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The Schlenkerla vs Spezial Face-off: OT Period Schlenkerla Märzen vs Spezial Lager

Schlenkerla is the most renowned of Rauchbier/Smoke beer breweries. Town rival Spezial is the 2nd most famous but many feel it's better. This is a comparison of their flagships: Schlenkerla Märzen and Spezial Lager.

The Schlenkerla vs Spezial Face-off: Period 3 Replay Schlenkerla unfiltered Lager vs Spezial Ungespundet

Schlenkerla is the most renowned of Rauchbier/Smoke beer breweries. Town rival Spezial is the 2nd most famous but many feel it's better. This is a comparison of the special unfiltered version of Schlenkerla Lager vs Spezial Ungespundet

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The Schlenkerla vs Spezial Face-off: Period 3 Schlenkerla Lager vs Spezial Ungespundet

Schlenkerla is the most renowned of Rauchbier/Smoke beer breweries. Town rival Spezial is the 2nd most famous but many feel it's better. This is a comparison of Schlenkerla Lager vs Spezial Ungespundet

The Schlenkerla vs Spezial Face-off: Period 2 Schlenkerla Urbock vs Spezial Bock

Schlenkerla is the most renowned of Rauchbier/Smoke beer breweries. Town rival Spezial is the 2nd most famous but many feel it's better. This is a comparison of Schlenkerla Urbock and Spezial Bock, two of the town's best Bocks and probably the greatest smoke Bocks in the world.

The Schlenkerla vs Spezial Face-off: Period 1 Schlenkerla Märzen vs Spezial Märzen

Schlenkerla is the most renowned of Rauchbier/Smoke beer breweries. Town rival Spezial is the 2nd most famous but many feel it's better. This is a comparison of Schlenkerla Märzen, their flagship, against Spezial Märzen, a seasonal.

Spezial Märzen

Spezial Märzen is a richly malty smoke beer with a lingering, semi-dry moreish finish.

Spezial Weissbier

Spezial Weissbier is an interesting smoky banana treat with a surprisingly dry palate and semi-bitter finish.

Spezial Lagerbier

Though not as famous as city rival Schlenkerla's Rauchbier, Spezial is perhaps more approachable. The finish is clean and bitter, making it an easy drinking session beer.

Spezial Bockbier

Though not as famous as city rival Schlenkerla's Rauchbier, Spezial is perhaps more approachable and their Bock is a few notches up the ladder of smokiness than their everyday brew.