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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 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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Photo of lurpy1
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at Pepito's. Brooklyn may not be exotic by most standards, but Dos Equis is about as wild as Pepito's gets, so I considered it a hell of a coup.

Pours a standard reddish tint with decent head and head retention. Taste and smell are pretty standard.

Now, moving on to mouthfeel, maybe it's just me...maybe Pepito's put parrafin into the glass, but Brooklyn Lager had one of the most spectacular mouthfeels I've ever had. A thick, silky consistency, and spot on carbonation.

This beer was otherwise ordinary, but the consistency merits giving it really high marks.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Lager, ABV: 5.2%.
355 ml bottle, 16.40 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: A clear, amber-coloured liquid, with a good, slightly off-white head that leaves nice lacing and a neat ring.

S: Fruity hops, raisins, citrus, apricots, toffee and lightly roasted malt.

T: Lightly roasted flavours of hops, dried apricots, citrus, toffee and rye.

M: Medium-sized body, larger bitterness, decent carbonation, light crisp and a somewhat dry finish. A bit heavy compared to pale lagers.

O: A nice and drinkable beer, not as good as a great pilsener, but still a refreshing alternative - like a pale ale - with tasty, meaty food. I think I'd really enjoy this at a BBQ.

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Photo of rodney45
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Citi field, home of the NY Mets. Its nice to see that brooklyn brewery is represented, and its not all about the big macro bullies.

From 12 oz can, poured into a cheap clear plastic cup... i guess they dont want us throwing things.

A: Quickly fading light sandy head. Dark amber, but clear.

S: The aroma is of rye, hops and citrus.

T: First notes are of rye, and bitter citrusy hops. Not overwhelming, but strong for a lager. The Secondary notes are of black pepper, and wheat.

M: A little bit harsh for a lager, but i did enjoy it.

O: Good solid beer to have on hand.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden amber in color, with a rich, white foam. Lovely, frilly lace.

Aroma is malty, grainy --rich and full on the nose. Quite appealing! This is not your typical American lager already...

Flavor is full and complex, with strong malts up front, and a light kick of hops later, towards the finish.

This is an unusually complex and drinkable lager. Not even comparable to the usual adjuncts, this is my favorite of the style. A real winner.

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Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light brown color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A decent, but not overpowering smell that consisted mainly of malt but not much else.

T: Like the smell, the taste was dominated by malt, but also had traces of citrus, as well. A good enough flavor, generally clean, but not a stunner.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: Pretty good, especially for the style, but not something I'd probably buy twice.

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Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta say that this is one nice looking beer. A clear amber with an orange glow and a nice cream-colored thick head that takes a while to bubble away.

The smell works for me too. The yeast aroma that is typical to almost all lagers is present (and that smell is what puts a lot of ale-only drinkers off), but it's balanced with the smell of rich, caramel malts. The combination of the yeast and the hops give off some grass and a smidgen of pepper to compliment to caramel.

But the taste of a lager does come through strongly and the malts do nothing to balance it out. The finish isn't all that clean, and that's what I like in a lager: the crispness. This starts with a nice, crisp bite, but then something takes over in the wash. It seems as if there's a lingering hop bitterness, but it's spicy enough to be possibly contributed to phenols. Hard to tell unless I was certain what the hop variety was.

Overall, not a bad beer, for a lager. LOL It's surely maltier than most lagers and represents the listed style well, but I'd much more appreciative if the finish was cleaned up a little. This would certainly stand up better to BBQ than its lighter cousin.

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Photo of richkrull
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark amber color with lots of tightly bubbled beige head.

Smell is fairly light with just malts coming through for me.

Taste has a bit of a bite to it. Malty throughout with a slightly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and very carbonated.

Overall a decent beer but I'm not sure I'll go for it again.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle dated April 2011 – consumed on April 10

Brooklyn Lager poured a clear amber/gold that produced a short off-white head. The smell is of soft toasty malty and a light floral hop scent. Taste matches the nose. It is toasty malt flavor with a crisp and medium bitterness. Finish is lightly spicy and a touch sweet. The lager has a medium body with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

Brooklyn Lager is a nice tasty lager, flavorful and hoppy for the style.

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Photo of TheHopMonster
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Old tarnished penny with a lacy head. Slow rising bubbles showing a medium bodied lager.


Rich malts with some pine and grassy hops. Very dominating hop aromas that bring a bitter/sweet tingle to my nose.


Aggressive malts with caramel characteristics breaking through the intense grassy earthy hops. VERY bold taste for a lager.

Drink ability:

Not as refreshing as I would have thought. Very rich with intense malt and hop characteristics.


Wasn't expecting this from a lager, I was a little disappointed because I thought it would have been similar to a Samuel Adams which has a better balance of bitter and sweet. In my opinion a Sam Adams is a much better beer.

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

Consumed 7/27 at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown, MA
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, hazy, golden color. A one finger of white head that recedes at a moderate pace leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet caramel malts, a bit of grain and light citrus notes.

T: Taste starts with a hearty caramel malt profile before moving in to a light but strong grain note with a bit of breadiness presence. Finish has a light, balancing citrus and light floral hop bite.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, slick, oily body to this beer.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style. This is one to sit with for an afternoon.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a large, fading head.
Nose shows lots of sweet malt and caramel characters with some floral notes showing as well.
More rich malty notes as flavours, some soft spicy hops are also noticeable along with a little booze.
Could use more carbonation.

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

I had this tonight off of a friend's tap at his house. The beer was about three months old, but it tasted fine all the way through the glass. He poured it into an oversized lager glass.

The beer poured with a pretty substantial head, but I think it was from the management of the Co2 cannister.

Overall this was a pretty subdued beer. Nice and light across the pallatte. I get sweetness from the start and it got stronger as the beer warmed. It had a clean flavor without any bitterness. This really hit the spot for an outdoor barbeque.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can into a nonic pint.

Pours a pale copper color with a two finger head that dissipates into a 2cm head. Some lacing as the beer is drank down.

A little hoppy on the nose, similar to a pine cone. Followed by bready and biscuity malts, with little bit of white pepper. A touch of sweetness too, like a shortbread cookie.

Upfront, you are greeted with a bread-like malty sweetness with a touch of bitter hops. Flavors similar to pumpernickel and biscuits, and that pinecone bitterness. Rounded out a little with a bit more sweetness and a touch of white pepper if left on the tongue for a few seconds.

Mouthfeel is medium, which is pretty heavy for a lager of this style. Moderate carbonation and just a hit of stickiness.

Overall, a good lager with a nice bready sweetness and just the right amount of bitter hop flavor. Very balanced. Something nice to have once in awhile, and great for any time that causes for cans. We don't get enough cans around here so this is a top choice for something like that.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark golden almost red color with 1.5 fingers of head.

S: sweet and malty

T: more hops than your typical lager. Semi sweet on the front end and finished a little bitter. Earthy and citrus notes.

M: mild to moderate carbonation and light bodied.

Overall: One of the better lagers which is one of my least favorite genres but I am still impressed with this one.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Stella tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear Golden/Amber colour with an off White head that dies quite quickly.

S - Nice malty aromas with a hint of sweetness.

T - Plenty going on with this beer, up front some malts and biscuit, with a zesty cirus finish that is a little dry.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at texas bbq in Northborough.

Light fizzy head over clear tan copper golden brown color.

Nose has nice light lager yeast fruits, toasty light malts, nice grassy floral hops, touch off a crisp but sweet malt.

Taste had some light crisp toasty sweet malts, very light lager yeast fruits, but the hops come forward more with some light floral grassy flavors, hint of fruity hops, it gets fairly bitter but not too, with a slight bitter finish, little sticky and drier but could be a bit drier and crisper on the finish imo, touch if lingering grassy and hint spicy hops.

Mouth is med to slightly lighter bodied, dec carb.

Overall pretty good, lighter but full flavor, light malts could have added a bit more of the lager flavors and crisp drier finish but a nice beer overall.

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Photo of fsvan
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into imperial pint glass. Best by date of 8/11.

A- Bright reddish orange. Glowing almost. Very nice. Minimal off white head.

S- Lots of toasted malts up front that really dominate (in a good way.) Some hop bitterness that stays in the background. Lagers wouldn't get such a bum wrap like they do by some if they all smelled like this.

T- Bread-y, cracker malts. Very laid back vs. the smell. The same hop bitterness in the smell stays in the back on the tongue.

M- On the lighter side of medium. Makes this easy drinking.

O- A nice lager. Would be great for someone trying to show a non-craft beer drinking something familiar but superior.

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Photo of ADZA
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear very light copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and sporadic lacing,the smell is cereal,grains,caramel and medicinal hops,the mouthfeel is just above light bodied and has tastes of barley,brown sugar,sticky date pudding,prunes and finished with a bittersweet toffee twist and overall not a bad drop and easy to knock back but nothing over the top by any means cheers.

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Photo of fields336
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark Golden, amber ale. Thick creamy 3 finger head with no signs of dissipating at first. decent carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Looks really nice

S: Light fruity smells, with a caramel malt, slight peppery notes from from the hops, maybe a slight metallic note. Not overwhelming

T: Caramel malt, fairly sweet. Definitely floral and grassy/earthy hop notes. slight toffee notes. Really tasty beer, not complex, really light, flavorful and clean.

M: For as much head was on this beer, its a bit undercarbonated. its really creamy, and very easy drinking.

O: The lack of carbonation was a little strange, but this is still a good beer.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a Redoak globe style glass.

Pours a light copper/copper golden colour with a nice, slightly off-white head of foam that grips the glass well.

Good aroma of bready malt which followed a little touch of floral smell that disappears pretty quickly.

Taste is of nice and freshly toasted malt that is slightly sweet to start with and balances out well. Nice and clean and defined.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, however the finish is just a touch cloying which detracts just a touch.

Overall a good beer that is true to label as i've found from everything i've come across from these guys.

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