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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
493
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
21.48%
 
 
Wants:
18
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73
For Trade:
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Photo of jondeelee
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Doc_Hops
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of dpianka
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
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

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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 DIM
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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 rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 One2Remeber
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +9.2%
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 -9.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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 -0.5%
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 larryi86
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +12.5%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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!!

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color with a thick 3" head that slowly falls to a thin head. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, bread, and a hint of earthiness rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: nice malty profile with caramel, bread, grass, some soft fruit tones, and an earthy and mildly floral hop presence. Alcohol is unnoticeable here despite the high alcohol levels.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body. Light crispness throughout. Aftertaste is long as the bready caramel flavors linger on the tongue.

Overall: a very enjoyable and easily drinkable anniversary beer from a great brewery. Definitely worthy of a try if you see it on tap.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a massively thick three fingered, rocky, billowy, sticky head into the pilsner glass, pours a medium amber color with massive carbonation.

S - Aroma is weak overall - light flora, caramel/toffee, and light spice.

T - Caramel/toffee malt, spicey, light floral, peppery, herbal, a little bready, delicate citrus, and more on the sweet side overall with a spicy finish.

M - Heavy medium body, slightly chewy, bready, and delicate carbonation on the finish - leaves a bready and spicy finish on the palate.

O - The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden for 9% and drinks more like an Imperial Pilsner. Glad I was able to try it but one is enough.

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Photo of CHickman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of scootny
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a stunning tribute to the beer that started it all in Brooklyn. Yes it is a different style. Yes that should preclude comparison, but it is the similarity of drinking experience that makes the comparison inevitable and necessary. Reviewing this is like listening to Ornette Coleman. If you do not keep the original melody as a reference to what you are currently hearing you get lost. You lose the full value of the experience. You almost want to have a glass of the lager to alternate sips with. Don't, have that lager first if you are unfamiliar with it. If you know the lager let the anniversary surprise you and drink it without immediate reference.

A huge head with chunks of lace and and nice covering. Reddish amber fluid. Not crystal clear but my pour disturbed the yeast, ( I did not see it ) so I give it the benefit of the doubt and a perfect score. Smell is bready malt with a delicate doughy sweetness. Clean overall with a light bit of alcohol sweetness. Hops are mild and nicely integrated. It has a delicate, inviting, overall signature Taste superb. Big caramel malt front with a sweetness that while true to style is held in check and expertly balanced without a heavy hop presence. Alcohol is so well integrated as to be invisible. No small feat for a 9% beer with a smooth mild hop balance . Nice bready quality to the swallow that leans to the lager characteristics with a clean persona. This is like a bigger smoother Brooklyn Lager. The ability to make this the flavor of this one recall the other is impressive. Finish is also quite clean and artfully hopped with a short dry quenching quality. Feel is lighter than the abv deserves and crisply carbonated. It drinks like a perfect sessioning lager while being a high strength dopplebock. This bee is remarkable in its ability to recall the flavor of the lager while giving a bigger, smoother, drinking experience. Beyond impressive!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a caged and corked 750ml. bottle into a snifter glass.
Chestnut/amber in color,with a big cloud-deck of off-white foam.
Aroma-Spicy peppery note, caramel,bread.
Taste-Toasted malt, caramel,fruity, kola nut,bread malt. Very complex and full of character. A different essence and flavor with every sip. a hearty brown ale/saison flavor meld comes to mind. A very interesting and flavorfull offering, wonderfully balanced, and one of the best "lagers" I've ever had. Thank you Mr. Oliver.

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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.

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Photo of Oldbrownale
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at "On Tap" in Whole Foods TWC" NYC.

Extremely smooth, especially for the ABV. Just the right balance of hops and malt.

I see where this is a nice build upon the classic Brooklyn lager. Richer in flavor and much more mouthfeel but still quite smooth.

Very pleased.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a massive 3+ fingers of head that eventually settles down to a thin cap

S: Fruity esters from the alcohol and yeast, lightly sweet malts, and a hint of earthy/floral and citrusy hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a nice fruitiness which moves into some lightly sweet malts, earthy and floral hops, and a very light hint of citrus. Alcohol not really present aside from aiding in the fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Pretty much as-billed, which is an imperial version of the original Brooklyn Lager. Nice, subtle complexities with an expected wave to the original. Solid brew

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Photo of Mgm54
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seved on tap at the pony bar in nyc, 8oz pour

A - beautiful, a toasted brown color. Quite transpartent, looks like a good larger should

S - Again, just wonderfull, good spicy hop smell with some buiscuty malt underneath.

T - slight hops and malt up front, and leads into an increadibly smooth. And wonderful buiscut flavor, with a good amount of floral hop taste and bitterness.

M - smooth lager feel, just enough body to make it feel good, but not too much to make it feel like an ale.

O - makes me very glad that I didn't pass this one up. Just a great example of a lager, it sits in the perfect zone of flavor, where it is not too extreme to loose it's" lagerness", but still packs a good punch of flavor. Just, wow.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.
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