Spezial Rauchbier Lager - Brauerei Spezial

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | 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%

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-19-2002)
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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Herbal hops, smoke, pepper, BBQ, and leather,
A pour expressing deep amber to light brown hues.
A finger of white head that was soft like a feather,
Smoke and fruitiness did fuse.

Flavor, a light and smoky sweetness with hints of BBQ together,
med carbonation, light body, and a refreshing quality does infuse.
An overall sweeter than hoppy brew perfect for the weather,
If you want a crisp, smoked beer this is the one to choose.

While not exemplary, average quality it does exceed,
if camping and honey is what you like this is what you need!

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery.

This rauchbier poured a clear, dark amber color with creamy, light tan foam that settled but coated the glass. The smell was mildly malty. The taste was malty with a hint of smokiness and with tangy hops in the finish. Very nice, and not overly smokey. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. There was a slight smokey feel and a light tanginess. This was a very nice rauchbier with a light smokiness. Very easy to drink.

Photo of drseamus
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 10oz of this at Mahar's because I am always a bit wary of rauchbiers. I wish I had gotten a bigger one in retrospect. It pours a light amber with a one finger white head. The aroma was VERY malty with a good biscuit quality and a hint of zoo funk in there. The flavor is very malty with a good but not overpowering smoke character. It reminds me of a roasted pig somewhat. There are some caramel notes as well. The body was light to medium. Overall, one of the better smoked beers I've had.

Photo of 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.

Photo of willjansen
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the wooden casks at Brauerei Spezial in Bamberg, Germany, which also happened to be our accommodation during our stay in Bamberg.

Appearance: Big, foamy white head with deep amber/reddish color - almost copper. A rather dark lager, and has a look of being "heavy bodied."

Smell: Not a lot to pick up off the aroma... a very slight smokiness when agitated, but giving away very little. Clean lager...

Taste: Smooth, clean brew with lingering smoky aftertaste and only a hint of smokiness during. After-breath of smoked malt, but definitely not overwhelming. Truly delicious, un-challenging version of a smoked lager and very enjoyable, fresh beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more agressive carbonation than others in the style, but works well with a lager such as this. Slick and dry at the same time, leaving a strong desire to move on to that next sip.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable; perhaps the easiest of any rauchbier I've ever had. Restrained smokiness makes it a good introductory beer for rauchbier beginners. Perhaps the quintessence of style and subtlety... not bad at all.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhere between brown and amber with peach hues. Pretty nice head at first and we have nice lacing.

Rauch aromas and I thought I smelled hops undertones.

I always find rauchbiers hard to judge on taste. This one is no exception. The smokey tastes dominate, but they aren't incredibly strong. What else is there to say? Well, I think I can detect some stereotypical "lager" tastes underneath, but, again, mainly rauch.

Mouthfeel isn't that great at first, but it becomes good as it warms.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: smoked malt

Taste: smoked malt, grass, small hops, and honey

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, semi-sweet with small bitter stretches, boozy, high carbonation

Drinkability: This one drinks like a smoked amber. It is super easy to drink even with the high carbonation. The smoke is strong and pleasant. I could have several.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rusty dark orange and hazy brew with a short-lived 1 finger foamy head and tons of peppery specks floating in suspension. Has an almost greenish hue at times. Some thick lacing coats the glass.

S - LIghtly woody and smokey like an old wooden cabin. Very appropriate scent since we are snowed in our apartment during this horrible midwestern ice storm. A little bit sausagey but much less meaty than Aecht Schelnkerla's Urbock.

T - Woodsmoke and glazed honeyed ham with little touches of caramel. Very slight bitterness and worchestercier sauce flavors. Again, not as assertive as Aecht Schlenkerla's rauchies.

M - Light to medium bodied with low carbonation but a high level of acidity that provides some tingle on the tongue.

D - Decently drinkable, but not the best or most unique rauchbier.

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Big A bottle to my glass lidded mug. A really dark amber almost brown. The head is big tan and rick looking. It fade and leaves a nice lace.

The smell is not very strong. Smoky malt and a hint of hops.

Taste is very good. Smoky malt smoky hops, a smooth and mild beer, could be bolder.

Mouthfeel is good, thick but not real thick. Carbonation is ok kind of coating, smooth.

Drinkability is high. Very high, no complaints smooth and not real strong. MK

Photo of kurgan3
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

159 reviews as of this posting. I picked this up on a whim on my last beer run. Thought it was finally time for me to try one of these from Germany. Well, am I glad I did. I had this over dinner - salad with blue cheese, chicken and honey orange almonds and craisins - and the light sour smokey notes in the lager highlighted the flavors in my dinner perfectly.

beyond this dinner, I'd have this again gladly as I found it to be quite flavorful but smoked in a mellow understated but balanced way.

Photo of HappyHourHero
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby cocoa colored head left specs of lace all over the glass. Glowing chestnut colored beer. Smells like a mix of caramel malt and musty leather. Flavors of tea, leather, beef jerky, and caramel malt blend together nicely. The body is on the light side of full, and there is just the right amount of carbonation. A nice, well balanced, smoked beer.

Photo of troyharvey
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-liter bottle.

A- Pours a nice deep amber with a nice tan head.

S- Subtle smokiness, some biscuit malt aroma, maltier than smoke.

T- More toasted malt, the Munich malt prevails, smoke is definitely muted compared to other Rauchbiers.

M- Very carbonated, thin to medium body, much like other German lagers from the region.

D- Much more drinkable than other Rauchbiers, reminds me of the times I pent int the Spezial Brewery in Bamberg.

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of bruindre
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of decay_of_mind
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle in AZ:
A nice copper color pours with a good cream/ tan colored head. First aroma is of a hoppy spiciness (a bit surprising, in a good way), but then a background smokiness kicks in, and soon becomes all you can smell. Good amount of body to this brew, nice solid malt presence accompanied by a bit of malt sweetness, very nice. Finishes with a smoky finish, that soon infuses the whole taste of the beer from start to finish. The smoke is reasonably subdued though. Not quite as good and hearty as when sampled fresh at the brewery, but if this is all you can get don't miss it.

Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Paczek
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Spezial Rauchbier Lager from Brauerei Spezial
83 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.