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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Ratings: 1,270 |  Reviews: 587
Photo of brewnme
3.13/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Khelmboldt
1.3/5  rDev -45.6%
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 -50.6%
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 +44.8%
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 +10.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Jeeburt
3.05/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Udaykumar
5/5  rDev +109.2%
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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Photo of opd213
2.76/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DragonFyre1983
2.26/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flavor wise it really isn't the greatest thing you'll ever drink. It's definitely not the worst thing you'll ever drink however. The look and feel is what you'd expect for a beer. I don't have the best experience for beer but there are many tasting beers. But if you compare the price to the alcohol content, I think most people would be okay with it. Maybe drink it after a few better tasting beers though so you won't have to be sad at the flavor.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L - Light orange color with transparent body and a finger of white head

S - Typical adjunct lager aromas of corn, grains, and some sweetness. Minor fusel alcohol aroma too.

T - Surprisingly not terrible. Heavy caramel and butterscotch sweetness overpowers the adjunct flavors, but as it warms those come out more. Cloying sweetness in the back, but I can't say too many bad things.

F - Surprisingly light and crisp for 8%. Not sure if that should be a compliment or a punishment.

O - Was expecting worse, but turned out to be ok. If abv was dialed down then this would be a go-to for those into the light lager/adjunct lager etc styles. Yeah, definitely not bad.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.02/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlueTomorrow
1.54/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Callednumbers
2.35/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ShooterMcGavin7
5/5  rDev +109.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Steel Reserve 211 is the nectar of the gods. all other brews are basically water compared to the steelies.

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Photo of bsager1
2.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerded-one
2.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

cheap beer to just get drunk on, best bang for your buck

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Photo of Stefan99
4.93/5  rDev +106.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth and delightful!! The taste is ALL in the way you Drink and Sip!!

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Photo of cardfan212
2.59/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank from a plastic 42 ounce bottle. Scores and review are based within the style.

Look - The plastic bottle constantly reminded me just how stupidly cheap this was. The liquid is a pale yellow that is pleasantly clear. A bit of white head forms with every sip and quickly goes away. I really dug the label.

Smell - Not much going on, except for a bit of sweetcorn with some white pepper.

Taste - Like the smell, not much going on except for some peppery corn. Alcohol is very noticeable and is the primary flavor.

Feel - Light carbonation and a medium body made this a smooth drinker.

Overall - For its incredibly low price, I was prepared for the worst, but was surprised with something incredibly neutral and plain.

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Photo of Guurtman
2.27/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look: Looks somewhat pretty, very clear, almost honey like in appearance. Head is a thin layer of large bubbles that very quickly fades. The look is the best aspect of the beer.

Smell: Sour malt with a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Weak/sour malt with slight alcohol aftertaste.

Feel: Very carbonated, helps hide the mediocre taste.

Overall: 24oz can bought for $1.09. This is purely for getting a buzz/drunk. It's inoffensive, but the taste leaves more to be desired.

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Photo of beertunes
1.86/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

24oz can poured into 12oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear light gold color that had no head or retention.

The aroma was sweet and had a harsh alcohol scent.

Taste was the same, sweet and hard alcoholic.

The body was thin, with a sweet finish.

Drinkability was rough, the beer was harsh to swallow. Overall, a crappy beer. If you need the buzz that bad, just grab a pint of cheap booze instead.

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Photo of joeywheeler
1.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
1.49/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a 24oz can, this stuff pours a pale yellow with a small, quickly vanishing head, leaving a touch of lacing. Aroma is wet corn, cheap grain (rice?) and wet cut grass. Ice cold the aroma is unpleasant and got worse as it warmed. Flavor resembles canned corn water and gets worse as it warms. Thin and watery, no surprise there. Overall, this is just awful. On the plus side, I liked the can!

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Photo of uglyparts
2.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

you've spent the last six months inexplicably sleeping on park benches in the west side of chicago. you wake up to three crumpled one dollar bills stuffed into your jacket pocket by some naive do-gooder that happened to pass you by. what do you do? there are two options:

a) you go to the cafe down the street and buy coffee, needlessly alerting yourself to the crushing reality that now informs your every motive and movement
b) you go to the convenience store down the street and buy steel reserve, starting the day off right by ensuring its eventual end in approximately two hours

naturally, you choose b, and who could blame you? you disappear into the morning dew like a phantom, steal some kid's remote controlled monster truck, and then sell it to a pawn shop for ten bux. i have a job interview today and i look like i just stepped out of a wind tunnel, all thanks to steel reserve. i am the architect of my own demise, death having bid me farewell at the dock of the bay -- i thank steel reserve for my every success, curse it for my every failure, breathe its name at the tail end of every regret and rose tinted memory. time to go talk about inventory management.

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Photo of robebo44
2.53/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of KentT
1.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Not much to say here. Good to get drunk on for cheap. Light to adequate foam, thin lacing, and foam is down to little. Tastes like some Corn, meets Apple, meets biscuity malt, meets week old gym socks, meets more corn, with the intense taste of fusel alcohol which suggests Rocket Fuel. Drink only when very cold, horrible when it gets warm. Starts much better than it finishes. Never consistent from sample to sample (not unusual with most Malt Liquors). When it is good, it is very good, when it's bad it is horrible. Overall 1.5.

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.39 out of 5 with 1,270 ratings