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Special Amber - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Special AmberSpecial Amber

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BA SCORE
82
good

318 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber color with a medium size frothy white head. Good head retention and thick bands of lacing on the glass.

There is hardly any aroma to speak of.

Tastes like a crisp, malty lager. Very refreshing...malt forward all the way with very little hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, just rich enough. Very refreshing.

An excellent session beer. Simple and tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.