El Steinber Dark Lager | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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El Steinber Dark LagerEl Steinber Dark Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Midnight Wheat malt gives this complex lager its dark brown color while additions of roasted Indio-Hispano® blue corn create both a lighter body and unique, toasty flavor. German Pilsner malt and Saaz hops round out this dark lager producing a crisp, clean finish and smooth drinkability that is perfect for any occasion.

Added by mdfb79 on 07-26-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
164
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
12%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pint can from GasMart. Dark brown body with lasting off-white creamy head. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is very faint, some elements of the darker roast grains evident. Taste is very mildly bitter, burnt toast. Long finish with some dry, metallic bitterness. Nice try at this German staple.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alpha309
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guden
2.77/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Was hoping this would be more like a Vienna lager, Munich dunkel, or Czech cerny, instead it's a dark brown, lightly corn flavored beer. While very similar to the summer and winter solstice beers, without the spice there's nothing to keep it interesting or even worth another sip.

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Photo of Huffs
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinSparks
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alohatrev
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reptile3141
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lelampp
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeC144
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was not bad

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anderson Valley "El Steinber Dark Lager"
16 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

I don't really have a lot to say about this beer. Anderson Valley makes some incredible beers but this is not one of them; it's just a solidly made, high quality, drinkable dunkelbier.

It pours a clear deep mahogany brown body beneath creamy head of light tan that holds well and leaves some very nice lacing. The nose it gently caramelish (mainly dark caramel), nutty, and lightly toasty. The flavor adds some more golden caramel to it, a hint of light fruitiness, and a touch of dusty chocolate as well, backed by some leafy and herbal hops. It's got a very firm bitterness to it and it finishes dry with a bit of crushed granite, some bakers chocolate, and more leafy hops.

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Photo of Beermazter310
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of neenerzig
4.11/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My good buddy Jon Passow, who as of a few months ago became the Manager of Barrel Room Operations at Anderson Valley, sent me this in a package from northern, CA. Poured out of a 16 oz can into one of my mugs, this beer pours a clear, very dark amber/brown color with some deep yes bright amber highlights when held up to the light. Has a slightly off white head about 2/3 to 3/4 inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to nice thick white ring lining the inside of the glass along with lots of big swirls of foam covering the beer's surface and very nice lacing here too. Aromas of roasted caramel sweetness with some nuts and a bit of corn. I was informed by Passow that blue corn is indeed one of the ingredients used in the beer. Smell is rounded out with a mild aroma of minerally, earthy hops. Has a slightly toasted, caramel and slightly biscuity/bready malt sweetness that gives way to a darker malt profile with subtle hints of nutty and chocolate notes that gives way to a definite blue corn presence. I really like how the blue corn is used here in addition to the malted barely. The corn definitely adds something unique. The flavors are rounded out with nits of earthy hops that add a little bit of bitterness which balances out the overall flavor profile very nicely. Has a slightly crisp and prickly, but also smooth, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I am very glad I got to try this, as my friend Passow told me he is pretty sure that this is not one of Anderson Valley's beers that gets distributed here in Ohio.

Eric

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Beerasaurus
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of chris1919
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 16oz can from Total Wine back in early July for $2.49. Received at TW on 4/1/14 so presumably canned within 6 weeks. Oh well, not the freshest.

Beer pour brown with a soap bubble tan head that is hanging around.

Nose is mostly sweet.

Taste is a roasted sweetness balanced by a decent hop finish. Not overly crisp and clean but pretty tasty.

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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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El Steinber Dark Lager from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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