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Spezial Rauchbier Märzen - Brauerei Spezial

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Spezial visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dunkles, malzaromatisches Bier mit kräftigem Rauchgeschmack. Eine Spezialität die mit ca.13% Stammwürze eingebraut wird. Dieses Bier wird gerne von Leuten getrunken die etwas "Stärkeres" vorziehen.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-13-2002)
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Reviews by Asgeirr:
Photo of Asgeirr
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Spezial Rauchbier Märzen pours a rufous colour along with a thick, decently high (approx 1½ ") and almost gelatinous crown of a buff tone. Secondly, the crown in question is slowly reduced to a thin layer while leaving a great amount of lacing. Additionally, almost no carbonation is visible.

Smell: Intensively malty, caramel malt to be precise. Some diacetyl gives it a butterscotch-like note, some characteristics of charcoal-grilled meat manage to pop up in the back, at times it could be interpreted as Brauerei Spezial's trademarked "smoked ham"-malt. You also get some bread-like maltiness in the way of Swedish wortbread, which includes a tad of clove (both here and on its own) as well, but that's more in the far end of things.

Taste: Damn! Here there be ham, really pronounced in it's ham 'n' wortbread-mix here, but more on the sweet end than of what's being presented in the smell. Heck, even some blueberry may be traced along the way!

Continually, the diacetyl is way more clandestine here, while a sour -- and to a slightly lesser extent -- caramel-like tone has taken its place. The truly burnt characteristics do however stay in the back and does not show up until the end (that is to say the "aftertaste").

Mouthfeel: Creamy in viscosity yet it manges to transform it into a feeling of dry- and coarseness. The carbonation is way more alert than one where to expect. However, this does not mean it's merely as alert as to be considered high, but medium-high, nonetheless.

Drinkability: Just because it's a brew from Brauerei Spezial, don't expect it to be a Rauchbier -- 'cause it's not! Believing that will simply leave you disappointed. What it is however is a Märzen with some incorporated smoked-sensation, something it is does one helluva job achieving! Finally, for all you Swedes out there: who amongst you wouldn't reckon this to be the ultimate Yule-beer (in terms of representing the seasonal food in terms of taste and smell aplenty)?

Asgeirr, May 15, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of moderndrunkard
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Mike from Milly's for letting me know about this gem of a brauhaus in Bamberg! And cheers to Katie for picking me up a couple bottles when I was prematurely sent home on a string of bad luck.

This märzen pours a beuatiful light brown color with a nice filtered clear-ness, or something, to it. Poured in somewhat of a narrower stein than is probably appropriate, there was lots and lots of thick, tan head that just lingers and lingers.

As for smell, I detect most porminently that malty sweetness typical to märzens. However there does exist as well a very slight smoky aroma.

The taste, though, ohhh the taste! I love me my rauchbiers and this one did not disappoint. It tastes like meat. Meat, meat, and more meat. Smoky flavor lingers like scotch in the back of your throat.

It's hard for me to detect too many other flavors going on here cause I just love that smokiness. But overall, it's actually a very smooth rauchbier and would be great for a first journey into the style. Sometimes, I would prefer something a little starker, but this is great.

Would I have another? Hell, I'd drink these all night.

moderndrunkard, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

aztraz, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of jmhart
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap from the brewery

A-Deep dark brown in color, nearly too dark/thick to let any light through. If it had any head when poured, it didn't last long, but it left a rich almond-colored lace around the edge of the glass.

S- Toffee is the most prominent aroma. No noticeable smoke. Pretty standard Marzen smell, milder than expected if anything.

T- Carmel and nuts from the roasted malt hit your first, with equal amounts of stewed dark fruits filling in the middle(prunes and chocolate). Smoke finishes it off it an extremely complementary manner. The smoke really blances the whole thing out. If there were no smoke, this beer would almost be overly sweet, but the smoke makes it truly delicious.

M- Medium-full bodied(definitely closer to full). Moderately carbonated with a pleasant bite. Carbonation really spreads the flavors around.

D- Highly drinkable. If the brauhaus wasn't closing, I would have stuck around and had a few more of these. They were really tasty.

Overall, top beer in Bamberg and I will seek it out here in the states(cross my fingers)

jmhart, May 17, 2010
Photo of ThisMoonlife
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ThisMoonlife, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of Goldorak
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Practically opaque ruby red, decent amount of greyish head dancing on top.

Smell: Peaty, smokey and totally earthy. It reminded me both of a mink farm and home-smoked bacon. Some fruity esters in there and just a smedge of hops made this fantastic stuff indeed.

Taste: Not an aggressively smokey taste, the malt is solid, fruity and chewy which complements the peated flavors quite well. Hops also play a supporting role, as the astringency is definately hoppy and not ashy as can be found in other smoked Beers. A well balanced Beer from start to finish.

Goldorak, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Windigstadt
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark and opaque, almost black but not quite.
S- Not terribly aromatic, which surprised me (especially for a Rauchbier). Some sweet molasses wit a hint of smoke, but you really need to get you nose into the mug to pick any of it out. (Disclaimer: it's quite smoky in the pub, so this likely affected my ability to pick up on the aroma).
T- Dark roasted malt hits your palate first, with a touch of semisweet chocolate. Next the sweet malt body of the beer hits just for a second before the smoke kicks in. It's not overbearing by any means; to the contrary, the smoke and roast flavors seem to work together, leading the way to a nice hop finish with strong bitter coffee tones.
M- Full-bodied with adequate but not overbearing carbonation. Body lies somewhere between a Schwarzbier and a Doppelbock.
D- Very drinkable considering it blends two styles--Rauchbier and Bockbier--that traditionally aren't very drinkable.

Overall: What a delicious beer. Possibly my favorite while in Bamberg. It's really great how the roast malts work with the smoked malt (as American brewers, who favor smoked porters, have apparently figured out). While I don't mean this to be a slam on Schlenkerla (brewer of the most widely-distributed German Rauchbier), I think newcomers to the style would be less put off if they tried this instead of the sweeter Rauchbier from Schlenkerla. Now if only I didn't have to travel seven time zones to try it...

Windigstadt, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

mdillon86, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Amalak
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a bottle at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- It's got a nice clay red/brown color with bold head and lacing.
S- Smells like burnt wood.
T- It's very smokey. Beautifully smokey. It has a baconish after taste, similar to Aecht Schlenkerla. Crisp with some spiciness. One of the finest beers I've had.

Amalak, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +22.2%

alalvarez75, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beverage is clear and brown, rather dark brown, a beige rather small head, little lacing. Some curtains.

The smell is earthy, wet concrete, dust, stable. Faintly sweet dried fruits. Old figs and raisins.

The taste is sweet, plums and brown sugar, acidity, sour milk, bitter almond.

Low carbonation, small bubbles, smooth, dry finish.

I am a bit baffled, no smoke at all, and a bit stale.

Best before 05.10.10 - wonder if that is October or May?

rarbring, May 29, 2010
Photo of jbro434
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the beer garden in Bamberg.
Though the appearance is uncertain due to the mug, it looked to be more dark amber than most dunkels with a huge creamy head.
The light smoke taste did not hinder the malty sweetness and nicely balanced hop notes. The mouthfeel got more complex as the beer warmed and the taste complemented the brats and kraut that I enjoyed on a perfect summer evening. The beer finished dry and the complex taste lingered between each sip. I would say that I had at least 30 different beers on tap in my last visit to Germany and this was my favorite. A must stop if you are in Franconia.

jbro434, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of bamberger603
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

bamberger603, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of dqrull
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/red clear liquid with a slightly off-white coloured, fizzly head that dies down pretty quick, leaving a thin lid on the beer.

Smells of smoky leather, lightly of roastd almonds. I get a wooly aroma as well as smoked sausages, but not as forcefully as it's usually in smoked beers.

Taste is elegant, really tasteful use of smoked malts here, a light sheep-wool together with hard leather and an ever so light hint of smoked meat. I find it really interesting how they succeed in making these tastes that are'nt really smoky, but still very unique, and clearly here because of the smoked malts. Finishes quite light with near to no bitterness, a little watery actually.

Mouthfeel is light and fresh, with fizzly and fitting carbonation.

dqrull, May 24, 2010
Photo of Derek
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at the brewery, 0.8 Euro!

A: Ruby/merlot, off-white head, a little retention and lace.

S: Dark caramel with some smoke & spice.

T: Sweet caramel up front, smokey, peppery spice in the finish. The smoke helps to balance & round-out the Marzen sweetness.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: It's a little on the smokey side... but nothing like their town rival (Schlenkerla).

Derek, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50cl serving in a seidel at Spezial, Bamberg

A - Mahogany body with excellent clarity. Head retention and lacing is average/poor

S - Bacon domininant with a hint of this spicey stornaway black pudding note i keep getting from Spezial beers.

T - Bacon and spicey black pudding up front, a bit of citrus sourness coming in. Higher hop presence in finish than expected

M - Medium carbonation/body

D - Not enough malt sweetness for a classic marzen. A nice rauch presence but definitely not a classic flavour profile.

seanyfo, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Shatter
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Shatter, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Mebuzzard, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Duff27, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of GhostPants
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

GhostPants, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Jwale73
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Krug at Brauerei Spezial on 4/7/2013. Pours a translucent amber with a dense, buttermilk-colored 1.5 inch head. Nose expresses smoked pork, oak and some buttery notes. Taste consistent with nose with some earthy hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of prickly and a semi-dry finish. Not as balanced as Schlenkerla's Marzen, but very good nonetheless. A solid barometer for the style.

Jwale73, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of jaredtuk
5/5  rDev +22.2%

jaredtuk, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Memphis Taproom.

Pours a dark burnt orange/ copper mahogany color with pale golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Beautiful smokey arms with hints of charcoal, BBQ, campfire, subtle butane, bacon and ash. UnserneTh there is a sweet caramel malt presence that is a little toasty in the nose. While very smokey it's not over the top or too intense.

Medium bodied with a crisp spice and hop presence up frot that complimentsthe smokey notes very well. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar along with sweet toasted caramel malt. This beer is very well balanced and while the smokiness is there it isn't one dimensional and the other flavors are evident. Smokey hints of charcoal, ash, BBQ bacon and butane. The smokeynpresence becomes more prominent as the beer eRma but overallthis beer is very well balanced and easy to drink. Recommended!

corby112, Jun 06, 2010
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Spezial Rauchbier Märzen from Brauerei Spezial
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.