Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) | Steel Brewing Company

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)
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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 beerbuffdude
3.34/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Keln
2.42/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As a beer this is a 3 at best. For the price and what it is (malted gas station beer), it's a 5. But only if you drink it right. It has to be very cold. Stick it in the freezer for a while or pour it on the rocks. Either way, you need to pour it. Also add a lime. The smell is pretty rank, but if you can block that smell with a lime, you'll find the flavor is actually good. It lacks hoppiness, but the rest of the flavor is really far more complex than you would expect from something you get for a couple bucks at a 7-11.

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Photo of cunning_stunt
1.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of gandres
2.56/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 8:33 PM
24 Once can poured to glass
Sight: Amber liquid, big white foam
Aroma: scent smell of grains
Taste: sweet, some bitterness
Mouth feel: very carbonated
Overall: good beer, repeat: yes look for: no

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Photo of Beerman121184
2.38/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this from a discounted beer sale at a convenience store. This isn't good at all. I like the flavored ones so this is just for the 211. Very strong and not really that expensive.

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Photo of JamFuel
2.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear amber with some fluffy head.

Smell is sweet and malty with notes of corn and tin.

Taste is sweet, boozy and malty. Some corn again and a not too pleasant metallic tinge. Tastes like Miller with a shot of vodka.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium with prickly carbonation.

Overall, style tick. This is not very enjoyable.

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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

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
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