Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zer0 (1202) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours clear dark amber. Aroma is smoke, cigar, citrus, caramel and tar. Taste is moderate sweet. Medium bodied. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11000) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light smoke, caramel and malt. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Smells of sweet cherries, smoke, sausage, smoked malt. Medium thin body. Tastes of dark caramel, mild malt and a fruity smoked finish. Interesting and a bit boring but drinkable. A bit thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moravius (1124) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 24, 2014
Bamberger Bierwochenende, Bier Nr. 7. Vom Faß im Spezialkeller, Bamberg. - Tiefstes Rotbraun, rasch schwindender beigefarbener Schaum. In der Nase karamellige Süße, Blockmalz und ein Hauch von Rauch (Schwarzwälder Schinken). Im Antrunk Rosinensüße und Blockmalz; schwer aber nicht dick. Dezente Rauchnote; leichte dunkle Frucht. Mild rezent. Für ein Bockbier enorm leicht und süffig. Abgang fein fruchtig mit ganz leichter Zitrusnote, leicht grasig-pfeffriger Hopfen. - Süßes Blockmalz, dezenter Rauch, fruchtige Note und kühlender Hopfen in perfekter Harmonie. Vorzüglich!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
25th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 2. On tap at the delightfull brewpub. Clear deep amber - brown beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Smooth palate, fine carbonation. Rich malt with burned toffee. Whisper of esters. Light bitterness before the crispy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (6723) - Huddinge, 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 (16866) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 (18187) - 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 (17278) - 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 (6103) - 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.

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