Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 594   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Made with barley malt cured by natural beechwood smoke right in the brewery, in the old tradition of Bamberg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Deep orange copper - clear bodied, topped with a smokey tan head, great lacing. Aroma - at first it almost seemed frutiy sweet, but then turned into smoked cheese - like an aged smoked gouda - awesome. Body was on the thin side - couldnít keep up with the intensely smoked malt flavors. This ends with a charred wood flavor on the roof of my mouth, and I like it for some unknown reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Majestic Color looking like a mixture between Heinz 57 and Grapefruit Juice. Head falls quickly. Some lacing. Suspended particles everywhere. The smoky aroma takes over everything else trying to come out in the aroma. Mainly, the sweet and crisp malts and the "clean" scents. The smokiness is nice, providing most of the flavor but still leaving room for much more. Lots of sweet malts and fruitiness come about along with some nuttiness as well. The hops are crisp. Very clean flavors and very drinkable. Low carbonation but it seems right. The smokiness is very mild compared to the few other rauchbiers I have had, in fact, towards the end it was barely evident at all. I liked it that way. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Nice meatty aroma. Color is amber, head dies quick. Taste is sweet, slightly smokey. The real strength of the smoke comes in the finish, which is a little different than the American smokey beers Iíve tried. This is nice, people need to brew more of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2004
ppearance: cloudy, solidly amber hue, adorned with a generous, meringue-ish, creamy head. Aroma: soft, before being the smokiness slowly unfolds and grows...whereís the salmon, anyway? Taste: mild, easy, minimal hops, adequate malt, this seems, underneath the smoke, to be a perfectly servicable dunkel lager, smooth and eager-to-please, but the smokeís what itís all about, dominating every inch of the experience, taking control with the first sip. This actually fades and mellows after a time, but never dies, and lingers on the palate. This is the first rauchbier Iíve had that was a simple lager underneath, the others being bocks, weizens, marzens (thinking of Schlenkerla here, which also has a bigger smokey character, if I recall) and ales. Donít think it works as well with a lager, perhaps thereís less in the way of other characteristics to play with the smokey content. In any case, for what it was, this was pretty nice, and the 500 ml bottle went down surprisingly fast!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2004
draft at the old toad: subtle meaty sweet smoke aroma lifting from a clear amber colored beer. very thin bodied and watery with a subtle smoke background. Not much to talk about, really..not nearly as smokey as it should be..maybe some fruit notes come through, but maybe not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2004
Deep reddish gold w/minimal head. Smokey malt nose with oak and subdued fruit notes. Stale wood smoke, some creaminess with a brief finish that leaves a smokey campfire feel in your mouth. Some floral notes from what I assume are the hops, but the smoke is the real story. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2560) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Rating #700. Nice amber colour. Aroma of lightly smoked malt, cheese and slightly toasty. Flavour was lightly smoked, nuts, caramel sweetness. Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, wet mouthfeel. Finishes with a subtle smokiness and quite mild. Quite nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Though this is supposedly a rauchbier, I could detect no smoke whatsoever. Anyway, it was pretty good, for a lager. If I had to pick a single word to describe it, that word would be "thick" and that deScription would help no one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Iced tea colored amber, cream colored head. Aroma of some smoke, a little more subdued than something like Schlenkerla, along with some toasty malt. Flavor is malty, smoky, some slightly bitter hops in the finish. Body went nicely, a little lighter but still seemed pretty full for being a regular lager. Quite nice, the smoke wasnít the main attraction, but was a nice complimentary element.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Brewtopia í04 (Summer). One of my favorite styles and this didnít dissapoint. Amber color with medium sized tan head. Yeah it was smoky, not too overpowering but just right. You could taste the hops along with a subtle malt sweetness. Went back for a few samples of this. Nicely done.

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