Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)
Steel Brewing Company

Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)
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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #76
Ranked #47,947
2.36 | pDev: 38.56%
Steel Brewing Company
California, United States
Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 619 | Ratings: 1,325
Photo of Bsimpson91
5/5  rDev +111.9%
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 s1rrah
3/5  rDev +27.1%
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 Nvrmind16
2.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | 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 BeerMe0110
4.2/5  rDev +78%
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 +26.7%
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 +111.9%
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 SilverSolver
4.2/5  rDev +78%
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 have noticed these on a number of occasions. 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 +0.4%
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 gmark
1.18/5  rDev -50%
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 +46.6%
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 Udaykumar
5/5  rDev +111.9%
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 DragonFyre1983
2.26/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +27.1%
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 Stefan99
4.05/5  rDev +71.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden Amber
Smell: Rubbing alcohol, skunky
Taste: Grainy and sweet, with a slight tartness at the end.
Feel: highly carbonated and slightly syrupy.
Overall: Awesome beer for the price, in my top 3 High Gravity Malt Liquor.

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Photo of cardfan212
2.59/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -3.8%
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 -21.2%
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 ZebulonXZogg
1.49/5  rDev -36.9%
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 -13.6%
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 KentT
1.67/5  rDev -29.2%
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 Taterturnt
2.24/5  rDev -5.1%
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 cjgiant
2.99/5  rDev +26.7%
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 David1234
3.97/5  rDev +68.2%
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 +5.9%
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 xolectic
2.35/5  rDev -0.4%
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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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 57 out of 100 with 1325 ratings