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: 483
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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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.

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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 KensWorld
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cellared since spring 2014 and it has aged very well. Unique color, kind of a pinkish red. Not much smell but the taste makes up for it. Very complex flavors for a Dobbelock. Lots of sweat malt flavor. Very mellow, not strong at all. Barely detect the 9%. Overall this beer is better then I expected. Sad to see it gone forever. I guess I have wait until their 50th. 4.5 (379 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
3.69/5.00 (2,171 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given a sample all I got was banana bread on the noise and taste - with a full pour more dark fruit and Belgian quad taste profile. Still an enjoyable brew! (Let it warm and that banana bread comes back - awesome!) (214 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 badgustav
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (201 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 (709 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (475 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 JamieDuncan
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of sfsean28
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of StuyBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (446 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 fourstringer
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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! (948 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 welldigger888
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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!!!! (537 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (468 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 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 mverity
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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! (418 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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! (485 characters)

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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