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El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

154 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 43
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:
Beer added by: mdfb79 on 07-26-2012

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3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeC144
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was not bad

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4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +16.8%
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%

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.