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Stawski Export Ale | Stanley Stawski Distributing

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Stanley Stawski Distributing
Illinois, United States

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Refreshing beer, a quintessence of traditional methods of production and latest brewing solutions. It has a characteristic, strong flavor, golden color, and subtle fragrance of aroma hops. Such values make Stawski Export a favorite beer of young and demanding consumers.

Added by crossovert on 11-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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2.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sun-faded banana peel with several slow moving bubble streams leading up to an off-white disk of dingy sheep's wool white. Persistence is okay, though a lack of stickiness results in a spotless drinking vessel.

The skunk that was rampant during the first pour is almost gone when nose is eventually put over glass. What remains is an unappealing melange of pale grain-husk, musky hops and metal. I'm not the least bit enthused about taking a sip.

Stawski Export Ale does taste sort of ale-like, although if it said Lager on the label, no one would be the wiser. This Zywiec Breweries offering tastes like a poor quality Euro pale lager... with a hint of ale yeast esters. It's really hard to put into words.

Better quality grain would have helped, as would have more hops. A serious shortage of the latter means that age will only take so much of a bite out of the flavor profile. After all, things can only fall so far when they're near the bottom to begin with. Warming doesn't help. To be fair, it doesn't hurt much either.

The mouthfeel seems decent in the first half of each mouthful, then fades to wateriness in the blink of an eye. Why should be we expect quality bubbles in a beer that doesn't come within light years of quality in any other area?

It doesn't seem possible that Stawski Export Ale was created by the same brewery that give us Zywiec Porter, one of the most underappeciated Baltic porters out there. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of this beer and don't have access. I wish that I hadn't and didn't. Worst of 2011... so far.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev +53.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear deep copper hued body with a thin white cream that last and last sticking to the glass in sheets with each sip. There is a sea of swirling microbubbles that support the head.

S- The full fruity green sulfur aroma is gentle yet full with a hint of cream to it as it warms.

T- The pils malt has just a touch of sweetness to it really adding to the fresh malt character and a green finish that takes on a slightly pungent hop dry note that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a tight little scrubbing fizz in the finish. The fizz compliments the hop note very well.

O- This beer has a lot of nice Kolsch qualities with a sulfury sweetness that is soft but some nice pils malt and hop balance that makes this very sessionable in warm weather.

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Photo of emerge077
2.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle... no big surprise it's skunky. Rather odd considering the other two Stawski beers on the shelf are brown. Definitely a lager despite the "Export Ale" on the label. Pours a pale gold, a feeble skim across the surface, no lace.

Smells skunky.

One-dimensional soggy grain flavors reminiscent of wet manila folders and saltine crackers. Pretty dull and basic utilitarian euro lager we have here. Whooo. Somewhat crisp, but ultimately it falls short entering the ballpark of excellence in any way. Not something i'd seek out again, just completing the Stawski trifecta just for the masochistic "fun" of it.

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Photo of crossovert
1.69/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First off I have no idea what to categorize this beer as. It claims it is an ale, but it has all characteristics of an EPL, I'm just gonna post it as an EPL, if Baltic Porters can be lagers or ales, then this one is certainly an EPL or an EPB (Euro Pale beer) at least.

500ml green bottle.

It pours your standard gold, the head is soapy and white and quickly recedes.

This is relatively new to the shelves and it is already skunked. Under that is simple honey-like grain.

The flavor is almost tasteless, a tiny bit of malt and hops is all that you get besides water.

It is watery and thin. This is an abomination no matter what it is.

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Photo of prisoner1572
2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Redrover
3.35/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz green bottle poured into my SA Perfect Pint glass. The beer is gold with great clarity. There is a quickly collapsing white head.

It has an aroma of sulfur which adds some of the Euro skunk smell, grains and floral hops.

The sulfur, thank goodness, is mainly missing from the taste. It is grainy and slightly sweet. The hops are in the aftertaste and they add flowery/peppery bite.

The mouth is slightly astringent with sharp carbonation. While the appearance and the smell are no more than average, this one comes through with some decent taste and mouth. Not bad at all.

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Photo of steveh
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A second single to sample from this "brand." Ale, huh?

Green, .5 liter bottle that I tried to pull from the back of the shelf, but I could still smell skunk when it was capped.

A -- Clear, bright gold with a sudsy white head that settles pretty quickly.

S -- Light skunk and some light, spicy hops. Mybe the vaguest of bready malt back.

T -- Light bready malts up front with mildly spicy & citrus hops back... and that's about it. The finish is very quick and clean to a fault.

M -- Mouthfeel is crisp with a light body.

O -- Not much to speak of with this beer. It's not offensive in any way, nor is it terribly memorable. If it wasn't for some breadiness in the flavor this could be a Miller clone.

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Photo of remitrom
2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Shumj
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Stawski Export Ale from Stanley Stawski Distributing
Beer rating: 2.7 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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