Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Made with barley malt cured by natural beechwood smoke right in the brewery, in the old tradition of Bamberg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sissio (576) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 14, 2014
Clear copper, white head. Sweet malty aroma, caramel, hint of smokiness. Sweet aroma, smoked bacon, pleasant, not heavy. Light bitter smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moravius (451) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Flasche von Grabsch, Berlin-Lichterfelde. - Schönes Goldbraun, klar. - In der Nase leichte Frucht (Aprikose), milder Rauch, Karamel. - Im Antrunk würziges, nicht zu süßes Karamelmalz, zart säuerliche Fruchtigkeit, deutliches aber noch dezentes Raucharoma wie von Geselchtem. Mild rezent, schlank. Im Abgang fruchtig-herber Hopfen. Ausreichend bitterer Nachtrunk. - Schlankes, mildes und enorm süffiges Rauchbier. Leichter zugänglich als das Rauchbier von Schlenkerla, aber immer noch Gewöhnungssache - erst die dritte oder vierte Halbe schmeckt so richtig gut. ==================================== Nachtrag: Bei zwei Verkostungen vom Faß (im Spezial-Keller, Bamberg) deutlich süßer als aus der Flasche, mit kräftigem Karamel und Blockmalz, milder Rauchnote und nur mildem, zitronigem Hopfen im Abgang. Kaum bitter. Gefährlich süffig aber auf Dauer etwas dünn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3103) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: At the brewpub.
Appearance: Clear amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Salami, smoke.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Smokey salami, malt. Salami finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10275) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 28, 2014
Draught at the brewpub. Clear amber/deep golden beer with a decent offwhite head. Malty smoked aroma, caramel, spicy, grassy notes. Smoked caramel flavor, dark bread, hay, spicy notes, woody, some grass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8276) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
Day 2 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, tap at Spezial Bamberg, 25/01/14. Dark amber with a good sized light beige head that retains. Nose is subtle smoke, caramel, grassy, toffee. Taste comprises caramel, smoked ham, malts, brown bread, smoked wood. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, smoke lead closure. Solid stuff, nice and subtle, easy drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (3106) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear robust amber with airy off-white head. Clear, smoky aroma, with notes of malt and hops. Bitter, smoky and roasty flavour, with notes of hops and yeast. Smoky aftertaste. A decent, well-balanced smoked lager, indeed. My rating #2112, so I should be drinking some Canadian stuff, perhaps, but it is hard to come by where I am now. So, instead something special. I mean, Spezial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Obier (47) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2013
Glänzend braun, schöner feinporiger Schaum. Leicht rauchiges Aroma. Unaufdringlich aber deutlich rauchig. Leicht köhlensäutre und dezent herb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
turbothy (1086) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2013
Pours light copper with small head. Lightly smoked aroma and a crisp malt flavour with not that much smoke in it. Slightly underwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 25, 2013
25/12/2013 Ma che siete venuti a fà (tap). Ambrata scarica, limpida, schiuma bianca molto abbondante e persistente. Al naso sentori di malto, leggere note torbate, esteri, lieviti, ottimamente equilibrata. In bocca è molto morbida, torbato presente e molto caratterizzante, ma comunque mai invasivo, finale leggermente sapido. Corpo leggero, ottima beva. Peccato solo per qualche problema di carbonazione che la rende un po’ piatta.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgiskOlklub (893) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2013
Draght at Spezial. Clear light yellow body and a nice frothy white head. Refreshing light malt aroma, yeasty - and nice well balanced smoky finish. The taste is medium sweet and light bitter.

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