Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
El Steinber Dark LagerEl Steinber Dark Lager

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

43 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 43
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: mdfb79 on 07-26-2012

Midnight Wheat malt gives this complex lager its dark brown color while additions of roasted Indio-Hispano® blue corn create both a lighter body and unique, toasty flavor. German Pilsner malt and Saaz hops round out this dark lager producing a crisp, clean finish and smooth drinkability that is perfect for any occasion.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 43 | Hads: 161
Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +17.1%
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 (1,594 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Passed across the bar a clear, dark brown-hued body with a half inch of head the color of dusty ivory. Fine, slim lacing on the way down.

Smell: El Steinber leans malty, with notes of toasted bread crusts, lightly roasted malt, and cocoa. Slender hoppiness. Small touch of fruit.

Taste: Dark, liberally toasted bread crusts atop subtle pils malts housing tastes of cocoa powder and a restrained roastiness. Sensible sweetness. Turns a bit nutty as it warms. A little raisin fruitiness. Minor hint of herb and spice, with a low bitterness from the German hops. Nicely malty, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Works fairly well as a easy-going, easy-drinking dark lager. (780 characters)

Photo of watermelon
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a dark brown with shades of red when held up to the light. Tan head that left medium lacing.

S: Scent of toasted chocolate and malt. Some bread scents as well as a hint of corn.

T: More toasted malts,much less chocolate in the taste then in the nose.

M: Great mouth feel creamy carbonation that goes down at about the perfect speed. This isn't a beer I would want to slam. Perfect amount of body for the style

O: Ive probably had about 50 of these, Im writing this review as I drink my last one. This is a great beer. I could see myself returning to this over and over again, its perfectly balanced and makes for an awesome everyday beer. I really cant recommend this enough. (726 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a fine example of what a first class brewery can do with a classic old-European style. You'd think an Anderson Valley beer would be all hops...but of course, European Dark Lager isn't supposed to be an American strong ale, or a black IPA...rather it is balanced with an appreciation for the maltster's art.

Appearance is excellent, with tight lacing all the way down the glass. Slight foam stays all the way down. Nice brown, transparent beer with no haze.

The aroma of this beer reminds me of a local German style brewery on brewing days...a lovely roasted malt smell, with barely a hint of hops.

Taste & mouthfeel is subdued--EXACTLY as a Euro-dark lager should be. As a matter of fact, here's an excellent description of El Steinber:

A classic Münchner Dunkel should have chocolate-like, roast
malt, bread-like or biscuit-like aroma that comes from the use of
Munich dark malt. .... This beer does not offer an
overly sweet impression, but rather a mild balance between malt
sweetness and hop character. Hop bitterness is medium low to
medium. Noble-type hop flavor and aroma should be very low to
low. It has a low to medium-low mouthfeel. Diacetyl should not
be perceived. Ale-like fruity esters should not be perceived.

This is from the Brewer's Association "Beer Style Guidelines" and El Steinber hits "European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel Lager" description RIGHT on the mark.

Many craft beer folk will NOT appreciate this beer, since its flavor is so subdued, subtle, and simple--very unlike most American style hoppy ales. Still, this is a classic, spartan, super high quality beer--to be appreciated by those with cultivated tastes. (1,683 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley "El Steinber Dark Lager"
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

I don't really have a lot to say about this beer. Anderson Valley makes some incredible beers but this is not one of them; it's just a solidly made, high quality, drinkable dunkelbier.

It pours a clear deep mahogany brown body beneath creamy head of light tan that holds well and leaves some very nice lacing. The nose it gently caramelish (mainly dark caramel), nutty, and lightly toasty. The flavor adds some more golden caramel to it, a hint of light fruitiness, and a touch of dusty chocolate as well, backed by some leafy and herbal hops. It's got a very firm bitterness to it and it finishes dry with a bit of crushed granite, some bakers chocolate, and more leafy hops. (803 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was SO glad to find this in the cooler at The Foodery (Northern Liberties) as I had co-hosted a talk in Pittsburgh alongside Tony Knipling in which this was one of the featured beers, but we drank them all and I could not find another for inclusion in The CANQuest (TM). Grrr.

From the CAN: "Bahl Hornin' since 1987".

What CAN you do when a beer foams through the opening right after the Crack? NOT an inverted Glug, I assure you! I allowed things to settle in until two fingers of dense, deep-tan head had formed, evincing good retention. I had poured it into my Anderson Valley CAN glass, which is pretty darn cool. Color was a deep, dark brown (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity and ruby highlights. Nose had notes of milk chocolate and a light smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium and the the taste was very chocolaty, more sweet than I might have preferred, but not bad. Beautiful lacing began to appear as I drank from the glass. Finish was silky smooth and I was halfway through it before it even registered how quickly that I was drinking. Good stuff and worth a shot if this is your style of beer. For me, I'm going back to an IPA. (1,153 characters)

Photo of MerkinMan
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,044 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of smell, but some traces of malt and caramel.

T: Tasted of toasted malt, caramel, and a little nutty quality. A decent enough flavor, but it won't exactly wow you.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Considering that the Euro Dark Lager isn't exactly the greatest or most complex style, El Steinber is a pretty good version of it. Oddly drinkable. (565 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a finger and half of head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is grain and lemon.
The taste is cream, malty sweetness and grapefruit bitter in a wonderful blend.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Overall an enjoyable beer with some great flavor. (262 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear but dark auburn/ruby brown with a light tan w finger head. Good retention, leaving a fair layer of suds across the top. Good lacing and with good stick.

Smell - Malt aroma lands somewhere between toffee and caramel. Like most corn-added brews, the corn aroma gets more noticeable as it warms.

Taste - Follows the nose. Toffee and caramel sweetness is most prevalent. Light notes of corn. Faint roasted notes; again, hits more noticeably once the beer has warmed. Hops hit near the finish with a mild spice and grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with tingly carbonation. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - This beer's got some nice things going for it, in fact it might be the best Euro dark lager style beer I've come across. This is a beer, in can form, I'd bring with me to the river. That said, it's not a style that really grabs me. I'd rather go with a nice ESB, even without that crisp lager edge. (943 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

The beer is a dark cola color with a ruby tint coming through in the light. A cream colored head recedes to a thick film while splotches and foamy lines of lacing appear on the glass randomly.

The aroma is coated with a subtle sweetness of vanilla or caramel while the center is toasted grains and malts.

The taste also starts out with a nice sweetness, almost lulling the taste buds to sleep. Roasted barley and malts hold up the body.

Mouthfeel is bright and clean if not a little thin.

Overall, I was expecting more from a stellar brewery. This beer is certainly drinkable, sessionable, but lacking a real knockout punch of flavor. (667 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz : mug

Pours a clear, dark mahogany red with a thick, foamy off white head.

Grassy, lightly spicy hops, lightly sweet caramel, bready malts.

Medium+, smooth body from the wheat malts. Foamy carbonation.

A well done dark lager. Easy drinking, but still quite flavorful. (276 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz glass at Beer Revolution.

This beer appears a clear, bronze-tinted chestnut brown colour, with a thin cap of wispy off-white head, which leaves loosely webbed lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, toasted nuts, a mineral flintiness, and very mild earthy, weedy hops. The taste is lightly toasted bready caramel malt, ethereal earthy nuts, a hint of dry cocoa, and musty, leafy hops. Simple, but in a good way.

The carbonation is rather active in its tight frothiness, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a tad mealy, but generally smooth. It finishes mostly dry, the roasted graininess and oily nuttiness calling home to say they'll be late for dinner.

A decent enough dark lager, with more than a few Munich Dunkel notes to recommend it by. Perhaps a tad plain, but that's a positive aspect in this realm, where off-flavours and unwelcome phenols tend to lurk. Worthy of a round or two over dark wooden tables. (978 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a surprisingly dark brown; this is darker than many porters. I'm not complaining, but I was expecting something closer to an amber lager this. The light brown head is tall and reasonably dense, with a frothy texture. Retention is good, and lacing is scattered but prominent.

S: Mild malt sweetness and toasted aromas. Very faint roasty and cocoa notes. Firmer notes of dark and dried fruit and leather add depth and complexity. There is a bit of an herbal/grassy hop aroma as well.

T: Mildly sweet, with firm toasty and moderate roasty malt flavor up front. Mild notes of plum, raisin, and leather lend a European feel. Hop bitterness is medium, and balances the rest of the beer well. Grassy/herbal flavor is most prominent, but here the hops are mostly adding bitterness.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is moderately active. The finish is dry, with some roasty feel.

O: This is a nice dark lager. It's a bit surprising to see this coming from California, but Anderson Valley did a good job of capturing a well-rounded, drinkable version of a somewhat unpopular style. (1,088 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Anderson Valley's El Steinber Dark Lager last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. Anderson Valley seems to be a pretty solid brewery so I decided to give their Dark Lager a try, i'm in the mood for something dark, but not strong and this seems like a good choice, so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a 16oz can into an imperial pint glass.

A- The can looks pretty good, what's not to like about a bear with antlers wearing a poncho, it's fairly eye catching. It poured a nice and fairly clear darker brown color that took on some ruby/mahogany like colors when held to the light with three fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice lacing behind. This was a good looking beer that looked fairly true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a good amount of malts that have a pretty grainy aroma to them along with some caramel and lightly roasted aromas. Up next comes a lighter nutty aroma with a slight metallic aromas towards the end. The aroma was just ok, I thought it was a little bland and it could have been just a little more complex.

T- The taste seems to somewhat like the aroma but not as bland, it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of malts that impart a grainy, caramel malt, and a medium roasted flavor that was a little on the lighter side and it stuck out nicely. Up next comes a slight chocolate, nutty and smokey flavor that adds a little complexity and it's followed by some earthy hops that impart a lighter amount of medium bitterness with a roasty and malty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, that was fairly true to style.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, fairly crisp, on the thicker side of being lighter bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of the style, it had some nice roasty flavors with some crisp and clean lager flavors, it fulfilled my craving for this style. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, crisp, clean, and the flavors did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these on a cool summer night, I think it's fairly sessionable. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the mouthfeel, they were pretty good and the taste was pretty nice also, it's pretty much what I want from the style. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty bland and it didn't get me too excited to drink this beer, I think the aroma could use a little work. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a Black Lager, it's got just about everything that I look for in the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style and it might make a for good introduction to dark beers. All in all i was pretty happy with this beer, it really hit the spot on this warm spring night and I know I will be drinking a few more of these this summer, good job guys this is one solid beer. (3,178 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque deep russet brown color with a huge and super sticky 3 finger lightly tanned head. Nose mildly kilned barley and modest earthy and noble hopping.

Light body but full feeling in the mouth. Prickly and brisk carbonation but the beer holds up to it. Typical of something akin to a negro modelo but definitely more roast character a bit more complexity and body. Lightly roasted malt up front, dry grains along the mid palate and balancing faint hop bitterness, roast character lingers, subtle notes of coffee and toffee. Pairing oddly really well with garlic pesto right now, brings out the more sublte flavors. Pretty good. (629 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

pours a really nice clear brown with a deep redness. thick head with a good bit of nice lacing. smell has a slight caramel to it, with a little maltiness. taste is all malt with a little hoppiness. comes across pretty light for such a dark brew. over all this is a pretty solid beer. i definitely wouldnt be opposed to trying more beers from anderson valley. (358 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass. Can says this is 5.5% ABV.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is nearly two fingers of pillowy tan foam. Looks good!

Smell: lightly grainy malt with a hint of sweetness. The corn in the brew is also highly evident; there's definitely a corn-pop character here. It's not over the top, but I don't think it adds anything good to this beer's overall aroma profile.

Taste: moderately malty with a little bit of chocolatey character and a mild but slightly spicy hop character. The corn is way more subdued here than in the aroma. The bitterness that comes in at the end is surprisingly strong and really clings to the palate in the aftertaste. It has its positives, but the flavors are kind of messy and don't necessarily go together well. Not bad, but I feel like it could be cleaned up a bit.

Mouthfeel: light body but a very good level of carbonation, yielding a surprisingly robust creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this beer really doesn't grab me. The lingering aftertaste and the relatively strong corn aroma are not pluses in my book. However, there is some pleasure to be had drinking this beer; it could just be cleaner. (1,222 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of verge
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saw this 16 oz tall can at Total Wine & More in Brea, CA. Snagged one cause it looked interesting! No description on the can.

Poured it gently into a pilsner glass...exploded with head anyway! I had to slurp the head off of it a few times to get it to fit in the glass. Otherwise, a clear dark brown, reminiscent of a Newcastle-ish color.

Smelled kinda mild, like a nondescript German dark lager...not like a Schwarzbier though. Just malty and mellow. Nothing too noticeable here.

Once I tasted it, it was not as expected. Sure, the typical qualities are there - dark malts but with a crisp finish - but there is also a very slight lingering hop aftertaste, and after swallowing there is also a hint of creamy chocolate, even...peanut butter? Am I off my rocker? Overall, tasty. Subdued but balanced.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy just like lots of lagers that you've had before.

Interesting overall beer. Definitely sessionable. In fact, if I could find a sixer of this, I would take it to the next poker night or NHL playoff watch party. As a standalone, not going to blow you away. An interesting choice for Anderson Valley, but at the same time, you can see why they did it. (1,183 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Do love craft beer in cans, and this brewery has some good beers and some bad ones.

Pours an OK fizzy bubbly foamy head that fades semi quickly after hitting 2 fingers but with the air and fizz it's like an artificial head, just a touch of wispy lacing, dark but very clear root beer brown colored.

Nose is so-so, some darker malts but not much, a little dry black malt, touch acrid and some metallic like aromas, some dark crystal malts and a little syrupy mess, faint cocoa dust, some lager aromas but not a very clean lager.

Taste starts with dark creamy like malts, more dark crystal malts, little caramel and syrupy, light black malt, dry powdered cocoa, into some fruity flavors a little fig like somehow, fruity lager characters, a light metallic twing too, and some mild warm lager fermentation characters but not sulfury at least. Mild spicy bitterness, little earthy and fair bitterness. finish is dry but sticky, bit syrupy, bit more earthy spicy hops and fair bitterness, more cola syrup and caramel.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little syrupy.

Overall meh, not the best schwarzbier, lager seemed a little too warm, some metallic notes, decent dark malts, overall just not the best put together beer. (1,220 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.49
Purchased: Jan. 29, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 31, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel reddish semi-clear color with two fingers of frothy khaki tan head. Semi-circular lacing along the sides with some sporadic spots. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled dark lager notes. Got boozy corn, hay, cereal, bread, nuts, toffee, slight chocolate, light caramel and honey.

Initial taste was much darker than the smell. Got dark chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee and caramel, mixed with grass, hay, corn and cereal. A bit earthy and gritty.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Lively-to-fizzy carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Not too bad, but nothing extraordinary about this one. (804 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and some golden amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer along with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts with some lighter aromas of roasted malts.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer is all malts - moderate to strong flavors of sweet toasted malts with light to moderate amounts of roasted malts and just a hint of caramel + grainy sweetness. No bitterness is present but overall the flavor is not overly sweet.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Not amazing but easy to drink and pairs very well with some lamb sausages off the grill. There is a little more subtly to the flavor and aroma of this beer but I can appreciate it. (1,008 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  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. (767 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is brownish amber in the wine glass with a really nice head, even on the last pour from the tall can. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel.

A satisfying gulp of darkish beer. Some roasted malt, a little caramel, and a bit of a tang. A faint hint of the tart burnt malt at the end and maybe a whisper of butter. Very light body but that cascade of carbonation is quite refreshing. Just the barest hint of hop flavor, but a decent rasp of hops at the end.

Not a bad brew from a brewery I'm not very fond of. If only there were some actual Mexican beers as drinkable as this. From the 16 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego. (627 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.