Milwaukee Special Reserve
Melanie Brewing Company

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Melanie Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
American Adjunct Lager
2.04 | pDev: 33.33%
Jul 19, 2020
Apr 19, 2003
Milwaukee Special ReserveMilwaukee Special Reserve
Notes: the ABV is 4.29 - 4.79 %
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Rated: 2.97 by funku2 from Colorado

Jul 19, 2020
Rated: 2.85 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by odannyob from Colorado

2.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
From a 12 oz. can (cold) into a 12 oz. mug (clean).
Look: Very pale with zippo head and minimal bubbly.
Smell: Far away and hardly anything.
Taste: Wet metallic with a faint sweetness.
Feel: Thin. No, thinner yet.
Overall; I'd tried this a few years back and t'weren't much impressed back then, either, but it is rather inexpensive so there ya go.
Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 2.32 by Foxman27 from Iowa

Feb 20, 2018
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.14/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Taste: mellow caramel malt, crisp but not much hop character. Mild grain nose. Gild, clear, with a foamy head and some lace on taster glass. Lite body. Does not live up to what it says on the can.
Aug 02, 2017
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

2.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
12 oz can coded "0336 1258" poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp. Color is very pale translucent straw yellow with short lived white head. Aroma is faint malt. Taste is faint malt with a subtle tart finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, sharply carbonated with little bitterness. The thick aftertaste, mouth coating prevalent in most these beers is barely present. Overall, I either grabbed an above average single by chance, or this is what I've been looking for. Cheap AAL with no major off flavors.
Apr 14, 2017
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Reviewed by savaship from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev +63.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Appearance is about 4 SRM with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell is malty, little or no hop aroma which is accurate to this beer's style of an American Premium Lager.

Taste is malty and sweet. Just a very little hop flavor goes along with the beer, seems slightly unbalanced to the sweet side.

Feel is heavier than most with a lot of carbonation that makes it feel lighter.

Overall, this is a very good representation of this style of beer, with a lot of nice sweet malty flavor that isn't too overpowering. The low price makes it attractive.
Feb 02, 2015
Rated: 1 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Apr 28, 2014
Rated: 1.5 by tommy5 from Michigan

Oct 15, 2013
Rated: 1.75 by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2013
Rated: 1 by RMelyon from Illinois

Jun 28, 2013
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

2.64/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
From a 12 fl. oz. can stamped 0832-1935. Sampled on June 26, 2013.

If the most recent rating is a year old - I wonder how this can was when I picked it up? No date listed.

It pours a typical pale yellow with a tremendous white fluffy head that dissolves in quick order.

Aroma of thin malts, adjuncts, and a crisp clean hop bite. It is typical of the style and that makes it Okay.

The body is light.

The taste brings forward a balanced grainy malt, mild sweetness, and crisp hopped and dry finish which is typical for the style. I mean, yeah, it is not a craft beer but that doesn't mean I automatically reject it. It does what it is supposed to do for the style and that's all.
Jun 26, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by zzurn

Feb 11, 2013
Rated: 1 by dan027 from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2013
Rated: 1.5 by Stoshua from Missouri

Jan 19, 2013
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

2.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Milwaukee Special Reserve has a very thick, quickly-dissipating white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance. There is some slight lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sickly-sweet, wet grain husks and green apples. Taste is of sweet grain, husks, and green apple flavored Jolly Roger candy. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Milwaukee Special Reserve finishes mostly dry and unpleasant. Overall, this is a cheap, private label, unappealing beer.

Jul 03, 2012
Rated: 2.5 by beep71 from Pennsylvania

Apr 06, 2012
Rated: 1.5 by durwood64 from Ohio

Jan 10, 2012
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

1.42/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues to try new and different CANned beers. CAN you look at my spreadsheet and CANtact me if you have anything that I have not reviewed? CANtabulous!

The finger of bone-white head disappeared like many of my buddies when the check comes. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Fizzy yellow beer, indeed. Nose had a grapey, vinous quality, a trait generally reserved for the lowest form of the style. I would know, having subjected myself to more AALs than I would have ever imagined. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a sour grape flavor on the tongue. Oof. I was reminded of the current Skittles Fizzl'd commercial where the husband gets his tongue shocked by static electricity from a tube sock while the wife enjoys candy. The fizzling on my tongue was tube sock! Finish had a light sour grape flavor that lingered. This was NOT my idea of a good time.
Jul 13, 2010
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of corn, some malts. Taste is crisp, light, really not much going on, some corn sweetness. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable, a good brew for beer drinking games. Overall nothing special about this beer except the low price tag.
Jul 04, 2010
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Reviewed by Frozensoul327 from Michigan

1.68/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Simple swill at a cheap price. Had strong flavors of burnt barley and alcohol. This is more of a college students' way of boozing up when the funds are down. Should be able to be found for about 11-13 bucks a 30 case. Nothing special, and not recommended.
Aug 10, 2003
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Reviewed by budgood1 from Minnesota

1.66/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
pours out a darker pale straw colour...short lived foamy head. smells like a cheap adjunct filled lager. tastes pretty sweet. lots of adjunct sweetener added to this one. not really too pleasant on the senses. cheap and poundable. might be better for a summer slammer or a way to get a cheap buzz. came in a 30 pak. i think it might be competing for best (or worst) crap beer with "milwaukee" in it's name, and brewed in wisconsin.
Apr 19, 2003
Milwaukee Special Reserve from Melanie Brewing Company
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 22 ratings