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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

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112 Reviews
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Reviews: 112
Hads: 486
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 21.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | 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:
Beer added by: palma on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 112 | Hads: 486
Photo of Swift989
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

really unique and a delicious creamy and smooth beer. really surprising to turn brooklyn lager into this unique dobblebock. would gladly buy a large format after having this on draft in DC. Has everything a american dobblebock typically exhibits with an above average smell.

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For this beer they did the priming in the bottle such as in homebrew.
Slightly hazy dark amber color with a thick medium head with average retention.
Fruity aroma such as in a dopplebock, hints of dark fruits, caramel and toasted malts, and a mild booze.
Flavor of sweet slightly toasted malts, plums, brown sugar and grains. Dry aftertaste, mild bitterness.
Medium body and low carbonation. Amazing how they were able to hide so good the 9% ABV.
Nice beer, though not so complex as I was expecting.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle, 2013 vintage (obviously), with a bottle/batch stamp on the back of 0353B. Served in Shaker Pint glasses.

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber beer with a persistent 1/4" to 1/8" thick dense off-white (hints of orange) head. Thick sheets of lacing along with nice strands on the glass. Later I could see that some of the yeast at the bottom of the bottle came along with the pour. High marks for the persistent lacing and foam, but the color and cloudiness was just okay.

Smell: Floral with orange peel.

Taste: Very much like a Brooklyn Lager, but definitely doubled in flavor intensity. Malt comes through nicely up front and quickly transitions into an orange citrus + noble hop finish. Very nice and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick with just right carbonation. Not sticky on the teeth at all.

Overall / Drinkability: The smell and taste definitely remind me of the normal Brooklyn lager, but more intense especially with the orange notes. The floral hop aromas are still there, but orange citrus really comes alive here, nicely accented with noble hops. This beer went quite well with dinner (salmon burgers, green beans and new potatoes) and we finished it off fast. Despite the strength of this beer, I really want another. Very tasty, pleasant to drink, and dangerously drinkable, much like the normal Brooklyn lager. Happy 25th Brooklyn Brewery - may you have at least another 25 more and another 25+ on top of that.

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Photo of Pencible
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy copper with a lot of light tan head.
S: It smelled like copper and resin hops, with some earthy caramel malt.
T: It tasted like copper and wild honey, with some fresh wheat and resin hops and biscuit. It had a clean earthy bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a lot of carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent beer, but nothing special. The scent and taste were good but basic, and the body was fairly weak. The finish was reasonably smooth and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Not bad, but not worth it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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, and 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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper + garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a large patch of thick film, a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts along with lighter aromas of citrus/grapefruit rind and pine hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just the slightest hint of sweetness. That is followed by lighter flavors of pine and spicy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness that lingers for just a short while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A little hoppier than I was expecting for the Doppelbock style but still relatively easy to drink and enjoyable. Reminds me somewhat of the Brooklyn lager...

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Large bottle, caged and corked. No freshness info offered.

Pours murky brown, head is initially huge and al over the place, calms down to a thicker film and fine high lacing.

Spiced nose with cinnimon, red hots and alcohol

Malty, moderatly sweet, more spice, cinnimon and cloves, honey, warm alcohol.

Ehh, this one seems to be a bit of a mess. One and done fo sho...

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Photo of philbe311
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - More than three fingers worth of fluffy active fizzy effervescent light khaki colored head comprised of loads of big chunky bubbles reminiscent of a root beer float... Very good retention... The color is a slightly pale slightly muted golden copper color... There is the most subtle of hazes... A moderate bit of moderate paced carbonation streaks throughout... Some small gobs of lacing cling to the glass...

S - Rich caramel and Munich malts... Lots of sweet doughy desert breads... Toffee... Butter scotch... Some subtle overly ripened fruity notes... A bit nutty as well... Popcorn... Slightly metallic...

T - A pleasant mix of caramel and fruity notes to start... A very light chocolatey component... Lots of woody notes... A subtle smoke factor... Slightly metallic twinge to it... Lots of interesting flavors, but I'm not quite sure they compliment one another as they were intended to... Starts a bit rough, but the flavors meld better once it warms closer to room temperature...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly creamy to start... Tight and compact... Clean and crisp... A limited bit of sharp carbonation... Consistent sip after sip...

D - A bit of a disappointment... Expectations are automatically elevated when anything is labeled as an anniversary offering, however this one is pedestrian and average at best... There is nothing remarkable or memorable about it... Even compared to other Doppelbocks, I'm not quite sure its anything more than mediocre...

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Photo of Vixie
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a red/orange color with a large off white head.

Smell is very malty, there are also hints of toffee and caramel.

Has a bit of sweetness at first, there are also caramel and toffee notes. Pronounced hop bite at the finish, and the alcohol is well hidden, not tasting much of it. The taste reminds me a bit of a cola drink, at least before the hops kick in.

Nothing special on the feel, getting a lot of tingling from the carbonation.

Not a bad beer, but it didn't really wow me like I expected. It goes down easy for the alcohol content. I'd never had guessed this was 9%. Always happy to try Brooklyn beers, as they are not easy for me to get, and while this one was good, wasn't the amazing beer I had expected.

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite breweries. Brooklyn rocks!

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Amber-ish color, infinitely cloudy, and with a very small white head.

S: So small in this regard. Maybe some grain. However, is that really what this style is all about?

T: I NEVER in a million years would have called Doppelbock on this one. I would have called Imperial Pilsener (or something like that. I really got the Brooklyn Lager "ahhh" afterbite on this one. So, so refreshing, despite the high octane.

M: Splotchy lacing, nice carbonation, and slight bit of candy-coated booze.

O: Once again, unlike any doppelbock I've ever tried. However, this was pretty fantastic and a really nice spine on an already fantastic beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottle code of 0153A.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger off white head which slowly recedes into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A deep, bready, biscuit malt forward aroma with some nice spicy hop hints. Toasted malts upfront with big hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, grains, and yeast. Also some hints of roast chocolate, nuts, and brown sugar sweetness. A pretty solid earthy and floral hop presence with hints of grass and spice. Some citrus hints of orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit. Also some dark fruit hints of dates, fig, raisin, and prune. A pretty bready and fairly dry aroma. Smells good.

Taste: Like the aroma previews, a toasty, bready taste of malts with a solid bitter and drying hop presence. Bready toasted malts upfront with a big taste of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, yeast, and grain. Subtle roasty notes of chocolate. Big nutty taste and a little brown sugar sweetness. Light taste of honey. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with notes of dates, raisin, fig, and prune. A very solid hop balance with bitter earthy and floral hop notes. Some spicy and grassy notes as well as citrus notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and lemon. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, somewhat chewy, and pretty smooth. Finishes dry. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A really good amped of version of the Brooklyn Lager. Good biscuity malt taste with a solid bittering hop balance. Not as dark and roasty as some Doppelbocks, but very good.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10oz pour on-tap into a tulip.

Burnt amber with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low-moderate carbonation.

Bready malts, caramel, dark fruit and floral hops.

Nicely malted lager. Big doses of bread, caramel and candy sugars. Touches of dark fruit with some red grape flavors. Well hopped with big floral aromas. Touches of lemon, tangerine, papaya and pineapple.

Medium-full bodied, clean and crisp.

Brooklyn Lager x2. Hell yes! Nicely balanced and an absolute treat.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep golden color. Smell of candied malts, citrus and sweet bread. Alcohol is present but not too strong in the aroma. In the taste, copious amount of bready malt and bright citrusy hops. There are some leafy, earthy, grassy flavor to the hops, which works really nice with the big, toasted, bready malts and lager yeast. Medium bodied feel with an even carbonation. Drinks smooth with little hint of the abv. Overall, this is a great lager, and worthy of being an Anniversary lager. Quite good.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1l beer mug

A : Amber with a tan head and beautiful lacing

S : light hops and malt

T : Very well balanced

M : big taste and nicely carbonated

D : very drinkable, sad for limited availability

Birthday Gift from my family, they are good. If you can find one I would try one.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle picked up locally, enjoyed from a brooklyn snifter.

a - poured a soft copper mahogany hazelnut with a generous frothy foamy head.

s - toasted crystalized malts with some white pepper.

t - taste is lively. grapes and nuttiness. toasted crystalized malts.

m - zippy carbonation finishes cooling with subtle bitterness.

o - overall enjoyable. not a classic doppelbock, but i don't think that is what the intention was on this. unique and interesting and downright thirst quenching.

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Photo of ksimons
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-dark orange caramel color with three fingers worth of cream head that

S-bready malt, light caramel, and earthy floral hops

T-similar to the smell with a backbone of caramel malt, brown sugar, with a decent amount of grapefruit hops. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium body, very smooth, spicy carbonation

Overall not what I would describe as a doppelbock at all, but very smooth and balanced tasting

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Photo of ADZA
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper hue with a creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere not very doppelbock looking but nice looking,the smell is sweet malts,brown sugar,raisins and some herbal earthy hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation and has tastes of dark fruits,raisins,sweet malts and finished with a nice subtle dose of earthy hops to keep it real and overall it's no doppelbock to my liking but its really drinkable but wouldn't buy again cheers.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Kooz
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.