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Spezial Rauchbier Lager - Brauerei Spezial

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%

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Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Unser Lagerbier ist die bekannteste Rauchbiersorte aus unserem Spezialitätenangebot. Das bernsteinfarbige Bier mit seinem feinem, mildem Rauchgeschmack lässt auch Skeptiker zum überzeugten Rauchbierfan werden. Der Stammwürzgehalt dieses Bieres beträgt ca.12% - daraus resultiert der Alkoholgehalt mit ca.4,7%

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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't study the breweries too well before going to Bamberg apparently. I was expecting more rauchbier everywhere. The only ones I encountered were at Schlenkerla. After a few more stops I hit Spezial and after a reassurance about the lager from a random Brit next to me I ordered the lager on tap.
Turns out this is a rauchlager! Wasn't expecting that. The taste was quite hammy and smoky. The nose didn't indicate too much smoke and was a lot less dull than the beers I had at Schlenkerla. Still a wonderful brew. Had a couple while chatting with this new found Brit beer enthusiast. and the night went downhill from there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2012 07:10:53 | More by MattSweatshirt
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-20-2014 01:39:04 | More by breakingbland
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3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap

A- Dark caramel colour, quite hazy, not very attractive. Big, healty white head, showing nice retention and lacing

S- A touch of smoke upfront is the first thing that comes to notice, but there is strong sweet malt base underneath which eventually takes the main stage

T- As the smell suggested a bit of smoked ham and woody flavours were easily noticed, but the beer main character is definitely that of a plain sweet dunkel and smoked notes get lower and lower in profile and complexity as you drink

M- Medium to light body, average carbonation. Smooth and easy going

O- Was not impressed. I understand a classic rauchbier is not meant to be an in your face beer, but i was comparing it on schlenkerla's offerings, and this is definitely subdued and lacking complexity by comparison

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2013 11:48:34 | More by Cozzatoad
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-22-2013 04:25:23 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-17-2013 02:15:57 | More by brandonld23
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-06-2013 02:28:15 | More by chickenm
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

10-08-2013 19:46:42 | More by bamberger603
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

09-02-2013 12:54:32 | More by clarknova
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-27-2013 14:02:18 | More by bruindre
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-24-2013 09:09:59 | More by angolmois
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

07-22-2013 14:23:37 | More by Sturmthis

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

07-14-2013 19:55:54 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

06-18-2013 22:58:42 | More by mrfrancis
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22%

05-28-2013 19:46:02 | More by herrburgess
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

05-13-2013 12:41:20 | More by Rekrule
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-12-2013 19:53:27 | More by BeerForMuscle
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-12-2013 00:37:45 | More by Rhettroactive
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

1.18/5  rDev -68%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml Bottle (Good Spirits Co, Glasgow - £2.80):
Clear, mild looking amber with a thin white lacing on top that is about two millimetres tall before turning patchy.

A disgusting combination to smoked wood and an overpowering cured ham aroma that isn't unlike smoky bacon crisps. There was a few malts coming through but it smelts truly appalling, probably the worst I've ever smelt.

Smoky wood and some lingering malts with some spice but again the overriding taste was a cured ham one that was disgusting and pretty much undrinkable. Not quite as bad as the smell but awful none the less.

Smooth & medium bodied with some spice. Very had to be unbiased here as the taste was so bad that the mouthfeel was never going to turn around the beers fortunes.

Definitely the worst tasting beer I've ever tried although perhaps not the absolute worst overall. About five different people at a party tried a sip of this and all formed similar opinions, this one was drain pour pure and simple.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 22:22:58 | More by flyingpig
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

04-28-2013 19:51:52 | More by troyharvey
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-19-2013 15:46:28 | More by wdarcy77
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-11-2013 02:02:37 | More by ctwinne
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North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours mid caramel color with a finger or two of well defined but quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

N: You get the waft of old campfire smoke immediately upon opening and nose is apparent on the pour. Mixture of smokey charred wood and sweet maltiness.

T: As a lager rather than a bock, the smoke is much less pronounced than many of the Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbiers (which are Gold Standard for the style for me.) Taste is sugared ham, smoke, and again sweet malts.

MF: Much lighter body than the AS's with relatively crisp mouthfeel and as the rauch is more subdued, I could actually imagine myself sessioning a few of these in a row.

All in all a nice Rauchbier starter beer, less aggressively over the top than others.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 20:40:28 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-29-2012 04:25:49 | More by wattoclone
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Best by 6/26/12
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

A good overall rauchbier, which does not seem as intense as the Schlenkerla brews I've had. This is a somewhat out-of-date beer, and it was good enough to make me want to try a fresher bottle, or have it on tap.

Pours a 1cm head of fairly clean, pale white foam that has average retention. Leaves modest lacing, a few lines and splotches along sie of the glass. Head reduces to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass along with an island of wispy foam capping the center-top of the body. Body is a deep reddish-tinged brown, quite hazy, but not opaque. Carbonation is visible and active.

Aroma of smoked malts and meats, moderate in intensity, with a trace of light cocoa.

Front palate features toasted malts and slightly smoked malts and meats. Mid-palate brings in smoky malts, meaty, with toasted and chocolate malt undertones. Back features toasted malt flavors along with some smoked malt: a bit flat. Aftertaste is of residual, light smokiness with modest sweetness.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with medium to medium-high carbonation levels. This results in a semi-fizzy mouthfeel that is well-matched by the weight of the beer. Does not close dryly.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 07:10:24 | More by falloutsnow
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Spezial Rauchbier Lager from Brauerei Spezial
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