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Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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86
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1,215 Reviews
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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,215
Ratings:
3,541
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
21.32%
 
 
Wants:
115
Gots:
793
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 1,215 | Ratings: 3,541
Photo of Premo88
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(best by November 2015)

L: burnt orange, clear but loads of debris; 1-inch head of offwhite/beige foam that's super sticky; steady column of super fast bubbles flying up the middle of the column produce a very thick collar of foam with an almost full skin -- incredible lager activity, those bubbles really are among the fastest I've ever seen ... quite a show!

S: loads of sweet barley malt ... almost toasted malt, and mixed with a floral-grassy hop twang -- the hops almost give it a tart aroma inside all of that sweeter malt, like a wheat/rye twang; grain/sour grain, but the "sour" hides most of the time; so sweet at times that it comes off as cranberries or rasberries, again with a slight toasted quality

T: as good as advertised in the nose with tons of that good sweet barley malt, slightly toasted, and a very floral hop presence ... no grass; the hop bite is growing, going from a floral taste to slightly citrusy and bitter ... not overly bitter but a solid little nip mid-swallow and in the aftertaste

F: fantastic ... lightweight but filled out very nicely by the carbonation for a crisp but full feel

O: why did I wait so long to try this? wow, what a brew! chock-full of fantastic malt flavor with a great little hop bite that's both flavorful and just a hint bitter to give the beer some complexity. the toasted quality works very well, and at times it tastes a bit like a Flemish oud bruin with a slight cranberry flavor and slight hint of tartness. I will be drinking plenty of this beer in the future.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a mildly clear amber color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than several seconds. Light lacing is here and there.
The smell starts off biscuity sweet with a sweet nuttiness all about.
The taste was basically the same with no aftertaste nor finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is light in this one.
Overall, reminiscent of a Sam Adams to me, I don't mind it, but can't really see myself coming back to. Though, I'd have to say, there's a good chance this could be a pretty good food beer.

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Photo of BeerBandit
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you are a fan of lagers, but on the fence about trying Brooklyn Lager, go for it. For those who enjoy Sam Adams Boston Lager or Yuengling, I'm sure you will also enjoy this beer

I purchased a six pack from my local grocery store. The price was $7.99, which isn't that bad for this area. Gave it a try with some steak quesadillas and found it to be a good pair.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More malty than other lagers I've had, which was unsurprising given the red/amber appellation; sweetness was subdued and the hops struck me as rather bland - I'm a tougher sell on lagers than ales, and I found this beer to be rather underwhelming. Perhaps just not my thing.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From bottle, Pours light copper with a thin creamy head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, floral hops. Flavors are lemon peel, sweet malt, leather and cut grass.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy burnt amber color with some darker burnt orange notes as well. 2 finger rocky off-white head

s: clean caramel malts, bready dough, a hint of berry sweetness, very very slight citrus zest

t: caramel malts, fresh dough, hay/straw flavor, slight juicy sweet berries - generic. also a light tea-leaf bitterness at the end; just a kiss

m: medium mouth with average carbonation for an amber

o: a really drinkable beer. its one of those styles that doesn't get favored heavily because its fairly simple, but thats what makes it so easy to drink. nothing off-putting in here

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent, refreshing on a hot afternoon or with salty food. Not one I would keep going back and buying though. Brooklyn does much better beers then this.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.06/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

meh...nothing to see here: Yuengling or SA Boston Lager. Would not have purchased or pursued, but was given a 6-pack. Probably save for cooking or to offer up to guests who aren't interested in something more adventurous. In general though, this is kind of a strange beer niche: I.e. not ale, but not adjunct either.

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Photo of EmGM
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Look: clear, coppery brown
Smell: heavier aroma, hoppy, caramel, deep earthy fruits and herbs/floral
Taste: bitter, hoppy, caramel
Aftertaste: bitterness sticks with you a while
Overall: not really what I expected. It's a nice beer just not what I was looking for

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Photo of rbloomberg3
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Really do like the majority of the Brooklyn Breweries range but this is right at the bottom of the pile. Always found it harsh tasting (as opposed to most lagers). Willing to base some of this on the merchants as opposed to the brewery itself but not rushing back to try this.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - : Clear rain washed Georgian brick (The pale sandy kind) in colour like the houses in Camberwell with a skinny white head that has slightly below average retention and leaves only hints of lace on the glass.

Smell - Actually very herbal/floral even with some appearance of malts.

Taste - Mellow herbal hop which are lightly bitter and some pretty decent malt balance which is clean and grainy.

Mouth Feel – Smooth with a dry finish but not overly full

Overall –This beer has enough going on to make it a brew you can drink all night long however it is not deep enough to really make it a go to for me.

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Photo of jancona
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice transparent copper color - bit of off white foam and light lacing. Smell has a nice biscuit malt foundation with light caramel and some floral hops. Taste follows with a nice light carbonated feel. An excellent lager - very balanced, very session-able.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my go-to beers for when people come over. Pours a nice deep yellow, almost orange with a white head that trails the glass. The smell has a nice balance of hop and malt with some light caramel scents. The taste is very refreshing with the malt in the beginning and then a finish of clean hops. Very refreshing and a great beer for any time of year.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been on Beer Advocate for 8 years now, but I have a confession to make; I have never had a Brooklyn Lager in my life! Living in California, I cannot find Brooklyn products, and I haven't been on the East Coast in six years. Why I choose Biermarkt Von Fass in Porto Alegre to pop my Brooklyn Lager cherry only Vishnu knows. On-tap (R$16.90 for 300 ml), on to the beer:

Brooklyn Lager is a dark amber colored lager, topped with a creamy head and outstanding retention. The aroma is clean, brings quick citric and toffee aromas to smell. With a taste, I learned how Brooklyn Brewery got its groove. This lager is not only with flavor, but is clean, light, and easy drinking. Highlighting the tasting notes are graham cracker, light fruits, and citrus. The beer is balanced as well. If I had access to this beer, Brooklyn Lager may even join my drinking rotation.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

such a good beer. finger and a half head. Amber color head lasts throughout whole time but eased down to quarter inch. good lacing throughout. malty. little dry. smooth as hell. little bit of a hop bite. medium feel. I loved this. f or people who never had this it's like closer to a less intense Sam Adams I could drink this all the time

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Photo of drmeto
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

T:
-very nice floral hops with oranges and tangerines upfront
-middling caramel component
-well carbonated
-thin with light hop bitterness,oranges and grapefruit on the finish
O:
Ive seen this categorized as a Vienna Lager,its not.
Theres a definite american touch to this and i love it.

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Photo of pat61
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It has a light bready nose with light grains and spice. It pours brilliant gold with a three finger fluffy, lacy white foam collar. The beer has a good malt backbone, mostly light bread and grain with an mild initial sweetness that dries out by the finish. The hops taste like they have been added in flavors with herbal and spicy flavors mingling with the balancing hop bitterness. A very drinkable, refreshing medium to medium light bodied beer with slightly above average carbonation.

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Photo of dd43
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A well made lager is a thing of beauty and this is a great example of the style. Richly malty without being sweet, and light hop balance to enhance the crisp finish. In the vast wasteland of American lagers this is always a reliable choice, and luckily at least in the northeast it is available in a lot of venues where the alternatives range from bad to awful. Comparable to a Sam Adams but in my opinion, better made with a more pleasing aroma and truer to the Vienna lager style. Cheers!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly amber/copper in appearance with a finger of of airy white foam that dissipates quickly, but leaves slightly sticky lacing.

Biscuits, caramel, roasted malt, earthy/floral, and slight notes of citrus.

Some resinous pine, citrus, and earthy hops are overpowered entirely by a sweet bready malt backbone with slight notes of roast and caramel.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, soft, very mild citrusy hop bitterness, and a sweet bready and toffee-like malt backbone.

Overall, a very good lager, but nothing that puts this ahead of the pack.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This lager pours darker than expected, with a nice amber colour and quickly dissipating head. It smells good, perhaps a bit metallic, but that could have something to do with how fresh it is. It is very tasty - just enough body and sweet malt to set it apart from other lagers. The hops are not pronounced, but that is not a bad thing whatsoever. A quality lager, to be sure.

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Photo of interzen
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle served in a tulip glass

Look: Quite a bit darker than I expected a lager to be, but then I'm a lousy judge as it's not really my style of choice. Clear, almost coppery with a lot of off-white head - as in, two pours to get it all in the glass. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Has that slightly fruity/resiny aroma of hops, but it's more or less overpowered by a sweet malt/yeast vibe. Hints of burnt sugar and toffee, but not much.

Taste: Slightly sweet, oddly, malt up front with hops in the aftertaste. There's a bit of hop bite, but mainly this is very much toffee/malts up front kind of beer.

Feel: Quite smooth and creamy - doesn't have the astringence that some lagers
have. It's different, I'll give it that.

Overall: Not my thing, I'm afraid - lagers in general don't do it for me, but as such things go this isn't bad. Glad I tried it, but I doubt that I'd go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of GFM
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Restaurant tap poured into weizen glass. Light Amber color. Very light, quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing. Has a crisp feel but not much body. Middle of the fairway lager taste. Probably a top quartile American lager. I prefer it to Sam Adams. (8.0)

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: toffee;

T: sweet malt all the way; a touch of bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: a little boring; not much complexity;

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Photo of DaveBar
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 for a 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a nice white head that stays for a minute or two.

S- Excellent little malt hop base. Super good yeast

T- Pretty good for a lager. Has a ton of body and bite. Like this a lot.

M- Pretty creamy. Nice for a lager.

O- Pretty good and will buy again. Like the blend that really accentuates the overall level of beer. Not their best offering but for a lager is very good.

Food Pairing

This nice little lager went well with...... Grilled cheese with tomatoes and onions grilled hard with butter to form that nice hard crispy layer of brown goodness

Enjoy

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Photo of Gajo74
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a neat looking, clear amber color, spritzy looking carbonation, a moderate creamy head, and a lace that clings to the side of the glass. Mostly clean aroma, but, as the drink warms, there is a faint sweet grassy tone as well as light citric tones. Super clean and simple taste, lightly toasted malts, modest but noticeable hoppy finish, very smooth, light and very well balanced. This is a staple of any NY bar and I thus have a lot of experience with it. I might be biased, being from NY, but I think that as far as refreshing session lagers go, this one is as good as it
gets.

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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.
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