Spezial Rauchbier Lager - Brauerei Spezial
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3.53/5 rDev -4.3%
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 This is a somewhat out-of-date beer, and it was good enough to make me want to try a fresher bottle, or have it on tap.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.
11-28-2012 07:10:24 | More by falloutsnow
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.4/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
10-15-2012 18:39:57 | More by seanyfo
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-01-2012 23:18:09 | More by Kinsman
United Kingdom (England)
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-15-2012 13:48:02 | More by jonb5
3.63/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-03-2012 01:03:48 | More by rangerred
4/5 rDev +8.4%
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. As a fan of smoked beers, the aroma is great. I get a ton of heavy, meaty smoke with not too much else coming through. The flavor is a little bit more complex. There is still a ton of meaty smoke, as well as a little bit of sweetness from the toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-19-2012 04:20:41 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +8.4%
nice rauchbier, not as smokey as some, but still plenty of that campfire essence to it. pours rich copper in color with a slender tan head that doesnt last too long. smells like smoke, dark german malts, and even a touch of wheat malt. flavor is smokey up front, a little woody in the middle before the semisweet malt finish draws on. feel is good, mellow carbonation and a lighter body than the color would indicate. very drinkable in the summer season, particularly moving into fall. overall a nice beer, lighter on the smoke than some other rauchbiers, and rather affordable.
05-26-2012 17:12:29 | More by StonedTrippin
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Bottled on 3/22/11.
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a 1 inch puffy light tan head that settles to a foamy film on top of the beer. Chunky rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt and some subtle smoke aromas. Taste is of smoked malt up front with a light fruity flavor on the finish. The smoke in the taste is also pretty subtle and doesn't stick around on the palate very long. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smoke in the aroma and flavor is pretty mild.
03-13-2012 02:48:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: Amber one finger white head. Clear clean and transparent.
Smell: Munich malts. Smoke, bacon and meat. Caramel. Ripe fruits.
Taste: Nice roasted malts, fruity, juicy. Not very bitter.
Mouthfeel: Clean, light refreshing. Smokiness wears off. A good refreshing rauch.
Overall: A little low in character for the style but very clean and refreshing.
03-06-2012 09:28:37 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
.5L into mug at 40 degrees. 6/28/12 exp date.
Pours with a decent 2-3F of soapy off-white head that fades quickly to a ring. Body is a fairly clear amber-orange color with no visible carbonation.
Aromas come across pretty well - smoked, cured beef brisket and sweet malts.
Flavor and mouthfeel disappoint a little, until I realized it was only 4.6% ABV... in which case, now I'm impressed. Clean/juicy drinking for the style. Not overdone on the smoke. Light citrus quality - mostly of lime. Light on the palate and goes down easy... could use a bit more carbonation though.
This one would be great with some Mexican food.
03-04-2012 21:30:13 | More by BeerImmediately
3.15/5 rDev -14.6%
A: Pours a clear amber/orange color. A two finger egg white head forms with good retention. Light lace.
S: Smoked meat, mineral water, and slightly metallic.
T: Again, plenty of smoked meat flavors. Which in itself is a bit overwhelming. A little to much of a metallic twang for my liking as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. On the watery side. Easy enough to drink...for the style that is.
Not bad, but the metallic flavor on top of the heavy smoked meat makes this more of a one and done for me. I am not a huge fan of the style, but even so, Aecht Schlenkerla blows this out of the water.
02-15-2012 02:33:08 | More by champ103
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Bottle 1 of 3 on the 3 half liters of rauchbier on the night.
Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice head and nice lacing down the glass.
Smells like bread with smoke mixed in. Not as smoked as I was expecting, but a good way to warm up.
Taste is lightly smoked, heavy bread, slight metallic twang. Very clean.
Mouthfeel is moderate and not very carbonated.
Overall, its okay...nothing more.
01-16-2012 00:05:44 | More by bs870621345
Spezial Rauchbier Lager from Brauerei Spezial
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