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Monday, March 1, 2010

A taste of… Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211-1913
(718) 486-7422

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Brooklyn Lager was purchased for $1.88(USD) at Key Food in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There is a note stamped on the label: “Best before July 2010 0110”

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: A deep golden honey brew with tiny bubbles of carbonation that form a thick light-tan, almost orange, head of glistening tiny bubbles that leaves a fine Belgian lace.

Aroma: First impressions would make a flower shop proud. The second “nosing” finds a toasty, warm-biscuit aroma meeting the green aromas first found. The third nose-dive finds more of the sweet toffee aromas hiding behind the biscuit found in the previous nosing.

Mouth feel: A trim brew with no extra weight.

Flavor: First is the refreshing feeling of the brew followed by a selection of grain flavors ranging from caramel to bread-dough. The second sip reveals more of the grain flavors along with some vegetal tang to slides into a easy relationship with the sweet flavors. The third swig has the flavor receptors cued into the various components and arranges them into a easy swallow.

Finish: There is a bit of a long lasting farewell to this brew.

Comments: This is not an unfamiliar brew to me. I will admit to admiring Garrett Oliver’s brews, even the first of the Brooklyn brews, this being one of them. If there is a better casual dining beverage of choice I would like to know about it.

The Brewery: http://www.brooklynbrewery.com/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/45/148

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brooklyn-lager/528/

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