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Brauerei Spezial
Bar/Tasting RoomBeer GardenRestaurantHotel Rooms
Obere Königsstraße 10
D-96052 Bamberg
Telephone: +49 (0)951 / 24304
Hours: Sunday-Friday 9:00am-11:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm. Closed two weeks in August, as well as December 25-26 and December 31-January 1.
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Notes

Visited: March 24, 2009

Opened: 1536

U.S. Importer: Shelton Brothers

Contributor: Mario Kornmesser

There's an electric immersion heater at the bar in case you find the beer to be too cold. Brauerei Fässla is immediately across the street, and the Maisel Bamberger Weissbier Haus is a few hundred yards up the road. Spezial also has a Biergarten at Oberer Stephansberg 47, open 3:00pm-11:00pm Tuesday-Sunday.

Updated: February 1, 2013

Beer List


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    4.60% abv.
    • Date: March 22, 2009 (#7721)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright amber. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Mildly smoky.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, sweet, malty, and a bit grainy. Very mild smoke. Some bitterness at the end.
      Overall Impression (2)
    • Date: December 31, 2006 (#6245)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beertopia, Omaha NE
      Score: 18 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright copper color. Nice tight head.
      Aroma (3)
      Malty, smoky, but not as assertive as Schlenkerla Märzen.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium body, moderate-low carbonation. Real tasty malt character with subtle smoke. Very nice balance with just a hint of noble hop flavor.
      Overall Impression (3)

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    5.30% abv.
    • Date: March 21, 2009 (#7720)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Deep red-brown. Big thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Sweetly malty, mildly smoky.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium body. Chewy. Big sweet malt flavor with just a little smoke. Finishes toasty and sweet and clean.
      Overall Impression (2)
    • Date: March 27, 2003 (#4765)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 20 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Beautiful bright tawny golden, with a nice thick head. Real smooth clean smoky aroma. That's good beer. Medium-light body, richly malty and richly smoky. Exactly balanced between assertive and subtle. Lingering wonderful smoky finish. Spezial uses Weyermann malt for their beers, but they do their own malt-smoking.
    • Date: March 27, 2003 (#4767)
      Package: bottled
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 18 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Deep red-brown, with a thick dense head. Fairly smoky aroma. Medium smooth body. Real nice smoke flavor, somewhat less assertive than the Rauchbier. Malty sweetness and smoke all the way through.

  • Smoke-Flavored Beer
    • Date: March 22, 2009 (#7723)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Deep opaque yellow-brown. Big dense head.
      Aroma (3)
      Bready, mild banana.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium fizzy body. Lots of wheat malt, mildly smoky. Sweet wheaty finish.
      Overall Impression (2)
    • Date: March 27, 2003 (#4768)
      Package: bottled
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16½ points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      "With some smoke." Dark golden opaque. Thick head. Mild banana aroma with lots of wheat malt. Medium mildly fizzy body. Lots of wheat malt sweet flavor with some bananas. Clean wheaty flavor. They say there's "some" smoked malt in it, but I don't taste it.

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    Bamberg-Style Rauchbier
    5.00% abv.
    • Date: March 22, 2009 (#7722)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 18 points
      Appearance (3)
      Golden, some haze. Good head.
      Aroma (3)
      Sweet and mildly yeasty.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium body, smooth and just a bit yeasty. Real tasty sweet malt.
      Overall Impression (3)
    • Date: March 27, 2003 (#4766)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright golden, despite being unfiltered. Nice head. Very clean mildly malty aroma. Medium body. Sweetly malty. Mild floral hop flavor and bitterness. Sweet floral finish. Only available in spring and autumn.