Special Amber | Sprecher Brewing Company

355 Ratings
Special AmberSpecial Amber

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Poured chilled into a 14-ounce tumbler. White head settles into a raft about an eighth of an inch thick. Beer looks rich. Bittering hops are evident in the aroma to balance the malt.

Taste -- wonderful. Lots of malt flavor, true to a Vienna lager, with a welcome bitter hops backdrop that's offers a little variation on the form. Great balance. Restrained carbonation and generous malt create a smooth, substantial mouthfeel.

I've been drinking this beer for 25 years. It's one of my two or three standbys, offering smoothness in a sessionable brew.

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly, light tan head into a tulip glass that left a thin ring of lace. this had some floaties in it, not sure if the can was old or what. the body was a bright amber color.
s - sweet caramel with some floral hops. hint of lemon.
t - caramel, apples, bready.
m - slick and thin with some crispness.
o - pretty good session lager. i'd drink this again especially if it was fresher.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Slight amber color with some carbonation.

S - Scent of malt, vanilla, and a bit of a flowery smell.

T - Just didn't like this. Had a bit of a yeasty feel in the finish that totally put me off.

M - I couldn't fiish this, and passing it off to a buddy didn't help either. A waste of money. Had a grainy, soapy mouthfeel.

O - Maybe having Eliot Ness earlier on this trip set the bar high for a Vienna lager, but this was essentially a drainpour. I'll pass; Wisonsin has many other good choices.

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3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Memorial Union in Madison in a plastic cup (also saw for $19.99/case at Costco earlier today).

A=Rich amber color with off-white foamy head.

S=No noticeable aroma.

T=Richness; hint of cinnamon and vanilla? Malts evident, while hops were present in the background.

M=Very nice...maybe a bit too heavy for the style.

O=A very nice beer...more like a lighter amber. Not quite as robust as Sam Adams' Boston Lager, but a more drinkable version...if you like Boston Lager but are looking for something that is a bit more drinkable in larger quantities, e.g. more of a session beer, and want to save a few pennies, this is a worthy choice.

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Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 355 ratings.
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