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Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export | Steel Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steel Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GCBrewingCo on 12-05-2005

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Ratings:
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2.49
pDev:
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 82
Photo of bigmitchperez
4.54/5  rDev +82.3%
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 industrialswill
4.35/5  rDev +74.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised to see the [lowly] consensus opinion about this beer. This was the first time I had ever seen it on sale and I tried a 24 ouncer. After comparing labels with the silver canned swill, I was left wondering what the difference would be. I drank mine straight from the can, so my appearance rating is based on the beautiful art work on the can...
I think this tastes smoother than the silver 211. Like comparing a filtered cigarette to a Lucky Strike. When I'm in the mood for a cheap malt liquor, this one will be at the top of my list.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.68/5  rDev +47.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev +34.5%
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 Spikester
3.23/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear clod 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 RonaldTheriot
3.21/5  rDev +28.9%
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 bboven
3.16/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I actually expected this to be a lot worse.

Dark yellow color with a silk-thin head. No lacing.

Smells very sweet, like a mixture of corn and sugar. Slightly dusty and metallic.

Again, surprisingly sweet taste. There is not a lot of upfront hot fusel alcohol, but it finds your tastebuds in the end. It also heats your belly quite a bit.

Highly carbonated, very drying.

For what it is, it's actually a little better than average. I wouldn't buy it again, but I like to try new things.

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Photo of Neehan
3.05/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this on the way home looking for a cheap, quick buzz after a long day and figured I would down this and then get a few laughs making fun of it in my review. Not the case, this is actually a decent brew, one that you can't complain about considering the price.

Pours a pale gold with a head that rises high and disappears quickly. Quite bubbly in the glass.

Aroma is mild of hops and some barley not bad but not spectacular.

The taste was surprisingly mild, smooth and dry. If you've ever had the High Gravity, you'll realize that this is much better balanced and not overly sweet in comparison. Nothing complex, but not bad.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy on the carbonation, not too stimulating, but hey it's a dollar for a 24 oz.

Drinkable, smooth enough to have a few if you can tolerate the alcohol. Depends on what you are after here. A college kid's dream if you know what I mean...

Not as bad as you may expect. Tastes like a good American macro beer (if you believe in such a thing.)

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Photo of esurreal
3.05/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

All in all this is an average beer. In my opinion it's slightly better than a lot of the macro brewed st.louis beers.
The head is non existent.
Smell is not bad. Citrus and alcohol smells. I like it actually. Could be a lot worse.
Taste is kind of like pbr mixed with ommegang, chimay, etc. Seriously. I think it's the high alcohol content. It has that slight burning aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is definitely avergage.
Drinkability is good. I could pound a few of these no problem. For the money, I think its a good beer.

I've come to find that a lot of other people like this beer too. My local gas station is either out of it or stocked so heavily, the beer cooler is half filled with it. While making small talk with the clerk, I say, " you guys sell a lot of this stuff. You're always running out." His reply was, "yeah, the whole neighborhood is on it." haha, this stuff is all about a buzz for cheap.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dispensed from a $.99 black can into an imperial pint glass. Very little head formed and then left a film on the top of the beer. Great carbonation action going on. Looks extremely effervescent and crisp.

Aroma wasnt bad. Caramel malts, citrus hops, chardonnay, and cheap wine. Smells close to a batch of wine I made a year or so ago. That wine didnt taste very good. Lets hope this taste better.

Not bad tasting. Malty. Alcoholic. Pretty sweet. Right on the border of being cloying. I am pleasantly surprised by this. Some faults like rubber and corn rear their ugly heads.

Not bad. For one dollar, I think it is quite a bargain. After five or six good beers, this may taste better and would certainly put the buzzed over the top to drunkeness. I cant decide if it is a good buy or not. Yes, it is. Taste is okay but for the money, worth it. Its only $1. Seriously.

SERVE VERY COLD!

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Photo of Reidrover
3/5  rDev +20.5%
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 Lordhelmit
2.9/5  rDev +16.5%
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 ReebShorts
2.84/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got one of these for .99 on my way home, also picked up a silver (regular) still reserve which i intend to review next.

Decent head, 1 finger, faded at a medium pace, even some lacing.

Aroma is cooked sweet corn, malts, maybe the slightest hint of hops.

Flavor is corny and too sweet, mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but overall this is better than i expected. It goes down pretty smoth, and for a 99 cent "get ya drunk" beer, it's better than most i've tried in this category.

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Photo of tone77
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
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 ordybill
2.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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 tdm168
2.72/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of Pegasus
2.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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 burnstar
2.7/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours gold with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smell is slightly sweet with some alcohol and adjuncts. Taste is quite sweet. Corn. Some grape notes as well. Definitely some alcohol too. Finishes dry. Medium mouthfeel, maybe a little heavier than your average malt liquor which I'm not sure is a good thing or not. Somewhat drinkable. Overall this is definitely just a dressed up malt liquor.

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Photo of CNeilP09
2.63/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

before you think i'm crazy about my rating of this beer, hear me out:

The appearance of this beer is typical: light and golden, hay-ish with a touch of watermelon juice. it looks like a full bodied LIGHT beer.

The smell is a bit atrocious--out of the can it smells of sour gin and prune juice. out of a glass it smells like lemon dish detergent. (hint for those who don't catch on so quickly--it has no nose when poured in glass).

Taste. Interesting point. It actually has a sweet candy-ish note with a complexity of foul malt and soured corn. almost smutty, if i could define a taste to smut. But there is a touch of sweet cream on the finish, before the harsh alcohol bite. I also found some reviving qualities in the sip of this one, there is a funny warmth that is completely welcome on my palate (even given the fact that this is a cheap, quick-drunk beer) -- which allows for some redemption in quality. But that's about it.

Mouthfeel. Abundant. Qualifying. Satiating, yet considering the aforementioned, disturbing. it's like Motley Crue just did a show and squeezed the sweat from their undies into a beer. Greasy alcohol, basically.

The drinkability of this beer is quite simple: drinkability hardly exists with this beer. this is the beer a homeless guy drinks just to quicken the downward spiral. if you are one that champions this beer, give up, cut your wrist, and let your loved ones know you're a failure at spelling failure. Think about it.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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 puboflyons
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jadpsu
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Let's be honest this has to be cheapest way to get a quick buzz. Pours yellow gold and what comes through in the smell is malty alcohol, with the emphasis on alcohol.

If you have more than two of these and you won't care what you are drinking. Really not as bad as you would expect.

Acceptable tasting inexpensive beer that is sure to give you more bang for the buck toward a quick buzz.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, golden yellow. Suprisingly, a full three fingers of head form. Retention is fairly decent for the style and ABV and a patchy film remains. A bit of lace sticks as well.

S - Dry grain husk and a fusel alcohol aroma. A sort of sickening candy sweetness pulls through also.

T - Overall this is probably an average tasting malt liquor, but the alcohol is entirely too noticable. Typical malt liquor sweetness, very saccharin like. Grain husk tries to dry things out but huge alcohol astringency pulls through and makes things unpleasant. Finishes with a strange sweetness.

M - Almost medium bodied, almost cloying. Carbonation starts out strong but fades quickly as the beer sits, adding to the cloying factor.

D - A little less drinkable than some malt liquors because of the huge alcohol presence. Sweetness grows as the beer warms. It is ok if you wanna get wasted, but I'll either be choking the rest of this 24 oz down or pouring it down the drain.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.55/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this in the black pounder can in GA and it is not that bad considering how cheap it is, and how high the alcohol content is. The black can catches the eye, hence the the 2.5. It has a aluminum smell w/ alcohol, but the taste is a tad smooth and doesn't have that swillish backlog most malt liquors do. I rated this a little higher than I should have, but compared to its peers its not bad. I couldn't have more than a couple of these at the same time w/o getting ill.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thank you to Jacob for sharing this whale of a malt liquor.

A: The pour is a crystal clear yellow color with a short lived but initially fluffy white head.

S: Oh yeah, sweet corn, rice, and apple juice all the way on this bad boy. A bit of a grain/malt aroma too, which was surprising.

T: Grain husks, corn, rice, and overly sweet apples. Some extra high fructose corn syrup for good measure, too. Maybe a bit of alcohol, too.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty much what you expect for a malt liquor: thin and fizzy.

D: Surprisingly, not as awful as I was anticipating (given Steel Reserve's infamous reputation). I'd still rather have some Stack or Haffenreffer Private Stock, son.

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Steel Reserve 211 Triple Export from Steel Brewing Company
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