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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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1,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 37.45%
Wants: 10
Gots: 77 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-13-2001

Brewed in different abv. versions: 6.0%, 7.3%, 8.1%, & reports of a 8.9%
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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!

Photo of Gaben
1.86/5  rDev -20.9%
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!

Photo of shadow1961
2.43/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of bradford
2.72/5  rDev +15.7%
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

Photo of BMoney575
2.88/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of Beerman420
1.82/5  rDev -22.6%
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!

Photo of rkuhnel
2.13/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of mcerka
2.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of guitarmage
3.04/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.15/5  rDev -8.5%
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"

Photo of TheSarge
2.77/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Bobikel
2.76/5  rDev +17.4%
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%.

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.

Photo of jettjon
2.49/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of nicksta
2.66/5  rDev +13.2%
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...

Photo of xtremejammn
1.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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

Photo of wavz
1.86/5  rDev -20.9%
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.


Photo of pmcadamis
1.51/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

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!

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.

Photo of ski271
1.67/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a medium-dark yellow with a slightly off-white, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Some light lacing. Not bad looking for a malt liquor. The smell? That’s another story. Stinks of harsh alcohol and husky corn. Taste isn’t much better. All about the corn, with a liquor-like alcohol burn to it. On the finish it feels like you should not exhale near an open flame. It has a medium body, lightly syrupy texture and moderate-lively carbonation. This was not a pleasant experience, and I would definitely not recommend this to anybody. There are better malt liquors out there. Nothing more to this than a cheap, quick buzz.

Photo of jpkoch1962
1.36/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

My father brought me home a few cans of this beer from upstate NY.

Poured from a 24 oz can into pint glass. Hazy yellow/orange color with bready, adjunct aroma. Full head was gone after a few minutes.

This beer is simply awful. The taste of mouldy vegtables dominated this lager. Spit the beer back into the glass, and sewered the remainder. Gotta have a talk with my Dad. He was only a few miles from Vermont, yet he got me this crap.

Photo of ReebShorts
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Silver 24 oz can, .99 cents. Poured a slightly cloudy orangish yellow. Not nearly as much carbonation eviden as the Black canned version of this I just reviewed. Decent chunky head with some lacing.

Aroma of Sweet corn, wet grass, mildewed malt.

The alcohol is more noticeable here, than on the special edition (black can) version. This actually helps to kill some of the over the top sweetness, but also has a more raw, unrefined flavor. This is not great by any means, but for the class of beers it's in it's one of the better ones i've tried.

The can states this is a lager, but this one screams malt liquor to me.

Photo of TechMyst
1.12/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

FRESH: I guess so
PURCHASED @: Wally-World
COST: $5.87/12pk
HEAD: thin foamy; disapated to sheen (small bubbles in center; and large on outer rim of glass)
LACE: evenly soapy, actually laced heavely
TRANSMITTED- yellow with slight hint of orange
AROMA: malts (faint)
MOUTHFEEL: light soapy unharsh fizzy-ness
PALATE: soapy
TASTE: sweet malts give way to bitterness; corn syrup and gasoline. I forced myself to drink 4 cans; if you can do better, you’re a stronger man than I. This beer is an alcoholics wet dream and a beer (snob) connoisseurs hellish nightmare. This is why I need to invent the Beer-Condom (TM). Put it on and it’ll protect your tastebuds from drainpours...

COMMENTS: cheap buzz; have a couple of heavily salted peanuts after each long pull; careful though, if you don’t know your limits puking peanut chunks is not pretty. The EXTRA may not apply to the "Select Hops" and what is one’s definition of select hops anyway?
WITH FRIENDS- only if they’re winos
GET MY BUZZ ON- If I’m w/ my wino friends under the viaduct while living in a cardboard box...maybe...

Photo of Neehan
2.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stopped by convenience store on the way home, very limited number of choices so I had a what-the-hell moment and grabbed a bottle of this-- hadn't had one of these in about 5 years or so.

Pros: dirt cheap-- about a buck for a 22, and if it's a buzz that you are after, this won't let you down with the high yet failry well hidden alcohol content. You can find this about anywhere. Somewhat drinkable unless you prefer less alcohol and can tolerate the sweetness.

Cons: nothing too good here including the yellowish appearance, weak mouthfeel, and an overly sweet taste. It tastes better than a lot of other brews in this category, but if you are a BA, this is one to avoid.

It will be at least 5 more years before I have this again.

Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
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