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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

457 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 14
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of acevenom
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JDavidRice
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Doc_Hops
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Silver Anniversary Lager pours a nice light brown/orange amber color with a slightly off-white head that booms at first and then slowly retreats. Quite a bit of nice, bubbly carbonation keeps a quarter inch head lingering.

S- Malty notes are dominant with actually some surprising spice as well. Nothing deeply roasted but more lightly toasted notes that produce a sweet, caramel-esque aroma. Hops are present, actually a little more than I was expecting which is a pleasant surprise.

T- This beer is rich. A deliciously smooth malt character comes through in the beginning that actually opens up into some fruity notes, perhaps red apples.

M- Home run right here. This beer is ridiculously smooth. The malty richness of the beer gives it a perfect medium body and the bottle conditioning gives it some superior drinkability. Somehow, it is also thirst-quenching as well? I'll tell you what; the 9% abv is hidden well, too well...

O- Another rock solid beer from a rock solid brewery. I really hope this is not a one-off and they continue to brew it in 2013. I would love to have this one again. Great stuff Brooklyn! Keep it up!

Serving Type: 750ml bottle poured into a huge, oversized wine glass. Thanks for reading.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dpianka
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 4-27-2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: 25th Anniversary Lager
brewery: Brooklyn Brewery
brewery location: Brooklyn, NYC, NY
type: lager
style: dopplebock
abv: 8.6
ibu: 45
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: looks like perfectly caramelized sugar on creme brulee. Head pours rich and wonderful. no carbonation present.

Smell: the beer gods blessed this beer with a helluva nose. At first whiff I stick my nose into a bag of dried apricots with candied grapefruit rind. Then I sniff a bit more and the bag falls into a bowl of creme anglais. I shove my nose in one more time and someone snuck up behind me and dusted the whole damn thing with dried lavender. By now my nose is fatigued but I can’t help myself. I’m addicted, get me another hit. I must be fatigued now I get lakewater, like I’m fishing for freshwater trout with powerbait. ok, no more sniffing, let’s get this party started.

Taste: hoppier than I expected, first thought:”I wish this was aged a year or two” second though, “this wouldn’t sit around for a year or two, I’d drink it all first”. So take some dried apricots, soak them in wood barrel aged chardonnay then coat them in caramel, like those caramelized apples and put ‘em on a stick. wash them down with birch beer and you start touching the surface of what this beer offers.

Mouthfeel: creamy smooth with lovely hop balance and slightly sharp carbonation

Overall Impression: Happy Anniversary Brooklyn! Any brewery would be proud to have this beer to celebrate with.

Food Pairings: grilled vegetables, roasted portobello and chickpea salad, butterscotch icecream and Brooklyn 25th Anniverary float. spicy buffalo jerky

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Birthday, Brooklyn! Loved your label.

In a snifter this beer was a cherry amber color with a medium-sized tan head.

Aroma of sweet malt and grassy hops.

Taste of honey and caramel. Grassy hops arriving late.

A sweet, smooth beer. Very nice!

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: This was a ruby tinted brown color. It was served to me with a large, siff, bone white head.

s: Sweet bready malt, hints of caramel, roasty nuts, and dark fruits. I need an independent laboratory to confirm an abv of 9%. There is precious little evidence of it in the nose. Well done.

t: Softly sweet and pretty close to spot on. Delicate bready and nutty malts with just a little brown sugar and suggestion of fruit.

m: Soft and silky.

o: Happy anniversary Brooklyn! This was a great way to celebrate.

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of J_Dub
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy light amber, two finger light fluffy head, nicely carbonated

S-Fruity, grassy, some citrus along with caramel and bread.

T-Very fruity, plums, citrus, grassy notes sweet caramel.

M-Medium to lighter in body with some carbonation.

O-A good beer, the flavors were not all there or balanced.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of One2Remeber
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a clear, copper body. Aroma includes tangerine, orange, candi sugar and some caramel malt sweetness. Taste is nicely bittered with a nice background caramel sweetness. Tropical. Delicious beer, my only complaint is the style was a little misleading. Maibock, maybe, not doppelbock. But delicious.

Photo of twiggamortis420
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.