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Heileman's Special Export - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: elmocoso on 08-21-2002)
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

By reading other reviews it's apparent that most people don't remember the Special Export brewed by Heileman when it was brewed in LaCross, Wisconsin. At that time Special Export was a Krausened beer, like Old Style and was a beer a big step up from Old Style or pretty much any other of the hundreds of ordinary beers of it's day. Like Ballantine XXX Ale, Export pretty much only exists in label and fond memories or earlier days.

fizzy, May 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

KevChiTown, Sep 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -28.6%

TX-Badger, Aug 18, 2014
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2.63/5  rDev -6.1%

Heileman's Special Export

Poured from the green longneck, with a best by date of 9/22/14. I drank half this right from the bottle, and used a cylinder sampler glass for the rest. This was very well chilled.

A) Golden brew with a thin soapy head. Okay retention....

S) Corny with some grassy hop bitterness.

T) Corny with some grassy hop bitterness.

M) I so wanted to type corny with some grassy hop bitterness, but that wouldn't make any sense at all. The body is light, and the carbonation is lively. No surprises here.

O) My Dad tells me this is what beer snobs were drinking like 45 years ago. Yikes... Guess we've got it pretty good these days. There really isn't anything special about this at all, but if the name of the beer was just Export, well it just wouldn't have a nice ring to it. A fair lawnmower beer, if ice cold. I can't say I was very impressed. Meh...

RoamingGnome, Jul 19, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DaveMiller, Jun 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

mernst1030, May 15, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

TEdubbaD, Nov 03, 2013
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2.55/5  rDev -8.9%

PROS: More hops than the average bottled macrobrew. At times, it reveals a faintly European flavor. The slightly lighter in texture doesn’t fill you up as quickly as heavy beers or ales. No sweetness.

CONS: The body of the beer – its flavor profile – is very thin. Lack of flavor. Without a stronger body of flavor to balance out the hops, it tends to become annoying after a while. And, it tends to develop sourness as you drink it.

Special Ex is best consumed with food, which has the felicitous effect of negating the negatives of the beer while emphasizing the positives.

MikeP, Oct 01, 2013
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2/5  rDev -28.6%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Audio_Phile, Sep 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

rabbitguy, Aug 12, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -37.5%

nineworldseries, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Norseman, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +25%

matjack85, Jan 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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1.88/5  rDev -32.9%

Pours clear yellow with a small white head with fair retention, and not much lacing. Smells like grain, grass, and some skunk. Gotta love the green bottles.

Tastes like cooked corn and grain with some skunk. Would be at least somewhat better if not for the green bottle. Somewhat sweet flavor, not complex.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not a good beer.

hardy008, Dec 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -28.6%

Nerlman, Dec 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Braz, Nov 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Eaglefan344, Oct 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Chucker17, Oct 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

OldhouseRecs, Oct 13, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
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Heileman's Special Export from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.