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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 HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dirty white, foamy head. Its leaving a bit of lace as it sinks back down into the beer. The smell is of sweet malts. The beer is light amber in color and pretty clear. The taste is just a bit sweet, it's definitely leaning toward the malt side, but there's enough hops in there to keep it from going to far. This beer is just ok out of the bottle. I had a can (yes can!) of Brooklyn Lager a couple months ago and it was super hoppys, kinda like a lager/IPA hybrid, and I loved it.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold to amber with a nice creamy tan head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Nice dry-hopped aroma when fresh. Good malty flavor with great balance -- flowery hops. Light-medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish; maybe just a tad too dry.

One of the better American Amber Lagers -- a great seesion brew and much more consistent in quality than Sam Adams.

Label States: "The Pre-Prohibition Beer"

Per B.B. website:
Malts: 2-row pale malt, caramel malt, carapils
Hops: Hallertau and Cascade

Per "Beers" book: Crystal and Pale malts, dry hopped, 5.1% ABV

Per "B.A.B." book: 5.2% ABV

Gold Medal - Vienna Lager - 1992 GABF

Best Before: Sep '02
Tasted: 10/25/03

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

A really good lager, somewhat in the mold of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but much better. Sweetish malts give way too a nicely hoppy spicy, dry-ish finish, lots of flavour, yet mildly refreshing, really nice quaffer, not really complex in any way, just nice n' tasty and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of goz
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper, smallish white head that sticks around quite well, and leaves good lacing. Body has a lot of tiny bubbles meandering about. Aroma is mainly caramel and some other malt sweetness, some hops playing around in the back to balance it out nicely. Flavor starts with some caramel, middle is clean with a slight fruitiness, ends with a good chewy and tasty hoppiness. Body is medium, medium carbonation level, easy drinking and smooth.

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

Another good beer in a can tastee. Pours darker than most "pale lagers" that I've had. Not much smell, some malts, a little hops. Has a very nice malty flavor and a hop bite. No fillers or adjuncts in there what so ever. Smooth taste and much better than any macro lager out there. Very nice.

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Photo of yen157
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber body continually pierced by light carbonation. Fine ad rocky white head topped it all off for a little while before the mass melted into a thin layer of sticky fluff. This is a very easy drinking and uncomplicated beer. Lightly hopped and modest malt, this beer has always reminded me of a good version of Yuengling Lager. Strange metallic flavors build on the finish the more you drink. I hope this is never the first Brooklyn beer that anyone tries. It’s not bad, but when compared to their other brews it is nothing great.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know how much the order of beers had determines how tastey they all are, but this was the last I tried tonight and boy was it good. Usually the last beer I have tastes the worst because I fail to adequately cleanse my palate, but tonight was an exception. I'm tasting a remarkable hop content for a lager, almost enough to make it a pale ale. In fact, that would make sense since it has a bold amber coloration. A notably fruity nose makes Brooklyn Lager especially unique. Tastes pretty damn good, will probably buy again. This and that, bla bla bla.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours out with a one-finger head and lots of foam. Amber-orange color with lots of bubbles and some decent lacing on the far side of the glass.

Very nice malt and floral nose, you should be able to tell pretty quickly that this is not your average lager about to be sampled.

Taste - A rather hoppy lager. A quick malty presence is quickly over-ridden by an outstanding but not aggressive hop kick. Not terribly bitter, but solid and tasty, blending beautifully with the carbonation. As the bubbles die down, the sweetness of the malt comes through on the finish. The sweet of the malt and the bitter of the hop resolve in perfect balance at the eleventh hour of the aftertaste. A fine, fine way to round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - pretty heavy for a lager. Slightly oily/resinous, which provides a lot of body to the beer. Solid coating, doing its best to make you remember its name...

Drinkability - A very versatile beer. A light enough style to be a session beer all by itself, but enough character to stand up admirably if paired with food. I suspect the hops would hold their own reasonably well with wings or barbecue.

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Photo of dmarch
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and golden in color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty with some citrusy hops. Taste starts out sweet like caramel with a zesty lemony finish. Very bitter in the finish which may not please most beer drinking novices. Not the best from brooklyn, but it's a classic in the microbrewing industry.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a sample tasting cup. It pours a classic amber color with one rocky finger of head. There is lots of lacing left on the cup. The smell is a mix of sweet malt and slightly grassy hops. The taste starts with rich malt, and ends with a good dose of hops. Pretty hoppy for a lager. The balance is very nice. The body is a little light, but very smooth. The drinkability is great, and this is good to go for the summer.

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

12 oz bottle. Clear medium carmel to copper in color. A touch lighter than Samuel Adams Boston Lager, which I think is a fair comparision. Nice fluffy white head. Laced the glass just fine.
Noticable hop presence on the nose, which surprised me. Nice crisp taste, slightly toasted malt, and crisp hop finish. More hops than I ever would have thought from a lager. Very crisp and refreshing. Medium body, nicely carbonated. Taste is less full, less gas filled, and much crisper and more refreshing than a Boston Lager. This could be the perfect grilling beer.

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

This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice foamy off white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is also present. One of the darkest lagers I have ever seen. An aroma of malt and hops are present with a touch of caramel. A flavor of malt and caramel. A rather crisp and light finish to it. The coloration and the flavor isn't bad, but I guess this brewer is trying to point to an older way of brewing lagers like Victory's does.

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Photo of aaronh
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at a new place in Washington, Sapphire's, during their first week of operation.

Pours a medium golden color, topped by a solid white head that shows good retention and lacing. The smell is more malty than most, and a little light on overall aroma. Faint hop notes are also evident. The taste is fairly malty for a lager, but it has a substantial hop bite on the finish. I was actually surprised by the overall flavor profile of this beer. The mouthfeel is solid, and the overall package makes for a supremely drinakble beer. I'll revisit it later after my initial impression fades a bit, but I have to get this one in the fridge soon.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maybe this brew is an aquired taste. My initial thoughts on this beer is that of syrup.
Colour of deep golden with a light frothy head. Carbonation is medium active.
Taste starts sweet then switches to a slightly lingering hoppy bitterness.
In the transition tho, I cannot get past a syrupy presence that I find annoying.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite US Lagers. Pours an amber with orange hue and short-lived off-white head. Nice malty and floral hop aroma. Mostly a trailing lace with some clinging residue. Lightly sweet caramel notes within a nice rounded malt body. Sharp citrusy bitterness and a light metallic edge. A hint of pears appears towards the end of the glass as the flavors meld and balance.

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Photo of powoo19
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured nice with a nice golden color and a nice white head that lasted a short time. The smell was a hint of fruit and florallike, very inviting. The taste was very good, crisp and smooth.
It went down nice. The aftertaste was pleasent to the palet. a nice crisp lager.

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

Slight brown hue to this golden colored brew. Off-white head that laces. Nice looking beer.
Aroma of floral hops and sweet malts.

Taste is balanced. Nicely hopped with plenty of floral hop notes. Malt backbone has a caramel flavor to it.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good lager. If you're in the mood for a lager, give this one a try.

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

This beer poured a very bright and clear amber orange color. Decent frothy white head. Wonderfully inviting and slightly flowery hop aroma. Nice malt presence. The beer is medium bodied and is a great tasting lager. Smooth and mellow and very flavorful. Perfect carbonation. It’s a definite step up from a normal premium lager.

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Photo of bditty187
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent, coppery-bronze hue, a finger’s worth of white head, excellent retention, a few rings of lace. The nose is clean and unassuming… a suggestion of floral. Simple palate; tasty nevertheless… malty with a kiss of creamy-sweetness, some hoppy bitterness, floral notes too. Pleasant palate, rather enjoyable… lovely subtle hops influence. Low carbonation, medium-light mouthfeel, maybe a tad thin but not a problem. Drinkable… session brew material, this would also work well as a crossover beer. This is a tasty Lager… try one.

Thanks Stegmakk for the bottle!

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Photo of dwarbi
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a true amber colored beer. Pours an average head that fades quickly, but provides excellent lacing. Smells of flowers and sugar. Good tasting lager. A little sweet, but enough other flavors in there, too. Somewhat thick in the mouth, but more drinkable than your average lager. A great standby beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I bought a sampler without looking at the date and it's best by date is August 2002, however it is against my religion to toss a beer without at least trying it first. Pours a beautiful amber gold with a creamy white foaming head, this beer is forming nice even rings of lace looking quite beautiful in my stemmed Stella Artois glass. Aroma is a bit musky with some mild hops and a very mild hint of malt sweetness, with all things considered mainly the age of this beer not bad at all. The taste is where the age starts to hurt this beer it still has a nice grainy sweetness with some bittering hops thrown in, but overall just a little stale. What did I expect from a lager this old. I remind you that this beer is still a cut above most beers out there, just I will definitely have to resample due to the age of the product. Mouthfeel is still very carbonated with a nice nutty malt thickness to the finish. Overall I bet this beer is really drinkable, but I am going to update this review to find out for sure.

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Photo of Brent
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling crystal bronze color - the carbonation bubbles can easily be observed. Although not overly malty for the style, this lager bordered on ale-like qualities. The hops were interesting - although not overly floral, they did lend a distinct aromatic quality, and the bittering aspect was almost secondary. Overall, a nicely crafted brew.

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

As I always rail against “Lager/Pilsners”, I must say this is one of the few that I really like and could drink on a regular basis, if available and “Ales” went extinct!

A translucent deep amber to copper color on the pour, a prestigious bright white head, generous lace and a nice clean and crisp nose. Start is loaded with malt, somewhat sweet, the top is moderate in its feel to the palate, with the finish stinging in its acidity, the hops stout in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a great drinking beer, “I Like It”!

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This lager had a dark amber appearance, with a nice fluffy head. Very attractive looking beer, complete with a bit of lacing on the glass. The smell was equally impressive, with clove and citrus elements here and there. The taste threw me of a bit, however. An indescribable tangy quality distracted me from the otherwise well-balanced brew. A hint of orange or citrus combined with a yeasty quality that didn't sit well with me. While the taste was definitely something different, I can't say that I enjoyed it immensely. The mouthfeel was rather mediocre, smooth overall, but with a somewhat grainy feel on the tongue. I've had better lagers, even from larger breweries. The Brooklyn Lager wasn't terrible, but it wouldn't be my choice among a variety from the same style.

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

This beer was a real surprise to me. I wasn't expecting much from the single bottle I bought from a split pack, primarily because of the pricing. Surprise! This is a very good lager, but I believed it is misclassified as a pale lager. This seems much more to me Vienna style. The color is deep amber/copper with a very good goldish tan head that lasts reasonable well. The lacing is also very good. Mucho hops on the head aroma, more malt-like as the head dissipates. Great refreshing taste with more hops than expected. Creamy mouthfeel. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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