BREWERY: Brooklyn Brewery
BEER: Brooklyn Lager
FROM THE BREWERY:
“In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. Brooklyn Lager is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original.”
Brooklyn Lager by the Brooklyn Brewing Company is a staple around New York City. For many, its the local beer of choice, and one of the most widely distributed local beers. In my mind, its the ‘BEER CUTOFF LINE’ – meaning anything above it, I consider good, and anything below it I have no intention of ordering/buying it again. This is my acceptability standard for beers (which we all should have!). I’ve had it in bottle, on tap, and now (as of this review), from a can. I have a tendency to prefer cans over bottles, and this beer is no exception. On tap, I tend to think it varies from location to location. Overall, this beer drinks well, although it has a tendency to leave a lingering taste in your mouth for a while, which is why I tend to shy away from it when possible.
This beer features Canadian 2-row malts and is complimented with Hallertauer Mittelfrueh (typical of German/Vienna style lagers), and Cascade hops. Both of these hops can be picked up in the aroma of the beer, and likely account for the lingering taste I mentioned above. This beer is also dryhopped, lending even more of the hop aroma. Typically I consider myself to be a ‘lager-guy,’ and so this beer comes across (in my mind) a bit hoppy to be considered simply as a lager.
It pours nice, with a crisp, clean appearance and bright white head to match. This quickly dissipates to a bright, amber gleaming liquid. It has enough body and flavor to remind you that your not drinking a cheap, crappy beer – yet is mild enough to be crushable. For that reason alone, it is a go-to for many. And at 5.2%, it can certainly get the job done.
CLOSING THOUGHTS and WHERE TO BUY
This beer is a great offering from a smaller brewery that can serve as their headline beer. In the same context as Sam Adams Boston Lager, this beer well represents what Brooklyn Brewery does well – a beer that is just different enough to be considered unique, but still in the comfort zone of flavor and body that many don’t want to stray from. In the NYC area, if you can’t find this beer, you need to open your eyes. My personal recommendation though would be to find this at the brewery itself, in Brooklyn. Grab a free tour and then sit back in their bar area and enjoy this (among so many others!)
RATING: 3.5 out of 5