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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden amber with reddish tint. A thin finger of head is short-lived yet leaves behind some flicks of lace.

S - Not a huge punch of aroma but what there is is quite malty, caramel and honey particularly. Floral hops complement.

T - Nice balance of hop and malt. Citrusy tang and caramel, biscuity sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, moderate body.

O - A top option if looking for a session beer with plenty of flavour.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack from the LCBO on Yonge and Wellesley. Been meaning to try this for a while - though I've loved Garret Oliver's book, I haven't really had a chance to try many of his brews.

Poured into a dimpled beer mug. Amber golden, good creamy head, some lacing. Looks like a pale ale, truth be told.

Nose is grain, noble hops, a bit of apple and caramel.

Nice, flavorful lager. Not as crisp as I normally would like, but it nevertheless is quite taste. Hops are mild - edging towards being a bit too sweet.

Medium bodied, thin carbonation, nice creaminess to it. A touch too watery for my liking.

Solid brew - nothing to write home about, but still a nice lager that I can see myself picking up now and again.

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Photo of enzocc
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden Amber-Honey color. clean white head.

S - Hops, malts, light caramel,Malty, floral spices.

T - Not all the same as you smell. Not so crispy as you can expect thanks the hops it has. Sweet and crispy. Malty hops. light caramel.

M - Almost watery but smooth at the same time.

O - Excellent lager. Could be more crispier. Nice flavors that enhance the beer character.

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Photo of sweett3k
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On special at C J's Pub in Kalamazoo for $1.75 a pint. A darker golden brown for a lager beer. Pencil thin head with little lacing. Smell of sweet Malt and grain. Not a lot going for it until you taste it. Nice hop bite with mellow tones of biscuit and rye. Real yummy. Over all great beer for the price. Time to order another.

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Photo of ikats
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, amber in color, with fluffy a bit off-white head. Smell provides malty base (reminds me of bread) for a refreshing crisp, floral touch of hops. Taste is similar. Malty, sweet notes upfront give way for a crisp bite of hops. In my mind, malt and hops work as a team which makes for a nice mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable.

I am a fan of Brooklyn beers and whenever I want a simple, quality, easily accessible, local brew I often reach out for a Brooklyn lager.

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Photo of heebes
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear slight amber copper colour with a finger of light tan foamy head.
Nose is sweet carame malt, grassy, amber lager yeast and faded Nobel hops.
Taste follows the nose, mostly malt backbone with your typical lager lightness, remains grassy with past it's prime hop bitterness, mild at best.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, dry, medium carb.
Overall, a typical lager, popular for mild palates and drinkers who want a bit of flavor but don't travel too far off the path. Not a repeat purchase for me.

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Photo of evlu1441
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer, I was impressed at the flavour for a "lager"... I decided to have it again and review it this time.

it pours a medium amber colour... almost orange under light. It's slightly hazy with some bubbles floating up to a centimeter of foamy/creamy head.

The aroma is reasonably hoppy, and slightly creamy. Quite crisp and clean, but slightly floral and piney.

The noble hops come through right at the font when I take a sip. It's quite interesting and aromatic, but not especially bitter. Slight sweetness comes through as the malt flavour develop. The hops come through towards the end again, and leave a nice refreshing finish.

Overall, this is a really nice lager, and a great everyday beer. I'll try and keep a couple of these in the fridge at all times. Definitely a drinkable choice for a 6-pack and a weekend night.

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Photo of roodie
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lagunitas Pint Jar

A: pours a honey golden brown, much darker than I expected. Lots of pillowy white head that deflates quickly. Decent lacing.

S: mild hoppiness, grassy.

T: follows the nose, very mild with a bitter end.

M: smooth with lingering grassiness

O: refreshing on a hot night, but that's the only time I'd choose to turn to it.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by date stamped Sept 2011. Notes from June 5.

Appearance - Big offwhite head. Good retention. Weak lace. Clear copper body with no body carbonation.

Smell - Very malty. Nutty. Light corn. Caramel.

Taste - Sweet body. Semi-dry finish. Slightly stale corn.

Mouthfeel - Slightly astringent. Light and clean.

Overall Drinkability - Actually pretty good for a lager. Would have gotten a better score if not for the staleness and astringency.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep orangey-brown color with a big two finger width head that stays around for a little bit. Looks like your typical lager.

S-Very malty, fresh grass, mild hops, mild fuit smell (berries come to mind). Nice smelling brew.

T-Citrusy taste (weird for a lager like this), mild spiciness from the hops. The malt (caramel is what I'm tasting) is coming through after a few sips. Nice taste. I dig it.

M-Nice drinking, smooth with mild bitterness.

O-Overall this is a solid brew. I think I'd take this over Sam Adams Boston Lager. Easy drinking and very flavorful.

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Photo of bamojr
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this brew quite a few times before. This is a pretty standard beer.
It's hoppy , smells like a standard lager.
Malty and sweet body a bit on the sweet side. Has some bitter body to back up the sweetness.
It is very dinkable, but other than that nothing special.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint whole riding out Irene...

A - Amber to copper in color, pour a decent 1.5 in head, some activity, head recedes and doesn't lace

S - Slightly metallic, biscuity malts that are slightly burnt, some sweet hop citrus

T - Lighted up nicely by the hops and rounded out with a full dark bread, almost like pumpernickel.

M - Good level of carbonation leaves the pallet clean

O - A really nice everyday beer, one I would have again

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Photo of DavidST
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass, didn't see the date.

I've been meaning to try this for a while so I finally ordered one, I like several other Brooklyn products but haven't got around to trying the obvious choice.

This was poured for me at a bar, but the color was a nice amber color / light copper with a two finger off white head. the smell is very crisp and clean, some noble hops and earthy grains. The taste is very nice, crisp noble hops dominate the aftertaste and I get a toasted barley flavor on the front with a little caramel. Overall I was impressed a mighty fine lager which I'll gladly get again.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful amber tone with light orange and bronze hues about.

Smell: Caramel, butterscotch and a slight toasted barley are most noticeable up front. You can anticipate the dryness early in the aroma.

Taste: Very dry, crisp and malty. Small, subtle bitterness from hops but most is attributed towards the dryness rather than raw hop flavor. Very reminiscent of a lighter but higher ABV English Mild. The malts create a wonderful sweetness which is balanced greatly by the dryness/crispness from other malts/hops.

Mouthfeel: Sweet flavors coat the tongue well up front with the dry notes flaring up the sides of the mouth. Very crisp, but not as clean as expected for a lager. However, very delightful overall.

Overall: Very excited for Brooklyn to be coming MN for a while. I always love more drinkable brews and this one is a greatly acceptable choice from here on. Very drinkable and a great future conversion beer for peers.

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Photo of StayWounded
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks as a lager should, clean light copper color, little to no head, can see the carbonation.

S: No surprises here, smells like the lagers we all know but with a stronger presence of smell.

T: Excellent, I wish more lagers tasted like this. Crisp with a clean finish, definite grain notes. Good for a summer day or a sporting event.

M: Again, light and crisp as a lager should. A bit thicker, but as a man who enjoys other beer varieties I appreciate that.

Overall: Fantastic lager, lager will never be my style, but I don't mind buying a six pack of this when the situation calls for it!

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tranquil clear light copper with lingering off-white head. Small bubbles of carbonation and spots of lacing. Nice aroma of biscuity malt and noble hops, traces of diacetyl. Smooth, crisp taste with a superb balance of malty sweetness up front and mild lingering hop bitterness. Overall a pleasant and full-flavored lager. No yellow fizzy stuff here.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the onset this is a beer which flatters to deceive. I want to really like it and it initially looks the part but in time it just doesn't deliver.

Pours nicely retaining a reasonably foamy top on top of a light copper colour with yellow and orange highlights. There's a firm spritziness to the body and while it gives the appearance of being rugged and assertive for what it is the bitterness is pretty lean and one dimensionable. There's also the faint trace of some skinny elastic faded brown rubber bands in there as well.

Little stays with you when you finish as the aftertaste is just a tad too short and thin. I think this suffers from being a beer which, if we are honest, exists outside a clearly identifiable style.

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Photo of mooseo
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Clear copper and amber colors. Decent head with moderate lacing.

S - Has a faint earthy, grainy aroma. There is a slight hop aroma but nothing really stands out here.

T - Taste is of caramel malts with some grain and grassy hops. It has a nice hop bite to it. The finish is very bready, with just a touch of bitterness. Overall, a very nice balanced lager taste.

M - Light to medium bodied, the mouthfeel is clean, smooth and crisp. Slightly syrupy.

D - High drinkability. A good sessionable lager with decent flavor. While I prefer the similar Yuengling Traditional Lager, this a great example of the style and easily could takes its place in my fridge.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark golden color. Almost no head, just a couple big bubbles floating around. Nose has a big malty aroma with a lot of grassy earth, almost like I just ripped up a patch of grass. Flavor has a lot of grainy malts but some fruity hops comes through but get covered up by a bitter, grassy dryness. Orange fruit middle but too much of a dirty bitter dryness. This was alright to drink all night at a bar with no selection.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a beautiful clear orange amber with a thick, pale butter-tan head that leaves some substantial lacing. Aroma is strong, malty and slightly fruity. Malty flavor has firm fruity underpinning and a slight hoppy note. Firm-bodied texture is smooth, fizzy and lively. Normally I don’t care much for lagers, but this is a happy exception.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into pint glass.

A: medium amber with an airy white head that dissipates and leaves impressive lacing and residue.

S: Pale malt, slight citrus and herbal notes.

T/M: Well-balanced between malt and hop bitterness. Feel is pleasantly refreshing.

Overall: excellent session beer, especially in the summer.

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Photo of ActonBrewer
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber colored with good head retention and lacing

S: Fruity and citrusy hops. Maybe a little dried fruit?

T: Slight spiciness of rye? Nice finish with american hops.

M: medium body. Good carbonation and hops on the finish.

O: One of my favorite lagers. This was the beer that helped me cross over into craft. A great replacement to pale ales or "light lagers" for a BBQ or party.

poured from a can into a 4 oz tasting glass

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Photo of dgilks
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, bright orange colour with a dense, creamy off-white head. Great head retention. Seriously one of the best looking heads I've ever seen.

The aroma is okay with some caramelised malt and slightly metallic hops playing on the nose. Not a lot really going on here.

A nice, full, caramelised malt flavour with a crisp noble hop flavour, moderate bitterness and a refreshing lager snap in the finish. There's a nice lingering bitterness too.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Very good.

A really nice lager with a surprising amount of flavour and a pleasant balance. Not too much aroma but the flavour makes up for it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can at fridge temp poured into an imperial pint glass. best before OCT 2011 on bottom of can.

pours out fairly clear light copper/ amber color, very nice dense soapy head, a little rocky at first, great retention and some very nice lace.

bready caramel malt, hints of earthy hop.

bready, biscuity, grainy malt balanced by a slight earthy, herbal hop. some lager sharpness in the finish, as well as some bitterness.

clean, refreshing, light to medium in body, snappy finish.

a decent lager, easy drinking for sure and cheap. a few months ago, i had this out of a bottle that was a few months fresher than this can, thought it was hoppier, even a little better. not something i would go out of my way to buy again, but i wouldnt ever turn one down.

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Photo of Hopilator
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this lager into a pint glass, good initial head that dissipated quickly. Backed by natural light, the beer has a coppery, reddish hue. Very little hop aroma, more complex in it's malty flavor, with decent carbonation. Good lacing, with fine bubbles. I personally feel this a better lager for the fall, or early spring, rather then the summer. Tasty.

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