El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 39 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
02-24-2014 08:36:52 | More by vkv822
3.53/5 rDev 0%
Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Jan. 29, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 31, 2014
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.
02-01-2014 06:09:58 | More by BucannonXC5
3.01/5 rDev -14.7%
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).
01-29-2014 03:32:35 | More by cbutova
3.74/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
01-17-2014 23:09:01 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.29/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
01-15-2014 04:14:00 | More by tone77
District of Columbia
3.71/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
12-21-2013 02:21:26 | More by Clydesdale
El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.