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El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 162
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 23.08%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.95/5  rDev -16%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cola color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, some light roasted malts are detected. Taste is also kind of light, some roasted malts, a touch of smoke, really not a whole lot going on. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is pretty much a mediocre beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very nice very dark amber/medium brown with 3/4 inch of khaki colored head that had very good retention and light medium lacing.

The aroma was mostly solid malt, with some easy hops in the background. The taste was pretty similar, decent base malts, some slightly tangy hops, and a bit of lingering grain on the finish.

The body was smooth and easy, as is typical for the style. Drinkability was good, 16oz can was gone quickly, and I see myself grabbing more in the future. Overall, a pretty good beer, not quite up with the best examples of the style, but certainly worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Village Tavern in Geneseo, NY.

Light brown, small head. Not bad, not great. A bit of a watery finish, with a nice roast and nuttiness up front. It's slightly metallic too, which is not great.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well it looks like a dark lager deep hazelnut brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a thick lace ring.
S - Soft skunky lager tones, some bread, and a touch of caramel malts.
T - A touch more yeasty than I expected, very dry but almost like Yingz with some skunky lager yeast, some bready malts, a touch of acidic and some caramel sweet malts.
M - Light to medium, easy enough to drink but drier than I wanted.

Overall this is quite a fail on Anderson valley, I expected a dark lager with chocolate tones and sweet malts and got a dry bitter lager. Skip it if you can.

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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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.02/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Can poured to a glass for the review. Dark, dark brown body that almost reaches black with a one finger, light tan head. The foamy, frothy cap has pretty nice retention and eventually falls to a thick ring. Lacing is a mix of large blankets and drizzled webs.

S- Very mild and actually reminds me of an English Mild in a way. Fruity yeast, apples, raisins and nutty dark toasted malts. Something metallic?

T- Yeasty and malty for the most part. Fruity yeast hints like apple, figs and raisin come to mind as well as the standard bread notes. Malts form a base but aren't as deep as say a Brown Ale. Malts have a roasty bitterness and are toasted and have a somewhat sweet crystal malt feel. Hops give off hints of herbal and spicy qualities. Something metallic again.

MF- Light bodied but has a fairly creamy, foamy feel when agitated on the palate. Carbonation at a moderately high level. Finishes with some hop and roasty bitterness.

A strong roast bitterness but not necessarily a deep roast malt feel with a light yeast character. Just doesn't blend together all that well for me with the flavor switching from yeast to roast to a metallic off flavor (very small but comes out nonetheless).

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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.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a thick off white head that left rings of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Mild notes of dry cracked grains and a lager yeast. Bready overall.
T: Toast, lots of caramel, mild sugary molasses, brown sugar, and cracked grains. Finish is lightly sweet and the aftertaste is that of mashed grains and bready lager yeast.
M: Light body, fuzzy carbonation, soft, light mouthfeel. Drinkable.
O:Pretty drinkable and fairly flavorful. No where near as good as Death and Taxes, but it's tough to beat Moonlight. Cheers!

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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.

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El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.