Special Amber | Sprecher Brewing Company

178 Reviews
Special AmberSpecial Amber

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-13-1998

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sprecher Special Amber has a thick, creamy, spongy, head, a clear, amber, somewhat bubbly appearance, and a lot of heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is subdued, but one can pick up pungent, bready, medium-toasted malt, and the flavor is of sweet, bready, malt, white bread crust, slight toffee, and elevated, punchy hop bitterness. There is a medium mouthfeel, and Sprecher Special Amber finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is an almost perfect, flawless lager, and I rate it outstanding!


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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent Vienna, interesting, complex, tasty, yet very smooth and highly drinkable.

Deep amber, it has medium, dense, off-white head that slowly dissipates to a rich, foamy ring and leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is malty with grain, toasted whole wheat, yeast, and a hint of nuts. It's very nice and fairly strong.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with malty, toasty whole wheat bread, hitns of yeats, caramel, nuts. It's very pleasant and smooth, yet tasty and wonderfully balanced between malty sweetness and flowery hop bitterness.

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Photo of GhostMtnAbbey
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best Sprecher beers I've enjoyed.

I'd rate this second (so far) under the Black Bavarian.

It pours great with a big billowy head with an aggressive pour. However like most Sprecher beers leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is a great balance of malt and hops - with multiple hops seemingly present.

Very drinkable. Ambers are not one of my favorites, however this amber is worth buying a case for easy accessible drinking. Not an award winner for uniqueness, but its a great drinkable beer.

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Photo of KBomb
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a rich clear amber with a small frothy head that sticks around. Light lacing. Love the pint bottle. You get a good amount of hops when you take whiff, followed by some caramel sweetness and the tiniest bit of fruit. The taste is a robust and full-flavored combination of hops and malt, with a lightly sweet finish. Not too heavy and not too light, makes for pleasurable drinking.

This is pretty impressive stuff. Its well balanced enough to go with all kinds of hearty meals, but with good quality flavor that makes it a fine stand alone drink. It strikes a balance as both refreshing and full-flavored.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yielded an amber body with an orange tint topped with a full finger of off-white head. Modest foamy residue left little lacing. Rich, malty aromas confront the nose, on the sweet side with caramel and berry. I'm much more impressed with the taste than the smell, which I'd sooner be any day. Full-bodied, this is a damn good, malty beer with a hint of hazelnut finish. Creamy and smooth, Sprecher has again produced a very good and satisfying brew worthy of attention and praise. Delicious, and one I'll frequently revisit.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This light amber beer throws out a nice creamy off-white head that has some retention. Very nice toasted malt on the nose mixed in with some slight floral hop tones. This is a very nice tasting beer. The toasted malts really shine through. Maybe a little biscuit on the tongue as well. Some very light floral hop tones as well. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice medium to hefty body. Nicely done brew.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sprecher is only now distributing frequently to our area and I have had this one on my "want" list for some time. And now it's in cans (so it tastes like it was just made). Picked-it up last night (cold) and took it home. Poured deep golden/amber with nice 1/2 inch cream-color foam on top. Ample carbonation brought out a subtle malt smell and hint of bitterness in the nose. Initial taste was biscuity malt with a hint (just enough) of sweetness, followed by a refreshing hops bitterness that immediately tickles the taste buds and makes your mouth water. As it warmed, it just got better, lacing the glass all the way down. Very well balanced, very drinkable (maybe too drinkable) and yet with a craft-brew mouthfeel and only 5% ABV, it was hard to put down. Excellent!

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Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I had this for free after my final soccer game in Milwaukee this weekend and boy was it nice! Poured an amber color that was clear and transparent with a medium sized creamy off-white head. I noticed quite a mixture of malts and hops in the aroma but nothing I could really distinguish. At first sip I immediately noticed toasted Vienna malts come alive. Strong flavor there. The bitter hops followed that toasted malt flavor. After that more malty flavors showed which included biscuit, caramel, and some light fruit taste. Finishes with some more hop kick. This is quite nice and very thick for an amber. I would want to drink these all night, but I don't know if I could.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
5.0% ABV, 22 IBUs

A - Special Amber's beautiful deep golden hue shines with bright clarity while crowned by a dense cap of off-white foam that leaves chunky, mountainous peaks of lace on the glass.

S - The aroma of freshly toasted bread fills the nostrils with a lovely Vienna malt presence that's backed up by trails of richer Munich malt breadiness and a sweet drizzle of caramel for a fully malt forward but even-keeled balance.

T - Initial bready malt sweetness is swept away quickly to reveal a more toasted Vienna malt flavor that brings subtle complexities of nuttiness before the brew finishes with a metallic suggestion.

M - Round in feel, this medium bodied lager drinks pretty well due to its balancing hop bitterness and dry toasted malt finish that keeps the beer from being too sweet.

O - One of the two brews that I would consider to be Sprecher's flagships, Special Amber creates a nice, vivid picture of the amber German brews across the pond; malt forward but balanced and drinkable with subtle complexities coming out with each sip.

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Photo of brakspear
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant full-bodied amber lager with nice head that forms and dies with a little lacing. Aroma is balanced between malt presence and Mt. Hood hops. Taste is very full-bodied and clean for an amber, with nice hop bitterness to balance the malty sweetness. Very nice “session” beer if you are looking for a lager with a little "oomph" behind it.

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Photo of botham
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a semi-hazy amber color with a few fingers of light orangish head. great appearance.

aroma is dintinctively malty, with caramel malts showing, alongside a sugarcane type sweetness that gives the aroma a unique character. a distant earthiness grounds the profile, giving it a solid breadth.

taste is heavily malted, with the same caramel malts prevalent, and the same sweetness from the aroma present as well. the faint earthiness is a bit more distinct here, adding to the complexity.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy texture and a light bite from carbonation. no alcohol present.

drinkability is great. this brew is big on malted flavor and relatively complex, all while retaining an elegant simplicity within the profile. a supremely crafted brew. cheers!

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Photo of Atron67
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation- big 16 oz bottle with sprecher logo, noting special to note except the sweet logo

A- huge fluffy head on top that built up and slowly fell back down, pretty solidly bubbly body throughout. strong lacing fell underneath. a pretty light amber body perfectly clear body.

S- a nice complex maltiness on top, solid scents. light hop prescence to keep it light and from getting too sweet.

T- has a very smooth maltiness, stays a very nice maltiness turns into a delicious clean finish, solid and great for the style

M- full body, came with a strong carbonation but i let it settle down and it fit better for my tastes

D- solid

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It is so pleasing to obtain beer in pint bottles, other breweries should follow suit. Otherwise, what is the point of selling pint glasses? Unfortunately Sprecher went with twist-offs making it impossible to reuse this fine bottle for homebrewing purposes.

Appearance: Clear deep amber colour which poured into a clean white frothy head.

Smell: A nice hop aroma, with a bit of sweetness.

Taste: The head captured the hoppiness, making it very enjoyable to take the first sip. This was a very malty brew, the toasted malt flavour was the first thing that struck the palate. Sweetly diminishing, lightly carbonated with a final hop "bite" adding to the overall pleasure of drinking this fine beverage.

Notes: A very clean refreshing brew. More along the lines of a nice clean crisp pilsner. If you are ever in Wisconsin, pick us up a half barrel! This is a beer not to be missed.

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Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite styles of beer. Appearance is good with a good sized head and decent lacing.
Smell and taste are quite similar, both with a nice sweet malt smell. Quite refereshing.
Mouthfeel is good as well, medium in body.
Drinkability is fantastic.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a almost clear orange with nice fluffy head, good retention.

Smell is sublte, but malty, clean, with some hop bite.
Taste is very balanced and pleasing. Toasted malts are center stage with a good noble hop counter that pleases the back of the palate. Very pleasing and classic German Milwaukee taste. Feels crisp and refershing. Easy to take another swig and slowly enjoy.

This is one of the better offerings from Sprecher. This is a pleasure to drink and a pleasure to cook with. I have used this a few times in a good old fashion south side Milwaukee style beer batter fish fry. Also great with brats. This is what Sprecher does best and this is what you should drink if what to know what they are capable of.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Solid golden amber, two finger head faded slowly.

S- Mild spicy/citrusy hop aroma.

T- Great balance, noting stands out, quite good.

M- A little light, moderate to high carbonation.

D- I would easily reach for more, very sessionable.

An awesome "go to" beer with balance. Good job Sprecher!

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Photo of evanackerman
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams Boston Lager - it is perhaps a bit maltier though.

nice balcance of bready malt and hop bouquet. very smooth and easy to drink. nice amber appearance witha substantial white head.

overall this is a very nice beer, a great session beer. i love the hop flavor in this one, very german tasting. reccomended.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to trying this because I love the root beer these guys make. I also think the pint-sized bottles are great, and the artwork, though simple, is pretty cool in an old-world sort of way.

Appearance- Pours a clear copper-amber with cream colored head. Nice lacing.

Smell- Nice bready malt is fragrant even from a few inches away. (Serving this at just the right temperature) Some inviting toastiness.

Taste- Great malt flavors. Bread, toast, grain. Nice, light-fruit hop flavor to balance well. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel- Good, medium body. Satisfying. Appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- An excellent, well-rounded drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uh oh, I am the first to review this under "Serving Type - [CAN]" so I want to get in front of this before my detractors weigh in. It exists in a CAN, jagovs! A basic tenet of The CANQuest (TM) is NO lying. If it is not CANned or if I simply CANnot get one, I am not going to post a fictitious review for the sake of a Glug (because CANs don't tick, only Glug). Plus, I am VERY relieved to have another CAN. My first one was from the For Trade basket at Bella Vista and it was in a bag with four Sixpoint CANs purchased at Hawthorne's and while at a third (unnamed) establishment during PHL Beer Week, the bag disappeared. It was my fault for putting it down while grabbing a beer, but it did not make me happy, either.

From the CAN: "Milwaukee's Original Microbrewery"; "Established in [MKE] - 1985"; "Fire-Brewed".

The Crack introduced me to a VERY active beer that jumped right out at me like a little kid on the arrival of a favorite relative. I let it settle down, as I always do with little kids, taking a W. C. Fields stance towards them. The Glug resulted in a dense rocky finger of tawny head with modest retention. As to color, this was truth in advertising at its finest - a beautiful, deep amber bordering on copper with NE-quality clarity. When I see women with a natural head of hair this color, I fall instantly in lust. I turn into Lennie from "Of Mice and Men", wanting to touch their hair and jabbering on about freckles and pale skin. Sometimes, it actually works! This beer was equally beautiful. The nose had a caramel malt sweetness to it and while that may not be enticing to me, it was not off-putting, either. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a grassy light astringency on the tongue. Finish had a mild grassy bitterness overlaying the light sweetness underneath. I am definitely getting some of this for the cooler!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear amber color with orange hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a centimeter of lacing. The aroma is of dark caramel, a hint of citrus, and a tough of butter. The only problem I have with the aroma is that is it quite faint. The taste is a lot more fruity than the aroma, with only a touch of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very silky texture. Overall, this is quite a sessionable beer. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big full head, amber brightness in the appearance, falls quickly. Great sweet floral aroma.

Hops aren't big, but they let you know they're there, floral and spicy. Sweet malt feel that is very light on the palate. This is one of my favorite examples of this style. The warmer it is outside, the better. Enjoyable throughout, and at an amazing price, you can't beat this.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Clear, medium amber color with creamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a film leaving thick rings of lacing. Aroma is of biscuity malt and light hops. Sweet biscuit and caramel malt body, relatively light with moderate carbonation finishes with a light hop bite. Very crisp and refreshing, almost pilsner like. Nothing extraordinary, just remarkably drinkable and refreshing with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mucho beer karma goes to czoch for this brew obtained in a trade full of WI goodies. Slight malt smell with a hint of sweetness to it. Pours with a bit of head that settles quickly. Amber in color. Carmel and malty in flavor. Mouthfeel and smooth in flavor. This would be a nice session beer & is perfect for a hot summer afternoon. A solid brew.


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Photo of toolbrew
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz pint bottle. Nice amber color with a thick white head at first. Good head retention and lacing.

Mild sweet malt scents with a slight hop aroma.

Can taste hops initially. They fade out into a sweeter malt, and then finish with a slightly bitter taste.

Full mouthfeel - almost buttery in a way. The bitterness lingers on the back of the palate.

A very drinkable amber. Great for just sipping.

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Photo of dbtoe
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Look reddish amber body with a white head.

Smell is slight sweet malt and flowery hops

Taste just like the smell slightly sweet big toasted malt and finished with flowery hop bite. I really liked the flavor a lot.

Feel a little creamy with lively carbonation, enjoyable

Drink Very good goes down easy. I'd like this for just one or for an all nighter.

Comment I really like the use of the 16 oz bottles. I got 2 of these in a sampler pack and really like this one a lot. The taste just grabbed me and I greatly enjoyed it.

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