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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: 3,761 |  Reviews: 1,265
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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Photo of Naerhu
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - amber with little head and medium lace
Aroma - fruity nose
Palate - malty medium baody with light/med hops. Light, short aftertaste
Mouth - pleasant medium body
Drinkability - a wonderful lager. I almost do not believe this is a lager. yummy.

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

One of the better micro breweries, Brooklyn has done a fine job with the various tasks they have attempted, but it is always nice to come back to an old stand by such as the Lager. This is so easy to drink. Lager was presented in a 20oz. glass and it was a rich mahogony color with a fine, white head with an interesting, thin, clingy lace. The smell was sharp with lemon and hop aromas. The interesting part about this beer is that it tastes much like a pale ale or bitter, with that distinct hop taste. It was crisp and refreshing though and not nearly as heavy tasting as a pale ale. This is a beer you can always count on and it is pretty easy to find to boot!

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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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