Spezial Rauchbier Lager | Brauerei Spezial

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Spezial Rauchbier LagerSpezial Rauchbier Lager

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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 WilliamD
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy light amber color with white head that dissolves quickly.
Very little smokiness detectable in the smell. Smell is mostly watery malts.
Taste was an even bigger letdown. As with the smell, rather watery with malt presence. Slightly sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is rather flat. Perhaps a tiny bit of carbonation. No hint of spice that is present in the good rauchbiers I've had.
Quite frankly, too bland for me to ever want to drink again.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The dark copper body sits underneath a compact, one cm white head. The retention isn't awesome, but there is some stickage to make up for it.

The smell is barbecue pork smokiness but with a bit of malty sweetness.

The taste isn't as outright smoky as I would have thought. It starts out with a malty sweetness cut slightly by lemony hops. The tail end is a very subdued smokiness.

The mouthfeel is briefly active with carb, but fades to reveal the beer as a tad watery.

This Rauchbier is well-balanced, yet personally leaves me wanting more. When I think 'rauchbier,' I'm reminded of Schenkerla's powerful Märzen. If you've had it, you know what I mean.

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Photo of willjansen
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the wooden casks at Brauerei Spezial in Bamberg, Germany, which also happened to be our accommodation during our stay in Bamberg.

Appearance: Big, foamy white head with deep amber/reddish color - almost copper. A rather dark lager, and has a look of being "heavy bodied."

Smell: Not a lot to pick up off the aroma... a very slight smokiness when agitated, but giving away very little. Clean lager...

Taste: Smooth, clean brew with lingering smoky aftertaste and only a hint of smokiness during. After-breath of smoked malt, but definitely not overwhelming. Truly delicious, un-challenging version of a smoked lager and very enjoyable, fresh beer.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more agressive carbonation than others in the style, but works well with a lager such as this. Slick and dry at the same time, leaving a strong desire to move on to that next sip.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable; perhaps the easiest of any rauchbier I've ever had. Restrained smokiness makes it a good introductory beer for rauchbier beginners. Perhaps the quintessence of style and subtlety... not bad at all.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 17 oz bottle. Small oily head, clear chestnut color, and with a slight smoked nose (not so smoked that one couldn’t pick out malty/bready and a decidedly roasted note).

The taste is complex offering a smoky foretase that seemed to build and then ebb as the beer was consumed. Interesting mineral notes in the middle combined with a roasted malt note that at points met up with the smoke and the sweetness. Overall the beer was very low in hops, but offered a sweet finish that became sweeter and more roasted tasting as the beer warmed. Nice balance between the flavor notes, and every flavor played a well-practiced solo at some point.

Tasters may compare this to the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier beers ( which come in marzen, wheat and urbock styles—styles also brewed by Spezial.) The Lager is sweeter, has less alcohol, and less-assertive smokyness. The roastyness added interest.

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/8/10 tasting; .5L bottle poured to ceramic Spezial beer krug.

A--can't see color well in the ceramic mug, but a light bubbly head that settled to very thin, some sediment floating

S--wonderful smoky ham smell and the signature roast malts of rauchbiers

T--excellent flavor, a light smokiness, balanced flavor compared to Schlenkerla

M--this bottle might be a tiny bit old based on the flattish watery mouthfeel, but still pleasant

D--very drinkable beer, one of the few rauchbiers you can enjoy several in a row

Drank this beer numerous times living in Bamberg, and the export bottles in the US just aren't nearly on par with what you can get in the Spezial brew pub, but still nice to have it once in awhile to bring back the memories...

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Photo of jorjoria
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperarance: Pours a rich amber with very little head. Also the head retention is rather pour and the size of the bubbles in the head are quite large.

Smell: The first thing that hits you is the smoke. It really reminds me of smoked chipotle peppers. There are also some caramel notes that come through after the smoke clears.

Taste: The beer tastes like bacon with a slight hint of sweetness to balance. There is very little hops going on in this brew. As far as the mouth feel this beer feel good in the mouth and leaves your mouth a little dry perhaps as a result of some tannins that were extracted from the dark smoked grains used in this beer. Over all a good brew. I’d love to have this stuff fresh in the Bamberg.

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Photo of 1000Bottles
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to light brown hue with a thin ivory head. Sweet aroma - roasty, light caramel, and a touch of smoke. Flavor is lightly smokey, with a touch of caramel, lightly sweet, but very well balanced. Very rich and creamy mouth for a beer under 5%. Nice lingering lightly sweet smokey finish.

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Photo of moderndrunkard
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown/light amber color, very clear, with lots of bubbles. A moderate amount of head, but little head retention.

The beer gives off just the absolute slightest bit of smoky aroma, and a stronger hint of maltiness, but not much else.

The first thing I taste is lots of carbonation. Displays a great, LIGHT smoky flavor that's prominent towards the back of the tongue. This smokiness yields to a slight maltiness. Just a little bit of hoppiness at the end with a lingering smoke feel. Overall taste is very crisp and very smoothe.

This is much lighter than the märzen in both color and flavor. A little thin, but overall, a fantastically mild rauchbier.

This is definitely the most drinkable rauchbier I've ever had. I feel like I could drink it all night, and if I had a couple more, I just might...

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Photo of patelc75
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It had a very average taste to it, almost like a light lager. I tasted very little smokiness which is what the Ruachbier style is know for. I had it at the Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn which is known for a good selection of beers. Not worth what is paid to have it imported. It did also have a sweeter malt than expected.

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Photo of JeremyK
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a mug. This beer had a nice rich caramel color to it. Lacing was minimal and head retention was quick. In the mouth, this beer is a nice medium bodied lager with a slight sweetness of malt followed by a subtle smokiness, finishing with more maltiness. Carbonation is very well balanced. Lower alcohol level makes this beer perfect as a session beer. Excellent beer for grilled foods, nuts and cheeses. This beer went down fast!

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