Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 125
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 18.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 07-29-2005

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Off the taps at the brewhouse, I think this is a substantially better steam-beer than its community rating suggests. It's firstly beautiful to the eye: radiant coppery-brown sparkle; furious, tiny-bubble carbonation; nice touch of head. The aromatics are a bit weak, but there's a nice malt bite appropriate to the style, plus a steamy, sticky soft-toasted sugar profile, and the barest of alpha-acids to shroud the finish in cleanliness.

A sessionable steamer, and one which I find preferable to Anchor.

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Photo of wasso67
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a hazy golden color with a think off-white head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Malt-roasted toffee overtones and sweetness aroma. Medium mouthfeel and a warm malt taste. Just a hint of roast with some caramel but not too sweet. Balanced by a minimal but just enough hop bitterness. Finishes clean. One of my favorite session beers.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%

Colorado's version of Anchor Steam is pretty comparable, though not quite up to the original. A little different than what you might expect, but still pretty decent. Part of a sampler pack when I tried it, and that was a good way to go.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A half inch of khaki colored head rests on top of this deep brown colored beer. The clarity is light with haze. Light Brussels lacing is present. Aroma of dark malt with notes of pumpernickel. That pumpernickel flavor is dominant in the palate and gives it a bit of gentle bitterness at first. The mouth is fairly smooth and crisp.

Dated best before 4.27.14. So it's creeping on 4 months past.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Steam Engine – Amber Lager (5.5%) - Steamworks Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a resilient copper with a tight two-finger head of small bubbles. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but doesn't totally evaporate. Lacing is loose, but present. Slightly hazy.

Smell: Malt totally dominates nose with a severe husk-like graininess. Smells unfermented, with a distinct cereal aroma. Hop bitterness faint, but not totally absent. Like having your head in a grain bag.

Taste: Tastes slightly over boiled. Husky astringency noticeable on the first sip. Not a whole lot of character. Malt body is light, slightly sweet, and very grainy. Was expecting more caramelized notes based on the color. Overall, this beer is fairly clean on the palate, but it does have some lingering grain astringency that's a little off putting. That being said, the pale malt character that dominates this brew is nice if you like that flavor. Hops bitterness is minimal, with no discernible taste. Cracker like toastiness, slightly sweet, and somewhat astringent. Reminiscent of Kentucky Common without the esters.

Mouth: Light bodied, right for style. Less carbonation that your typical lager. No lingering sensation, save a slight, lifting bitterness long after the swallow.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 5/3/14.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

amber lager, the can says something like "quite possibly the best american amber lager in the world", which is a rather bold statement, but maybe they arent that far off. its richer than most, rust colored and heady, with a nose of copper and nuts and clean lager yeast, exceptionally nutty really, with more going on than most. the flavor too is quite robust. malty as heck but not sweet in the slightest, frothy expansive feel makes it seem big for a lager, and the finish is clean. properties of a nut brown in here, protein heavy and a little chocolate malt maybe, but its powered by big amber malt that hasnt left much sugar behind. sessionable because of its cleanness, and its not boring. a well made beer from steamworks, maybe its time i revisit some of their brands. its been awhile and this was pretty solid for what it is.

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Photo of beergoot
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper-colored body with an initially thick, white head that gradually fades to a thin foamy layer. Light roasted grain scent with a touch of mown grass. Light malt character with a corresponding balance of hop bitterness. Medium-light body, smooth feel, crisp and dry finish.

A decent lager with a good balance of malt and hop characteristics. Nothing earth-shattering but an overall likable thirst quencher.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small light tan head settles into a thin but decent lacing above a crystal clear bright copper colored lager.

Light aroma consisting of citrus to piney hops and a bready to caramel malts.

The taste is on the lighter side with light roasted caramel malts with just a hint of the citruspine hops coming through.

A light dryish aftertaste with just a hint of malts sticking around on this light to medium bodied drink.

A light taste, not bad but not a lot there either, I think I'll look for something with a little more snap to it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a pilsner glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Slight hops, caramel, and light cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pleasant malt, slight cream, and light hops. Decently balanced, if simple. I like the build for what it is. The caramel is well-handled.

Mf: Smooth and wet, sort of suiting the style.

Dr: A decent beer for the style. Okay quality, but largely unremarkable.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark auburn in appearance with some lighter shades of orange and yellow being struck by the light. Rather thin head that fades to a ring of white inside the glass.

Aroma - sweet and malty. Sort of reminds me of visiting a brewery on brew day and smelling all those grains being steeped. Also some hints of bread dough and a little bit of lemon or lime zest.

Taste - one sip and it's clear this is a solid lager. Very crisp and balanced. Flavors like honey and caramel stand out on the tongue along with some biscuity flavors. Some faint hop characteristics come into play in the finish.

Overall - well put together lager. Everything seems to be in order and from beginning to end it works well. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Is it possibly the "best American-style Amber Lager in the world?" I don't think we're qualified to make that call but it's certainly a beer worth trying.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd like to try this fresh from the tap at the brewpub out in Durango! Perhaps I'll pick up some cans to go.

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Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich copper gold into a tulip glass with a parchment paper two finger high head. Decent retention but very thin delicate lacing that breaks apart on the drink.

Lightly bready and toasted with some sweet grass and toffee sweetness, hops come in nicely, earthy grasses and pine.

A bit watery but initially strong amounts of caramel malt and toffee sweetness come in on the palate. Very toasty with a light coarse feel from the grains. Hops are very light but come in grassy and dark but not dank. Much more bitterness and drying than expected on the finish, well done.

Watery thin mouthfeel but acceptable for a lager, flavor is anything but. Average carbonation, everything lends itself well to this beer.

A nice rich amber that comes off more crisp and refreshing than your typical ale. Body on this makes it very sessionable, it would be hard to tire of this one. Worth a visit.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a pint glass
A - 1 finger off-white head disappeared in a flash to a crown, clear aged copper penny color, 3.5
S - citrus and malts, with sweet grasses and hints of caramel 3.5
T - a very benign malt with a moderate to mild hop bitterness 3
M - a relatively watery thin experience with minimal carbonation towards the bottom of my pint 3
D - Good drinkability, but I'd prefer to drink something else next 3

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welcome to the mountains here's your trail map to the campsite and a canned six pack of fresh lager.

Pours out a copper penny, two finger head and a thick tan appearance. Smells of light hops and caramel. Tastes of the same with an up front sweet caramel and a hint o' can and light hops finish. mouthfeel is medium heavy with a decent amount of thick bubbles on the tongue. Drinkability is average figuring this is a cooler packer for a boat or camping trip. I like a little more pizzaz in my beer but for the style this is pretty decent.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the tick, Craig.

A: The pour is amber in color with a decent sized off-white head.

S: Not an overly impressive nose, but not bad. Mostly bready with some yeast and maybe a bit of earthy hops. At least it's not buttery...

T: A pretty basic flavor profile here. Some toasted and bready malts with a decent enough earthy hop flavor. Not really much bitterness and maybe a bit of toffee.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: I had very low expectations for this tick. Surprisingly not bad. Don't know if I'd really want it again, though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of frothy off-white head. This retains with more of a thin foamy layer that skims the surface and leaving back a cascade of rich lacing. The aroma is grassy and citric, with some toasted graininess across the back. There's a touch of a leafy herbal feel to this as well, as does a little bit of sweeter caramel character.

The taste definitely has more hop activity going on for it, with a green and earthy bitterness that is set against sweeter notes of caramel and toasted bread. Hops linger in the finish with a bitter dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly crisp feeling throughout but is maybe a little soft feeling on the edges.

Nothing mind-blowing here but they definitely had the right amount of hops present here for a Steam Beer. This seemed like a decent enough sessionable Lager and I like the portability of this in a can.

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Photo of roblowther
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reddish copper with a quickly dissipating light tan head. Smells of caramel and bread. Taste is bready at first and then a bit metallic. I've just noticed this beer is several months past its prime and so this isn't really a fair read. I'll continue just for the practice. The aftertaste is sharp. Mouthfeel is soft and almost chewy. Drinkability is hard to say but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. I suppose I'll have to go to Durango to get a fresher sample. Oh darn the luck!

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Photo of AEK
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

255ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Reddish coloured beer with a huge pillowy white head.

S. Malty, chocolatey, resiny.

T. A weak meaty taste.

M. Very thin.

D. Avoid this and go for their Conductor IPA which is a much better performer. As canned beers go this is definitely a 'no-no' Conductor IPA is way ahead.

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Photo of Rayek
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Deep amber with good clarity and very light carbonation. A Dense and fizzy cream cap quickly falls to a patchy film. Leaves intermittent bits of lace.

S: Lots of bittersweet toffee and caramel in the nose. Lemon and pepper round things out.

T: Bittersweet toffee dominates. Bitterness has a pronounced, yet balanced bite that brings along some pepper and a bite of lemon and grapefruit citrus. Finishes with lingering toffee and citrus flavors.

M: Despite little visible carbonation, this beer has a lot of tingle hitting my tongue. Feels heavier than the ABV would indicate.

D: This is a nice beer overall. It doesn't quite catch the standard bearer that is Anchor Steam, but is a nice effort.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5.5% ABV, Best by Jul '09 notched on back label. Oh well... :/

A - Totally clear amber color with few bubbles rising up to a light beige head with low retention. Specks of lace and a small ring are left.

S - Fair malt and hop balance on the nose. A caramel sweetness is profuse and smells borderline Bock-like. Floral hops take a back seat but provide necessary counteraction to the malts.

T - The flavor balance leans more towards the floral hops with an earthy note while the malts, still caramel, aren't as sweet as expected. A lot of amber qualities to the flavor.

M - Smooth and clean with a crisp carbonation bite to the finish and a lingering dryness as well.

D - A good session lager that's held up well for it's supposed age. Didn't catch the Best by date in the store so I'd love to try a fresh bottle but it's not that bad this go-around.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

heavy pour into duvel tulip

A: pours copper brown, oddly not much head what was present was large bubbles.
S: overly sweet and bready, with a slight hop earthiness.
T: sweetness is mostly in the nose, still sweet roast malt, earthy hops and a very earthy and bready aftertaste.
M: smooth, carbonation seems high. slightly coating.
D: it easy to drink, the sweet smell is slightly off putting.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amber color with a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is good, malts and hops, a bit nutty, considerable amount of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a refreshing and tasty beer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer arrived a clean copper color with wispy head. Toasted, bready malt in the aroma balanced by a little earthy, almost grassy, hops.

Sweet malt on the palate, which lingers through a slick center into the finish. Bitterness did shine through at the end.

There are no bad features to this beer, but I do wish for more of the good features. Pretty average.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color and poured a regular but tan head. However the head did not hang around long. The smelled like caramel and tasted a biy t like it also. It was too sweet in fact. I liked it at first but by the last of the brew it was just too sweet. Not buy again.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steamworks Steam Engine lager pours a couple fingers of loose foam over a generally clear deep amber brew, though there's a fair amount of particualte matter. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is clean lager yeast, lightly toasted malt, and a note of spicy hops. The flavor is mildly toasty sweetish barley malt up front, a little herbal/peppery hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Pretty simple stuff really, but that's not a bad quality for a party/session beer- good with food, easy drinking, but still a huge step up from your corn lager.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear orange/amber. Poured a 1 finger white that dissipated to a ring arouind the edges. Broken lacing.

S: Sweet, bready malt and hay. Light peppery hops.

T: Sweet, bready malts; pretty big malt. The taste of crackers lingers into the sharply bitter finish.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, dry and clean.

D: Very easy to drink. Nice malty fllavor.

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Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.