Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) - Steel Brewing Company

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,088
Avg: 2.47
pDev: 52.23%
Wants: 14
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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Steel Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-13-2001

Brewed in different abv. versions: 6.0%, 7.3%, 8.1%, & reports of a 8.9%
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Photo of Urk1127
1.66/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I tried this just because i could, it smelled like watered down witch hazel, or nail polish remover. I couldn't take more than two sips. Very strong astringency. Off putting.

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Photo of Sconnie25
2.23/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Poured a golden hue with a thick head that dissipated quickly. Smelled sweet with hints of corn and malt. Tasted somewhat sweet and malty. The feel however had some bitterness and was harsh. Nothing was great about this beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.74/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(24 oz can of the 8.1%, 'slow-brewed' reserve - poured into a wine glass, as has been custom lately)

L: ultra-clear, ur-ine gold color with a fizzy head atop... nice glow, but looks like the (cold-filtered) piss of a wino

S: apple juice and honey-smooched cereal... that familiar, often bubblegum ester-y overtone, bordering on solvent-like, though snuggle-soft in intensity... maybe a bit floral on the edges too... fairly potent and sweet-tooth inviting overall

T: first impression - a super-malty adjunct lager - tastes just like a shaker of bud with about a 1/4 cup of dextrin syrup added... mildly grassy finish and aftertaste with a lasting mellow bitterness, and actually pretty dry on the back end... the malt goodness builds with each sip - lightly toasty and sweetish

F: quite round and smooth up front, but finishes remarkably light and dry... very little fizz

O: notably drier than its flavors suggest... overall, certainly one of the tighter constructs in this genre... ain't quite on par with a Mickey's, but I could definitely see hittin' this again

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Photo of RichT
3.6/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this stuff was waaaay back in 03 when a me and my buddy went to Cleveland to hang out with his baby's momma's cousins. It's not the best tasting stuff in the world, but one thing it WILL do is get you shit-faced. Just make sure you don't let it get warm because it tastes like elephant piss then. But hell, after a couple, you won't even know the difference. That's all it takes is two tall boys, and you'll be feeling pretty good, I'm reminiscing and polishing off my first as I write this review. I don't give a shit about the head, color, or smell, the only thing I care about is if it will get you hammered, and with a resounding YES, this undoubtedly will. What in the hell is the "feel" of a beer anyway? Just DRINK it and get smashed, that's all that matters. Stop being so prissy and just drink the shit already.

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Photo of WilburSwain
3.4/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cheapest drinkable beer in my hometown for sometime... A major upgrade over the old school American malt liquors when it hit the market and still a decent standby when you need a decent drink and you've only got coins in your pocket. I love good beer, but if I'd have been the beer snob I am today in my 20's, I wouldn't own a house today. Not the best for the palate or the nose, but you cant beat the "quality" for the price.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz can, one of those 'get rid of yer pocket change (which includes 1 dollar bills) as you buy your last relatively inexpensive tank of gas in the closest border town before leaving the United States for Canada' sort of ill-advised purchases.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, very, very loosely foamy, and mostly just fizzy dirty white head, which leaves absolutely zilch in the way of lace anywhere in the vicinity of the glass as it quickly disappears.

It smells of overly sweet corn syrup and a commensurate, um, 'graininess', paint thinner, subtle sulfur (not something I'd ever thought I'd write), astringent and banal by the same token fruity notes, and a bristling and tickling alcohol, er, meanness. The taste is wet corn bread, one that has been stupidly soaked in cheap grain alcohol, more acetone unpleasantness, a strange association with the hotter weizenbocks of the world (banana, yeast, and booze, natch), those used socks and undies that I never really stored properly during my vacation in near 100-degree weather, and, I suppose, a few proclaimed 'select hops' that are anything but actually tangible - quelle fucking surprise.

The carbonation is fairly light, but still adequately rendered in its sadly playful frothiness, the body a solid-ass middleweight for the style, and not nearly as pithy, clammy, and/or sticky as its afore-alluded to breed. It finishes sweet, yet moderated in a sense, but not by hop, malt, adjunct or alcohol - nope, just by my ironic lack of, well, anything, right now.

Yeah, this is indeed malt likka, and no, I'm not really drinking this for the pleasure of the pursuit of craft beer (so sue me), but rather because I drove for 8 hours today, only a 'portion' of it under the duress of a strapped to his seat, screaming toddler, and didn't quite get home. So - overall, this doesn't totally suck balls - but it does tease and play with them, more than a little.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
1/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Nasty tasting metallic/sweet brew. Will get you drunk,but in my opinion not in a good way. (I felt like absolute crap the next day due to all the toxins in this piss brew.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
1.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I was looking in the beer section tonight at the gas station because i'm broke and realized I've never tried this hobo swill (not that i'm above drinking hobo swill), here is my review

A:light clear and crisp with lots of head that very quickly recedes. Much like champagne.

S: sulfur, some fruity esters (not unlike crappy moscato or riesling) , faint malts, slight scents of corn

T-Surprisingly not as bad as the scent. Very sweet with some bastardized banana-esque wheat beer type flavors . Slightly malty. Alcohol only noticeable in the aftertaste. Watch out. I'd imagine this beer could kick some ass.

M-Light, heavy carbonation, easy to throw back.

O-pretty lousy, but i'm not disgusted. I like to think I know good beer from bad beer, but this honestly wasn't as bad as i'd have imagined. No worse than a bud light in my opinion. Definitely not a quality brew but at least Steel Reserve embraces what it is: A cheap, mediocre beer to get drunk on. I've got no objection to any of those descriptors so if you're low on cash and don't mind looking like a hobo, maybe give it a shot.

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Photo of KokomoKid
4.04/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Come on people. This is cheap, strong beer, nothing more and nothing less. Sure, I like expensive strong beer, like Dogfish Head 90 minute a lot better, but for what it is, SR tastes pretty good. If you don't think so, try Hurricane, its direct competition from AB.

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Photo of BTGeveden1340
5/5  rDev +102.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are attempting to judge this beer like it is a fine wine tasting contest, you are in the wrong forum. This High Gravity Lager was brewed for one purpose. High alcohol content. You don't buy these kind of beers for a taste testing contest. It's a man's world. I am a contractor that can buy anything from caviar to Cadillac's. It's a fast buzz with not a lot of effort. It rates high in my world for what a High Gravity Lager is.

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Photo of CashWaxRaw_187
2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I was bored and thirsty tonight in the Inland Empire due to the fucked up weather and suprise heat, so I cruised down to AM/PM. Being that it was on a whim and I didn't feel like spending the big bucks, I picked up a 3 pack of tall boys. What the fuck was I thinking? After the 1st tall can, I got nauseous and ended up puking just a bit. Possibly because of the foam? Who knows. Anyhow... Because I'm a bad ass, I continued. After the 2nd can; I was on a a decent one. So much that I walked inside the house and started playing some Johnny Cash on the stereo. I'm sitting here on the couch thinking "should I go gerab the third tall can?". I probably will and I will finish it. My review may seem shitty and it actually suits this bullshit brew. It fucking sucks in regards to taste and all the other categories, but what the fuck do you expect from it? It's a cheap, shitty lager. Strong as Satan's pitchfork and tastes like a hat full of Assholes...but what the fuck do you expect for the price. People rating this an lower than a 3 are all Assholes. It is what it is mother fuckers. You know what you got yourself into. Come correct with your judging you prissy fucks. I bought it for one reason and one reason get smashed for the lowest price point possible. They make money and keep it on the market for a reason. Fuck it....I'm walking to my fridge as I type this, to grab that last tall can. Like Michael Buffer says, "IT'S TIME!!!!!!" I live around an awesome array of Micro Breweries and trust me, I Mich rather go there and indulge. However, the timing does not permit it.

This shit is insanely strong and will kick you in the balls. Better yet.... If makes me feel like a dinosaur. I'm in a slap fight and I'm a T-Rex... Just getting fucked up during this battle of Palms vs. Face. Did I expect any different? Absolutely not. Can cracked and I'm ready to go. Stogie is lit and it's time for battle. After all I've said...all I have to say is................

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
1/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

How the bros rated this at 83 I'll never know. This is shit beer that alcoholics drink when they are broke. This is by far worse than Milwaukee's Beast. Save your money

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
2.49/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First, the listed style is incorrect. This is not a malt liquor, it's a "high gravity lager". The label actually has the phrase "select hops".

Poured from a 24 oz can ($1.79 plus tax and deposit) into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

L - Crystal clear light-golden. One inch snow white head dissipates almost immediately leaving but a trace of lacing.

S - Sweet grains. No hops (select or otherwise).

T - Light sweet malt, plastic rice, with a bit of a tang at the end. A corny aftertaste. No alcohol burn at all. The hop presence is homeopathic at best. There's a taste that sticks to the roof of your mouth... like after you eat a crappy piece of candy like a Chocolate Cow Tale.

F - Light and sticky. Medium carbonation.

O - Only mildly offensive. If you were forced to drink a crappy adjunct lager you could do worse.

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Photo of Tavverin
4.23/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Never done a beer review..

well Ive got the fancy new black can. I thought it looked flashy and nice, and my graphic designer wife, thought it wasnt bad (which is practically adoration coming from her).

It looks.. well it doesnt look great. It retains no head, is clear and watery. pale to golden in coloring. what it does retain though is a gentle, subtle,bubbling brewing, just to let you know its still a beer.

Smell. Not so good. Kinda smells like a $1.49 24oz er, which is exactly what youd expect I guess. smells just slightly sweet. almost like bland biscuits.

Taste. I opened this can with hopeful expectations, but not expecting what I found. The taste is incredibly smooth. Tastes well I couldnt say what it tasted like.... Ive been a smoker up until a couple weeks ago so I guess my sense of taste might not be the best. but I like it. its unique, smooth, palatable. Very malty obviously. Its Steel Reserve.

Feel. it felt solid. substantial. Ive sipped on it so much now trying to make this review, that its gone, so Im workin on memory. but I felt like it felt thick, even though it wasnt thick. cause the flavor is well rounded and bold. Comes across as liquid bread. If you like bread... -and if you like beer. you probably like bread - . its nice. filling. its soft. kinda comforting.

all in all I would rate it a 5. Ive tasted many many beers, and this 5 is relative to its price. for $1.50 theres nothing better.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.26/5  rDev +32%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pale gold

S: Malt liquor meets strong ale

T: like a malt liquor american strong ale! terrific.

M: Feels nice in there. Medium light to medium viscosity

O: much better than I had anticipated. This brew gets a bad rep in my opinion.

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Photo of Mike7141954
4.2/5  rDev +70%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I just saw this in the store today, came home read reviews here, wnet back and bought a 12 pack, it's the 6%abv version(I was hoping for 8%) I gave it a 4 on looks simple because I like darker colored beers. A 4 on smell because it didn't smell like corn to me. It gets a 5 for taste I really like the taste, my first impression was a fruity flavor, then it went to a malty taste, I did not find it bitter at all but thats because I drink Irish beer regularly, it did not remind me of malt liquor at all. I gave it a 2 for feel it was very watery to me, over all I rate it a 4 because of the color. The lady at the package store told me that stuff is evil! lmao! Will I buy this again yes I will, It taste very good with a bowl of chili, they paired up wonderfully! I have a strong feeling this should be used in moderation, I have a hunch a night of hitting this heavey will kick yer ass the next day, just saying!

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Photo of miribus
3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I rated this overall a 4 despite generally lower ratings due to reliability (for lack of a better term) and cost. It is a faithful and very strong, somewhat bitter beer.

If you like this one, consider Long Trail's Double Bag as its premium version, they are somewhat similar I've found. LTDB is less carbonated with a better head, the tastes are otherwise similar.

A far less carbonated choice with a brighter color and tremendous head would be Boddington's Pub Ale, it isn't a malt liquor, but it has a similar bitterness.

Steel Reserve is a brighter copper, and heavily carbonated. I can't drink more than a few because the taste becomes overpowering, not to mention the 8.1%.

If you don't like bitter beers, or prefer pale brews, this won't change your mind. If you already like better ales, give it a shot.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) for $1.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had a pale yellow colour.
Smell: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had an aroma of mixed corn, grain, and malt.
Taste: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had a great taste of grain.
Feel: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had great alcohol content.
Overall: People who seek malt liquor should try Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity).

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Photo of -Hoptimus_Prime-
3.16/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind that my rating of this beer is relative. Obviously Steel Reserve can't be compared to a top-of-the-line IPA. That being said, for malt liquor, Steel Reserve is one of my favorites. Granted I only drink it when the bank account has more dust in it than dollars, but I must admit that it does have qualities that I enjoy. For starters, it has a nice light amber color, and bubbles like a champagne. The taste is fairly clean and crisp for a malt, and the aftertaste is not bad at all. This one will give you a nasty hangover, though, if you drink too much of it. Enjoyed best while still ice cold.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this is the beer to get if you like your malt liquor potent, and who wouldn't? It really is drinkable though, and doesn't get all flat and skunky faster than you can drink it like other malt liquors in 40 oz. form. I don't know. In a pinch, I would take this over some really crappy so-called craft beers, put it that way, but it's malt liquor and you know what the score is.

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Photo of Tastebuds
5/5  rDev +102.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's an Apples and Oranges test if you compare Steel Reserve to highly delicate crafted micro brews. In fact it's insulting to make the comparison in the first place. However having said that, and after taking another glorious gulp of my 24 oz Steel Reserve, it's a great beer if you just rate itself and forget all the other legends. For starters it's a acquired taste of strong and bold rich barely, sweet and bitter all at the same time. The After taste is also need of acquiring. Luckily I have acquired all of the above. Price point is unbeatable, for $1.50 not too shabby (You won't go bankrupt with this financial decision). The high alcohol content of 8.1% is mind blowing (You won't get that same effect with say coors light or bud). I've coined the nickname "A Quick Cheap Drunk" :p . Best way to drink this like almost all good beers, "ICE COLD." . "It's a Mans Beer," my girlfriend doesn't understand why I love it so much (even though she likes drinking some of the worst hard alcohol on the planet). BACK STORY It's the beer I have grown up with, when I was once a poor country boy. I continue to drink in delight :) (You heard me right), I steel love it after all the other hand crafted beers I have been opened up to throughout the years. It's beer and it get's me in gear so have no fear. I shout out, "I love steel reserve beer." with an all out cheer :D

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from 22 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1+" white head. Color is yellow-golden with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: corn husks, with toasted barley and slight citrus in the background.

Mouthfeel: heavy with a mostly dry finish and warming alcohol in the throat.

Flavor: bold but nicely balanced between corn sweetness, rich barley, and enough hops to keep it from being cloying.

Overall: first time ever having a malt liquor, I was pleasantly surprised. Not something I would buy regularly, but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of car2052
3.34/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 24 oz. can to a nonic pint

A: Bubbly clear golden with a large white head that seems to stay.
S: Biscuity malt, a little dustiness, some metallic twang, and some alcohol.
T: Sweet, with a bready malt center, zero hop presence, and moderate alcohol. The alcohol is actually well-hidden, and it goes down smooth.
M: Light to medium. No significant aftertaste.
O: Surprisingly good. Not great by any means, but is good for what it is. It tastes like a budweiser with more flavor and body.

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Photo of jefegrande
2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After having one I decided to see what everyone thought. After seeing all the bad comments , I decided I better crack open another one to study it more carefully. An igot a new buzz, his name is percy he's a happy lil buzz. So, I got alot of head from the first one, as I poured this one from the wide mouth can into my glass, no head this time. I'm surprised that my yellow beer in my blue glass doesn't look green that defys science so its got that going for it. I don't smell much of anything to write about when I take a whiff. Goes down pretty smooth, with a tad bit of beer flavor. I really like the 8.10% effect, I wish they could all be 8% and up for so cheap. Oh whoops, I spoilled the best part its really cheap, $1.29 for 16oz. One will do it, two will make it hard to write a review with no spelling errors. So will I get it again? Oh yeah, sometimes its fun to ride a moped. We just don't want anyone to see us. This is what people who dont drink beer think all beer tastes like. It also reminds me why i like warstiener, bocks, and dopple bocks. I have to go scratch my belly and yell at my cat now. An I got this brand new buzz, his name is 4 and he don't ever do bout nothing at really ever at all my 𠙶 be sure blue steel 211zzzzzzzzzzz.

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Photo of mrbluster
3.6/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best inexpensive beer on the market...with a kick to boot! BTW. This stuff is a lager. Can't find the words "Malt Liquor" on the can anywhere.

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
59 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.