once again as expected for the style.

Feel - The body is moderate in thickness with a large as your wives asshole level of carbonation. Once again the tastes remain extremely earthy and in this aspect almost with a familiar DirtWolf like earthyness.

Overall - I must admit at first I wasn't sold due to the onion essence this beer initially gave me but after getting through the majority of the glass thus far I will say it is certainly a solid lager and a solid amber overall. Nothing mind blowing by any means but I look forward to hopefully trying more beers out of this brewery..

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Photo of Samlover55
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle best by Nov 2015
poured into Boston Lager Glass
L- Amber gold color, hazy, nice cream colored head which dissipated pretty quickly
S- first sniff is sweet and malty, really inviting making me excited to drink this beer. couldn't detect much else
T- has a decent malt backbone but i tasted a lot of hoppiness with finishing notes of yeast. as it warmed i tasted more of the sweet malts. had a pretty bitter aftertaste which took some getting used to
F- pretty carbonated, seltzer like, had a feeling i would describe as dry
O- giving it a 4 because overall gives a full malt, hop, yeast experience although i wouldn't mind a little more maltiness. and is a pretty drinkable lager

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

looks dark golden with a solid white head.

smells like toasted malt with some sweetness as well.

tastes like roasted malt and finishes dry and sweet. goes down smooth, this is easy drinking beer of course!

overall this is pretty good, not a bad lager at all. its nice to have this readily available on draft locally. one of the better lagers i've had in a while.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £1.79 for a single bottle.

Pours a bright, shiny, clear, golden-copper coloured body with a modest amount of visible carbonation. A two-finger in height, foamy, off white head reduces quickly to a patchy film, leaving behind superb waves of fine lacing.

Crisp, lightly toasted malts and a touch of sweet caramel lead the nose upfront. Dominant floral hops make themselves known shortly after, along with light aromas of pine, grass and a little citrus. Taste mimics the nose, briefly starting with sweet, crisp malts and a touch of caramel/ toffee notes, before quickly handing over to a bright and juicy floral hop profile. Mid palate a pleasant amount of grassy and citrus bitterness builds, providing balance to the malty body. Carbonation was very good to start but shed just a little too quickly, despite a clean glass. In the mouth the light body is smooth, crisp and easy drinking. Towards the finish more floral hops give a decent bite on the end, lingering for a short time to give a modest refreshing bitterness along with some subtle fruity yeast esters.

Overall this is a great beer, very well balanced, being hugely malty, but matched equally by robust flavourful hop profiles without an over-the-top bitterness. It’s widely available all over the UK, at a very reasonable price point, although strangely it tastes slightly better from a bottle or can than on tap. My go to lager. Recommended.

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Photo of schwansmantr
2.35/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: Clear yellow almost red color with 2 fingers of head.

S: sweet and malty

T: Semi sweet on the front end and finished bitter.

M: mild to moderate carbonation and light bodied.

Overall: I hated this beer nothing redeeming enough for me to want to purchase again D

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a lager glass. The look has a red-amber color with not a lot of head retention. Nice lacing when swishing around but very fast down the glass. The aroma is grapefruit up front with malts and spice, leaning towards a citrus backbone. Taste is more malt and spices and not the grapefruit. Almost no hop bitterness and a very clean malty feel to it. Super easy to drink, no alcohol taste to it. Overall, really is a good brew. Tastier than Yuengling, but not too exciting. Just a plain old beer, but certainly one to represent Brooklyn.

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Photo of Spike
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Amber. Clear. Microscopic bubbles. Single finger head with some lacing.

S: Malt sweetness.

T: Mainly malt. Not over-sweet though. A little metallic.

F: Good level of bitterness.

O: This was my go-to beer when living in the States. Not sure it's maintained its quality of late. Still very drinkable but there are a couple of odd tastes/after-tastes in the mix. Still very acceptable.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Deep amber to light orange in color and fairly cloudy. There's a fingernail of off white on top. The aroma is heavily comprised of citrus. The citrus flavor is strong and pretty much overpowers everything else. The mouth is light, crisp, and tart.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nce lager that seems a bit like an ale.
Way more crispy and malty than common lagers. It also has nice notes of citrus and hops. Bitterness is higher than common lagers as well.
Really nice, had it on-tap in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Photo of breadwinner
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lightly toasted notes highlight this satisfying brew. Not a lot of amber lagers in the world, and if this was the only one I had, I'd still be a happy man.

(Edit: as my idea of what constitutes a 5* beer has evolved -- one that transcends, one that is a standard bearer, one that is more than the sum of its parts, one that is so satisfying that it almost can't be dissected -- Brooklyn Lager is one that immediately comes to mind. Score changed to note this.)

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Photo of JetFeather22
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For this style of beer, This is the best very well done with good malt taste and nit much hops.. Wish i could find this in Colorado cause it would be my most frequently bought beer

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Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found it here, in Serbia. Bottle 0,33 l

A - Very nice, creamy foam, staying long enough for the style. Dark honey color, low carbonation. More then decent.
S - Fresh, honey, crystal malt, huge hops aroma. Excellent.
T/M - Taste is very similar as Smell notes. Problem with Lagers is that they become to boring.. but this is really good.

O - Drinkable, one of the best pale lagers.

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

A - Orange-red hue, clear but with some mild particulates, and mild head, and big lacing.

S - Honey and floral notes, malty goodness.

T - Front follows the nose, with sweet malt and honey flavors, a hint of herbal and floral hint, a touch of bittering hops in the close.

M - Clean, bright, with moderate carbonation, and no appreciable drying in the close.

O - A rock solid lager that I should get more of as a go-to easy drinker.

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

Pours out to a nice head and good lacing. Copper color. Aroma is sweet toasty malt and a bit of floral grassy hops. Flavor mirrors smell but with a slight plastic note. (Could be bar's fault). Mouthfeel is good. Good beer to have as alternative to Sam Adams Boston Lager.

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Photo of Premo88
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(best by November 2015)

L: burnt orange, clear but loads of debris; 1-inch head of offwhite/beige foam that's super sticky; steady column of super fast bubbles flying up the middle of the column produce a very thick collar of foam with an almost full skin -- incredible lager activity, those bubbles really are among the fastest I've ever seen ... quite a show!

S: loads of sweet barley malt ... almost toasted malt, and mixed with a floral-grassy hop twang -- the hops almost give it a tart aroma inside all of that sweeter malt, like a wheat/rye twang; grain/sour grain, but the "sour" hides most of the time; so sweet at times that it comes off as cranberries or rasberries, again with a slight toasted quality

T: as good as advertised in the nose with tons of that good sweet barley malt, slightly toasted, and a very floral hop presence ... no grass; the hop bite is growing, going from a floral taste to slightly citrusy and bitter ... not overly bitter but a solid little nip mid-swallow and in the aftertaste

F: fantastic ... lightweight but filled out very nicely by the carbonation for a crisp but full feel

O: why did I wait so long to try this? wow, what a brew! chock-full of fantastic malt flavor with a great little hop bite that's both flavorful and just a hint bitter to give the beer some complexity. the toasted quality works very well, and at times it tastes a bit like a Flemish oud bruin with a slight cranberry flavor and slight hint of tartness. I will be drinking plenty of this beer in the future.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.
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