'You don’t have to “hop the pond” or buy an expensive import to experience real European beer flavor. Special Export and Special Export Light have been brewed in LaCrosse, Wisconsin for more than half a century and are crafted to be crisp and smooth with a true European taste profile. You can travel the world over and never find a better beer!' From Pabst.com
Now this is an old man's beer! A musty tasting, straw colored lager that doesn't taste European whatsoever! Give me some more of that, right?
I have never been a big fan of Special Export but I decided to give it a shot last weekend when I was looking for a cheap beer to get me through the weekend. Although I wouldn't say I regret my decision I will say that I am still not very fond of this brew. When I think of a European beer I think of a nice clean, crisp lager that goes down extremely smooth (thats what the commercials taught me at least). Special Export is another Pabst brewing company tap water and hops beer that has been tweaked just a bit so it will appeal to the senior citizen demographic. I am not disrespecting my elders here, sorry if it seems that way, but the old men at the local watering holes love this stuff.
I on the other hand, do not love this stuff. I have never had a Special Export (can or bottle) that didn't taste a bit stale. Maybe moth balls are one of the secondary ingredients, or they just sell so little of this stuff that it takes five years to get to me. Its cheap and it has your standard 5% alcohol content, thats the real selling point there. I purchased a twelve pack for $6 a week ago and I would say I got exactly what I paid for.
Musical Pairing: Rick Springfield- Working Class Dog (old, watered down and in the bargain bin)