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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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961 Ratings

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Ratings: 961
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 37.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 55 | 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 RootedFool
1.68/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

RootedFool, May 11, 2004
Photo of DESTRO
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

DESTRO, May 05, 2004
Photo of tommy78
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

tommy78, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.53/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

RoyalT, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Zorro
2.28/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Zorro, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

beertaster13, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
2.4/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

masterbruewer, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

TastyTaste, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Brent
1.02/5  rDev -56.8%
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.

Brent, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of ithacabaron
1.35/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

ithacabaron, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of anchored
1.2/5  rDev -49.2%
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)

anchored, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of maccroz
3.4/5  rDev +44.1%
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.

maccroz, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
1.35/5  rDev -42.8%
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.

SetarconeX, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
2.42/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Rootdog316, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of Dmann
2.23/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Dmann, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of tar
1.75/5  rDev -25.8%
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).

tar, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of clvand0
1.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

clvand0, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of granger10
2.7/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

granger10, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

TheDM, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of Guardian
3.48/5  rDev +47.5%
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.

Guardian, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.35/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

hotstuff, May 11, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.85/5  rDev +63.1%
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.

GeoffRizzo, May 09, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
3/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

UncleJimbo, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of fattyre
2.15/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

fattyre, Apr 17, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
2.85/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Pegasus, Mar 29, 2003
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 961 ratings.