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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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very good

437 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: palma on 03-05-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Durge, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Casterbridge, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Gww1864, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JRod1969, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Mgm54
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seved on tap at the pony bar in nyc, 8oz pour

A - beautiful, a toasted brown color. Quite transpartent, looks like a good larger should

S - Again, just wonderfull, good spicy hop smell with some buiscuty malt underneath.

T - slight hops and malt up front, and leads into an increadibly smooth. And wonderful buiscut flavor, with a good amount of floral hop taste and bitterness.

M - smooth lager feel, just enough body to make it feel good, but not too much to make it feel like an ale.

O - makes me very glad that I didn't pass this one up. Just a great example of a lager, it sits in the perfect zone of flavor, where it is not too extreme to loose it's" lagerness", but still packs a good punch of flavor. Just, wow.

Mgm54, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

bellb, Mar 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

randylangford, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Orangey ice tea / apple juice body. Really nice color. Mild haze; par for bottle conditioning. Creamy off-white head. Great retention and lace.

S - Awesome nose. Orange, bread crust, touch of brown sugar, parsley.

T - Orange zest, potpourri, orange, honey wheat bread, rosemary.

M - Smooth with a nice level of carbonation. Medium-light body.

O - A really solid beer. Great drinkability, great flavor.

vfgccp, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a dimpled house mug, glowing a rich reddish amber coloring. It sported a one finger head of cream colored bubbles that were small and tightly packed, resembling the foam over a latte. This showed great retention, leaving a ring around the top of the glass, with speckles down the remainder of it. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma gave fresh floral hop sweetness to mix against pale malts and cereal grain. Sweetness came in the form of nectarine syrups, flashes of caramel, and sweet booziness. With warmth came more bite of licorice and Band Aid phenols, along with coiny adjuncts. Our first impression was that there was surprising hop character through the flavoring, making the sip very fresh. As we sipped, apricot sweetness, grassy and citric hops, metallics, lemon zest sweetness, and floral pollen sweetness blended for the start. Earthy bitterness, nectarine, and passion fruit fruitiness pulled us to the peak, where pale malts and barley showed a big toast, with mild dry mustiness. Fusel booze popped here and there, giving additional bitterness and bite. The end came with more toasty pale grain to wash, fresh grassiness, metallic bitterness, mineral water, flour, and adjuncts. The aftertaste breathed of booze, bittered adjuncty grain, bittered metallic yeast, chalky pale malts, grassy hops, orange rind, and walnut. The body was lightly medium, and the carbonation was higher, with prickle to the front of the tongue. There was decent slurp, smack, cream, and froth, with okay finishing pop to the lip. The mouth was initially cooled, but not really coated, keeping you salivating. There was a final metallic pucker, with a final crispy dryness. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank okay.

Overall, the best thing about this offering was the fresh, and surprising, hoppiness through the aroma and flavoring. This helps to keep things very fresh and flowing throughout the tasting. With the mouthfeel, however, the grainy metallics and yeast added big pucker, which conversely took away from the fullness of the sip, and made it feel a bit cheap at times. This was a fun beer to try, and fit the experimental “anniversary” mold well, but it just seemed like a little too much was going on between those hops and the spicy malts to find solid cohesion.

TheBrewo, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden brown color with a short-ish egg-shell colored head that settled into a light ring. Tight creamy head. On the blonder side for a dopplebock.

The aroma is bready and fruity. Solid bready base with grapefruit and other citrus aroma. Not necessarily hoppy but more fruity. Its enjoyable but not sure it reminds me of a dopplebock.

Big bready flavor but not overly sweet. Good overall fruitiness to the flavor. Nice citrus but there seems to be some more fruit to it. Some good toast flavor and just good overall balance. Its an odd beer. It no way nears having the dark fruit of a dopplebock but doesn't have that overly sweet flavor of a malty ale, like a barley wine. The beer has a bright flavor to it.

This beer is insanely drinkable. It is crisp and clean like a lager should be. There are no heavy flavors and just has a solid all malt lager flavor. Nice carbonation and the ABV is well hidden.

Not the most flavorful beer but it is damn drinkable, like a lager should be. It is not complex but it really nails what a strong blonde lager should be.

Gmann, Mar 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of gr0g
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-amber in color, slight cloudiness. An impressive head with excellent retention thanks to the bottle-refermentation. The aroma is dead-ringer for that of the standard Brooklyn lager, including the very un-lager-like bright floral and citrus notes of American hops. Complemented by a light butterscotch malt note, the aroma is nice but hardly more intense than the run of the mill lager.

Flavor profile matches the description of the beer perfectly -- this is a stronger version of Brooklyn Lager, nothing more, nothing less. More dry and bitter than any other doppelbock you've had or likely ever will have. Having had too many doppels that were overly sweet, this isn't such a bad thing. At a 9% ABV that's expertly hidden, this is drinking much more like a hop-forward American amber. A nice malty sweetness comes out as the beer warms. Brooklyn did a good job of tempering the harshness that can result from bottle refermentation, as the texture is sudsy with a minimal sting.

Just as the excellent Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse was a very unconventional wheat doppelbock, this is very outside the box for a doppelbock. While kind of underwhelming, especially at over $10 for a bottle, it's undeniably good. As a fan of Brooklyn Lager, one of the beers that got me into craft beer, this is essentially an "Imperial Brooklyn Lager" that's a nice anniversary tribute to a great beer.

gr0g, Mar 24, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color with a huge head into my glass. Doppelbock? Thought it was supposed to be a lager?

Mildly sweet malt greets the nose. I would say caramel. Still manages to be crisp and fresh. I think I get it now. Think of Brooklyn Lager but brewed to doppelbock strength.

Sweet, crisp, caramel essence greets taste buds. Refined. Totally concentrated on the malt. I'm not sure how else to describe it.

Alcohol warmth slowly creeps back up the throat. Everything seems sweet and "chewy" at the back as well. A nice contrast.

Definitely a great way to celebrate a silver anniversary. Might want to put a bit of age on it in order to mellow out that warmth.

Brad007, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jrpapajcik, Mar 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

DerekMorgan, Mar 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

2dogbrew, Mar 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

sliverX, Mar 21, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a pilsener glass, medium amber body, slightly hazy, tall tan head that slimmed to a filmy cap and left some sparse lace along the way down

S: some fruitiness and floral notes, caramel

T: some citrus-like hops, suggestion of pale fruit, slightly sweet caramel and grainy pilsener malts; very well-rounded, graceful and drinkable

M: nice body - not too heavy or light, slight spicy tingle, some smooth slickness, too; as it warmed a little it took on an almost buttery feel

O: I'm not a big doppelbock drinker (or lagers in general), so I may be off-point in a style-specific evaluation, but I found this to be a very enjoyable beer - satisfying and well-balanced, with a very comforting flavor profile - somewhere between a sipper and a gulper. Well done.

First pour: straight up, review-style
Second pour: paired with some smoked gouda cheese - very complimentary flavors
Third pour: even better than the first two!

Greywulfken, Mar 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

MSandahl23, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Prime 16. Pours a translucent brownish amber color with a half inch of head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is of citrus and spicy hops, caramel malts and earth. The taste is of the caramel and malts up front along with some breadiness, but alot more hop flavor than I expected in a Doppelbock. Spicy hops with some orange peel as well. Sweet and earthy at the end. Light and creamy mouthfeel. Nice amount of booze to this one, although its still rather drinkable. Overall, solid take on the style. Worth grabbing.

PicoPapa, Mar 17, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful cloudy amber color with lots of fluffy white head and tons of lacing.

smells very heavily of tropical fruit, with a bit of citrussy hop scent as well.

taste is very sweet with more piney and citrus hop flavor. very soft notes of bread like yeast.

mouthfeel is super creamy with a lot of dryness is the finish.

surprisingly drinkable.

good, but a little bit uninspired.

ryanonline, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

doc17325, Mar 16, 2013
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.