Spezial Rauchbier Lager | Brauerei Spezial

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Spezial Rauchbier LagerSpezial Rauchbier Lager

Brewed by:
Brauerei Spezial

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unser Lagerbier ist die bekannteste Rauchbiersorte aus unserem Spezialitätenangebot. Das bernsteinfarbige Bier mit seinem feinem, mildem Rauchgeschmack lässt auch Skeptiker zum überzeugten Rauchbierfan werden. Der Stammwürzgehalt dieses Bieres beträgt ca.12% - daraus resultiert der Alkoholgehalt mit ca.4,7%

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Photo of yen157
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m always up for a good raunchier, so I had to try this one that I had never seen before.

I poured a hazy, tan-ish orange with a creamy, eggshell head. Briney nose, actually a lot like a jar of Manzanilla olives. Good smoke presence, but not too much. There was some room left for light fruitiness. The smoke was very noticeable up front, but quickly gave way to some hoppiness and the crisp, toasty, and carbonic finish.

This would be a great summer quencher or smoky session beer. This is perfect for when one of the Aecht Schrenkerla offerings would be too much.

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Photo of Jon
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden orange color with a foamy, bubbly white head. Smell is of a distinct smokiness most akin to smoked salmon with some caramel thrown in for good measure. Only moderate smokiness penetrates through the palate, leaving notes of bready malt, caramel, lightly spicy hops, and smoked meat. Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated with a smooth, round mouthfeel. Drinkability is good for the style, but this beer is still a little much for me to regularly drink. Nonetheless, an attractive rauchbier with lots of character that would be perfect with your next barbecue.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle in a thumbprint Seidel

Poured loose & with some surge. Deep, dark nose - strong roasted malts alive with subtle smoke that reminds me of charred wood that has been through a rain, sweet with burnt caramel & orange peel, straw. Unfortunately, the nose fades quickly, which is dissapointing for the genre. A good finger's worth of rather loose dull cream hued foam dissipated quickly to a thin floater and edge ring that laced with very isolated spots, Color is striking - a beautifully warm & inviting brassy butterscotch orange, clear & crisp with some lone bubbles rising slowing thru it.

Its light, mild caramel, faint orange, trace of caramel, actually a bit thin overall. Roasted malts add a bready chewiness to the rather light mouthfeel & initial taste. This is a very subtle Rauchbier, as the smoky qualities are present but ever so in the background and whispering at that.

The hops emerge on the palate, bringing a bitterness to the generally sweet (but by no means sugary) overall taste as well as the smoke, which was practically invisible up front, begins to take form and announces itself with a pale wisp instead of an inferno, which is nice but perhaps too pale. It grows drier with a dull, back of the mouth crunch and a sensation like eating a REALLY old cracker that has gone limp. It finishes a little thicker, mildly syrupy, burnt caramels for sweetness, faint tea quality, leaving a clean, somewhat coating & filmy aftertaste that is mildly citric and a little rocky.

A nice, easy to drink beer. It didn't blow me away, and perhaps it could even be a little smokier, richer, deeper and still be easy on the buds. Easily the lightest Rauchbier I've had, which is not a bad thing. This would pair nicely with some very mild cheese, some onion soup, a toasted deli beef sandwich, or some mild sausage. Nothing spectacular, but a nice, easy to drink beer that could be a great transitional Rauchbier for those looking to ease into the genre. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't be opposed to trying something else as well. Give it a shot.

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Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of ndekke39
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pt 9 Fl oz bottle, shared with some friends. 4.6% ABV. On the back of the bottle has a bottled-on date "5080." Haven't figured that out yet. Poured a light orange color, only the slightest hint of cloudiness, small head. When I stuck my nose in it, the smoke and sausage hit it right away, and they continue to dominate. This is my first smoked beer, and I'm impressed with how spot-on these smells are. You can smell the spice in the sausage. The taste continues with the smoke/sausage dominating, but it's overall lighter than expected. Not as heavy as you would think of something described as smoked. Very clean. The mouthfeel, too, is surprising light, even a tad watery for my taste. Overall, an easy to drink beer, unique flavors, although this style is definitely not my favorite.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy red-amber. A diminutive tightly knit head with a hair of lacing of the glass.

Next to no nose. After a hearty inhale I sense a note of hickory smoke-- or is it smoked ham? Not much else.

Flavor was a rather average lager type profile. I could detect the smoke element, but maybe it is because of the low alcohol content or some other aspect of the brewing but where's the beef? I'm not asking for a Russian Imperial Stout-- but I am asking for the flavor elements of a quality lager beer. Not here.

Mouthfeel was cordial, but nothing that excited my palate.

Drinkability is superior-- the comparatively low alcohol content makes this beer a good candidate for a summer time cold beer refresher. Unfortunately the price per bottle that I pad means there are lots of potential competitors with a far more satisfying flavor profile.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange in color, with a thin white head that gradually fades, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is crackery, smokey malts, with hints of barbeque and a touch of sausage.
Taste is malts with some ample, smokey notes, as well as some hints of barbeque and brown sugar. Very subtle notes of sausage.
Mouthfeel is crisp yet slightly smooth. Fairly dry on the finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good. Pretty good take on the rauchbier.

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Photo of icemanls4
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TinusTime
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok another Rauchbier from Bamburg.. Umm what happened? Did they lose he smoke? Pours a nice dark amber brown. With a host of floaty things.. Smell is malty but oddly not smoky. Taste is more like a Heavy dunkle lager.. with just a touch of smoke. This beer reminds me of Stones Smoked Porter.. It says it has smoke but Im trying to find it.. Some one give me a cigarette so i can have some smoke with my smoked bier. Its a tasty brew, but it aint that smokey.. I love the Aecht Schenkerla Rauchbiers.. but this one falls so short of them its not even funny.. Its like Schlenkela is Marlboro and this bier is Marlboro Ultra lite. Its tasty in a Malty almost Martzen way, but not gonna be smokey enough for Rauch lovers.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 1 of 3 on the 3 half liters of rauchbier on the night.

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a nice head and nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like bread with smoke mixed in. Not as smoked as I was expecting, but a good way to warm up.

Taste is lightly smoked, heavy bread, slight metallic twang. Very clean.

Mouthfeel is moderate and not very carbonated.

Overall, its okay...nothing more.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated 5030, which I think means it was bottled Jan. 30 of 2005. Pours a light, clear orange with decent head. Smells smoky, with medium-sweet malt.

Not as smoky as I expected. Smoky, sweet malt is the profile, and the beer itself is refreshing. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Very drinkable, maybe not smoky enough for some.

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Photo of erz316
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into Maß. appearance is not bad, but doesnt inspire particular hope either. not much smoker taste either, real disappointing. the feel is ok, but the body isnt carbonated enough. the colour is like a light coke. the head is slightly brown. overall I am quite disappointed with this beer, compared to the schlenkerla urbock and regular.

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Photo of shapudding
2.67/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 02/09/2004. Honey gold and semi unclear. Can see sediment throughout it. Just the slightest bit of a white ring of dusty head. Only a touch of liquid smoke in the scent, but not much else, did catch an almost honey scent as it warmed. Fairly thin bodied with a bit of carbonation -not too much. Not as smokey as the other rauchs I have tried before, but there is a decent amount of liquid smoke in the background, it just is not too intense in the flavors. The smoke seems to be more in the aroma, and lingers in your mouth after the sip, you smell it on your breath heavily too. Seems funny to say the aroma lingers on your mouth... Mild flavors, mainly just malty with a touch of smoke, and a bit of darkened toast left in the back of the mouth. Interesting one to try.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap

A- Dark caramel colour, quite hazy, not very attractive. Big, healty white head, showing nice retention and lacing

S- A touch of smoke upfront is the first thing that comes to notice, but there is strong sweet malt base underneath which eventually takes the main stage

T- As the smell suggested a bit of smoked ham and woody flavours were easily noticed, but the beer main character is definitely that of a plain sweet dunkel and smoked notes get lower and lower in profile and complexity as you drink

M- Medium to light body, average carbonation. Smooth and easy going

O- Was not impressed. I understand a classic rauchbier is not meant to be an in your face beer, but i was comparing it on schlenkerla's offerings, and this is definitely subdued and lacking complexity by comparison

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber one finger white head. Clear clean and transparent.

Smell: Munich malts. Smoke, bacon and meat. Caramel. Ripe fruits.

Taste: Nice roasted malts, fruity, juicy. Not very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Clean, light refreshing. Smokiness wears off. A good refreshing rauch.

Overall: A little low in character for the style but very clean and refreshing.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Herbal hops, smoke, pepper, BBQ, and leather,
A pour expressing deep amber to light brown hues.
A finger of white head that was soft like a feather,
Smoke and fruitiness did fuse.

Flavor, a light and smoky sweetness with hints of BBQ together,
med carbonation, light body, and a refreshing quality does infuse.
An overall sweeter than hoppy brew perfect for the weather,
If you want a crisp, smoked beer this is the one to choose.

While not exemplary, average quality it does exceed,
if camping and honey is what you like this is what you need!

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: medium copper and dirty/murky with a ring of white around the perimeter and a couple small islands in the middle

S: mild smoke, applewood. pleasant but not intriquing

T: apple, very mild caramel and faint bacon

M: light and smooth with mild carbonation

D: decent enough but I'll buy Aecht Schlenkerla many times before I buy this again

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Photo of cabsandking
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a weak lace top and minimal ring. Some unexpected aromas of apple juice, brown sugar, and a faint earthy malt. This Rauch exhibits some fruitiness to start, melon, apple, mixed with tea, raw barley, grainy cereal, nutty, and a mild caramel flavor. The smokey character is subdued but picks up ground towards the finish and is bigger in the aftertaste, which for me is just fine as I am not a Rauch fan. Enjoyable mouthfeel with a light creaminess to the carbonation. Spezial Rauch makes a good gateway Rauch, but I appreciate its subtleness and it ends up being pretty drinkable.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $3.29 for a 1pt 9oz bottle.

Looks a bit musty brown. Decent carbonation, big bubble but not frothy. Decent. Smells of campfire and beer, in that order. This is my first Bamburg Rauchbier. I enjoy the smoke, but would prefer not to drink it solo. Better paired with something else smoky I imagine.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light brownish/amber. Head was about 1" initially, faded fast.

S: Smokiness is there but not overpowering, sort of like the smell on your hands after tending a good hardwood fire. It's different and very nice, actually. Also noted some sweet doughy aromas and just a whiff of fruitiness underneath it all.

T: Smoky, with an almost meaty character. There is a faint spicy taste. Nice malt base to build on. No real hop bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Alcohol warmth is low.

D&N: My first rauchbier! Thanks to the manager at Sharp Edge for pointing my towards this one. It's a different sort of beer than I'm usually drinking, and quite a pleasant diversion. I was worried that a "smoked" beer would be like drinking another Skullsplitter, so I was very wary of this one, but happily this one isn't like sucking on an ashtray. Worth a try.

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Photo of bob3701
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an English style pint glass. Hazy gold/amber color with a big bubbled head that very slowly disapates into a thin film with almost no lacing. Slight smokey aroma. Very little smoke in taste but I thought this was a very good German lager. I like the stronge smokey beers which this is not yet I still enjoyed this beer. I have a friend that is not crazy about rauchbiers but I think he would enjoy this. Very drinkable.

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Photo of foles
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Brauerei Spezial in Bamberg - on an especially rainy day. A lovely dark looking lager colour in the glass. Smoked flavour is more prominent in the smell than in the taste. Very drinkable - beer is very smooth rather like a helles. Its a better bet to try this rauch beer first as its a good introduction to the style without being overpowered with smoke.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a very bubbly head. Very light amber color. Lots of suspended yeast.

Aroma is a pilsner lager with a subtle smokyness. Mouthfeel is light with a fairly week body. A bit watery. Also can feel a lot of those little chunkys in the back of my throat.

Flavor is very smoky, more than I expected. Kind of over powers any of the light pilsner flavor. Nothing is really bad tasting just not balanced at all.

I've had smoked beers before but always as a darker, fuller beer so the smoke flavor is not the only thing you can taste. With this weaker beer the smoke flavor is just a bit too much.

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Photo of selecter70
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not at all what I expected, but no misgivings here. As i saddled up to the Other Side bar on a cold, wet Spring day, I decided on the rauchbier, much maligned sadly. It seemed like the perfect day for a deep, smoky rich beer, instead of a porter, as I had some great lamb meatloaf awaiting me. Instead, a bright coppery pour to dark honey lager looking 0.5l stein came my way with a fluffy white 1 finger head on board. The white lace stuck about in small pockets and minimized on top as I drank. I thought that the aroma would be smoky as well, but only in a subtle "if you were looking for it, you'd notice it" kind of way. Likewise with the flavor; only a subtle smokiness that rounded off the malt flavors in this exceptional near dunkel lager. Fresh, crisp and a bit bubbly to the mouth, this is one you could drink & drink & drink...and watch your smile grow. A damn fine surprise!

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Photo of dmarch
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-copper in appearance with a nice size head. A bit of caramel in the aroma, smokiness is very mild. Smoke is a little more prevalent in the taste, but still very mild. A slight metallic taste as well. Although this is a lager, it reminds me of an amber ale. I was looking for a more intense smokey flavor. A somewhat enjoyable beer, but it doesn't compare to some of the other rauchbiers i've had.

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Spezial Rauchbier Lager from Brauerei Spezial
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 294 ratings
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