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Beer #90 – April 3, 2010: Sprecher Special Amber

April 12, 2010

I must have missed a review along the way… my apologies for #90 appearing out of order…

Beer: Sprecher Special Amber

Brewery: Sprecher Brewing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Style: Vienna Lager

Serving Type: 16 oz bottle

Price: $2.49 / bottle

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Dimple Mug

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Tasty, malty, easy-drinking but flavorful

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a golden-amber hue with a foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness with hint of Noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a very nice moderate carbonation.

Taste: Initial caramel sweetness with a hint of toffee building into a grainy, earthy middle, finishing with a noticeable but not overbearing grassy, earthy Noble hop flavor.  While the most widely available craft beer in America (Samuel Adams Boston Lager) is also a Vienna Lager, this take from Sprecher is a very enjoyable, maltier version of the style.

Pairing: Smoked ham and mashed potatoes.

Trivia: Sprecher is brewed in Milwaukee, a city with a great brewing heritage, thanks in part to German immigrants who came to Milwaukee in the late 1800’s.  The city was at one time home to four of the largest U.S. breweries: Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and Miller.  Even their hometown baseball team carries on the tradition with the name, the “Brewers”.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 13, 2010 10:54 pm

    16 oz. bottles? man, if only that was a standard beer feature.

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