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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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Fridge Temp. Aroma is toasted malt with coffee overtones. Creamy head diminishes. Amber in color. Cloyingly sweet to the point of unappetizing. Has a strong honeysuckle flavor dominating, reminds me of Bit O’Honey candy bar. Mouthfeel is light, watery with soft carbonation. Finishes as if you licked a spoon of honey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Bottle at On the Rocks. Nice yeasty aroma with a fine amber pour that was suprising for a lager. The taste was also impressive with hints of honey, oats, and hay. Nice smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Needs a slight addition of malts but overall this was a great choice for the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2005
An easy drinking lager from a great brewery. Nice light brown color with a lasting head. This would be a great beer for a summertime cookout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flynnguy (14) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Strong Cascade aroma/flavor similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I do not care for. Other than that it wasn’t bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2005
poured amber with decent thicknexss of white head. very smooth, with good taste. hint of spice and citrus mixed with yeast and wheat. medium body and feel. Very SLIGHT alcohol burn. finshed strong and stayed around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Bottle pours a fiery orange, translucent, small fizzly white head, soft carbonation, with fairly attractive carbonation.   Minor oat/barley like aroma, with hints of wheat bread.   Semi-sweet on the tongue, malty, slightly bready, and a bit oily.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with a bit more of a soft hop background.   Not bad, but wishing it was a bit maltier.   Thanks goes out to radiomgb for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bladerunner17 (6) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005 does not count
Had on tap at Park Slope indie-rock venue, later found six-pack in local supermarket. Being from Brooklyn I felt I had to try this beer, and I wasn’t dissapointed. Tap has slightly better aroma than bottled, both had a translucent amber appearance, and a better flavor than I expected though again tap wins over bottled. Finish was ok, may have lasted a little longer than desired but overall this is a good choice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (973) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Golden yellow colored, with active carbonation and a medium foamy head, this was a classic looking lager when poured into a Pilsner glass from the signature minimalist Brooklyn styled brown bottle. The aroma indicated presence of sweet honey and caramel malt and noble grassy hops in this beer, and after the first sip I could tell that it did not lie. Medium bodied, bready, sticky, creamy, and slightly salty, this is a moderately flavored, crowd pleasing lager with enough character, and hoppy bite, so that it would not disappoint even the seasoned beer connoisseur (among whose ranks I would not place myself, I might add). Worth seeking out if in the mood for some simpler pleasures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 (12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Not just your generic lager, this one has a lot of flavor. A toasty, malty, somewhat sweet flavor is nicely balanced by a mildly bitter hops, which prevents the palate from getting too sweet and tiring. But as the beer finishes, it takes on more characteristic flavors of a lager. It starts off nicely, but doesn’t finish as well. Malty, lightly sweet nose smells a bit like an Oktoberfest. The color is light amber and slightly cloudy. Smallish off-white head fades to a rim after a bit, and there’s only a few specs and dots of lace on the glass. So don’t let the label fool you, this is much better than a generic lager. That fact may account for what I think are inflated ratings. In the end, it’s still a pretty average microbrew with some "lagerish" tendancies in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Almost clear amber color with thin white head. Aroma of toffee, like an English ale. Decent body with moderate carbonation. Flavor of caramel, malt and hops with a somewhat harsh bitter finish. My bottle is a bit oxidized but then I’m a good distance from Brooklyn. This beer is particularly good when fresh.

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