Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


on tap

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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 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 wasn’t 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 ’04 (Summer). One of my favorite styles and this didn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Dark gold copper color with a nice puffy head and good lacing. Toasty malt and haylike aroma. Medium bodied with a malty smoky flavor, nutty and dryish into the finish. If you found the aggressive smokiness of the Schlenkerla smoke beers to be a bit of a turnoff, give this well balanced little jewel a try. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Nicely malty, woody and dry smoky aroma, some faint toasty bread notes and caramel sweetness, very lightly meaty. Light-medium copper color, filtered, average head, not much lace. Flavor profile is fairly mellow, some sweet and lightly nutty maltiness mixed with the smokiness and lightly herbal, spicy hops. Finishes as clean as only a lager can. Body is light-medium, palate is effervescent and a bit thin. Satisfying, ultimately. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2004
Bottle. Thank god for this beer, Otter Creek copper sucked bigtime. Good dry, herbal smoky lager. Grassy hops, very well balanced, really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1571) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Hazy, amber apearance with a small head that left little lacing. After the initial dose of smokiness, the aroma developed more of a pumpernickel bread-like quality. Taste was not as intense as some other over-the-top rauchbiers, but it still offers the woodsy, earthy, leathery attributes that smoked beer fans have come to enjoy. Well balanced, modestly hopped finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 17, 2006 AOBF 04. Bottle. Yellow-golden, clear, but almost syrupy looking. Aroma of spicy lager yeast, full flavorful smoke (wood smoke, smoked fish, salt, pork rinds, earthiness). Flavor is full of charcoal notes, but mixed with good malt sweetness, quite creamy, very smooth. I’m not finding much lager quality, but that’s ok, because the smoke flavor is great (wouldnt expect any less from Bamberg). Other than that, not too much else goin on. Some light nuttiness, hints of earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2004
color is hazy deep golden, malts are light, smoke is moderate and complementary, instead of dominating. aroma is quite spicy! flavor is smoky, a bit cardboardy and medicinal...but still damn good...perfect amount of smoke.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
I am rating this beer as a good example of the style. It is an acquired taste, kind of like a Bavarian weissbier, but for its style it is good. The smokiness of the wood used to dry the barley is very prominent and this beer goes well with ham or sausage, but is not a refreshing, thirstquencher in my estimation. Still, Bamberg is known for its rauchbier and it must be tried whilst there.

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