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Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager

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114 Ratings

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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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Photo of Beejay


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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
Photo of armock

New York

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a ruby color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of dark malt

T- Has a caramel malt flavor for the most part

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - I don't really know what to say about this beer its fairly easy to drink but don't know if its my style

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2009 01:06:06 | More by armock
Photo of treehugger02010


2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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
Photo of botham

New York

4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
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
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/5/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a dark reddish brown color body. Small whitish head lasting but small. Lager-y smelling, some vegetable. Effervescent. Malty taste, some sweetness. Not vegetably. Soft mouthfeel. Fruity taste, maybe strawberry-like. Okay.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 23:48:56 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Risser09


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Photo of ATGHomebrewer


2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
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
Photo of matty


3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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
Photo of SolaceDevice


3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As with all Steamworks beer, this is an average fare. Not complex and yet not the smoothest beer to drink. A good portion of the locals do not care for Steamworks beer becuase it leaves you feeling like a fermenting bottle afterwards (gassy).

I have tasted better beers from better local companies.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 18:30:41 | More by SolaceDevice
Photo of slyke


3.05/5  rDev -9%
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
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy


2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an apple cider color with a good off-
white head with really good lacing. Nice
bubbles floating up, love carbonation.

S: No apparent aromas come off of the pour.

T: No overwhelming flavors...bland at best.

M: Watery, just plain watery

D: There is no body to this and along with the
lack of flavor and aroma, there seems to be
no good reason to keep drinking this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 01:52:49 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of msubulldog25


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Photo of Riverwarrior


3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
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
Photo of wchesak

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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
Photo of BeerSox


4/5  rDev +19.4%
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
Photo of Yeastcakes


3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 21:02:11 | More by Yeastcakes
Photo of humanawho


4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
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
Photo of Proteus93


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Photo of dwpiercetx


2.68/5  rDev -20%
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
Photo of tpd975


2.78/5  rDev -17%
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
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 16:05:19 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of Oxymoron


2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
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
Photo of Jyubei

New Mexico

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.