2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein wich brought good clarity to a copper/bronze body and a nicely defined one finger creamy-like head atop.Very clean nose with only mild toastiness and caramel sweetness.A full almost creamy feel to the beer is by far the best part of it.Flavors have subdued caramel and doughy sweetness up front more mild sweetness coming from the alcohol and a honey tinge,hops are subdued just giving a faint flash of leafiness,I even detect a sour note, although very light in the finish.Iam not sure about a double steam style but I Iam a big fan of ST going back to my western NY days.

Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S: A light copper colored beer with good clarity. A low long-lasting head

A: Some moderate fruity esters like peaches and a little apricot with light spice phenols. Some light hops aromas. A nice cracker and light caramel malt aroma.

T: A medium hops flavor with a medium hops bitterness. As in the nose there are a fair amount of light colored fruit flavors and a light spice note. A medium-light caramel and cracker like malt flavor with a light sweetness having a balance that is somewhat bitter. Some hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: A hop focused beer with a fair amount of yeast character. A cool idea for a style that has been well executed.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #80 (Sep 2013):

Without a doubt, we can appreciate brewers taking a style and doubling or imperializing it. A job well done here. The brewer’s intention is clear, as this brew simply takes California Common and makes it BIG. All of the balance and drinkability is there, which is quite a feat, especially for a lighter-colored brew.

STYLE: California Common
ABV: 8.0%
AVAILABILITY: Summer Seasonal

LOOK: Orangey bronze hue, thin lacing

SMELL: Sweet maltiness, grainy, dried grass, clean, hint of alcohol, floral

TASTE: Toasted grain, peppercorns, mild caramel, apple skin, tobacco, grassy, sweet, clean, mild fruitiness, Grape-Nuts, filberts, warming, drying finish, breath of alcohol

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: It has a light orange amber colored body with a light haze. The head is just off white in color and hangs on well. As I sip it makes lots of cool lacing on the glass. Smell: The aroma has a good bready base with a balanced orange citrusy hop presence. Taste / Palate: The flavor matches the aroma. It has a solid bready malt base with notes of orange marmalade and citrusy hop bitterness.

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown-gold in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pale malt and toffee

Taste: woodsy hops, pale malt, alcohol, and toffee

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, sweet start with bitter middle and end, dry

Overall: I tried rating this to style as it is better than several beers I have had of this style. That said, of the 2X series it is probably my least favorite. It meets the style, but the extra alcohol really does not do much for me flavor wise. The rest is just an ok beer. I will pass in the future.

Photo of jondeelee
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2X Steam opens to a yeasty, malty aroma, reminiscent of rising whole wheat dough dusted with flour, with fresh-baked baguettes lingering just behind. Beneath this is a layer of brown sugar, which mingles with light orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters. Touches of caramel add additional sweetness, and the faintest hint of grapefruit from the hops brings in a bitter counter. The emphasis here is clearly on the yeasty malts, though the sugars do come in more strongly as the beer rests, and the overall effect is very nice, like hot breakfast cereal with berries and brown sugar. The main weakness here is simply potency, for despite the 8% ABV, the aromas are only medium strength at best.

On the tongue, the beer opens with the yeasty rising whole wheat dough noted on the tongue, amplified by floury baguettes, chewy biscuit, and Grape Nuts cereal. Brown sugar slides in next to orange, berry, and apricot fruit esters to provide sweetness, mingling with touches of caramel. A faint grapefruit note from the hops adds balancing bitterness. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main mouthful, focusing heavily on yeasty bread dough, and lingering for a decent while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is very nice beer, the bread dough emphasis an excellent choice, and the sugars and hops providing good overall balance. Eminently drinkable.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper penny color. Thin layer of foam on top. Light malt and that familiar California common yeast aroma. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Very malty profile with the familiar yeast flavoring. I get some hop interplay in the back of the palate. Never had an imperialized California common. It is pretty good, but not amazing.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pokal. Crystal clear yellow-orange with a thick fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving delicate lacing. Smells like an ale; hops and clear malts. Taste is like a cross between an IPA, a pale ale, and a lager; hops move in and out of clean malts with lager yeast finishing a little bitterly with hops. Mouthfeel is clean, a bit thicker because of the high abv.
I'd like to try more of this style, but it doesn't amaze me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the 2X series, especially the stout and IPA, never had the 2XMAS ale...these beers are higher in the alcohol department but served in a more manageable size unlike their other high octane brews. Pours a crystal clear amber body with a cream colored head, kind of thin textured in appearance, fine speckled lacing patterns left behind as it settles. Aroma semi sweet nose, muted a bit served cold at first after warming not much more opens up. Flavor has the same raw earthy bitterness that the Steam beer from San Fran has, semi sweet bread mostly a subdued caramel sweetness with evident alcohol with a minimal light syrup texture. Drinks down way too easy especially for 8 percent abv it doesn't offend in anyway it's just a solid drinking beer about as refreshing as an Anchor, just with more malts shining through. Mouthfeel light residual sugars on the palate even carbonation light to medium bodied not cloying at all, alcohol is just barely evident. Overall, a beer that will get your non craft beer drinkers wasted, even though this beer is flavored toward a newbie into craft beer with somewhat of a lack of complexity they did what they wanted to do and stayed true to the originators of the style.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 4/16/13.

A: Pours a clear orangish amber with a 2 finger off white head. Decent amount of visible carbonation in the body. A few spots of lacing. Good head retention.

S: Malt forward aroma with a bit of an apricot like fruity tinge to it. Hoppiness is in the background which adds a touch of citrus. Hint of booze. Malts dominate the more it warms.

T: As anticipated this is a malt forward brew. The malt flavors are well rounded, a mix of breadiness, sweetness and fruit. Hops show up to even things out but arent too prevalent. Alcohol comes through but doesnt distract from the flavor.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. A pretty clean finish considering the style, just a touch of stickiness. Easy to session considering the ABV.

Overall a solid new beer, won't blow you away with flavor but is instead a balanced albeit malt forward brew. Works for coming out of winter and into summer.

Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - copper with a short, white head that fades quickly

S - citrus, alcohol, lager-y

T - lager-y, bread, earthy, mildly bitter, some faint apple, alcohol

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, dry

This is a rather simplistic offering from ST. It's brewed to style and has decent drinkability given its size. It's a bit dry and the alcohol is noticeable, but there is enough depth to enjoy. As a beer this is a bit forgettable, but for the style it's on point.

Photo of cjgator3
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

Pours a golden amber color with a large off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is mostly malt with very little in the way of hops. The taste starts out with a good amount of malt and is followed by a lingering bitterness from the hops. I'm enjoying this one, it has a great balance between the malt and hops and is pretty drinkable for an 8% ABV beer. As the beer warms in the glass, the hops do become more pronounced.

Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DOB of 4/29/13

Pours an effervescent copper with a thumb of pearl colored head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Pears, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grassyness & dryness up front. A touch of winesap apples & a bit of white pepper & grassyness, some pears. finishes crisp, fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, nice balance

Great drinkability, nothing life changing but goes down easy

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusted bronze hue with good clarity. Faint off white head that dies quickly. Rich fresh baked hearty breads on the nose. Very faint dark fruit notes.

Palate is much the same with a moderate body and low carbonation. Low lying earthy bitterness balances the malt pretty nicely. Almost like a whole grain raisin swirl bread without any cinnamon or much sweetness. Earthy bitter grain with earthy bitter hops and overall clean flavor profile. Not very refreshing for the season but it is a pretty goo beer and does place your mind in some wild wild west saloon with will smith and those weird spider bots. Seems like the most refreshing thing that would've been available. That was off topic but overall a pretty nice beer with traits common to a steam beer and alcohol that is undetectable even at dead warm temperatures. A little drier than most steam beers with less fruitiness.

Photo of Bung
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. Darker clear gold pour, very thin layer of white. Laces just a bit.

Aroma, Bread, biscuit, light caramel. Some herbal like hop presence.

Taste, Grainy cereal malts, some corn muffin. Some yeasty and light hop notes. Quite a bit of alcohol in the end. Really crushes this.

Heavy side of light bodied, adequate carbonation. A little warm, but the alcohol is more in flavor than in mouthfeel.

Just not quite enough to back up the abv. I think. Interesting attempt, but I wouldn't look for another imperial steam beer after this one.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured very clear amber with a nice 1" head

S - very light non distinct smell

T - once again a mild flavor that was not overwhelming. reminded me of generic lagers but slightly heaver

M - good carbonation w/o being harsh

O - not one of the better offerings at Southern Tier who makes some really great beers

Photo of otterbearfla
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very low head. Cloudy hazy golden colour with a small size off white coloured head. Low carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hoppy, grass/herbal

Taste - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some biscuit/cereal and a bit of a fruity sweetness.

Mouth-feel - Medium body

Overall - Not distinctively a steam beer. Less acidity then I expected.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

appearance: Slightly hazy amber, not substantial off white head or lacing.
smell: "Biscuity" malt, a little fruit. Pretty nice nose, nothing special.
taste: A good bit of bitterness without a lot of definition. Not near as good as the nose. fairly dry, a bit of sweetness.
overall: Haven't had a steam beer in years since Anchor Steam "back in the day". Interesting brew and kudos to ST for going for something different. Good, not great.

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that never completely died down.
S: Light aromas of biscuity and malts are present in the nose along with some hints of fruity and earthy yeast.
T: The taste has flavors of earthy yeast along with notes of biscuity malts and hints of fruity yeast and faint bits of alcohol.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a slight amount of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer is relatively easy to drink considering its strength compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy orange, one finger head, leave some lacing, not much carbonation.

S-Very malt heavy, straw, wheat and grass. Exactly like you'd expect it to smell.

T-Semi-bland. Straw heavy, tad bit of grass. Not much in the way of hops, but refreshing.

M-Medium bodied, tad watery and it could be more crisp.

O-Maybe it is the style, but this beer did nothing for me. On a summer say it is refreshing but not very flavorful.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's 2X Steam last month for $1.75 at Boyne Country Provisions. This is the last of the Southern Tier beers I picked up while i was up north, I wasn't too impressed with the last two and I'm hoping this one turns out better, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok and it has the typical layout for Southern Tier's 2x series, it says it's brewed with 2 types of hops ans 3 types of malts. It poured a slightly hazy golden/amber color that took on more of an amber hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer and it looks true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of medium sweetness that borders on being highly sweet and it's followed by loads of malts that impart a sweet malt, grainy, bready and caramel malt like aroma with a slight alcohol like aroma. Up next comes the hops which are on the lighter part of medium and impart some grassy, earthy, and herbal hop aromas, with no single aspect sticking out the most. This beer had a nice aroma, but I thought it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that borders on being highly sweet and it's followed by lots of malts that impart a sweet malt, grainy, bready, and a light caramel malt like flavor with just the slightest bit of alcohol taste. Up next comes the hops that retain all the aspects that they had in the aroma with the addition of some light citrus rind flavors with no single aspects sticking out the most. on the finish there's a medium amount bitterness with a sweet malt and citrus rind hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, I wouldn't have mind more hop flavors, but it stayed fairly true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, a little crisp, slightly creamy, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but it wish the body was slightly thinner.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a good example of the style. I haven't had a lot of steam beers and I've certainly never had an imperial version, but I thought this beer did a good job at sticking to the basic steam beer formula but making each aspect bolder then it normally is. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, but it was a little filling and the I think I would get bored of the taste eventually so I think one is enough for me, and I think the sweetness also hurts the drinkability a little. What i liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was and the appearance, I thought both of those aspects were pretty good. What I liked the least was the sweetness and thickness, I thought they could be both be toned down a little. I wouldn't buy this beer again, it really not the type of beerddd that I would normally buy, but I would recommend it as a good strong version of a Steam beer. All in all I wasn't too let down with this beer, even though it was a little rough around the edges I thought it was solid for what it was going for and I thought it was also a pretty good deal for an 8% beer. Solid works guys, I'll keep a look out for more beers from this series.

Photo of yankeepride
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey golden color, with a quick burst of foam that goes away fairly quickly. Not overly carbonated, and it smells a bit like banana and graham cracker. Tastes like an Oktoberfest on steroids. Has a malty taste that is crisp and clean, that yields to a little bit of hop bite, which doesn't linger too long.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - So far so good it's a bright clear deep amber brown, fed by mild carbonation I do get a nice 1/2 inch of sticky head. Decent lacing.
S - Smells pretty plan like an ESB or a amber lager. Not getting much hops it smells rather boring.
T - Again it kind of taste like an amp'd up amber lager. Mild copper taste, caramel malts, and skunky lager taste. Man I can't get over the metallic taste...
M - Best part it hide the ABV well drinks like 6% but the flavors are all off and distracting.

Overall I see the label that 2 types of hops were used maybe they should have used another? Usually ST hits the ballpark with these 2X beers being balanced and hoppy but this one is metallic stingy and somewhat terrible...

Photo of spinrsx
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden colour with a small size off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, light hops, grass/herbal

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some biscuit/cereal and a bit of a fruity sweetness.

Overall - A good interpretation of the style I guess. It's quite boring and has the taste of a session beer with enough booze to slow you down. Another beer worth trying but not something I'd pick up again.

Photo of CHickman
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy gold amber color with a small off white head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded kind of quickly, leaving good lacing and a ring around the top.

Smells of malt, caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, light fruit, herbs and something sweet like honey or syrup. Hops don’t come through and the aroma is soft and malty in general.

Tastes pretty malty up front, but there are some more dry leafy hops in the mix with alcohol also showing through; like the nose, the flavor consists of malt, caramel, graham cracker, biscuit, honey, lightly roasted grains, herbs, citrus, and yeast that leaves a sweetness like a bottle fermented Belgian. There was a bit of least left it the bottom of the bottle so it makes sense regarding the flavor, but this was more complex than an Anchor Steam and the ABV coming through was surprising as well.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body and a sweet malty finish that has a little yeast funk like a penny.

Overall a pretty tasty beer that was more complex than I expected from a California Common/Steam Beer, and I think that the ABV showing through separated this from the pack in this style so I definitely want to have this again.

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2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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