The Raven Special Lager | B.W. Beer Works USA

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The Raven Special LagerThe Raven Special Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
B.W. Beer Works USA
Maryland, United States
ravenbeer.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Raven Special Lager is a perfect balanced lager beer that goes well with any kind of food, but particularly with spicy food or when you just want to sit down and enjoy a beer with friends. With a shot of Woodford Reserve chased with chilled Raven is a near perfect combination. The rich golden colored beer is an exceptionally smooth Southern German lager, somewhat malty but well balanced between the hops and malt. Experiencing the clean finish and pleasant lingering aftertaste of The Raven Special Lager, one can truly say that The Taste Is Poetic.

18 IBU

Added by RBorsato on 04-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
73
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 189 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spice, and scented baby wipe aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with an odd smell but the taste is decent enough.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear dark golden color with a frothy head that settles quickly and doesn't lace the glass

Smell: Very little aroma - just a slightly bready, slightly sweet smell

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that is a tinge sweet and a tinge bitter but never really develops beyond that

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Inoffensive is perhaps the best that can be said; slightly sweet and easy to drink but not worth seeking out

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Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is contract brewed at the Clipper City Brewing Company in Baltimore. It pours a clear, deep-amber body with an orange cast. Steadily rising bubbles can clearly be seen adding to the foamy white cap that holds well and maintains a thin surface covering throughout the first half of the glass. The nose delivers a sweetish caramel malt that's infused with lightly floral hops. The body is medium and it's smooth in the mouth with a very fine, moderate carbonation that gently tingles the tongue. The flavor offers a rich, sweetish malt that indicates the use of Munich, and perhap crystal, malts. It's balanced by a firm bitterness and infused with lightly floral hops; and finishes soft and smooth with some residual malt and a light touch of hop flavor.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a taster glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head and just a touch of lacing on the edges. The nose has a bit of light grain, faint hops, and just a touch of sweetness. The flavor is a really nice balance between light malt and very mild sweetness. Just a touch of grain flavor as well. Light body with good carbonation and just a bit of chewiness. Altogether, really a nice lager.

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Photo of jlindros
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clea amber color with light head.

Nose has some toasty malts, light lager fruits, doesn't get much of a crisp lager aroma, slightest hint of syrup.

Taste brings more toasty malts, light amber malt flavors, sweet lager, light reddish copper malts, light dme, hint of lager fruit like flavor, just a slight metallic taste.

Mouth is fairly lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, I was expecting worse, just a slight metallic flavor otherwise no real off flavors but no crisp or clean lager flavors either.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

Poured a clear burnt umber with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly. Grains and toasted malts in the aroma. Toasty malts in the taste, grainy, woody, with some caramel sweetness. Some hop bitterness comes in towards the end, leaving a dry and somewhat bland aftertaste. Still an overall ok brew; light-medium mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable. Though after the fest, I never saw the stuff again.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Federal Taphouse in Lancaster PA, served chilled in a shaker pint.

The color is golden with a good clarity and white cap with tiny bead.
the aroma has a malty sweet ester with light yeast breadiness and mild nutty accent. The feel is good with creamy effect from carbonation with mild sweetness and light toasted texture.

The taste is good with clean overall flavor with bready and mild malt with toastiness in the taste and a mild yeast taste which has a gentle fruitiness and slight hop spice adds to the taste. Overall this is a good lager, but not overly complex -pretty average for the style w/ good drinkabliity.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

If only I'd brought an extra bottle or two of this home with me for when I was watching the Super Bowl or John Cusack's performance in The Raven... Regardless, this stuff pours a clear pale sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild biscuit and very light flowers. I think I get some hard water, but that may be from the glass (my apartment's water is harder than bricks). The taste brings in more of the same, along with a few drops of honey-like sweetness peeking through from time to time. The body straddles the line between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice, if nondescript, little beer, nothing worth sneezing at, and nothing bad enough to wipe your nose on. Worth a go, at least.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BNA Party last week.Slightly hazy deep yellow color. bready biscuity aroma and flavor with a faint floral spicy hop to counter. Nice intermission beer.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass, just like on the label being held there from Mr. Poe himself heh heh..

Light faint creamy and very faint tan head on creation, but only about a finger, but manages to keep a half creamed puck. Body color is a nice chestnut amber and quite clear with lots of rising carbonation very finely. Solid looking brew.

Slight toasty malts but a good sticky caramel and yeast sensation. Hits into a bit of sweet syrupy quality but relatively straight forward with no surprises.

Palate manages a little bit of a downplayed mouthfeel that sort of tunes everything down. Slightly watery grain finish and flavors, not unlike the caramel aroma but with less of a malt depth or hinting sticky residue. Strangely numbing finish, almost kind of a mild novocaine like quality but not horrifically bad or that noticeable. More watery caramel, a touch of hardly discerning clove spice perhaps.

A relatively just ok brew, but seems to miss a bit of malt depth and flavor.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin head that soome becomes a thin patch that disappears, but briefly reappears with gentle swirling.

The smell if of soft caramel - some graininess - sweet.

The taste is of sweet graininess and light caramel. A late touch of woody, (earthy?) continental-type hops give it some balance, though it remains malty sweet, esp. in the rather abrupt finish.

It's light bodied - a bit watery. Some sweetness lingers.

Not a bad choice for an easy-drinking, sweeter, "no-brainer" beer, but nothing exciting or memorable by any means, IMO.

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of earthiness, hint of yeast, hint of dough, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of fresh pale malt, fresh sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight citrus hops, slight yeast, hint of tea, and a hint of dough. Overall, good appearance, feel, and body, with a great blend and freshness.

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Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange in color with a short 1/2" head that quickly disappeared to a surface coating. The aroma is malty and full of caramel. The taste was simple and soft on the tongue - malt, caramel, hints of orange, along with a mellow bitterness. Carbonation levels were a bit weak.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a light crispness at the start and finish. The caramel tones lingered softly on the tongue. Drinkability is decent. Not a beer to go searching for, but not a bad offering at a bar that only has other macros.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and clear. Not much head carbonation is moderate with large bubbles and there is no lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly grainy and sweet, like vienna malt. Smells fine.

Highly drinkable, medium bodied beer. Overall its really nice, sweet slightly and finishes nice. I think its OK.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of tempest
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from the fridge at Abe's Six-Pack Shop.

For starters, and I think this is what makes the difference between average and good pale lagers, there's absolutely nothing offensive about this beer. It reminded me of a blander version of Full Sail's Session. The aroma is faint, but it's the same as the taste with smooth, sweet bready malts with just the slightest toasted note. No hops, just a balanced lager. We're talking throw-back lager here. Great for the style.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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The Raven Special Lager from B.W. Beer Works USA
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