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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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900 Ratings

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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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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
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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
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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
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1.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is another extremely cheap beer. It's yellowish in color and doesn't have a lot of aroma nor head. The abv is very high but it is not very tasty. Slightly bitter but drinkable for the abv and the price. Not great, but it gets you drunk cheap. Pretty crappy.

Serving type: can

08-18-2003 12:56:51 | More by clvand0
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2.7/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, the memories. Beginning college freshman year and drinking steel reserve basically every night with my soccer teammates. This one really helped me build a nice alcohol tolerance. I go back to it time and again when the money's low and I want to get wasted. Looks like urine with basically no head. Smell is nonexistent in my opinion. Taste is quite nice in style comparison when this one's cold. A little on the sweet side with some grassy adjuncts noticed. Alchohol is strong and gives this beer a kick. Gets worse and worse the more it warms, so drink it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 23:20:48 | More by granger10
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2.58/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a medium white head of small bubbles. It has a transparent golden body with carbonation and a hoppy aroma. It's hoppy taste was smooth with a bit of tang to the aftertaste. It is an easy to drink beer that you can still taste the alcohol in.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 21:48:26 | More by TheDM
Photo of Guardian


3.48/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have posted in the forums before, and been heckled for not being into the snobby super expensive microbrews. This is the absolute best bang for your buck. I would not recommend drinking more than a 40 at any given sitting.

This is not a beer you buy for taste or to look like you're into the hippest micro. This is beer to enjoy after a hard day when you are looking to unwind.

Taste is decent. Even when warm it isn't bad.

If you don't mind the buzz (or are looking for it) buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 00:20:07 | More by Guardian
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2.35/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew poured a medium white somewhat creamy head that dissolved rather quickly. There was virtually no lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a sweet aroma to it. The carbonation could be seen rising to the top. I was not impressed by this brew at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 13:52:11 | More by hotstuff
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.85/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, and wow again. This malt lager pours a bright golden color, slight carbonation, a rapidly disolving head, the aroma is aweful, mainly of dishsoap, enough to sniff only once. Off the bat, a sweet and malty taste, a tad carbonated, and, yes slightly creamy. Some alcohol can be noted, and a nice feel on the palate, similar to a decent lager. Let's not get carried away, but in the category of cheap, let's get drunk fast, for 95 cents per 24 ounces, this is a good malt beverage.

Serving type: can

05-09-2003 19:11:22 | More by GeoffRizzo
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3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz silver can. "Slow brewed for a minimum of 28 days" 8.1% abv "High gravity lager". $1.99 per can at the Mini Mart across LV Blvd from the Treasure Island casino hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

This "malt liquor" was not as offensive as I imagined. It was actually drinkable.

It poured a clear, golden color with creamy white foam that dissipated relatively quickly. There was very little bubbling action. The smell was very modest, and I had to try hard to get a small whiff of malt. The taste was thin, a bit sweet and malty, with almost no hop presence except a trace in the finish. Their was a hint of alcohol in the flavor. The mouthfeel was thin, but crisp and clean. The body was light and the carbonation feel was medium-light. There was a slightly sweet lingering flavor. The drinkability was OK. I will not make a habit of drinking this one, but if I am somewhere and nothing better is available, I will drink another.

Serving type: can

04-21-2003 20:06:39 | More by UncleJimbo
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2.15/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear yellow/gold color with a dissipating moderate white head. The mouthfeel is as expected-thin. The smell is sweet and cereal like with a slight sourness. The taste is a nearly overwhelming sweetness with a strong alcohol finish. This is a very sweet high alcohol mass produced under whelming beer.

Serving type: can

04-17-2003 19:31:20 | More by fattyre
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2.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color with a bit of haze. Pours with a fairly large white head, although this soon disappears. A number of streams of carbonation rise quickly to the surface, but seem to do nothing to reinforce the head.

Aroma: Sweet alcohol notes and some grain comprise the simple but pleasant aroma.

Taste: Opens with a surge of sweet light malt, followed by a wave of alcohol and some mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a flourish of sweet and warming alcohol and some faint hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, seems fairly full for the style.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, one of the better beers in a style that runs the gamut from dreadful to excellent. Its certainly inexpensive at about a dollar for a twenty-four ounce can. Worth a try.

Review of 03-29-2003:

Begins with quite sweet notes of alcohol, corn flavors and some weak hops follow. Midway through the taste the corn malt struggles to the surface. The somewhat dry finish is dominated by sweet alcohol flavors and some understated hop bitterness.

Pours a brassy golden color, quite clear, with a small white head that soon fades to scattered islands of foam. Carbonation is lively; the lacing is fair. The aroma is dominated by pungent sweet alcohol, light maltiness, and juicy berry notes. Tasting yields slightly rough carbonation, sweet light malt, quite pronounced alcohol flavors, and towards the finish, mildly bitter medicinal hops. The alcohol is quite warming, almost like a shot of liquor; the mouth feel is pleasant. This beer proves that malt liqour can aspire to the same lofty heights as other styles of beer. At ninety-nine cents for a 24 ounce can (Centennial Liquors, Austin, TX), this seems like a great value for the money.

Serving type: can

03-29-2003 17:09:30 | More by Pegasus
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +57.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far the best Malt Liquor I've ever had. I had heard some sketchy things about it around RU, so I was reluctant to try it. But I figured if they like Natty, and they didn't like this, then it must be rather heavy tasteing. Well, I must say, it's not too heavy, but it's a far cry from anything light. The color was a very nice golden yellow, with a foamy white head to it. The head died out quickly and left a lace. The taste starts out light, but opens up quickly on the alcohol. You can still feel the tingleing of the alcohol after a while. Coats your mouth and makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Definately my go to, now that I am broke. It's a cheap $1 for a 22oz, but I may have to spring the extra $.75 for the 40oz. Drink on my brotheren.

Serving type: can

03-03-2003 20:43:13 | More by JISurfer
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3.35/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow-gold with a densely creamy bright-white head that holds surprisingly well. It eventually drops, but keeps a thin surface covering and leaves some minor lace. The nose expresses a sweet malt with some clear alcohol and a touch of fruitiness, but otherwise it's quite clean. It's full bodied with a fine carbonation that's lightly effervescent and gently caresses the tongue. Crisp yet smooth. The flavor offers clean, sweet adjunct-laden malt with a clear note of alcohol and an underlying bitterness. It finishes drying with some lingering sweet malt. It's cleaner than many malt liquors (and may be fermented a bit cooler), but other than that there's not much going on here. Still, it's not a bad choice within the style.

Serving type: can

02-23-2003 20:48:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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1/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Buddy brought this to work. Lots of malt, aweful taste. This is the beer you need if you want to get hammered. This is beyond bad, but that buzz kicked in after the second sip. The paper cup I was drinking it with had more flavor. I feel like gargelling with turpintine to get the taste out of my mouth.

Serving type: can

02-21-2003 11:06:43 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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2.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with some white head, a very little. I can't see the difference between a beer like this and any other macro beer. It has a higher alcohol content, but it is still the same rice/sugar adjunct flavor. I might even smell a little bit of malt. I tried it out of curiousity, and for 99 cents/24 oz can, I guess it has its own time and place.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 16:01:33 | More by jtw5877
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New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

this was a rough one. ghetto juice almost too bad to handle. malt beyond belief and a just nasty taste in general. then again, what is the purpose of a malt liquor. thick and sweet, yet skunky. mouthfeel is hard to even recognize while battling the taste. i think this one makes other malt liquors look like top notch craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 16:47:13 | More by ElGuapo
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1.63/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear, light golden in color. Minimal head and little lace. Heavily carbonated. Somewhat sweet tasting with strong alcohol taste. Medium bodied with mouth coating mouthfeel. Finishes sweetly alcoholic.

Serving type: can

06-10-2002 10:10:16 | More by psugrad98
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2.78/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Oh the Steel...truly high gravity...it will push you down until you hit the floor. It has quite a high kick at 8.1%, but when had cold is very drinkable. I remember that one night I quickly pounded two Steel 40's...oh wait, no I dont remember that night. That's the power of the Steel.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2002 18:06:10 | More by IrishRedRock
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New Jersey

1.15/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I know that the alcohol per dollar ratio is great, but avoid this like the plague. Even among malt liquors, Steel Reserve is one of the worst beverages out there. It tastes like gasoline and will rip your stomach in two. Drink a Liquid Plumber and ammonia cocktail before you drink Steel Reserve. For the love of God stay the hell away!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2002 15:17:00 | More by KingSpank
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1.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Its been a long time since I've sampled malt liquor, but I decided to pick up a 40 O.Z. of somthing and dive right in. I decided on Steel Reserve 211 and yes, I drank it straight from the bottle. At 8.1%, I was feelin' the alcohol about halfway down the bottle. This stuff smells slightly skunky, but I couldn't tell if it was because of the of the clear bottle or because its SUPPOSED to be that way. This tastes slightly sweet, rather light and finishes up with a swallow that lets you know this thing has alcohol in it. Was it good? No. Was it bad? Yeah, it was bad. But I had a buzz going after drinking it and I must say, I have had alot worse, both macro and micro-wise. Peace out, time to wash the hoopty and catch some NCAA b-ball.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2002 08:48:06 | More by proc
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3.7/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 24 oz sliver can with eye catching fonts and "buy me" wording.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber golden in colour with a minimal lace formed by a champagne like carbonation.

Smell: Light malt aroma with a faint acidic and noticeable alcoholic nose to follow.

Taste: Medium to full body with a definite crisp carbonation. On the sweet side. Clean slightly stripped malty palate, strong spicy alcohol presence with a trace acidic hoppy twang. Little bit of cooked corn flavour and sweet dextrin from the residual sugar. After taste is very clean with just remnants of the spicy warming alcohol.

Notes: One of the most drinkable malt liquors I have tasted, one of the more alcoholic ones I have run into also. Even when it warms up a bit it does not get ghastly like other malt liquors do.

Serving type: can

09-13-2001 00:10:44 | More by Jason
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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
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