RATINGS: 2476   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."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Deep copper color......very fluffy head. Fragrant hop aroma. Malt sweetness up front, extremely well balanced by a noticeable hop flavor......slightly crisp mouthfeel. Taste of hops continues in the back, with a long, slightly bitter finish. Probably the best lager I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcp23 (54) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle BB 7/08 into tulip. Wow!! Best lager Ive ever tasted - hands down. Had just about written off lagers personally, but finally getting around to trying this jewel has my faith restored. Ive been saved! NO typical lager nastiness. Handsome, deep, clear amber pour, with accompanying white foam. Some light lacing on the glass. Couldnt really detect any particular aroma, rather I experienced a bright, fresh, clean aura, for which I reward it points. The flavor is delectable, with a clean, crisp malt character that lingers ever so pleasantly on the tongue. The delicate, floral hops just radiate and meld beautifiully with the malt to create a sublimely integrated balance. The malt and the hops are equally apparent, assertive, distinct, and enjoyable. Stunning and gripping dry finish, not unlike a good Cabernet. And all this from a bottle that is supposedly past its prime. And Im impressed! Im waxing. I salute your flagship, Mr. Oliver!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Not the standard Pilsener style lager. Pours with a darker color than expected, essentially amber. Very malty and not so much spicy hops in there, in style indeed closer to an amber ale than anything else. Nonetheless it is a well balanced beer with a fairly robust body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
McGarnigle (643) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle drink by Sept 08. Clear copper/amber, white head. Very flavorful lager, but like most Vienna lagers. Sweet malts are overwhelmed by hops. Floral and aromatic, but ultimately, citrusy and bitter. Cascade are used and come through (this isn’t too far off from an APA or Amber ale). Lots of bite and some pilsner-like scratchiness going down.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chantdaddy (19) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2008
...this beer is really trying to be something its not...an amber ale. While pre-prohibition lagers were typically more malty and bit more hopped, they werent supplemented with crystal (or any other type of caramel) malt, as this beer is. Pre-prohibition lagers were made with what was available at the time, which were, more often than not, things like 6-Row Pale malt, wheat, corn, etc. ... not english or german style malted grains...those came later. The ingredients in this brew smack of American amber ale...(sans the lager yeast)...not any style of lager. While this brew is certainly better than a Sam Adams lager offering, its really no better than any good homebrew... and it isnt a pre-prohibition lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (2466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
better than sam adams, but not by much. still a middling just ok lager. defintiely more complex than sam adams, but thats not really saying much. eh, a middle of the road lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (3088) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2008
This is what a lager should taste like. Take note big guys. Lots of flavor and no corn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Had in SoHo, on draft. Very similair to Sam’s boston lager imo. But all together a bit bolder.. heavy hop and spice presence, medium bodied. Looked great being poured. Overall, above expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 From... a can! Nice new way to enjoy this beer. Had this many times before but finally ranking after an afternoon on the lake and these suckers straight from the can. Medium dark amber pour with off-white head. Much more malt and flowery hops than expected from a beer labeled a lager. I always taste celery seeds when I drink this beer, which is a bit odd, I suppose. Heavier on the palate than a lager as well. Great session beer. Feels a little sticky sometimes. Really enjoyed this beer ever since having multiple pints at the Fat Black Pussy Cat many years ago in Greenwich Village...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2008
From bottle... poured dark orange. Aroma was citrusy, but also slightly nutty. Packed with flavor -- bright and hoppy. Slightly dry finish. I loved this one, and I’ll definitely get it again.

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