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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 470
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: 470 | Reviews: 108
Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a stunning tribute to the beer that started it all in Brooklyn. Yes it is a different style. Yes that should preclude comparison, but it is the similarity of drinking experience that makes the comparison inevitable and necessary. Reviewing this is like listening to Ornette Coleman. If you do not keep the original melody as a reference to what you are currently hearing you get lost. You lose the full value of the experience. You almost want to have a glass of the lager to alternate sips with. Don't, have that lager first if you are unfamiliar with it. If you know the lager let the anniversary surprise you and drink it without immediate reference.

A huge head with chunks of lace and and nice covering. Reddish amber fluid. Not crystal clear but my pour disturbed the yeast, ( I did not see it ) so I give it the benefit of the doubt and a perfect score. Smell is bready malt with a delicate doughy sweetness. Clean overall with a light bit of alcohol sweetness. Hops are mild and nicely integrated. It has a delicate, inviting, overall signature Taste superb. Big caramel malt front with a sweetness that while true to style is held in check and expertly balanced without a heavy hop presence. Alcohol is so well integrated as to be invisible. No small feat for a 9% beer with a smooth mild hop balance . Nice bready quality to the swallow that leans to the lager characteristics with a clean persona. This is like a bigger smoother Brooklyn Lager. The ability to make this the flavor of this one recall the other is impressive. Finish is also quite clean and artfully hopped with a short dry quenching quality. Feel is lighter than the abv deserves and crisply carbonated. It drinks like a perfect sessioning lager while being a high strength dopplebock. This bee is remarkable in its ability to recall the flavor of the lager while giving a bigger, smoother, drinking experience. Beyond impressive!

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Birthday, Brooklyn! Loved your label.

In a snifter this beer was a cherry amber color with a medium-sized tan head.

Aroma of sweet malt and grassy hops.

Taste of honey and caramel. Grassy hops arriving late.

A sweet, smooth beer. Very nice!

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 Jason
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml brown corked and caged bottle. Vintage date on the label.

Hazed tawny amber, great looking head slowly subsides. Orage zest, mild resin, bready, malt sweetness, toasty, nutty yeast and hint of alcohol make up a pretty complex nose. Deep smoothness, slightly creamy chewy body. Big on bread, toasted biscuits, ample hoppiness, faint mint, orange pith, balancing bitterness, warming alcohol, spice, semi-dry grainy finish.

Very malty and very well balanced, all flavors seem to pop when they have to and everything seems to mesh well. Enjoyable to drink for sure.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large bottle, caged and corked. No freshness info offered.

Pours murky brown, head is initially huge and al over the place, calms down to a thicker film and fine high lacing.

Spiced nose with cinnimon, red hots and alcohol

Malty, moderatly sweet, more spice, cinnimon and cloves, honey, warm alcohol.

Ehh, this one seems to be a bit of a mess. One and done fo sho...

Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich amber with thin off-white head.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, dark fruit and light spice. A little too mild.

Taste: Rich malts of biscuit, toast, caramel and cherry. Some light hops with spice and mild citrus.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and dry finish.

Overall: Doppelbock version of Brooklyn Lager. Very nice.

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn’s Silver Anniversary Lager opens to an initially hop-strong aroma, pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and bits of dandelion stem and pine resin wafting from the bottle. These fade after a few seconds, revealing a dark, fruity base, with fig, date, blackberry, and black cherry fruit esters mixing with molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla, and these atop chunks of thick brown bread, yeasty wheat dough, and floury baguettes, to form a lovely doppelbock base. As a whole the nose is very nice, being well balanced and offering a wide variety of aromas. It does suffer a bit from a lack of strength, but is still remarkably persistent for its potency, the dark fruit esters and sugars being especially nice.

On the tongue, the beer is hoppier than expected, with pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, lemon oil, and touches of mint and eucalyptus coming across in medium strength. The sugars and dark fruit esters come in after a second or so, adding fig, date, and cherry fruit esters, as well as brown sugar and faint bits of vanilla and molasses. The bready notes are lighter here as well, with floury baguette and yeasty rising dough still present, but in lesser quantities. There are also underlying touches of toasted pecan and toast crust, the faint burnt notes playing nicely off of the breads. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with larger bready notes emerging as the sugars die off. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, this certainly isn’t bad beer, and the 9% ABV is hidden very well, but it does lack a certain something that would qualify a beer for such an important anniversary. It seems rather watery and fizzy as a whole, coming across as times more like a cola than a beer in mouthfeel, and the flavors are more muted than in many doppelbocks. The hops also take a bit too large of a chunk of the profile, further masking the bready, fruity notes. More balance and more oomph would have served this beer well.

Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle code of 0153A.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A deep, bready, biscuit malt forward aroma with some nice spicy hop hints. Toasted malts upfront with big hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Also some hints of roast chocolate, nuts, and brown sugar sweetness. A pretty solid earthy and floral hop presence with hints of grass and spice. Some citrus hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Also some dark fruit hints of dates, fig, raisin, and prune. A pretty bready and fairly dry aroma. Smells good.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a toasty, bready taste of malts with a solid bitter and drying hop presence. Bready toasted malts upfront with a big taste of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, yeast, and grain. Subtle roasty notes of chocolate. Big nutty taste and a little brown sugar sweetness. Light taste of honey. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with notes of dates, raisin, fig, and prune. A very solid hop balance with bitter earthy and floral hop notes. Some spicy and grassy notes as well as citrus notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat chewy, and pretty smooth. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really good amped of version of the Brooklyn Lager. Good biscuity malt taste with a solid bittering hop balance. Not as dark and roasty as some Doppelbocks, but very good.

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Silver Anniversary Lager pours a nice light brown/orange amber color with a slightly off-white head that booms at first and then slowly retreats. Quite a bit of nice, bubbly carbonation keeps a quarter inch head lingering.

S- Malty notes are dominant with actually some surprising spice as well. Nothing deeply roasted but more lightly toasted notes that produce a sweet, caramel-esque aroma. Hops are present, actually a little more than I was expecting which is a pleasant surprise.

T- This beer is rich. A deliciously smooth malt character comes through in the beginning that actually opens up into some fruity notes, perhaps red apples.

M- Home run right here. This beer is ridiculously smooth. The malty richness of the beer gives it a perfect medium body and the bottle conditioning gives it some superior drinkability. Somehow, it is also thirst-quenching as well? I'll tell you what; the 9% abv is hidden well, too well...

O- Another rock solid beer from a rock solid brewery. I really hope this is not a one-off and they continue to brew it in 2013. I would love to have this one again. Great stuff Brooklyn! Keep it up!

Serving Type: 750ml bottle poured into a huge, oversized wine glass. Thanks for reading.

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Large 2013 bottle served in a small snifter.

Hazy dark amber-brown with a modest but durable head. The glass gets nicely coated with lacing with each tip.

Aroma: strong and malty for a lager. About 50/50 mix of hops and malt.

Flavor: About 70/30 mix of hops and malt.

Feel: medium body and carbonation; slightly dry

O: a rich, strong and malty lager.

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 biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, festooned with a mind-bendingly artsy label courtesy of one Fred Tomaselli.

This beer pours (carefully, at first) a hazy, bright medium copper-amber hue, with three fat fingers of tumultuous, thickly foamy, and moderately creamy ecru head, which leaves some random swaths of wispy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of crisp, sharply biscuity, toasted pale grain, mild tart citrus rind, wet ashes, a bit of dried-out pine needles, thin butterscotch, and a floating metallic edge. The taste is lightly toasted multi-grain bread, faintly caramelized toffee, buttered biscuits, a mild, but steady grapefruit and orange peel fruitiness, subtle pine resin notes, and a middling undercurrent of softened metallic booze.

The carbonation is up for anything, and sort of fizzy to boot, the body a sturdy medium weight, and not particularly smooth in the face of those bubbles and skulking, if still sneaky, alcohol. It finishes rather short on the off-dry side, most of the sweetness having bled off, leaving us with a continuing barrage of dry, goodly grainy, biscuity, and toasted malt.

A pretty approachable, taste-wise, dopplebock, the typical sickly pale malt and astringent booze character more or less absent here. The drying tact works to counter those admittedly stereotypical impressions, and the extra (and duly restrained) American hoppiness works well in the service of balance. A concept that one (myself included) may not preserve should this bottle be seen through to its illogical end.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager
750 ml., corked & caged
$14.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

Appearance: Hazy, deep amber-russet brown body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head holds fairly well, then drops to an average collar and whispy syrface covering.

Smell: Malt & hop. Caramel & spicy. Herbal/leafy hops.

Taste: The flavor, no surprise, mimics the aroma. Floral and spicy hops hit right upfront atop caramelish malt, and hold across the middle and into the end where the bitterness rises and the hop flavors begin to fade. There's a lot of malt that clings to the palate, keeping the bitterness there, and it's a long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full. Moderate carbonation leaves it smooth and creamy.

Overall: Solid components of malt, hops, and body/strength.

Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Light amber pour with a rich white foam that has active carbonation. Decent lacing webs the glass.

S - Smells of honey, graham crackers, light grains. Some sweetness hits the nose.

T - Sweet flavors and a pleasant flavor of grains. Taste of honey and fresh bread.

M - Crisp and clean feel to thos beer. Easily sessionable. Does not feel as thick or heavy as most dopplebocks; is this really that style?

O - Like this one. For the ABV it is wickedly smooth. A must have for Brooklyn fans, and solid summer beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a light golden brownish color with a light tan head with great retention and lacing. The aroma is malt, caramel and fresh hops. The taste like the aroma starts out sweet and malty with the hops coming in lingering well into the finish. Overall, not a bad brew to commemorate an anniversary. Happy 25th Brooklyn!

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 Gmann
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden brown color with a short-ish egg-shell colored head that settled into a light ring. Tight creamy head. On the blonder side for a dopplebock.

The aroma is bready and fruity. Solid bready base with grapefruit and other citrus aroma. Not necessarily hoppy but more fruity. Its enjoyable but not sure it reminds me of a dopplebock.

Big bready flavor but not overly sweet. Good overall fruitiness to the flavor. Nice citrus but there seems to be some more fruit to it. Some good toast flavor and just good overall balance. Its an odd beer. It no way nears having the dark fruit of a dopplebock but doesn't have that overly sweet flavor of a malty ale, like a barley wine. The beer has a bright flavor to it.

This beer is insanely drinkable. It is crisp and clean like a lager should be. There are no heavy flavors and just has a solid all malt lager flavor. Nice carbonation and the ABV is well hidden.

Not the most flavorful beer but it is damn drinkable, like a lager should be. It is not complex but it really nails what a strong blonde lager should be.

Photo of Swift989
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

really unique and a delicious creamy and smooth beer. really surprising to turn brooklyn lager into this unique dobblebock. would gladly buy a large format after having this on draft in DC. Has everything a american dobblebock typically exhibits with an above average smell.

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 puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked caged 750 ml. bottle no. 0323A. Sampled on November 14, 2013.

It has plenty of bubbly carbonation floating gently but incessantly up to the top of the glass with an amber-orange color and a silky beige head. Lots of lacing.

The nose is of toasted, caramel malts mainly with a tip of the hat to clean hops and only a touch of booze.

Bold to medium body but also very smooth.

The taste also brings out a roasted, toasted caramel malt character with a lingering low to moderate bitterness at the end. Alcohol is better integrated than is typical for the style. Just smooth and delightful. But do I want to spend $17.00 for it again? Probably not.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is a bit surprising, there's more hoppiness than I expected. The brew smells like caramel, floral/herbal hops, and fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some dark bread/bready malt, and a lingering bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, nice job from Brooklyn Brewery with this Anniversary brew! $11.99 a bottle.

Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - More than three fingers worth of fluffy active fizzy effervescent light khaki colored head comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles reminiscent of a root beer float... Very good retention... The color is a slightly pale slightly muted golden copper color... There is the most subtle of hazes... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation streaks throughout... Some small gobs of lacing cling to the glass...

S - Rich caramel and Munich malts... Lots of sweet doughy desert breads... Toffee... Butter scotch... Some subtle overly ripened fruity notes... A bit nutty as well... Popcorn... Slightly metallic...

T - A pleasant mix of caramel and fruity notes to start... A very light chocolatey component... Lots of woody notes... A subtle smoke factor... Slightly metallic twinge to it... Lots of interesting flavors, but I'm not quite sure they compliment one another as they were intended to... Starts a bit rough, but the flavors meld better once it warms closer to room temperature...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly creamy to start... Tight and compact... Clean and crisp... A limited bit of sharp carbonation... Consistent sip after sip...

D - A bit of a disappointment... Expectations are automatically elevated when anything is labeled as an anniversary offering, however this one is pedestrian and average at best... There is nothing remarkable or memorable about it... Even compared to other Doppelbocks, I'm not quite sure its anything more than mediocre...

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 Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a pilsener glass, medium amber body, slightly hazy, tall tan head that slimmed to a filmy cap and left some sparse lace along the way down

S: some fruitiness and floral notes, caramel

T: some citrus-like hops, suggestion of pale fruit, slightly sweet caramel and grainy pilsener malts; very well-rounded, graceful and drinkable

M: nice body - not too heavy or light, slight spicy tingle, some smooth slickness, too; as it warmed a little it took on an almost buttery feel

O: I'm not a big doppelbock drinker (or lagers in general), so I may be off-point in a style-specific evaluation, but I found this to be a very enjoyable beer - satisfying and well-balanced, with a very comforting flavor profile - somewhere between a sipper and a gulper. Well done.

First pour: straight up, review-style
Second pour: paired with some smoked gouda cheese - very complimentary flavors
Third pour: even better than the first two!

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.

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.