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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

148 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
B.W. Beer Works USA visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: RBorsato on 04-28-2003)
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Photo of alleykatking
1.6/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden orange with hints of amberish hues. Half finger white head shows poor retention. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Very grainy in the front of the beer. Light fried veggie aroma to this beer. Some grassy hops in the backend with light alcohol also lingering around in the nose. Most dominate smell is fried veggies and grain though.

T- Very grainy upfront with a horrid blast of fried veggies. This overtakes the beer for at least the front half of it. This dies down a little bit showcasing a faint grassy hop before taking lead flavor toward the ending with a light metallic flavor and alcohol. A horrid flavor overall.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is crisp and a little light for the beer I think. Fried veggies and grain left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol and grain. Flavors were not anywhere close to being balanced. This has a metallic off flavor that doesn't help with the flavor to it. Also the fried veggie flavor really is a huge off flavor as it seems to be the showcased flavor. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer should be called "Never more". I think this beer has to be older which is why I am not digging it. The ABV is low to have a great many pints of this but then again why would you if this is how it was suppose to taste. Oh well you win some and lose some.

alleykatking, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -40.8%

spoonhawk, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Jimmys
2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: deep gold, a little bit of orange hue as well. white bubbly head diminishes to a thin rim. large carbonation bubbles can be seen. clear.

S: a minor fruitiness. maybe green apple. the sweetness slightly resembles candy corn. struggling to find a hop component.

T: a really subtle graininess. the malt actually seems less obvious here than in the nose. a little similar to cooked white rice.

M: super light body with a pretty hard carbonation.

D: pretty boring beer, fitting right in with the style. probably has one of the coolest bottle caps with a pic of edgar allen poe on it.

Jimmys, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of apasternak
2.5/5  rDev -26%

apasternak, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -26%

oline73, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of bubseymour
2.5/5  rDev -26%

bubseymour, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -26%

OriolesFan1008, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of khargro2
2.5/5  rDev -26%

khargro2, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of pagardner
2.5/5  rDev -26%

pagardner, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of mempath
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

cool bottle! looks ok when poured. typical euro pale lager...nose is too close to the bad adjunct world...taste is a bit sweet...malty with not enough hop balance. flows down the gullet fine. past the palate...nothing special. actually less. i prefer the gusto Schlitz. or, speaking of baltimore, Natty Boh...

mempath, May 05, 2012
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in ale glass in Rollingside tavern.

A: nice dark orange, little head, no lacing; relatively clear
S: malty, not much else going on
T: metallic aftertaste, almost a Euro-strong, but without the ABV; barley is of a darker roast that I would have expected.

Arithmeticus, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

GRG1313, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of cwelder
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

cwelder, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of ROGUE16
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

ROGUE16, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color - this is darker than I anticipated. The head is one fingers high, and barely off-white in shading. Not much in the way of either retention or lacing.

S: The primary notes are toasted malts and a hint of noble hops. Some fleeting caramel sweetness also invades the nose ever-so-slightly. Pretty basic, but not bad.

T: Plenty of caramel and toffee to start, which turns slightly nutty and toasty near the middle...and also slightly metallic on the finish. Faint hoppy hints also appear on the back end; I want more of this to appear. If nothing else, the flavors seem to improve slightly as the carbonation slows down.

M: This has too much of a rough, coarse feel for me going down. The high carbonation is welcoming, but the way it cuts through the otherwise sweet texture isn't. Should be more drinkable, as well.

O: This should be reclassified as an amber, or perhaps even a Vienna lager. At the very least, it's an acceptably mediocre amber/Vienna. Not bad, but I don't see much reason to pick this up over SA Boston Lager, which is cleaner, crisper, easier to drink, and available everywhere.

ThisWangsChung, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of tehawful
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light-amber body with little head. Smells of grain and a bit of sweet malt. Some grassy hop tones come across as well. A somewhat disappointing start considering the Poe branding.

Heavy grain taste, with a small hint of corn. Finishes dry with some bitter grassy hops. Both the initial taste and the finish stop before they really get a chance to develop. The body is light enough, and carbonation sticks out a bit at the end.

All in all, I was a little disappointed with The Raven. Perhaps living near Baltimore I hoped that they would do more of a service to Edgar Allan Poe. Certainly a drinkable lager, but nothing really sticks out.

tehawful, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased at The Raven in Virginia Beach

A: Golden amber in color, less than a fingers worth of head, that disappears very quickly... no lacing.

S: Slight sweet smell, little malty (biscuit like)... touch of adjunct.

T: Just like the smell malty biscuit taste, little sweet but not over bearing.... Just a light touch of dry hops at the finish. Pretty normal, nothing really different from most EPL...

M: Carbonation is sharp at first, but settles down as it warms up. Thin to Mid bodied... Good for the style

D: Very refreshing little beer, nicely balanced. Could be a good session beer, but nothing really grabs you and makes it memorable...

I had to have it because of the Poe beer cap... Nice touch.

mralphabet, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of BBQWhisperer
3/5  rDev -11.2%

BBQWhisperer, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of KenC
3/5  rDev -11.2%

KenC, Apr 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

ConradKenney, Mar 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

woolybully67, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

WMD-1002, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Rhettroactive, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark copper hue with a white, 2-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid lace.

S: Biscuity malt aroma with a slight caramel scent.

T: Similar to the smell there is a biscuity malt flavor with an overall sweetness that finishes sort of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a typical lager – nothing I would grab again.

ckollias, May 15, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -11.2%

KevMo84, May 21, 2014
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The Raven Special Lager from B.W. Beer Works USA
78 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.