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Special Amber - Sprecher Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

302 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 302
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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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-18-2014 14:06:46 | More by cdwil
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beermeister9

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-17-2014 22:11:38 | More by beermeister9
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-17-2014 02:01:46 | More by mattmarka1
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-05-2014 22:51:56 | More by Eaglefan344
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-04-2014 04:50:24 | More by vbiliyar
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CopperMtnPlowboy

Ohio

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.

12-28-2013 07:00:29 | More by CopperMtnPlowboy
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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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Buggies

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-01-2013 15:32:19 | More by Buggies
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

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.

12-01-2013 05:07:05 | More by vette2006c5r
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-30-2013 00:19:04 | More by kjkinsey
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bcgill

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

11-29-2013 18:44:25 | More by bcgill
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DersOne

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-25-2013 17:15:16 | More by DersOne
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-24-2013 21:54:50 | More by Chugs13
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ItsGotaBeUrBull

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-15-2013 15:47:01 | More by ItsGotaBeUrBull
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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!

11-08-2013 04:54:34 | More by jwc215
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seavercm

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-21-2013 13:21:12 | More by seavercm
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Wsherry1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-03-2013 03:14:59 | More by Wsherry1
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KellyScottMad

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

10-03-2013 01:58:02 | More by KellyScottMad
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-26-2013 04:38:14 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09-08-2013 21:24:40 | More by dougbassett
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npendres

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

08-28-2013 04:00:50 | More by npendres
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Fcolle2

Illinois

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.

08-25-2013 23:35:06 | More by Fcolle2
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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-15-2013 01:20:28 | More by smithj4
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Openwyd

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-11-2013 20:39:45 | More by Openwyd
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.64/5  rDev +28.2%

Sprecher Special Amber has a thick, creamy, spongy, head, a clear, amber, somewhat bubbly appearance, and a lot of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is subdued, but one can pick up pungent, bready, medium-toasted malt, and the flavor is of sweet, bready, malt, white bread crust, slight toffee, and elevated, punchy hop bitterness. There is a medium mouthfeel, and Sprecher Special Amber finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is an almost perfect, flawless lager, and I rate it outstanding!

RJT

08-06-2013 21:36:13 | More by RonaldTheriot
Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.