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El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 07-26-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

aztraz, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

bigred89, Dec 27, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Clydesdale, Dec 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

RochefortChris, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Nage37, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

ambruns1979, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

SirDrinxAlot, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

beerme626, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

sendbeer, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

BigTrubble, Nov 09, 2013
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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.

jlindros, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Zach136, Oct 30, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

watermelon, Oct 30, 2013
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3.83/5  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.

Fatehunter, Oct 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

stuart3368, Oct 28, 2013
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3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a dimpled stein. Got a 4-pack from the Northbridge Pig during their store closing sale...

A: Dark brown; maybe some highlights of ruby and copper on the edges; light khaki, foamy, two-finger head forms on the pour; and few sugary patches of lace at the top of the mug, but not much beyond that as the retention has diminished.

S: Bread crust and toast; light chocolate notes; a touch of clove and slight metallic tinge; wheat (?).

T: Bready; lightly fruity (lager?); tastes kind of like a dunkelweizen mixed with a schwarzbier; was hoping for more of a Munich dunkel lager... Oh well - it’s not bad, just not necessarily a crisp and clean lager.

M: Light-medium feel and high carbonation; has a nice texture.

O: Again - not exactly what I was hoping for... an interesting (head scratcher) beer, especially from AVBC. Good - perhaps better as dark summer beer, but definitely not great.

jpro, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Noonan425, Oct 27, 2013
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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.

woodychandler, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

laxer8811, Oct 19, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque deep russet brown color with a huge and super sticky 3 finger lightly tanned head. Nose mildly kilned barley and modest earthy and noble hopping.

Light body but full feeling in the mouth. Prickly and brisk carbonation but the beer holds up to it. Typical of something akin to a negro modelo but definitely more roast character a bit more complexity and body. Lightly roasted malt up front, dry grains along the mid palate and balancing faint hop bitterness, roast character lingers, subtle notes of coffee and toffee. Pairing oddly really well with garlic pesto right now, brings out the more sublte flavors. Pretty good.

jtierney89, Oct 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

Gaby_Grajales, Oct 08, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

NOLTERN, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Oct 05, 2013
El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.