Here's to another 25 years
A Review of Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager by Brooklyn Brewery
Posted on 4/8/2013 by Chops
Every successful business enjoys milestones. They are the moments of validation that make all the hard work worthwhile. The Brooklyn Brewery recently celebrated one of their big milestones: 25 years in business, which is a hell of a long time in American brewing terms. To celebrate, they decided to release the Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager, a rich and savory doppelbock. As a big fan of both the brewery and the beer style, you might say that I was positively giddy to try it. 25 years in business and brewmaster Garrett Oliver, one of the world's foremost experts in beer, decides to commemorate the milestone with my favorite beer style. These are the moments I yearn for as a beer fan.

Brooklyn describes this beer as such:

The Brooklyn Brewery is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. We are fortunate to be a part of the incredible cultural renaissance Brooklyn has enjoyed during the last quarter century. Four great Brooklyn artists whom we met along the way—Fred Tomaselli, Roxy Paine, Joe Amhrein and Elizabeth Crawford—have created special labels for our Silver Anniversary Lager beer. We are saluting our beginnings with a special doppelbock version of the Brooklyn Lager we introduced in 1988. This beer is re-fermented in the bottle and will taste great today or years from now. The original was inspired by the beers of 19th Century New York and Vienna.

In the glass, this beer has a clear amber coloration with an orange tinting. It comes with a frothy white head that has great retention. On the nose, I found an earthy malty aroma with notes of grass and spices. The beer also has a noticeable alcohol presence, but not enough to be distracting. Based on intro alone, I was expecting a clean and flavorful doppelbock with a zesty personality.

That first sip was simply delightful. Right away I was greeted with all of the special traits that make doppelbocks so rewarding: rich malty base with caramel sweetness and savory toasted bread. I also found some toffee and dark fruits, also common with the style. The hop profile takes on a floral character and acts more as a muted compliment along with the spice notes. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a solid medium body. This beer is very easy to drink and has a well hidden strength, so novices beware. It is beautifully balanced and all the flavors play very well together. The beer exits crisp and clean with a tangy aftertaste of hop bitterness and spices.

Overall, the Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager is a delicious brew with subtle complexity. I was very impressed both as a fan of the brewery and as a fan of bocks. Based solely on brewery and brewmaster reputation, this beer was a slam dunk long before cork left bottle. Needless to say, I can recommend this beer to any and all beer fans. Seasoned drinkers will appreciate yet another delicious creation from the master. Novices can enjoy a flavorful culmination that showcases what American craft beer is all about. And as we all know, when Garrett Oliver celebrates, we all win. Here's to another 25 years of Brooklyn greatness!

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