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 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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Photo of phigdon34
1.23/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Is it cheap? yeah, does it pack a punch? somewhat. Otherwise it tastes like trash. Worst beer I've ever tasted or smelled.

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Photo of Taterturnt
2.24/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Not the worst thing in the world, but definitely far from the best. The colder it is, the better it tastes. Nothing can improve that smell though. It does it’s job, it’s drinkable, dirt cheap, and it’ll get ya drunk.

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

Photo of cjgiant
2.99/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ok, first official malt liquor review (had them back in college years ago). This one is dated July of 2018, obviously a BB date.

Clear golden, and somewhat pretty in it's clarity. Lighter golden really. The head is the impressive part. I only poured a little into a snifter as to drink the rest from the can. (note I had half as a part of a side-by-side with DKML)

Nose was somewhat cereal-like - but a Rice or Corn Chex kinda way more than corn flakes or known corn-based beers. There's a light hint of booze, maybe with the very lightest hint of a menthol-like note (I re-emphasize, very light).

Sweet, but not overly so.. not syrupy. The Chex concept comes out again, a cereal-based, fairly clean sweetness. There's not a lot of nuance, though, and wasn't much expected. There's maybe the lightest spice or alcohol bit to bring an ever so little excitement to the beer, feel and taste. I was actually surprised how smooth this is, and the extra ABV for such a clean beer isn't really all that noticeable.

Ok - FYI, this was the 8.1 variety, looking at the brewer's notes. For a higher ABV beer without much going on flavor wise, it was fairly highly drinkable. I may have to try a few other of the style and then revisit my first malt liquor review, but am rating this higher than expected. Overall, however, it isn't something I'd be searching for among the variety of other offerings.

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Photo of mowfoe
1.59/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of David1234
3.97/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't have much of a smell. Having tried this beer several times. The beer either smells bad and taste soury. If it's fresh and hasn't been left outside in the heat by delivery. There's not much of a smell and it taste sorta watery.

It has a high alcohol volume so it gets you drunk fast which is great rather than drinking a ton of drinks. Once you drink up a bit you can barely tell it's weird taste anymore if its a smelly batch. It's cheap and it's great way to get drunk fast, almost tasteless if you get a fresh batch best served cold.

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

24oz can bb 6/11/18 consumed from the can ice cold 8.1% ABV. The beer gets a pass on appearance so that is averaged in by the other criteria. The smell is a little sweet and not much else. Taste is more of the same with defined sweetness and not an ounce of balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and undry in every way. It leaves a definite oily coating on your teeth. Overall, poor but it has it's place. Need a buzz for under $2, this will get you where you need to be.

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Photo of anomalousclouds
1.31/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of xolectic
2.35/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale straw color. Good head retention and lacing.

Smells sweet and really boozy.

Taste is very corny, sweet, and unsurprisingly boozy. Very little hops flavor.

Feels very sticky and syrupy, but aftertaste is not bad. Tastes like booze but doesn't leave a burn like some higher ABV craft beers I've had (that weren't IPAs)

This is a very polarizing type of beer, even for a malt liquor. You will either love or hate it, depending on your preference for taste and even if you like malt liquor. Based on the price and ABV it is the absolute cheapest alcohol buy where I live, especially at the gas stations.

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

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

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

Photo of Mladenik
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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Photo of OldSchoolMike
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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Photo of Alexander_the_Great
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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Photo of JoeyJellico
1.54/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

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

Photo of henrycjones4
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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Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
2.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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

Photo of BucannonXC5
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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