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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

471 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 14
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: palma on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 471 | Reviews: 108
Photo of badgustav
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Grapefruit, sweet esters, malt, slight caramel. A slight hoppiness with a sweet grass.

Appearance - Rich caramel with a beige head that starts foamy and fades slowly.

Flavour - light mouthfeel with a surprising hop finish. Sweet, malty, hints of dark fruits with a slight booziness.

Photo of seedyone
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

08/02/13 At Home from bottle. Very drinkable. Disappeared much too quickly. Hoppier than I expected from the 'lager' label, but well balanced. Deceptively so for the ABV. Can't wait for the Gold Anniv.

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, copper body with massive head and lace retention. Aroma is a little bit of citric hops but more of a dark fruit (figs and toffee) smell. Taste follows same pattern as I get those herbal, dry hops and there is some toffee and/or caramel sweetness, little bit dark fruit taste notes, medium bodied and easy drinker although fuller thanks to some bread aspects. Beer finishes dry with a touch of booze in the finish. Hard to wrap my head around this one but I know I liked it.

Photo of JGam115
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like the lager, definitely seek this out. Balanced sweet malt and bitter hop is amazing in this brew.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A very pleasant surprise. This lager pours a thick reddish amber with a nice frothy head that
dissipates to a light layer of tight beaded pooling foam and fantastic lacing. Nose of light
spices, light biscuit, light caramel, and some lemon undertones. This must warm in order to
catch anything. Flavor is extremely complex for the style. A lightly tart sweetness comes up
front with some hops mingling on the back. Not overly bitter and not overly sweet.
Extremely well balanced with lots of subtle nuances to pick out. Sweetness balances out a
light dryness, just phenomenal. One of the best Brooklyn brews I have ever had and hope to
purchase again for another taste IF I can find it.

Cheers

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Gorgeous amber/honey. A little hazy, big plush off white head.
smell: not a lot happening here. Some hints of spice and malt, a little fruit. Pleasant but just not very deep imo.
taste: hints at sweetness while actually being quite dry. Some spice and hints of fruit and maybe honey. Lot more going on in the taste (vs the nose). Interesting.
overall: I expected a lot more I've got to say. That said, some cool flavors and very mild drinker, alcohol well hidden.

Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not entirely sure when this was bottled, but I figured at 9% ABV, it would hold up long enough for me to try it in 2014. Sure enough, it did. And because it didn't have a huge hop character to it, I think it held up fairly true to its original intent.

Poured into a snifter, this dopplebock is a pretty beer. Dark copper color with nice lace. The nose is bocky, with notes of banana bread, brown sugar, vanilla. But it's kind of a musty smell. Not necessarily in a bad way, but in a muted earthy manner. It's almost a dirt smell. But it tastes like a lager, make no mistake. And definitely a Brooklyn lager; you can just tell (not a bad thing... Shiner Bock here in TX is unmistakable as well... must be the lager yeast they use). Richer than most lagers, but not as bold as other dopplebocks I've had. Earthy and smooth, though, with a hint of banana and apple. Mouthfeel is firm.

This is a tasty beer, for sure, but not the most impressive dopplebock I've ever had. Still, I like what they've done here. It's the most unassuming 9% ABV beer I've had in a long time, which is a testament to the folks who brewed this beer. If it were walking into the room, it wouldn't turn too many heads, but it impresses as you get to know it. Cheers to Brooklyn for this subtle yet substantial accomplishment.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber on special because I have had luck with Brooklyn beer, although Lagers are not typically my favorites. However, bigger beers are normally in my wheelhouse. Excellent appearance with very good smell, citrus combined with Belgian ale. Excellent taste, I enjoyed the beer very much. Alcohol was what you expect from 9%, you notice it but it is not overwhelming. The beer definitely improves as it warms. Excellent beer but one I would probably not buy again at its normal cost, I would if the cost was more reasonable.

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger khaki head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet orange rind nose and flavor is fruity, some hops, hints of caramel. Similar to an imperial IPA with less hops. Pricey at $14.99 for a 750ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH.

Photo of sfsean28
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a special treat for me. I bought this bottle around the end of 2013 and its been sitting in the fridge until now.04062014.

A- Hazy, unfiltered,orange-copper color. Big foam and then dissipates to a quarter inch film.

T- Sweet malt all the way until the end for a long lasting dry after taste. A small hint of hops.

M- medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- fantastic brew. Very enjoyable to drink. First serving I drank just for enjoyment and second one I had with food and I still felt the warmth of the alcohol.

Photo of StuyBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer entices curious brew fans with the hypnotic label and keeps their attention after the top pops off satisfyingly. When poured into a big pint glass the beer comes to life with a surge of dense white foam that dissipates slowly with concentric layers of lace along the sides demonstrating the mature qualities contained within the bottle. After finishing this beer I am anxiously awaiting the next anniversary batch from Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear as a copper penny (SRM 11-14) with a two-inch off-white foam. The head has longevity and leaves dense patches of lace on a hand-blown pilsner glass.

The aroma is sweet and fruity with a mix of caramel and a few spicy notes.

Quite sweet, with toasted malt and spices. Light to modest bitterness on entry that builds into a long finish. The character is relatively simple.

Watery texture and fizzy carbonation in this light-to-medium bodied beer with alcohol about as expected.

This Doppelbock was enjoyable on its own, but improved when paired with charcuterie.

Photo of fourstringer
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Label is numbered 0433. Intriguing artwork on the front.

A: Hazy, orange-red body. 1+ finger of off-white head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Spicy, slightly musty Belgian-type yeast. Light fruity notes with touches of peach, pear. Bread, biscuit. Honey. Candi sugar.

T: Fruity malt and toasted notes initially. A moderate hop bitterness develops for balance. Finds its way nicely to a surprisingly dry finish. Some lingering nuttiness & light bread in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is soft for 9% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Smooth and rich - accentuates the malt qualities in this brew.

O: I read "lager" on the front and "doppelbock strength" on the back. There's definitely some Belgian yeast-fueled fruit as well. It's a well balanced, tasty hybrid that makes for a Silver Anniversary beer worth celebrating.

Prost!

Photo of DaveBlack
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: HUGE head on this beer. 3+ fingers, off-white and leaves behind lots of lacing. The beer itself is copper and surprisingly clear.

S: Bready malts, quite a lot of orange peel, raisins, and a hefty amount of alcohol to round it all out. The aroma is quite powerful, you can smell it as soon as the bottle is opened.

T: After the aggressive aroma, the beer itself if a bit of a letdown. The flavor brings biscuity malts, alcoholic esters, and actually a lot more hops that I was expecting. It drinks surprisingly easy, and seems to get better with each sip.

M: medium body, slightly chewy, with a lot of carbonation.

O: I wish i would have bought another one of these to lay it down for a while. The beer is good, but I feel like it needs to finish rounding out and developing flavors. that being said, the flavor is good, and it goes down easy.

Photo of welldigger888
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured a wonderful honey hued elixer that had quit the the fluffy off white head that stuck leaving deep sheets of lacing.

A huge medley of nice sweet malt and earthy minty hay like grand noble hops. A nice spicy noble hop aroma finishes with a caramel and cream finish.

So soft noble hop flavors with a creamy maltiness, caramel and earthy spicy flavor that finishes so so so so smooth and balanced caramel and earthy spicy hop flavors.

Amazingly juicey and dry, I am lost.

SO GLAD I GOT A BOT OF THIS! Wonderful stuff to behold!!!!

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

smoke pop off the cork. light, airy bubbles comprise the opaque colored foam, settling to form a tight layer on top. darker apricot color body with carbonation bubbles rising from the floor of the snifter. smell is sweet, with grapes. champagne? taste is smooth, slight hop bitter but not close to being prevailing. sweet, a little syrup-y. some toffee. I love the dopplebock but this one is a little different. light in the mouth, kind of airy. still, not a bad brew.

Photo of stuppy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light amber/ gold Color, thick White head, head goes down but is persistent, good clarity

Aroma: light toasted maltiness, floral hops, some pepper, caramel

Flavor: toasted malty front with slightly bitter finish, well balanced, pepper, some alcohol

Mouthfeel: med light body, high carb

Overall: strong lager, rich malt, lighter version of doppelbock, worth a taste, but nothing special

Photo of RickS95
2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Classic look, if a bit light. Faded burnt orange pour. Just dark enough to keep light at bay. Fairly typical lager head, two fingers at pour, nice retention, lots of contrast between the uniform white bubbles and the orange beer. Moderate lace.

I was hoping for more in the nose. The nose picks up a standard issue pilsner, but instead of a floral citrus notes, it's very earthy. For an annivesary beer, I expected more.

This too was a letdown. Yes, there is flavor. But that's about it. No chocolate or roasty notes, again, par for the pilsner course with some savory hops. Fortunately, there is flavor, so it's not just a glorified macro, but it misses the boat for me.

Nothing to write home about. Very grainy feel with plenty of prickly carbonation. The bitterness is lingering, and very American macro lagerish. Light bodied. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

Overall, this was a huge let down. I'm not a fan of lagers and this is a perfect example. The majority of them taste the same. Despite some color and high ABV, it's hard to distinguish this from something you can find at Applebee's.

Photo of mverity
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NYE bottle share at Proof. Pours a perfect light amber brown. Really good amount of cream colored head. Head and collar last really well. Aroma is biscuity, caramel and some floral hops. Taste is wonderfully the same. Well balanced and delicious. Great medium body and carbonation.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a thick, fluffy, pale buff head. Aroma has a strong and somewhat sweet fruity overtone atop malty and subtle caramel notes. Bold flavor builds fruity, hoppy and caramel notes on a malty core. Fruit sweetness and hoppy bitterness balance each other very nicely. Firm texture has a decent amount of fizz, and goes down smoothly but leaves a fair tingle. Happy Anniversary, Brooklyn!

Photo of drpimento
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting dopplebock - Served at a good temperature with a colossal, cream-colored, foamy, frothy, billowy head that settled to a light cover after a bit and some lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is firstly hops, resin, citrus, malt, spice, bread. Flavor has the hop back way off, malt come thru a lot more, quite dry and some tang. Body/carbonation are killer. Finish is like flavor, on the short side and very drinkable. Delish beer! Thanks to Pat and Karen for the treat!

Photo of Thads324
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Big pop of the cork. Pours a heavenly deep gold that is almost red. Exceptionally thick head of off white bubbles. Tight and going nowhere. The head dissipates slowly and almost gets thicker in the middle. Very nice
Smells faint. Honey, neutral graininess. Syrupy sugar
Taste kind of goes with the smell. Watery up front, spicy and peppery hop with some sweet grain. Honey like sweetness with toasted white bread and mild grassy tartness.
Medium bodied. Thin at first. Clean and crisp finish. Highly drinkable

I was expecting a better beer. It's good, just a bit thin. Did they play it safe? No I don't think so, but this is a slightly aged bottle. Cheers

Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a heavy, large bottle, this brew is explosive...the cork literally blew out after emoving the cage. The color is a clear, copper-amber. Thick and lasting foam tops the liquid. Enormous tufts of lace cling to the glass. Clean, malty aroma is notable....a fresh, pale malt scent, backed with a little herbal hops and a hint of yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, vey carbonic, has a notable malt flavor, and lots of mid-tongue bitterness. Firm bitterness through the finish...which has some spiciest and a carbonic bite. The beer hides its alcohol very well. Firm and full in body. This beer is a treat.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense garnet-brown color with strands of tiny bubbles supporting an egg cream head that turns rocky after a few sips.

S- The cream and fruit ether turns into an alcohol smell in the finish with some green woody hop notes to it.

T- The dry woody malt flavor leads to a Noble hop bite in the finish. There is some sweetness in the finish with an alcohol heat lingering. As the beer opens there is more of a mineral taste and some watery notes that grow.

M- The light mouthfeel has a creamy fizz texture and some alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer is a bit odd in flavor and aroma. The light flavor has strange qualities to the malt and hops and the alcohol seems to grow and dominate the flavor.

Photo of megahurts4
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

Appearance: large pillow head, orange, and lacing.

Smell: lots of whole floral hops and grapefruit.

Taste: a dry hopped grapefruit, spice, and orange peel.

Mouthfeel: extremely dry medium.

Overall:
This is an odd brew. While the aroma and flavors are nice, it is very very dry, yet smooth and pleasing. This is a definite try.

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.