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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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socon67

New York

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.

Serving type: growler

06-05-2013 18:38:17 | More by socon67
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One2Remeber

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Body is crystal clear, light amber color w/ golden bronze hue. Fizzy, off-white head, mild retention.

S: Clean lager aroma, hint of bubble gum undertones. Mild toasty malts. Moderate earthy hops.

T: Sharp bitterness up front, spicy/peppery yeast takes over, turns to a toned down caramel malt finish. Alcohol shows but not remotely hot.

M: Lighter body that lacks robust flavors in the finish, especially for Doppelbock (benchmark Bell's Consecrator).

O: For a Dopplebock, this is lacking a malt-bomb characteristic. However, it is absolutely delicious as yeasty flavors are allowed to shine with a complimentary subtle malt and hop components.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2013 00:57:04 | More by One2Remeber
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palma

New York

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Supposedly this is a twist on the original Brooklyn lager and brewed to a stronger doppelbock strength.

Much lighter in color than a traditional doppelbock. Dark amber with highlights of orange and brown. Extremely clear - this isn't the bottle conditioned version. A good size head and a sticky looking lace.

Aroma of heavy caramel, figs, maple brown sugar. Hop aroma is soft and floral.

Taste is brilliant. Sweet mellow malty upfront. Honey. Caramel is very evident. Crisp herbal grassiness. Just enough hops at the end. Mild hops. Excellent balance. A very flavorful lager. Wonderful lingering aftertaste of grainy rye bread and citrusy hops. Juicy and slightly oily on the tongue.

An extremely drinkable 9 percent beer. Delicious.

Serving type: growler

03-05-2013 02:10:37 | More by palma
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sfsean28

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:03:53 | More by sfsean28
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StuyBeerGuy

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 19:58:41 | More by StuyBeerGuy
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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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fourstringer

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:46:24 | More by fourstringer
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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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welldigger888

South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
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!!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:22:29 | More by welldigger888
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pkalix

California

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

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

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:22:35 | More by pkalix
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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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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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mverity

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:38:16 | More by mverity
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:23:48 | More by Cyberkedi
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:44:58 | More by drpimento
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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

12-11-2013 02:44:04 | More by Thads324
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

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

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:23:23 | More by Suds
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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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megahurts4

Louisiana

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

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

Appearance: large pillow head, orange, and lacing.

Smell: lots of whole floral hops and grapefruit.

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

Mouthfeel: extremely dry medium.

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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:32:31 | More by megahurts4
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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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 23:34:51 | More by puboflyons
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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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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice caramel and toffee aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:10:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours hazed copper with a lasting thin head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, rum-like fruitiness and spiciness with mild earthy notes.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, spiced rum, nutty malt and dried fruits. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth and mild sweetness.

It is smooth with alcohol well-integrated.

A well-done doppelbock in the traditional style similar to Paulaner. A nice representation and a dangerously drinkable brew!

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 18:41:05 | More by jwc215
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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.