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Brooklyn Winter LagerBrooklyn Winter Lager

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Winter Lager is our answer to the heavy ales and stouts that emerge in wintertime. Though dark in color with a sturdy presence, our Schwarzbier-inspired lager layers notes of chocolate, roasted barley, and dark bread into a 5.6% ABV frame that finishes surprisingly light and pleasantly dry. Winter means different things depending where you live, but Brooklyn Winter Lager is ready for any chill.

Added by Gajo74 on 11-16-2017

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavilan
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not quite sure I would classify this as a schwarzbier - it really has no smokey characteristics. Just basically a dark German lager - the roasted malt has depth without being heavy, a little chocolate malt to frame those huskier flavors, lager yeast...a bit heavy on some alcohol phenol but otherwise a good dark lager

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Photo of tubeyes
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tall glass. best by March 2018, so a few weeks late on this one.

Black body showing burgundy tones when held up to the light, so cola-like. small but persistent oatmeal colored head leaving good lacing.

a slightly off molasses aroma.

Slightly bitter taste. Chewy, toffee, molasses.

Close to full on the mouth, a tad bitter and burnt on the finish.

Overall, and I admit that Schwarzbier isn't a style I particularly enjoy, this one is still a little rough around the edges for this palate.

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Photo of jbehlar
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of piney hops, slight spicy hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level and roasted malt bitterness. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of chocolate, spicy hops, hint of piney hops, roasted malt, and a hint of oatmeal. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, but better body and blend.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this off the single shelf at the Giant Eagle grocery just down the road. It poured a nearly opaque ruby amber with thin ecru head that left a spotty lace. The scent had hints of roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. Good roast malt base. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a very dark brown with an average head. The aroma is light, with mild roast and coffee, chocolate, spent match, and raisin. The flavor is sweet and roast, with milk chocolate, roasty flavors, mild coffee, raisin, and date bread. The mouthfeel is quite light with assertive fizzy carbonation. Overall this is a nice and more complex beer than I thought it would be, with a good mix of roast and fruit qualities.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Winter Lager brewed by Brooklyn Brewery, with an ABV of 5.60% This Schwarzbier pours out a deep color, with a thin off white head. This brew looks like cola, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Brooklyn Winter Lager is rich with roasted grains and malts. You also pick up on some nice mild hop bitterness and sweetness in the smell as well. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the Roasted grains and malts, then a slight hop bitterness. The mild sweetness is a nice note to this brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. I like the smooth roasted goodness in this brew. There is nothing overpowering about Brooklyn Winter Lager, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of this brew is a solid medium. I am really digging how easy going this brew is. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Brooklyn Brewery, did a great job with this brew.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this beer for the holidays because it was new and that fact that I'll drink anything from Brooklyn! While not as good as the Black Chocolate Stout, this was nice and relaxing choice for these cold days of late while coming across as a near-session beer.

This had a nice, dark pour to it that resembled a cross between cola and root beer, with plenty of tan head to top it off. Several near-complete rings of lacing lingered along the side of my pint glass as I worked my way through this. Bitter chocolate, raisin, and dark bread filled the understate nose but they were much more prevalent in the taste. Dark, dry, and roasted, this had a lot of body for a lager as the barley really emerged once it fully warmed up. Hints of plum, black sambuca, and booze could be found here the description provided by Brooklyn was quite fitting as this indeed, was a lighter alternative to the heavier beers that fill the shelves during these cold winter months.

With a "best before" date of March, this could probably go into the spring before it started to go, given the body and heartiness of this beer. While not anything overpowering, I enjoyed this and the change of pace that it provided. Such a shame that we've had plenty of reasons to drink it this year!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was a big fan of their Insulated Dark lager and was very excited when I saw this beer. I think the two beers are very similar. It pours clear and dark brown with hues in it that speak to it's clarity. From orange and rusts to honey. It does not show me any ruby though. I checked and double checked. The head is beige and creamy, fat enough to fall slowly and leave a ring while clinging in soapy spots as you drink. The nose is bitter chocolate and a brief glimpse at a spicy hop herbal. No citrus , no fruity scents. The light touch from some soft caramel gives an impression of sweetness and then the bold scent of bitter chocolate. it does not smell especially roasty. Drinks so smoothly. Soft generous malt just tempered by caramel envelops the palate and brings a silken moment of bitter or bakers chocolate toward the finish. No hop presence to speak of on the palate except for a light whisper form the herbal. No bitterness to remark on either but it is in there. That is where you glimpse that hop herbal. Right at the finish. Exceptionally smooth. Light prickly bubbles that are a bit softer than in the average lager leave a little of that malt to reside in the aftertaste. Outstanding.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 12/18/17

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, 1/2 finger, little lacing, dark chestnut brown color with barely light coming through

Nose a mix of sweet toasted brown malts with fruity lager notes, sweet caramel and biscuity toffee, touch nutty and a touch of spices, mild fruity lager notes

Taste brings more brown toasted malts, smooth though, a touch nutty, with hint of spices, biscuity brown malts, a little toffee and caramel, a bit syrupy otherwise nice soft lager, a hint of fruity lager notes in the background, although some spicy earthy hops creep up and kinda interfere with the beer, especially on the drier finish that attempts to crisp up but gets a little sticky, and the bitterness just nags and kinda ruins the beer a bit a it just doesn't jive with the rest of the brown malts and lager notes

Mouth is med bod, a bit soft but a bit syrupy too, decent carb

Overall mixed, the malts and lager notes were quite nice, spices etc were even super light and tolerable if they are even spices and not just the mix of malts and lager notes, then hops just come through and destroy it all, almost black IPA level of clash, and the syrupyness is also a little offputing.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Winter Lager | Brooklyn Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this is two fingers thick with a light tan hue, with spotty lacing, and a clear deep brown body.

I smell bold grains and hearty malts.

Tastes like bold, but not roasted malts. It tows that line rather fine. Outrageously smooth finish.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll go ahead and give Brooklyn Winter Lager | Brooklyn Brewery an overall 4. A smoother "dark winter seasonal".

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Photo of scootny
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking beer. Clear dark cola color. Light beige head of good proportions and healthy lacing.

Nose has lots of roast and char, with caramel and bready aromas. Some cocoa and latte. Clean lager yeast.

Taste is full with roasted grains, molasses and toffee sweetness. Coffee and bakers chocolate flow into a noble hop bitterness. Some citrus notes in the finish as the hops fade. Crisp clean finish with a bit of graham cracker like malt lingering.

Soft front, makes for an inviting sip. Crisp feel with with a healthy carbonation and a properly medium weight. Refreshing and quenching.

A good solid cold weather brew with lots of roasted grains. Kind of like a dry Irish stout meets a winter lager. One I'll keep around this time of year.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An almost completely solid black appearance. Above medium body,a little thick , Creamy feel to it with medium carbonation. Aroma is roasted malt, baked bread and pastry crust. There's a little coffee and chocolate also in the aroma. Taste is identical, malty,toast, very light sweetness and also a very slight hop bitterness. Really well made and perfectly balanced,would try again

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Photo of Cyrion
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the better schwartzbiers out there, this Winter Lager has some nutty tones, some bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee. The creamy texture and smoothness sets it apart from other Schwartzes that tend to add a sharp edge to their brews with too much hoppiness. This is a lager, not a black IPA. At 5.4%, you won’t get blown away by the alcohol, but there are stouts for that. This is a tasty mid-level dark beer that’s good for folks who want an easy winter drink and not a challenge to the taste buds.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it is definitely Winter & to celebrate, I am reading Len Deighton's novel, "Winter" to be followed by Penelope Evans' "Freezing". Yes, I like to read while drinking beer & when it comes to a Brooklyn offering, I do not require much, if any, coaxing.

From the bottle: "Brooklyn Seasonal".

I Pop!ped the cap and stuck to my 2017 New Year's resolution to employ only gentle pours unless there is some compelling reason to me more aggressive. I could see none in this case. Even so, I still got a pseudo-cascade that slowly formed three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown head with decent retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with mahogany highlights. Nose had a lovely smokiness, not heavy, but certainly perceptible, along with a dark chocolatiness and a slight charcoal presence. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, nothing to get excited about. The taste was extremely mild, but the roastiness seemed on the upper edge for the style. I did not get the chocolate as strongly as I had on the nose & the smokiness may have been a figment of my fervent imagination. Finish was semi-dry & a nice beer on a cold day, but one was sustaining for me. YMMV.

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Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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