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Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

120 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 07-29-2005)
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Reviews by Franziskaner:
Photo of Franziskaner
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an apple cider color with a good off-
white head with really good lacing. Nice
bubbles floating up, love carbonation.

S: No apparent aromas come off of the pour.

T: No overwhelming flavors...bland at best.

M: Watery, just plain watery

D: There is no body to this and along with the
lack of flavor and aroma, there seems to be
no good reason to keep drinking this one.

Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beaver13
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a fizzy head that quickly goes down to a ring.

The aroma is grainy/corny malts, a little DMS, some sweet caramel, and some spicy hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet watery malts, some cherry and oak with a little spiciness at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but watery.

Overall, very similar to the Dillon Dam Straight Lager. It seemed pretty pedestrian. I liked the Dillon sample a tad better.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a orangish-copper into a pint glass. Smell is lightly fruity and some malt and yeast. The taste is nothing like the smell, with heavy on the fruit with a little malt and no detectable hops. Not sure what the fruit flavor is, maybe some kind of berry.

There really isn't much here for this beer. Nothing bad about the beer, but nothing too good about it either. I easily finished the beer but not sure if I would drink another.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of SolaceDevice
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As with all Steamworks beer, this is an average fare. Not complex and yet not the smoothest beer to drink. A good portion of the locals do not care for Steamworks beer becuase it leaves you feeling like a fermenting bottle afterwards (gassy).

I have tasted better beers from better local companies.

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored with a short beige head that quickly relocates itself to the edges of the glass.
Husky grain, and honey roasted nut aroma, with traces of peppery, grassy hops.
Begins with that same mutli-grain huskiness. Sweetens a bit with toffee and bruised red apples. A dab of peanut butter hits midway, along with an awkward brown paper oxidized note. It finishes with a low level, dead leaf, peppery hoppiness.
Flattish of both body and feel. The CO2 burns itself out quickly. Texturally, its pretty lifeless.
I'm rating it a bit on a curve, because the carbonation issue is dooming. What's here seems alright, but its a bit hard to tell.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, obtained in the under a hundred bif

appearance: poured into a ND soccer pint glass, cloudy amber body with a minimalistic beige cap and little retention...a very placid appearance

smell: rustic malts, caramel, tart red apple, a little metallic, a touch of honey and a slight nutty characteristic

taste: classic lager malts, metallic notes, caramel and apple, a touch nutty. Overall, pretty flat and dull flavors but an easy drinker on a football saturday

mouthfeel: flat and medium-light bodied

drinkability: fine

Photo of russpowell
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a a 4 fingers+ fluffy sand colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: A hint of caramel & malt

T: Sweet malt & herbal/piney hops; finsihed prickly & semi-malty

MF: Light/medium bodied with pricklyness, not balanced

Drinks average, this is a different beer than bottled version; I'm so confused???? Way better can beers availible in CO; weak

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Hints of fruit and toasted bread. The aroma wasn't strong but it was pleasant.

T = Taste was more pronounced than the smell. Biscuit and honey were the main flavors upfront with just the faintest floral hop near the end. The finish was a very nice, semi-sweet, biscuit flavor.

MF= Body was less than medium and carbonation was low. Very smooth.

Overall, this was a delicious and easy to drink lager. Very sessionable. I recommend trying it.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AEK
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
1.73/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can, from a sample six pack. No freshness date.

Clear amber, with a two finger short lived head.

Faint aroma of caramel, and and even lighter citrus aroma.

Flavor is slight burnt sugar with a mildly bitter finish.

Not very interesting.
Their spiel is that they are a bridge from macro swill to micros. I think that bridge is washed out.

Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very clear copper broown.. Not much head, but what was there was white and dissipated quickly.

S: Smells slightly yeasty.

T: Slighty yeasty, a little bit tart, and has a nice biscuit taste in there.. the finish is a little fruity.. this tastes like fat tire mixed with my first home brew..

M: Nothing really wrong here.

D: I could see drinking this at a BBQ, but I do not think it is a new favorite. Good beer, but not great.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a nonic.

Crystal clear amber hue, with a bit of a red tint toward the top. A light tan one finger head quickly settles to a thin cap. A bit dark for the style.

Light toasty grain, along with a little bit of fruity yeast esters. A little bit of caramel is in there.

More toasty grain, reminding me of lightly toasted bread. A touch of hops are in the background. More caramel. The yeast adds a little herbal flavor. A bit of a buttery smoothness comes in toward the end. Full bodied.

A very subtle beer, and quite on target for the style. Recommended.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of humanawho
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a solid amber color with a thick head that dies quickly leaving a good lacing

S - sweet but earthy, an interesting smell hard to describe or even decide if i like it

T - smooth fruity and biscuity flavor with a nice sweetness and some earthyness, a strong mellonly taste

M - nice light and bubbly

D - smooth and very drinkable

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Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.