Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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 ZAP
4.86/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An outstanding highly drinkable California Common.

The characteristics that jump out at me are the toasty malts and caramel notes...both on the aroma and the taste...both are fantastic.

Has a bit of a woody or rustic hop dimension that complements rather than exerts itself.

Also some real mild but sweet fruitiness (Think baked apple pie filling mixing in a little with the caramel) on the aroma and taste.

Not as clear as it should be..

I find this beer fascinating and spot on for the style. Light side of medium bodied...carbonation is firm

Perhaps I have had too many old and outdated Anchor Steams lately but this one blows it out of the water based on what I have had recently...also better than the Flat Earth California Common.

To top things off this is from a can. I can't think of a better beer to have at BBQ's, while fishing or on the golf course. Great session beer with character.

I think this is my first beer from this Brewery and I have never heard of it before..I hope their other beers can match this one.. (1,034 characters)

Photo of botham
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a copper/amber color with a finger and a half of tight off-white head that retains nicely and leaves mild lacings.

aroma is of lightly sweet malt with a bit of caramel and some floral hops. a bit of bready yeast is in the background, giving the brew an overall character reminiscent of an amber with a more potent profile. very well put together in the nose.

taste is lightly malty, with caramel and a very light nutty character in the background. the brew is lightly sweet overall with a semi-dry finish of residual floral hops. the flavors and richness here are unique for a brew this light in body.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mildly sweet and smooth texture along with a semi-dry mouthfeel that leaves the palate sticky.

drinkability is excellent. this brew is quite a sleeper; solid profile and just enough character to sustain the body and then some. the carmelized sugar character on the palate is neutralized in the finish by the semi-dry hop presence. this BA hopes that other steam beers are as good as this one. cheers! (1,097 characters)

Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a copper color with auburn hues, sports a 1/2" white head with good retent that will settle to a little ring, good lacing

S- floral aromas as well as caramel and pine

T- Malty with a distinct hop presence, almost like an amber ale. Caramel and toasted malts. Piney flavor throughout the whole brew, estery finish with a toasty aftertaste.

M- smooth and crisp light bodied brew

D- fantasic brew, awesome beer for this style (which is a califorina common, dont know who put this in as an ale). Sessionable, looking forward to this one again. (561 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fine-bubbled froth that holds well enough to make your acquaintance. It's a thin coffee color that's alive with carbonation tails.

Soapy suds aroma, beechwood, and cherries.

It's dry and crisp with a touch of vanilla, wild cherry-elderberry; puff of smoke and a dash of dry herbs. Wow! This is one helluva a delicious lager. "Lager?" I said to myself. Now, I say, "lager, and damn good." this deserves the recognition they advertise on their bottle. (456 characters)

Photo of stumac
4.27/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours an amber color with very small, quickly dissipating head. no lacing. the nose is sweet malts and a fruit. the fruit is a yellow apple. taste is crisp hops, fruits (yellow apple), sweet malts. light bodied, low to medium carbo, sweet finish.

a delicious summer beer! (272 characters)

Photo of humanawho
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
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 (334 characters)

Photo of 67cuda
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish amber color, with a small white head. It smells sweet and hoppy, with a little bit of malt in the background. the taste is nice and crisp, with the malt showing just a bit, and the bite from the hops is good but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced, much like the taste, quite good. I found this to be a very drinkable beer from a brewery that is fast becoming one of my favorites, at least if their other beers are as good as this and their Colorado Kölsch! (506 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable Amber lager. Actually I prefer it to Sam Adams due to the malt driven flavor that is a bit sweeter than SA.

Typical amber color with good carb and nice head. Good retention and lacings.

Aroma is strong on malt. Bock-ish if you will. I actually like the smell more than the taste, Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated.

Taste is refreshing sweet malt with a nice balanced finish of floral hops.

I would put this as a really nice amber. Nothing awesome, just really drinkable.. But it helps to live in Durango if you want to drink this often. (556 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer departs the 12 ounce bottle a reddish amber color with the head bright white and creamy, the size about three fingers, as it slowly diminishes, the lace forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweet aroma, crisp and clean, also has just a touch of fresh dirt, start is malt laden, somewhat sweet with a touch of tartness at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a spiny acidity, the hops delectably spicy and the semi-sweet and dry aftertaste lingers long, have had this in the can & bottle, both taste the same to my palate. (564 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving notes - on tap, cool
A - no noticeable aroma
A - Amber and cleer, very little head
M - medium body, light carbonation
T - nice light malt body. Very clean beer.
D - This is an excellent clean lager. A great session beer and a very good beer. (250 characters)

Photo of argock
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date discernible. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Clear amber with pitiful off-white head that disappeared quickly and left no lace. Not promising.

S: The aroma is slightly above average because of the strong bready malt presence and a bit of crisp grassy hoppiness

T: Good flavor with solid biscuity, bready maltiness with nice light yeast fruit notes finished crisply with grassy noble hops that enhance the maltiness, which is pretty substantial.

M: I love the caressing feel of this lager, with girth and coating with a low-average carbonation that really works in conjunction with a solid maltload. Aftertaste is lightly fruity with biscuit and bread in there too.

D: A solid amber lager with dedicated malting to give this brew a very good body and nice classic fruity, bready lager flavor. A bit more hops to dress up the appearance and this would be a real winner. (977 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at their brewery this "California Common" style beer (a uniquely Americanized lager) was a tawny amber color with a bright white head. The retention was decent and it left moderate lacing. The aroma was appealing, clean, semi-sweet malt, hints of toasted malt and some earthiness. The flavors were at first malty and nutty but it then went a little spicy with the hops before returning to the roasted malt finish that lingered on my tongue. Nicely layered. The body was medium, the carbonation the same and the mouthfeel semi-smooth. A pretty good example of the style and enjoyable. (595 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with little to no head and tiny prickle. Malt nose with almost a citrus tone to it. Fresh attack with a mild malt flavor that grows towards the finish and resonates in the aftertaste. Caramel malt notes hidden throughout. I would recommend this beer to anyone who prefers lagers and especially to those who are fringe microbrew fans because they are scared off by "big" or "dark" beers. This is a great bridge beer in my opinion. (444 characters)

Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (570 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More beer in a can. Pack it in, pack it out.

Figuring it deserves a proper lager send-off, I pour this one into my Sam Adams crazy glass. Nice dark amber brown color with bright hues of orange and red meandering throughout. Pleasantly surprising head on top; thicker than I imagined, with good staying power. Bits of lace as the beer recedes. The nose is sweet and fruity. Apple and strawberry, with a nutty pecan scent as well. Caramel malt too. Tastes quite nice to me. Nothing crazy here, or overwhelming, but very subtly pleasant. Lightly malty sweet with faint fruit flavors (mostly apple and pear). A funky popcorn aftertaste lingers a bit too long, but it's relatively inoffensive. Creamy mouthfeel up front lasts longer than expected as well. Not as crisp as I would have liked, but certainly nothing to shake a stick at.

A solid outing here, if you ask me. I don't have much steam beer experience to compare this with, but this is a fine lager. Not as crisp and refreshing as I would have thought it to be, but a totally drinkable, quite tasty beer. At 5.5% ABV, you can easily make this a session beer, and the cans make it one of your best friends on a camping trip. (1,181 characters)

Photo of wasso67
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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. (353 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date. And a bad ass photo of a steam engine.

Appearance: Amber to copper in color with golden hue. Slight chill haze. Nice 1½ finger white head that faded into a foamy lace.

Smell: Herbal hops sweet malt, some what biscuity.

Taste: Big malt right up front, sweet and toasty. A little spicy hops poke through. The finish is somewhat grainy but still pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Great. This is a very refreshing lager, a little on the thick side but still very satisfying. I will be purchasing more of this brew. I do have to say that I obtained this brew from the local brewery rep. after I had a bad bottle of their beer. Steamworks customer service is A+. (798 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity with caramel malts.Taste is fruits,caramel,malt and grassy hops.Overall a drinkable smooth beer with pretty good taste.The fruit dominates as the beer gets warmer.Overall I would recommend and buy again. (265 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly darker amber with very little head that left a slight bit of lacing. Flavor is a little earthy and somewhat smoky. Mouthfeel is standard and it is highly drinkable, though in this case I think that is a bad thing. It’s just so drinkable because it is way too even. There are no unique characteristics and nothing mind blowing to really warrant trying this, or coming back to it. I had my eye on this brewery and some of it’s brews for a while, but I have to say I am disappointed with this offering. (518 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent along with a nice nutty, roasted aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry roasted flavor with a nutty, sweet caramel finish. It's a bit thin in the finish with some lingering roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer, although I feel they got a bit off track with the style. (482 characters)

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