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Special Amber - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Special AmberSpecial Amber

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BA SCORE
82
good

301 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 301
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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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germaniac

California

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

Out of nowhere, this beer and two of it's labelmates(Hefe and Tripel) can now be found at the Fresno BevMo, a buck sixty nine for a cool looking 16oz bottle.

Nice clear, light amber, with a tightly bubbled white head.

Smells faintly hops and fruity citrus, maybe just a hint of malt.

Lightly bittered, crisp hop bite. Just a bit of sweet malt, enough to give this brew a little character without it becoming too cloying.

This bottle went down pretty easy, and has me craving more lagers all of a sudden, but I think I'll pass on buying another of this "Special Amber".

01-20-2006 02:29:51 | More by germaniac
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oberon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%

I love all the sprecher products I have tried,this is just a great malty,fruity beer!Poured great! great color,nice rich tasting lager but very drinkable!

03-05-2002 16:29:08 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: light amber/orange pour with a small-ish head but plenty of active carbonation.

Smell: light & fresh, both floral and fruity. candycane sugar sweetness and a hint of orange.

Taste & Mouthfeel: a smooth & light bodied beer with a texture throughout. the taste has sweet malty characteristics as well as some rich fruitiness. the flavours switch up a little bit and bend toward a more hop bitterness on the finish including some orange peel. the bitter finish lingers for quite some time, but pleasantly i might add.

Drinkability: fairly ligt bodied without lacking decent complexity. i found this beer to be quite good and i would definitley give it another shot.

07-28-2004 18:09:11 | More by Popsinc
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

16oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass

I pours a brilliantly clear light copper with a one finger head that quickly dies to just the most minimal cap on top of the beer.

The aroma has the typical crispness of a nice lager with just a light crystal malt smell. There isn't too much here and kind of one dimensional.

The taste is a nice balance of a light ready malt with just a touch of grassy hops. On the back end I'm picking up some fruit esters which may be a fermentation byproduct. The flavor isn't stand out string or bold but rather a traditional take on the style.

The carbonation is medium to high with medium body and the classic crispness of a well made lager. The flavor of this beer is light in most ways but that translates to a good drinkability as I had no problem drinking several in the course of an hour over dinner.

04-29-2010 04:37:46 | More by weatherdog
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

Presentation: It is so pleasing to obtain beer in pint bottles, other breweries should follow suit. Otherwise, what is the point of selling pint glasses? Unfortunately Sprecher went with twist-offs making it impossible to reuse this fine bottle for homebrewing purposes.

Appearance: Clear deep amber colour which poured into a clean white frothy head.

Smell: A nice hop aroma, with a bit of sweetness.

Taste: The head captured the hoppiness, making it very enjoyable to take the first sip. This was a very malty brew, the toasted malt flavour was the first thing that struck the palate. Sweetly diminishing, lightly carbonated with a final hop "bite" adding to the overall pleasure of drinking this fine beverage.

Notes: A very clean refreshing brew. More along the lines of a nice clean crisp pilsner. If you are ever in Wisconsin, pick us up a half barrel! This is a beer not to be missed.

01-13-1998 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Purchased from Sprecher Brewery gift shop in Glendale, WI. Poured a bright golden amber body with a thick white head. Aroma was of fruity esters. Medium bodied with a nice bready maltiness and good carbonation. It also has a nice little hop bite in the finish. A very drinkable beer.

08-28-2009 15:55:31 | More by blackearth
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newk340

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

A: golden amber/bronze, no head with little visible carbonation.

S: sweet malts? very difficult to distinguish particular scents.

T: sweet malts are highly evident (as with the smell), faint hops coat the tongue and dissipate as quickly as you figure out what your tastebuds are sensing. there is a slight caramel/nut aftertaste.

MF/D: pretty smooth, rise of bubbles in back of the throat makes for a little excitement in a rather bland beer.

07-14-2010 22:43:25 | More by newk340
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Slightly hazed amber, awesome head

SMELL: Freshly toasted bread, hint of caramel, spicy hop, herbal, yeast, clean, lemony

TASTE: Sweet, very bready, balanced, somewhat clean, herbal, peppery hop, Portuguese sweet bread, hop oil, semi-dry finish.

Not as refined as I anticipated but that did not throw me back at all, fresh flavors and a bit of rawness really worked here for me.

01-03-2012 04:04:10 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Pours a clear amber orange body with a small offwhite head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma is spicy hops, caramel maltiness, and some toasted walnuts. Medium to light medium body with a zesty carbonation. Nicely balanced lager, with a spicy hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. A touch of walnut nuttiness adds a nice dimension. Clean and crisp. Another excellent German style lager from Sprecher.

09-02-2007 22:48:56 | More by merlin48
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: minimal head, clear, orange-brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toffee and toasted malt

Taste: toffee, toasted malt, touch of cinnamon, and some hops

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, high carbonation, sweet start, bitter middle--sweeter end

Drinkability: Above average for the style. I like the sweet and bitter combination. I will have this again.

04-05-2010 13:15:50 | More by tigg924
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-05-2013 21:53:02 | More by Mugenlude
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Mucho beer karma goes to czoch for this brew obtained in a trade full of WI goodies. Slight malt smell with a hint of sweetness to it. Pours with a bit of head that settles quickly. Amber in color. Carmel and malty in flavor. Mouthfeel and smooth in flavor. This would be a nice session beer & is perfect for a hot summer afternoon. A solid brew.

Cheers.

07-15-2007 18:23:24 | More by SkinnyElvis
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass. Julian bottling date that starts with 11112, so depending on their system, it is either April 11 or 12, 2011.

Appearance: Clear, golden amber with only a thin head.

Smell: Caramel, bread, cherry and a strong metallic note.

Taste: Initial malt backbone of bread, toast, caramel and cherry before giving way to a moderate bitterness consisting of straw, pepper and some metallic notes.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, pretty dry finish.

Overall: Surprisingly robust Vienna Lager. Great flavor profile that is slightly dampened by a hoppy finish that is a little too metallic and just misses the mark.

06-06-2011 21:43:18 | More by bsp77
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jsolack

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance:
Great looking beer... very lacy head. Color is coppery and slightly hazy.

Smell:
Smells like oranges and sweet spice. The smell reminds me of fall... dried leaves.

Taste:
Very smooth and creamy beer. Finish is smooth with virtually no bitterness. Slighty spicy flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Thick in the mouth... doesn't dry mouth out at all. Very nice!

Drinkability:
Easy beer to drink. Tastes great and has a nice finish.

02-23-2004 00:56:11 | More by jsolack
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-15-2011 21:24:00 | More by bpfrush
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juicebox

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

06-15-2014 14:45:52 | More by juicebox
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a translucent amber with a moderate off-white head. Little retention and minimal lacing.

Smells wonderfully bready with a bit of citrusy hops in the background.

Very well balanced. Nice caramel malts up front followed by a pause of sweetness and toffee. Moves to a nicely hopped ending that leaves a little glow in your mouth. Sweetenss kind of lingers on for a while.

Mouthfeel is dead middle of the road. Carbonation is slightly overdone.

A beer that should appeal to a wide range of tastes. Does nothing spectacular and everything decently.

03-11-2004 01:31:37 | More by yankeeheel
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Big full head, amber brightness in the appearance, falls quickly. Great sweet floral aroma.

Hops aren't big, but they let you know they're there, floral and spicy. Sweet malt feel that is very light on the palate. This is one of my favorite examples of this style. The warmer it is outside, the better. Enjoyable throughout, and at an amazing price, you can't beat this.

04-30-2010 03:32:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Clearish medium brown with a 1/4 inch head that settles to a multi-bubbled skim. Malty aroma, a little cinnamon. Light medium-bodied, malty flavor lasts a long time. Elements of caramel, hazelnut, and a touch of spicy hop. Actually, a pretty nice Vienna, nuttier than a lot of others. Could use a little more distinction overall, but nothing is amiss here.

09-23-2002 09:17:47 | More by ADR
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a light clear amber body with a soapy off-white head that last a bit. There is a carbonation of tiny bubbles that keeps the little head going.

S- The smell of pale malt has a faint dried corn hint and a green noble hop aroma. Over all the smell is pretty faint.

T- The faint taste of malt has a light toasted note with a finish that was a lot like tonic water. There was a bitter hop flavor in the finish. As it warmed a bit the malt had a hint of dry honey, which was nice, and the hops in the finish had a faint grape fruit note.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that was odd but it might have been from the carbonation. It was a pretty tight fizz in the finish.

D- The nice flavors of malt and hops didn't come out until after the beer had warmed a bid and even then they were very faint and hidden. The tonic flavor was a bit off and washed out the hop flavor.

07-27-2006 18:58:29 | More by rhoadsrage
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-07-2012 00:47:15 | More by acurtis
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-17-2014 05:18:54 | More by RDW
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cdm1313

West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +17.1%

08-18-2014 01:28:16 | More by cdm1313
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weonfire

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-15-2013 17:34:36 | More by weonfire
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engelhart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-27-2012 19:30:36 | More by engelhart
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Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.