Brewed by Brauerei Spezial
Style: Smoked
Bamberg, Germany


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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A smoked märzen from Bamberg.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MichaelAwesome (6448) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2014
Vor Ort in Bamberg gezischt. Eigentlich hatte ich es mir doch viel schlimmer vorgestellt, dabei ist es durchaus trinkbar und wird gar mit der Zeit besser. Der Rauch / Lachs / Schinken ist zuallererst brutal und haut einen um. Doch sobald man in der Wolke drin ist, entwickelt sich eine angenehme, mildmalzige Trinkbarkeit. Zum ersten Mal in meinem Leben empfehle ich ein Rauchbier, wenn auch es nur knapp ueberm Schnitt liegt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2760) - GREECE - OCT 10, 2014
From tap at Brauerei Spezial, Bamberg. Dark copper-brown color with beige head. Aroma is sweet roasted malty, caramel, light fruity and light smoked. Taste is sweet and light bitter, caramel and light smoked. Oily light to medium body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (10116) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
if only every oktoberfest beer could be like this. full flavor and body, smooth creamy malts and smoke combine very nicely on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moravius (1124) - Berlin, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2015 Flasche von Hopfen & Malz, Berlin-Wedding. - Tiefes Kupferrot, klar. - In der Nase dunkle Brotkruste und milde Säure, herb-fruchtiger Hopfen und Rauch (Geräuchertes). - Im Antrunk kräftiges Karamelmalz, dunkle Brotkruste und eine ausgeprägt säuerliche Note mit fruchtigem Einschlag (Pflaumenmus). Deutlicher aber doch dezenter Rauch wie von Geselchtem, holzig-erdiger Hopfen. Mild rezent, vollmundig, enorm „rund“ und süffig. Im Abgang mild aromatische, fruchtig-säuerliche Hopfenherbe. Mäßig bitterer Nachtrunk. - Durch „dunkle“ Aromen (Melanoidine) geprägtes, vollmundiges Rauchbier. Die säuerliche Pflaumennote ist zwar nicht störend, aber doch etwas zu prominent - möglicherweise war mein Exemplar (MHD: 02.10.14) nicht mehr ganz frisch. Bin gespannt, wie es vom Faß schmeckt.

Wiederholung: vom Faß im Spezial, Bamberg. - Antrunk tief malzig, kräftig nussig-karamelsüß. Kräftige „dunkle“ Aromen, Brotkruste, etwas Lakritz. Leichte, angenehme Rauchnoten. Mild rezent, vollmundig. Im Abgang nicht besonders kräftiger Hopfen, bloß Hintergrund zur satten Malzigkeit, aber doch mit schön zitronigen Spitzen. Die Rauchnoten sind so dezent, daß sie mit der Zeit völlig in den Hintergrund treten, wo sie sich perfekt mit dem fruchtigen Hopfen verbinden. - Großartiges, fülliges und sehr harmonisches Märzen. Vom Faß deutlich besser als aus der Flasche. Bewertung: Mittelwert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielecamo (839) - ITALY - AUG 29, 2014
Dalla botte a caduta. Colore ramato, piuttosto limpida, schiuma persistente. Aroma affumicato molto intenso, corpo quasi watery, molto beverina e bilanciata. Si fa preferire rispetto alla Schlenkerla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Tap at Spezial brewpub in Dec. 2011: Beaming rusty-chestnut. Fine-bubbled ivory halo of foam. Bright candied plum and fresh melanodin-rich malt aromatics interlaced with pumpernickel bread, shoe polish, milk chocolate, creamed coffee, rock candy and toffee pudding. Stiff, loose, big-bubbled carbonation. Remarkably textured first gulp reveals staunch minerals beneath a complex tobacco, milk chocolate earthiness, and melanoidiny interplay. Delicate kiss of plum acid cuts the beefy malt and enhances the bright and snappy minerals. Pervasive rauch character is long, soft and notably refined, with no discernible raspiness. Deep creamed coffee and well-measured hard candy notes lap the palate while riding the perpetually rich malty wave. Charcoal sharpness and firm hazelnut accents offer plenty of contrast to the lush malt bedding. Super ripe punch of fruity esters heightens drinkability, as appropriately subtle as it is. Scrubbing minerals couple with sassy licorice flavors as they punctuate the continued malty succulence. A supremely flavorsome yet perilously drinkable rendition that’s bursting with melanoidins. My favorite beer from Spezial. Simply fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4141) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
Great German smokebeer, on par with the greats from Aecht Schlenkerla. Has that fine oaky malty taste of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9252) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
Bamberg jolly day 3 26/01/2014. Bottle shared on the train. Had this a couple of time before. Aroma is smoked, sausage, salami and sweetnutty brown malts. Flavour is biscuity malts, toffee and smoked meats and wood. Some puckering in the finish. Average palate. Overall very blaanced and smoked malt is integrated well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16873) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Day 3 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, bottle from Spezial shared on the train from Nuremberg to Freising, 26/01/14. Clear dark amber with a moderate beige covering that retains well. Nose is smoked malts, toffee, smoked gammon, bread dough. Taste comprises caramel, smoked malts, brown sugars, earthy bread tones. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Great stuff, decent level of smoke, well balanced, the best train beer of the weekend (the CDA aside) !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
26th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 3. Train swig. Clear amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Palate is airy and light and very dry. Smooth smoked fish, little dried fruits. Dry finish.

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