Brooklyn Winter Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.67/5
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63 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,106
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
63
pDev:
9.26%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of sprezz
2.79/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chiefz1
2.97/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Klister
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lobos62
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out cola brown, but looks black in the glass, save for brown highlights. Topped by a creamy beige head. Good retention. A ring remains, leaving spotty lacing.
Smells like coffee, cacao, pumpernickel bread, black cherry, dark chocolate, earth, molasses, and pine.
It tastes like cacao, earth, coffee, burnt toast, dark chocolate, strawberry, plum, date, and raisin. Toasty, lightly roasted, but smooth and crisp with a dry earthy finish.
The mouthfeel is medium, not watery, well carbonated, crisp and smooth.
A really nice and flavorful Schwarzbier. Highly recommended to fans of the style.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Samlover55
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into perfect pint
BB 3/2019
Pours a dark brown with huge fluffy tan head
Surprisingly citrus, and cocoa aroma
Taste is light toasted malt, chocolate, and big citrus finish
Feel is medium bodied,  well carbonated
Overall this is a nice tasting easy drinking beer, that somehow feels like a Black IPA

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Photo of John_C94
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber red,almost black in color.
Strong hop aroma on initial smell
Initial taste starts with a strong hop forward Flavor falling off with a malty chocolate flavor.
Mouthfeel starts bitter but dies off finishing crisp.

An overall decent winter beer that’s a little strong on hop presence, not surprising as it’s dry hopped.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dleurf
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good beer but nothing special.

Looks like cola with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose is toasty with notes of chocolate and a little coffee.

Taste seems a little diluted although with a nice hoppy bitterness. Some notes of chocolate, dark bread, and coffee. Dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of nhdjinn
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a solid winter larger. nice hop bitterness w/o going overboard but a definite bite
nice malt with coffee + faint fruitiness with just the right blend of sweetness.
deep brown amber color with thin light brown head
buy it and try its a very good beer

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Photo of Amendm
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A medium-strong pour from a 12-oz. bottle (BB MAR 2019) into a 16-oz. mug yields a finger sized frothy tan head with long retention and blotchy lacing.
Deep dark opaque brown, light brown highlights at the side of the mug in front of light.
Roasted malt dominates the smell, semi-sweet malt, faint hops and slight alcohol in the background.
The taste begins semi-bitter (roasted malt) as semi-sweet malt takes over the middle. The back of the taste is a mix of bitter and sweet malts and then dries with a balanced hop bitterness.
Medium body, ample carbonation, big malt backbone.
This beer rides the knife edge of balance between spicy bitterness and semi-sweet.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is toasted/toasty malts and faint fruit. The flavor is fruit, toasted/toasty malts, mild burnt toast and a slightly tart/somewhat oily/dryish finish.

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Photo of smithj4
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavilan
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -1.1%
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 +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 63 ratings