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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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BA SCORE
57
awful

949 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 2.37
pDev: 37.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 49 | 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 jslice99
3.28/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a big mug. Looks a clear, pale yellow with lots of bubbles and a head that quickly dissapears.

S-Sweet corn and grain. Not much else.

T-Surprisingly not too bad for a high gravity malt liquor. Tastes more like a lager, pretty refreshing.

M-Decently carbonated and light, was expecting it to be more harsh. Tastes more like a lager to me.

O-Not bad at all, expecially for its price, i paid $1.50 for a 24. It does what its meant to do, it gives a cheap buzz.

jslice99, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of iceburger97
3.08/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

i sometimes drink a 24 oz can of this when i dont have much money. Its okay. Tastes like fishing sinkers and as if stale bourbon was added.Smells similar to the taste but add to the smell a musty burnt corn smell. The look of the beer as well as the mouthfeel and carbonation is good. For the price it is the way to go sometimes, some occasions call for steel reserve

iceburger97, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of SLUGLIFE
1/5  rDev -57.8%

SLUGLIFE, Aug 28, 2012
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Punkrckr281
1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Punkrckr281, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
1/5  rDev -57.8%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of jeddis1
3.25/5  rDev +37.1%

jeddis1, Aug 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

blubaja, Aug 03, 2012
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

SlaughteredWolf, Jul 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +58.2%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 30, 2012
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

klipper, Jul 28, 2012
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1/5  rDev -57.8%

carteravebrew, Jul 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +58.2%

bushwack, Jul 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

bonz696, Jul 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -15.6%

ZachRusk, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of netrioter
3.53/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.0% version sold here in Durham NC...only the 211 Triple Export is 8.1% here and thats for another review

12 pack of 12oz cans = $6.50

drank from shotgun as well as 4 x 12oz cans from my 52 oz Coors Light pitcher

This is FAR better than the 8.1% version...its more like a regular lager with some bite...definitely worth a try if you see it.

Its not the "kick you in the junk and like it" taste like the 8.1% delivers...the 6.0 dont really qualify as a high gravity lager. Its my new "on the reg" regular beer now instead of Natty Ice because it tastes a hell of a lot better and its cheap.. less than 7 a 12 pack.

Its actually very smooth...its kinda funky if you let it warm up as expected.

there is a 3.2% version sold in Oklahoma...its hilarious actually...tastes like Carling Black Label or "BEER" (falstaff swill)

netrioter, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Dizzy242
1/5  rDev -57.8%

Dizzy242, Jul 08, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

heganhound, Jul 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +16%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -5.1%

MammothTarantula, Jul 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

Rekrule, Jun 28, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -26.2%

deadhero, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Beastdog75
1.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aaah, Steel Reserve. No doubt about it one of the most recognizable names in malt liquor. I like how the can tries to portray this product as a high quality and classy beverage, with slogans on the can saying how it's brewed with double the malt and hops for extra "gravity" and the 211 stems from medieval times as 211 was the number of steel back then. This beer exists for one reason and one reason only: to get you drunk. The version I reviewed is the 8.1% version.

Steel Reserve pours a bright yellow color that is reminiscent of your first passing of urine of the day. A finger and a half of foam forms and lasts for just under a minute. The aroma struck me as peculiar at first, with my nose discerning an aroma that reminded me of grape juice gone bad, along with some corn, grain and alcohol scents. The mouthfeel seemed average for your standard fizzy yellows beers, with a moderate amount of carbonation. There was some slight stickiness present that stood out. The first flavor I detected was that of pure alcohol. Some sweet corny and grainy flavors were present as well. The beer was a bit harsh tasting at first, but it became easier to drink as I drank on. There was some metallic and alcoholic dryness and bitterness in the finish. The dryness continues on to the aftertaste, along with some light alcohol and grains flavors. The brew concludes with some decent alcoholic warmth.

I wasn't expecting much out of this beer, and it pretty much met my expectations. If it was slightly less harsh, it would have been one of the better examples of the style. If you're looking for a cheap buzz, I suppose one could do worse than this.

Beastdog75, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Mart1
3.5/5  rDev +47.7%

Mart1, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of grubefresh
1.5/5  rDev -36.7%

grubefresh, Jun 22, 2012
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.