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2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%

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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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Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.69/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 23:57:33 | More by tdm168
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 04/16/13

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that fades to a cap within a few minutes

S: Fruity esters up front with some woodiness and lightly bready malts. Also get some earthiness

T: Follows the nose. Fruity and woody up front with some earthy hop undertones. Toasted malts and grains also come through along with a hint of alcohol

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Even though the alcohol is a little on the higher side for the style (intentionally, of course), this is a solid steam beer. Easy to drink for a spring brew, where things are starting to get a little warmer but it's still on the colder side. A welcome addition to the line-up

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 22:30:39 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Oliver_Twist

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Back in the day there were few "craft" beers...Pete's Wicked Ale, Sam Adams Boston Lager and Anchor Steam (Steam Beer or California Common). Southern Tier's 2X Steam follows in the footsteps of Anchor Steam but jacks up the ABV and flavor to new levels!

Appearance – 2X Steam is an orange-amber (SRM 8-15) color with approx. 2.7 to 2.9 vols of carbonation...plenty of bubbles!

Smell – Sweet not hoppy.

Taste – Taste is sweet and reminds me of a corn laced cream ale. The Northern Brewer Hops are fairly well balanced with the high level of alcohol. It could stand a few more IBUs to match the sweetness. The 8% ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Too thick and sweet for a California Common...drinkable but, too thick.

Overall – It's a hybrid of the California Common style. The ABV (nearly double the CA Common style) is fairly well balanced with hop bitterness/flavor. Very full and alcoholic to be a session beer but, with all that said...I enjoyed it and would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 19:18:26 | More by Oliver_Twist
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-amber color with a one finger white-orange tinted head. The head is composed of big bubbly carbonation bubbles. It head fades slowly over time to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite sweet overall with lots of caramel and a sweet corn syrup smell. Along with these aromas are some smells of bread and a bit of hop, mainly of a hay/grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and bready with lots of biscuit and bready malt flavors mixed with caramel and a bunch of adjunct corn sweetness. Although the taste loses a little bit of its sweetness toward the end of the taste, it is still very sweet overall. While the sweetness lessens in strength ever so lightly, the breadiness gains more strength. Toward the end some hop flavors of a citrus and earthy nature come to the tongue, leaving a very lightly hopped, sweet and bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the more average to slightly lighter side. The thick body is quite nice for all the bready and lighter hop flavors of the brew making for a mouth coating feel and really allowing these flavors to linger and be sensed. While very nice for the bready flavors, the thicker body is a little too much for the sweeter corn flavors in the brew making this flavor a bit too overpowering.

Overall – Sorta like a thicker and creamier malt liquor with a bit more hop than normal. Like a high end malt liquor. Not too bad if that is what you are in the mood for actually.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:34:01 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Mitchster


3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with "Lager yeast at ale temperature, two varieties of hops, three varieties of malts" per the website. ABV: 8.0%

Pours out to a brilliantly clear light copper, forming a tall creamy light yellow head with excellent retention and solid lacing. The nose is clean with a slight fruitiness, a little earthiness, some husky malt, and a touch of crystal malts. Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp finish and a medium dense body. The taste is kinda like a hoppy mai-bock...some slight DMS and a touch of earth in the middle, then a pleasantly firm hop bitterness which lingers over into the aftertaste and finish. Biscuity malt note. I taste lots of melanoidin malt. Some faint rubber and sharpee marker in the aftertaste. Peppery flourish of alcohol there as well. No off flavors. I don't get the Northern Brewer mint I was expecting for a 2x steam.

A good beer, but it's just a bit much. The melanoidin character is quite strong and needs dialed back to improve it's drinkability, perhaps replaced with Munich (if indeed, that is what they are using). One of these is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 02:58:06 | More by Mitchster
Photo of BoardwalkBock

New York

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Obtained a 6 pack at a local distributor. 12 oz poured into pint glass.

A: Nice copper color with an insane amount of carbonation visible. Good for the style.

S: I must admit, there is not much there at first. Had to drink 8 oz for the beer to open up. The most prominent smell is the alcohol and malts. I think this may be due to the fact that the beer is just about 3 months from the bottling date.

T: Butterscotch and alcohol followed by malts and a lingering hop presence. Sounds strange but tastes quite good despite being a bit old.

M: Best part of the beer IMO. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation to balance the alcohol.

O: Pretty good beer for the style. I'm a fan of most of the Southern Tier beers I've tried, so I figured it was a must I tried this beer when I saw it. I wouldn't buy an entire 6 again, but could see myself having one or two as a session beer on the beach.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:27:32 | More by BoardwalkBock
Photo of drpimento


3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty god beer. Poured cold, with smallish, cream-colored head that soon settled and almost no lace. Color is a clear deep, orange-copper-amber with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is hop, malt, oak, spice. Flavor’s like nose, plus caramel and Is rich. Body is full, not too counter to its heavy bitterness, and has great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, with bitter hanging in there to the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 22:44:49 | More by drpimento
Photo of chickenflea


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from ABC Liquor in Orlando. Poured a clear pale orange body with a two-finger off white head. Aroma of Nilla wafers, milk (yeah milk), and starfruit. Medium-light body body and slightly sticky texture. Medium carbonation. Flavor is light butterscotch and pink grapefruit muted by piney long hop finish. A refreshing brew, starting with interesting spicy quality anf finishing like an IPA. Nice brew. Creative.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 22:14:10 | More by chickenflea
Photo of cjgator3


3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:09:06 | More by cjgator3
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a mellow and a sweet malt. In the taste, a sweet malt that fades into a dryer hairspray like alcohol presence. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and small hairspray like aftertaste. Eh, I suppose it's ok, just a bit boozy.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 16:30:40 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of emyers


3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled on date 5/30/13.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber-gold color with a one-finger white head, which dissipates quickly. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Lots of toasted bready malt along with some spicy yeast character. The aroma is somewhat intriguing, although I wouldn't really describe it as appealing either.

Taste: Heavy on the bready malt again, with some sweet caramel coming through. Earthy hops come in on the finish along with a healthy dose of hop bitterness. While certainly not bad, there just isn't much here to hold my attention.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth, with medium carbonation.

Overall: Making a "double" version of a steam beer is certainly an interesting experiment, but ultimately one that in my opinion does not have to be repeated

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:19:32 | More by emyers
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear brassy yellow in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of amber highlights. The beer has a very thin white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring that just about makes its way around the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of light fruit yeast and hints of toasted bready malts.

T: Light to moderate flavors of bready malts with some hints of toffee and light fruits (apple and apricot). Light hints of alcohol and some light to moderate amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I think the suped up version of a California Common/Steam (higher ABV) is an interesting idea but needs to have the booze a little more well hidden from the taste to be really enjoyable for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 23:49:50 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Mikecap


3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up as part of a mix-a-six because I was intrigued by the style and also because Southern Tier's 2X series has been great.

Appearance: Poured a deep copper from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass with a thin head that disappears quickly, leaving nice lacing along the glass. Very clear with noticeable amounts of carbonation.

Smell: I can't pick out too much but perhaps caramel malt and a bit of fruit and maybe some pine notes. Tough to pinpoint, but a nice smelling beer.

Taste: Somewhat of a letdown to say the least, with a unique taste to it. Some bready notes and also a bit of caramel malt in there, but this one doesn't beg me to keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation and no burn from the alcohol. This drinks fairly easily and isn't overly filling.

Overall: This wasn't bad, but I had certainly expected better. This is a unique style and I applaud Southern Tier for trying this but it definitely isn't something I feel the need to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 15:10:16 | More by Mikecap
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Fair lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of hops, malt, and a fruity element.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of malt, a surprisingly high amount of hops and fruit (apples, it would seem). Not exactly what I expected from a steam beer (this one is much hoppier), but still pretty tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat harshly bitter finish. LIght-bodied.

O: While this beer is somewhat uneven in spots, it's still an appealing beer. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 21:29:24 | More by avalon07
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I hope that Southern Tier's future business plans won't come to having to brew a triple steam beer. Or maybe a quad-steam.

On to the beer though. High grain presence it seems. Quite a lot of malt sweetness as well. Almost seems boozy, from a whole whopping 8% it's carrying. Decent enough to drink, just nowhere near as inspiring or interesting as other brews Southern Tier has done.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 02:22:07 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Knapp85


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a nice deep golden color with a soapy white head on top. The lacing is minimal and the retention is thin. The smell of the beer has a big amount of toasted malt on the nose, not much in the way of hops. The taste has the same toasted flavor as what the nose was kind of giving a preview too. The beer is a little sweet with a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty good carbonation to it. Overall this beer is decent. Nothing too crazy but was nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:59:06 | More by Knapp85
Photo of teromous


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly transparent amber body, with a huge huge foamy white head. Very good head retention. Great lacing, leaving foamy chandeliers on the glass.

S: Faint spicy notes...I can't specify the spices it just has a spicy scent. Light sweet caramel scent as well. There is a yeasty smell to the beer, which is surprising given how clear the beer is.

T: Very nice mellow toasty sweet bread flavors. It has a taste similar to banana bread without an actual banana flavor, just the sweetness you get from it. There is some caramel flavor as well, right before the flavor of alcohol pops up towards the end of the sip. The end of the drink is greeted by a deep but not overpowering bitterness. There's a cedar flavor in the end as well. Similar to the scent, I do taste that yeast flavor in the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is very robust and filling. There is no question that you are drinking this beer.

O: This is a very memorable beer. There is a lot going on, so I wouldn't call it a clean beer. The only downfall could be that it has too much going on but there seems to be enough separation in the flavors from keeping it too muddled. I think that fans of sweeter styles of beer such as Bocks will really enjoy this one. It has enough bitterness to cut through the sweetness at the end, which really helps out with drinkability. While looking, smelling, and tasting the beer it is clear that effort was put into making a good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:39:12 | More by teromous
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 22:30:51 | More by oberon
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a light orange color with some yellow highlights. A one inch head slowly falls.

Smell: a mild bready and fruity aroma is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: follows the nose as caramel, bread, golden apples, some soft citrus tones, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Light crispness throughout. Short lasting aftertaste. Refreshing.

Overall: an easy to quaff beer. I think this represents the style well despite the higher alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 16:36:06 | More by Gavage
Photo of LI_PO12


3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Mug

Appearance- Deep gold, very clear, white head with good retention, a lot of bubbles coming up

Aroma- Mild for the abv, a pleasant lemon, bready malts, herbal hops, earthy, not getting any alcohol here.

Taste- Much more complex than the smell would suggest. Bready sweet malts, the sweetness runs throughout but there a good bitterness there balancing it out, herbal hops, wood, light lemon, warming alcohol shows up here witch is a bit of a drawback, but it is a 2x.

Mouthfeel- medium full, heavy carbonation, warming alcohol

Overall- I like it considering the fact it is a bigger version of the style. It does have that woodsy feel to it, but the alcohol is not well hidden in the taste which makes it less drinkable. All in all its pretty good, wouldn't seek out but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:09:10 | More by LI_PO12
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in pint.

Appearance: Has a dark colored gold body, beyond heavy bubbles floating throughout rising very fast....creates a nice even thick white head which rose to about 2/3".

Smell: Light hops....not much else to go with.

Taste: Heavy hops, but exactly very bitter though it reminds me a but of a German pilsener meets American IPA. Light malts and for as simple as it is tastes very complex. Light sourness to it, feels a bit of sour bread.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, but exceptionally smooth.

Overall: Not a bad brew, definitely something different for me but not anything new. Has a little bit of everything, Grab a glass and enjoy...Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 16:22:58 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of FLima


3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Lager that is fermented at Ale temperature with addition fo California hops that grows at warmer temperature.
Amber whiskey color with a good head with good retention.
Nice hoppy floral aroma.
Very particular taste, sweet malt with notes of guaraná, condiments, pine, bourbon and flowers. Super dry aftertaste.
Full body with medium carbonation, 8% ABV is well hidden and it gives a warming feeling when the beer warms up.
Interesting beer, drinkability is not that high though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 14:28:20 | More by FLima
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark orange-gold body, fairly clear, with some steady streams of carbonation. Inch-high white head, decent lacing produced.

Smell: Muted aroma. I thought I'd give it some time to warm up, maybe that's the problem. I was watching the opening ceremonies for a soccer match. Question to soccer fans: do they always cart out kids and light up smiles faker than the flopping prior to every game? Nearly a solid thirty later, it's still pretty dull. A little yeastiness, whisper of honey/toffee, and a sniff of booze.

Taste: Lightly toasty breadiness, an initial kick of sweetish toffee. Fruity touches of apricot, apple throughout. Earthy, woodsy, lightly citrusy hops open up with a medium-plus bitterness to temper the sweetness. Drying, bittersweet, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit of over medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Letting it ride as a somewhat bigger, somewhat bolder beer it was fine.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 18:12:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of thecheapies


3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Amber brew. A bit coppery. Not much head to dredge up. Understandable at 8%.

Unexpectedly sweet malty aroma. Notes of treacle, golden raisin, toast, and some lingering booze. Hop profile comes off with Euro flair. I am confused.

Nope, this is a miss. Lots of alcohol, might be the primary flavor component followed by sugary malts, white grape, astringent floral hops, and toast. Not worth laboring through. Underneath the booze, it tastes decent, if not a little too sweet and too malty. This was brewed for the sake of brewing it. They shouldn't have bottled and sold this.

Body - medium-plus; carbonation - light... but, all I'm thinking about is how atrociously boozy this is. No, it doesn't feel good.

A rough one. I'm finishing it because it's engrained in me that I have to. Drink something else, or like me, learn the hard way.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 02:44:18 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Alextricity


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/30/13. Poured into a boring ol' shaker pint on 5/19/13.

Appearance: Orange. Maybe a finger or two of off-white head. Either way, it doesn't last long. No lacing. The beer may have a slight haze, but it's very clear.

Smell: Really very sweet. When I exhale, I swear I almost get a cotton candy aroma. A lot of malts, but there are some grassy hops in there as well. Really smells good.

Taste: First sip was insanely sweet with a strange metallic note. The metallic note didn't come back after that first sip, but I'm still not sure how I feel about this. Something that this beer does to my tastebuds confuses me. It offers that "off-bitterness" that I get in some beers (mostly adjunct lagers), but in a very slight way. 2x Steam is really sweet almost the whole way through though, so that "off" bitterness doesn't bother me quite as much. The main problem I have with this beer though, I think, is that I just don't find it all that interesting. This is a relatively high ABV beer that drinks easily and hides the alcohol very well, but there aren't really any notes that stick out to me. On the plus side, I like this quite a lot more than the other few steam beers I've had in the past. I assume it's because of the ABV and the balancing of this one, but this one drinks better/easier than those.

Not bad, but Southern Tier has better beers out there. Their 2x IPA and 2x Stout are much better than this. Not to say this beer is terrible, but I was expecting greatness -- I guess I got my hopes up too high. This beer just lacks flavor, to be quite honest... it mostly tastes of sweetness with a trace of hops. Definitely worth trying at least once to form your own opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 13:38:03 | More by Alextricity
2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.