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Spezial Rauchbier Lager - Brauerei Spezial

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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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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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

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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3.53/5  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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

10-29-2012 02:24:37 | More by brotherloco
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50cl serving in a seidel at Spezial, Bamberg

A - Amber/gold body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy white head produces average retention/lacing

S - Notes of Stornoway black pudding,bacon and light caramel malt

T - Light biscuit malt with smoke/black pudding coming in with hint of toasted malts in a clean full finish.

M - Medium carbonation/body

D - For me by far the best rauchbier in Bamberg. This bacon/black pudding note is awesome with the kiss of biscuit malts. It goes down far too easy. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 18:39:57 | More by seanyfo
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3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored body with a nice bit of off-white head on top. Light whiffs of smoke overlay a nice grainy and bready malt base. Not as in-your-face smokey as the Schlenkerla rauchbiers but a nice balance of sweet and smokey.

Nothing really stands out on the palate but you get a nice array of smoked meat and camp fire flavors with the sweet caramel and bready malts. Rather light on the body and crisp making for quite an enjoyable but more delicate rauchbeer. Overall, a solid tasty brew and a nice alternative when you want just a bit of smoke as opposed to the wonderful onslaught you get from Schlenkerla.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:18:09 | More by Kinsman
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle. Golden colour, clear, small poorly retained head. Aroma was like a smokery, as was the case with the other Rauchbiers I've sampled. Smoke was understated, tasted malty with hints of apple, smoke gave the beer more character than expected for a beer of 4.6% abv. Crisp body, smooth texture with more carbonation than expected. Overall a very well balanced beer, where the smoke is present but not over powering.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 13:48:02 | More by jonb5
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a half finger white head that settles to a nice cap over the beer.

Aroma of bacon and campfire along with a healthy dose of toffee and burnt caramel. There is av overall sweetness and creamyness to the aroma.

The flavor has moderate smoke and lot of burnt caramel but it is not acrid or tannic in any way. Some dark fruit mixed with the smoke is a nice touch. Hops are virtually nonexistent with only a very light bitterness bringing up the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a very solid rauchbier although not quite in the same league as the Schlenkerla series. Something I would pick up again if I ever saw it, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:03:48 | More by rangerred
Spezial Rauchbier Lager from Brauerei Spezial
83 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.