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The Raven Special Lager - B.W. Beer Works USA

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The Raven Special LagerThe Raven Special Lager

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RBorsato on 04-28-2003

The Raven Special Lager is a perfect balanced lager beer that goes well with any kind of food, but particularly with spicy food or when you just want to sit down and enjoy a beer with friends. With a shot of Woodford Reserve chased with chilled Raven is a near perfect combination. The rich golden colored beer is an exceptionally smooth Southern German lager, somewhat malty but well balanced between the hops and malt. Experiencing the clean finish and pleasant lingering aftertaste of The Raven Special Lager, one can truly say that The Taste Is Poetic.

18 IBU
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Photo of jryanj927
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

Photo of tugdriver7
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The local stores had huge displays of "The Raven" this week, offering great deals on 6-ers and cases. It was evident that everyone was capitalizing on the big Baltimore Raven game today against the INDIANAPOLIS Colts (not to be confused with the Baltimore Colts who ceased to exist in 1984). So, though I had tried it on tap before at Maryland's Oktoberfest, I had to support the local team and buy some.

It was better than I remember. Nice amber color in the glass with a decent, fluffy head that stayed half-way through and then laced the glass nicely. Smell was all malt, with a very nice, moderate mouthfeel. The taste was solid malt, with a touch of hops for balance. Extremely smooth and drinkable. A bit of sweet on the tongue at first, but definitely not cloying and the pleasant flavor becomes quite refreshing as the glass empties. Very very drinkable. I'm enjoying it with BBQ (from a local chain establishment) and it is the perfect balance of flavor.

More than one review says The Raven is what an adjunct (macro) lager should taste like. This is definitely no "macro," but it is easily one of the easiest drinking beers out there. Definitely worth trying.

November 2011

Tasted again for the first time. Something I've tried before, but hadn't had it in a long time. A friend said he tried it at the Firkin Festival and it was one of his favorites--even among all the dozens of others available on tap. So I bought some again. Poured nice amber/gold in the glass with a hint of haze and a short head of foam that dissipated quickly. Definitely smooth and slick with a moderate body and light carbonation (nailed the "lager" profile right on the head). Hint of sweet malt in the nose with a rich German-style pale roundness. Not much in the way of off flavors and just a hint of hops (offering a nice balanced bitterness on the back of the tongue) so extremely drinkable. Very nice indeed. And very fresh tasting (since it's made locally). Glad I tried it. I'll have to take some to tailgate at the Ravens game next week!

Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crystal clear medium copper color with modest slightly off-white puffy head. Nice lacing as the head slowly fell to a thin ring.Smell is a pleasant combination of maltiness and sweet fruit. Taste has a frim malty character with a nice balancing amount of hops. Full creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. An excellent macro lager. This is what they should all taste like.

Photo of Ccsimon5
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap into a 4 oz. tasting glass.

Poured a cloudy red with a foamy head that quickly dissipated. Smelled toasty and a little sweet; well-balanced aroma. Initially, a slightly hoppy kick with a warming-sweet flavor going down; a roasted-maltiness in the aftertaste. Very drinkable - this could be a great everyday beer.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from BZero007 - thank you much! This is a wonderful beer.

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer has a wonderful pale golden color and sits sparkling clear in the glass. The head quickly dissapates to nothing but still looks great.

The aromas are mild but there is a lot of sweet malt character in this one. I like the toffee-esk overtones with sweet almost caramel-like smells.

The taste is crisp clean and refreshing. The sip begs another and I must say this is an extremely enjoyable beer. I reach for another only to notice I don't have but this one! Damn I really like it too. If I see it again I'll definately buy them up.

The mouthfeel is very light but not to the point of distraction - in fact its perfect for the style. I really enjoyed this one.

The drinkability is extremely high. I would love to have more of this beer. That's a great sign that it's drinkable! If you see this one buy a sixer and send me at least 2.

Photo of palffyfan
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber with lots of bubbles. Virtually no head.

Smell - Slightly hoppy smell, nothing pungent, but slightly weak.

Taste - Good deal of sweetness, with some minor hop bitterness at the end. I'm surprised this is considered a macro in the first place (though I knew ahead of time that this one of Baltimore's most famous beers). I've rerated it after another try on 08-02..turned out to be a really fulfilling beer, with great wheat flavor.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, very solid for a macro. This is certainly a step-up from Budweiser, and considering the extra buck and half in price for a six-pack, I think its certainly worth it.

Photo of KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head and just a touch of lacing on the edges. The nose has a bit of light grain, faint hops, and just a touch of sweetness. The flavor is a really nice balance between light malt and very mild sweetness. Just a touch of grain flavor as well. Light body with good carbonation and just a bit of chewiness. Altogether, really a nice lager.

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Deuce_Wingo
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jcm2583
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Dur921
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Mark5
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DisneyGirl
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of chrishensley
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Asher1982
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer on draft on two seperate occasions. It is definitely not going to knock your socks off, but it drinks very nicely, and way to easily. The color was a pale orange amber with a cream head. You could pick up on a nice balance of hops and malts like a pale lager should have. This is very drinkable. Probably a good 4th of July or Memorial Day beer. Something you could drink most of the day with some pacing.

Photo of L4t3rg4t3r
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours an Amber-golden Color.

Smell: Malty, biscuity, and a hint of sweetness.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, bisuit, malt, and a little bit of sweetness on the end.

Mouthfeel: Good, but a little light and a tad overly carbonated.

Drinkability: I think that this is my favorite of the style so far, IMO it has more character and depth then most other examples of this style.

Photo of Dogum
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Greenlabel
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've seen this beer in 6-packs during prior trips to Virginia but it never looked fresh and the bottles were not dated. This month I saw it in cases at a Total Wine store and was able to read a date on the case. My 6-pack lived up to that dating - it was definitely fresh and refreshing. Nice color, good head and lace, soft mouthfeel and pleasant malty aftertaste. I doubt this product sells in much quantity as it's a limited contract brew. Nonetheless, I thought it to be a very acceptable session-type lager and will be happy to purchase it again on a future trip if I can find another fresh 6-pack. Have never seen it outside of Maryland and Virginia.

Photo of auxiliary
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Golden amber color, poured a small white head, but then left a ring around the glass. (Now that I have finished my review this thing looks flat)

smell - Nice sweet malt smell. Enjoyed the smell of this one.

taste- Sweet malt up front with some bread. SLight bit of hops at the end, but very faint.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer. Enjoyed this one for this style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is contract brewed at the Clipper City Brewing Company in Baltimore. It pours a clear, deep-amber body with an orange cast. Steadily rising bubbles can clearly be seen adding to the foamy white cap that holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout the first half of the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish caramel malt that's infused with lightly floral hops. The body is medium and it's smooth in the mouth with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gently tingles the tongue. The flavor offers a rich, sweetish malt that indicates the use of Munich, and perhap crystal, malts. It's balanced by a firm bitterness and infused with lightly floral hops; and finishes soft and smooth with some residual malt and a light touch of hop flavor.

Photo of imaguitargod
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these at The Raven (restaurant in Virginia Beach, VA) and drank it out of a Pilsner glass. Poured to a small head that quickly dissipated (no lacing) and has a very pleasing golden-amber color. Decently carbonated and a little champagne like in that fact. This is an extremely drinkable beer and is gone before you know it. Slight sweetness of caramel first hits you palate followed by a small hint of hops. This is a very good beer for people that want to make the jump into craft beer. Very smooth!

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The Raven Special Lager from B.W. Beer Works USA
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