Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery
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3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-01-2013 22:10:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.84/5 rDev -1%
A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that gradually died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface along with lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrus from the Cascade hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops along with notes of caramel and toasted malts as well as a slight amount of bitterness. Hints of spicy hops are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer can be considered more of a "souped up" version of Brooklyn Lager as it drinks quite easy for a doppelbock; it seems lighter in body compared to other beers in the style and masks most of its alcohol.
06-06-2013 01:10:04 | More by metter98
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
04-26-2013 05:30:49 | More by BEERchitect
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
A: no head really on a hazy orange amber body. scattered lacing
S: dark breads, caramel, orange peel
T: bready and caramel malts, resins, candied orange, spicey hops with a metallic and boozy finish
M: medium body and high carbonation.
Overall: relatively simple but easy to drink. The carbonation was a little too much for me.
08-07-2013 01:05:12 | More by kylehay2004
4.11/5 rDev +5.9%
This poured out as a dark orange color with a big rocky white head on top. The lacing on this is impressive, the retention a is good too. The smell of this is grassy, with some roasted notes. The taste is also grassy but has a nice caramel malt flavor and earthy. There is also a subtle fruitiness to it also. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable. Overall this is honestly a really nice beer. I would buy this one again if the mood struck me.
05-12-2013 03:40:20 | More by Knapp85
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
750ml bottle, festooned with a mind-bendingly artsy label courtesy of one Fred Tomaselli.
This beer pours (carefully, at first) a hazy, bright medium copper-amber hue, with three fat fingers of tumultuous, thickly foamy, and moderately creamy ecru head, which leaves some random swaths of wispy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.
It smells of crisp, sharply biscuity, toasted pale grain, mild tart citrus rind, wet ashes, a bit of dried-out pine needles, thin butterscotch, and a floating metallic edge. The taste is lightly toasted multi-grain bread, faintly caramelized toffee, buttered biscuits, a mild, but steady grapefruit and orange peel fruitiness, subtle pine resin notes, and a middling undercurrent of softened metallic booze.
The carbonation is up for anything, and sort of fizzy to boot, the body a sturdy medium weight, and not particularly smooth in the face of those bubbles and skulking, if still sneaky, alcohol. It finishes rather short on the off-dry side, most of the sweetness having bled off, leaving us with a continuing barrage of dry, goodly grainy, biscuity, and toasted malt.
A pretty approachable, taste-wise, dopplebock, the typical sickly pale malt and astringent booze character more or less absent here. The drying tact works to counter those admittedly stereotypical impressions, and the extra (and duly restrained) American hoppiness works well in the service of balance. A concept that one (myself included) may not preserve should this bottle be seen through to its illogical end.
06-12-2013 23:37:58 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager
750 ml., corked & caged
$14.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA
Appearance: Hazy, deep amber-russet brown body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head holds fairly well, then drops to an average collar and whispy syrface covering.
Smell: Malt & hop. Caramel & spicy. Herbal/leafy hops.
Taste: The flavor, no surprise, mimics the aroma. Floral and spicy hops hit right upfront atop caramelish malt, and hold across the middle and into the end where the bitterness rises and the hop flavors begin to fade. There's a lot of malt that clings to the palate, keeping the bitterness there, and it's a long, dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full. Moderate carbonation leaves it smooth and creamy.
Overall: Solid components of malt, hops, and body/strength.
08-16-2013 14:51:08 | More by NeroFiddled
3.59/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-07-2013 00:59:42 | More by nickfl
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
750ml brown corked and caged bottle. Vintage date on the label.
Hazed tawny amber, great looking head slowly subsides. Orage zest, mild resin, bready, malt sweetness, toasty, nutty yeast and hint of alcohol make up a pretty complex nose. Deep smoothness, slightly creamy chewy body. Big on bread, toasted biscuits, ample hoppiness, faint mint, orange pith, balancing bitterness, warming alcohol, spice, semi-dry grainy finish.
Very malty and very well balanced, all flavors seem to pop when they have to and everything seems to mesh well. Enjoyable to drink for sure.
05-30-2013 02:19:09 | More by Jason
4.06/5 rDev +4.6%
I picked this up at State Line Liquors in Md, enjoyed for our 4th Anniversary chilled in a tulip and stemmed glass.
The color is dark amber with 3 fingers of light beige cream with average bead and spotty lace. The smell of malt is pleasant with light earthy nutty toffee smell with mild herbal hop ester and sublte scent of aclohol. The feel is mildly sweet with semi-high carbonation level and moderatly dry finish with mild alcohol warmth.
This tastes very nice chilled and has the mild nuttiness of pilsner malt with herbal hop flavors emerging more as it warms with some mild toasted and caramel malt which adds a light dried fruit element. The slight noble hop flavor brings a hint of lemon/floral to the taste which goes well with the toffee notes in the finish. Overall this is a unique strong dark lager with a blend of pilsner flavor and dopplebock which is very drinkable and quaffable with a nice balance of malt and bitterness with decent strength and complexity -well Done Brooklyn!
09-18-2013 18:56:16 | More by Slatetank
4.06/5 rDev +4.6%
a great beer, surprising choice for a big anniversary style wise, maybe because lagers usually aren't this exciting. this pour is absolutely gorgeous, clearish medium amber to brown in color, much darker than expected, with a robust white head that's light as a cloud and long lasting. fancy lacing trails behind on the edges after each sip, a real looker this one is. a nose of sweet and dry malts, covering a broad range of color depths. minerals and sweet red malts, lighter wheat and biscuit characters too. some awesome lager yeast that has an almost tartness, not quite bretty but almost as out there. real different! some dried fruits are tasted, as is a light sweetness and caramel flavor I taste no booze at all. surely not a traditional dopplebock, this sort of defies all style conventions. carbonated very brightly, without much weight to it at all despite the normal density of a dopplebock and beers this high in alcohol more generally. a luxurious and fancy brew quite worthy of any celebration. I really enjoyed sharing this bottle with my brother.
09-06-2013 21:24:42 | More by StonedTrippin
3.86/5 rDev -0.5%
From 03/23/13 notes. Had this on tap at Proletariat in NYC on St. Mark's Place.
a - Pours a clear reddish amber color with two inches of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like the normal Brooklyn Lager.
s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, wheat, and bready malts. Pretty nice, and similar to the normal lager, with a little more fruit and hops.
t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely. Loads of citrus hops, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, wheat, some floral notes. Hoppier than the normal lager.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little alcohol presence, and pretty easy to drink for 9% ABV.
o - Overall a solid beer; not a doppledock, but basicaly a slightly better version of their normal Brooklyn Lager. More fruity malts and citrus hops to it, I'd suggest checking it out if you like their lager. Would have it again.
03-27-2013 14:34:32 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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!
09-27-2013 18:41:05 | More by jwc215
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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