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: 508
Hads: 1,071
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 31.01%
Wants: 12
Gots: 124 | 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 aracauna
2.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Just to be authentic, I actually started off drinking this one out of the can, but my beer geek side got the best of me and I poured the last 15 oz. of it into a glass. The body is actually a quite attractive pale gold that turns amber when the glass passes in from of any solid background. The head is big bubbled and short-lived, as the fat bubbles fizz away until there's no head at all after a couple of seconds. The bubbles rising from the sides of the glass are abnormally large. The head counteracts the relatively attractive body color, though. The aroma actually has a bit of peppery hops up front. I find no trace of malt however. The flavor lacks bitterness but picks up a toasted cornmeal/cornhusk quality that reminds me of the cornmeal coating of a tamale. It really let me down. For my first malt liquor I was expecting all sorts of nastiness, but this is fairly drinkable other than an artificially short finish that turns into a distinct dryness that I didn't like. (982 characters)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
3.94/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24 FL. OZ. can. It is the typical dark urine color that most malt liquors have. It may look average, but for a malt liquor it's not bad at all. It has a clean, sweet, corny aroma and the flavor is similar, but it is not bad considering what it is. Sure the other beers in my refrigerator are better, but they are also not malt liquor. If I want a decent, cheap, quick beer drunk, I will be looking for some Steel Reserve. (435 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is truly the best malt liquor I've ever had. While this is still relatively cheaply made, I don't feel overpowered with sickly sweetness nor do I taste too many adjuncts. Appearance is dark yellow, almost super-light amber. Head is big and forthy. Smell is generically sweet, though the aroma here is more natural than most malt liquors. Taste is very sweet, but doesn't go overboard. Usually I get sick of malt liquor sweetness quickly, but Steel Reserve has prolonged drinkability. The 8.1% ABV is only noticed in the warm feeling in my throat. Out of the five or six malt liquors that I've had this one is the best, I could see buying this with intentions other that getting trashed. (691 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a particularly hard day or upon the receipt of bad news, there are generally two paths you can take. You can drop some serious coin on a hard-to-find, elegant, very fine Trappist ale and savor the experience slowly and richly. Or you can buy a 211 and get ripped.

And this beer makes that especially easy. Packaged in a tall-boy industrial metallic 24-oz can -- that's right, a full tin bomber of malt liquor -- all for a total of $0.99. Pours a clear rich gold with a fizzy white head and a soda-like level of carbonation. Nose is sour malt with a touch of sweet grass, no trace of alcohol.

Taste is surprisingly not-bad. Lightly toasted malt, not bitter at all, even a little on the sweet side. Grainy flavor (as in grain, not texture), some corn and a little acidic, maybe a faint sour (hops?) element hiding in the end of the flavors. Can't taste the rather high ABV but you can feel the heat on the palate after a few sips. Still remains drinkable when warmed up a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium with the carbonation keeping it crisp but overall deceptive. Looks like a thin gulping lager but should be consumed as a tripel. Aftertaste is dry but clean, not horrible at all, even for a ripper. (1,207 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
2.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok, let's do this. Pours into the trusty Duvel tulip (sorry, ol' faithful drinking vessel!) with a brief fizzy white head settling over clear watery yellow looking liquid. Nose is cheap 'n nasty - corn, sweet and funky malt...but mostly corn, can you say "Corn Beer"? Good...I knew you could! Thin mouthfeel offers more corn/adjunct-like flavor with a mere hint at fruitiness and some seltzerish fizziness. Finishes bland and watery with a slight solvent-like ending. Yes..I actually finished this abomination! There oughta be a warning on the side of the can: Warning! Do not drink this stuff warm!!!
NO thanks to Loki/BIF13 for this "lager"! :o)

I was curious enough to go to the breweries' website where this consumers comment caught my eye and I quote, "Greatest beer in the world, at any price." Need I say more??? (823 characters)

Photo of KroMagnon
2.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had a Warsteiner Pils right next to this to help me compare it, because frankly when I've had this beer before its struck me as better than I expected. And, while Warsteiner isn't a 5.0 its a decent import. So...The Steel poured with a nice orange-golden hue, actually darker than the Warsteiner, and had an off-white head which was also interesting contrasted to the expected blinding white that you often see. The aroma has that kind of galvanized steel / vegetable smell that you get a lot in adjunct beers - no real maltiness or hops to speak off. The flavor is dominated by the corn sweetness but you also get some malt behind it and a slight amount of hops, but not enough to balance. This beer would be much better if it had about 10 more IBUs I bet. Anyway, its probably my best choice at the convenience store near my in-laws in Virginia, and its better than no beer at all. (885 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
1.27/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

For $.99 a 22 ouncer, I guess you can't get much better than this.
The appearance isn't too bad, as a matter of fact, it has a little more colour than most malt liquers out there. The aroma was alcoholic and corny. nothing too appitising. The taste is absolutely horrid. Kind of sour. I don't recall ever having anything that was so sour before. I finished it to be nice, but I don't see myself downing one of these any time soon. (431 characters)

Photo of Maestro
2.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another "high gravity lager". Should this become a new BA style? This beer is the same as the others. Lots of corn and lots of sugar, combined to make a malty drink that is meant to get you plowed. Another great way to cause accidents among college freshmen. Tastes like strong American Beer. (292 characters)

Photo of DFN
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The main appeal of Steel Reserve is that you get a lot of alcohol for the buck --- literally, a buck. 24 ounces of 8.1% brew, which works out to more alcohol than THREE 12-ounce cans of a 5.0% beer. Unless you're really trying to get hammered, one can will suffice. Two is a push... and nobody I know has ever knocked down three cans at one sitting!

OK, what else is there? All in all, Steel Reserve 211 is pretty good for a cheap beer. Medium-gold color, a frothy head that dissipates fast. Not much smell to it. Taste is so-so: better than Bud (what isn't?) but undistinguished; a bit too bitter/sour for my taste.

On balance, I'd rate Steel Reserve a bit below average, but for the price, it's a contender. For 99 cents it'll give you a buzz, and you won't have to hold your nose to drink it.

PS: There are four lonely reviews stranded in a separate listing for this beer. Bottle or can, it's the same brew. (919 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
1.62/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

$.99 at Harris Teeter for a 24 oz. can--hard to pass this deal up (or so I thought). No head whatsoever when poured and the carbonation faded within 15 seconds. Taste not too different than a traditional commercialized lager, yet with double the alcohol and half the price.

I decided to compare this by pouring a glass of Miller Light as well. This taste test really displays the extra malt and lack of complexity. This will be my last time I try this lager. (462 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
2.88/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation is a 22oz tall can. This was an impulse buy at the local Harry Food Mart. I poured a sample of this out into a standard tumbler pint because I’m sure I’ll enjoy this more from the can.

The appearance is that of a standard macro lager, straw yellow and clear. Lots of fizzy carbonation at first. The head quickly recedes to absolutely nothing.

The smell is sweet, and mildly corny, with a bit of a charcoal aroma that actually seems to give it a teeny-tiny bit of depth.

Honestly, it’s not that bad for a malt liquor in the taste department. That charcoal comes through in the taste too, and I do pick up the infamous “cooked veggie” flavor slightly. Almost has a woodiness to it to make the corniness you do taste not *so* bad.

Overall a nice bang for your buck and a considerable go to beer if slumming. (835 characters)

Photo of jlervine
3.62/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black 24oz can with the statement "We believe this to be among the very best beers in the world." Okay, marketing guru, whatever you say...

Pours a honey gold color with no head worth mentioning at all. Smell is corn, hint of cooked veggie, sticky honey malts. Taste is dextrin sweet, hint of alcohol in the finish, no hops detectable at all. Very neutral. Hint of creamed corn in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is non-descript, which, honestly, is exactly what you'd want from this kind of beverage. Nothing stands out, and it goes down smooth. Decent drinkability, but don't let this mother warm, and avoid that last sip - pour it out for your homies and grab another can.

Honestly, not bad overall, and better than other malt liquors I've had in the past. (759 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid $5.99 for a 12 pack of cans...

The appearence is a somewhat hazy golden color with a medium-large white head that decipates quickly. The beer has no lacing what-so-ever! The aroma is malts, corn, alcohol, not good...

The taste is just like the sland expression, "ehhh", it isn't bad it isn't good, but it is definately not average!

The mouthfeel on this was remarkly not bad, but average, it's was actaully kind of smooth going down, but still kind of heavy. The drinkability receives average marks as well, as it can be drank easily, but it is an 8.1% abv beer so you're asking for trouble...

Final Thought: This was what I drank freshman and sophomore year at a cost/benefit of (abv) * (quality) mark receiving an A then and was necessary as an engineering student...

It's the best beer on the market to "get the job done" at $2 for two "tall boys". (871 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampling the 24-ounce can.

Appearance - macro yellow gold on the pour. A finger of head at first, fading to a thin but solid cover that looks like it will hold, but eventually cannot. Lazy bubbles slowly ascending through the beer.

Aroma - grainy, slightly sweet smell that sticks around after the head dies, but it's rather weak.

Taste - intense malt and adjunct taste, ramped up sweetness and some alcohol feel around the swallow, but even more on the aftertaste. Ends with a dry, corny taste, like a ramped-up MGD. A bunch of flavor, which is cool, but it comes with a price, specifically 8.1% abv. Any hops are lost on me between the heavy corn and alcohol flavors. Not one that improves with warmer temps but surprisingly does not get terribly bad either. Still palatable with a few ounces to go.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, reasonably smooth and crisp.

Drinkability - this beer is not designed for sipping, yet at 8.1%, it's a train wreck in the making. Proceed to a 2nd can with caution, to 3 and beyond at your own peril. (1,046 characters)

Photo of dren
2.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is the best malt liquor I have had. It still has that indistinguishable flavor: lager beer mixed with lots of sugar and cheap vodka. Then there is the ever present can taste. This is a beer you try to drink quick because you don't want that bad alcohol taste to sneek up on you. This beer sure does get you bent...and quick if you drink it like you should...quickly. Much better than Camo, Mickey's and several of the others. For the price, you really can't beat it. And anybody who pours this beer into a glass is an idiot. It doesn't deserve that treatment. (564 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.65/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A big silver can...clear medium gold appearance, very little head or lace in a pint glass. Aroma is of Apple Jacks -- artificial cinnamon and lots of confectioner's sugar, some alcohol fusels rise up the back. Mouthfeel is a little fizzy (not good at the swallow), but this is what balances the syrupy sense of malt, again, almost like a kid's breakfast cereal in overall impression. If there was any sense of hopping to this brew, I might actually drink it again, but as is, its too sweet, monolithic, and not nearly memorable enough -- category or not. (554 characters)

Photo of CSquared
3.33/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 oz can (tall boy)

Appearance: Crystal clear and gold in color. Tight head poured nicely, but all signs of it and any lacing were gone within 5 minutes.

Smell: Malty and sweet smelling nose. DMS quite present though.

Taste: Slighty malty, and nicely sweet. Almost a bit too sweet, but may be covering the alcohol. I couldn't pick up the alcohol flavors I'd expect for a 8% malt liquor. Picked up a hair DMS flavor as well. Subtle hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Quite nice. Medium body, with a clean end.

Drinkability: I could drink a lot of this. Best malt liquor I've had. Reminds me of my days at A-B, tasting the high gravity Bud Light before we'd dilute it down in the Finishing Cellar. Good stuff (716 characters)

Photo of Ninjaworm
3.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: Maple or straw colored.

Smell: A dull fruityness hints to a slight sharpness that never truely displays itself.

Taste: Not as hoppy as I envisioned when it was compared to a IP (as others people I spoke to compared it) but a nice mild bitterness that rounds out the fruity appeal. I notice a slight sourness associated with the bitterness that complements the fruit esters. Closer to a maibock but seemily slightly sweeter.

Palate: The carbonation seems to slowly develop the bitterness sensation to the mouth.

For 1.29 this is a very worth while beer for a hot summer day, though the alcohol notes are invisible. (636 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light, yet dry pale malt scent with a lager yeast finish. It's not very complex, but it seems to be refreshing. The taste is average as well. It has a very sweet and thick malty flavor with a warm finish. It goes down slow and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent strong lager. It is going to kick my ass for sure. It 's one and done for me. (542 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.7/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured from the can a crystal clear pale golden straw. The head was large and in charge. I was drinking from plastic so it is difficult to say how it would behave in lacing the glass, but it fell slowly so it probably would have done a good job.

The aroma was crisp and slightly malty. Much like a malty lager like an imperial pilsner or a maibock.

The flavor was malty and surprisingly sweet. Much like a bock beer. The sweetness is almost overdone, but there is just enough bittering to keep the sweetness in check.

The finish was crisp and just off dry. The body was medium, actually just a smidge more.

I had never had this beer before and only purchased it because of the 8.1% ABV and having seen a thread about it here on BA. I noticed that the bottle reviews are lower than the can. So my suggestion would be to try a can and to keep and opened mind. The alcohol never rears it's head in aroma or flavor and I never found it to become bad while trying it. Give it a whirl!

24 ounce can...a master cylinder. Date on bottom is steciled code 11014E70215. Purchased at Kroger in Blacksburg, VA. The can front says Fort Worth, but the side says Milwaukee, WI. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the 22 oz clear bottle for the grand price of 95 cents! I poured this into a glass ( i know its a no-no for ML afficienados!) Its actually quite nice looking foir a Malt liquor..darker gold than the usual and witha small white head. Very malt, dough aroma..not bad..not nasty at all. Very smooth semi-sweet tasting beer..very malty, small alcoholic kick at the back of the mouth..warms the belly afterwards. Nice enough beer for the style. I actually like this. (471 characters)

Photo of cptnjck101
1.76/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Steel Reserve, man has this stuff has lead to some great memories. Not as bad as some of the High Gravity lagers out there (CAMO & OE 800 to name a few). Only drink it ice cold, as it becomes increasingly undrinkable as it warms. Not a beer I'de buy everyday, but when you wanna get toasted for cheap, or have a game of Edward Fourty-hands to play, this is the brew for you. (374 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend bought me this as a joke. He bought it at a 7/11 that had a questionable with more questionable patrons.

It poured a deep yellow with a nice white head from its silver 24 fl ounce can. They obviously are trying to catch your eye and tell you BIG BIG beer here. 8.1% High Gravity is proudly stated at the top the can.

The smell of malt and some hops was evident from the second I opened the can. The taste was muted matly and the hight alcohol did add some to the taste and burned a little going down.

The mouthfeel was medium to light and the alchohol did put some spark into this beer.

I would say this beer is one of the better ones in its class. Is this on the par of a Helles, NO. But it is a damn good brew to pick up and have a nice LONG cold one. (774 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
1.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can purchased at a creepy gas station. The color is yellowish gold, with a fizzy white head that descends rapidly, leaving no lace. Smell: pungent, musty notes of dead grass, distant chewed bubble-gum sweetness, pool water. Taste: opens with a kool-aid sweetness, grassy bitterness cracks through the middle -- the alcohol busts in on its heals, clumsily. The finish is all up-front alcohol heat, a very slight background of sweetness. Mouthfeel: syrupy water, middling carbonation. Hey, it could taste a lot worse. At least there are some layers of character, instead of a one dimensional disgustingness. (628 characters)

Photo of DESTRO
2.18/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

oh man, the 211. you dont need to pour it out, you can see what it looks like, orange tinted death. the smell is sickly sweet and alcoholic. the flavor follows suit, generic corny beer flavor, high alcohol all over, sweet and nasty. but at the same time, palatable! this is a 4-0 to reckon with and has more than once put me down for the count. not the worst (cough::camo::cough) but certainly slumin. (401 characters)

Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.