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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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 352
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

An amber ale with a good foamy head.

The aroma was of malt and aromatic hops, with some fruitiness and not a lot of sweetness.

The taste was initially bitter, with a malty body. Not a lot of complexity.

An all right beer, but not the best one of the day by far.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Honey thick light amber color, still in the glass, with almost no lasting head. Nose is pungent malts, syrupy and rough. Taste is big in the mouth--big carbonation, caramel malts and bitter hop lining--but drops off immediately, with little aftertaste besides some phantom malts and something nasty. Heavy, syrupy body. Didn't really enjoy this beer at all.

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

Pours a bright, clear copper-amber color and is topped by a light tan to cream colored head. The aroma has notes of bread, caramel, lightly toasted malts, crackers, and perhaps a faint grassy suggestion of hops. The taste is clean, dry up front, yet off dry in the middle and finish. There is a lightly spicy hop component and a corresponding clean hop bit in the finish which perfectly balances the residual malty sweetness that is left in this beer. The malts manifest themselves with flavors of biscuits, toast, and a nice caramel note. The hop character of this beer is quite nice, and really starts to open up as this beer warms in my glass. This is a really nice Vienna Lager, it is pretty much spot on for the style. For those who appreciate the subtlety that is this style, this is definitely well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber/orange pour with a small-ish head but plenty of active carbonation.

Smell: light & fresh, both floral and fruity. candycane sugar sweetness and a hint of orange.

Taste & Mouthfeel: a smooth & light bodied beer with a texture throughout. the taste has sweet malty characteristics as well as some rich fruitiness. the flavours switch up a little bit and bend toward a more hop bitterness on the finish including some orange peel. the bitter finish lingers for quite some time, but pleasantly i might add.

Drinkability: fairly ligt bodied without lacking decent complexity. i found this beer to be quite good and i would definitley give it another shot.

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Photo of MediocreatBest
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very apealing look with an orangy color and tannish head that piles above the top of my 16 oz glass, but is thick enough to stick and pile on instead of pouring over the edges. smells of burnt maltiness and spicey english hops. tastes as you would expect from the smell. you can also atste the alcohol which surprises me becuase the ABV isnt that high. it is all blended well. it is slightly bubbly, and easily drinkable, not poundable, but a nice sippin beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a four-finger head that goes quickly and leaves only traces of lace. Medium carbonation. Clear amber color. Nose is bready. Starts and finishes with a balance of hops and malts. Slightly hoppy aftertaste. Does not work with spicey foods. $1.95 for a 16oz bottle.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent amber with a moderate off-white head. Little retention and minimal lacing.

Smells wonderfully bready with a bit of citrusy hops in the background.

Very well balanced. Nice caramel malts up front followed by a pause of sweetness and toffee. Moves to a nicely hopped ending that leaves a little glow in your mouth. Sweetenss kind of lingers on for a while.

Mouthfeel is dead middle of the road. Carbonation is slightly overdone.

A beer that should appeal to a wide range of tastes. Does nothing spectacular and everything decently.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 8- pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an inch+ tall off-white head which faded to some heavy foam. Light amber in color, average lacing present. Nothing much in the nose, kind of a generic "beery" hops and light malt aroma. Flavor kind of middle of the road, nothing stands out much, nothing hugely detracting. Seems like a bit of a metallic flavor, but that just might be me. As I get halfway through the flavors are starting to mellow out a bit, and I have adjusted the ratings accordingly.

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Photo of jsolack
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer... very lacy head. Color is coppery and slightly hazy.

Smells like oranges and sweet spice. The smell reminds me of fall... dried leaves.

Very smooth and creamy beer. Finish is smooth with virtually no bitterness. Slighty spicy flavor.

Thick in the mouth... doesn't dry mouth out at all. Very nice!

Easy beer to drink. Tastes great and has a nice finish.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured with a huge beady head but it was definitely more golden in color than amber. Got a nice sugary malt waft. I first notice a good hop bouquet that feathers the palate. Very clean tasting and smooth. So easy to drink its laughable. I have to say its a great beer within the style, once again impressed with a solid offering from Sprecher.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer served at Chicago's downtown Christmaskindlmart. This has a good full amber color under a thin head. Nice and sharp hop spice flavor sets it apart from others in this style. Very little else with the name "Amber" stuck on it is this tasty. Holding a swallow in my mouth excites both the sweetness and bitter portions of my tongue. Very nice, and sharper when served cold.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice "special amber" color, and a really nice,creamy head that leaves ample lace-ige. Toasted malt dominates the aromatics, while a tease of hop makes itself known, though in a small way. Good crispness in the mouth, yet a bit of the Sprecher over the top cloying-ness can be found in this offering as well as most others. Malt dominates the taste profile in a big way. The trademark Sprecher "freshness is a must" shines through as my sample yields a tasty bit of brew. A good offering of the Marzen style, and better than many okt-fest I have sampled.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, pure amber color, with a thick, creamy off-white head.
Aroma: soft, but a little spicy, nicely hopped, tingling and lively, fresh.
Taste: hops continue to display their charms on the palate, staking out a perfect claim on the tastebuds. Just right. Malt is abundantly tasty, too, a bit toasty and warm, very friendly. Rich and, yes, complex, with a long, satisfying finish. Hops return with each sip, malt never lags, flavor continues to roll around in the mouth and spread delight. A near perfect session ale.
Bright delicious fruity flavors playfully interject in the middle...I can happily down this with gusto.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clear ambery light coppery color with a thin but thickset foamed bubbly off-white head that fades fairly fast to a thin ring and minimal drippy lace. Smell has some roasty malts, lightly sweet of bread dough and hops come across as dry and herbal. Taste has about the same notions as its aroma with malts lasting throughout with some roasted character, lightly breadish sweetness rouse in and out, light crisp hops that are slightly dried sneak in towards its pilsner like finish. Feel is close to medium body, a bit thin, quite smooth though and very easy to drink, just not alot of action going on to make me like it any more then to just finish the off the pint and remember it not.

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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 hotstuff
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Vienna poured a large off-white creamy head that contained small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was clear with an orange hue. It had a light malty aroma and the flavor was lightly bitter that lasted from the start to the finish of this brew.

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Photo of TheDM
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized white bubbles and a lively transparent amber body. It had a malt hop aroma and a mild bitter hop start and finish.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear and light amber color. The aroma is mostly spicy citrus and hops, both mellow. The taste is pretty reserved as well, slightly toasty, bitter, and a little bitter on the finish. It's a pretty good beer. I wasn't impressed or disappointed. I just think of it as average.

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Photo of Winter
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden orange in color with a light tan head. Aroma consisted of hops, biscuit and a fruity citrus scent. Mouthfeel seemed a little watered down. Hops are present throughout, but more apparent in the finish, which seemed too bitter and citric for my liking. Sprecher brews some great beers, but as far comparing it to other Vienna-Style lagers, the Special Amber seems to fall a little short. I wish this one was a little more smoother and creamier, rather than the over-riding hoppy citrus taste to the finish.

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Photo of cokes
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, glowing golden-copper. Off white head sticks around the entire time.
Hops and malt both make impressions on the nose. Bready sweet and spicy citrus.
Taste follows suits. Malt heft is provided by the lightly toasted bready notes coupled with some sugary fruity sweetness. Hops enter mostly in a cascade-y citric form, but with underlying traditional German spiciness. Interesting, because I never got any of the cascades in the bottles. They work well, and I find the tap version much more rewarding. Considerably more hoppy on draught.
Medium in the mouth. Slow moving but ample carbonation.
Nothing jawdropping, but a winner nonetheless.

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Photo of putnam
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished bronze or old brass color. Nice crusty head. The nose features a syrupy vegetal note that eventuually gives way to toast and butter. Good, rich smooth texture bears assertive hop bitterness early and finished soft and bitter. The slightest taste of steel emerges on the finish. While clean and refreshing, it could be more concentrated for my liking.

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Photo of ZAP
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not as high on this as others...for a lager it is awful cloudy...it is an orangish amber in color....the nose is toasty and nutty....body is relatively thinish...taste has some nuttiness and toastiness, along with a Pilsner like hop finish....easy to drink, but not a special beer in my opinion....pretty average...I liked it a lot better on tap in Green Bay so maybe this 4-pack I got is no good, but that is what I am rating it on...

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Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearish medium brown with a 1/4 inch head that settles to a multi-bubbled skim. Malty aroma, a little cinnamon. Light medium-bodied, malty flavor lasts a long time. Elements of caramel, hazelnut, and a touch of spicy hop. Actually, a pretty nice Vienna, nuttier than a lot of others. Could use a little more distinction overall, but nothing is amiss here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd never had any of the Sprecher beers before, and I wasn't really expecting much of a "Special Amber", but it turned out to be much better than I thought. It actually is amber in color, with a nice cream colored head that subsides to a light rim around the glass. The aroma is of malt and hops with little fermentation characteristic. The mouthfeel is fairly creamy and fuller than I'd expected. Taste is very well balanced between a firm malt and hops which are bright and crisp. Leaves a clean, refreshing hop aftertaste. A good beer, well worth trying, but not overly impressive.

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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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Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 352 ratings.
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