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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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Ratings: 3,726 |  Reviews: 1,257
Photo of OatmattStout
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a great thick rocky and fluffy head that shrank in a few minutes leaving a merange around the rim of the glass. The color was a deep copper and very clear. Thea smell was full of hops and some maltyness as well. Texture was thinner than I had expected but still had a nice mouthfeel. Tastes reminded me very much of Sam Adams which I have had many time before this lager. Tastes was a mild sweet maltyness upfront followed by complex hop character in the end. Hops left a grapefruit and lingering aftertaste but was not overpowering. Good overall but I think I would stick to SA if I wanted this type of full flavored lager.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad lager, but not a very good one either. I kept thinking that it was like a cheap Sam Adams.

light copper, hop oils form patches of head. Aroma was nice spicy hop. taste was a caramel flavor that did not integrate very well with the rest of the beer. There was a little lemon zest. The one nice surprise was the floral notes in the flavor of the hops. Easy drinking, but why would you buy one when SA boston lager is more easily found and tastes somewhat similar and much better? I suppose this beer is supposed to provide a step-up from tasteless lagers, which it does rather well i guess.

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Photo of hyuga
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the bottle states, it's a golden-amber brew. Good sized white head with decent staying power. Leaves some patchy lace as it goes down. Clean, crisp aroma of floral hops and sweet grainy malt. As for the taste, again, it's very crisp and clean. Quite flavorful though. Hop oil and grainy malt make up most of the flavor profile. Has a nice pinpoint bitterness to it as well. Smooth and refreshing all the way through. Reminds me of Sam Adams Boston Lager, but a bit better. Great casual drinking beer. Thanks to francisweizen for this one!

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Photo of thefireman
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had one for the first time in a while, and was reminded just how good this beer is. Pours with a nice, creamy head that sticks around. Not overly carbonated, making it quite drinkable. Lots of malts at the start with a nice, subtle, hop bitterness. Reminds me a little of Anchor Steam. Moderate alcohol content makes this a great session beer. (can't wait til summer)

These guys have proven that in an age of "can you top this" in the hop and alcohol contest, a good , solid beer can be enjoyed. Now that I have found a reliable supplier for this stuff my fridge will always have some on hand. Also a great beer to serve to the casual macro drinker who is turned off by the "mega" brews.

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

Orangey light amber color. A frothy head dissipating kinda fast. Light carbonation constantly rising with some bubbles residing on glass near the head.

Like all Brooklyn brews a great hoppy nose, floral hops (Hallertauer and Cascade). A slightly malty taste, but very much a barley malt as it has a tart fruity tone that finishes on a slightly acidic bitter. Reminiscent of nuts without being a truly nutty beer. opens to an even larger soft fruity-floral nose – quite nice due to dry-hopping. Very good lager bitterness in its balance amongst the flavors – not too strong, but definitively a major presence. A good brew that I like to have around as for (as an NY resident) its much better than anything else in its price range.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thanks goes out to Francisweizen for this bottle. In a nutshell, a good clean,crisp American pilsner. This one poured a sparkling deep golden color with a nice creamy head and lots of tiny rising bubbles. Nice German hop aroma (Saaz?), grassy and a touch herbal. It has a malty start that quickly vanishes to a light hop bitter finish, a nice dry and crisp beer that would go well on a hot day. It would also go well with pizza or burgers. Not fantastic but solid. Lager the way it should be made here.

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

Was suprised at the great appearance of this one great golden color,wirh a great foamy head.Had freas mowed grass fruity amoma almost like a IPA.One of the hoppiest lagers I have had if not the most.Refreshing quaffer with some substance,I can see why alot of people give this brew good marks.

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Photo of Bcant
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its firm head and rich color give Brooklyn's Lager and appetizing appearance. Its soft nose is followed by a dry, refreshing finish that begs for another sip. Brooklyn's standard beer is itself a standard for American Lagers. While better lagers exist, few exemplify the style better than Brooklyn does and is an essential component to an August cookout.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An awesome clear gold color and a bright white head tops of this larger. A citrus/hoppy aroma is present, very clean. The taste is just as clean with a fine mixture of hops and malt. Nice mouth feel and very drinkable. I’m starting to enjoy the beers of the Brooklyn Brewery. Can’t wait to I find more!

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Photo of oelergud
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and very clear appearance, white head with good retention and lace.
Smells very fresh and hoppy, some lemon in the nose and an over all crispness make the beer refreshing.
Taste is great as well, hoppy but not too bitter, some lemon in the taste as well, little after taste and sweetness to balance the hops though not as apparent as the hops.
Feels fuller than what I would have expected from a lager, creamy and chewy, not as a stout of course but still leaves a slick coating on the roof of your mouth.
High drinkability as the taste is mild and pleasant, combined with a low to moderate alcohol % makes this a beer you can drink all night.

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

Pours a slightly chill hazed copper, with a thin but persistent head that leaves a little bit of lace. Aroma is malty... caramel and toasted malt, and a bit of spicy noble hops. Flavor is malty, beginning with some sweet caramel notes, moving to bread and some finishing spicy bitterness. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is somewhat rough, with a medium body. This is a very well done amber lager.

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Photo of Jarod
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured onto the glass a medium to dark gold color. The head was of a full consistency and the color of white. The aroma was a balance of malts and hops. The taste was exactly like the aroma, bitter hops and sweet malts balancing each other. This is a decent example of the style of beer that it represents.

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Photo of the42ndtourist
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden in colour, fluffy white head. Good, smooth, with some prevalent hop flavours as well as malt sweetness. Finish is initially smooth, with some bitterness trailing at the very end. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Kwak
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one smooth beer good golden color medium body excellent carbonation. The aroma is of light hops and slight sweetness. healthy head strong white fluffy foam, which stuck around for half a pint.
I enjoyed the light flavor nice combo of malt and hops. Another good beer from Brooklyn.

The only down fall was the slight bitter hops a little to bitter for a lager but all and all a good beer easy to drink!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Honey-colored with with a minimal head. Dry hops flavor with a decent finish. Not on the same scale as the Black Chocolate Stout but decent nonetheless.

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

Pours a nice golden colour with nice white head. Well carbonated and quite refreshing. Quite nice beer, on average, with nice appearance good taste but must be enjoyed really cold for maximum satisfaction

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Photo of francisweizen
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good bear. I got it in a six pack in a variety case of Brooklyn Beers(A good purchase and one that I would suggest to all of you who are unfamiliar with this breweries excellent line of beers!-not that I am partial to it or anything, considering I am from brooklyn originally....)anyway this purs a darkish amber colour which is not that different from a boston lager. It also smells like a boston lager, and features the same head IMO. Basically this tases like boston lager as well, but with a bigger mouthfeel. The only downside to this beer is the aftertaste, which is a little too harsh for me to handle(at least for this a pale ale I look for a more hoppy harsh finish...)Either way a nice beer, and good to have in the fridge at all times.

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

Pours a dark golden color, maybe amber. The head is a off-white color and very small but holds pretty well. On the nose the aroma is clean with a hint of malts. On the palate there is a smooth malty flavor, with a nice hop bite, woody, rich, and a nice sweetness to it. Seems like this would be a good fall back beer...

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale, clear, and carbonated with a surprisingly short-lived head. The beer has a decent hop aroma and terrific malt/hop balance. Finish is a little sweet for a pilsener, but still very enjoyable. Well made, no apparent flaws.

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Photo of Lupe
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a thick, frothy head that lasts a long time. Aroma of fresh hops. Well balanced malty to hops…maybe just a bit hoppier than expected. Also has a touch of lemon. An excellent lager. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great blend of malt and hops. this beer was just a good lager. it was very nice on the way down without overpowering carbonation. i will have it again soon. it is worth the time to get this beer

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

Clear amber body, with some carbonation. White fluffy head. Good, clean nose. Smells like... good beer. Malt is first on the tongue, with hops right behind. Good balance between. The New York Sam Adams (and both are contract brewed out of their hometowns). A beer that can be overlooked by those searching for the next outrageous IPA or imperial stout, but this is the one of the bedrock brews that can be used to convert the more willing Budmillercoors folks. Always good to have a few around. My prejudice: made with the old Schafer yeast strain. My dad always drank Schafer. So this is my link.

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

This and SA's Boston Lager are my 2 fallbacks. This is just as sturdy and reliable, although surprisingly full for a standard lager. It ain't your run-of-the-mill watered-down American brew. Could easily be mistaken for a hoppy pale ale. Rich, woody, and complex. Goes great with all kinds of food, or a fine centerpiece when drinking is the only matter at hand. Can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great everyday drinking beer. It one of those "must haves" in the fridge. Very nice lager. Goes will all kinds of food. Keeps it's flavor until the last drop.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

an okay lager

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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