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RATINGS: 1951   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Brooklyn Lager, the Brewery's flagship label, is New York's "hometown" beer, brewed to a pre-Prohibition recipe that dates back to the days when Brooklyn was the brewing capital of the East Coast. Brooklyn Lager has won numerous awards. Wrote Michael Jackson in the Simon & Schuster Pocket Guide to Beer: "The dry-hopped, fresh, flowery, firm, flavourful, Brooklyn Lager **-*** started well, in 1988, and has gained in character since."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Aroma is full for a lager, closer to some brown ales I’ve had. Kinda nutty, malty. The taste is where you can tell it’s a lager. Malty, slightly dry, but not corny like cheaper lagers, surprising dry hop bitterness at the end. Overall very pleasant. Goes well with pizza, too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2005
12z bottle. Clear, sharp and a nice golden glowing hue. Sweet, apply, fruity, citrus hop nose. Sweet smooth and a great hop bitterness. Classic! Honey! Ambrosia!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2113) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2005
355 ml bottle. Light amber. Nice head that stays. Characterful hoppy aroma. Hefty amounts of piney and floral hops. Lively carbonation gives the beer a bubbly apperance in the mouth. I like the aroma a lot better than the flavour. Flavourful, but perhaps a tad monotonus. The malts are subdued and do not balance the hops. Dry aftertaste. These pre-Prohibition beers are so much better than our modern lagers. I’ve tried the New York Lager from Nørrebro Bryghus and I still prefer theirs to this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
for a "lager: this bad boy is pretty hoppy. A slightly floral aroma. When was brooklyn the brewing capital of the east coast? I need to check that one out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
On tap at Brooklyn Brewery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Clear amber beer having small white diminishing head and spare lacing. Average carbonation. Fresh hoppy aroma. Light-to-medium bodied that starts with light sweet malt and tongue lashing hoppiness. Finishes dry with long lasting hop bitterness. This beer is more of an IPA than Brooklyn’s IPA! This is a good drinkable hoppy beer. Hopheads take note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2006 This beer is good, but what the heck is pre-prohibition about it? Pre-prohibition lagers are made from 6-row and corn, which this has neither. And they didn’t use cascade hops, which dominate this beer. Good, but a big fat lie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3240) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Grapfruity, piney aroma is nice, with a clear orange pour and some sort of head. Flavor is pretty much nowhere though, with no finish and only moderate flavor up front. What is there is a touch malty with decent american hops flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
Everything about this beer was a pleasant surprise, from its mid amber colour and sweet malt aroma to its intense bitter finish. Interesting and refreshing. I wonder if Asda, where I bought this bottle, could be persuaded to ship other Brooklyn products to the UK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2005
Just when I thought I was over lager altogether ... This is a damn fine example of the style. The best looking lager I’ve seen, with a rich amber inner fire and a creamy head. A good hop/malt balance adds to the character on drinking, and it finishes strongly with a pleasingly dry fruitiness about it. Why can’t we get lagers like this on tap in the UK instead of the succession of Carlings, Carlsbergs and Stellas that dominate?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Very nice color and lingering head. Aroma is nice with maltiness. Taste is very good but with some coppery metallic aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Very nice hoppy finish.

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