Spezial Rauchbier Lager - Brauerei Spezial
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Reviews by swid:
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
4.6% ABV listed; bottled on code 5030.
Spezial Rauchbier pours a golden brown color into my pint glass. Atop the hazy liquid sits a 3/4", off-white head the slowly dissipates. Moderate carbonation and lacing. The smell of this beer is a mixture of yeasty bread/grass aromas, waftings of smoked meat, and a faint herbal hoppiness. The smoky/meat aromas are surprisingly weak for a rauchbier.
The taste is precisely what the smell promises: sweet and malty, with a touch of smokiness. If it wasn't for the smoked malt presence, this would be a märzen; the bready flavor and the light touch of herbal hops are just as you'd expect around Oktoberfest. The mouthfeel is surprisingly watery and is slightly "wet" overall. Finishes with a mild sweet and smoky aftertaste.
As other reviews have noted, this beer is a bit lacking in being, well, smoky; other rauchbiers I've sampled have much more of a smoky/meaty smell and flavor to them. However, this is the only bottled rauchbier I've ever ran across here in Lincoln; paired correctly, this would make a great dining beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2006 02:30:00 | More by swid
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
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