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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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 37.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 68 | 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 Never2Dark
2.93/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For 99 cents, these 24 ounces of 8% malt liquor can't be beat.

First of all this is not a good beer. It smells like cheap beer (sour and foul), it tastes like sweet corn and alcohol, it's over carbonated, but it finishes like an ok beer. There's something nice about it that make the 2nd and 3rd sips better and better. (maybe it's the 8% alcohol)

While it may be not-good, it is the #1 malt liquor I've tasted, and the price is amazing.

When I see a 4-pack of Abrasive Ale for $16.99, or the equivilant volume of Steel Reserve 211 for $2.97, I sometimes go for the malt liquor.

It's bad taste vs. good economics, and it's certainly a beer that will grow on you.

Photo of C2H5
2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of animal69
2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of jlenik
5/5  rDev +112.8%

Photo of Antonius08
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TCgoalie
2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of stckhndlr
1.35/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a piss yellow gold with a huge white foam head. Champagne bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Clear with thin lacing.

S- Metallic corn with a touch of light malt caramel mixed with skunk notes.

T- taste like corn water left in a plastic bottle in the sun for a few days. Has a plastic taste to it. A bit bitter and sour.

M- Grainy and thin, leaves the mouth very dry.

O- Tried this just to say I tried it. Now that I have I can say I won't have it again. Terrible beer. Couldn't finish it. I'd rather have a Bud Light over this one.

Photo of sukwonee
1/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of Gregwa
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of antique
2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of emerge077
2.95/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A budget buy, let's see if this is as bad as I remember... on public access they aired this hilarious episode of a "talk show", it was a couple of old guys demystifying the evil "coded symbols" you find on various malt liquors. Of course you have a slew of dangerous animals to be superstitious about (cobras, jaguars, wild cats, all pretty self-explanatory), but Steel Reserve? Where's the hidden meaning there fellas? The "211" sign is the medieval symbol for steel, but they went another route, claiming it had criminal meaning.

Here's an excerpt from the age old tome "A Story without Heroes: The Cautionary Tale of Malt Liquor"...

"LeeRoy Jordan, Jr., a health professional and independent consultant, was one of many who noted that 211 was the California penal code for robbery, and he added that the alphanumeric gang code translation of 211, based on the 2nd and 11th letters of the alphabet, was "Blood Killer." And there you have it: another malt liquor brand promoting gangsterism and violence."

Can says "JUN042012" so at least it's in code.
Skip those clear bottles.

Ultra pale gold, not much in the way of visible carbonation. A finger of whitey white foam, that settles briefly and leaves some irrregular lacing and a thin veil of broken skim on the surface.

Nondescript aroma of apple, wet grain husks, and sweet alcohol. Honestly it's pretty inoffensive.

Fruity flavor, some harsh alcohol astringency, cereal grains in the finish. The fruitiness isn't your typical apple juice box, it has some pear or similar sweetness to it that's actually not terrible, and a welcome change from typical swill, which this is too don't get me wrong. Feels like a medium bodied malt liquor, it gets a little boozy when it warms up, so don't let that happen. Leave the 40 in the fridge if you have to. Slight stickiness, there is a fair amount of sweetness but the alcohol tends to dry it out quickly. Pretty drinkable actually, which goes a long way in the malt liquor category.

Overall this isn't terrible, middle of the road compared to the bottom of the barrel malt liquors... Earthquake, Jaguar, Evil Eye, etc.

Photo of JohnnyChimpo
2/5  rDev -14.9%

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3/5  rDev +27.7%

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2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Amp
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of phenomenologian
1.65/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It pours a small head that is white. It does not retain. Bad sign.

The smell is of cereal, alcohol and some other stuff I cannot recognize. The smell is faint but the alcohol smell is harsh.

The taste is not good just because it has harsh taste of alcohol and cereal and maybe some other stuff. Altogether, it has a certain taste to it that makes the brew repulsive. The certain taste it has is definitely of alcohol with harsh flavor that is not even pleasant.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated and not good which makes this experience worse. It makes mouth dry

Overall, gross taste. I know some people like this style of beer but this is intolerable. Maybe Im being too harsh but I cannot understand how someone can find this beer enjoyable.

Photo of Bricelyn
2.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So were broke and well we mine as well!!! Wife showed up with beer unexpectedly, I'm kinda disappointed but here goes anyhow!

Poured from a a 24oz can into a 12 oz glass this beer looks unnaturally dark from what I assumed would come from this style of brew. About a Centimeter of foam that seems to be sticking all the way down.

It has a liqour store smell to it honestly it smells like cheap beer spilled onto cardboard and left to dry in a cool back room.

Corn and corn I taste Corn!!! with a heavy malt finish.

Mouth feel is thick and sticky with an uncomfortable residue after

This is not my Style of brew But I can honestly say I have tried it and am proud to expand my beer knowledge.

Photo of blakelive784
2.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

40 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color with a .5 finger head of no cream. Retention is so awful, I looked away for a second and the head was gone. Expectations couldn't be lower.

S - Bland pale malt, stale adjunct, cereal, and alcohol. Yum.

T - Follows the nose closely, but I'm not entirely disappointed. Sweet pale malt and cereal dominate, but the alcohol noticeably coats your mouth as it finishes.

M - A bit crisp, light and finishes smooth. Works for what's there, but not great.

D - If you're looking for a cheap buzz, look no further. A pretty wretched concoction overall, but you could find worse.

Photo of ericwilson54
3.5/5  rDev +48.9%

Photo of troobie
4/5  rDev +70.2%

Photo of jesus808
1/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

24 oz tall can into a pint glass

A: Perfectly clear with festive carbonation. Frothy white head falls quickly, with no lace. Golden more than yellow.

S: Not much. Corn, alcohol, fruit?

T:Rough. I know this is supposed to be a style thing but this is bad. Booze, dry fruit, sour mix, rice cereal.

M: Super carbonated. Thin, dry.

D: Of course not.

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2/5  rDev -14.9%

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1/5  rDev -57.4%

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2/5  rDev -14.9%

Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.