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3.88/5
Very Good
497 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by palma on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
497
pDev:
10.31%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
73
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 115
Photo of needMIbeer
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of colts9016
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was an Imperial Stout, not a doppelbock. I would not have aged this beer in the cellar if I knew that. Popped the cork and the beer erupted. I was trying to stop the beer volcano, so I put my thumb over the bottle. I sprayed my uncle with the beer and hilarity ensued. Poured into a beer mug at 37 degrees. The beer produced a massive three finger head with good retention. The color of the head is light tan. The head is creamy, airy, and foamy leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a deep amber color. The haziness of the beer gives zero clarity.

A bready malty aroma with a touch of Maillard. Additional aromas are caramel, medium roasted malt, and yeast.

A rich bready malty flavor with sharp yeast and roasted malts notes. Additional flavors in the beer are Maillard, roasted malt, and caramel.

The body of the beer is medium. The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy but light, the carbonation is high, and the finish is medium.

I think I killed this beer by aging it. This doppelbock flavor profile is gone. I am not sure if I did it or it was that way when it came out.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fx20736
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

A: pours a dark caramel with massive head and sticky lacing

S: deep caramel sweet and malty base with roasted sugars

T: doughy yeast with a lager twang Slightly tongue stinging with carbonation and a flat finish. Plenty of Noble hop bitterness. Light butterscotch as it warmed up more

M: lots of carbonation, light layered lager feel

O: nice overall doppelbock a little lighter and less sweet than some of the various Sam Adams bottles that I used to drink. More authentic in style as well

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber pour with a white frothy head. Field berry and bready malt. Quite hoppy with wood notes. A little off style for me but enjoyable

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of allistermcg
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JMili
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMZB
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is probably the most delicious lager I've ever had. The flavour was light but incredibly complex, with fruity afternotes. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian tripel, but lighter bodied.

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Photo of ackeeper
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Magister_Beav
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonannophone
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $15.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an orange-amber body in color, a bit hazy, with a thick, lasting off-white head.

Smell: A nose of chopped candied fruits, ground spices and warmed sugars with a soak of spiking sherry ahead of the blend of bready, toasty, biscuity malts.

Taste: A bready, toasted malt with a touch of blonde sugars. Varied dark fruitiness of figs and dates with some orangy, citrusy undertones felt. Herbed, earthy hop character, though only a medium-light bitterness. And, once the heat of the alcohol bubbles into the picture (though not quite boozy), it takes on a fruitcake like quality. Small hit of anise on the fruity, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's fine, I suppose, though it falls a wee bit short of its price-tag. As it's to be an amped up Brooklyn Lager, I'd have preferred a six-pack of its origin story beer at less than half the cost.

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Photo of life_of_agony
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cellared since spring 2014 and it has aged very well. Unique color, kind of a pinkish red. Not much smell but the taste makes up for it. Very complex flavors for a Dobbelock. Lots of sweat malt flavor. Very mellow, not strong at all. Barely detect the 9%. Overall this beer is better then I expected. Sad to see it gone forever. I guess I have wait until their 50th. 4.5

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BMart
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"In 1988, we introduced Brooklyn Lager, an American original inspired by the beers of 19th Century New York and Vienna. Today, we salute our beginnings with this Silver Anniversary Lager, brewed to a doppelbock intensity and re-fermented in the bottle." Brewed in the style of a Doppelbock lager. Available in 750 ml. bottles and on limited draft. Released as a one-off anniversary release in bottles with 4 different artistic designs, this one is referred to as "Breathing Head".

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a golden cream complexion over a moderately hazy copper amber body with thin sediment and low visible carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Biscuit caramel malts with light graininess, light toffee malts, soft citrus characters. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Biscuit and bread malts, soft graininess, light alcohol presence. Delicate, light and simple, but well balanced. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly oily, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is light/medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly equal sweet to bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A Doppelbock comes off as a fairly simple style to celebrate 25 years, but sometimes the simple things come off as the most enjoyable. Brooklyn's Silver Anniversary Lager has an easy going, yet enjoyable flavor although I question whether these factors alone warrant the steep price tag that I have seen bottles of this lager going for. I was a bit of a sucker to purchase a second bottle of this thinking they were separate beers- they were just separate labels for the same beer. If you can find this for a reasonable price on draft it may be worth the purchase price. Although many may be taken aback by the beer's simplicity, it is an enjoyable homage to quality easy drinking beer for a style that is fading rapidly in American Craft Brewing. 3.75

Brooklyn Brewery's
Silver Anniversary Lager 1988-2013
3.69/5.00

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jancona
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given a sample all I got was banana bread on the noise and taste - with a full pour more dark fruit and Belgian quad taste profile. Still an enjoyable brew! (Let it warm and that banana bread comes back - awesome!)

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 497 ratings