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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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138 Ratings

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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 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...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:40:00 | More by mempath
Photo of KenC

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.2%

04-07-2012 18:33:09 | More by KenC
Photo of woolybully67


3/5  rDev -11.2%

02-18-2012 00:56:11 | More by woolybully67
Photo of Thorpe429


4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:03:38 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of AndrewMichael


3/5  rDev -11.2%

01-15-2012 20:42:53 | More by AndrewMichael
Photo of bigred89


3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2011 16:09:14 | More by bigred89
Photo of jlindros


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clea amber color with light head.

Nose has some toasty malts, light lager fruits, doesn't get much of a crisp lager aroma, slightest hint of syrup.

Taste brings more toasty malts, light amber malt flavors, sweet lager, light reddish copper malts, light dme, hint of lager fruit like flavor, just a slight metallic taste.

Mouth is fairly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, I was expecting worse, just a slight metallic flavor otherwise no real off flavors but no crisp or clean lager flavors either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 01:12:56 | More by jlindros
Photo of bamojr


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with white fluffy head about one finger that dissipates quickly. very floral nose with a hint of some roasted malts in the background but very faint on those. Bitter flavor with some malt backgrounds. no real detection of the floral aromas I was getting in the taste. Defiantly lingers on the palette with a pungent flavor. This is a good strong lager but doesn't have any thing too interesting about it other than the box it comes in. Not a bad little beer but a little to pricey for the novelty when it is a pretty standard brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 21:35:34 | More by bamojr
Photo of Rifugium


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

Poured a clear burnt umber with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. Grains and toasted malts in the aroma. Toasty malts in the taste, grainy, woody, with some caramel sweetness. Some hop bitterness comes in towards the end, leaving a dry and somewhat bland aftertaste. Still an overall ok brew; light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Though after the fest, I never saw the stuff again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 15:05:21 | More by Rifugium
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3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours crystal clear golden color with a half inch of fluffy white foam. a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - strong bready pale malts. grassy, hay like aroma. some nice sweetness, some fruity notes. faint earthy hops.

T/M - very grainy pale malts up front. the malts make up the majority of the flavor. a little bit of nuttiness and grassy flavor help transition into a very mild hoppy back end where there's also a nice honey note to give the beer some sweetness. really crisp, clean finish. light bodied almost like water, mild carbonation.

Overall is isn't a bad brew. nice, clean flavors, really refreshing and sessionable. I would drink this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:09:43 | More by patreely12
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:04:23 | More by Jimmys
Photo of B967ierhunter177


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear, rust color with half-inch head that fades quickly. The aroma has a balance of dough, maple, and grass. It's flavor begins with caramel followed by maple, honey, and orange notes. It has just enough hops to give a good balance. The mouthfeel is slightly thin but smooth providing for a high drinkability. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 00:43:51 | More by B967ierhunter177
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 22:16:25 | More by alleykatking
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow body bordering on orange. About 1/2 an inch of head after pour into a chilled beer mug.

S: Slight citrus aroma with a bit of nuttiness.

T/M: Nutty lager with subdued carbonation and a hint of toasted rice. Slightly slick as it coats the tongue and there is even a fainter hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit watery at times.

D: Decently complements any meal, as long as the meal itself is much more flavorful and can hold its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 05:25:46 | More by thekanna
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3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bonus bottle from fine BA drabmuh; 12 oz. & brown, poured to a pint glass.

Label: An awkwardly mediocre drawing of a raven perched upon Poe's tombstone against a buttery-pale backdrop. Nice Poe-on-red bottlecap... a keeper.
"The Taste is Poetic".
We shall see...

A: Golden-straw with more than a hint of orange. So close to being clear, it's painful to find the scantest suspended dust. Modest carbonation; what there is moves slowly, drunkenly. Starts with a decent 1/2 finger of whitish foam; head breaks down quickly to a splotchy film, slight ring, fragmented lace.

S: Sweet aroma, mild fruit and tons of malty sugars. Doesn't smell all that special, but does smell strongly of 'nothing special'. Worthy of a '3.5'? Ah, sure it is...

T: Not a bad taste at all. Very malty, sugar sweet and caramel-laden... with fruity notes of apple and pear abounding. Modest spiciness, very little notable hops. Skews waaay toward the malty ('malt liquor'-tasting) side.

M: Kinda oily. No REALLY oily, a viscous and off-putting sort of slickness. No carbonation prickle at all, just silky yet dull all at once. Light-medium body, with a lasting starchy/gummy stickiness.

D: 'Average' about sums it up... nothing to bring you back. Despite flaws, not a bad-tasting beer (at least for a malt-lover like me), but, well, why? Not to rule things out, but to 'quoth the Raven': Nevermore.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 03:03:29 | More by msubulldog25
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 02:08:36 | More by tehawful
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3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a nice amber colour but mine ran out of head in about 10 seconds and had very little carbonation. It had a weak but nice smell of honey on toast. It has a decent taste, but nothing stands out: slightly hoppy and bitter. My bottle was very flat in the mouth. It's a very drinkable beer, but there is nothing noteworthy about it, except the branding.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:57:46 | More by vandemonian
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3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge Edgar Allan Poe fan so tried the beer, overall I was satisfied but not wowed. Definitely comparable to Stella Artois.Well balanced beer but lacks creativeness. Nothing stands out to me... Nice label! If you like the poem you should at least try the beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:21:38 | More by Brooke1
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:26:01 | More by mralphabet
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Nice clear light amber color, this head does not last long. I blame the glass that was supplied to me by this restaurant.

Nice caramel malt in the nose, somewhat grainy with a bit of hops as well. Really promising though. Taste is a nice malty smoothness, I dig the caramel notes. This is a nice drinkable medium bodied beer.

I was surprised to see this classified as a Euro Pale Lager. Seems to be more of a Vienna Lager to me and even reminds me in may was of Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Oh well, try it if you get a change, it's worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 10:33:04 | More by ZimZamZoom
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3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and clear. Not much head carbonation is moderate with large bubbles and there is no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly grainy and sweet, like vienna malt. Smells fine.

Highly drinkable, medium bodied beer. Overall its really nice, sweet slightly and finishes nice. I think its OK.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 01:52:29 | More by drabmuh
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3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007

Poetic themes surround this beer; Edgar Allen Poe and The Raven to be exact. We're always wary when a specific theme is slapped on a beer. Is it a dedication or is some- one just trying to cash in? We'll let quality dictate this one.

Quick to foam and just as quick to dissipate into a thin ring of lace; poor head-retention for this Lager, though the clarity is fine. Hints of malty caramel and light floral and herbal hops in the aroma; a relatively clean nose. Creamy, slick mouthfeel, with a moderate body. Crispness struggles, but then just bows out. Bready to start, with a touch of caramel and toasted grain. A small spike of hop bitterness balances this beer out well. Semi-clean aftertaste is on the dry side.

Just a basic, no-frills Lager here, but easy to drink. We expected more from the head and mouthfeel, both of which suffered all around, but balance and con- sistent flavor made up for that. Not a bad pick if you're into middle-of-the-road Lagers. For the pairing, throw this one at a pulled-pork sandwich with pickles and slaw.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 18:47:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 3/13/2010- from notes.

12oz brown bottle as pictured poured into a shaker glass.

A- A very clear, brassy color topped off with a soapy white head about one finger thick. Eventually settled to a patchy skim. Steady carbiniation bubbles.

S- Not much other than sweet malt and a faint grassy/metallic note.

T- The same grassy sweetness as the smell but with a little hop presence at the end.

M- Light to medium bodied and crisp. Not too much tingle from the carbination.

D- I could see this being a session beer if nothing else was available.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 12:31:13 | More by tatoodkelt
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3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a "Sixer Mixer"

Always like supporting local beers

A: Great golden/reddish color. A bit darker than I expected when I first opened the bottle. Nice head that lasted for about an average period of time.

S: Agree with other reviewers that this doesn't have any discernible smells other than malts and corn.

T: A little bit hoppy at first, but it had strains of citrus.

M: Despite its initial hoppiness, there is a nice even feel that is not heavy.

D: Highly drinkable. Would be great for many an excursion on a fall day. This isn't a tailgate beer.

Really dug this, and will probably invest in an actual sixer of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 22:22:34 | More by FlyingRabbit
Photo of WakeandBake


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper color pour with a small white head , medium to light carbonation . Aroma is light with a touch of grass some sweet clean malt garin, very faint floral hop notes. Flavor is very balanced slightly bready malt with just a bit of hops to even things out. Very clean crisp mouthfeel , light body . A very sessionable brew, with no huge flavors or aromas yet pretty darn good .

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 21:07:21 | More by WakeandBake
The Raven Special Lager from B.W. Beer Works USA
78 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.