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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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960 Ratings

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 2.37
pDev: 37.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steel Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in different abv. versions: 6.0%, 7.3%, 8.1%, & reports of a 8.9%

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-13-2001)
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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.55/5  rDev +7.6%

Steel Reserve 211 is one of the few mainstream malt liquors I have yet to review; in a 40oz bottle nonetheless. Let's set this one on fire.

Appearance - Clear, light amber with a pure-white head.

Smell - Smells of malt and strong, looming alcohol. Almost ominous, as if it's slowly approaching your body in the darkest of ways.

Taste - Tastes precisely like a malt liquor, with heavy malt character, cheap grain, and alcohol that packs an identifiable sting. This isn't as pungent as Camo Silver Ice but not as smooth and almost refreshing as Colt 45 or King Cobra. It's a middling offering, but it does its job, which means it gets substantial credit.

Mouthfeel - Crisp (!), clean, and leaves its alcohol all over your mouth to remind you what you just did.

SteveJeremy, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of nannho
5/5  rDev +111%

Serious beer for serious bros. If you want to bro down and impress that babes that know how to party, drink the high gravity lager. 2 tall boys and you will be flying high. This isn't a craft. This isn't a trendy beer. This is a malt for college kids getting after it. And you rate how crazy you want your night to be, by the number of steels you put down. Every now and then I get a few to reminisce.

nannho, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of corywalston
3.28/5  rDev +38.4%

When it comes to malt liquor I grade on taste alone, because malt liquor is meant to be SLAMED. “Slow brewed for exceptional smooth flavor”. You can always tell how good a malt liquor is by the amount of lies on the can. All right here we go. What the hell man? I just opened the can and I didn’t get the snake hiss I’m so accustomed to. Damn I can smell the alcohol running from the can like the devil is chasing it. Ok, sucked down ¼ of the can and it taste like a green apple jolly rancher. I’ve literally had 100’s of 211’s and this is the first time it didn’t taste like malt liquor, sweet gasoline ,and heat. I must have a bad can. Which raises the question, do bad cans of 211 get better with age? Alright round 2, here we go…. Ughhhh never mind I take it all back. I just killed the can and it’s fighting me back causing ripples of chills throughout my body. This is the taste I’m accustoming to…. Alcohol and a funk that shifts its flavor so fast you don’t know what the hell you’re drinking. This is definitely an acquired taste. The reason why I like 211 is because it floods my mind with memories of Jr High. It’s like time traveling back to the time when all we could afford was 40oz’s and tall cans. Overall it taste awful. But the memories I’ve had with this shit keeps me coming back. I mean come-on this was my first taste of independence. 211 delivers a hard ass buzz for only 8.1% ABV

corywalston, Wednesday at 03:58 AM
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2.08/5  rDev -12.2%

Rcaisse, Oct 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

wvofficer, Oct 15, 2014
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

Eric1017, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +47.7%

stephenneal, Oct 10, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Dogstickfetch, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Randygroves
4.5/5  rDev +89.9%

Wow! I read what the Bro's rated and was surprised that so cheap a beer would be rated that high. Finally got the nerve to put out 3$ for a 4 pack in aluminum cans.. I was a little embarased feeling like a brown bagger homeless guy.... Poured it in a glass when I got home and everything looked perfect. Nice foam nice lacing..... Nice smell.. Taste?? OMG this is nice....smoothe with no hint of being out of a can!! I can't believe it! Only rated a 4.5 because this lager (not malt liquor) needs just a tad more hop to be as 5. Bye Bye yuengaling.... This is my new normal drinker!!! Might even consider living on the streets to enjoy ..... Nah...

Randygroves, Oct 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

dailyminefield, Oct 04, 2014
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2.48/5  rDev +4.6%

Slizy22, Oct 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

It's great if you just want to get drunk cheaply, but this is the most disgusting tasting beer I've ever had in my life.

BeardRage, Oct 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

beb86, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of RacerX5k
3.64/5  rDev +53.6%

Look. i spend enough $ on expensive, great beer. This is not a bad choice when I just want to spend a little on a good beer. And that's what this is, good. $1.35 for cold 16 oz can, can't beat that. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, smooth and satisfying aroma and taste. Lager like, hints of apple and pear. If I had to rank my malt liquors I'd go Olde English, this, Colt 45 High Gravity. There's not a damn thing wrong with any of the 3, the first 2 are more drinkable than the 45. Pour this in my 5.5 oz fancy snifter, almost looks like an expensive beer.

RacerX5k, Sep 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

melza, Sep 23, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +16%

atpca, Sep 20, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +16%

Damageman, Sep 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

catphishsean, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of ThomasMetal75
2/5  rDev -15.6%

*Straight from the 40 oz bottle*

A- Dark urine color with large collar of foam.

S- sickly sweet. Malts and musty, pungent grains. Zero hops.

T- Buttery taste. Overly sweet malts and piss poor grains. Finish was gross. Like wet cardboard with sugar on top. Alcoholic taste and feel is present.

M- heavy mouth feel. Hard to drink. Oily and thick.

Gross. It gets you feeling alcohol's affects quickly.

ThomasMetal75, Sep 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Maillard, Sep 16, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -47.3%

arini10, Sep 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Hootie159, Sep 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

StrayteEDGE, Sep 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +37.1%

PaleAleSean, Sep 09, 2014
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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.