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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%


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.

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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 07:12:18 | More by MattyG85
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10oz pour on-tap into a tulip.

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

Nose
Bready malts, caramel, dark fruit and floral hops.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, clean and crisp.

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2013 14:24:18 | More by justintcoons
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 02:19:42 | More by Stinkypuss
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 22:29:28 | More by Extrajoker00
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cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 02:08:14 | More by cosmicevan
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ksimons

New York

3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 22:37:11 | More by ksimons
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ADZA

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 09:40:17 | More by ADZA
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:40:20 | More by Knapp85
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Kooz

New York

3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 02:22:21 | More by Kooz
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 21:45:15 | More by homebrew311
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acevenom

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:23:38 | More by acevenom
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 17:23:01 | More by jondeelee
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Doc_Hops

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:13:55 | More by Doc_Hops
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dpianka

Connecticut

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

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 04:15:22 | More by dpianka
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 21:44:20 | More by lordofthewiens
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 05:30:49 | More by BEERchitect
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 01:00:46 | More by DIM
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rlee1390

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 22:49:29 | More by rlee1390
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One2Remeber

Florida

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.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2013 00:57:04 | More by One2Remeber
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2013 23:50:10 | More by KickbacksSteve
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 22:35:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper color with a huge bubbly white head that persists forever and leaves much lace on the way down the glass. Smells of bread and caramel with floral and spicy hops providing some balance. Light sulfur and alcohol come through in the nose but only detract a little. The flavor is caramel and bread with a hint of chocolate on the malt side. Earthy and spicy hops with that signature Brooklyn big beer alcohol presence. Light sweet fruit rounds out the flavor nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bitter mouthfeel. Decent beer, but dopplebock is quite a stretch and the alcohol is just a little too present for my palette.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:44:11 | More by johnnnniee
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the beer pours a nice looking clear copper with a dense off-white head. the nose is very fruity/yeasty with a slight booze and malt sweetness. the taste presents a lot of clean lager yeast fruitiness that settles into a warming malt sweetness. the mouhfeel is reasonably carbonated, very sweet, fruity and slightly boozy. interesting beer, great for the season, but needs a bit more malt.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 00:20:05 | More by ThePorterSorter
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larryi86

Delaware

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear amber with with a three finger off-white head.

S- Hoppy, mainly citrus hops, some earthy spices, caramel malts, some fruits.

T- Follows the nose, again hoppy, citrus, caramel malts, earthy spices, toasted malts, fruity.

S- Smooth, a lot of carbonation, medium body.

O- Pretty good, but not what I was excepting when I heard this is a doppelbock. Good balance, nice hop profile. I feel like I would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:46:00 | More by larryi86
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper tinted amber, small cap of frothy white foam, some lacing. Fantastic scent of pure, simple, beer - fresh malted grain with notes of light caramel and toast, dark bread, fruity esters, grassy and lightly citric hops. Taste mimics scent - nothing flashy but amazing construction and fresh ingredient profile makes this special. Medium bodied. A true surprise in more ways than just the ABV after i thought i was just getting a ho-hum lager - this beer is what brewing is all about.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 17:56:50 | More by rfgetz
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.