Brauerei Spezial

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Brauerei Spezial
3.92 | pDev: 9.18%
Dec 19, 2014
Dec 10, 2003
Ab Ende Oktober/Anfang November gibt es unser "Bockbier" ein dunkles, süffiges Starkbier mit ca.16-17% Stammwürze. Unser Bockbier ist ein Geheimtip unter den Bamberger Starkbieren und reicht deshalb meist nur bis kurz vor die Weihnachtszeit- probieren Sie also rechtzeitig!
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got it on Draft at the brewery while visiting Bamberg in early December this year. Great stuff and Very easy to drink. Dangerous due to the great malty taste! Highly recommended!

November 2017 Update: Beautifully Rauch! Wow!
August 2018 Update: Out of date and yet still yummy!
2020 - included in the 2019 Franken Bock Bier Advent Calendar - Ah, I am in heaven!!!
2022 - first German Bier of my trip at the brewery in Bamberg - Yum!
Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by BillRoth from Maryland

Dec 07, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by herrburgess from South Carolina

May 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours medium brown with enormous amount of lasting white head. Sweet malts wafting. Initial taste of malt and peat, much better balanced as it warmed. Very drinkable. Carbonation is appropriate, and a good mouthfeel. Very good smoked beer, with smoke not overwhelming.
Thanks Phillip, from Quebec buying club.
Dec 19, 2012
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle: Poured a clear brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light smoked malt with some dry caramel malt with light and subtle notes of residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by great caramel malt with light smoked malt notes and some light residual sugar notes. Body is lighter then expected with good carbonation. Easily drinkable without too much complexity and really not as much smoked malt as expected.
Dec 04, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by jaredtuk from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2012
Rated: 4 by Beertracker from Oklahoma

Dec 15, 2011
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A big frothy head rises to 2 finger but fades somewhat quickly over very clear and bubbly amber orange color.

The nose is full of malts, especially Munich, wih a nice sweet toast oktoberfest like malt aroma and lager crisp aromas, and very light smoke.

Taste has much more smoke, lots of malts, toasty and Munich style malts, slight oktoberfest malty flavor, light rustic malts, and crisp lager, but a really nice smoke malt flavor.

The mouth is med to lighter but decent carbonation.

It finishes light dry but still slightly sweet, malty and slight syrupy sticky, lots of lingering smoke and toasty Munich malt.
Aug 30, 2010
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Reviewed by BlackHaddock from England

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Brown 0.5 litre bottle, 6.9% ABV. best before 31 Mar 09, drank 17 Feb 09. A gift from Fred, I forget what he got in exchange.

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass.

Mahogany reddy/brown and clear for a rauchbier, sadly what little head arrived soon left. A small collar of light tan was all that remained.

A slight burnt aroma, a bit like a smoked ham or bar-b-que briquette but not as pronounced.

The taste was malty sweet with a hint of smoking jacket and cigars. As the beer warms the smokiness becomes more prevalent and begins to take over completely.

Far from a rich, deep or creamy body, it does however have a presence. The alcohol is just about evident and it warms the mouth as the flavours begin to die away.
Feb 17, 2009
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Reviewed by TommyW from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
A- Clear brown with amber highlights. Tan heads that fades rather quickly.

S- Sweet malt, some lemony hopps and a slight smokiness.

T- Pretty complex taste. Sweet/roasted malt upfront with some slight burnt bread and dark fruit flavors. The sweetness isn't overwhelming though; balanced nicely with the hops. Definite smokey flavor toward the end, but again, not overpowering.

M- Medium body. Carbonation is a little weak. Finish is fairly crisp, with a slight smokey aftertaste, but not too strong.

D- Definitely not a session beer, but a good night cap every once in a while.

NOTE: abv for this one is 6.9%
Jan 10, 2009
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Reviewed by TKempe from Netherlands

4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A copper-like brown appearance with a dense beige head and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smells malty-sweet and grainy and slightly sour, a bit sharp even. A floral hoppy note is in the back. Smokiness starts coming out when the beer has warmed up a bit. It's a delicate smell that has qualities of both a Bock and a Dunkel -- quite intriguing.

The taste is very refreshing (again a little sour) and expands all that is in the nose, with the smokiness coming out clearly towards the finish. Finish is very malty and sweet and is followed by a semi-dry aftertaste that is moderately bitter and smoky, a little hoppy as well. Alcohol is masked cleverly. Sour, sweet, bitter, dry -- this beer covers an enormous spectrum and really dazzles me.

Mouthfeel is silky and very gently carbonated (a bit on the low side when served underchilled). A body of about medium.

A beautifully balanced beer, with the smokiness integrated perfectly. A real treat. Thank you.

31-03-09 best before date
Nov 29, 2008
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Reviewed by tangentrider from California

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A- Brown beer with no head; moderate carbonation; a good deal lighter than other rauchbiers I've had.

S- very little smoke aroma; very slight caramel?

T- light, but present smoke flavor; clean; piney (?) hop in the background

MF- slightly oily, moderate carbonation adds a nice bite

D- I would have this again, when I'm in a mood for rauchbier, but want something lighter.
Oct 21, 2008
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Reviewed by mnapier from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12oz Tulip.

Appearance is, deep copper & clear with a medium off white foam that recedes in volume and with a ridge of lace above the surface.
Aroma, is subdued in the quantity of smokiness but makes up for it with honey, and some mild citrus.
Sipping on this I initially notice the softened smokey hue, and then the mild citrus creeps across my tongue and finishes some minor roastedness.
Overall, a mild to medium mouthfeel drink.

Apr 03, 2008
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Reviewed by Windigstadt from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A- A very dark ruby color; nearly black with a thick 3-finger tan head.
S- Virtually no aroma (though, as I mentioned in my review of their Maerzen, it was quite smoky in the bar so this may have inhibited my sniffer).
T- Starts off quite bitter for a Bock. Taste of orange rind mixes with dark chocolate malt. Roast malts dominate, pushing the smoke flavor of the Rauchmalz to the back of the tongue. Finishes with more hop bitterness and dark malt flavors.
M- Typical of a Bockbier: full but not thick.
D- I could throw down the 0.5L mug with no problems, but didn't go for a second one (of course, I had 0.5L of their Maerzen beforehand).

Overall: Ordinarily it seems like if you take something great and make it bigger, you'll make it even better. However, I actually liked the Maerzen better than this Bock version. To their credit, the brewers at Spezial jacked up the bitterness to keep this Bock balanced, but while I didn't feel overwhelmed, I just felt like some of the nuances were lost. Definitely try this if you get a chance, but don't feel bad if you're there at a time other than late October through Christmas and you have to settle for the Maerzen.
Nov 15, 2007
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Reviewed by UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sampled on tap at the brewery in Bamberg.

This bockbier poured a dark, coffee-brown color with light brown, sudsy foam that settled. The smell was malty and slightly tangy, but mild. The taste was malty with some caramel but not very sweet. There was a tanginess and a hint of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and malty with medium light body. There was a lingering tangy and hoppy aftertaste. The drinkability was good. This was a somewhat dry and easy to drink bock.
Dec 10, 2003
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