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 Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RBorsato
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden with amber hues, lots of suspended sediment, and light carbonation with a low filmed light tan head. Nice smoky nose; not overdone. Nice smoke-malt balance. Medium bodied and smooth but a bit light compared to the Aecht Schlenkerla; most likely due to the Lager base.

A nice subtle nicely balanced intro to the style.

Per label: "ABV 4.6%" & "Since 1536" & "Barley Malt cured by Natural Beechwood Smoke" & "Lager" & "Dunkel Lagern"

($4.04 / 16.9 oz. tall brown sleek Euro style bottle)

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wl0307
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle comes at only 4.6%abv., BB 19/08/08, served chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: black-tea-ish amber hue, topped with a light off-white foamy head and moderate carbonation mixed of large and tiny bubbles.
S: very light smoked prunes with a soothing touch of sourness skirts the main note of a well-lagered bier; a touch of salt and a whiff of floral hint of hops stays loyally in the remote background, while the other elements just remain rounded, subtle and nice.
T: the smokiness comes ever-so-light upfront, backed by an abundant input of smoked longan-fruits with a whiff of menthol-like leafy-herbs and mildly bitter hops almost like semi-roasted tea-leaves. In the very end, the bitter edge seems to expand by stealth, showing a very good balancer in the end.
M&D: refreshing enough, clean, light-bodied and delicious for a light-weight smoked bier. Nothing like Schlenkerla Märzen, but this is a delicately smoked amber bier with a decent level of bitter-sweetness as a lovely balancer. Very drinkable!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange-brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: smoked malt

Taste: smoked malt, grass, small hops, and honey

Mouthfeel: medium/light bodied, semi-sweet with small bitter stretches, boozy, high carbonation

Drinkability: This one drinks like a smoked amber. It is super easy to drink even with the high carbonation. The smoke is strong and pleasant. I could have several.

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Photo of avalon07
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. This beer had a brownish-red color and a good half inch of long-lasting head. Okay lacing.

S: Very malty aroma, along with a smoky quality as well.

T: Malt more than anything else in the flavor. Also, the aforementioned smokiness and a slight nuttiness. Not bad, but not overly complex.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: I'm not so familiar with the rauchbier style, but this was an OK beer. It didn't blow me away, but still, pretty well done.

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Photo of akorsak
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The lager is a deep yellow color that has shades of brown and orange. The head was a thick two finger height and there is decent retention.

S: The aroma is a grainy biscuit malt with a slight hint of cured smokiness.

T: The smokiness is not as intense as I was expecting. That's not to say that there is none, because the lager has the taste of a smokehouse, it just isn't as intense and focused as other rauchbiers that I've had. The malts, in addition to the smokiness, have a biscuity consistency that is fairly thin and doesn't support the smoke.

M: The malts are thin and the smoke doesn't stand out very well. Pass on this for Schlerenka.

D: The lager is easy to drink, it just won't shake you to the core.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. The beer pours a nice amber color, with a nice head and a good bit of initial carbonation.

S. The smell is a little bit smoky, but not quite as much as I anticipated. There's also a hint of caramel too.

T. It's smoky, and also a little bit hoppy as well. Not a strong tasting beer, but that's not a bad thing either.

M. It's not overly carbonated and is pretty light.

D. This is a very drinkable beer, it goes down easy and there isn't much of an aftertaste.

This is the first smoked/rauchbier that I've tried, so unfortunately I haven't tried any other beers in the style to compare it to. Overall, I think that it's good and I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A nice clean copper color and a big foamy white head.

Smell: An aroma of smoked sausages.

Taste: A splash of hops hits first then you got some smoked sausages and malts.

Mouthfeel: Light on the mouth. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: This was my first rauchbier and it definitely is a particular taste. This doesn't really seem like my type of beer but I plan on trying some more at some point.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased somewhere localish, I'm sure.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the cloudy orangey amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven layer of bubbles, leggy, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet, leathery, smokey, with a touch of citrus. Taste is very sweet to start, countered some by bitterness starting in the late middle, with the smoke blowing through but not dominant. Mouthfeel is smooth, possibly due to low carbonation, and drinkability is alright. Okay amount of smoke in an okay beer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a decent amount of head. Aroma is nice and smoky and not too overpowering in that department. Sweet as well. Taste is light and smoky with the clean lines of a lager showing through. Aftertaste is decent and the beer goes down really smooth. A nice and drinkable

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Photo of Jwale73
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of ThirstyBird. Served in a tulip. Poured a hazy burnt orange with a thin swirl of foam. Nose was prunes, malt and a smoky character. Taste was smokey, roasty and a faint aroma of prunes. Mouthfeel was watery with a light effervescence forming the backdrop. Easy drinking and interesting, but not a beer I would seek out.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with some viscosity. It creates small bubbly tan head above the slightly hazed light copper beer that literally vanishes before my very eyes. The aroma reminds me of camping in the Wisconsin northwoods. Damp and smoky...wet leaves. I like it a lot. The smoke is very subtle on the nose. On the buds this one hits the spot. The smoke is intertwined nicely with some slightly bitter hop tones a toasty vienna like malt foundation. No ashtray here...just a nice drinking rauchbier.

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Photo of Suds
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an average colored light-amber colored lager. The head is soapy, white, and firm, and the beer is sufficiently clear. The smell is smoky (like a good smoked salmon) and a bit grainy. Slightly astringent-smelling, with some wood and slight medicinal smell. The taste is light and dry. Smoke is prominent in the taste. The beer is light in mouthfeel, and sweeter than expected from the smell. Interesting, but not really a great brew.

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Photo of champ103
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber/orange color. A two finger egg white head forms with good retention. Light lace.
S: Smoked meat, mineral water, and slightly metallic.
T: Again, plenty of smoked meat flavors. Which in itself is a bit overwhelming. A little to much of a metallic twang for my liking as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. On the watery side. Easy enough to drink...for the style that is.

Not bad, but the metallic flavor on top of the heavy smoked meat makes this more of a one and done for me. I am not a huge fan of the style, but even so, Aecht Schlenkerla blows this out of the water.

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Photo of stcules
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber colour,foam not so compact, and a with a little persistence. Smell of smoked (soot?), of a warm fireside... particular, but very pleasant (family, home, and stuff like that...).
Taste clean, smoked, grilled wurstel, but maybe too marked and invedent; you can only feel a light note of malt and hops. Light body, too, but with a great drinkability.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Old Forge restaurant in Massachusetts. It was presented in a goblet, and had a clear amber brown color with a wisp of a head. The aroma was malty and smoky, but not as aggressive as I expected for an authentic German rauchbier. A little less of a campfire smell than I've seen from several others. The taste was also a little more neutral than other rauchbiers, but definitely had some smoky flavor in it. In my opinion, this is a good gateway rauchbier, to bring someone into the fold.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of samEBC
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown bottle with a freshness code of 18.11.08. Pours a fairly hazy, dark orange/amber color with a large-bubbled tan foam. Dissipates rapidly and does not leave much lacing.

Smell is like smoked black olives. Little bit of burnt wood and grainy malt. Dunkel lager? I can see that. Slight roast and a touch of sweet malt.

Taste is surprisingly not overly smoky. There is a bit here and there, but the flavor profile overall is very much in line with a Munich dunkel...a good dunkel at that and the hints of smoke make it that much more enjoyable. Good beer, but needs more smoke - of course that is coming from someone who could use more smoke in the Skerlenka Urbock! This would be a good intro into the world of Bamburg produced rauchbiers.

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Photo of popery
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Bright copper-amber liquid, crystal clear, with a fizzy, white, dissipating head. The aroma is milder and more refined than other rauchbier that I've tried, mostly Schlenkerla. Spezial's Lager tends more toward rich caramel and fruity malt. The smoke doesn't make the beer feel old or hammy. It's more like a fresh, mesquite-ish accent to a nice malty lager. The flavor is relatively sweet but also much bigger than its abv would suggest, a bit like a good mild. It's a great malty lager flavor, nutty and yeasty. Soft feel. Very good lager.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.79/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to copper color with a white head. In the aroma, a small hint of smoke and a smell of sweet tea. In the taste, small dry smoke and a hint of sweet tea maltiness. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry tea like aftertaste. Light smoke and a big presence of sweet tea malt and a hint of lemon.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy iced tea color, with a smallish off white head. The aroma is very doughy, like a helles lager, sweet with honey. I can't really pick up much smoke in the nose. The taste is of munich malt, doughy and sweet. There is a very light metal flavor as well as a meaty smoke flavor. The smoke is subtle and not over the top. Picture a helles dunkel with a touch of smoke. The feel is light with prickly carbonation, sweet overall, a bit of a meaty aftertaste. A fairly easy drinking brew, nice munich malt flavor with a touch of smoke. Everything is kept in check.

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Photo of jfcaa193
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spezial Rauchbier Lager from Brauerei Spezial
3.7 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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