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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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989 Ratings

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 37.45%
Wants: 8
Gots: 60 | 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 youngleo
2.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Appearance was good. It was a little darker yellow and a head that quickly disappered. It didnt have a whole lot of carbonation. Also the lacing was minimal.

S- You could definatly tell it was a malt beer. But not a lot of aroma after that.

T- It actually was pretty smooth. With an alcohol content at 8.1, it really didnt taste bitter. Yes this was 8.1 and not the typical 6.0. It wasnt as bitter as some of the ICE beers I drank that has a bitter flavor.

M- It felt good in the mouth. Not to much carbonation. It felt like any beer would.

D- I dont know if I could drink this all night and live to tell about it. After a couple, I could tell that I had a good buzz. If you wanted to get a buzz in a hurry, this is the beer to get. Ill probably get a Colt 45 next to compare the difference, and let you know.

youngleo, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.95/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

24oz can poured into pint glass, too much to ask for a freshness date? Answer: Yes.

A: Pours a clear amber, with a creamy white head that has suprisingly good retention, not much lacing though. Darker than most malt liqors I've seen, not too bad, but this beer looses points with me beacuse of that "Premium Malts and Hops" claim printing on the side.

S: Good old creamed corn sweetness like pretty much all the malt liquors out there today.

T/MF:Not much carbonation and pretty creamy a decent mouthfeel makes it go down real easy. Has sort of an off taste from other malt liquors which is pretty nice, I can actually taste some of the malt in this and it's not too bad, the aftertaste is sort of a weird unsalted pop corn taste, strange but still okay.

D: Quite drinkable compared to the rest of the malts out there today, this one would be my first choice every time.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of wizardcamp
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Recently my boss went to Wisconsin on business, while he was there a friend and myself asked for him to pick up some New Glarus for us. Instead he came home with this. He had believed that because the word "reserve" was on the can that it meant it was good. Obviously he is not a beer drinker. Before drinking this I had decided to call my brother who drank every crappy beer under the sun while in college. He told me that he did indeed have it and that as far as 40's go it was ... not good.

Being the daredevil that I am I tried it anyway. Hell, if I can drink a Rauchbier I can drink anything.

It didn't smell as bad as I thought it would but you could smell ... grain? alcohol? All i know is that it didn't smell skunked.

The taste was skanky, and funky. Like a belgian ale about to go bad.

When I poured it in the glass it looked like a good morning pee. It was frothy and dark yellow. The appearnce added to the drinking experience. I felt like I was in Stephen King's book Misery.

The mouthfeel was not as carbonated as I thought it would be, quite plain actually.

All in all it is a malt liquor. I also firmly believe that this beer has laxative properties as my morning after drinking this turned ugly.

wizardcamp, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of tfinn
1.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I see empty cans of this on the street on a regular basis, and it seems to be the brew of choice for the homeless alcoholic. out of sheer curiosity I figured I'd give it a try.

pours a deep straw yellow with a clingy white head. carbonation is active, although not as intense as some German weißbiers. the pour is noticeably viscous.

scent is faintly grits-like, light straw, not really any hops to note or much of anything, just faint cooked cereal notes. some DMS at first pour which dissipates. having just had a nice microbrewed pilsner earlier this evening, it is a bit of a dissapointment. (admittedly I wasn't expecting much.)

flavor is sweet grits, very sweet, almost cloying. this is the weakest point of the beer. it really doesn't have much going on with it. there is no depth at all. miller high life has more dimension to it.

mouthfeel is full, comparable in weight to a dopplebock. whatever nondescript hops are in the beer do eventually cut the cloying tail, making this marginally drinkable. it reminds me a lot of the AB brewmaster's private reserve (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/29/26900) actually, except without the premium price tag. a little bit of alcohol starts coming out as the beer warms.

it's not the worst thing I've ever drank, but is far from the best. rogue's dad's little helper (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/132/30424) completely blows this away. I don't think I could finish a 40 of this due to its weightiness and overt sweetness, and even the 24 is kind of pissing me off at this point. but dammit I have to get my $1.75 (deposit included) worth, so down the hatch it goes.

tfinn, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of tzieser
1.08/5  rDev -54%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

drank directly from a 40oz. the only way to drink an awful "beer" such as this one

appearance- foamy head that is only a result of the 40 being moved and held. very clear yellowish liquid.

smell- smells like a colt 45 with a shot of vodka in it

tastes- tastes like a colt 45 with a shot of vodka in it. the only good thing about this is that it gets you shattered for 2.00.

drinkability- it's hard not to choke on this awful concoction, let alone drink it casually.

overall, it's only something i drink when i have less than 10 bucks in my wallet and i need to get drunk quick. an essential college beer, but not something i enjoy drinking (i think of it as medicine. doesn't taste good, but you gotta drink it)

tzieser, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
1.43/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Review from horrid memories...

Nasty stuff here.

Looks like a malt liquor, yellow/orange some head, which went away fast and little lacing.

It smells of alcohol and grains, sort of like hog feed with vodka.

It's just nasty, I intentionally drank it ice cold in a frosted mug and it was still nasty.

This is a hard one to drink, a bit of malt sweetness at first but then the alcohol takes over.

Nah, I got more class than this swill, Steel Reserve, meet my sink!

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Gaben
1.9/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Call this stuff goot ole steely dan, Cheap as dirt , but a man with a plan!

Well I recently got stuck to this stuff just for the simple fact that I have no money , but other then that , It was a way better road to the way of gootness then alot of other mainstream Hess beers.

The appearance is nothing special , standard malt liquor. Simple

Smell oh man , that malted barely smell is nasty, you can smell the 8% in thare!!

Taste isnt so bad after your first brew , mellow's down after awhile and isnt as carbonated as most.

Lemme get down to drinking it , like I was saying after your first you pretty much are going uphill on your cheap steely dan buzz!

Last words.. goot for getting goot!

Gaben, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
2.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Steel Reserve High Gravity lager pours out a rocky head over a clear
yellow brew. It's kind of pretty in a lava-lamp kinda way. Carbonation is
quite aggressive, yet the head collapses quickly. The nose is thin malt
and a bit of sour yeasty-ness. A tiny bit of sweetness up front and a little
bite in the finish- not from the nigh-invisible hop presence but alcohol
burn. There's not much of an aftertaste either- a bit of grain and it doesn't
last long. Still, it's pretty smooth when it's ice-cold, and it's a decent enough
gateway if you're planning a bender. But it's still not good. You should respect
beer- but does this beer respect you? It's 8.1% alcohol by volume, but sure as
hell, this is no Maudite.

shadow1961, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of bradford
2.68/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

bought for 6.99 a twelve pack at Albertsons. The appearance is pretty standard for a macro malt liquor, maybe a tad bit darker than most. smelled halfway decent for a beer who's main concern is getting young kids drunk. Taste is exceptional for this type of product. I actually enjoy the taste of 211. A lot of people want a good session beer now, and I know that at 8.1%, it hardly falls under that category, but I don't mind throwing a few back. Mouthfeel is pretty standard. crisp, clean unoffensive. Drinkability is great because this is a beer intended to be pounded, not savored. It accomplishes this task quite well

bradford, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
2.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 3-14-07
Best before 8-1-07

Appearance is a mystery, as I'm drinking it straight from the can. If I was to pour it, I'm assuming it would be a gold color with lots of carbonation.

Smells terrible, but the small opening in the top of the can helps cut the stink down.

Taste is...well...not that bad. Somewhat malty and grainy, the alcohol flavor reminds you of its purpose.

Mouthfeel is also not bad, good consistency and carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy is good, goes down smooth.

Overall, one of the best alcohol delivery systems available. At $.99 a double 24oz can, it makes me glad I'm in college.

BMoney575, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Beerman420
1.8/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Drinkable, yet terrible. If you want to get drunk fast, this is your stuff!
A - Looks like a beer, but you should taste it before assuming.
S - Holy Crap! This stuff is like an ogres perfume!
T - Ogres Piss with some aluminum, all I can say.
M - If you can keep it in your mouth, it's not so bad. It takes about 2 cans before that.
D - Pretty Drinkable after 1 or 2. Very drinkable if you only have 10 bucks to spend on a 18'er.
Drunkability - +10 - Get'm drunk!

Beerman420, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
2.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big old bottle reminded my of my youth when all we cared about was volume and alcohol content. Thiis poured a light yellow with a white head that was gone in seconds and left no lacing. Nose of fermented corn, but it still smells somewhat like it was a chemical. There is a sweet taste but in general it is dominated by the alcohol content. The mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. I suppose if it was poured at just above freezing you could choke this stuff down, but as it gets warmer it gets worse. A cheap drunk and not so great brew.

rkuhnel, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of mcerka
2.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reminds me of CAMO without the wine/grape flavor. I don't know which one I prefer because Steel's a little smoother but CAMO has more of an alchohol % and also cheaper by me. So it' depends on what type of mood you're in.

A cheap beer to get drunk off of. You be the judge.

mcerka, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of guitarmage
3.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Intimidating, huge, it's a 40oz. It looks like trouble. It's actually a apple juice color, few bubbles, no lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, steely grain, a bready sweetness.

Taste: An whiskey like sweetness upfront, alcohol warms your face, finishes semi dry, leaves a biscuity flavor in your mouth. Hops are nearly undetectable.

Mouthfeel: An even fizziness, fairly low carbonation, dry in the finish.

Drinkability: It depends. It's all about your mood on this one, it's 2/11 today so I thought what the hell. If you want some stress relief it can be as drinkable as anything. It doesn't have a lot going for it in terms of flavor, but it also doesn't have some of the awful flavors from other cheap overproofed beers.

guitarmage, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Once upon a time there was a malt liquor called steel reserve...it pours golden straw with drippy lace

smelled like popcorn adjuncts

tastes like a popcorn cocktail with some rice grain

feel is an awl-kee-hawl sizzler!

last swigs: 8.1% ABV shows up to THIS! party. Had to try a new "scrod beer"

blitheringidiot, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
2.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a huge fan of the malt liquors, but heck my brother had me try this one. Pours with a moderate amount of carbination, which forms a light white head, and leaves behind a lacing all the way throuhg. Not too bad for a cheap brew. Gives off aromas of sweet malt with a hint of corn, which is shared in the taste as well. Finishes with a mild warmness.

TheSarge, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Bobikel
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear pale gold with a nice two 1 1/2" head. Retention is minimal, slight lacing.

Smell - Funky soap dominates with a little malt bitterness. Slight hopping.

Taste - Mostly sweet malt with hints of lager yeast, very little hop bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel - As expected, thin and watery with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - A very quaffible lager. Easy drinking.

Overall - For it's price, you get what you expect: A decent lager with 8%.

Bobikel, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of scarletfire79
3.1/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it's been a long time since i've had malt liquor. i guess molon xxx must have been the last. overall this beer isn't that bad for the style. i'd still put it behind colt 45. no real bad aftertaste and warming doesn't seem to hurt as much as other 40 oz. beers. and for $.99 a 40 oz. who can deny it's a good pick me up when you're low on cash.

scarletfire79, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of jettjon
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 24 oz. can, pours a bright, pale yellow-gold clear color with many bubbles beneath a 2-finger head of heavy white foam. Head fades at a moderate-fast rate, leaving minor lacing. Nose of malt and grass. Yes, believe it or not, there’s definitely malt in there. A bit of “bad malt liquor” scent as well, but not much. Some sort of chemical odor as well. Taste is sweet with a definite malt character, and not in a bad way. However, it’s muddled with lactose-like over-sweetness. There’s some alcohol toward the middle, and it ends with a hint of bitterness and some sticky-sweetness. Mouth is watery and mildly carbonated, wet but not too thin. Drinkability: it’s acceptable to accomplish the mission, but the nose and flavor definitely detract from the experience.

Overall: A good cheap one to get your freak on. One 24 oz. can = 4 regular beers. If you’re looking to get hammered with a semi-acceptable beer for the lowest possible cost, this is the way to go. A completely acceptable buzz beer in my opinion. Take it for what it’s worth.

jettjon, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of nicksta
2.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I bought this beer for my friends 21st. I wanted some good stuff, but I was broke. Hell, at 7 bucks for a 12 pack I thought I couldn't go wrong. Oh, how wrong I was.

The appearance is not all that bad. It is a nice gold and the head does not die that easily. It also gives nice lacing. I have just seen this before. The smell is a lot worse. It is very adjunctly sweet and it does not hide its alcohol very well.
The taste is not as bad as it was the first time. It must be because I put it into a glass this time. Anyway, it has a little bit of malt sweetness and a burn from the alcohol that is not to bad, but your typical cheap-beer corn taste rounds it out. I must be losing it because throughout the taste I also detected some hints of fruit sweetness. It kind of reminded me of banana sweetness and spice typically found in a wheat beer. Yeah, you can feel free to disregard that last part.
The mouthfeel is also quite good. The drinkability ain't great; you will need to get past the burn from the 8.1% that can effect your mouth to your gut..
The bottom line is that this was meant for "chug-chug-chug" but if you pour it into a glass and take you time you can still get drunk and enjoy it. I probably just ruined my credibility as a beer drinker...

nicksta, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of xtremejammn
1.9/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well it's another cheap high gravity lager, bleugh. But not completely bleaugh.

A: Pours a faded yellow and has a quickly fading head, nothing special.

S: Smells very malty, with somewhat of a grainy scent.

T: Ugh, off sweet with a cheap malt taste and some hop pressence, with a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: A little acidy and the bad taste make for a lousy mouthfeel.

D: A bit acidy and a little rough going down.

Bottom Line: It's pretty obvious why this is so cheap, but hey if your in need of a pick me up and low on cash you should give this one a shot...Good luck

xtremejammn, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of wavz
1.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I have to start out by first saying I would never buy this beer on my own. I was at a friends house and they happened to have a few of these and the high gravity things caught my eye.

A- Poured out of the can with a nice straw/wheat color. And that was the best part of the experience.

S- Like the morning after a keg party.

T- Like the morning after a keg party.

M- Not much lacing on the glass and plenty of carbination.

D- If your MO is getting F$#@ed up then this is the cruddy beer that will do the job.


wavz, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Go this big ass 24 oz can at the gas station. I have to admit, I was a bit embarrased to buy this (along with a 24 oz can of Hurricane), but I feel the need to review beer in all of it's various incarnations. Alas, the unfortunate among us may not be able to afford a bomber of some fine Belgian ale, so I shall make do with what I have and walk amongst the comman man as Tolstoy did over a hundred years ago. This is my epic journey into the world of cheapo ghetto beer.

"According to a study by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California, malt liquor is the alcohol of choice of the homeless and unemployed." The study appears in the March 2005 issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

A - Actually looks pretty good once poured into my 0.5L big-ass pint glass. Bronze-gold with lots of champagne bubbles and a nice 1/2 finger white head that sticks around for quite some time. When swirled, sheets of foam don't stick to the glass

S - OK, this one started out looking pretty, but just took a huge nose-dive in the smell department. Stale and musty...smells like my beer-stained carpet when I was in college. Loads of corny adjuncts, overripe fruit, and alcohol whiffs, but somewhat sweet and actually not as bad as I would have expected. Plus, it's got big balls....I'll give it that. It's really boozy and assertive.

T - Very malty and sweet like sugary ceral with milk. Cornbread with molasses. Very noticable alcohol profile...but then again I guess that the point of this brew is to just get you drunk. I must say that I like this better than bud light or miller light...and for $1.19 per 24 oz can? Damn.

M - Very thick and cloyingly sweet. Rich and very soupy. Somehow feels warm on the tongue even though I bought it ice cold and drank it within a few minutes of getting home. The alcohol is very apparent, and there are some unexpectedly nice drying hop notes on the finish, but it's still way to syrupy and unbalanced.

D - Pretty low. This is so thick and syrupy that after downing half the can I already feel very full, and the sickening sweetness is very overwhelming. Honestly, for a buck a 24oz can (50 cents per beer ...really) this stuff is not that bad. If I felt like drinking one pint of something cheap I would pick this over a regular "low-gravity" macro lager, but if I wanted to drink a few beers with or without a meal, I would go with the less interesting but easier drinking regular macro.

As much as I want too, I can say that this is as bad as I thought it woudld be. It pretty much tastes like shit, but hey...at least it has character, and that is something that most BMC brews can't claim. I now lay me down to sleep under the freeway overpass while wrapping the newspaper a little tighter around my cardboard box enclosed frame. Good night moon. Good night stars. Goodnight sense of self respect.

pmcadamis, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of bostoneo
1.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

From 6pack pints for 3.89 USD

The appeance is dark yellow with tons of head
Smell: of tons of grains sadly
Taste: Stronge alchol taste beyond all
Mouthfeel: thin and short shortlasting
drinkablility: don't drink this unless you plan to get boomed off your rocker!

All in all a awful beer taste (chase with an orange flavor soda) to get wasted! I don't recommend as a regular but as a low budget drunkards beer! Have fun!

bostoneo, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of mnesporov
2.63/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 24oz can with freshness date on can. 6%ABV

Appearance: The beer poured a light golden straw color with a white head that did not last long at all. The Lace stuck around until the end.

Smell: Very crisp malty smell to it with a hint of alcohol also.

Taste: A little sweet with a slightly malty taste. I’m not sure if it was the NC Lower alcohol laws or what, but it tasted very watered down.

Mouth-Feel: Strong crisp somewhat smooth with a watery mouth-feel.

Drink-Ability: For .99 Cents for a 24oz its okay, but there is just better beer for a little more, Not one of my Top cheap beer choices.

mnesporov, Nov 09, 2006
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 989 ratings.