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Steam Engine Lager - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

120 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 5
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)
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Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of WJVII
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of armock
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of treehugger02010
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of botham
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
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!

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of ATGHomebrewer
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
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

Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of SolaceDevice
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of slyke
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of wchesak
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of humanawho
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
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

Photo of Proteus93
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.