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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palma on 03-05-2013)
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RickS95

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 04:04:35 | More by RickS95
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 15:08:21 | More by stakem
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ADZA

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 09:40:17 | More by ADZA
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Kooz

New York

3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:22:21 | More by Kooz
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kojevergas

Texas

3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

C+

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 02:23:12 | More by kojevergas
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Vixie

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 02:22:04 | More by Vixie
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:45:05 | More by jzeilinger
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 21:58:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 05:30:49 | More by BEERchitect
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 19:19:00 | More by falloutsnow
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FLima

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 02:00:49 | More by FLima
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 00:37:02 | More by chinchill
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 22:35:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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nickfl

Florida

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:59:42 | More by nickfl
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cjgator3

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 23:30:44 | More by cjgator3
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:56:35 | More by DaveBlack
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:44:11 | More by johnnnniee
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Pencible

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 19:08:03 | More by Pencible
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SLeffler27

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:24:56 | More by SLeffler27
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stuppy

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 03:51:46 | More by stuppy
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Billolick

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:32:27 | More by Billolick
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:06:10 | More by philbe311
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kevanb

Illinois

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

750ml bottle, poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

The beer pours a a light amber red color, hues of burgundy and mahogany, clear complexion with a bone colored head, very billowy that rises about 2 fingers high before receding slowly and leaving a small amount of sticky lace behind. The aroma is of rich malt, toasted grain, biscuit as well with some light spicing and stone fruits at the finish. Not as robust or assertive as many others can be, but it's tame and balanced. The flavors are in line, lots of grain, ranging from light biscuit to toasted malt to rich, sweet dark grain, with a bit of spicing and crispness and a touch of pluminess is detectable at the end. The alcohol is hidden wonderfully, but again, the flavors are on the tamer and simpler side and don't really pop out. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied, coats the mouth well, carbonation is very present but not abrasive, the finish is lightly creamy with a little zip from the bubbles.

Verdict: A very pleasant beer from Brooklyn, but nothing too bold here. The flavors aren't overly rich or powerful and nothing is too assertive, one of the more gentle and delicate beers I've had of any style for 9.00% and that was to my enjoyment. Definitely worth checking out for anyone who likes a good lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 23:16:38 | More by kevanb
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in my new favorite mug.

Appearance: A slight hazy amber, little dark with a heavy head rising to almost two finger's length with a vigorous pour coming an off-white color.

Smell: sour hops scent, it feels almost spoiled but still very like-able.

Taste: has a sour but sweet finish, think of a light maple syrup with a lemon skin and juice blended in. Definitely malty and smooth dose of hops, definitely nice but different complexity.

Mouth: Medium to full bodied, the sour finish is evident and a just above average stickiness.

Overall: If I had a solid opinion about this beer is tastes something like a European lager, has a complex taste that feels to be a bit one dimensional. You feel the alcohol, you feel the taste almost like a light maple syrup with just the right dose of citrussy bitterness. Considering what else you can have that fits into this category and what better quality beers Brookyn brewery has delivered it's a 50/50 shot taking a chance on this one. Hope you like...Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 06:02:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

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