Spezial’s smoked lager is golden, very clear and topped with a frothy, white head. The aroma’s smoky notes don’t overwhelm the nose, but do mask the beer’s sweet grain scents. The flavor melts over the tongue with toasted nutty sweetness, then moves quickly into assertive peppery hop flavors and moderate bitterness. Smoke is restrained on the tongue, but it deepens the experience overall and adds another layer of complexity to the profile. This brew finishes dry, and the soft smoke and peppery hops last long after the swallow.