Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4604) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: At the brewpub.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a thick off-white head.
Aroma: Smokey malt aroma.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Smoked tar, sausage, malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (12113) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Day 2 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, tap at Spezial Bamberg, 25/01/14. Dark chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering that dissipates but retains. Nose is smoked malt, toffee, light rubber, smoked ham. Taste comprises a big malt load, toffee, smokey twang but not huge, brown sugar, brown bread dough. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, malt lead closure. Decent, not a huge amount of depth for the ABV but subtle smoke as per the other Spezial beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (12838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2014
Draught at the brewpub. Deep amber beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, grassy, dark bread, toffee. Malty caramel flavor, hay, bready, fruity notes, grassy notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14856) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2014
At Spezial brewery Bamberg. Dark brown beer lasting beige head. Strong malty bocky aroma. But with some brown malts as well. Bit of perfume on aroma too. It’s strong i can tell. No smoke. Just strong brown malt. Christ how strong is this tastes stronger than it probably is. It’s good but I wouldn’t want more than this. A bit like an old in the UK. But not sour. Full in mouth. Good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
In short: A medium smoky brown lager with a splendid malt backbone. Lovely.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed one or two months after receiving it through private importation.
The look: Cloudy mahogany body with some small particles topped by a large beige head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is moderately smoky with a smoke sensation that is somewhere between smoked pork/leather and beach wood fire. Nice malts, full creamy mouthfeel, juicy caramel, fresh cookies, oily cashews, wet tobacco leafs, medium amount of wooden smoke. The type of malt backbone I would expect from the best Viennas (whatever this made-up style is, beers like Heater Allen Coastal). This beer is highly sessionnable. To my taste I thought the malts stole the show from the smoke in this beer, I almost wished it was even less smoked and more of a normal bock/Vienna, something I never thought I’d say about a Bamberg smoke. In North-America it is impossible to tell someone “I drank a Spezial beer” without sounding like your IQ is below 80.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foffern (1385) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle sample. Has a dark cloudy amber colour with a medium lasting beige head. Has a pleasant and balanced smoky and sweet aroma, almost like smoked meat. The flavour also feels pleasant with a medium to heavy smokyness, and more of the sweet smoked meat that’s dominating this beer. The aftertaste is a bit sour and is lasting. Has a light and slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. It’s naturally filled with smoke and is nice, but could maybe be richer and not so one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (4551) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep bronze-hued, slightly hazy nougat brown body with a small-ish white head. Nose is huge and slightly boozy tones of cured meat, smoked ham and sausages, with sweet, deep malty notes in the back. Taste is sharp and pungent tones of smoked meat, ham and cured game, with hints of tobacco, sweet malts, grain and caramel carefully detectable in the background. Slightly sour grainy aftertaste. Medium to full body, mild carbonation. A tasty and powerful rauchbier, which still manages to retain a good balance. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur de fumée et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de fumée et de caramel avec une pointe fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #4536)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
probstblueribbon (3245) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
0,5 l bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep copper with a fragile off-white head. Aroma: A fair amount of meaty smoke tempered by nice rich maltiness, slightly bright and fruity, bready, toasty notes, slight mint/menthol, more balanced than the typical Bamberger Rauchbiers. Palate: Medium body, organized effervescence (really). Flav.: Mildly smoky with nice rich fruity, toasty, bready malts, a touch bright, a touch of mint/menthol, a little alcohol; dry with surprising bitterness and a lightly smoked, kinda harsh finish.

Not altogether pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (9340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
Pours medium brown with enormous amount of lasting white head. Sweet malts wafting. Initial taste of malt and peat, much better balanced as it warmed. Very drinkable. Carbonation is appropriate, and a good mouthfeel. Very good smoked beer, with smoke not overwhelming. Thanks Boutip.

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