Brooklyn Winter Lager

Review Date 4/24/2020 By John Staradumsky

Brooklyn Winter Lager! Here’s a beer I’ve had before and really, really enjoyed. I’ve been drinking it for many years, and I have to  say, it’s one hell of a Scottish Ale style….hey wait a minute! How can a Scottish Ale be a Winter Lager? Of course it can’t, which means Brooklyn as changed up their Winter seasonal offering and given us a completely new beer.

Brooklyn says:

With layers of dark malt flavors leading up to a light and dry finish, Winter Ale is our easy-drinking answer to the heavy ales and stouts that emerge in wintertime.

You will notice it says Winter Ale in this blurb from the Brooklyn Winter Lager page. See? Even they’re confused!

We know, however, that Brooklyn Winter Lager is a lager, a Schwarzbier to be precise. It has an alcohol content of 5.6% by volume, and I first picked up a bottle in December at Total Wine, thinking it was the Winter Ale. I popped in in very early January, and it was love at first sip. So much so, in fact, that I recalled seeing six-packs at Target; I went there and snapped one up for $9.49.

Brooklyn Winter Lager pours to a jet-black color with a thick creamy tan head and a deep dark roasty nose. Taking a sip, the beer is medium bodied as appropriate to they style, a little creamy, clean and roasty with a touch of dark chocolate. It finishes roasty dry and bitter, and very, very tasty.

This beer screams fresh roasted barley punctuated by a kiss of grassy hops. I really enjoyed it, and I think you will, too.


And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.