1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

120 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 120
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 6
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Steam Engine Lager Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 120 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wasso67
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

wasso67, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

dcscientist, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Robloc303
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Robloc303, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

harpus, Sep 05, 2014
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.

Franziskaner, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%

Ajmorriso1, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +19%

Gerred, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -10.7%

WDJersey, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of timlyon
2/5  rDev -40.5%

timlyon, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of ZoomanCru
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

ZoomanCru, May 04, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

afsdan, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of shadowofthereaper_666
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

shadowofthereaper_666, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of ctwybeerguy
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

ctwybeerguy, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

javlin624, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Todd, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

williamjbauer, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of beerbtl
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

beerbtl, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

beergoot, May 18, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of stampfler07
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

stampfler07, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of quadhog
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

quadhog, Oct 13, 2012
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.

LXIXME, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

bluckbeyes, Aug 27, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.