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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

888 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 888
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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connery89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A very thick golden color
A Nice sweet, decently strong malty smell
Strong alcoholy metallic taste that can seem to overwhelm (or burn) your taste buds
fairly mediocre body, very carbonated. Can definately dry out your mouth.
The drinkability of this beer is really dependant on your plans for the night. Definately not a sipping beer. Its not the best beer to grab for if you have important plans that day. But it can be a very fun beer to start your night off with.

Serving type: can

10-23-2010 03:58:41 | More by connery89
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale golden color with a white head and no lacing.
Smells of malts, and minimal hops.
Tastes fairly sweet with a little hop presence, but not overpowering. It is overall fairly bland. What do you expect its like a buck fifty. I'd say average.
Mouthfeel is way too thin.
And it isn't too drinkable with a stupid high alcohol content for a cheap beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:55:55 | More by TheKingofWichita
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sloopy

Florida

3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despite what this is, I say it's average. Yeah it's not the best, but it's not the worst. Yeah I wouldn't break this out at a fancy party, but for like a game or some other event where I'm supplying the beer and everyone's main goal is intoxication, why not? It's hardly as bad as bad as Old E or any of those malt liquors. Plus it's 8.1% abv. All I'm saying is that when there's a party or something, why spend the extra money on Bud or Miller products that (in my opinion) taste about the same and have less alcohol? Anyone at your party that doesn't like it can always bring their own, and those that give it a chance will appreciate it when the 8.1% kicks in.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 17:21:52 | More by sloopy
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ronniebruner

Arizona

1.7/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Absolutely one of the worst malt liquors ever. This doesnt even compare to a warm King Cobra or Old English. If youre broke, or a hobo living behind Circle K and you need a cheap disgusting 40 ouncer, then you will love this. If that is not you. AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 03:13:37 | More by ronniebruner
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

1.53/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

24 oz. can into glass pint.
40°F

$1.29 / ea.

A: Bright golden body with a huge loose head of moderate retention that leaves light lacing and a thick rocky cover.

S: Super sweet aroma, and no hop profile. Pretty one dimensional, and not very inviting.

T: Over-the-top cloying sweetness. Corn. No hop flavor. Fermented barley kool-ade.

M: Coats the tongue with sugar. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. Not pleasant.

D: I could only handle about 6 oz. of the can before I had to drain pour. Too sweet and no flavor balance.

O: Worse than I expected and I wasn't expecting much. Give me a Miller Lite over this any day.

Serving type: can

09-21-2010 03:27:57 | More by dpnelson1978
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Sleestak

California

3.35/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ah the Steel Reserve how do you do? Tallboy for $1.99 at the local Stater Bros. A big sweet malt liqour. Tons of sweetness, green apple. I've been drinking this for awhile and as I'm finishing up it's NOT getting ghastly, big plus there. A big, mean, nasty malt liqour but still holds some respectibility being that it's still drinkable as it warms. Handle with caution.

Serving type: can

09-17-2010 20:09:35 | More by Sleestak
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southernmagnus

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheap and potent.

Definitley on the sweet-side. Occasionally feels like melted caramel in my mouth.

As a kid who grew up on Old English and Schlitz, this is a considerable step above.

Holy Moly this stuff, for the price/category, is drinkable.

Some times you want to get plastered for cheap, and this'll do it better than anything else out there.

Serving type: can

09-14-2010 16:54:17 | More by southernmagnus
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samie85

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very pale golden color with a two finger, very white head that dissipates just as quickly as it occurs.

S-A mild, piny hop nose with some sweet grains.

T-Sweet grains upfront with some corn and some sweet green apple notes on the finish with a slight drying note.

M-Pretty smooth and light but prickly carbonation with a slightly drying mouthfeel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for 8%. It drinks like a hoppier version of Miller High Life, which isn't a bad thing for a malt liquor.

Serving type: can

09-11-2010 03:30:55 | More by samie85
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured into a pint glass to one inch of white head. It is gold in color. The aroma is grainy sweet with alcohol. The taste is sweet with alcohol. The mouthfell is thin. This is a rough beer to drink. The ABV is great for getting ripped, but other than that it's worthless. Don't get me wrong. Every now and then you just need to get lit!

Serving type: can

09-11-2010 01:46:57 | More by buschbeer
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FreshHawk

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Light, clear amber color with an average sized, foamy white head. Disappears fast with almost no lace left.

S - Fair amount of grain and a touch of fruitiness, especially apple. Fair amount of sulfur aroma and some urine like aroma. Maybe a touch of hops. Not great.

T - Similar to the nose. Plenty of grainy and alcohol flavors. Also a pretty strong apple flavor. Faint corny sweetness as well. Taste like a high alcohol mix of a poor lager and a poor cider. Some sulfur flavors present. Touch of mineral taste on the finish.

M - Between light and medium body, that is closer to light. Pretty carbonated. A bit of a thin and watery feel but somewhat crisp.

D - Limited drinkability with not that great of flavor and a high, noticeable ABV.

Notes: About what I expected from this. It's primary function is a cheap way to get alcohol in your system. For what it is, it doesn't taste horrible and gets the job done.

Serving type: can

09-08-2010 05:06:38 | More by FreshHawk
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a very light straw color into my pint glass, decent head that dissipates very quickly and leaves behind little to no lace. Lots of carbonation happening here.

S - Sweet malts, grain, alcohol.

T - On the sweet side, nice malts and grain, there is a little bit of citrus I am getting as well.

M - Pretty lite in body with lots of carbonation, a little too much I would say. Has a nice warmth to it.

D - Drank this one back in the day and decided to give it a whirl while I was kinda broke at only $1.20 for a 24oz. can who can really complain? Anyway, for what it is, it's a pretty good beer.

Serving type: can

08-31-2010 23:12:19 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this the night of my "shit-beer showdown," but I didn't review it because I was already in the hot tub... Had to buy another can...
Poured into pint glass.

The first thing I must say is this: upon cracking open the can, the smell of urine filled my kitchen. Not regular urine, but rather the urine of some one that eats a ton of green vegetables. Leafy-broccoli-pea smell goes away after a few rough sips and a light malty sweetness comes through with a hint of grassy and lemony bright hops-- the malts and hops are both faint, when compared to most craft beer, but are stronger than your average BMC adjunct lager.

The beer looks a little darker than other "swill," but is certainly in the gold family of colors. A 2 finger white head became a wispy cloud of micro-bubbles very quickly-- left very little lacing. On a second pour, the retention is much better.

The taste has a slight sweetness followed up by a light hoppiness-- lemon, grass, and even a noble spice note? A relatively clean finish offers a hint of some fruity esters and a warming kiss of alcohol. Hard to hide 8% in a beer this light on ingredients. It actually works. The beer isn't undrinkable at all-- quite the contrary now that the original aroma I detected is completely gone! If I'm in the mood to get a little buzz, I can do it with a $12 bomber of Dreadnaught or a $1.79 can of Reserve... I reckon I'll pick the Dreadnaught far more often than not-- since I rarely drink "just to get fucked up" anymore (having kids changes that pretty quickly).

The beer is medium bodied with enough carbonation. Drinks pretty well for the pricetag and stigma it carries.

Bottom line-- I'd take this over Miller or Coors any day!

Serving type: can

08-18-2010 00:35:47 | More by AleWatcher
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So, he decides to bring back two Malts with him as well, eesh. My journey into the bottom of the barrel continues. We did a side by side with this and Colt 45. Consumed on 08/09/2010.

The initial pour brings back memories of long forgotten teenage years. A urine colored pour with a minimal head graces our presence. A light bit of carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, but it quickly evaporates as soon as it gets there. Aroma is wet hay, corn, grains, light alcohol, and just a rank smell. Not really one to write home about. As I take the first sip it is harsh, the flavor is just not appetizing in anyway, but amazingly as I finished it off I was left with the impression it was not terrible. An odd thing and mostly due to the abv I am sure. Light corn syrup mixes with hay, light bready notes and a hint of alcohol left on the tongue long after it is finished.

Overall I think I will pass, though I will admit it was better then the colt 45, but that was not saying very much. I think I am going to have more fun reviewing the things from the "bottom" then from the top, lol.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 00:11:22 | More by mikesgroove
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jnheinz

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a 40.. what ya gonna do.

My experiences have been Olde English and Colt 45.. This blows them out of the water. It has a good taste that goes down good. Served cold out of the refridgerator in a brown bag...Only way to drink a 40.

It's $2.49/40oz here. Take one home, and let it lift you. It won't make your stomach gurgle like other crap 40's.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 22:48:04 | More by jnheinz
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uhhhaaron

California

2.58/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

consumed 02-10-2009, 24oz can into pint glass.

appearance: pours a golden color, a shade bit darker than piss. minimal head with ok lacing. bubbles rushing up.

smell: sweet grain/malts & cooked veggies, followed by a metallic odor, then a strong booze note.

taste: sweetness upfront, grainy notes, semi-metallic taste, then the warm boozy finish. the strong alcohol taste slowly fades as you drink more. it has a surprisingly smooth finish.

mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. sits sort of warm in the mouth.

drinkability: it can go either way.. i found it not so bad to drink. i wouldn't session this beer though.

Serving type: can

08-11-2010 08:54:31 | More by uhhhaaron
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

2.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was also part of my malt liquor tasting.

Pours yellow with a light white head and some lacing.

Smells decent. Muted on the urine aspects of some of our other entrants that evening. Smells more of fresh corn than pee.

Tastes fairly tame. Sweet corn, some light pee, and a touch of booze. Still pretty decent.

The feel is on the lighter side per style, but the body is still decent.

Pretty damn drinkable. Goes down smooth and remails fairly non-offensive. Tied for second place.

Serving type: can

08-09-2010 19:18:17 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A golden brew with a large amount of carbonation bubbles and very little head retention or lacing.
S- The smell is light grain, with just a hint of what seems like a varient of hop oil.
T- The taste is initially grainy, followed by a faint hint of hop, a good bit of alcohol warmth, and just the slightest hint of corn. Somewhat sweet throughout.
M- Full bodied for a malt liquor. Crisp carbonation.
D- As far as malt liquors go, this isn't a bad choice. Vastly superior to the majority of macro swill.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 06:23:12 | More by jsprain1
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ptykozoon

California

2.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Steel as my 1st review because it is the first strong beer I ever had, and in some unforeseen way introduced me to Chimay and so on and so forth. However I refuse to buy another can of this, so I'm going off of memory here.

Appearance is a light crisp yellow. There is a decent amount of a fluffy white head, however it dissipates fast.

Smell is alcohol, that and a musky funk that is similar to urinal deposits.

Taste is strong, carbonated and bitter, every bit of that 8.1 percent alcohol slays the tongue and does not relent. Not too many other flavors in this beer, maybe a sourness, perhaps apple, lots of sugar but for the most part it just tastes like a watered down liquor with carbonation.

Mouthfeel is very very smooth and dense, but at the same time it tastes watery, and the bite from the alcohol makes it...

...not a very good drinkable beer. Drinkability is poor, however extra points because we are talking about THE KING of bum beers. So it does have its place as a session brew.

Highly recommended if you are 15/alleyway dweller/masochistic.

Serving type: can

07-18-2010 22:25:56 | More by ptykozoon
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comfortablynumb1

California

2.38/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Been a while since I had one of these, so I decided to give it a run....

Poured from a 40oz into a canada pint glass (drank the rest of the 40 out of the bottle, as it felt kinda weird pouring a 40 into a pint glass)....

A - Pours a golden/amber color with a three finger white foam that dissipates real fast.

S - The only real smell I get from this is alcohol. Not too enticing....

T - Tastes like every other macro lager out there with a sweet finish. The alcohol is not as apparent as it was in the smell....

M - Light bodied. Tastes watered down....

D - Definitely not something I would buy for the taste, but it does get the job done if you want to catch a fast buzz. You pretty much get what you pay for here. I probably won't be buying this one again because for some reason it gets me angry if I drink to much of it. All in all, pretty good drinkability for someone on a budget and looking to catch a buzz....

Cheers....

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 21:50:18 | More by comfortablynumb1
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jporf911

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed straight from the typical 40oz bottle.

Appearance- Through the clear bottle, it looks like a transparent medium dull yellow. Upon opening, there is a slight bit of foam that returns each time a drink is taken but quickly fades. There is no lacing to speak of.

Smell- The slight hints of corn and malt that are dominated by the acidic traditional "fuel" smell of malt liquor.

Taste- The taste is primarily composed of corn, yeast-heavy bread, and slightly sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel- It feels crisp but not particularly refreshing. Steel Reserve is medium-bodied with considerable carbonation.

Drinkability- Contrary to widespread opinion (much of which seems to be held by people who have not actually tried this beer and instead rely on secondhand accounts), Steel Reserve is one of the better examples of malt liquor. Just be sure to finish the 40oz fairly quickly because it does exhibit the unsavory quality of becoming rather nasty as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 15:38:10 | More by jporf911
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irishevans

Alaska

3.08/5  rDev +30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the standard "40", not poured into a glass, as that is blaphasphomy for malt liquor. reviewed as for the style, as we all know malt liqua is NO BA's first choice/favorite.

A- Transparent straw/gold in color, with a bit of actual white foam, that goes away FAST, but as you hit the bottle it foams up a bit only to disappear again. and no lace.

N- Lots of light malt notes, and a bit of an almost "premix" 2-stroke fuel smell that malt liqua' tends to have, but not too offensive (as malt liquor goes anyway). little bit of corn in there too.

T- Crisp, and corny, not as in a bad romantic comedy, but as in tasting much like corn. no real hop bite, though the bottle does say they use "select hops" to brew it, if anything they only show on the mouthfeel.

M- lightly crisp, rather "wet" if you will, and lacking any kind of bite at all. standard for the style.

D- dangerous for being 8.1%, as malt liquor, keep the shakes away fluid goes not too bad a choice, but I would obviously rather be drinking something better, like an actual ale with some flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:58:22 | More by irishevans
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JMad

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 24oz can into a glass mug, Malt liquor, mmm, gross, Not much explainig on this one.

The beer looked good with a 2 finger head and nice gold, straw color. The head disappeared quickly.

The glass smelled sweet and boozy. The alcohol smell overpowered any other scent.

It tasted like alcohol, alittle sweet.

The mouthfeel wasn't anything special.

You can drink this stuff, but now I remember why I haven't touched this beer since I was in high school.

Serving type: can

05-23-2010 05:11:59 | More by JMad
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BabyBastard

New York

2.3/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tall boy can poured into my goblet, appears a good looking pale yellow, slightly amber in color as it's poured, mellows out into straw color with a decent sized white foamy head that retreats fairly quickly.

Smells hotly of alcohol, as this is the 8.1%er. Bread like and seems sort of yeasty to me for some reason. Other than the overpowering alcohol nose, it is difficult to decipher the other nuances of this brews scent.

Taste is not impressive, at first it has this strange metallic twinge that I've never experienced anywhere else. Not sure if this could be due to the canned format, but it is unpleasant. Corn and alcohol are the only other characteristics I can use to describe this malt liquor. Not even the temperature of this brew can mask the bad taste.

Feel is very watery and hot, despite the cold serving temperature. Carbonation is passable, but there really is not too much else going for this brew. Drinkability scores low due to the horrible flavor and that high alcohol content does not remedy the situation. Though if you have more than one of these, you may not remember how horrible this tastes.

Serving type: can

05-22-2010 13:49:11 | More by BabyBastard
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Spica66

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Medium golden-amber, low carbonation, not much head.

S: Smells like bread and alcohol.

T: Very flat tasting. Sickly sweet finish. I don not like it at all.

M: Correct for a malt liquor.

D: Really poor. No hops, no beer flavor (I guess that is why they call it malt liquor).

I would NEVER buy this again!

Serving type: can

05-20-2010 15:06:36 | More by Spica66
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BobJustBob

New Mexico

1.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12 Oz can into a Globe Goblet.

I'll start with the positives. Steel Reserve has an appealing medium golden-amber color and a pleasant bready bouquet.
I just wish it tasted like it smelled or looked.
Biscuity, would be a pleasant way to describe the flavor. Kind of like those cheap Marie biscuits imported from Mexico that inhabit the budget cookie aisle in Walgreen's. It tastes like buckets of high-fructose corn sweetener has been dumped into the Beer. I've always liked sweet brews along the lines of Scotch Ale, but Steel Reserve lacks any character other than the intense and very obvious artificially sweetened flavor. "Nasty" would be an improvement.
Hops are listed on the can as an ingredient, but I can't taste any.
The can also says amusingly: "We use nearly twice the ingredients of many normal Lagers & brew for over twice as long as many quality Beers"
So, Miller admits this is an abnormal lager and distances itself from quality brews.
I'll give them credit for truth in advertising.
This one is as bad as it gets.

Serving type: can

05-17-2010 19:14:38 | More by BobJustBob
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