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Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

114 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 91
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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -3%

02-20-2013 03:25:52 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:07:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%
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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Date October 2006, Sampled September 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, reddish amber color. It is topped by a frothy, large bubbled, initially two-finger thick, pale amber tinged tan colored head that sticks around for a bit. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramelized malt, a touch of fruit and some herbal hop notes. The fruit character reminds me a bit of berries, and I think that it is at least partially hop derived. In addition to the caramel malt character there is a toasty grain like note that reminds me of sweet smelling fresh bread.

The taste has a certain sweetness to it, but it is well balanced by some hop character. The hop character in question is both a flavor component (herbal notes and that same berry-like note) as well as a balancing bitterness that flows throughout the flavor of this brew. This beer is really quite fruity tasting; I think it is combination of the sweet caramelized malt notes and the specific hops used. The beer is just a touch thin in the palate, it certainly makes it easy drinking, but somehow the body of this brew does not live up to (or better yet, accentuate) the flavors in this brew. I really do like the spicy herbal hop notes. Parts of this beer is similar in character to and remind me of a fresh Sam Adams lager, like I haven't had in about 8 years.

Purchased at: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 22:10:19 | More by Gueuzedude
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kojevergas

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a pilsner glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Slight hops, caramel, and light cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pleasant malt, slight cream, and light hops. Decently balanced, if simple. I like the build for what it is. The caramel is well-handled.

Mf: Smooth and wet, sort of suiting the style.

Dr: A decent beer for the style. Okay quality, but largely unremarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 00:35:11 | More by kojevergas
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 12:55:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

12-29-2013 05:12:24 | More by BillRoth
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Old Chicago. Must say that this followed a Titan and SN PA.
Poured a semi cloudy brown body, topped by a small and lackluster white head. No retention.
Smell of sweet malt and a bit of butterscotch.
Taste is more of a light lager I think. The malts are held down, and the hops don't grow. Overall the taste is sublte, yet it is a bit refreshing. Drinks quickly.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 23:24:57 | More by Mebuzzard
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before July, 08.

Appearance: Perfectly clear bronze. Thin bubbly off white head. Lace is left in patches sporadically.

Aroma: Light toasted malt notes and some grain as well.

Flavor/MF: Clean malt profile. Slight toasted qualities and slight caramel. But nothing really stands out. Clean yeastiness as well, as to be expected. A bit of a honeyed nuttiness on the aftertaste. This has the potential to be pretty good. But as is, it is not all that bold or complex or unique. Decent enough though, and definitely not flawed. The medium full body adds some girth to this beer.

Drinkability: Solid beer overall. I could drink some of these. But I expect a little bit more of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 22:03:08 | More by Bighuge
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

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

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-21-2014 06:49:43 | More by afsdan
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 18:55:30 | More by Gusler
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dirtylou

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

1.58/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins as part of a mixed 6 Pack.

It pours from 12oz can a very nice clear deep amber with a very large head of billowy foam that shrinks slowly leaving a fine broken layer.

The smell is very floral and borders on chemical-like. Not a good nose in my book.

The taste on first sip has some caramel malt that is semi sweet and. there's something odd here....after the swallow, I smack my mouth and I get a really foul taste. Tastes like..umm...ashes???
Yucky yuck. I've taken about 3 mothfulls and that's gonna do it for me. The rest is going down the drain. :^( As a side note, the can has these numbers on it: 6 04 04 A 1 B A. If this was canned in 2004 asw the numbers may suggest than...it's sad that this one was still in circulation but I have to say, I've been to Wilbur's many times and this last visit was the first occasion that I saw this beer. Anywho, I can't recommend this one from the experience I'm having...

Serving type: can

07-10-2007 23:41:48 | More by Bitterbill
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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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ZAP

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +45.7%
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..

Serving type: can

06-17-2008 04:38:25 | More by ZAP
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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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cokes

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.