El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
12-08-2012 17:18:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.09/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
10-30-2013 19:15:59 | More by watermelon
4.09/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
08-18-2013 17:06:35 | More by AnalogReigns
El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.