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Brooklyn Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn LagerBrooklyn Lager

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 02-11-1998

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Reviews: 1,220 | Ratings: 3,559
Photo of breadwinner
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lightly toasted notes highlight this satisfying brew. Not a lot of amber lagers in the world, and if this was the only one I had, I'd still be a happy man.

(Edit: as my idea of what constitutes a 5* beer has evolved -- one that transcends, one that is a standard bearer, one that is more than the sum of its parts, one that is so satisfying that it almost can't be dissected -- Brooklyn Lager is one that immediately comes to mind. Score changed to note this.)

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Photo of JetFeather22
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For this style of beer, This is the best very well done with good malt taste and nit much hops.. Wish i could find this in Colorado cause it would be my most frequently bought beer

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Photo of djura
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found it here, in Serbia. Bottle 0,33 l

A - Very nice, creamy foam, staying long enough for the style. Dark honey color, low carbonation. More then decent.
S - Fresh, honey, crystal malt, huge hops aroma. Excellent.
T/M - Taste is very similar as Smell notes. Problem with Lagers is that they become to boring.. but this is really good.

O - Drinkable, one of the best pale lagers.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange-red hue, clear but with some mild particulates, and mild head, and big lacing.

S - Honey and floral notes, malty goodness.

T - Front follows the nose, with sweet malt and honey flavors, a hint of herbal and floral hint, a touch of bittering hops in the close.

M - Clean, bright, with moderate carbonation, and no appreciable drying in the close.

O - A rock solid lager that I should get more of as a go-to easy drinker.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a nice head and good lacing. Copper color. Aroma is sweet toasty malt and a bit of floral grassy hops. Flavor mirrors smell but with a slight plastic note. (Could be bar's fault). Mouthfeel is good. Good beer to have as alternative to Sam Adams Boston Lager.

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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

-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
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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Brooklyn Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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