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2X Steam - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 376
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

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

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013)
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Photo of dheacck11


3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a nice clean copper, nice and translucent. 1/4 finger of dense white head, fading quickly.

Nose has some banana, honey, lemon, and fresh corn. Not super potent.

Taste is pretty malt predominant, with a smattering of caramel up front, and a finish of straw and grass notes as well. Leaves a lingering dryness. Slightest hint of dry spice. Certainly hides the alcohol.

Feel is surprisingly thick for the style. Feels almost creamy in the mouth.

Interesting beer. Not my favorite style, but fun to try. A little too thick to drink on a hot day, probably a better springtime beer. Not going to get again, but glad I picked up a 6 to give a chance to.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 23:59:46 | More by dheacck11
Photo of Cylinsier


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear copper amber with a fine white head at an eighth of an inch, slow dissipation.

Smells of brown sugar, coppery barley malts, and buttered bread.

Light buttered bread malt flavor, some mild caramel, a hint of slightly bitter hop, and a vanilla cream element.

Medium creamy body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A very good and underrated beer in my opinion, a really enjoyable mouthfeel and great flavor, hides its strength well, easy to like, definitely will have this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:39:38 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.91/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 22:17:51 | More by MadScientist
Photo of russpowell


3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:54:33 | More by russpowell
Photo of shand


3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a good Steam Beer, but was concerned on how one would come out doubled. It actually is a little light color-wise for a steam beer. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a bit of hoppiness. The taste? Again, I've never had a double steam beer. For better or for worse, they nailed this. It does taste like a doubled version of Anchor's Steam. However, like the majority of double pilsners, it just comes off too sweet and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 22:51:59 | More by shand
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent lager to drink for a while if you want something a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:43:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of utopiajane

New York

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

Pours a deep amber with a copper hue. Perfect clarity. A vigorous pour produced 2 fingers of loose foam that fell amicably to a thin ring and skin on top. Excellent lacing. No real carbonation to be seen coming up from the bottom. Nose is lager yeast with a faint touch of sweet lemon. Herbal hops, light grass, sweet malt, corn and honey. There’s even a little mint, a touch of tobacco and some light toast. Taste is sweet but not heavy. Without much carbonation it’s very soft on the palate. Hops are bitter but a little shy. Herbal, minty, grainy, nutty and a little warmth from the alcohol. There’s a nice oily coating but no bitter bite that usually goes with that. The malt is sweet and full and there is just a touch of pine on the back palate. Body is thin and it drinks creamy. I’ve never had anything like it. Finishes dry and crisp. This a very supple beer that’s vivid and unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 12:29:14 | More by utopiajane
Photo of curasowa

New York

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with some streaks of lace.

Aroma: Bready malt with some light floral and lemon rind notes.

Taste: Big, creamy body with lots of chewy malt, with lots of earthy bitterness building towards the finish. Finish is lingering with a grassy/oily hop bitterness.

The Rest: While it may not be apparent from my review, this is a really good beer. Big, bold flavors, not much hint of the alcohol hiding in there and great drinkabilty. A buddy brought over a six-pack for a Bar-B-Q, and we quite enjoyed these.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:21:30 | More by curasowa
Photo of tigg924


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 14:00:58 | More by tigg924
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a thinnish white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma is sweet with honey like malts, orange marmalade, and dark pitted fruits. Light bready pilsner malt shines through. The flavor is sweet and a bit woody with a firm earthy hop bitterness. There is a bit of alcohol presence in the flavor that I didn't find in the aroma. The flavor is not nearly as sweet as I thought from the aroma. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I usually enjoy southern tier, but this one is not for me. Boring, too sweet with a bit too much alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:56:22 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:27:16 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark straw color. Smells of grain and caramel, a bit sweet. Tastes of light sugary malts and alcohol. A bit metallic, leafy hops, fair amount of bitterness. Lighter medium bodied feel, graceful for the amount of alcohol. Has a filtered dryness and cleanness that makes it very palatable This is a good beer, a sneak attack for its mild character but its potent results.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 23:58:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a tall off white head.

Smells of nuts, caramel, malt, and earth.

Big malt flavor up front with thick bread notes and some sweet caramel flavor. The taste is kept lively with good carbonation and a slight hop bitterness - floral and herb. A very tasty beer reminds me of an octoberfest without the roasted malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:49:07 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of letsdrink


2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with less than one finger head and nice lacing.

S - Not much coming through on the smell. Not hoppy, pretty bland smell.

T - Tastes like your standard steam. I've come to expect a little more from ST. It kind of tastes like a weaker IPA.

M - Good carbonation and slightly sweet on the tongue. Bitterness comes through at the finish.

O - It's definitely an interesting beer and I'm glad I decided to pick one up. Not sure if I would ask for another one, however. I haven't had too many steam beers but in my novice opinion I'd rather stick to another one of the ST ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 21:17:44 | More by letsdrink
Photo of Segelstrom


3.6/5  rDev +2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 22:58:53 | More by Segelstrom
Photo of DrDemento456


3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 04:26:29 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - translucent golden amber color with frothy white head

Smell - wheat, baked bread, corn

Taste - bread, black pepper, wheat, sweet corn, grassy hops

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sweet, syrupy, bitterness at the back

Overall - Decent representation of the style, although it comes in a bit heavier and is not quite as refreshing as an Anchor Steam

Price Point - $1.49/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:45:59 | More by keithmurray
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 04:03:18 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of Omnium


3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a rich amber color, thin fizzy head, nearly no lacing.
S - Lots of lager yeast smell, some herbal hops, a little grassy.
T - Lager taste up front and at the end, lots of sweet malt filling in the middle, along with some spice and herbal feels from the hops. Fades leaving some bitterness and some of that standard lager taste.
M - The sweet malt can be a bit sticky, and you feel the warmth of the 8% at a point.
O - Not bad, this is a different take on a steam, but its the abundance of malt that makes this one not superb, but worth a try if you're looking for something different. Also, the 8% is masked well in taste, so its quite drinkable for its weight.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 21:58:33 | More by Omnium
Photo of cbutova


3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure I have ever heard of an Imperial/Double California Common but I guess pushing boundaries is needed in this industry. To be truthful I haven't been a huge fan of Southern Tier's 12oz offerings lately but we shall see if this changes the trend.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass with a clear light amber body, carbonation can be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. A small white cap builds atop the beer to about one finger in height. Head retention is sub-par and a bubbly ring stays on the top once the foam dies down. Not much lace at all and the head pretty much disappears entirely in my case.

S- Not the most aromatic of beers, especially for 8% ABV. A light hoppiness with earthy, pine and citrus elements with some toasted caramel malt hints as well. Slightly fruity.

T- One thing I do notice right away is this beer is fairly sweet but not necessarily malt forward. A clean bitterness from the hops that lend pine, mint, orange zest and herbal flavors. Fresh cracked grains, caramel, toasted nuts, light fruits, juniper(?), banana and raisin spice also comes to mind. Overall this is hop forward but not in an IPA kind of way.

MF- Medium bodied beer with a creamy consistency. Carbonation at a moderate level with a good bitterness on the palate. Alcohol warms a decent amount for 8%.

This is certainly an interesting beer to me, I really haven't had that many like it. One thing I don't like is the residual sweetness, more than most beers for my palate. The bitterness and alcohol only seem to augment with warmth and each sip, bringing the beer more and more out of balance. A ton of interesting flavors but it just doesn't form a great end product due to alcohol and sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 02:50:22 | More by cbutova
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

The date on the bottom of the bottle, which indicates the DOB, I assume is 4/13/13, although the three in the year is not readily legible. Pours crystal clear and golden amber with a nice, one finger sized head that is constantly replenished and maintains its size for the duration of the consumption.

Unfortunately, everything falls apart after the beautiful appearance. The aroma smells like adjunct lager, even malt liquor. Corn and alcohol are the prevailing aromas. Not a fan. Some grassy and straw aromas.

The flavor is more of the same. Alcohol, corny adjuncts, very little maltiness some hop bitterness but no hop flavor. Finishes dry. I do like the carbonation and mouthfeel. Tis one is all over the place and not very good.

I know this is a relatively simple style with hops being a major player, but this "imperial" version takes simplicity and mauls it. Perhaps this could be classified as a "classy" malt liquor, but this is not a great beer. Any newbies to the style, stick with Anchor Steam, the OG.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 21:38:59 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of rangerred


2.61/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap.

Pours a clear medium orange with a one finger white head.

Some light caramel and weak overripe fruit in the aroma.

The taste has more in the way of overripe fruit and caramel along with a touch of grassy hops. Orange is especially prominent. Alcohol becomes detectable in the finish with just a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the slick and sweet side with an overall sweetness prevading throughout.

Overall, I am not especially impressed. The flavor profile is perfectly executed for the stlye but I really don't care for the abundant sweetness. I'll just stick to the regular steam beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2013 01:48:20 | More by rangerred
Photo of justintcoons


3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint.

Golden amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Apricot, peach, bready malts and a touch of toast.

Light notes of peach, apricot and crushed Aspirin. Bready malts with a large addition of toast and some banana peel. Has an extra bitter pine essence with a good amount of earth, dried grass and a pinch of coriander.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, bitter and dry.

A little hop bitterness makes this an enjoyable Steam Beer. Very easy drinking at 8.0%.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 13:14:25 | More by justintcoons
Photo of mattbk

New York

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

A: Clear, copper, mild head, lightly carbonated. Nothing special.
S: A blend of toffee malt and noble-type, floral hops. Maybe a bit vegetal? Kind of smells like... beer. Not a ton of aroma.
T: Nice blend of malts and hops. Nothing over the top. Alcohol very well hidden. Hops are slightly lemony, grassy, floral, malt is quite a bit of caramel. Nice beer, would be easy drinking... why is this 8%? I'd probably drink more of it if it wasn't. Small subtraction for the pointlessness of this 2x beer.
M: Medium heavy, a bit syrupy. This beer would benefit from a higher carbonation level. I think the low carb goes along with the 2x theme.
O: I actually like this beer, find it balanced, and fairly refreshing. I wish it was 1x. Should I blend this with water? What the heck is wrong with 1x?

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 01:07:03 | More by mattbk
Photo of Mediczod

New York

2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright amber to gold color. About 1" of frothy head that didn't linger very long. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smells of bread and fruit, maybe a bit of honey as well.

Taste is very sweet. Apricot and malt, with a very cloying quality to it. Has a musty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy. Not a light bodied beer at all, despite the looks.

This was not a good beer for me. I had about 1/4 of the glass, then drain poured it.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 00:26:44 | More by Mediczod
2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.