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Special Amber - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-13-1998)
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budsboy

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear light amber with a short-lived thin head.

Grainy, bready, buttery smell that makes me want to eat pot roast, for some reason.

Sweet malt and sharp grain flavor with a puckering sourness in the middle. Dry, sour-grain aftertaste.

Smooth, full in the mouth with more carbonation that it appears to have.

The style is not my favorite and this doesn't really compare to Great Lakes' Elliot Ness, but it's an OK beer. The sour flavors threw me off a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 11:16:40 | More by budsboy
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Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from Miller Park. Brewers vs. Nationals.

The beer has an amber body with a half inch of soft, off-white head. Aromas of toast, mild sweetness, perhaps a touch of fruit (apple). Nice flavor. Easy drinking and smooth on the palate with a simple, well-balanced blend of toasted grains, fruit sweetness, caramel malt. Enjoyable.

Serving type: can

06-24-2014 01:55:19 | More by Huhzubendah
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Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-22-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Pours a clear amber-colored beer with a white head. Lots of lacing is on the glass and it has good head retention.

Smells of rich caramel malts and reminds me of the aromas in the pot when I homebrew. I also smell earthy hops.

The taste starts with the malty caramel flavor and is soon followed by the light bitterness of earthy hops. There's also a toasted grain aspect that lends some woody notes and even a bit of smokiness to it.

Medium in body with a lightly sweet finish, but well balanced between hops and malts.

Overall a delightful beer I'd be happy to have again.

Serving type: can

06-23-2014 02:04:03 | More by sommersb
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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-09-2014 10:07:13 | More by rudabegga9
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Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-06-2014 21:04:19 | More by jjhardy12
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
5.0% ABV, 22 IBUs

A - Special Amber's beautiful deep golden hue shines with bright clarity while crowned by a dense cap of off-white foam that leaves chunky, mountainous peaks of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma of freshly toasted bread fills the nostrils with a lovely Vienna malt presence that's backed up by trails of richer Munich malt breadiness and a sweet drizzle of caramel for a fully malt forward but even-keeled balance.

T - Initial bready malt sweetness is swept away quickly to reveal a more toasted Vienna malt flavor that brings subtle complexities of nuttiness before the brew finishes with a metallic suggestion.

M - Round in feel, this medium bodied lager drinks pretty well due to its balancing hop bitterness and dry toasted malt finish that keeps the beer from being too sweet.

O - One of the two brews that I would consider to be Sprecher's flagships, Special Amber creates a nice, vivid picture of the amber German brews across the pond; malt forward but balanced and drinkable with subtle complexities coming out with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 00:58:51 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

04-27-2014 11:48:16 | More by dtivp
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Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-05-2014 05:00:28 | More by SkinniePost
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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +38.5%

03-27-2014 20:31:55 | More by ilovemke12
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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-14-2014 04:12:33 | More by BYOFB
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Juice-O

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.8%

03-03-2014 00:23:10 | More by Juice-O
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Louisiana

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-17-2014 05:18:54 | More by RDW
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 6/28/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, raisin, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, pear, apple, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of bready malts with fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish, Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice vienna lager. Good balance of bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:51:25 | More by superspak
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Connecticut

3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Light, clear amber color; Thick foamy head

S-Mild hoppy smell

T-smooth with a hint of caramel

M-smooth, nice drink-ability and flavor, nothing overwhelms

O-I enjoyed this Lager, very smooth, nothing overpowering, rich taste. I would buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.