Spezial Rauchbier Märzen | Brauerei Spezial

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Spezial
Germany
brauerei-spezial.de

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dunkles, malzaromatisches Bier mit kräftigem Rauchgeschmack. Eine Spezialität die mit ca.13% Stammwürze eingebraut wird. Dieses Bier wird gerne von Leuten getrunken die etwas "Stärkeres" vorziehen.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
48
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Amalak
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a bottle at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- It's got a nice clay red/brown color with bold head and lacing.
S- Smells like burnt wood.
T- It's very smokey. Beautifully smokey. It has a baconish after taste, similar to Aecht Schlenkerla. Crisp with some spiciness. One of the finest beers I've had.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pils style glass. Best before Oct 14th 2014.

A dark amber body, with hints of orange hues towards the bottom and quite dark. The beer though has a very good amount of clarity though through the center making it that much more impressive. Head is faint tan with a good two fingers. Settles to a nice thick tan collar as well that is fine in carbonation.

The aroma is exquisite. Strong malted smoke and bbq. Lots of toasty chips and small amounts of sweetness. About as good as it gets. Nothing more needs to be said.

Palate though is quite surprising. Very light feel, with a more unexpected palate. Very light body with classic roast, but there is a big aftertaste of cinnamon and nutmeg like sweetness on the finish. Faint banana like quality and a bit of clove also. Fascinating hints of caramel and of course classic beechwood smoke. Light tannic finish as well, with a very complex character.

It's an amazing beer, and has some interesting definitely marzen character to it as well. However, it seems to lack in the density department a bit, but this delivers amazingly regardless.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jmhart
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap from the brewery

A-Deep dark brown in color, nearly too dark/thick to let any light through. If it had any head when poured, it didn't last long, but it left a rich almond-colored lace around the edge of the glass.

S- Toffee is the most prominent aroma. No noticeable smoke. Pretty standard Marzen smell, milder than expected if anything.

T- Carmel and nuts from the roasted malt hit your first, with equal amounts of stewed dark fruits filling in the middle(prunes and chocolate). Smoke finishes it off it an extremely complementary manner. The smoke really blances the whole thing out. If there were no smoke, this beer would almost be overly sweet, but the smoke makes it truly delicious.

M- Medium-full bodied(definitely closer to full). Moderately carbonated with a pleasant bite. Carbonation really spreads the flavors around.

D- Highly drinkable. If the brauhaus wasn't closing, I would have stuck around and had a few more of these. They were really tasty.

Overall, top beer in Bamberg and I will seek it out here in the states(cross my fingers)

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Photo of jbro434
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the beer garden in Bamberg.
Though the appearance is uncertain due to the mug, it looked to be more dark amber than most dunkels with a huge creamy head.
The light smoke taste did not hinder the malty sweetness and nicely balanced hop notes. The mouthfeel got more complex as the beer warmed and the taste complemented the brats and kraut that I enjoyed on a perfect summer evening. The beer finished dry and the complex taste lingered between each sip. I would say that I had at least 30 different beers on tap in my last visit to Germany and this was my favorite. A must stop if you are in Franconia.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from bottle at the brewery.

This märzen poured a dark, chestnut brown with tan foam that settled but clung to the glass. The smell was nicely malty and bready. The taste was slightly sweet and tangy malty with some caramel and a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel was crisp and slightly sweet up front but dry overall. The body was medium with good, tingly carbonation. This was a very nice and enjoyable märzen.

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Photo of TKempe
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to reddish with a small size tan head and some good lace.

Smells sweet and malty with a very subtle but unmistakable touch of smoke, and a delicate hop note.

There is a bit more weight to the taste, which again is pretty sweet and malty and has a pronounced smoky character. Aftertaste combines a slightly roasted bitterness with a malty sweetness and the rawness of the smoke. A delicate trace of hops turns this into a perfectly satisfying experience.

A smooth mouthfeel and a lovely tingling carbonation please the mouth.

More Märzen than Rauchbier qualities to this beer. Pretty good!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear brown color, just slightly reddish, beige head. Aroma has nice smoked malts, slight toasted malt acidity, grains and just a hint of ham. Taste has also smoked grains, not too intense but really tasty. Slightly sweet and malty on the finish but it fits really well. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Really tasty and easy drinking rauchbier.

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Photo of ThisMoonlife
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bamberger603
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This rauchbier pours an amber brown color with a thick foamy tan head. The smell is fairly mild, especially for a rauchbier, but it’s really great. It is a mix of smoked sausage and biscuity malts. The flavor is no less excellent. It of course has a nice smoky flavor, in this case sort of a smoked sausage quality, as well as a nice biscuit flavor from the malts, some grainy earth qualities, and finishes with a fairly dry, piney hop character that is more pronounced than the average rauchbier. This hop character makes a sort of smoked wood impression that lingers on the tongue. The body is medium, but slightly on the heavy end of that. When talking about rauchbiers you of course have to talk about the smokiness, which is the whole point of them. In my experience the German rauchbiers have been more smoky then their American counterparts. This beer falls somewhere between the average of the two. It has a pronounced smokiness, but is more sedate than most if not all of the Schlenkerla rauchbiers. Although I did find the Schlenkerla marzen to be the most mild of their beers, so maybe there’s just something about a marzen that cuts the smokiness a little bit. Anyway, it’s a really well balanced rauchbier and I think it’s great.

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark and opaque, almost black but not quite.
S- Not terribly aromatic, which surprised me (especially for a Rauchbier). Some sweet molasses wit a hint of smoke, but you really need to get you nose into the mug to pick any of it out. (Disclaimer: it's quite smoky in the pub, so this likely affected my ability to pick up on the aroma).
T- Dark roasted malt hits your palate first, with a touch of semisweet chocolate. Next the sweet malt body of the beer hits just for a second before the smoke kicks in. It's not overbearing by any means; to the contrary, the smoke and roast flavors seem to work together, leading the way to a nice hop finish with strong bitter coffee tones.
M- Full-bodied with adequate but not overbearing carbonation. Body lies somewhere between a Schwarzbier and a Doppelbock.
D- Very drinkable considering it blends two styles--Rauchbier and Bockbier--that traditionally aren't very drinkable.

Overall: What a delicious beer. Possibly my favorite while in Bamberg. It's really great how the roast malts work with the smoked malt (as American brewers, who favor smoked porters, have apparently figured out). While I don't mean this to be a slam on Schlenkerla (brewer of the most widely-distributed German Rauchbier), I think newcomers to the style would be less put off if they tried this instead of the sweeter Rauchbier from Schlenkerla. Now if only I didn't have to travel seven time zones to try it...

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Photo of dqrull
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown/red clear liquid with a slightly off-white coloured, fizzly head that dies down pretty quick, leaving a thin lid on the beer.

Smells of smoky leather, lightly of roastd almonds. I get a wooly aroma as well as smoked sausages, but not as forcefully as it's usually in smoked beers.

Taste is elegant, really tasteful use of smoked malts here, a light sheep-wool together with hard leather and an ever so light hint of smoked meat. I find it really interesting how they succeed in making these tastes that are'nt really smoky, but still very unique, and clearly here because of the smoked malts. Finishes quite light with near to no bitterness, a little watery actually.

Mouthfeel is light and fresh, with fizzly and fitting carbonation.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great product from the Brauerei Spezial. From the bottle, it pours a light brown with a malty, smokey aroma. The taste is the same: malty with a bit of smoke. Wow! Try a Seidla!

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Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Memphis Taproom.

Pours a dark burnt orange/ copper mahogany color with pale golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Beautiful smokey arms with hints of charcoal, BBQ, campfire, subtle butane, bacon and ash. UnserneTh there is a sweet caramel malt presence that is a little toasty in the nose. While very smokey it's not over the top or too intense.

Medium bodied with a crisp spice and hop presence up frot that complimentsthe smokey notes very well. Hints of cinnamon and brown sugar along with sweet toasted caramel malt. This beer is very well balanced and while the smokiness is there it isn't one dimensional and the other flavors are evident. Smokey hints of charcoal, ash, BBQ bacon and butane. The smokeynpresence becomes more prominent as the beer eRma but overallthis beer is very well balanced and easy to drink. Recommended!

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Photo of Goldorak
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Practically opaque ruby red, decent amount of greyish head dancing on top.

Smell: Peaty, smokey and totally earthy. It reminded me both of a mink farm and home-smoked bacon. Some fruity esters in there and just a smedge of hops made this fantastic stuff indeed.

Taste: Not an aggressively smokey taste, the malt is solid, fruity and chewy which complements the peated flavors quite well. Hops also play a supporting role, as the astringency is definately hoppy and not ashy as can be found in other smoked Beers. A well balanced Beer from start to finish.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was quite a dark amber in color, it in fact looks dark brown if not held up to the light. The first taste in my mouth was a malty sweetness, and I almost thought where is the smoke. The smoke then asserted itself just after the initial maltiness. This beer is not as strongly smoky as some, and personally I wouldn’t mind a bit more, but it is still good none the less. The maltiness had a wonderful feeling of coating my entire mouth, as if trying to completely satiate my tastebuds.

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