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Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager

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BA SCORE
77
okay

116 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | 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 wchesak:
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wchesak

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%

Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped glass

A - slightly red tinted amber, darker than the average lager, hardly any head, minuscule lace

S - like a fresh baked scone, the bready and slight fruit competing, maybe even a touch of honey

T - the malt takes over in the taste, with some sweet caramel notes hitting at the end, barely noticeable hop bitterness at the end

M - great carbonation despite the lack of good head, very clean throughout

D - don't think id put it level with Anchor Steam, but certainly right after, a lager with some depth to it, great session beer

04-16-2009 00:29:28 | More by wchesak
More User Reviews:
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

05-07-2009 01:52:49 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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Todd

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-09-2013 16:50:32 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

08-30-2005 06:23:29 | More by Beaver13
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

10-15-2009 05:34:22 | More by Mora2000
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-16-2014 01:18:39 | More by Franziskaner
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-07-2013 19:30:19 | More by williamjbauer
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

10-02-2012 20:39:42 | More by LXIXME
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SolaceDevice

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

06-06-2009 18:30:41 | More by SolaceDevice
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javlin624

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

12-19-2013 06:42:32 | More by javlin624
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

09-15-2009 05:36:18 | More by cokes
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

02-05-2011 02:55:16 | More by JoeAmerican77
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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

09-20-2008 17:47:38 | More by dirtylou
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%

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

10-08-2006 02:05:31 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

12-14-2010 20:30:15 | More by Kegatron
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-19-2012 22:24:25 | More by hiphopj5
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Riverwarrior

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

04-17-2009 13:42:49 | More by Riverwarrior
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

02-06-2010 14:00:59 | More by tone77
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

01-13-2013 21:45:27 | More by stampfler07
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AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.05/5  rDev -9%

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.

11-17-2010 12:31:23 | More by AEK
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Padron4KM

Arizona

1.73/5  rDev -48.4%

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.

09-02-2006 07:43:56 | More by Padron4KM
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Beejay

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

08-11-2009 04:20:53 | More by Beejay
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BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

03-29-2009 19:17:57 | More by BeerSox
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

03-24-2010 00:20:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -6.6%

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

03-07-2011 04:06:54 | More by rsdaugherty
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