Spezial Rauchbier Lager - Brauerei Spezial
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Reviews by wyllder:
2.1/5 rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
On tap at the Moan & Dove, Amherst MA.
Poured a slightly cloudy bronze-copper with a weak beige head that fades away to nothing.
Smell was an unpleasant hay/horseblanket/manure. This is the first time I've truly understood the barnyard description I've seen for other beers. Another scent confused in there is the medicinal smell of a fresh package of band-aids.
Taste was, unfortunately for me, tied to the smell. There's some malt character in there, but I couldn't get away from the medicinal and barnyard qualities that took up residence in the back of my throat.
Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability suffered purely as a result of the taste.
Comments: Of the 6 people I had sip this, 4 agreed with me and 2 others thought it was really good. Of the two who liked it, one was smoking regularly that night and the other was drinking a Stone Russian Imperial Stout. For fun, I had a sip of the Stone Imp Russian and then tried some more of the Rauchbier: much better. The Stone killed the foul taste. Too bad the effect only lasted for about 3-4 sips. Maybe this is one of those beers/styles I'll have to try several times before finding out I actually love it. It will have to wait, though, as I won't be revisiting it anytime soon.
Serving type: on-tap
08-23-2004 15:28:46 | More by wyllder
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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