Spezial Rauchbier Lager - Brauerei Spezial
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Reviews by Skidz:
4.05/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours out light amber and sits bright amber-brown in the glass with a large, soft and thin off-white head fading to a thin lace around the sides.
Smells crisp and toasty with mild smokiness all-around. Grassy hops are solid and back the grahm-crackery malts.
Tastes mildly sweet up front and builds with a rush of toasted malts. Smokiness emerges, soft, damp and sweet. Hops present clean, grassy flavors with hints of walnuts coming in. Finish is malt-focused with enough smoke flavor to run into the next taste.
Crisp, clean and refreshing in the mouth. Bold, moderate carbonation and medium bodied.
This is rather enjoyable. Not the most exuberant of the Bamberg rauchbiers I've had, but that may be due, in fact, to freshness. Yet another reason to return to one of the most unique beer-producing cities on the planet.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2006 03:29:18 | More by Skidz
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
Spezial Rauchbier Lager from Brauerei Spezial
83 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.