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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

900 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 900
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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DFN

Arizona

2.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2004 23:08:02 | More by DFN
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Backer2004

North Carolina

1.6/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-17-2004 01:31:05 | More by Backer2004
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FormatKid

Tennessee

2.9/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 22:53:03 | More by FormatKid
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jlervine

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +53.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-09-2004 23:45:59 | More by jlervine
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mobyfann

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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".

Serving type: can

09-05-2004 03:02:24 | More by mobyfann
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: can

09-01-2004 15:42:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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dren

Indiana

2.45/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-27-2004 22:03:42 | More by dren
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-17-2004 22:27:47 | More by ADR
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CSquared

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +42.6%
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

Serving type: can

07-25-2004 00:58:27 | More by CSquared
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Ninjaworm

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +30%
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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2004 06:05:20 | More by Ninjaworm
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WesWes

New York

3.08/5  rDev +30%
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.

Serving type: can

07-07-2004 20:09:29 | More by WesWes
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +55.3%
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.

Serving type: can

06-17-2004 01:39:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Reidrover

Oregon

3/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 02:38:46 | More by Reidrover
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cptnjck101

Virginia

1.83/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2004 13:25:07 | More by cptnjck101
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +57.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-23-2004 04:51:47 | More by LarryKemp
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RootedFool

California

1.68/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2004 03:35:51 | More by RootedFool
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DESTRO

Nevada

2.25/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2004 07:36:54 | More by DESTRO
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tommy78

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i found this drink in college, since a four pack of this was always priced at $4.19 at the local beer mart. never had a chance to admire the appearance of the beer since i opened up the can and drank it straight from it. the smell is average, nothing unusual. given the high alcohol content, the taste can be hoppy, though the aftertaste is a bit strong. as for the drinkability, do not try to pound down a four pack of Steel Reserve. your body will thank you in its unique manner.

Serving type: can

03-17-2004 12:16:16 | More by tommy78
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Shiny yellow in color with a pure white head. The head showed a bit of retention but looked kind of cheap.

Smell – The grainy aroma was sharp and mixed with alcohol. I could pick up a faint floral hopping and some musty notes as well.

Taste – Not as bad as I thought, but nowhere near good. The grain mellows a bit, making this one almost drinkable. The sweet finish is kind of nasty but, again, not as bad as others.

Mouthfeel – There was some light, cheap carbonation to this one but otherwise the mouthfeel was boring and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. I will say though that it was smoother than most other efforts from the macro malt liquor industry.

Drinkability – Was it drinkable? Well, it was borderline. I managed to get about a third of the way through the can when my wife called out from the kitchen, “Do you want half of this Ruination?” I couldn’t dump it down the sink fast enough.

Serving type: can

03-15-2004 18:10:59 | More by RoyalT
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Zorro

California

2.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear gold color, gold not pee yellow! Maybe this won't be awful!

Smell is a little grain and yeast, not much there.

Taste is sweet and a bit of grain and alcohol, clean taste and no off twang to it.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkable? I can swallow it, but really it's not good.

Serving type: can

03-06-2004 03:24:30 | More by Zorro
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beertaster13

Washington

2.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Steel Reserve HG malt liqour comes in a 22oz clear bottle with the silver label. Pours a dark yellow, sap color. The smell isn't to bad for a malt liqour but still doesn't compare to other beers, a hint of poultry always arrives when I smell malt liqour. That aside the SR HG is the best malt liqour out there, I usually find the higher the alcohol volume in malt liqour the worst the taste, not so with this. It has the highest alcohol volume and tastes the best. The taste has a hint of hops and more like a heavy carbonated beer. You can pop a few of these on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 02:21:11 | More by beertaster13
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masterbruewer

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Comes in an impressive steel-looking 24 oz. can. with solid enticing logo on it.

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy head that fades fast. Decent carbonation with bubble that rise up in strings.

The smell is sweet and malty and a little medicine-like. Theres a bit of a citrus scent too.

That taste was muted and slightly skunky, but with an interesting array of flavors, not bad for a 99 cent can, but less than I had hoped for. There was some malt flavor, a little citrus flavor, but in the end it's an almost medicine like taste with lime. Not too unlike Zima.

The feel is solid, almost syrupy, and bubbly.

This might go well with some stronger-spiced foods, maybe wings or something. But without something to offset its off-flavors, I wouldn't recommend it.

Serving type: can

01-26-2004 01:26:00 | More by masterbruewer
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear gold color with a white head. I drank it straight from the 40 oz. bottle (my friend bought a 24 oz. can and dumped it down the drain). I finished mine, for sake of reviewing. Had a skunky corn smell that matched nicely with it's offensive skunk flavor. As 40's go, this is average. I still won't miss the lack of local availability.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 19:52:18 | More by TastyTaste
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Brent

Kentucky

1.02/5  rDev -57%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Why would anyone drink this? Indeed, why did I? Thanks to buddy Kevin, who decided we needed to inflict this monstrosity on ourselves in the interest of greater beer enlightenment. Color and aroma - bah, lets cut to the chase. The flavor was bad, so bad that you do the thing where you hold a mouthfull out of contact with your tongue as much as possible, and then choke it down quickly, with the "bad-beer-post-swallow-facial-contortion" following. This thing must be brewed with an all-corn mash. The finish is combination of raw alcohol and sickly sweet bitterness. There are some good cheap beers out there, but with this 99 cent 40 oz., you get what you pay for.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 05:50:42 | More by Brent
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ithacabaron

California

1.35/5  rDev -43%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Drank very cold, from the bottle, as malt liquors should be. No paper bag was used.

Very bright yellow in appearence, with a steady white foam inside the bottle as I drank it. Yellow is actually "fuller" than many macro lagers I've had, actually. Aroma is sugar and, well, not much more, I didn't smell this much, because it wasn't pleasant to do so.

Taste was terrible, even ice cold. This was so cloyingly sweet, I thought my teeth might rot out. No hops for miles. Mouthfeel was the only good thing here, and I was impressed at how it held up. Of course, with the sweet taste, this was more reminicient of drinking straight schnapps or something. Ugh.

Drinkability, well, it was amazing that I even finished this, although it got me tipsy enough, that by the end, I don't think I really even cared that much anymore.

Pretty damn bad, and probably the worst malt liquor I've ever had -- and that's if you consider malt liquors deserving of a hierarchy.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 05:54:05 | More by ithacabaron
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.