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Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager

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BA SCORE
78
okay

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 110
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-15-2014 16:32:48 | More by StonedTrippin
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beergoot

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-18-2013 19:52:56 | More by beergoot
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour - dark auburn in appearance with some lighter shades of orange and yellow being struck by the light. Rather thin head that fades to a ring of white inside the glass.

Aroma - sweet and malty. Sort of reminds me of visiting a brewery on brew day and smelling all those grains being steeped. Also some hints of bread dough and a little bit of lemon or lime zest.

Taste - one sip and it's clear this is a solid lager. Very crisp and balanced. Flavors like honey and caramel stand out on the tongue along with some biscuity flavors. Some faint hop characteristics come into play in the finish.

Overall - well put together lager. Everything seems to be in order and from beginning to end it works well. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Is it possibly the "best American-style Amber Lager in the world?" I don't think we're qualified to make that call but it's certainly a beer worth trying.

Would I buy more of it? - I'd like to try this fresh from the tap at the brewpub out in Durango! Perhaps I'll pick up some cans to go.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 23:38:22 | More by indiapaleale
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rawfish

California

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 22:44:45 | More by rawfish
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Serving type: can

03-07-2011 04:06:54 | More by rsdaugherty
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

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

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 01:22:31 | More by Rayek
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

heavy pour into duvel tulip

A: pours copper brown, oddly not much head what was present was large bubbles.
S: overly sweet and bready, with a slight hop earthiness.
T: sweetness is mostly in the nose, still sweet roast malt, earthy hops and a very earthy and bready aftertaste.
M: smooth, carbonation seems high. slightly coating.
D: it easy to drink, the sweet smell is slightly off putting.

Serving type: can

02-13-2010 06:23:01 | More by rootbeerman
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Virginia

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

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color and poured a regular but tan head. However the head did not hang around long. The smelled like caramel and tasted a biy t like it also. It was too sweet in fact. I liked it at first but by the last of the brew it was just too sweet. Not buy again.

Serving type: can

01-23-2010 18:48:14 | More by Minkybut
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steamworks Steam Engine lager pours a couple fingers of loose foam over a generally clear deep amber brew, though there's a fair amount of particualte matter. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is clean lager yeast, lightly toasted malt, and a note of spicy hops. The flavor is mildly toasty sweetish barley malt up front, a little herbal/peppery hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Pretty simple stuff really, but that's not a bad quality for a party/session beer- good with food, easy drinking, but still a huge step up from your corn lager.

Serving type: can

01-20-2010 09:48:48 | More by shadow1961
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another CAN! CAN you believe the way they keep coming to me?

From the CAN: "Arguably The Best Ameri[CAN] Style Amber Lager in the World."

I got a finger of quickly dissipating light-tan head with low retention. Nose had a healthy mix of hops and malt with the hops gaining a slight upper hand. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was more malty than bitter but not overwhelmingly so. I found it a bit too sweet for my taste, but others might really like it. I simply feel that my cooler full of CANs at the beach could be better filled.

Serving type: can

11-01-2009 23:46:57 | More by woodychandler
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argock

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2009 04:01:59 | More by argock
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Beejay

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-11-2009 04:20:53 | More by Beejay
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a can on a late-March vacation to Arizona; no markings to indicate a date. Poured to a pint glass, served with a Popeye's chicken dinner.

Notable can quote: 'Arguably The Best American Style Amber Lager in the World'.

A: A pretty, lightly hazed amber-garnet with scattered rising bubbles. Unimpressive, a barely-covering film, dwindling to a star-shaped splotch, to a completely irrelevant sheen. Despite a nice color, an otherwise sad and lifeless pour.

S: Sweeter aroma, lightly spiced wheat toast. Has a mild apple fruitiness, maybe some berry.

T: Fruity hopping with a tinge of lemon twang, mild caramel. A litlte nutty/toasted flavor. Can't figure out what hops these are: somewhat grassy, somewhat citrusy.

M: Mild feel, low carbonation. A bit spicy with zest, but otherwise a smoother feel with a finely grainy finish.

D: Hmmm...too bad, was hoping to really enjoy this. Without a 'best by' date, it's tough to know how close this was to the brew date - tastes a bit 'old'. As such, it's just an OK drinker, decent flavor but underwhelming look and feel. Would try again, but it's unavailable in OR and wouldn't be one I'd seek out.

Serving type: can

05-03-2009 02:40:15 | More by msubulldog25
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Wednesday evening at Beer Run here in C'ville as part of a tasting sample for this brewery and found it to be enjoyable. Picked up a can to explore it further.

A: Amber. When I think amber, this would pretty much be the colour I think of. Head is almost non-existant, but the little bit that is there manages to hang on to the glass walls alright.

S + T: Scent is a modest, but pleasant maltiness with a touch of sweetness. Taste is similar with a little more oomph on the malts - a little more creamy and caramel like than expected. I found the hops to be pretty minimal - both in the nose and flavour, so ultimately, it came across as maybe a little one-dimensional. Pleasant on both counts, though, so it balances out.

M + D: This is one of the more accessible beers out there... something I may consider something of a lawnmower brew. Nothing too intense, alcohol is within reason, and it feels fairly smooth... not too much carbonation sting, not watery or anything. I'd have another one or two on the right occasion.

Serving type: can

03-06-2009 05:22:33 | More by Proteus93
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dwpiercetx

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a big lager fan, so this could be a little skewed. Nice coloring for a steam beer. Light reddish-brown. Decent foam with good lacing. Again, not a lager fan, so taste was a bit BMC-ish. I would definitely recommend it to lagerites. Having it in a can was kinda cool too.

Serving type: can

02-03-2009 14:58:41 | More by dwpiercetx
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tpd975

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Nice light copper hue. Small fizzy head which quickly dies to nothing. No lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a dash of hops.

T: Rather simple. Roasted caramel malt with a touch of hops.

M: Sort of thin.

D: Just okay overall.

Serving type: can

02-01-2009 21:24:09 | More by tpd975
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.23/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems like everyone is canning these days. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a defining red hue. A soft white head that quickly dissipated to the edge of the glass and left next to no lacing.

The nose is malt centered with some noticeable off notes. The crystal notes really come out nicely but have a blood or metallic type of aroma that is off setting. More of a sweeter caramel note versus a kettle caramel thing. A slight DMS but more of a nutty aroma with some minor yeast notes. As it warms a touch of acetaldehyde as well.

The taste has a strong mineral flavor that just is off setting. The malt comes out nicely but is limited. The caramel flavor backs off, which gives that off flavor more emphasis. The yeast is cleaner but the acetaldehyde comes out more. Some minor honey and a lighty bready note. There is a light herbal/spicy note on the back end.

The body is light which also brings out the mineral flavor. Carbonation is low. Overall not sure if I would call this a steam beer but really limited flavor and noticeable water issues.

Serving type: can

11-19-2008 23:14:09 | More by Oxymoron
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allengarvin

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

New canned beer here in Dallas... into a Chimay glass, it pours a light mahogany color with a thinnest of heads on top. The aroma is very faint, just a light dusting of hops. Hmm, flavor is bland, with a light caramel and no hops to speak of, a very watery body...

The canned form of this beer is very inferior to the bottle (which is not great, but at least is drinkable).

Serving type: can

10-27-2008 01:18:29 | More by allengarvin
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Atlas1

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-17-2008 00:37:43 | More by Atlas1
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: can

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

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-13-2008 07:20:14 | More by kgotcher
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Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.