Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
88
very good
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
Ratings:
495
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.2%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
72
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 495 |  Reviews: 114
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DIM
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of J_Dub
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of One2Remeber
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hsus0225
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of larryi86
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
3.92 out of 5 based on 495 ratings.
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