Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) | Steel Brewing Company

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 MeanMotaScootah
3.39/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Just to start out - I picked up this beer at recommendation of my tow truck driver (van broke down - long story) aaaanyway, so that is why I am writing a review for - lack of a better term - hobo beer, or excuse me "high gravity" beer. :) That'a bit more PC. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the taste of this beer. First off it is very smooth and goes down very easily - no alcohol heat to speak of, it pretty much tasted like all other American lagers. Pours a light straw color, minimal head, decent carbonation. Very little hops detected, lots of malty fizziness. Not a bad tasting lager - I'd drink this any day over the usual suspects (Bud, Miller, etc). The only problem (or some might say it's an asset) with this beer is it has an 8% abv, so not a summer - refreshing lawn mowing beer - unless you don't mind passing out on your lawn mower as you mow down your next door neighbors hedge - alas - I digress. Either way, dare I say try this one if you don't mind buying hobo brew at your local corner store.

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Photo of Courtz679
4.76/5  rDev +100%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This shit is good everybody giving bad reviews are crazy. It's cheap it's good its strong I LOVE THIS BEER

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Photo of nbaker290
2.49/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Look. This is not some crazy delicious juice like some people will try and tell you. It's a 4 pack of 16 oz tall boys for $3.29, sometimes less on deals. It costs about what a high life 4 pack of tall boys would, but it's 8.1% ABV, which means 4 tall boys is the same as 10.36 5% and beers. So damn near a 12 pack worth of alcohol (more than 12 if it's a 12 pack of lights), for less hanb1/3 the price of a 12 pack of buds. After the first 1-2 in 5-10 minutes, you don't give a shit about how it tastes. You stop tasting the alcohol undertones, and that's when this brew of barley malt and a hint of hop gets dangerous, because it becomes super drinkable.
Look: 1 16oz tall boy poured into a 28oz mug, topped it off after I watched the head. It pours a medium straw color, 1" of head which immediately dissipates, no lacing from start of pour to finish of drink. Less head than a domestic AAL, and those show a bit of lacing on this glass.
Smell: alcohol, a ton of malt, and a tiny hint of hop. Standard malt liquor.
Taste: first 2-3 drinks, alcohol and malt mixed together, but after the alcohol taste wears off is when you can actually taste this "beer." It is somewhat complex for its price point (less than the price of 4 Budweiser tall boys). First, a hint of alcohol, followed by a very sweet barely maltiness, there is a hint of hop toward the middle but it is negligible. It finishes sweet and a tiny sour, a bit of alcohol bite lingers but not bad, it is ignorable.
Feel: bubbly. Medium body, feels loghter due to the massive amount of carbonation.
Overall: f you're trying to get twisted, Or feeling good, grab you 6-8 of these and kill them in an hour-1 and a half hours. That's what I do when I wanna get drunk quick but still be able to control it with ease and don't have money for liquor/a case of beer. It's really not that bad, it's a decent substitute for that end of your pay period drink. Id give it a 2.75, but that's after 2-3 of these. I'm rating this sober, so it's a notch under budweiser-type brews because those for me are easier to drink and I don't get the alcohol taste.

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Photo of SpaceBeagle
2.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mf86
1.06/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of drahodo
2.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jmills3
2.89/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DesertFox24
3.1/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Darrin_Smith
4/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.21/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AnotherDisease
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of alexandergartley
2.79/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gtn0208
2.19/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.32/5  rDev +81.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, darkish yellow body. Not the best color.

Smell: Banana, mild cotton candy, and a touch of grains.

Taste: Same as above, but the grains are a lot more upfront.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, dry finish. Slight upfront sweetness, not much alcohol presence which is surprising.

Other: I wasn't expecting much, but this is surprisingly decent given the BA score. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Schlitz74
1/5  rDev -58%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This has to be the worst beer or malt Liquor I have ever tried, just plain awful

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Photo of Determined_021
1.51/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of emprox
2.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of LT_BABY
2.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Photo of razzberries
2.88/5  rDev +21%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChristianAlexander
4.11/5  rDev +72.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

All of my drinking sessions, more accurately thought of as meditative explorations into our collective consciousness through beer, begins with me downing a couple Steel Reserves so it is no surprise that it also begins my Top 10 list. To an untrained tongue rotted by abuse at the hands of Budweiser or Pabst poop, Steel Reserve will be described as "disgusting", "gross", or "really bad, but cheap and gets you shitfaced." In reality, Steel Reserve has a deep and consistent flavor that demands your attention. After a couple cans the taste begins to set in as an aggressively warm full-bodied sweetness, like maple-honey foraged by a hot-headed hornet. At 8.1% ABV, I have wondered during many drunken stupors how such a rich flavor can so successfully mask a high alcohol content. Helpful tip: purchase yourself two 24oz tall cans rather than the 40oz. You'll save money in the long run, and will have more to drink.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) brewed by Steel Brewing Company, with an ABV of 8.10% This brew pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell of Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) , is rich with malts,grains and some minor hops. There is a strong alcohol sweetness in the smell of this brew. This brew has the look and smell of most Malt liquors/ High Gravity Lagers on the market. Now I'm not saying that is bad thing. The taste of Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) is bitter sweet with malts and grains. I mean a lot of malts. You can definitely pick up on the high 8.10% ABV in this brew. For what it is worth it not horrible, I have had a lot worse. However this is definitely not one of my top brews. The mouth feel of Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) , is Bold, Malty, Alcohol. Nothing to write home about but it is worth a review. Kinda on the fence with this one. It is a harder brew to drink, but if you like malt liquor this might be one to look up. Overall I'm giving Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) a 3 out of 5. I would buy this brew again if it was the only thing I could get at the time. Steel Brewing Company, did an ok job with this one.

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Photo of SteveS1111
3.03/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty shitty beer in general, but it's actually not entirely horrible. It does have a bit of it's own character in terms of being relatively well hopped in a way that hides the alcohol. It doesn't really have that winey taste that is characteristic of some high alcohol brews. Other than that though, there really isn't anything that good about it or any reason to drink it, unless you're just looking for high alcohol content.

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Photo of Johnct
1.07/5  rDev -55%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Tatara
2.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Merticois
2.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 7.1% out of 100 with 1,219 ratings
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