Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export
Steel Brewing Company

Steel Reserve 211 Triple ExportSteel Reserve 211 Triple Export
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Style:
American Malt Liquor
Ranked #48
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
62
Ranked #48,401
Avg:
2.55 | pDev: 31.76%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
97
From:
Steel Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  7
Gots
  10
SCORE
62
Poor
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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.93/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- The beer pours a golden amber color with a tiny white head of foam. The head fades fast to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell -The aroma is super light... Just a little bit of caramel and grain.
Taste- The taste begins with surprisingly smooth caramel and light bready taste. When cooled, these tastes are joined by some light earthy tastes and a bit of herb to leave a rather nice, and surprisingly clean taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body is thinner for a 8.1% abv brew with a carbonation level that is high. Great overall for a malt.
Overall-. One of the best malts out there. This is far superior to steel high reserve as it is way easier drinking. An advance in flavor, feel, drinkability

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.2/5  rDev +64.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

The chardonnay of beers!
Fine presentation, one of the best cans as far as malt liquor goes. The smell is typical for Miller, that somewhat metalic/copper penny smell with hints of wine. The taste is not for the faint-of-heart. Very white wine chardonnay flavor with some great malt flavor to back it up and little to no hops at all. Surprisingly this beer does not remind me of corn what so ever. All I get with this beer is a fruity white wine top end followed by a faint malt middle with a good bit of alcohol burn at the end. The body of this beer is medium with a nice bit of carbonation bite. Overall I must say this beer reminds me of a Miller high life with more alcohol. This is a pretty good beer to have only if you are craving it. I personally won't be buying this beer again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.53/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(24 oz can, purchased cold... warmed to cellar temp, poured into a clean snifter)

L: crystal-clear, brassy-amber liquid; puts up a finger-width high head of foam that suds out to a relatively sticky collar... minimal, spotty lacing

S: notably toasty malt character, similar to a euro pale... beyond the toast and sugar cookie notes is a mild, white wine fruitiness... very subtle hint of spicy booze... the more it warms, the more the white wine essence takes over, with a mild whiff of band aid coming up out the nostrils

T: curiously dry up front, the malt presents itself in the finish, with a pleasant, almost oatmeal cookie-like malt and spice rising and holding immediately in the aftertaste... further into the aftertaste, a remarkably fresh (malt) grain essence lingers, while the spiciness fades, with a barely discernible sweetness and a very subtle dry grassy bitterness hanging... the aftertaste vaguely resembles a lightly-spiked, beefier Miller High Life

F: relatively light-bodied, but it carries a delicate heat and mellow ribbon of oily viscosity... gets to be a little filling, might be a bad move to swill from the container unless it stayed cold

O: right off the bat, this does have a slight flavor difference than the marginally superior standard version - slightly thinner, less malt depth... regardless, it was much more enjoyable than the half can of Hurricane I slogged through an hour prior

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Photo of huthuty
3.93/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber
Smell is aggressively turdly,alcohol and adjunct malt abound
There's actually flavor here, some dark malt amongst the sea of corn, blends with the alcohol nicely

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Photo of Squire
3.17/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow gold color with voluminous white cap.

Aroma of cooked grain, clean but unimpressive.

Taste is not bad for this kind of panther juice. It's definitely sweet but not cloying in the sense of canned colas. Really sort of a sweet corn flavor which isn't inherently bad, just not my personal choice. Aftertaste could be cleaner.

Medium to full texture with not quite enough carbonation to offset the sweetness.

Brewer states on the label, "we believe this to be among the very best beers in the World". Apparently their world is smaller than mine.

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Photo of Raime
1.55/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Soooooo on the way back from a longggggg day on the job I'm cruising on a janky exit from the highway needing a pack of smoke and decide to stop at the nearest convenience store I can find. Low and behold I stumble upon cases and cases of this and other bottom of the barrel Malt liquors for $1 a piece or $15 for a case of 24.

Curiosity may kill the cat, But tonight is not a night for fancy aristocratic swill to grace my palate, it's a night for GETTING DRUNK. So begins the conquest..

Oh lawddddd Satan in hell what have I gotten myself into with this one. Good ole Steel Reserve high gravity was the legendary peepee monster of the beer world consisting of tastes of fresh morning urine and a smack of sweaty gym socks in the finish. let's see how this incarnation stacks up.

Look - Dark dehydrated yellow with a 4 finger white head that runs away like your father did after you were born. Probably why you're drinking this. The lacing doesn't even stick around to pay child support.

Smell - Disappointment and depression. the corn is that of an Arkansas red neck getting ready to penetrate some fresh bacon on a night after everclear.

Taste - Oh yes. fresh toilet residue and probably what I would imagine unwashed balls to taste like after basking in the sun on a 110 degree Texas day in sweat pants.

Feel - Lawdy lawdy I swear I never jaywalk again. Alright enough of this humor, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - You get the jist.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.58/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the 26 oz can. Sampled on June 28, 2015.

Yellow pour. Fizzy white head.

Toasted bread, butter, corn, grain, and mild booze.

Light to medium body.

Harsh metallic character buried in the vague sweetness of the taste. Clean enough finish. Still fairly obnoxious.

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Photo of EverettHervey
1.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

If you have a choice @ 2 for $3.00 between this and Icehouse Edge... You're better off going with Icehouse Edge, and that's all I have to say... about that.

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Photo of ordybill
2.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 24 OZ can into a pint glass ( red plastic solo cup would have been more appropriate) This beer is cheap and has a high alcohol content. Mecca for college kids and skid row bums. There is a little yellow coloration and smells like stale corn The taste is of lightly carbonate corn meal with an alcohol bite at the end. Buy a sixer of these jumbo cans and see if you can finish them and then look yourself in the eye in a mirror after the deed is done. If you drink to many of these I am sure this is the main reason for poor decisions and regret.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured from 24oz can into a pint glass. This is the final of the Steel offerings I'm sampling today.

Appearance: medium gold with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thin layer of fizzy white foam which dissipated quickly. Looks exactly like regular 211.

Smell: sweet malt with a little bit of a plastic finish. It may just be my imagination, but it seems a very little bit maltier than regular 211.

Taste: sweet, but somehow with a bit of a toastier character. That plastic is in at the end, but less so I think than regular 211. The sweetness comes through a little bit more, though, it seems.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with lots of fizziness. Uninteresting.

Overall: I don't think I could place this either above or below standard 211. They're both pretty awful.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

can. 16oz. $1.35. label says brewed in milwaukee.

A: Light corn yellow with natural light backing while a darkish orange tone against regular lighting. Bready off white head about an inch thick is relatively short lasting decaying to a patchy covering. No lace.

S: Some corn at first, then progresses to a light buttered bread and caramel grains. Some green hops but no signs of the 8.1%abv. Overall strength was a bit stronger and sweeter then usual, much better then your usual malt liquor offerings.

T: Sweet caramelize grain flavor, very clean, with a light sense of greenery hops coming about after the swallow.Light alcohol warmth.

M: Syrupy mouthful, decent thickness, low level of carbonation on the tongue.

O: Overall crafted much better then your typical malt liquor, more speciality grain influence, sweet, very clean, no noticeable alcohol, and offers a surprising easy drinkability. I would drink this in a pinch over any BMC product and price per pound not a bad choice for those who like the style. This isn't your daddys malt liquor, and is not bad in the end. a bit sweet overall for multiples. rated to style.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Let's be frank here - rarely does anyone buy one of these unless they are trying to get tipsy on a budget. At $1.39 for a 24oz can at 8.1%abv it does exactly what it's supposed to do.

A - Typical ML. Light golden color. Better head than I would have expected.

S - Nose has strong corn smell - smells like cooking cornbread or even corn on the cob, literally smells just like corn. Some sweetness as well.

T - Taste is not so great. Taste like metal-corn-metal-cereal if there were such a thing. Does have a metallic taste.

M - Not bad actually. Medium body.

O - I was actually pretty tupsy after the one can. May not taste great, but it is dirt cheap and has plenty of alcohol. Will buy again for sure on nights i just want to get drunk without liquor.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.58/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24 ounce can consumed mostly from the can but with about 6 ounces poured into a small draft glass.

A - A hazy straw color with surprisingly persistent foamy head.

S - Cereal grains with absolutely no hint of hops.

T - Adjuncts dominate if no hint of the alcoholic strength when cold however as the beer warms the alcohol moves to the forefront.

M - Pretty typical of an AAL or ML. Decent enough carbonation.

O - Let's realize that this stuff is a cheap and effective way to introduce alcohol into your body. I would highly recommend keeping this stuff as close to freezing as possible. It is actually one of the better entries in this class as there is much worse out there (Evil Eye or Camo come to mind). After spending 6 hours working outside on a 88 degree day this stuff isn't too bad.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Faintly hazy golden body, crowned by a dense, persistent cloud-top head, which retains superbly. . Abundant patches of sticky lacing adorn the glass walls. The cabonation consists of profuse and minute slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of cereal grains in the aroma, particularly corn, although verbiage on the can states "only the finest malted barley". Hot alcohols are present in the aroma as well. There are very faint herbal hops, as well.

Taste: Opens with metallic hops,and hot alcohol, which is also quite warming. Malted cereal grains are present as well, although there is little barley to be found, as far as I can tell. Bitter apple rind is fairly prominent as well. As the taste progresses, metallic hops manifest themselves. Finishes with a lingering note of hot alcohol and some herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not that bad, really, although, hilariously, the can copy notes "we believe this to be among the very best beers in the world". Sad to say, this is no Trappist Westvleteren 12, Founders Breakfast Stout, or Old Rasputin. That being said, its hard to complain at the price, and seems very appropriate for a late Autumn Texas evening with rain and a temperature of 32 F.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased in Austin, TX in November of 2013 for $2.19 plus tax for a twenty-four ounce can.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.19/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer pretty evenly and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some moderate corn adjuncts as well. There is something slightly metallic/medicinal in the smell of this beer as well...and it is not really pleasant.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light to moderate amount of corn adjuncts. Light hints of sweetness but in an almost artificial way (like with high fructose corn syrup). That is followed by the lightest hint of herbal hops and moderate flavors of alcohol + metal. Not a pleasant flavor and there is a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery with some light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: While the Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had some decent flavor to it, this version is just plain awful - the alcohol is not well hidden and is reminiscent of jet fuel and there is a strange metallic presence as well. I would not get this one again for any reason.

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in the 24 oz can for the grand price of $1.19 I poured this into a glass ( i know its a no-no for ML afficienados!) Its actually quite nice looking foir a Malt liquor..darker gold than the usual and witha small white head. Very malt, dough aroma..not bad..not nasty at all. Very smooth semi-sweet tasting beer..very malty, small alcoholic kick at the back of the mouth..warms the belly afterwards. Nice enough beer for the style. I actually like this

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Photo of Spikester
3.23/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear gold with two fingers of white head that lasts a very long time. A fair amount of foamy lacings.
Smell corny and grainy.
Tastes sweet and malty but much richer flavor than the regular version. This is a deluxe malt liquor. If they put some hops (that you could taste) in it it would be an O.K. Barleywine.
Mouthfeel is pretty full for the style. It may be disliked by regular consumers of this style. Carbonation is just right.
Overall the best looking and big flavored ML I have had thus far. Still, quite a few more to taste. We shall see. I might actually finish this one!
Update: 4/ 29/2014: Latest version loses 1 full point for appearance almost no head or lacings.
Second update: 9/4/2015: I did a side by side with regular SR211 and could not tell them apart. I expected the black can to be superior but it was not!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

24 fl oz. can. Bottom of the can says March 11, 2013 so I might be a couple days late, not that it will matter much. I can say with assurance that I wasn't a fan of the regular Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity, and am not expecting much more from this outing. No one seems to know what Triple Export means, but the label exclaims " we believe this to be among the very best beers in the world". I really only bought this as a joke for a friend and I, and to make change for a $20 bill.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours about two fingers of thin bubbly carbonated white head, audibly sizzling away. Clear sparkling adjunctive lager gold color. Even manages to retain the tiniest bit of thin lacing.

S - Smells of chemically treated corn kernels and malts. Carbonated yeasty champagne sort of tingle.

T - Still carbonated. Still bloating. Still tastes like corn, although it has a *different* corn type flavor, if that makes any sense at all. Still retains that thick artificial cherry syrup like sweetness that the regular Stell Reserve 211 High Gravity had, although not as intense and in your face. Definitely more corn / grain presence in this beer, I will give it that.

M - Thin. Watery. Artificial sweetness. Carbonated.

Overall, it's probably safe to say that I won't consider buying either Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity or Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export ever again. In the already over-crowded, retched realm of American malt liquor and American adjunct lagers, these two are among some of the worst I've had so far. However, this beer is not nearly as bad as it's companion brew, but there are still far better choices out there if you're looking for that quick buzz.

Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export ---2/5.

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Photo of bigmitchperez
4.54/5  rDev +78%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't know why others have been dissing this one,I love it!!! I found it at a local Ingles for 99 cents a can,and an 8.1 abv!!!! It feels like there are a lot of beer snobs out there!! I drink a lot of non-alcoholic beers,too!! But once in a while,it doesn't hurt to kick it up a notch!! I'll be buying more of these,down the road!!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.68/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on this one! Don't know why, but I only know one gas station that carries it in my area. I like to check everywhere I encounter to see what minor variations in selection they have, and this just popped up out of nowhere. Wasn't expecting to ever find it.
The smell is sweet and not unlike other malt liquors, but the taste is unlike anything I've ever had in a malt liquor before. I'm surprised the reviews aren't higher because this is clearly an attempt at changing up malt liquor for the beer connoisseur. It tastes STRONGLY of yeast, like it was bottle conditioned. Or, I guess, can conditioned in this case. It takes a lot away from the sweetness and the thinness that is the status quo in malt liquors. As a fan of some malt liquors, I'm not sure if I like this significant departure, but as a fan of quads, I enjoy it. So, I'm torn as to whether it's really OK for it to be somewhere in between. It is so far from what I was expecting. It's like someone tried to make a lager into a quad with really low quality ingredients, but with plenty of know-how nonetheless. Strange, but enjoyable. I think I'm going to have to rate it pretty highly. One problem is that it's not as refreshing as other malt liquors or as quads because it lacks that fruity quality. It's just pure yeast flavour. It retains a bit of that chemical flavour of regular Steel Reserve, but the yeast covers it up pretty well. Weird, wild stuff and definitely quite different from ordinary silver-canned Steel Reserve.

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Photo of tone77
2.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Lots of carbonation. Smell is big on corn, some other grains, maybe hay. Taste is corn, some alcohol and grains, a touch of malts. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while I wouldn't want a steady diet of it, considering the abv and price point, it's not the worst malt liquor out there.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another in my series of terrible beers. This one says that "we believe this to be one of the very best beers in the world." Having had some of the best beers in the world, I can't wait to see how this stacks up.

Poured from the tall can into a pilsner glass. Not much to look at. Golden with little head.

Smell: Not to much to be had. Corn sweetness and some grain over metal.

Taste: Very sickly sweet corn flavor with a bit of medicine going down. There is a slight yeasty tang to it. Has an old vegetables must to it as well that just barely covers up the huge alcohol punch at the end.

Overall: Not a very good way to get a buzz here. The ABV indeed is pretty killer, but choking it down to get there is not too pleasant. There are easier ways to accomplish this, even with cheap malt liquors. That being said, this is one of the cheapest I've seen, soooo there's that.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.21/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export has a thick, stark-white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance, with almost no lacing left behind. The aroma is funky, meaning sickly-sweet grain husk. The taste is rich and bold: sweet grain, minimal hop bitterness, corn, and sugar. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export finishes crisp and mildly refreshing. It's gameyness limits its drinkability. This is interesting and even good. I say it is at least worth trying.

RJT

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Photo of netrioter
2.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$1.39 a 24oz can here in Durham NC at Krogers...20 cents off on sale.

shotgunned from said 24oz can and one drank normally.

we only have 6.0% Steel Reserve 211 (silver label) here and its NOTHING like the 8.1% or this.

Triple Export is what youd expect from the silver version...it kicks your ass,its cheap and it tastes pretty foul when it heats up.

nothing really special to report...if you hate high gravity lagers that slap you in the face, dont go here...this is barely better than silver label 8.1%...if Hurricane High Gravity is in your area...id get that instead.

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Photo of tdm168
2.72/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A small amount was poured into a juice glass for appearance and aroma. The rest was consumed from the can.

A - copper gold with a large, dense, frothy, pure white head that has great retention

S - warm, metal, corn, grains

T - corn, grains, warm, alcohol, sweet, metal

M - medium bodied, warm, smooth, decently carbonated

I'm basing this purely on style. The appearance was quite nice but everything else was quite typical. It's cheap and it'll get you a buzz. Otherwise avoid.

Note: The can claims "We believe this to be among the very best beers in the world." That's disconcerting.

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Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 97 ratings