TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Spezial in November, 2011: Yellow gold. Broken white halo of foam. Middling aromas of smoked baguette with hints of mineral and sweet cookie. Foamy, seltzery carbonation. Firm and dry, upfront, with a cookie maltiness swirled with the delicate zestfulness of herbaceous and peppery hops and a hard snap of minerals. Malt exhibits a biscuity fluffiness with some pleasantly bouncy textures, as well. Teeters on husky with lots of straw flavors. Twinge of fruity acidity weakens the body as a mild raspiness from the smoke nestles into the palate. Closes breadily malty with a cleansing scrub of minerals and spicy hops underscoring the subdued milk chocolate depth. The upside is the cleanness, but ultimately it’s fairly straightforward and not overly characterful. Decent.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is robust and the body brown. The taste is smoky, a bit malty, a bit hoppy, good balanced. Nice one! 11/11/12/12/-/12
Ernest (7477) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated at the brewery/restaurant Nov 2011.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted bread), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of smoke and apricot.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic.
Pleasant albeit light, metallic, and...well...forgettable.
TreinJan (4) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Spezial Festbier zum Jubiläum was a Rauchbier of Märzen strength brewed from only Vorderwürze, so no sparging. Only available during summer and fall 2011, to celebrate that the brewery is first mentioned in 1536, that is 475 years ago (not 850). Hazy brown, malty and slightly smoked aroma plus some hoppiness. Full taste of delicately smoked malts, some dark fruit (plums, raisins), then increasingly hoppy, but not harsh. Mouthfeel silky at first, drying out later on. Soft bitter aftertaste.
Braudog (6493) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Deep golden orange with a thin foamy head. Mellow smoke, especially following Schlenkerla, but it’s there. Sweet undertow, almost orangey. With a nice mellow, restrained rauch character, this is a good starter to the style. (#4388, 12/2/2011)
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice smokiness in both aroma and flavour. Orange colour, beige head, good lace. Sweetish, bitter, malty, smoke. Yet still refreshing and easy going.
ogivlado (7434) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer No. 110 on my tour through Austria, Germany and Denmark.
Draught at the brewpub. Pale amber coloured, medium sized off-white head, smoke and malt in the nose. Light roasted malt, smoke and some toffee with pretty short fruity smokey finish. Lager was a bit better.
jfb (5785) - Freising, GERMANY - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) pours a slightly hazy deep amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of chewy roasted malts, herbal hops, straw, treebark and smoked ham, nicely integrated. flavour is mostly the same, with subtle smoke in the foreground and a minerally, mellow herbal-hoppy finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
TaktikMTL (7196) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
En fût. Pinte dégustée directement à la brasserie. Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel et de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe de caramel et d’houblons. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #3842)
fonefan (46060) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught from Brauerei Spezial.
Clear medium to dark orange amber colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, toasted - caramel, smoke, wood smoke, light meat smoke, oak notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, wodd, wood smoke, smoked meat, caramel, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.