Beer Review: Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Lager

January 16, 2010

I’ve only recently experienced Brooklyn Brewery‘s beers firsthand, though I’ve heard nothing but good things about them for some time.  I first tried this Brooklyn Lager after trying their Brooklyn Brown Ale, but just recently found the tasting notes, so I thought I’d post it.

About The Brewer
Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1997 by, oddly enough, a former Associated Press Middle East correspondent (Steve Hindy) and a banker (Tom Potter).  The brewery is involved in many different charitable causes and even takes advantage of wind power. In 2003, Brooklyn Brewery became the first New York City company to switch to 100% wind-generated electricity. Incidentally, Linus Hall of Yazoo Brewing here in Nashville, interned with Brooklyn Brewery.

About The Beer
This beer is an American Amber Lager, brewed with American Two-Row Malts and Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Vanguard and Cascade hops.

According to the bottle:

Amber gold, with a malty body and a floral hop character, Brooklyn Lager is a revival of Brooklyn’s pre-Prohibition all malt lagers.

The Pour
This pours to a nice, thick two-finger pillowy head that consists of a very light tan color and tiny bubbles. The beer is a great, clear amber color. The head settles a good bit quite quickly.

The Nose
What is that? This smells of malt and hops but something else is in there, hiding. I can slowly coax out good floral hoppy notes and hints of yeast, with very intriguing butterscotch or caramel notes reluctantly being drawn out of the glass.

The Taste
This beer lays down the standard lager foundation, but modifies it with a slightly sweet maltiness and slightly bitter hoppiness vying for attention on the palate.  The yeast almost gives it a breadiness as well. Medium bodied, this beer is very smooth and eminently drinkable. With repeated samplings, the slight hints of butterscotch or caramel found in the nose make teasing appearances on the palate. As it warms, a slightly spicy sourness develops on the finish.

If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you know I’m not a fan of lagers. I usually find them lacking in character and depth, and without a unique personality. This is a definite exception. I find this one intriguing and tasty. The hidden depths of flavors give you plenty to explore.

Recommended: Definitely.  This is a really good beer….as a lager, it is exceptional!

Price: $8.39/6-pack at Midtown Wine and Spirits

ABV: 5.2%



  1. Thanks for the review. I have enjoyed most all of the Brooklyn Brewery offerings that I have tried. I would really like to try their Black Chocolate Stout. Hopefully we can get it here in Nashville sometime soon. I have a bottle of their Local 2 in my fridge and may pop the cork for Superbowl. 🙂

    • I want to try the Black Chocolate Stout too! I haven’t tried their Local 2. I did try the beer they did with the German brewery (can’t remember the name) but lost my tasting notes….it was tasty though, as I recall

      • I may be wrong, but I think it was Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse. It got great reviews on BA. Nice!

      • That could be it…not sure. It seems like they did two collaborations…one with the German brewery’s recipe and Brooklyn’s style of hopping and the other with Brooklyn’s recipe but the German brewery’s hops…or something like that

  2. I’m not a big lager fan, but every time I pass this beer in the store I’m tempted to just try it. I think next time I will!

    • Now don’t get upset with me if you try it and don’t like it 😉 As I said, I’m not a big lager fan either, but I liked this one

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