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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) | Steel Brewing Company

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

One of my favorite high gravity lagers. It's not that offensive going down for what it is, not heavily carbonated. The alcohol bite is of course there but it's not overwhelming and washes away rather quickly. Up front it has a slightly sweet corny/bread like note to it. For about 2 dollars a 24oz of a cheap drunk it's not bad at all. Great to crack open on a late afternoon with some snacks and music.

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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2/5  rDev -16%

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1.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of metter98
2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of fusel alcohol are present in the nose along with some notes of corn adjuncts.
T: The taste starts off with flavors of cooked corn and non-descript malts, which transitions to notes of fusel alcohol, the latter of which lingers through the finish. No sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I picked up some aromas of fusel alcohol in the smell, but these are completely masked if you drink the beer straight out of the "steel" can, and then the only thing that is somewhat detracting are the flavors of fusel alcohol that linger into the finish. The adjunct malts didn't seem to overpower the taste, but I wasn't keen on the fusel alcohol in the taste.

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2/5  rDev -16%

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

Poured from a 24 ounce tallboy into a shaker pint glass. The label says 8.1% ABV. A moderate pour produces about 1.5 inches of a bubbly head that dissipates very quickly, leaving little islets of foam. The color is a pale golden straw with fairly light carbonation. The beer almost seems flat inside of five minutes.

The taste is quite smooth with just a little bit of fruity alcohol notes and maybe just a slight tang of metal. A slight corniness is apparent, but downplayed compared to your average malt liquor. Almost no detectable bitterness from hops, but some fairly complex light malt flavors. It has a fair amount of body but is easy drinking.

I'm on a bit of a malt liquor kick- this one is actually pretty darn good. I think there really is quite a bit of malt here. The taste does not become repugnant as it warms- in fact a bit of complexity is on display. Overall, it is what it is and it ain't half bad.

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2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

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2/5  rDev -16%

Photo of thecheapies
2.41/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Steel Reserve, poured into a tasting glass. Originally, blind-tasted with 11 other pale lagers. Finishing up the rest of the 24oz can.

Gold color with a weak short-lived head of translucent white. No lacing, trust me.

A spry grain aroma with hints of fruity esters and hints of booze. Very pale cereal malts and a pich of sweetness.

A pale grain opening, followed by a strange cheap white wine fruity ester with a hint of apple. Almost has a character like a Belgian pale, which leads me to believe that the yeast is very much in play here. A little tinny, late, with a semi-sweet outro that has an adjunct-like muck to the finish. Rather smooth, however.

Has a medium carbonation. Maybe a bit more spritz than that. The body is mellow and with some wishy-wash. Okay.

Eh, too obvious. Not enough good stuff. I'm more partial to watery, flavor-lite ease.

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3.25/5  rDev +36.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

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2.5/5  rDev +5%

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2.5/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +57.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

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1/5  rDev -58%

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1/5  rDev -58%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

24 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a piss-yella color. The head doesn't last long - it's about a finger high, white in color, and very bubbly. At least it leaves some lacing behind!

S: Smells, in essence, like cheap white wine. The aroma could have been FAR worse - smelling like cheap white wine is a lot better than smelling of corn, cooked veggies, and failure.

T: Same with the taste - I don't love it by any means, but I can definitely drink this. There is a half-decent corn flavor here (like a good pre-pro pils), followed by bits of cream and cheap white wine. Honestly, the more I drink it, the more the generic sweetness becomes a bother instead of any shitty off-notes.

M: There's a slight prickle on the palate from the booze, which comes out the more I drink it. That, and it's rather sweet finishing - too sweet, actually. In the realm of craft beer, the feel would fail utterly; but in the realm of malt likka, it reigns like a street king looking over his bitch-ass subjects.

O: I'd rather drink this over the typical BMC stalwarts (sans Miller High Life, maybe). It certainly isn't a good beer, BUUUT it's great for getting drunk on the cheap. I don't hate this one, that's for sure.

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3.93/5  rDev +65.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

If you wanna get drunk for cheap, this is the best beer you can buy. Pretty good taste and really kicks your ass. I get the 40 oz bottles and drink two and I'm feeling great. It's definitely a get drunk beer not one to really relax and enjoy or if you're thirsty.

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3.25/5  rDev +36.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +36.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +47.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.38 out of 5 with 1,224 ratings
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