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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2131) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 330 mL bottle. Amber, with white/beige head that recedes to a film. Laces okay, though. Aroma of hops (cascade?) and brown sugar. Taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma, but that’s a big challenge. But it is nicely bitter, with enough malt character to make it interesting. And the hops are almost perfect. Well carbonated. Taste is full enough to make you forget this is a lager. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2007
Pours a nice copper colour with a slightly yellowish head that stays, but also has some flavour. A really nice, slightly fruity, hoppy smell. The taste is really juicey with some nice malt flavours and a real belt of hops. Great hoppy aftertaste and a really nice balance between bitter and sweet flavours. One of the best largers I’ve ever tasted!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2007 The aroma is dominated by the hop. It’s the same with the flavor - it’s first malty, but very fast the taste of hop takes over. It’s a bit similar to their east india pale ale. The head is a bit better and more creamy than the most lagers (this was from a bottle). All in all a great lager with taste! (To quote a fellow rateberian). I still wish they wouldn’t filter their beer, but I guess that’s because they try to be a bit mainstream.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
12oz. Bottle $7.19 6-Pack Sam’s Downers Grove Best before 7/07 Brooklyn Lager poured a crystal clearhoney golden with handfuls of big carbonation bubbles rising to the head. A 2+ finger fluffy meringue like white head formed on the pour as it slowly receded it left sticky patch lacing down the pilsner glass. This is a really good looking beer. Aromas of toasted malt greet the nose up front. Along with a nice even dose of grassy hops and a tea leaf like quality. Clean fresh smells. Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Lightly toasted grains lead the way and are quickly followed by a nice balance of grassy herbal hops. The tea leaf character is in the flavor as well but more subdued. Medium bodied but crisp and smooth. Good carbonation keeps this beer moving through the palate. Very easy drinker. Could see myself polishing off a few bottles of this today. High quality sessionable beer from Brooklyn. Brooklyn just recently came to Illinois and I’m looking forward to trying all of them I can get my hands on. 4/22/07

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2007
330 Bottle - Lots of malt, strong sweet hops and tar like treacle. Tastes like an ale. Heavy-ish body. Good, strong flavour, full body, nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3495) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 nice amber color, big full beige head. very very nice hop aroma, nice and floral. There is a great malt backbone, really comes through. Outstanding lager, easily one of my favorites! imagine that a lager with flavour!!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Bottle from Total wine in Huntersville NC. This pours a nice copper with virtually no head. Taste is a bit weird and seems much stronger than 5% alcohol. Meh, I didn’t like this at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2007
A nice surprise actually. It is definitely better than any other style of lager that I have had. The color is a bit darker, which is nice. The malty taste is very noticeable. It hits you mainly in the aftertaste. The beer goes down smooth, not too thin for a lager actually. I think that this beer, if not eaten with anything, can leave a weird after aftertaste in your mouth. The taste is solid and very nice, but not too complex. This beer is mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 24, 2007
bottled. Wow, nice surprise. Excellent malt and hop bitterness, incredibly balanced for a straight forward beer like this. Refreshing with a very hoppy finish. Excellent session

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle - 341ml. Pours a light amber body with average carbonation and a decent off-white foamy head. Lovely malty/hoppy aroma that carries oaky, piny, flowery and fruity (mainly grapefruit) notes. Taste is sharp and well balanced. It is dominated by hoppyness and ends with a dry bitter finish. Very enjoyable!

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