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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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very good

452 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palma on 03-05-2013)
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DudMan, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mendvicdog, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

leftstagebrew, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

drabmuh, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

cdwil, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

HinghamRick, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

kew, May 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16%

bigfnjoe, May 12, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

csmartin6, May 11, 2013
Photo of Kooz
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Kooz, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

oakaged88, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

rydev24, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

JMS1512, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

MCDub, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

sjones5045, May 09, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper with collar of white head. Spotty lacing present and nice clarity. Nose is malty and sweet with notes of grapenuts cereal, toffee, and bread. Taste is malty and somewhat sweet wih no descript hop profile. Nice balance, malts heavy towards the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth. Overall, decent beer with nice balance, nothing extraordinary.

homebrew311, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

PopnLoads, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

dalepryor, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kaelingirl, May 06, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours clear dark copper with a thick, white head that retreats slowly. There are a lot of visible tiny rising bubbles. The beer smells like brown bread crust and caramel with some earthy and spicy hops in the nose. The malt profile smells pretty rich and the hops aren't overwhelming. The first sip reveals a very balanced beer. The malt backbone is strong with bready and sweet notes, but balanced well by the earthy hop flavors. The 9% ABV is well hidden. The body is medium to full with a smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability is dangerously high in this beer and it finishes clean due to the higher carbonation. This is an excellent beer.

acevenom, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

nh2032, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JDavidRice, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

imperialking, May 03, 2013
Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn’s Silver Anniversary Lager opens to an initially hop-strong aroma, pink grapefruit, lemon oil, and bits of dandelion stem and pine resin wafting from the bottle. These fade after a few seconds, revealing a dark, fruity base, with fig, date, blackberry, and black cherry fruit esters mixing with molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla, and these atop chunks of thick brown bread, yeasty wheat dough, and floury baguettes, to form a lovely doppelbock base. As a whole the nose is very nice, being well balanced and offering a wide variety of aromas. It does suffer a bit from a lack of strength, but is still remarkably persistent for its potency, the dark fruit esters and sugars being especially nice.

On the tongue, the beer is hoppier than expected, with pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, lemon oil, and touches of mint and eucalyptus coming across in medium strength. The sugars and dark fruit esters come in after a second or so, adding fig, date, and cherry fruit esters, as well as brown sugar and faint bits of vanilla and molasses. The bready notes are lighter here as well, with floury baguette and yeasty rising dough still present, but in lesser quantities. There are also underlying touches of toasted pecan and toast crust, the faint burnt notes playing nicely off of the breads. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, with larger bready notes emerging as the sugars die off. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing on the tongue.

Overall, this certainly isn’t bad beer, and the 9% ABV is hidden very well, but it does lack a certain something that would qualify a beer for such an important anniversary. It seems rather watery and fizzy as a whole, coming across as times more like a cola than a beer in mouthfeel, and the flavors are more muted than in many doppelbocks. The hops also take a bit too large of a chunk of the profile, further masking the bready, fruity notes. More balance and more oomph would have served this beer well.

jondeelee, May 02, 2013
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.