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Special Amber - Sprecher Brewing Company

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Special AmberSpecial Amber

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305 Ratings

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Ratings: 305
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-13-1998)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Jlivecc, Jan 21, 2014
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scumation, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

kew, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

cdwil, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

beermeister9, Jan 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Eaglefan344, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

vbiliyar, Jan 04, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Weird - this tastes almost exactly like the previous beer I drank (Big Wood Bad Axe).

Less head (this one almost looks flat when poured) and more yellow than orange. Less hazy.

Smells less pungent - but has same over-ripe nectarine with subtle hints of pineapple but no grapefruit.

Tastes almost identical to Bad Axe. I wonder if recipes were shared?

M - Less syrupy but still somewhat 'thick' for a beer.

O - As with Bad axe, glad I bought only one. Not one of my favorites.

CopperMtnPlowboy, Dec 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Buggies, Dec 01, 2013
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3.49/5  rDev -3.6%

Special Amber pours a darker golden color with a small head. There is a slightly hoppy aroma. The taste has a noticeable hop flavor, but mostly on a flat malty backbone. Good flavors, and good body, but a bit harsh on the tongue. Overall its a not bad Vienna lager, good full flavors, but a bit boring and harsh.

vette2006c5r, Dec 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

kjkinsey, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

bcgill, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

DersOne, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ItsGotaBeUrBull, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%

16 oz. bottle - twist-off cap:

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thick off-white head that decends to a thin cover and stays. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of a floral hop aroma with a toasted caramel backing. Very pleasant.

The taste of toasted malt initially gives a slightly metallic tinge to it, but fortunately that soon fades. Caramel mixes with a floral/lemony citric hop touch. Finishes with a refreshing dryness, with caramel coming back in the aftertaste.

Although it could be smoother for a lager, it is refreshing and easy to drink.

While softly roasted caramel-ish malt is in the spotlight, it does have a noticeable noble hop touch, especially in the aroma. It works well enough to be an enjoyable lager!

By the way, this brewery makes an outstanding root beer!

jwc215, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

seavercm, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

KellyScottMad, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

dougbassett, Sep 08, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

npendres, Aug 28, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours amber in color with a half finger head that disappears quickly.

this has a very clean yeast smell. Malt is lightly toasted and has a nice warm bready and grainy charicter. Hops smell slightly spicy.

Taste follows the nose with grainy and bready malt forward. This is followed by a slightly spicey and floral hop precence which balance it out nicely.

Medium to light bodied with high carbonation gives this a nice feel.

Overall really nice lager, great balance and very drinkable.

Fcolle2, Aug 25, 2013
Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.