Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager
BA SCORE
78.6%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 495 ratings
Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by palma on 03-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
495
Liked:
389
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
10.31%
Alströms:
3.94
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
72
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 495 |  Reviews: 114
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Large 2013 bottle served in a small snifter.

Hazy dark amber-brown with a modest but durable head. The glass gets nicely coated with lacing with each tip.

Aroma: strong and malty for a lager. About 50/50 mix of hops and malt.

Flavor: About 70/30 mix of hops and malt.

Feel: medium body and carbonation; slightly dry

O: a rich, strong and malty lager.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice caramel and toffee aromas and flavors.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Pours hazed copper with a lasting thin head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, rum-like fruitiness and spiciness with mild earthy notes.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, spiced rum, nutty malt and dried fruits. Finishes with a touch of alcohol warmth and mild sweetness.

It is smooth with alcohol well-integrated.

A well-done doppelbock in the traditional style similar to Paulaner. A nice representation and a dangerously drinkable brew!

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at The Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer had a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is crimson color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and noble grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above with some booze and grassy hops in there.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy smooth, a little bitterness, medium bodied, boozy, and light to medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice doppelbock that I would happy to enjoy again.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with great label art and hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at Twin Liquors and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high; I like a lot of Brooklyn's work. 9% ABV confirmed per the label. The presentation is great; it's a good looking bottle. Reviewed as a doppelbock because the label claims it's "brewed to a doppelbock intensity." I don't see a best before date.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Cork easily pops out by hand. No liquid surges out. Carbonation seems to be good; perhaps it's due to the bottle re-fermentation.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of biege-khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Complexion is somewhat soft. No real lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is quite good for the ABV - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of above average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks a bit lighter than most good beers in the style. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: True to style, it's heavy on the malts. Sweet German malts including munich, Vienna (okay, it's Austrian...) and biscuit malts. Honey, toasted grains, light caramalt. Surprisingly fruity, actually. Apple and pear. Maybe even fig? I do get a vague fruitcake vibe from it. Hop character is generic and floral. Overall, it seems too sweet, which has me concerned.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

An approachable aroma of mild strength.

T: Fruitcake and caramel on the climax are the first notes I notice. Sweet malts throughout, including plenty of caramalt, Munich malt, and Vienna malt. Abundant sugars. Honey. Toasty graininess. Hints of red apples and a kiss of pear. There's a pleasant fruity sweetness right on the finish, which evokes fruitcake and cherry. I don't get any spiciness or yeast character. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it's not a boozy or hot flavour profile. Hopping is floral in character and timid in strength. It's a light doppelbock overall, if that's really what it is.

Like most beers I review, it could use more complexity and subtlety. It's got a decent balance, but it isn't gestalt; still, there's cohesion. I like it generally.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Definitely overcarbonated. Has a thick full body. Lightly coarse and a bit rough. Wet. Unrefreshing. The mouthfeel suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't come off feeling custom-tailored to it. There's not a perfect marriage of texture to taste by any means. Decent presence on the palate. A bit sticky.

Not too acidic. Not oily, harsh, gushed, or hot.

Dr: A downable "doppelbock" from Brooklyn Brewing that will satisfy fans of the style. I'll kill the bottle alone without issue, but it does have a light alcohol presence that detracts from drinkability. I could see it aging decently for up to two years. I definitely wouldn't buy it again, but fans of the style ought to give it a go. It's more of a Vienna lager meets a doppelbock, but the result isn't bad. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it's a nice little beer for what it is. By no means a paragon of the doppelbock style, though.

C+

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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at State Line Liquors in Md, enjoyed for our 4th Anniversary chilled in a tulip and stemmed glass.

The color is dark amber with 3 fingers of light beige cream with average bead and spotty lace. The smell of malt is pleasant with light earthy nutty toffee smell with mild herbal hop ester and sublte scent of aclohol. The feel is mildly sweet with semi-high carbonation level and moderatly dry finish with mild alcohol warmth.

This tastes very nice chilled and has the mild nuttiness of pilsner malt with herbal hop flavors emerging more as it warms with some mild toasted and caramel malt which adds a light dried fruit element. The slight noble hop flavor brings a hint of lemon/floral to the taste which goes well with the toffee notes in the finish. Overall this is a unique strong dark lager with a blend of pilsner flavor and dopplebock which is very drinkable and quaffable with a nice balance of malt and bitterness with decent strength and complexity -well Done Brooklyn!

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: orange-brown, very light haze, good head that maintains with good lacing
S: not much, but seems malty, maybe some raisin bread notes
T: starts with a little sweetness, light molasses, fading into a light orange-blossom honey. The alcohol content makes a little appearance in the middle. There is an ever-so-little bite of bitterness near the end.
M: balanced and far from overwhelming: sweetness up front, little bite in middle and very light dry pull at end.
O: not quite what I expected from a lager, but a very enjoyable drink. More maltiness than anything, but not too strong and sweet.

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3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 78.6% out of 100 with 495 ratings
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