RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 158   ABV: 5.25%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Raven Special Lager is a perfect balanced lager beer that goes well with any kind of food, but particularly with spicy food or when you just want to sit down and enjoy a beer with friends. With a shot of Woodford Reserve chased with chilled Raven is a near perfect combination. The rich golden colored beer is an exceptionally smooth Southern German lager, somewhat malty but well balanced between the hops and malt. Experiencing the clean finish and pleasant lingering aftertaste of The Raven Special Lager, one can truly say that The Taste Is Poetic.

For the European market the beer is brewed under license by Anker-Brauerei, Nagold, Germany.

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2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
THOUGHTS: Might have been a little stale or slightly skunked, but a dedent Vienna was in there somewhere. TECHNICAL: Bottle. poured a slightly hazy, light copper or very light rust with a large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate toasted and sour malt; lighter caramel; light grassy and earthy hops; hints of cooked corn and slight skunk. The initial flavor was slightly sweet; while the finish was lightly sweet and slightly bitter. There was toasted malt, honey, slight skunk, grassy hops, sour malt, earthy hops, light nuttiness, caramel, and a hint of lemon. The light to medium body was watery with soft carbonation and a metallic finish.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stampion (257) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2017
Meh. Decent mild lager but nothing special. Light amber, slight head. Bottle must be a bit old because there's a slight funk. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ludhaber (126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Beer is advertised as a Vienna but it is quite a bit crisper than a Vienna might be expected to be. Still very nice malt notes in the flavor but the yeast and hops balance the malt well. Curious as to the type of yeast. Tasty, easy drinking beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigben873 (249) - Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2017
A solid summer beer, nice medium lager. Nothing special but not offensive either. March madness 2017.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
crossovert (12462) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2017
355ml bottle. Pours a lighter amber. Aroma is a bit rubbery and lagery. Falvor is rubbery and grainy, bad stuff.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ilovedarkbeer (2734) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2017
Terrible beer. Pours an amber color with a foamy white head. Thin mouthfeel. Tastes of almost nothing. Maybe some cardboard with a dash of sugar syrup. Poured it down the drain, not worth drinking. Its not so much that its offensive tasting but rather that it tastes of nothing, and "So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hershiser2 (2859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine, Gainesville. Pours golden with a tiny dusting of a white head. Smells slightly sweet, mostly grains. Flavor is also slightly sweet grains, but also metallic. Theres nothing special about this lager.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4167) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2016
I think this stuff is pretty alright. It is a shade darker than a Pilsener, clear w/ a foamy head. It smells mildly of cereal grains and this is emphasized by a light sweetness. This is medium bodied w/ pretty vigorous carbonation and goes down about as easy as a Budweiser--which is a positive in my book. I think this stuff is sort of what Yuengling claims to be like but isnt really.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Erzengel (8512) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2016
*5.5% ABV, German version. Smooth grainy brew. Not very deep, moderate in bitterness. Fresh, grainy and slightly sweetish with not much bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (4180) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 18, 2016
On tap at the BNA Party last week.Slightly hazy deep yellow color. bready biscuity aroma and flavor with a faint floral spicy hop to counter. Nice intermission beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle at Villain & Saint. Nice copper body with no head at all. Nose malty, grains, toasty notes. Taste more grainy with malts and more subdued hop notes. Okay, not too distinctive.


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