Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

112 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 112
Hads: 483
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | FT: 3
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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.

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/17/2013. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, floral, grass, pine, light nuttiness, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice and unique aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, orange zest, grapefruit, pear, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pear, floral, toast, brown sugar, light pine, brown bread, grass, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice and unique doppelbock style. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the alcohol level. A very enjoyable offering. (1,426 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pretty slick looking cage and corked bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass, the beer is a slightly hazed, rich, amber-caramel coloring with a thin, foamy, big bubbled, off-white head that sits a solid half an inch. Steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. The nose is rich, with a nut and fig sweetness that has a roasty overlay. Flavors are smooth and rich, with a fig and date backbone supporting a subtle booze highlight and roasted notes. Very layered and dynamic. Bready characteristics provide a solid base for the rich, sweet flavors. The aftertaste is rich, nutty, and slightly boozy. Solid, mid-body with a definite crisp, clean ending any Lager should have. Very easy to drink, despite a slightly elevated ABV. Tasty beer...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! (781 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (2,026 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review from yesterday, on tap at Bar Tano in Brooklyn: pours clear amber color with a 1 finger creamy tan head that faded slowly, leaving outstanding lacing and rings as it went down.

Smells of sweet caramel, malt, toffee, yeast, dark fruit, herbs, light floral hops and spices; sweet and lightly spiced, this is an imperial lager nose with a very nice malty sweetness.

Tastes like it smells, with caramel, malt, toffee, yeast, tea leaf, a mix of dark fruit, herbs, floral hops, butterscotch, grass, hay, faint piney hops and spices; sweet overall with a boozy hit up front and then roasted grains and toffee as it trails off.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a medium chewy body, a sweet and almost tart finish and a grainy aftertaste. This brew masks the alcohol quite well.

Overall a very good beer which to me was more like a strong lager than a Doppelback; it was powerful but smooth, and the more I drank it the more the booze had an impact. A real nice celebration of this excellent brewery. This hid the ABV quite well and went down very easy on tap; glad I had it in Brooklyn, as that is the way to honor this great establishment. (1,150 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (250 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will pour a five+ finger khaki head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Nearly clear amber. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet orange rind nose and flavor is fruity, some hops, hints of caramel. Similar to an imperial IPA with less hops. Pricey at $14.99 for a 750ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett NH. (326 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Gary's in Wayne, having never tried this before. I'm old enough to remember what things were like in 1988 and was happy that they put out a beer like this in one of their signature big bottles. Even though this was tough to pinpoint and deceptively smooth for being so strong, I enjoyed this and all of the subtle notes to it. It was not as dark or as sticky as other beers of this style that I've previously had and the secondary fermentation in the bottle made it quite live both in taste and appearance as well!

This beer had a nice dark apricot hue to it and a good head when poured out. Even though the lacing didn't quite match up, there was a bit of cloudiness to it and enough carbonation to make up for that. Lots going on here, with a strong yeast presence, caramel malt, and the lightness of champagne. May seem like an odd combination but it took the features that made the Local 1 and 2 so enjoyable and built upon them, as the same yeast strain and mouthfeel were present here with a darker taste and appearance and a slightly heavier taste.

That was also true for the alcohol, as this was not to be taken lightly. While not outstanding, this was a great beer for an Anniversary and easy to savor slowly. Nothing chocolate or roasted here but there was a faint stickiness from the caramel that was scrubbed away by after each sip, once the beer went down. The artwork on the bottle was nice touch and this was exactly what I expected for a Silver Anniversary Lager and I"m sure that Garrett will have something just as enjoyable in store for when the Brewery turns the big 5-0 way down the road! (1,640 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked caged 750 ml. bottle no. 0323A. Sampled on November 14, 2013.

It has plenty of bubbly carbonation floating gently but incessantly up to the top of the glass with an amber-orange color and a silky beige head. Lots of lacing.

The nose is of toasted, caramel malts mainly with a tip of the hat to clean hops and only a touch of booze.

Bold to medium body but also very smooth.

The taste also brings out a roasted, toasted caramel malt character with a lingering low to moderate bitterness at the end. Alcohol is better integrated than is typical for the style. Just smooth and delightful. But do I want to spend $17.00 for it again? Probably not. (663 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer was served a clear brownish-amber color with a one finger white head. The head had a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to give a nice level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel sweetness and a bit of breadlines. Mixed with these aromas are some smells of some lighter fruits of apple and pear as well as a bit of orange as well as a grapefruit hop.

Taste – The taste actually follows the nose quite well. It begins with a sweet caramel and malty taste. As the taste advances, more sweet flavors of a more toffee flavor as well as a light fruit flavor of apple pear comes to the tongue. The sweeter flavors of caramel and toffee dwindles some from the middle to the end where a light citrus hop flavors of a grapefruit nature meets the tongue. In the end, with a bit of an earthy flavor mixing with the rest, a somewhat crisp and bready flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew is on the medium to slightly thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the average to just below average side. Both are rather nice for the more malty tastes of the brew as well as for still allowing it to be fairly easy drinking, but not too easy drinking brew at its 8.6 % abv (which it hidden quite well).

Overall – A tasty and more malty/bready doppelbock with a nice easy drinking and rather smooth flavor profile. (1,469 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, copper body with massive head and lace retention. Aroma is a little bit of citric hops but more of a dark fruit (figs and toffee) smell. Taste follows same pattern as I get those herbal, dry hops and there is some toffee and/or caramel sweetness, little bit dark fruit taste notes, medium bodied and easy drinker although fuller thanks to some bread aspects. Beer finishes dry with a touch of booze in the finish. Hard to wrap my head around this one but I know I liked it. (494 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  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. (1,396 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,544 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 21/7/13

A hazy orange amber, loads of tiny bubbles moving suspended particles, finger of cream colored foam leaves a couple partial rings and lots of random lace

S more hops then I was expecting with some citrus peel and chewable vitamin C pills, bread, brown sugar, herbal notes and a little wet wood

T rinds still strong, not as sweet as the nose, still hoppy with some dry cereal

M leaning towards full, gritty on the gums, with a nice bitter snap and rind lingering on the finish

O perhaps I should re-visit dopplebocks because other then some bready notes this wasn’t what I was expecting but I rather enjoyed it

Thanks Trevor and Mike for sharing, an interesting brew that went down a little to fast considering how strong it is (792 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Pours a solid bronze color with a two-finger head that very slowly settles
S: Nutty, malty, biscuit, a hint of hops
T: Malt malt and more malt but balanced nicely by integrated hops that provide a touch of resin & nice citrus. Along for the ride are biscuit notes, herbs/spices and some plums/alcohol towards the end
M: Medium to full-bodied, chewy, a touch of alcohol but overall filling/balanced
O: I like the fact that Brooklyn did a play on a lager for their anniversary celebration. Cheers to them and all they've brought to the beer world! Overall this is a very solid beer but it's tough to beat Celebrator as king of the style (675 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Gorgeous amber/honey. A little hazy, big plush off white head.
smell: not a lot happening here. Some hints of spice and malt, a little fruit. Pleasant but just not very deep imo.
taste: hints at sweetness while actually being quite dry. Some spice and hints of fruit and maybe honey. Lot more going on in the taste (vs the nose). Interesting.
overall: I expected a lot more I've got to say. That said, some cool flavors and very mild drinker, alcohol well hidden. (475 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Interesting dopplebock - Served at a good temperature with a colossal, cream-colored, foamy, frothy, billowy head that settled to a light cover after a bit and some lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is firstly hops, resin, citrus, malt, spice, bread. Flavor has the hop back way off, malt come thru a lot more, quite dry and some tang. Body/carbonation are killer. Finish is like flavor, on the short side and very drinkable. Delish beer! Thanks to Pat and Karen for the treat! (485 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager
750 ml., corked & caged
$14.99 @ Wegmans, Malvern, PA

Appearance: Hazy, deep amber-russet brown body beneath a short head of off-white foam. The head holds fairly well, then drops to an average collar and whispy syrface covering.

Smell: Malt & hop. Caramel & spicy. Herbal/leafy hops.

Taste: The flavor, no surprise, mimics the aroma. Floral and spicy hops hit right upfront atop caramelish malt, and hold across the middle and into the end where the bitterness rises and the hop flavors begin to fade. There's a lot of malt that clings to the palate, keeping the bitterness there, and it's a long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full. Moderate carbonation leaves it smooth and creamy.

Overall: Solid components of malt, hops, and body/strength. (789 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (808 characters)

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