Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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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Photo of tekstr1der
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, it's not bad, but after having my first lager in years yesterday (Ayinger dortmunder) and being super-excited about what I might be missing, this was a slight letdown. That stuff is fantastic btw. This pours a clear amber with almost-dissipated bone-white top that does cling a bit. Aroma is floral and slightly hoppy in a funky way, not what I'd expected. Flavor is better with more malt getting a grip - a nice biscuit - but still slightly overbalanced by the hop. Finish is on the semisweet which is okay by me.

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Photo of seedyone
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Way maltier than I imagined. Nearer an ale IMO, due to the bigness of it all. Most notable is the heavy texture. Not what I'd call a summer brew which is how I catagorize lager. A tad cloying which steps away from the refreshment I seek. Labels aside, this is a substantial drink. Chewy almost.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear orange peel color with a fairly large head. The aroma offers up orange and grapefruit peel notes, a strong presence of toasty malts, as well as floral and earthy-sweet undertones. The flavor actually leads with some floral, rather violet like perfumey notes, leading into a strong taste of orange peel, and finishing on slightly bitter toasty brown bread. The mouthfeel is not quite crisp, but with very clean carbonation. Overall this is a flavorful and pleasant lager, with strong but not overwhelming hop presence. There is a fairly strong perfume flavor on the start of the sip, which is a touch off-putting, but it does not ruin the beer in any way.

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Photo of kitschiguy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow / amber colour. Big fluffy head which retained quite well. Some lacing

Hoppy nose with some citrus and a little malty biscuit. Not bad

Palate is quite nice but not particularly complex. Malty with some biscuit flavours. Bitterness is quite low.

Mouth is ok - light to medium.

Overall a pretty good, light and refreshing beer.

Recommended if you like the style. I'd rather drink a more complex pale ale though.

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Photo of Squire123
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vienna comes to the Big Apple.

Nice amber color announcing a flavorful beer. Malt forward with a good dose of hops to balance, very much in the European tradition. This is an exciting beer. One that doesn't rely on complicated formulas, barrel aging or a double shovel full of hops to call itself special. It relies instead on craftsmanship and brewing tradition.

Buy it, order it, swap for it, get it any way you can.

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Photo of EMH73
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a one inch white head and decent lacing. Aroma is malts with not much else. Taste is slightly hoppy for a lager, some malts and caramel. Nothing complex to the smell or taste, but easily drinkable-crisp and refreshing.

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

Crisp, clean, refreshing, easy drinking and layered. Brooklyn lager . . . A severely underrated lager in terms of availability, cost and craftsmanship. Nicely balanced and complex. Terrific beer.

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Photo of NatiBuck
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Beer is a coper gold color. White head that leaves foamy lacing.

S - Smells like very little, very faint grassy hops aroma.

T - Tastes are pretty plain , grassiness is by far the strongest flavor, a little bit of grainy malts on the end.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, a little bit of astringency makes you pucker a bit towards the end.

O - Not a bad beer. Just not a whole lot going on.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Color: orange, copper, clear. Foam off-white, rigid, compact and durable. Nicely adorned with glass.
The aroma of malt, caramel, light fruitiness.
Taste: caramel crust of bread, too sweet to beer was refreshing.
Bitterness: light, dry. Saturation: high.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured it into a Boston Lager glass for irony.
Pours a deep copper color with a thin foam head that lingers thin.

Smells slightly hoppy, with that malt smell.

Tastes like a watery IPA/APA. Not too strong in its hop flavor. But ont he watery side.

Fells smooth, watery, but with a minor tickling carbonation.

Overall, it's decent. Would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is very "meh". Not bad, but not special. It is exactly what is advertised. It's a slightly hoppy amber lager. Not a lot of character with the flavor, but still pretty refreshing.

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Photo of ClarkWoods555
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Mediocre. I had about 3 of the 12 pack i bought with my girl. I was not enjoying this beer. Although it is very pretty looking and tastes good. I found it to be so okay, its average. I would recommend this beer to anyone. But I won't have it again.

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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 NastyNorseman
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Big Apple has a brew to match up with Bean Town's Boston Lager, but it's not a Bronx Bomber. This lager hails from Brooklyn. I poured it from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It was copper colored with .5 " white head and had great lacing and good head residual by the finish. This bambino is malt-centered with floral hops easing through. Nice, medium-light, slightly bitter, and very smooth finish. A simple, refreshing lager that can be grand slammed with the best of them. Best if drank with a greasy, cheesey burger.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Pete’s Steakhouse Tavern. Appearance: light brown, translucent, Aroma. Hops barley. Taste. Easy drinking lager. Corn, wheat, soft grass. Feel. Medium carbonation, smooth,. Refreshing. An old standby."

Just not feeling this is above average, so 3.2 will not stand man.


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Photo of Raime
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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