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Special Amber - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Special AmberSpecial Amber

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322 Ratings

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-13-1998

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 322 | Reviews: 174
Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy orange-brown body, crowned with a small, coarse off-white head, which slowly collapses. Coarse and chunky lacing lines the glass walls. The carbonation is slight, with fat bubbles that drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Munich malt, and caramel, play off against spicy hops for an inviting aroma.

Taste: Opens with toasted bread and caramel, soon followed by spicy hops. Throughout the taste, the malt and hops compliment each other well, with neither dominating the other. Late in the taste, the hops offer a pronounced earthy and grassy quality, with the malt, while still notable, assuming a supporting role. Finishes with a bit of lingering medicinal and herbal bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full with a bit of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fine example of an uncommon and excellent style that was nearly lost.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of kinggimp
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful pale amber producing 2+ fingers of beige, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a few motes & thin strings of lace. Aroma is a blend of toast & biscuity malt, notes of honey, fruit jelly/marmalade like notes of pear & maybe a hint of peach, cobbler like with a faint grassy hop hint. Taste is malty-sweet up front with the same fruit jelly/marmalade like notes of pear & maybe a hint of peach, cobbler like with less honey than the nose, then come notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, a hint of butter & grassy/herbal hops. Dry in the finish with an astringent & bitter aftertaste with mineral & metallic hints. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, silky, maybe even a little slick with a nice prickle over the tongue.

Photo of RJB66
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great flavor from the bottle, easy to drink. Good local beer.

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4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Sampled this evening on 11/8/14. Comes in a 16 ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L handled glass stein.

Pours a pretty amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy off-white head that stays around for a while and then settles to a good 3-4mm. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped, like a good German brew. The aroma is of malts for the most part. Pretty much the same is for the drink with a slight hoppy and bitter finish. Medium-bodied and good carbonation. Overall, really not a big fan of this type of brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

From notes on 1/9/14

Won a free 4 pack at Steve’s on University. Thanks! Lite amber color, two inch head. Has a malty funny sour smell. Nice mellow, smooth flavor. Decent bitterness. The funky sour smell doesn't translate to the taste, which is good. Would without a doubt take another free 4 pack if given one.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of workingclassbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Nice lager ,1st one went down real quick after working a double shift. Poured nice copper color in a small lager stein. Looks like a Oktober fest, but taste wise , a nice heavy, well hopped brew.

Malt character, my favorite part of why I prefer lagers, in this Sprecher is nice and heavy. Subdued swetness. The hops hit upfront, bitter, in the mouth. They disappear fast, leaving the taste of a quality lager behind.

Almost too heavy to be a session lager, maybe thats why its a " Special Amber ", but then again...I like that Sprecher makes it available in cans, hopefully Black Bavarian will be next.

Sprecher a great German Lager brewery.

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Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
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