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El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

149 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 07-26-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley sent me this in a package from northern, CA. Poured out of a 16 oz can into one of my mugs, this beer pours a clear, very dark amber/brown color with some deep yes bright amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly off white head about 2/3 to 3/4 inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to nice thick white ring lining the inside of the glass along with lots of big swirls of foam covering the beer's surface and very nice lacing here too. Aromas of roasted caramel sweetness with some nuts and a bit of corn. I was informed by Passow that blue corn is indeed one of the ingredients used in the beer. Smell is rounded out with a mild aroma of minerally, earthy hops. Has a slightly toasted, caramel and slightly biscuity/bready malt sweetness that gives way to a darker malt profile with subtle hints of nutty and chocolate notes that gives way to a definite blue corn presence. I really like how the blue corn is used here in addition to the malted barely. The corn definitely adds something unique. The flavors are rounded out with nits of earthy hops that add a little bit of bitterness which balances out the overall flavor profile very nicely. Has a slightly crisp and prickly, but also smooth, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I am very glad I got to try this, as my friend Passows told me he is pretty sure that this is not one of Anderson Valley's beers that gets distributed here in Ohio.

Eric

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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2.36/5  rDev -33%

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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16oz can from Total Wine back in early July for $2.49. Received at TW on 4/1/14 so presumably canned within 6 weeks. Oh well, not the freshest.

Beer pour brown with a soap bubble tan head that is hanging around.

Nose is mostly sweet.

Taste is a roasted sweetness balanced by a decent hop finish. Not overly crisp and clean but pretty tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks like beer for a stein, but this dark lager is not going in on. It's going inside an Eisenbahn Dunkel glass. From a 16 ounce tallboy, on to the beer:

Nearly two fingers thick of foam sitting on top this amber brown beer. Reddish hues are visible in the beer's color too. The retention of the head is quite good as well. The aroma is decent, sweet with a dry malty aroma, a whisper of noble hops, and husk.

From a relatively low intensity aroma, the taste cranks it up a notch. Sweet like caramel with some hay notes, some grassy hoppiness action, and a chocolate covered raisin finish. Not too sweet. As for its mouthfeel, it hits towards a lighter-medium body.

Solid overall dark lager, which is a style uncommon to expect from an American craft brewer.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I hate when people smack their lips when tasting beer. Why do they do it? Does it make them taste more?

A: Dark copper and very clear. Billow off-white head that is quite persistent.

s: A bit corny with some caramel and toasty notes. Very low earthy hop aroma, and nothing in the way of yeast or fermentation byproduct scents. Clean, as you may say.

T: Corn grainy sweetness with a toasty back -- nice. Finish has a slight metallic edge to it that I think may be from chocolate malt. Some bitterness from dark malts as well. Hop bitterness is in balance with the malt, and the finish is more bitter than sweet (once the (very)slight metallic favor subsides). No esters or phenols -- it's a lager, duh.

MF: Medium light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Pleasantly prickly on the tongue with slight creaminess and no alcohol heat.

O: This is a very drinkable beer with a couple slight rough edges, but nothing that would prevent me from drinking many more. Quite enjoyable. Corn sweetness and bitterness level makes this very enjoyable.

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El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.