Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) | Steel Brewing Company

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)

Brewed by:
Steel Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in different abv. versions: 6.0%, 7.3%, 8.1%, & reports of a 8.9%. In a few counties/states, a 3.2% version is also available.

Added by Todd on 09-13-2001

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Photo of Drak-Nib
2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's a hot June day. The barbecue is cooking away. There's a bag of chips on the table, and a laptop for impromptu Wikipedia searches. The birds in the trees chirp happily while the sounds of children playing down the block drifts through the air. Two pretty girls walk by and wave as Rapp and Union sip their Millers. Where's Drak? Under the table, drunk as a lord from this terrible stuff. Gimme one more! I can handle it! ca. 2008

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Photo of MetalRocker94
4.53/5  rDev +88.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep Gold, Thick White Head, and Bubbly.
Aroma- Very Sweet, Malty, Very Corny, Very Bready, and Little Hoppiness.
Taste- Bold, Very Sweet, Very Corny, Very White Breadiness, and Very Little Hoppiness. Smooth Alcohol Burn and Undertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium-Heavy and a Medium-Heavy Body.
Overall Conclusion. A great HGML from SAB-Miller. However, it is unbalanced. Needs more hops to balance the rest of the flavor out. Would recommend.

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Photo of 618daGreat
4.3/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +108.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most complex out of all the malt liquors. Please note this is the 6% abv version im drinking.
The look is fair, good cap with Lace down the glass. Staw apperience. The can design is a timeless layout. Aroma is very interesting. In the nose i get white bread and some yeast notes. There is a light sour hint in the smell. As far as taste, steel reserve is unique. I taste the slightest golden delicious apple and white grape skins and a small hint of olives. Then you get sweet malt character that lasts through out the sip. I can also taste a white chocolate note but its very faint. The middle becomes that classic Miller sourness and leads into a semi dry finish. The hops seem to be more for balance as I can't really get any spice from them, just the dry bitterness. The feel is medium to light/ medium with a good amount of creamy texture. I find that to be a very satisfying quality. Very drinkable and very smooth. I enjoyed this beer to an extent but would say I've had better. I recommend you give it a try.

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Photo of porcupineoutpost
4.77/5  rDev +98.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A classic all around good tasting, terrific aroma and bitter notes are pleasing! sold in a lot of stores but i wish more bars carried them!

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Photo of s1rrah
3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A great hair of the dog beer; trust me ... one 42oz bottle of this is like drinking a six pack of Bud Light. LOL ... trust me. If that's your mission? Hair o' the dog? Then this shit will work. I personally think it's pretty rank to drink but, oddly? If I drink it on ice? With a RTIC cup? Man ... I could drink it all day and never even knew I drank anything. Unorthodox as it may seem? I highly recommend drinking this on the rocks. Makes it so much more drinkable ....

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Photo of fizzydeathrattle
2.31/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Nvrmind16
2.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

high gravity lager equals alcoholic water. Unfourtanetly this is a grocery alcohol which needs to redo its flavor. They pump it full of alcohol to the point that it feels spiked and not natural like ipa.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
2.47/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerMe0110
4.2/5  rDev +75%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a good drink to get fucked on! Drink some ipa’s after a 24 oz 211 makes me and it will make you feel right. It’s good to prep you up for an afternoon delight on a Friday, such as today!

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Photo of PMakowski
2.99/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

24 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - Clear golden amber color, very little foam but ironically it does have some glass lacing
Smell - Bread. Some hints of hops and sweetness. Somewhat bitter herbal aroma as well.
Taste - It's very strong tasting, not just because of the 8% ABV, but also it has strong bitterness. The barley malt and hops hit the palate first. It has sourness like sourdough bread. There is some rubbing alcohol flavor. It is very carbonated of course. Subtle sweetness gives it some balance but overall this is fairly bitter.

I am not a huge fan of this style, so in some ways it is unfair for me to review it. I just don't find the flavor desirable to me personally. I do think it is well-made and I would drink it if someone handed me one. That being said, i don't grade by category, i give the beer an overall grade compared to all beers I have had. This gets a grade of C

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Photo of Amboularozzo
5/5  rDev +108.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Forget sips. Drink an ice cold steely instead. Amazing smooth taste and feel. Wicked strong. One 24oz can should be enough. Really top notch "bum beer". King of high gravity malt liquor

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Photo of bubseymour
2.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of SilverSolver
4.2/5  rDev +75%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My ratings are reflective of the fact that this is not a craft beer. This is not an expensive beer. I'm not going to compare it to beers which are. This is a cheap beer that is potent and, by cheap beer standards, quite tasty. It is thick and sticky, which I love. It looks and smells like beer, not a corn bin. A previous reviewer who noted herbal and honey notes was not wrong. I don't know why it's classified as malt liquor because it is clearly hopped, albeit lightly. For $1.29 for a 24oz can that will fully beer an evening, I'm guaranteed to buy it again, because of all the cheap 24oz beers, I like it the best, probably because it's the thickest. I hate watery beer. My can was the 8.1% variety, so if you live in a state which prohibits beer that strong, your experience may not be the same as mine.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

OCT2918 stamped on bottom of 16oz can. Poured into Three Philosophers wineglass.

Appearance - Clear amber body with flat white head and fine lacing with decent stick. 2.75

Smell- Corn and bubble gum with faint cardboard. 2.5

Taste - Wet cardboard and sugar. 2

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly smooth with a very slightly astringent finish 3

Overall - I wanted to hate this beer more than I do, but I think the situation you're in when you're drinking this beer is probably worse than the beer itself. Not that I'd know. 2.5

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Photo of Fitzy01
2.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Beerdanza
2.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of robotic_being
2.15/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of brewnme
3.13/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Khelmboldt
1.3/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Good for a quick, cheap drunk... if that's what you're looking for. Terrible taste and unpleasant mouth feel.

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Photo of gmark
1.18/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The only reason the awful beer exists is for a cheap drunk for people who dont care what something tastes like. Truly bad tasting. Gave my wife a sip and she almost hurled. If there was an honest scale for this beer, it would be lucky to get a 1. Just say no to this swill.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 10/22/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nutty, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not too overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with decent strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nutty, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nutty, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and spicy alcohol. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bread, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly increasing warmth of 8.1% after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good malt liquor. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV; with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Clean and nicely rich barely/grain flavors, with mild earthy hop balance. Not overdone on corn adjuncts. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example as expected.

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Photo of PuffySAJ
2.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jeeburt
3.05/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Udaykumar
5/5  rDev +108.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I started my beer drinking in year 1988 when my mom died because of which I started drinking alcohol but till now u never felt good as a good as Steel reserve 211 beer I love it great job keep it up the manufacturer

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.4 out of 5 with 1,288 ratings