Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) | Steel Brewing Company

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steel Brewing Company
California, United States
steelbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,234
Reviews:
570
Ratings:
1,235
pDev:
37.66%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
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16
Gots:
207
Trade:
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1.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of danielsantillan
1.09/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Terrible. It taste like a dogs water dish kept outside. I know because I had a gold retriever. Taste like golden retriever bath water. Can’t keep the beer down as much as I want to because it’s cheap and packed with alcohol. But I barf every time.

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2.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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5/5  rDev +109.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The least calories and cheap and tastes aiiight. What more could you ask for? Take it like you take a shot of whiskey.

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2/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The price is the only selling point other than the alcohol content. The only reason to ever buy this again is if there is no other beer in my price range in the cooler.

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2.05/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I agree with the person that described this beer as "barely tolerable". I can't think of any reason to get this beer. While not being quite as bad, Steel Reserve could be reasonably described as being to beer what Vladimir is to vodka. That is, dirt cheap garbage.

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1.54/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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2.68/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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1.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

By far one of my least favorite beers out there. The only good things I have to say about this beer are that the tall boy cans look great, it is dirt cheap and it's got a high ABV. I think a tall boy costs maybe $1.60 over at my local gas station. The beer itself is awful. For a beer this cheap, it is trying a bit too much with it's unique flavor. If you are looking for the most affordable way to get your buzz on, there are definitely better alternatives.

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2.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.58/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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2.91/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Type: 24-oz. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: 5 Star Market & Liquor in La Mesa, Calif..
Price: $1.89
Purchased: Oct. 24, 2017
Consumed: Oct. 24, 2017
Reviewed as: American Malt Liquor
Misc.: Best by Feb. 19, 2018

Recently was dared to review a King Cobra. Actually did not know that Malt Liquor was reviewable on Beer Advocate. Once I looked it up and saw I was, had to go with it. Once I saw that there were seven (seven!) (EDIT: now eight (eight!)) other Malt Liquors at the next-door market, made it a point to review one each Tuesday until I run out. Typically am against all the big boy beers, but I am breaking that rule for this challenge. Seventh up was Steele Reserve 211 (High Gravity). Can read, “Slow Brewed for Exceptionally Smooth Flavor.” A quick look at Beer Advocate and it had it at 2.38. Whoa. That meant it was the 55th worst beer, but not the worst of the Malt Liquors I’ve tried so far. Going in I had it E40, Mickey’s, Hurricane, Natty Daddy, Old English 800 and King Cobra with the latter three pretty far back.

Poured a straw clear color with three fingers of off-white frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled big booze up front. Also sweet corn syrup, apple, corn cereal, wet grain, barley, spoiled pear, hints of honey and stale day-old booze. Was not as bad as initially thought on the nose. (Smell - 2.75)

Like most of the American Malt Liquors that I’ve tried so far, the first taste wasn’t terrible, but the second one was much, much worse. Second sip of this one was probably in the bottom half of the malt liquors, but certainly not in the bottom two or three. Then it grew on me a bit. Specifically got apple vinegar, spoiled pear, sticky sweet corn adjunct, wet grain, barley, light floral and caramel malts. Was tasting that 8.1 pct. booze. (Taste - 3.00)

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 2.75)

Not nearly as bad as I thought this was going to be. (Overall - 2.75)

2.91 | 68 | C

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1.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

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4.75/5  rDev +98.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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1.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

This is a bottom shelf beer review. If you are buying a can of Steel Reserve its not because you are looking for a premium larger, you are looking to get drunk. 8.1% Alcohol/Volume, it will do that, although your stomach may regret it later.

This is not one of those beers for sipping and savoring, this is for punching a hole in the other side of the can with your trusty P38, and slamming it down like a proper Marine. You don't want the flavor of this beer. There are plenty worse out of there (Camo Black Extra I'm looking at you) if you want to find the worst possible beer, but to call this anything other than barely tolerable would be a lie. It has a distinctly hot mouth feel. It doesn't smell as bad as it drinks, but you can just get an appreciation of the chemical aftertaste from the smell if you are not a smoker.

The virtues of this beer are: high alcohol content and low price. I picked this up for $0.99/24oz can at my declining neighborhood's least reputable liquor store. You might do a little better if you are buying in bulk with cheap vodka and just want to get drunk, but for the cash challenged this will do the job. Pro tip: Its slightly more tolerable extra cold.

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3.26/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.21/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MikeP64
2.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Why would you buy a hotdog and review it like a steak??? This beer is great for what it is..a high ABV malt liquor. Possibly the best ML you can get in a can..and it's 1.49.

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1/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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3.68/5  rDev +54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.16/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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Beer rating: 2.39 out of 5 with 1,235 ratings
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