Suitable for a Standard
A Review of Sprecher Special Amber by Sprecher Brewing Co.
Posted on 3/3/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
                   
Decent
The continual search for better beer has endless outcomes. Sometimes you end up with a glassful of amazing beer, while other times you find something just north of sewage residing in your glass. One brew choice can have you jumping for joy, and another can have you stomping in anger. I'm sure that just in reading that a few personal selections come to mind for each of you. Strangely though, while we always remember the amazing and the horrific, we often forget about those beers that fall somewhere in the middle. You know the ones I'm talking about. You drink it, enjoy it, and a couple of days later have a hard time just remembering its name. These beers have their place in our world, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. One such offering that comes to mind is the Sprecher Special Amber from Sprecher Brewing Company.

In the glass, the Sprecher Special Amber has a dark honey coloration and carries about a fingers worth of off white head for a few moments before it recedes down to nothing more than a thin film floating on the surface. The aromas coming from it are somewhat faint, but with some patience comes some reward. Sweet caramel and toffee are the dominant smells, but just beneath them there are some earthy and grainy notes that offer a bit of a break from their initial sweetness. Some toasted bread smells come through from time to time, and on a few spread out moments, a bit of fruitiness seems to emerge.

The first taste follows rather close to the nose. There is a nutty caramel flavor right off the bat that, just as in the nose, comes off sweet but not overly so. It mellows out rather quickly due to a layer of freshly toasted bread following close behind. As you swallow, the earthy notes detected in the nose come through in a hops fashion, and really do a nice job of breaking up the large amount of malt characteristics on the front end. There is a bit of a sticky mouthfeel to it, but it still manages to finish rather clean with only a bit of a caramel aftertaste.

This is one of those instances where there is no danger of me screaming about this beer from the rooftops, nor will I place it in the ''not even if I were in the middle of the Sahara and faced with certain death'' file. The Sprecher Special Amber is one of those beers that fairly represents the style, but Specher Brewing Company doesn't push any of the boundaries in any direction with it. It would make for a fair session brew for those with a seasoned palate, and a decent bridge beer for those wanting to keep moving in the right direction. Just keep in mind that no bells or whistles are gonna sound when you drink it, and that's ok. A few days after having it, you will have moved on anyway.

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