El Steinber Dark Lager - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.29/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
09-05-2013 21:59:07 | More by Kegatron
3.21/5 rDev -9.1%
16oz can poured into chilled glass. The color is a medium brown with a foamy beige head. The aroma has a nice malt smell to it. The texture is ok with a heavy malt taste. I didn't know what to expect from this beer but the taste was pretty unique. Not really a fan of the overall flavor but I'm sure others would like it.
08-31-2013 15:10:00 | More by Lemke10
3.44/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
08-30-2013 05:00:43 | More by mactrail
4.09/5 rDev +15.9%
This beer is a fine example of what a first class brewery can do with a classic old-European style. You'd think an Anderson Valley beer would be all hops...but of course, European Dark Lager isn't supposed to be an American strong ale, or a black IPA...rather it is balanced with an appreciation for the maltster's art.
Appearance is excellent, with tight lacing all the way down the glass. Slight foam stays all the way down. Nice brown, transparent beer with no haze.
The aroma of this beer reminds me of a local German style brewery on brewing days...a lovely roasted malt smell, with barely a hint of hops.
Taste & mouthfeel is subdued--EXACTLY as a Euro-dark lager should be. As a matter of fact, here's an excellent description of El Steinber:
A classic Münchner Dunkel should have chocolate-like, roast
malt, bread-like or biscuit-like aroma that comes from the use of
Munich dark malt. .... This beer does not offer an
overly sweet impression, but rather a mild balance between malt
sweetness and hop character. Hop bitterness is medium low to
medium. Noble-type hop flavor and aroma should be very low to
low. It has a low to medium-low mouthfeel. Diacetyl should not
be perceived. Ale-like fruity esters should not be perceived.
This is from the Brewer's Association "Beer Style Guidelines" and El Steinber hits "European-Style Dark/Münchner Dunkel Lager" description RIGHT on the mark.
Many craft beer folk will NOT appreciate this beer, since its flavor is so subdued, subtle, and simple--very unlike most American style hoppy ales. Still, this is a classic, spartan, super high quality beer--to be appreciated by those with cultivated tastes.
08-18-2013 17:06:35 | More by AnalogReigns
3.36/5 rDev -4.8%
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!
07-18-2013 18:23:42 | More by scottfrie
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
El Steinber, for what it's worth, is a spot-on American craft version of a Euro Dark Lager that's not in a green bottle. It nails the taste of the Euro imports I've had, from the nice maltiness, right down to a slight metallic aftertaste. It'd be better if they lost that characteristic aftertaste, but it's still a good beer that's highly drinkable.
07-16-2013 21:45:05 | More by shand
El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.