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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary LagerBrooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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.

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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 494
Photo of acevenom
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours clear dark copper with a thick, white head that retreats slowly. There are a lot of visible tiny rising bubbles. The beer smells like brown bread crust and caramel with some earthy and spicy hops in the nose. The malt profile smells pretty rich and the hops aren't overwhelming. The first sip reveals a very balanced beer. The malt backbone is strong with bready and sweet notes, but balanced well by the earthy hop flavors. The 9% ABV is well hidden. The body is medium to full with a smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability is dangerously high in this beer and it finishes clean due to the higher carbonation. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite breweries. Brooklyn rocks!

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Amber-ish color, infinitely cloudy, and with a very small white head.

S: So small in this regard. Maybe some grain. However, is that really what this style is all about?

T: I NEVER in a million years would have called Doppelbock on this one. I would have called Imperial Pilsener (or something like that. I really got the Brooklyn Lager "ahhh" afterbite on this one. So, so refreshing, despite the high octane.

M: Splotchy lacing, nice carbonation, and slight bit of candy-coated booze.

O: Once again, unlike any doppelbock I've ever tried. However, this was pretty fantastic and a really nice spine on an already fantastic beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from corked bomber into tulip. Really cool looking bottle.
Pour is a hazy golden brown with nice sticky lacing and thick white head. Looks fantastic.
Nice dried sweet fruity malt aroma. It actually smells and tastes likes a boozed up version of the Brooklyn lager. Really cool. Nice sweetness to it and some booze.
Usually I let my brew warm up a bit but this is beter cold...like any lager.
Its a fantastic brew. If 25 year anniversary brew is this good...im looking forward to 50!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Orangey ice tea / apple juice body. Really nice color. Mild haze; par for bottle conditioning. Creamy off-white head. Great retention and lace.

S - Awesome nose. Orange, bread crust, touch of brown sugar, parsley.

T - Orange zest, potpourri, orange, honey wheat bread, rosemary.

M - Smooth with a nice level of carbonation. Medium-light body.

O - A really solid beer. Great drinkability, great flavor.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a pilsener glass, medium amber body, slightly hazy, tall tan head that slimmed to a filmy cap and left some sparse lace along the way down

S: some fruitiness and floral notes, caramel

T: some citrus-like hops, suggestion of pale fruit, slightly sweet caramel and grainy pilsener malts; very well-rounded, graceful and drinkable

M: nice body - not too heavy or light, slight spicy tingle, some smooth slickness, too; as it warmed a little it took on an almost buttery feel

O: I'm not a big doppelbock drinker (or lagers in general), so I may be off-point in a style-specific evaluation, but I found this to be a very enjoyable beer - satisfying and well-balanced, with a very comforting flavor profile - somewhere between a sipper and a gulper. Well done.

First pour: straight up, review-style
Second pour: paired with some smoked gouda cheese - very complimentary flavors
Third pour: even better than the first two!

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 AMZB
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark orange color with a big rocky white head on top. The lacing on this is impressive, the retention a is good too. The smell of this is grassy, with some roasted notes. The taste is also grassy but has a nice caramel malt flavor and earthy. There is also a subtle fruitiness to it also. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and very drinkable. Overall this is honestly a really nice beer. I would buy this one again if the mood struck me.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber on special because I have had luck with Brooklyn beer, although Lagers are not typically my favorites. However, bigger beers are normally in my wheelhouse. Excellent appearance with very good smell, citrus combined with Belgian ale. Excellent taste, I enjoyed the beer very much. Alcohol was what you expect from 9%, you notice it but it is not overwhelming. The beer definitely improves as it warms. Excellent beer but one I would probably not buy again at its normal cost, I would if the cost was more reasonable.

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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 bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich amber with thin off-white head.

Smell: Biscuit, caramel, dark fruit and light spice. A little too mild.

Taste: Rich malts of biscuit, toast, caramel and cherry. Some light hops with spice and mild citrus.

Feel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Nice crisp and dry finish.

Overall: Doppelbock version of Brooklyn Lager. Very nice.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear chestnut with a thick, fluffy, pale buff head. Aroma has a strong and somewhat sweet fruity overtone atop malty and subtle caramel notes. Bold flavor builds fruity, hoppy and caramel notes on a malty core. Fruit sweetness and hoppy bitterness balance each other very nicely. Firm texture has a decent amount of fizz, and goes down smoothly but leaves a fair tingle. Happy Anniversary, Brooklyn!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a great beer, surprising choice for a big anniversary style wise, maybe because lagers usually aren't this exciting. this pour is absolutely gorgeous, clearish medium amber to brown in color, much darker than expected, with a robust white head that's light as a cloud and long lasting. fancy lacing trails behind on the edges after each sip, a real looker this one is. a nose of sweet and dry malts, covering a broad range of color depths. minerals and sweet red malts, lighter wheat and biscuit characters too. some awesome lager yeast that has an almost tartness, not quite bretty but almost as out there. real different! some dried fruits are tasted, as is a light sweetness and caramel flavor I taste no booze at all. surely not a traditional dopplebock, this sort of defies all style conventions. carbonated very brightly, without much weight to it at all despite the normal density of a dopplebock and beers this high in alcohol more generally. a luxurious and fancy brew quite worthy of any celebration. I really enjoyed sharing this bottle with my brother.

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Photo of sfsean28
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was a special treat for me. I bought this bottle around the end of 2013 and its been sitting in the fridge until now.04062014.

A- Hazy, unfiltered,orange-copper color. Big foam and then dissipates to a quarter inch film.

T- Sweet malt all the way until the end for a long lasting dry after taste. A small hint of hops.

M- medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable.

O- fantastic brew. Very enjoyable to drink. First serving I drank just for enjoyment and second one I had with food and I still felt the warmth of the alcohol.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of StuyBeerGuy
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer entices curious brew fans with the hypnotic label and keeps their attention after the top pops off satisfyingly. When poured into a big pint glass the beer comes to life with a surge of dense white foam that dissipates slowly with concentric layers of lace along the sides demonstrating the mature qualities contained within the bottle. After finishing this beer I am anxiously awaiting the next anniversary batch from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a heavy, large bottle, this brew is explosive...the cork literally blew out after emoving the cage. The color is a clear, copper-amber. Thick and lasting foam tops the liquid. Enormous tufts of lace cling to the glass. Clean, malty aroma is notable....a fresh, pale malt scent, backed with a little herbal hops and a hint of yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, vey carbonic, has a notable malt flavor, and lots of mid-tongue bitterness. Firm bitterness through the finish...which has some spiciest and a carbonic bite. The beer hides its alcohol very well. Firm and full in body. This beer is a treat.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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 ryanonline
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful cloudy amber color with lots of fluffy white head and tons of lacing.

smells very heavily of tropical fruit, with a bit of citrussy hop scent as well.

taste is very sweet with more piney and citrus hop flavor. very soft notes of bread like yeast.

mouthfeel is super creamy with a lot of dryness is the finish.

surprisingly drinkable.

good, but a little bit uninspired.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to cracking this one open today. Not too many jacked up lagers out there. Very cool looking 750 mL bottle. Beer looks great. Big ol' head, dark copper hue. Smells slightly fruity. Nice, crisp taste. Don't really notice the high 9% abc. This is a bock, but I don't really get that bock taste. Even so, I like what's going on here. Crisp, sharp, slight fruit notes. Mouthfeel slightly thicker than a normal lager. Overall I liked this one, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy another one. Good job, Brooklyn.

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Photo of socon67
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Light amber pour with a rich white foam that has active carbonation. Decent lacing webs the glass.

S - Smells of honey, graham crackers, light grains. Some sweetness hits the nose.

T - Sweet flavors and a pleasant flavor of grains. Taste of honey and fresh bread.

M - Crisp and clean feel to thos beer. Easily sessionable. Does not feel as thick or heavy as most dopplebocks; is this really that style?

O - Like this one. For the ABV it is wickedly smooth. A must have for Brooklyn fans, and solid summer beer.

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Photo of jancona
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice copper color with a huge head into my glass. Doppelbock? Thought it was supposed to be a lager?

Mildly sweet malt greets the nose. I would say caramel. Still manages to be crisp and fresh. I think I get it now. Think of Brooklyn Lager but brewed to doppelbock strength.

Sweet, crisp, caramel essence greets taste buds. Refined. Totally concentrated on the malt. I'm not sure how else to describe it.

Alcohol warmth slowly creeps back up the throat. Everything seems sweet and "chewy" at the back as well. A nice contrast.

Definitely a great way to celebrate a silver anniversary. Might want to put a bit of age on it in order to mellow out that warmth.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +2%

A very pleasant surprise. This lager pours a thick reddish amber with a nice frothy head that
dissipates to a light layer of tight beaded pooling foam and fantastic lacing. Nose of light
spices, light biscuit, light caramel, and some lemon undertones. This must warm in order to
catch anything. Flavor is extremely complex for the style. A lightly tart sweetness comes up
front with some hops mingling on the back. Not overly bitter and not overly sweet.
Extremely well balanced with lots of subtle nuances to pick out. Sweetness balances out a
light dryness, just phenomenal. One of the best Brooklyn brews I have ever had and hope to
purchase again for another taste IF I can find it.


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Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager from Brooklyn Brewery
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