Spezial Rauchbier Lager

Spezial Rauchbier Lager

Rated 3.652 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Brauerei Spezial

Bamberg, Germany

Style:  Rauchbier

4.6% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 10261 Last updated 19 years ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Overall Rank1414
Overall Percentile97.4
Style Rank6 of 154
Style Percentile96.1
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.733
Weighted Score3.652
Standard Deviation0.441

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  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Another fantastic beer from Pfoxyjohn, Wish List item too! Lightly hazy golden pour with a slight white head and very sporadic lacing. Beautiful subtle smoke aroma, a bit of leather with a lightly sweet maltiness and very light hops. Taste is smoky, light sweet malts, awesomeness. HUGE thanks to John for this beer which I thought I'd never try, Very nice indeed!

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    A milder Smoked beer but still very quaffable and enjoyable .. dark tan, good foam .. . clean, light smoke, nutty, cured meat, ..awesome! .. . as others have mentioned- quite light on smoke but still a great brew! .. . When I'm done, our students will be so smart, they'll be able to program their VCRs without spilling piping hot gravy all over myself.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    light amber color. VERY nice balance between sweet malt and smoke. this seems like a stright forward textbook example of the style, and their ain't nuttin wrong wit dat! well done.

  • HEDDYMUGGZ 135 reviews
    rated 3.7 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    well, it's good. It just isn't smoky enough for me... i want Rauch in my Rauchbier. Nice and pretty amber color, minimal head with a trace of lace,, pleasant aroma with that hint of smoke, but alas, not much smoke in the taste. It's a good beer, make no mistake. It just isnt Rauchy enough. :) Did I mention that already?

  • JNE5HUSG 1814 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottle. Poured a clear deep amber colored beer with a two fingers white foamy head that had a mid-sized retention. Great lacing. Intense carbonation. The aroma is roasted grainy malts, caramelized fruits. The flavour is roasted and smoked malts, dried fruits. The palate is very smooth, maybe a bit too watery. This medium bodied beer has a lingering smokey finish. A easy and very nice drinkable Rauchbier.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.6 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Bottle: Poured a clean light brown color ale with a one-inch foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoke is not as present as I would have expected. Taste is a mix between a light caramel malt bills with some medium smoke. Average body with some good carbonation. Easily quaffable but not as much character as I would have expected.

  • PFOXYJOHN 676 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Poured from the bottle a golden amber color, slightly hazy, good carbonation, with a full, rich, off-white head. Sweet smoked wood and fruit nose, but light and fresh. Superb mouthfeel, full, round, smooth. Soft but complex flavors of solid malt and smoked wood (I understand its beechwood, but I would've guessed applewood). Finish is long and well-blended. Lightly sweet, faintly smoky, smooth fruit, light bitterness. Excellent. Delicious.

    Tasted again vom Faß at the brewery 10/30/08 during Fränken Bierausflug, Day#4, Brewery#20, Beer#44. Light amber with a thin tan head, very similar in appearance to the rauchbock. Aroma is slightly smoked malt; medium-bodied; firm malt with balanced hop bitterness. Long, soft, lightly smoked finish. I would rate this lower than I did the bottled version, no doubt because I had just consumed the wonderful Rauchbock.

  • AABREWER318 475 reviews
    rated 3.3 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours gold, nice initial head. Aroma is sweet, woodsy, and plastical. Soft, light mouthfeel. Overall milder than i expected overall and in smoked flavor. It doesnt hit me in the face but has a nice earthy background, rotting pine, caramel malts, a muted sweetness. Biscuit toastiness and some citrus lingers in the aftertaste.... A pleasant experience

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 2.4 17 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is salts, smokey and leathery. Flavour is leather, smoke and malts. Like a Schlenkerla on water and animal fur. Still not totally bad.

  • SINGLEMALTER 229 reviews
    rated 3.6 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Judged against the standard of this type for me, the Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock, I'd say it's a poor substitute. Nice color, deep amber to light golden copper. Heads up nicely, but fades quickly to a thin cap, and leaves very little lacing. Aroma is barely smokey, but the hint is there. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, and it finishes with a nice clean and refreshing character. It's just not what I want in a Rauchbier, now that I've discovered the type, and I'll stick to the Aecht, danke!

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