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Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager

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BA SCORE
78
okay

109 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%


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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womencantsail

California

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 01:18:26 | More by womencantsail
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roblowther

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 16:37:34 | More by roblowther
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 20:53:52 | More by Haybeerman
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a reddish brown color with a slight wisp of head that dissapeared in a blink of an eye. Obviously no lace to be found.

The aroma is sweet malt and dark fruit. Maybe touch of hop bitterness along with a hint of black pepper.

The flavor is heavy on the malt initally. The hops come in on the back end with dark fruit and a ever so slight hint of wheat crackers.

Medium to light body with loads of carbonation. Nothing too notable.

Overall an average beer in my book. Nothing offensive but nothing worth picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 23:20:06 | More by beerwolf77
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From my father-in-law (former railroad employee 40 years)
Poured into a pint glass this has a translucent amber color with a slight white head that left no lacing. The aroma is of caramel and the yeast is very present. The taste is very malt heavy and a little sweet. Not sure about the taste. Something just seems to be off. Light color, light weight, light carbonation, light taste. It was nice to try, but not something I would sit down to a session with.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 22:22:58 | More by WJVII
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 05:36:18 | More by cokes
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this out of the variety case, which I bought from Bryn Marw beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a transparent brown color. The head is zero fingers tall, a tan color, awful retention, no lacing and small size bubbles.
S: The aromas are caramel, coffee and misplaced fruit notes.
T: The flavors are light expresso, some weird berry stuff going on and caramel.
M: The mouthfeel is very thin and edgy.
D: This is an average beer.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 02:10:18 | More by treehugger02010
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botham

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 22:54:34 | More by botham
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by may 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper color with lots of flowing carbonation. The head rises 1" with it's eggshell color and diminishes readily, with no lace left behind.

Smell: Sharp lemon hop aroma is met with lager yeast and caramel malts. Cherry and apple make the nose into a fruity one.

Taste: Bitterness is abundant with some pine and lemon flavors. They make way for caramel malts and nutty almond. The lager yeast gives quite a bite to the beer. It's spicy with pepper notes.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, a tiny bit of sweetness, spicy and some lingering alcohol in the finish. This beer really goes after the palate with vigor.

Drinkability: A good lager, and a welcomed change of pace from the ale-ridden beer scene. A refreshing dinker that you could session.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 13:27:52 | More by Risser09
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ATGHomebrewer

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle in Denver, Colorado
A - not much aroma to speak of
A - redish amber color, about an inch of head, dissapates mostly after a few sips
M - medium body, medium carbonation
T - malt, a bit tinny flavor. a slight bit of hop flavor in the aftertaste
D - this beer is drinkable, but not very memorable. an average beer for the style

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 03:32:00 | More by ATGHomebrewer
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 06:09:53 | More by matty
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slyke

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co. pours a clear amber color with a half-inch of head that falls to a thin cap after the first couple of sips.

There is only a little bit of sweetness in the aroma of this beer.

The taste has only slight hoppiness (mostly in the aftertaste) with sweet malt forming the bulk of this taste. Some biscuit-like qualities from the malt.

Mouthfeel light to medium bodied with only a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is okay for this beer. There is nothing that grabs me - nothing objectionable either. I think it would be a good beer with typical pub grub.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 18:36:51 | More by slyke
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber red color with thin white head and no lacing.
S: light fruity smell with lots of mellow yeast and malt aromas.
T: tastes off flavored with a weird mix of hops malts and yeast that didn't blend well.
M/D: light and watery feel which makes it easier to drink considering it's taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 23:19:58 | More by Kemmerlin
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Riverwarrior

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:29:28 | More by wchesak
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BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +24%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 23:35:14 | More by humanawho
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Apr 2008.

Medium sized copper color head. Minimal carbonation, almost flat. Clear dull copper color. Aroma of caramel, resin and cinnamon. Starts lightly caramel sweet. Becomes moderately sour, finishes the same. Medium body, medium alcohol.

Aroma is the highlight of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 01:27:30 | More by htomsirveaux
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Jyubei

New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A. Reddish gold brew under a cream colored 1 in head. the head vanishes quickly and there is almost no lacing.

S. Bitter hop smell with a hint of bread and flowers.

T. Malty at the front of the mouth and hops at the back with a bready aftertaste.

M. Very smooth with a little stickiness.

D. It tastes good,although it has limited complexity, but the head disappears too quickly. I probably won't buy it very often.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 20:00:15 | More by Jyubei
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 22:17:59 | More by WesWes
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head with a decent head retention. There is a nice amber color as well.

Smell is very faint and only caramel malts come through. No hops on the nose at all.

This beer is very malty. It's sort of like an amber lager. The caramel malting is fine, but I want some hop bitterness to balance. There is a bit of diacetyl butteryness. The hop bitterness heightens up a bit later, but the beer is still lackluster.

The mouthfeel lacks adequate carbonation. The malts are a bit thicker than some other beers. I just want more hops and more carbonation.

This is an average beer at best. Luckily it comes in a can if one needs to drink at the beach or something. But then again, I have oskar blues for that.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 04:43:34 | More by jasonjlewis
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Onslow

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is really a rustic amber lager! ... is smooth and quite a simple liquid ... is similar to an ale in a few ways ... is refreshingly different in the mouthfeel location ... pretty nice stuff but there is something about this brew ... a touch different but it does the job...

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 17:31:22 | More by Onslow
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Ragingbull

California

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:19:32 | More by Ragingbull
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Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.