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RATINGS: 2390   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3681) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
355 mL bottle from LCBO. Served cold in a tulip glass. MR 01/07

App.: Clear, medium-dark amber, tight, foamy tan head. Aroma: HOPS (citrus, floral and green-resinous), some sweet malts in background. Palate: Medium-light body and fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Plenty of green, resinous hops that becomes grapefruity, a bit of roasted malt behind that (caramel and toffee). A decent bitter finish.

Overall a touch unbalanced towards hops, but still plenty nice. I’m happy that the LCBO is bringing in some decent American beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RealAleDave (45) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Nice light amber. Bright white, extremely fine head stays throughout. Beautiful bready malt nose, with a touch of treacle. Medium in the mouth, with less malt sweetness than the nose leads one to expect. Good spine of bitterness balances the malt richness. Long finish. Just beautiful with food. Solid beer. I like this a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
Bottle- Pours deep amber/auburn, with anm average beige frothy head. The aromas are super fresh spicy hops, floral, perfume, and some slight caramel, butterscotch. Pretty spicy and hoppy flavour profile, cirtus, thrills gum, some bready/doughy malts, cookie. Probably an americanized version of the style, which suits me fine. Spritzy, hoppy finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12704) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
I had this on tap at Newark Airport and thought the barman made an error and brought me a pale ale. However, this bottle from the LCBO confirms that it was a lager. A nice copper amber ale with a thick lacing off white head. Surprising nice floral hops in aroma with light biscuitty malt. In mouth, this is a fresh hoppy pils, with dry crisp malt, floral hops, medium bodied. You can taste the hops upon burping. This was a great acquisition by the LCBO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2864) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
Bouteille de 355 ml. Ambrée légère, petit collet qui dure. Arome d’houblon parfumé de caramel doux et de petit fruits. Goût d’houblon fruité un peu sucré, arrière goût peu amère.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2007
Bottle. The second Viennese lager I have really enjoyed (the other being Schell’s Firebrick). Amber color with medium head. Decent balance between malt/caramel/sweet and the typical lager hoppy bitterness... However, I think that it’s a little too hoppy for the style (or my tastes).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chainman (104) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
Other ratings seem to be dead-on for this one...tastes more like an American Pale Ale than a Vienna Lager...hops are right up front, subdued in the back of the palate by malts...tastes extremely well-made, and as such, everything is well-balanced. Huge head poured, with a beautiful copper in the glass. Smooth carbonation. I don’t have a lot of experience with American beers, and even less with American cottage/craft brewers, but this one must be among the tops. Glad the LCBO started carrying this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
Strange, no head whatsoever. Orange and amber in colour. Sweet caramel and chewy, hoppy in scent. Slightly toasty and caramel with a hint of sweet malts. Very nice. One of the better lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBeer45 (1414) - Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Bottle, pours a dark gold amber, lots of sweet malt and some bread fragrances, whiffs of caramel and some hops in the nose, nice malt taste with a hop bite, dry finish on the tongue, good mouth feel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5815) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is hoppier then expected with some light caramel malt. Taste is more bitter and hoppy then I would have expected but still retain some of the light caramel malt that I love in Vienna. While this beer is interesting and refreshing, it resembles more of a hoppy ale ten a Vienna.

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