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Special Amber - Sprecher Brewing Company

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306 Ratings

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 12
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jjhardy12, Jun 06, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

dtivp, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

PhilMiller, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

SaranacinTexas, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

SkinniePost, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

PA-Michigander, Apr 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +38.1%

ilovemke12, Mar 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

BYOFB, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Juice-O, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

geaux750, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

RDW, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Feb 17, 2014
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3.51/5  rDev -3%
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.

Nufced, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

LawrenceChakey, Feb 07, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

GTB, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

MikeDre, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

JamieDuncan, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mjpolzin, Feb 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Lukebell15, Jan 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

dmorgan310, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Sludgeman, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

AUGRAD06, Jan 23, 2014
Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.