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RATINGS: 2402   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3156) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Bottle from the LCBO. Beautiful deep orange-amber colour with a soft white head, and a fresh aroma of bready malt and mildly citric and floral hops, like orange and lemon blossoms. The flavour has some slightly fruity sweetness off the top, before the tasty hops kick in towards the finish. I know it may not be all that for you Americans who have been drinking it forever, but for us Ontarians, having this world-class lager finally available in our province is cause for celebration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle. Im glad this is going to be a regular beer from the lcbo. This is one of the best lager ive tried. Pours amber with a big white head. I like the strong presence of hops (especially for a lager) which leave a nice bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
355 ml bottle - pours clear amber with a big white head that leaves excellent lace. Super surprising aroma of fresh floral and citrus hops, alongside a malt sweetness. Flavour maltier than aroma, though the hops are still dominant, and lend a mildly bitter finish to the brew. Delicate carbonation. This is remarkable for a lager - more reminiscent of some good ales - the whole package reminds me especially of the Anchor Liberty Ale. Great stuff, and adding this as a permanent listing is one of the rare positive moves made by the LCBO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
12oz. bottle - pours orangey golden amber with a big, foamy white head. Leaves excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma is shocking for a lager, especially in this bland Ontario market - it’s fresh and floral hops all the way, with a nice bready malt character in the background. The flavour has a much bigger malt profile than the aroma, with that same breadiness and some sticky sweetness coming forward before a pleasing bitter/dry finish. Smooth drinking all the way through. Nice hop-forward aftertaste as well. A fine example of what a lager can be - they don’t have to be fizzy, piss-yellow and boring.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5260) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Many thanks to 3 Sons and dogs in Wexford tonight for providing the 2 and 3 oz free samples of Brooklyn’s various beers. I’m not sure if 3 ounces of beer is really enough to provide a rating, I like to chug 12 oz bottles. Anyway, here it goes. This Brooklyn lager’s pour is orangey yellow with a whitish head. It’s bottle has an attractive label. Oddly, the beer smells like a pale ale or IPA, you know, the aroma of fruity hops astern. Has that typical pale-like medium hoppy asperity. The finish is mild to medium coup de main and it lasts for a few moments. This certainly is not your typical lager. If it didn’t have a style listed, I would say it is more like ale, possibly even american pale ale. Gone, in a moment! On par wit elliot ness and penn pilsner but not as good as point classic or dos equis xx amber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Draft at Jerry’s. Copper with good, foamy white head / Sweet, floral nose of pine, clover honey / Light body, somewhat watery, with otherwise good balance and very dry, bitter finish / Lean flavors of honey, straw, and biscuit / Fair, with really no "Vienna" character. Much more of a pilsener.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (5951) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2007
35.5cl bottle from Tesco. Amber colour with a rapidly disappearing white head; strong hoppy aroma; a full mouthfeel with lots of dry hoppy bitterness; and a citrus sharp aftertaste. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2007
Overall I felt this was a somewhat bland beer. No reaction to this whatsoever and very unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - FEB 9, 2007
Dark colour. Bitter and flowery, quite full taste! Don’t quite know what to make of this, is it sweet or is it dry? But it’s good, that’s for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6488) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle. Pors golden amber with medium white head. Bready malt character with a little butterscotch. Still very dry with herbal hop aroma with a touch of apricot. Smooth with a fine bitterness in the finish. A very good lager.

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