The beer pours a clear golden yellow in color. There is about an inch of white, fluffy, foamy head. The aroma is grassy, a bit of lager funk, light golden grain, with a light tart note in the back. The taste is semi-sweet grain, some grass and straw, light lagerish funk. There is a light bitterness on the lightly dry finish. The beer drinks crisply carbonated, with a pleasant sting on the throat, but also a touch of smooth. As far as American adjunct lagers go, this is near the top.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
I remember seeing Special Export on the shelf as a kid and thinking, wow, it's special! And it's good enough for export! That really is special! Which is probably the effect they were hoping for at the time. This beer was from the G. Heileman Brewing Company of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the early 1980's the fourth largest brewer in the United States. All of their brands are now owned by Pabst. This beer remains popular in Minnesota.