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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

923 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 36.86%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | 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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FormatKid

Tennessee

2.9/5  rDev +22.9%

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.

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

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +53.8%

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.

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

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev +7.2%

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".

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

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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

Indiana

2.45/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +43.2%

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

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

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +30.5%

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.

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

New York

3.08/5  rDev +30.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +55.9%

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.

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

Oregon

3/5  rDev +27.1%

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.

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

Virginia

1.83/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

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

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +58.1%

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.

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

California

1.68/5  rDev -28.8%

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.

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

Nevada

2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

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

California

2.28/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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

Washington

2.65/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -25.8%

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.

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

Kentucky

1.02/5  rDev -56.8%

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.

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

California

1.35/5  rDev -42.8%

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.

01-03-2004 05:54:05 | More by ithacabaron
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anchored

California

1.2/5  rDev -49.2%

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)

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

Cambodia

3.4/5  rDev +44.1%

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.

12-02-2003 06:23:56 | More by maccroz
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.