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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: 3,804 |  Reviews: 1,274
Photo of putnam
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Richly amber in color, the nose is of sweaty, sticky, cheap, yellow hop buds. Caramel sundae topping struggles to emerge from underneath the piercing load of herb. On the palate it is sharp, with an awkward clash of ingredients and a deficit of integration and harmony. It tastes somewhat rushed and painted by numbers. Alternating impressions of gritty metal and gastric acids are mild, but still too obvious. Some indiscriminate hop-heads may be delighted with this beer. I doubt, however, that one could honestly take pleasure in consuming it on a regular basis.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious and drinkable beer. Pretty long-lasting tannish white thick cream head. Streaming lacing. Smell is lightly sweet malts, with flowery hop notes. Great dark orange lager color. Taste is subtle and addicting, round mouthquenching malts interplayed with bitter clean hops. Mouthfeel is varied with smooth rich malts and dry hops and ends happily clean. Could've had about 8 of these I think.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into shaker.

Appearance: Clear reddish-gold. Head is decent with some faint lacing.

Smell: Clean malts with some fairly strong hop overtones.

Taste: Light bodied, but smooth - herbal hops clash with bready malts. Some citrus is also detected.

Overall: This is one of the best American-made lagers I've had. It's slightly similar to Anchor Steam, but different. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great marathon beer. I've found I like this beer towards the end of a long night. It quenches the thirst, and still has alcohol. But not so much that things turn ugly. Plus, it tastes great. Sweet hops and only slightly bitter--pleasantly so mind you. It poured copper in color with a thin head. Very little lace formed around the glass. I could be quite happy drinking this beer while BBQing on a hot day.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew has a nice dark gold color. The head is very fluffy and sticks around well after a good pour.

Smell: The smell is one of my favorite aspects of this beer. There is a surprising amount of hops in the smell. It actually smells a lot like Sam Adams lager.

Taste: The hops are right up front in the taste. The malt follows the hops and is still pronounced in the immediate aftertaste. This is a truly great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good. This beer has a very well developed taste with a good hops character. However, the hops are not overpowering and therefore do not leave a strong aftertaste, which makes for good drinkability. Highly recommended.

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

Nice amber color with good head retention and very good lacing. Smell is a nice rounded malt with a hint of yeast. Taste is initially sweet and finishes with a nice bitter element. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy on the palate. Drinkability is fine due to smooth quality good mouthfeel.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades slowly to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale malts lager yeast and a breadlike aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter and bready. It has a bit of hops present which only adds to the taste. The mouthfeel is great. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is one of the best lagers I've ever had. It has great malt character and excellent mouthfeel; a great drinking lager.

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

12 oz bottle, month notched on label.

This lager poured a clear, dark amber color with off-white foam that settled and clung to the glass a bit. The smell was malty and fruity with a bit of hops in the nose. The taste was malty with a faint dry caramel character and with some fruity and floral hops notes. The finish was lightly hoppy with a touch of a woody taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and relatively clean with medium body and medium carbonation, and overall it was fairly dry. This was a very respectable lager.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle

Pours with a dark amber body, thick puffy slightly off white head. Some slight lacing

Smell is fragrant. Lavender aromas, fresh american hops, some rich crisp biscuity malt lingering in the background

Taste, crisp yet smooth caramel laden hops, some nice sharp slightly citric bitterness. Little bit of honey and fresh lavender from the hops, bit of biscuity malty backbone

A legend in the realms of the session beer. A superb lager, one I keep coming back to time after time

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Photo of david23
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with tannish firm head that settles nicely and leaves a sheeting of lacing.Aroma is bready with a floral note and a hint of citrus, Nothing like the smell of a Brooklyn Lager freshly poured. Nice big malt flavor and a surprising hop note that some might find strange in a lager however seems perfect and quite surprising. Carbonation is not overdone making this a smooth crisp refreshing brew that could easily be a great session beer but is a little sneaky with a 5.0 A.B.V. If the choices are limited, you can't go wrong by ordering this.

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Photo of mschofield
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber-gold with a two finger creamy tan head, leaves thin spots of lacing, constant thin streams of carbonation.
Floral, mint, light biscuit, and butterscotch in the aroma.
Floral, and toaste bread in the taste. A bit oily fairly simple.
Medium bodied, but I didn't like the way this felt too 'acidic'. Good bitterness for this style of lager.

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

Light copper in color with a creamy off white head that laces well and lasts long.

It's suprisingly hoppy with a well pronounced herbal, fresh and flowery aroma.

The hoppiness is present in the aroma and very pleasant. Is this dry hopped? Very grainy flavor with toffee and caramel notes.

This is an all-malt lager which is great. Anyone trying to get into craft brewed beer would like this.

Good solid bland lager.

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

Brooklyn Lager: From a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Looks great: deep reddish tan color, fairly clear with just a wee bit of haze. The head was not huge, what there was almost seemed like a white/gray color, kind of unusual actually. Left some foamy lace down the side of the glass.

The aroma was light, clean with just a hint of caramel malts.

The taste was very carbonated, if you know what I mean. I can imagine this being a fine session beer, because it is lightly bodied, nicely balanced, and quite frankly, does not have an overwhelming amount of flavor. Sweet malt and then a cleaning swipe of hops, and a lingering sweetness. But flavor, well it tastes like a Yuengling. Not at all unpleasant, and one I can see drinking when I’m going to have more than one (Ok, 5), but as a nightcap, it leaves a little bit to be desired.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this brew at Eli Canon's tonite. The beer comes in a pint glass chilled. There is a nice small white head when I get the pint but this fades to a surface layer rather quickly. The aroma is grainy malt with a mix of light floral hops. Overall the aroma is light and sweet. Color is a rich amber/orange color.
First sip reveals average body and carbonation. The flavor is light and grainy malt with some grassy hop notes coming through. This is a very smooth and easy to drink beer. A good lager.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little more pale than I thought it would be. The head didn't shape up either. Tastes good though. At first I got this sublte hop flavor, I'm not sure what kind. By the end, an extremely prevalent sweetness came through, almost like a dopplebock type malty flavor. Actually, I'm not sure whether this was because it was the end of the beer or because it had warmed a little. The sweetness was slightly overbearing but nothing I couldn't handle. For the most part a very solid, drinkable beer, though I'd rather have a Sammy, but that's just me. Oh, and the mouthfeel is superb; a real high note.

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

So today John went ot the forum with a post about Brooklyn Lager. As I was reading it, I realized that I drinkit all the time and never review it. So why not today? I picked up a six pack at Wegmans.
This is a great lager. Not like what the macro breweries have done to the name. It has a really nice foral scent with a nice smooth malty and hoppy taste. Brooklyn has made one of the best lagers outside of Germany.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best before date of June '04, yeah fresh beer! Golden amber, with an outmeal colored head. Soft malt, yeast and flowery hops in the nose.Balance and drinkability are the theme here. Freshness of the hops is obvious. A nice clean lager, a great session brew.

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Photo of wsouloa
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When you venture into New York City area quite a bit, you definitely see this beer around enough and it is often a very good choice depending on what place you go to. This beer may not be in the upper tier of beers but it is certainly good. The first thing that strikes you about it is its nice amber color. It is a hoppy beer which goes down very smooth. It has decent carbonation, it is a lager as the title shows but it doesn't have too much of a lingering aftertaste, which is something that turns some people off. This makes it a great beer to buy a friend at a bar which has a good beer selection that may not know much about beers other than macros.

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Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with decent head that fades to a fizzy minute head. Leaves a little lacing Quite aromatic for a lager with hints of hops. Taste is a good clean flavor with a hop bite. This is a unique taste to most lagers and Brooklyn pulls it off well. Crisp aftertaste with that lingering hop flavor. Well balanced malts and a overall good brew. Very drinkable and I'm not a big lager fan.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Brooklyn review, and a fine offering to start off with.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber/copperish color. Head started off big, sticky, and white in color, but dissipated to what is now a thin layer of foam, lacing is good.

Smell: a bit on the faint side, but after a few swirls, I'm smelling some malty, grainy smells.

Taste: starts off a bit on the bitter side, but the finish is lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nice level of carbonation, alcohol is pleasantly warming.

Drinkability: This would make a nice session beer. Nicely done.

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

The classic Amber Lager. Pours a light red with a white head. Sweet malt with a suprisingly floral hop aroma smell is mild. Taste mimics the aroma of the beer. Tingly carbonation on the mouth with an easy drinkability. Pairs nicely with the pepperoni and mushroom pie at Grimaldi's.

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Photo of palma
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light amber body with off white head. Head quickly dwindles to a nice lace and sticks to the glass a little.

Smell: Malty and bready. Some caramel. Some floral and a little musky.

Taste: Light sweet caramel flavor. A crisp metallic taste. Hoppy bitterness definitely comes thorough. Leaves a grainy and bready aftertaste. Somewhat dry finish. Great tasting lager. One of my favorites

Mouthfeel: Good overall mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good thickness in the mouth.

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Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a inch and a half head with big bubbles. Lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was nice, as the malt sweetness and a hint of nuttiness is detectable. The flavor is basic and clean - malt is up front with some nice mellow bittering just behind it. I also detected a bit of honey flavor on my tongue.

Very smooth at first then a slight crispness hits the back of your tongue. Clean finish. Extremely drinkable and very enjoyable. One of my favorite lagers.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As this beer cascaded into my glass, I was surprised by the color. Ah but this is supposed to be "pre-prohibition" beer-- whatever that refers to...

Produced a scant head, but with a coarse bubbly texture that dissipated into a foam atol within the confines of my glass.

The nose created a strong malt aroma with a fruity sweetness punctuated by hints of hops.

The flavor was robust, more forthcoming than a "traditional" lager. Malt was the major focus-- propped up here and there by traces of hops. I couldn't taste a signature of yeast in the flavor but it's in there..

The effervescent mouthfeel added to the overall spirit of the beer's flavor culminating into a long lasting and clean finish.

This was a very satisfying brew.

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Photo of shippos
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangy light amber color with a slight off-white/cream colored head. grassy hoppy aroma, wasn't expecting that has a sweet chewy malty aroma with bready and toffee hints. very well balanced with a juicy taste. slight hint of a butter in the aftertaste. an excellent lager, one of the absolute best I've ever had.

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