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El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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El Steinber Dark LagerEl Steinber Dark Lager

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BA SCORE
80
good

135 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

5.5% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, char, and slight nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with toast and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a metallic flavor that lingers in the mouth and is quite unpleasant.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 03:31:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

03-09-2014 00:03:26 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Beer Authority, New York, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber brown in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down but left a very thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of malt extracts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of syrup extracts and toasted malts along with slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and very thin on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The thin and watery nature of this beer makes it taste somewhat like a Mexican Munich Dunkel Lager.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 17:59:06 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 17:18:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15%

06-08-2013 03:11:22 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

04-16-2014 00:38:14 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15%

03-09-2014 00:19:54 | More by Knapp85
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 02:24:35 | More by biboergosum
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-10-2013 18:22:19 | More by Jason
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can. Deep clear amber with a rocky off-white head. This retains with a smooth froth that rings the sides of the glass with sticky lace. The aroma is a nice mix of sweet and roasty (maybe even smoky) with a tinge of green citrus and floral accents on the edges. The taste has a crisp green hop bite, surrounded by a combination of malt sweetness and lingering roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tight creaminess to the carbonation, yet this remains very smooth. This was decent. It could have used a bit more of a push from the malts but it’s still pretty drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-05-2013 21:59:07 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13.3%

09-18-2013 18:53:45 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2013 00:09:05 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/11/12 notes. Had this on tap at Idle Hands on the LES in New York. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours an almost black, dark brown color with one inch of medium tan head and low carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of roasted malts, grains, bready malts, toasted malts. Not a ton going on; not bad, but pretty average.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, grains, bready malts, light fruit, and toasted malts. Again, pretty bland and average.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A tiny bit undercarbonated, but easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Not much going on except some roasted malts; probably wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 18:41:13 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 05:00:43 | More by mactrail
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kojevergas

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5.5% according to my can's label. 16 fl oz orange and blue aluminum can acquired a few days ago at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger grey-white (ecru for the pretentious) colour head of decent cream and thickness and good (~4+) minute retention. Body colour is a clear translucent dark amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is thin and inconsistent. Not unique or special, but generally appealing for the style.

Sm: Amber malts, caramalts, and minimal floral hop character. Boring and bland. Generic. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Clean. Average strength.

T/Mf: Some vague smoky character - perhaps smoked malt? Amber malts. Caramalts. Clean and crisp. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Decent thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Bland and boring. Unrefreshing. I'm not big on this one. Not very balanced. Badly built. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Dr: A surprisingly mediocre dark lager from an otherwise solid brewery. This forgettable brew should be left on the shelf. Drinkable but pedestrian. Anderson Valley is capable of far better.

High C

Serving type: can

05-13-2013 03:44:39 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

07-08-2014 06:08:07 | More by GClarkage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

05-17-2014 07:23:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 15:43:01 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-25-2013 01:01:28 | More by dbrauneis
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Zorro

California

3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored brew with a small to medium sized khaki colored head.

Smells lightly of coca powder and a sweet herbal hop. Grass and light smoke with a little hay. Faint chocolate brownie scent.

Starts out slightly sweet with a chocolate and tobacco leaf flavor. Mild bitterness and a slight metallic flavor. Mild toasted grain flavor. Little bit of charcoal taste. Smooth flavor but I'm not picking up much hop.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good beer. Not something I will likely buy again though. The beer just doesn't wow me.

Serving type: can

10-05-2013 22:11:56 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

3.48/5  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.

Serving type: can

07-01-2014 04:42:29 | More by DoubleJ
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

04-26-2013 01:57:14 | More by ejimhof
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brandoman63

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15%

09-12-2013 03:53:22 | More by brandoman63
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can picked up at Bier Thirty in Bown tonight for about $2.25... Poured into my slim tulip produces an abundant 3 finger tannish head atop a clear walnut brew.... the head dies back pretty quickly but leaves good lacing.

For the lion's share, the nose shows toasty malts... but there is a "tinny/metallic" quality that I am picking up on pretty heavily... it dissipates with warmth, but is no doubt there.

Flavor is better, but still a mild metallic element remains.. more though the malts shine very clean... no real hoppiness to come into play.. dark toast is the big player on the finish.

Body is light/medium and a pretty abundant carbonation...

Decent beer (and I love dark lagers), but the tinny quality is pretty off-putting.

Overall, this is a nice beer for peeps that appreciate dark lagers. Otherwise, they will pan it. I like it a lot.

3.5/3.25/3.5/3.25/3.5

Serving type: can

05-07-2013 05:21:52 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-10-2013 14:11:25 | More by sendbeer
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El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.