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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: 3,740 |  Reviews: 1,260
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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Photo of Todd
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with a clearly marked best before date, and ingredients (water, malt, hops, yeast).

Appearance: Clear golden-straw colour with a fine white head.

Smell: Very fresh, clean, with hints of malt.

Taste: A light, smooth malty flavour. Splashes of lemon sourness and a distinct hop bite.

Notes: Good drinking all around. This is a traditional lager, with all the characteristics one would expect from "The Pre-Prohibition Beer" as it states on the label.

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