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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 484
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 63 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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.

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Photo of RickS95
2.87/5  rDev -27%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged offering poured into a matching Brooklyn snifter. The brew appears a clear amber color with 2+ fingers of pillow off-white head. The cap fades holding with thick patches of lace. Rising bubbles maintain the cap throughout the duration.

The aroma is strangely soapy upfront blending to citrus, catty and fruity/floral hops. A hint of carbonic and mineral quality is also present. A touch of fusel alcohol. Overall, the aromatics to this are underwhelming and a but distracting for the style.

The taste is mineral filled and carbonic. Hoppy with a citrus to grassy and fruity/floral quality. The alcohol is quite solvent with grassy to almost catty bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. There is a bit of dusty grain inclusion also present.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry and crisp but the flavors are really a bit of a turd for the style (even when looking at it as a double version of their staple lager.) It opens up off in aroma and decent in taste. As the experience continues the aroma gets better and the flavor gets worse. Not recommended. (1,119 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere not very doppelbock looking but nice looking,the smell is sweet malts,brown sugar,raisins and some herbal earthy hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation and has tastes of dark fruits,raisins,sweet malts and finished with a nice subtle dose of earthy hops to keep it real and overall it's no doppelbock to my liking but its really drinkable but wouldn't buy again cheers. (470 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice, tight head and a brownish-amber color. Looks good. Smells of molasses and malt, but only faintly. Tastes pretty good, but a little too boozy. Slight maltiness but it's overshadowed by the alcohol. 9% is a bit too high for this brew. The mouthfeel is not what I expected. It was too thin and watery. It looked like it would be a good, full-bodied beer, but it was a let down. This was a nice beer and good for this round, but I am not impressed enough to recommend it or opt for it again. (507 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at Twin Liquors and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I like a lot of Brooklyn's work. 9% ABV confirmed per the label. The presentation is great; it's a good looking bottle. Reviewed as a doppelbock because the label claims it's "brewed to a doppelbock intensity." I don't see a best before date.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork easily pops out by hand. No liquid surges out. Carbonation seems to be good; perhaps it's due to the bottle re-fermentation.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of biege-khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Complexion is somewhat soft. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the ABV - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks a bit lighter than most good beers in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: True to style, it's heavy on the malts. Sweet German malts including munich, Vienna (okay, it's Austrian...) and biscuit malts. Honey, toasted grains, light caramalt. Surprisingly fruity, actually. Apple and pear. Maybe even fig? I do get a vague fruitcake vibe from it. Hop character is generic and floral. Overall, it seems too sweet, which has me concerned.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

An approachable aroma of mild strength.

T: Fruitcake and caramel on the climax are the first notes I notice. Sweet malts throughout, including plenty of caramalt, Munich malt, and Vienna malt. Abundant sugars. Honey. Toasty graininess. Hints of red apples and a kiss of pear. There's a pleasant fruity sweetness right on the finish, which evokes fruitcake and cherry. I don't get any spiciness or yeast character. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it's not a boozy or hot flavour profile. Hopping is floral in character and timid in strength. It's a light doppelbock overall, if that's really what it is.

Like most beers I review, it could use more complexity and subtlety. It's got a decent balance, but it isn't gestalt; still, there's cohesion. I like it generally.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Definitely overcarbonated. Has a thick full body. Lightly coarse and a bit rough. Wet. Unrefreshing. The mouthfeel suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't come off feeling custom-tailored to it. There's not a perfect marriage of texture to taste by any means. Decent presence on the palate. A bit sticky.

Not too acidic. Not oily, harsh, gushed, or hot.

Dr: A downable "doppelbock" from Brooklyn Brewing that will satisfy fans of the style. I'll kill the bottle alone without issue, but it does have a light alcohol presence that detracts from drinkability. I could see it aging decently for up to two years. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, but fans of the style ought to give it a go. It's more of a Vienna lager meets a doppelbock, but the result isn't bad. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little beer for what it is. By no means a paragon of the doppelbock style, though.

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Photo of Vixie
3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a red/orange color with a large off white head.

Smell is very malty, there are also hints of toffee and caramel.

Has a bit of sweetness at first, there are also caramel and toffee notes. Pronounced hop bite at the finish, and the alcohol is well hidden, not tasting much of it. The taste reminds me a bit of a cola drink, at least before the hops kick in.

Nothing special on the feel, getting a lot of tingling from the carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but it didn't really wow me like I expected. It goes down easy for the alcohol content. I'd never had guessed this was 9%. Always happy to try Brooklyn beers, as they are not easy for me to get, and while this one was good, wasn't the amazing beer I had expected. (724 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

GUSHER!

Looks murky. Smells of light grape, bready, a little rubbing alcohol, yeasty. Super crisp refreshing with some yeasty bready grape taste. Mouthfeel is overwhelmingly carbed.

This is mostly my fault as this beer should not have been aged most likely but two years ago I thought everything would improve with time.

My review is more to style. This isn't a completely bad beer and like it more than my review may show. (427 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a massively thick three fingered, rocky, billowy, sticky head into the pilsner glass, pours a medium amber color with massive carbonation.

S - Aroma is weak overall - light flora, caramel/toffee, and light spice.

T - Caramel/toffee malt, spicey, light floral, peppery, herbal, a little bready, delicate citrus, and more on the sweet side overall with a spicy finish.

M - Heavy medium body, slightly chewy, bready, and delicate carbonation on the finish - leaves a bready and spicy finish on the palate.

O - The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden for 9% and drinks more like an Imperial Pilsner. Glad I was able to try it but one is enough. (665 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First off- "Happy Birthday Brooklyn Brewing!" Twenty-five years of brewing excellence places the brewery at the leading edge of greatness in the craft beer communities. The beer that commemorates it all is a scaled up version of their flagship Vienna Lager.

Opening with a deeply caramelized coloration, the dark amber lager looks like winter honey with its redish orange tint and supreme clarity. A separation of liquid and froth leads to a mid-statured head to cap the beer through half the session and spotting the glass with lacing froth. The beer's appearance is somewhat strained for those big lagers, especially seeing that its strength topples the range for traditional Dopplebocks, this is acceptable to me.

Medium strength aromatics are spicy, malty, and fruity as the scent of rum-soaked fruitcake comes to mind. Malty rich with bread crust, honey, and slight caramel. Strained fruit notes of dates, red apple, and mild fig fit nicely with alcohol notes of spiced rum- equipped with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper.

Flavors are spicy-sweet, lead with the barley sugars of light caramel, honey and toasted grain. Semi-dry bread flavors deliver a finish of spiced sweetness that's cherry-like, cinnamon-infused, and rich with alcohol and nutmeg. Its dry and spicy taste is remarkable as an Imperial Lager, however it lacks the complexes malt richness of traditional Dopplebocks.

Spicy-sweet to start, the lager's body is semi-malty but boarderline hot in finish. Its middle is lacking the 'fatty' richness that true Dopplebocks deserve. Its dryish middle exposes rough grain character later as the would-be savory lager attempts to close.

Where the "Imperialized" lager is fortified and quite characterful in its own right, any threat to link it to Dopplebocks will render it inferior. Instead, the "doubled" character of Brooklyn Lager is a drier strong lager with toasty overtones and honey sweetness. Its a charming ale- considering its origins. But Brooklyn Brewery's silver anniversary beer deserves a better showing. (2,033 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For this beer they did the priming in the bottle such as in homebrew.
Slightly hazy dark amber color with a thick medium head with average retention.
Fruity aroma such as in a dopplebock, hints of dark fruits, caramel and toasted malts, and a mild booze.
Flavor of sweet slightly toasted malts, plums, brown sugar and grains. Dry aftertaste, mild bitterness.
Medium body and low carbonation. Amazing how they were able to hide so good the 9% ABV.
Nice beer, though not so complex as I was expecting. (499 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release, purchased 8/2013
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass

Brooklyn's Silver Anniversary Lager is an untraditional doppelbock in many ways: lighter in color and less emphasis on the malt than on the hops. While not bad, this maibock-like doppelbock is neither what I was expecting or what I'd gravitate towards (and at $14 per 750ml bottle, not something I'd purchase regularly, anyway). Interesting to have tried Brooklyn's doppelbock attempt and note what this hop combination can do, but otherwise, not one I'd seek out again.

Pours a 2.3cm tall head of beige to light-tan colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that are well-pressed, yielding a very frothy-looking appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam descending slowly over two minutes to thin cap of foam remaining atop the beer for the session. Lacing is also quite good, the head leaving thick, heavy sheets enclosing all sides of the glass. Body is lighter than expected, an orange-brown mix that leans more towards dark orange, with light bringing out deep pumpkin or persimmon-like orange coloration. Carbonation is visible through the slightly hazy (20-30% opaque) body, high in number and medium in activity.

Aroma of spicy phenols, with woodsy, leaf-like, and slightly citrus undertones, from a combination of the Saphir and Cascade hops used. Very little actual malt character, mostly in the background, that being a slight breadiness.

Flavor is of hops that give a woodsy, mossy, spicy edge (from the Willamette and Saphir combination), combined with spicy phenols and a light bread and toast-like malt background. Front of palate of spicy, floral, woodsy, and slightly citrus-like hops (from a combination of all four in this beer, Hallertau, Saphir, Cascade, and Willamette), with phenols from yeast (an incorrect primary fermentation temperature?) and faint bread-like sweetness. Mid-palate of continued hop characters (woodsy, spicy, mossy, with hints of citrus) with strong phenolics and mild, bread-like and slightly toasted malt characters, mild to moderate bitterness. Back of palate experiences ethanol, slightly sharp phenolic notes, woodsy and herbal hop characters, moderate bitterness. Closes drly herbal, with mild bitterness and lingering phenolics joined to slight woodsiness, yeast, and bread-like malt character.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2), quite nice for the beer and style. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness remaining on the palate and lips. (2,650 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a nicely clear copper color with a large cap of light beige head. Retention is nice as is the lacing.

Nose is...different - honeyed grains as opposed to toasty, lemony hops as opposed to grassy. Probably would not have guessed doppel.

It is hoppier than I thought it would be...maybe more maibock than doppelbock. I can see the comparison to an 'imperial Brooklyn lager', though it seems to have more of a lemony hop bite on the finish. Not bad, but tell me why I paid 13 bucks for this?? They should have released it in six-packs for the same price. (572 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an orange-amber body in color, a bit hazy, with a thick, lasting off-white head.

Smell: A nose of chopped candied fruits, ground spices and warmed sugars with a soak of spiking sherry ahead of the blend of bready, toasty, biscuity malts.

Taste: A bready, toasted malt with a touch of blonde sugars. Varied dark fruitiness of figs and dates with some orangy, citrusy undertones felt. Herbed, earthy hop character, though only a medium-light bitterness. And, once the heat of the alcohol bubbles into the picture (though not quite boozy), it takes on a fruitcake like quality. Small hit of anise on the fruity, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, I suppose, though it falls a wee bit short of its price-tag. As it's to be an amped up Brooklyn Lager, I'd have preferred a six-pack of its origin story beer at less than half the cost. (969 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small head of white foam on a hazy, amber brown body. Lots of toffee and apple notes in the aroma. Big malt up front with toffee and caramel. Some apple and more caramel in the middle, finishes with a touch of licorice and spicy hops. A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish. Not bad, a bit muddy and one dimensional, the toffee gets really cloying by the end of the glass. (417 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with a lot of light tan head.
S: It smelled like copper and resin hops, with some earthy caramel malt.
T: It tasted like copper and wild honey, with some fresh wheat and resin hops and biscuit. It had a clean earthy bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a lot of carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent beer, but nothing special. The scent and taste were good but basic, and the body was fairly weak. The finish was reasonably smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not bad, but not worth it. (558 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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! (348 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever and leaves much lace on the way down the glass. Smells of bread and caramel with floral and spicy hops providing some balance. Light sulfur and alcohol come through in the nose but only detract a little. The flavor is caramel and bread with a hint of chocolate on the malt side. Earthy and spicy hops with that signature Brooklyn big beer alcohol presence. Light sweet fruit rounds out the flavor nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bitter mouthfeel. Decent beer, but dopplebock is quite a stretch and the alcohol is just a little too present for my palette. (671 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,303 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of stuppy
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (402 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"In 1988, we introduced Brooklyn Lager, an American original inspired by the beers of 19th Century New York and Vienna. Today, we salute our beginnings with this Silver Anniversary Lager, brewed to a doppelbock intensity and re-fermented in the bottle." Brewed in the style of a Doppelbock lager. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft. Released as a one-off anniversary release in bottles with 4 different artistic designs, this one is referred to as "Breathing Head".

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden cream complexion over a moderately hazy copper amber body with thin sediment and low visible carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Biscuit caramel malts with light graininess, light toffee malts, soft citrus characters. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Biscuit and bread malts, soft graininess, light alcohol presence. Delicate, light and simple, but well balanced. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly oily, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly equal sweet to bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A Doppelbock comes off as a fairly simple style to celebrate 25 years, but sometimes the simple things come off as the most enjoyable. Brooklyn's Silver Anniversary Lager has an easy going, yet enjoyable flavor although I question whether these factors alone warrant the steep price tag that I have seen bottles of this lager going for. I was a bit of a sucker to purchase a second bottle of this thinking they were separate beers- they were just separate labels for the same beer. If you can find this for a reasonable price on draft it may be worth the purchase price. Although many may be taken aback by the beer's simplicity, it is an enjoyable homage to quality easy drinking beer for a style that is fading rapidly in American Craft Brewing. 3.75

Brooklyn Brewery's
Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013
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Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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... (1,476 characters)

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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