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3.44/5 rDev -16.5%
I went in to have the Rauchbier. Since I was on a day trek to hit several breweries, I knew I'd eat later. So no food for me here. The service was ok, but I think we were the only customers at that time. And they seemed to be less than enthusiastic about having to serve the one and only table occupied. Probably not bad if you really like the beer, but it's not my favorite Bamberg offering.
07-09-2013 01:12:34 | More by IchLiebeBier
4.08/5 rDev -1%
I stayed across the street at Faessla, so this was a pretty easy walk to make. Like pretty much every brewery in Bamberg, when you walk in there's a room with table service and a window for ordering beers.
In addition, there's the "hanging out hallway" for a quick brew, and unlike most other spots - Spezial has a pretty decent sized mini-biergarten in the back with roughly a dozen tables and waitress service for beers and food. Most people tended to go straight back to the biergarten, skipping the window and indoor seating.
When stopping by for beers mid-day I found the service in the biergarten to be a little off. Even some locals ended up leaving, but luckily we got our beers pretty quickly.
However at night in the normal dining area service was super prompt even though a good chunk of the place consisted of people simply hanging out for the evening and having a few drinks.
Food was excellent. Both variations on schnitzel were stellar. It was easily one of the best German meals I've had to date. Plus, it's a nice bonus that their "default" rauchbier is fairly mild and easy to drink with or without food. The ungespundetes (kellerbier) is also terrific and makes a fine counter-point option. They also have a weizen and a stronger rauchbier, too.
I originally wanted to stay at Spezial, but they only have a handful of rooms. Word has it that it's a great place to stay, too.
Still, for beer and food I find Spezial to be a good place.
While I'd recommend almost all of the places in Bamberg, Spezial gets a special mention for the food and overall quality for all of their beers. As a hotel - it's also in one of the best locations in the city. You're really right in the middle of things.
07-05-2011 03:21:34 | More by Domingo
4.4/5 rDev +6.8%
My wife and I spent four days and nights in Bamberg, and stayed in a room at Brauerei Spezial. With one exception, this could not have been a better choice.
The beer is as good as it gets in Bamberg, with mildly smoked lager and marzen, and non-smoked weizen. The food is very well prepared typical Suddeutsch fare. Decor is typical beer hall, with plenty of large tables, dark wood, adn antlers. I don't think we ever ate at a restaurant in Germany that didn't have antlers. I bet the McDonalds has antlers. The vegetarian restaurants probably have antlers, too.
Anyway, service was as attentive as it gets in a packed beer hall. You might not get immediate attention, but you won't go hungry or thirsty. This is place to meet local Bambergers. There are other places here you'll just meet other tourists.
The rooms are a bit small, but very well kept and have a nice view of Fassla across the street. Thet are only accessible via two full-story flights of stairs, but we were never bothered by any noise from the gasthaus below.
Herr Christian Merz was kind enough to give a quick tour of his brewery, and it is amazing how much brewing equipment could be packed into so small a space. Their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint is significant an laudable. Now for the one criticism. They do not have internet available, and Bamberg is notable for its dearth of internet cafes. Fortunayely the laundromat next door had a 3 euro per hour ternminal. Other than that, this place, very convienient to touring Bamberg's other breweries as well as historic sites, is well worth the visit.
05-17-2010 22:31:35 | More by MillRat
3.8/5 rDev -7.8%
Spezial is across the street from Fässla, so it was a logical second stop in our tour of all the major Bamberg breweries. The main dining room has several long wooden tables and is clearly place where locals come regularly. When we were in there, the place was near-empty - which was a bit of a surprise after leaving packed Fässla, but perhaps we just hit it after the lunch rush. The atmosphere is typical Franconian/Bavarian with antlers and such on the walls.
Spezial was the first place in Bamberg where I was able to get my lips on a Rauchbier. Mmmmm. Theirs was more subtle than I expected, with a light, mellow smokiness that didn't bite at all. Quite good. I also had their Pils, I believe, but it was only to try another of their beers - it was lost in comparison to the rauchbier.
Having "eaten" at Fässla (see my other review), we didn't really eat anything at Spezial, so I have no comment on the food other than to say the menu looked fairly typical southern German - I'm sure it's good.
Overall Spezial struck me as the quintessential Bamberg locals place. Not necessarily a place where you're going to spend the evening drinking, but definitely worth a visit for the Rauchbier and to say you've been there.
09-14-2008 00:22:49 | More by FirstMan
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
Great place that we almost skipped, because it was completely full when we got there for dinner, it was only on the way out that we peaked into a small enclosed section near the door where a private party was held. There was a small table for two that was free, so I asked in my broken German, dictionnary in hand, if they minded if we joined them. No problem they said, and we ended up chatting away with them, they were as nice as just about everyone else we met in Germany. I don't know if this section was non-smoking, but the only one who seemed to smoke used snuff instead. The snuff came from Andechs, too funny. He offered me some, and I was sort of tempted to give it a try, but I didn't want to destroy my tastebuds. The décor in this small section was similar to a hunting lodge, with plenty of trophies on the wall, mixed along with old pictures of the brewing heritage of this site.
They had more then just one Beer available, including a Wit, the Rauchbier and the unfiltered lager, which I enjoyed the most. Food was pretty good, obviously with very large plates at decent prices. Efficient and friendly service.
I'd recomend this place over any other in Bamberg. Sure, Schlenkerla is nicer looking, but the atmosphere here is brought on more by the patrons and staff rather than just what's on the walls.
09-27-2007 23:39:07 | More by Goldorak
Brauerei Spezial in Bamberg, Germany
91 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.