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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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894 Ratings

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Ratings: 894
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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Photo of dren


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
Photo of ADR


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of Reidrover


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
Photo of cptnjck101


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
Photo of LarryKemp


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
Photo of RootedFool


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
Photo of DESTRO


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
Photo of 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
Photo of RoyalT


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
Photo of Zorro


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
Photo of beertaster13


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
Photo of masterbruewer


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
Photo of TastyTaste


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
Photo of Brent


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
Photo of ithacabaron


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
Photo of anchored


1.2/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Lets start by saying that this is by far the best of the bunch but thats not saying much....tastes similar to OE but you can notice the alc volume a lot more. I guess it is good if you are down to your last pocket change and just want to get fu*ked up....you cant be the price (.99-1.50)

Serving type: can

12-02-2003 06:49:41 | More by anchored
Photo of maccroz


3.4/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As an unemployed recent college graduate, I am a connoiseur of cheap beers. Having sifted through my fair share of Milwaukee's "Best", Shlitz, Schaefers, etc, I was pleasently surprised to find Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity at my local Kroger. This beer was not only cheap, but it tasted better than my roommate's top expensive pick, Budweiser. At 6% alcohol, cheap beers tend to have a certain funk to them. Steel Reserve maintained a "beerish" taste without being overly sweet, overly bitter, or overly funky. It also did not have that alcohol taste that Malt Liquor has. This is my new first choice for poker night.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 06:23:56 | More by maccroz
Photo of SetarconeX


1.35/5  rDev -43%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Looks like cheap beer. Weird yellow color, not quite the gold I'm used to. Smells like a latrine. Tastes like a latrine.

Mouthfeel, therefore, is shockingly good. I fully expected to wretch after the first few sips of this, but I guess I might manage to finish the glass.

Another beer for those trying to get drunk. Impressively high alcohol content, and impressively low everything else. Terrible, terrible, TERRIBLE beer.

Serving type: can

10-16-2003 02:32:40 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of Rootdog316


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

I personally love Steel Reserve. This is the stuff that got me into actually liking Malt Liquor. I don't have much of a problem with the 211 at all, it tastes great, has a decent smell, and the mouthfeel is bar none better than most Malt Liquors. I would rank this up there as probably one of the better Malt Liquors around.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 07:11:36 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Dmann


2.23/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Steel Reserve is the ultimate in malt liquer's. If you want to get messed up real bad and real quick, take one or two of these 24's down and you'll be feeling good! This is definantly a drink to be consumed when ice cold, otherwise suffer the concequences. Like a previous reviewer said, when it warms up it does taste kind of like a rum and coke, only a stale one! I had a couple of these before my math class last semester and let's just say I did not learn much on that day! Anyways, I'd take a Mickey's over this any day but if you wanna get fucked up real quick, this is the ticket

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 10:59:34 | More by Dmann
Photo of tar


1.75/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head, which diminishes to nothing very quickly. The aroma is not particularly good, and has a grainy almost corn like character. The taste is not good, very grainy, with a strong unpleasant aftertaste. Becomes increasingly more unpleasant tasting as it warms—if you can drink it while its still cold, its not too bad. A bit rough feeling and not particularly drinkable. A rather low quality beer and certainly not something I would intentionally have again (although for some strange reason I know I will finish what is left of the 6 pack--which I guess bumps up the drinkability).

Serving type: can

09-03-2003 14:28:18 | More by tar
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.