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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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895 Ratings

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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 474
rAvg: 2.37
pDev: 36.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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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2.75/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz tallboy can into pilsner glass

Clear pale yellow with sudsy head, minimal lace, and plenty of rising bubbles. Smell is soapy grain, corn, and a touch of hop skunk. It feels light and crisp on the tongue at first, with the same soapy grains and corn husk as the nose, but ends syrupy and cloying. There is also the unmistakable Steel Reserve taste- somewhere between witbeer spice and garbage juice. The alcohol is hidden well making it drinkable enough.

Not a bad beer, esp. considering the $$ to ABV ratio. If you're trying to get slammed, try this out.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 03:22:21 | More by jimmah120
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1.25/5  rDev -47.3%

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04-06-2012 18:43:23 | More by
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3.33/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in snifter, 8.1% abv version

A - White head dissipates quickly, has a nice golden color

S - Slight sweetness. This is the worst part of the beer, smells like your average light beer (miller-coors, AB)

T - honey, malt and slight caramel. Alcohol burn... non in my opinion... people must be crazy or only drink AB if they say this has alcohol burn

M - Its smooth as hell... great for drinking in hot weather or grilling!

O - This is what bud light platinum was trying to do, but failed at. If your looking for a cheap, and when I say cheep... the cheapest thing on the market, and drinkable beer you found it. This beer is not claiming to be anything great, and for 6.99 a 12 pack, it actually has flavor. The 4.5 rating is given based upon the price you pay for the taste. My favorite style of beer is american double/imperial stouts and I can drink this one with ease w/o complaining. Great beer for float trips/camping/grilling with the guys.

Serving type: can

04-06-2012 06:46:07 | More by jdprmd
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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with an inch thick, fluffy white head.

Smell - Slightly sweet with maybe some citrus? Not much in the aroma..

Taste - This beer is horrible. There isn't much in the taste except for some bitterness and a strong alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Don't buy this beer unless you can handle the strong flavor of alcohol.

Serving type: can

04-02-2012 01:41:46 | More by jsisko01
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

03-29-2012 03:52:34 | More by rbthuffman
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

03-27-2012 18:45:12 | More by mzeld
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

03-23-2012 20:44:52 | More by DelicateDelirium
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

03-19-2012 22:12:43 | More by sonomaroma
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North Dakota

1.75/5  rDev -26.2%

03-18-2012 02:58:38 | More by devonnaire
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2.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Typical malt liquor clear golden pee yellow with a fizzy head that destroys itself in thirty seconds or less with minimal lacing.

S. For reasons unknown, at first I smelled peanut shells. A blink of an eye later, that smell had morphed into wet cardboard mixed with green apple tartness, solvents, and a faint cereal grain aroma.

T. Actually has a distinct dry malt presence in the middle of all the corny adjunct sweetness, at least relative to other malt liquors. Not as bad as I had feared. Fusels are also not as severe as in other malt liquors as well...but they *are* there.

M. Medium body and carbonation levels, slightly greasy in feel if allowed to warm up for a bit.

Actually not all that bad when compared to other malt liquors offered in my area.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 22:32:00 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.5/5  rDev +47.7%

03-17-2012 10:01:09 | More by markallmon
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1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-15-2012 03:27:43 | More by DaveC93036
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

03-14-2012 19:08:41 | More by LDJ36
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New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-14-2012 17:43:19 | More by DSlim71
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3.2/5  rDev +35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance- Pours a medium golden color with a thin white head. The head fades to give moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Very mild. I only pick up fait hints of rice and some paper aromas.

Taste- Very surprising taste. It has a biscuit and cereal body with corn mixed in. While many claim it sweet, I disagree; in comparison the many malt liquors it is much drier. The tastes are not to astringent and somewhat smooth. At the end the alcohol really comes into play, warming the mouth, but leaving it with a very strong boozy taste; almost like you get from a shot of cheaper run. Actually, its not really that off putting.

Mouthfeel – For an 8% abv., the mouthfeel is quite light. The carbonation is a little bit above medium. The alcohol at the end creates a very dry feel in the mouth.

Overall – For the price I paid for this brew ($1.50 for 24 oz.an) it gives you a great bargain. While by no means the tastiest beer out there, it wasn’t awful and did give a very nice warming feel. On of the best stronger malt liquors out there.

Serving type: can

03-14-2012 00:21:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-12-2012 23:06:05 | More by Kornoms
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3.5/5  rDev +47.7%

03-10-2012 02:57:05 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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1.25/5  rDev -47.3%

03-09-2012 17:04:46 | More by DB0Z
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2.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed "To Style". Malt Liquor is definitely not my favorite style, but I have trouble turning down a gift beer.

NOTE: Parts of this are a dual review, read on to find out.

A: Nice deep golden color in the clear 40oz. bottle (proper glassware for style IMHO). About 1/2 finger of bone white, soapy head when opened, and surprisingly sticky lace.
Part 2 Wife (thankfully) put 3 small lemon wedges in the bottle after I was about 1/4 into it, didn't improve the appearance other than it gave me hope that the remainder wouldn't be as funky as the 1st 1/4.

S: I avoid this as much as possible with this. I'm not going to kid myself (or anyone reading this); Soured sweet corn, fresh grated steel, wet cardboard, a bit of skunk (not the good kind), there just might be some malt in there.
Part 2: (After lemons) Citrus seems to mitigate the most offensive sour corn scents, I'm getting lemony citrus that's still got a bit of creamed sweet corn in it, more malt, less skunk than above (though the skunk has turned more "herbal"...)

T: Soured sweet corn, metal (the steel in steel reserve?), a bit of wet cardboard, skunk - this bottle has definitely "seen the light", in a bad way.
Part 2: Wife's lemons (3 wedges shoved into the bottle) have done wonders for the flavor! The citrus flavor has morphed the skunk into "SKUNK no.1 herbal" flavor, the corn has been joined by a bit of rice (that's an improvement - really), wet cardboard is muted - but still there (let's not fool ourselves, this is malt liquor)

M: Great for style. A bit thick, med / light but slightly oily. Active carbonation attempts to scrub the tongue of off flavors,
Part 2: Lemons don't seem to play much here, MAYBE lightening it a bit.

Overall: One of the "better" malt liquors IMHO. It does the job, and quick. But honestly, if it wasn't a gift from a neighbor, I would have gone elsewhere. The lemon addition my Wife provided raised everything up more than a few degrees - one of the few styles I'd actually recommend a wedge of lemon, orange , (anything citrus) for.

Caveat: DO NOT line this up against Stone Ruination, or even Coors Banquet, Bud, or Miller High Life for that matter, this is an entirely different category of beer. I really tried to review according to style. That said, this is pretty close to top of the category, but bottom of my list.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 02:50:06 | More by Lockedin
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1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

03-07-2012 01:06:17 | More by Ghostface
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

03-05-2012 21:15:30 | More by durkle
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

03-03-2012 05:16:33 | More by chim52chim
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North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, white head that quickly fades away. The smell is fruity and grainy. The taste is similar; tastes like apples and sweet corn. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and heavily carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer. The can I had said 6.0%. It's not very flavorful and honestly rather forgettable, but for the style it's not awful.

Serving type: can

03-01-2012 23:06:36 | More by tdm168
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.18/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and fizzy. Not gold but less than a strange artificial yellow.

Close to gross with a sticky, sugary malts and white rice.

Amazing versus the smell. Clean, sharp and smooth. Nice hint of bitterness in the finish.

Fizzy and light with some slick booziness in the finish.

Other than the smell, this is a good strong brew for the price. Far cleaner than horrid ice beers for sure.

Serving type: can

02-29-2012 01:47:01 | More by MirkoCroCough
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

02-28-2012 00:02:04 | More by KingRascal
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.