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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3/5  rDev +21%

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2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of basscram
4.3/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A malt beer. poured from a can, ice cold, beautiful light orange color with lacing down the glass as it is consumed.

smell is of roasted corn, hardly any sulphur as I'd expect.

Taste is a clean malt no hop bitterness and carbonation is as expected with a malt liquor.

mouthfeel. very thin, easy to drink and the alcohol is hidden very well and you could possibly drink this pretty quickly ice cold.

Overall a good go to beer for me for those cheap times. I really like malt liquor beers so I'm kinda biased. That said, I do this for all beers I review. I respect all the styles. This one is a wonderful malt liquor with wonderful clarity and lots of maltiness

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Photo of beermakesmefat
3.88/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This is surprisingly good. A very full bodied, slightly starchy taste, but never overly sweet. Very little aftertaste, even when warm. I see no resemblance whatsoever to malt liquor. Really the only downside is the 8% ABV. I only wish they made a version with a little less alcohol and a lot more malt, I'd drink this stuff all the time.

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Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

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1/5  rDev -59.7%

Photo of fivetime
2/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of dertyd
1/5  rDev -59.7%

Photo of colbster92
1/5  rDev -59.7%

Photo of spycow
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of FishFrank
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Indo
4/5  rDev +61.3%

Photo of tbryan5
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of chefduff2
1/5  rDev -59.7%

Photo of GhostKidd956
2.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear yellow lots of bubble running to the surface. Thick white foamy head

S - slight sour smell, very sweet, grains are very forward

T - Sour malt, little bitter, can taste the sweet grains a lot which was surprising

M - semi heavy, carbon could be a little less but over all kinda of okay

O - This beer really isn't that bad is if you factor in that i only paid 2.00 for it and it very favorful compared to your domestics such as budlight, budweiser,bush...etc and the fact that its 8.1 abv which mean pretty much a party beer :)

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3.25/5  rDev +31%

Photo of Jenessa
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

Photo of welldigger888
2.13/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A pale golden hue that leaves minamal lace and a snow white head that recedes quickly leaving just a hint of a foam ring.

Corn and skunk predominate, there seems to be some graininess and a hint of alcohol. No hops other than the skunk.

Taste follows the aromas and not so flattering of a way. A boozey corn dom inates with no hops at all. A hint of graininess seems to pull through, but barely.

Very thin watery like brew that has nothing but carbonation going for it.

At $2 a 40 oz'r it is what it is.

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2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Aeroscorp
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Commoda
3.85/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a common ML found in many 24hr conveinience stores.

oddly, at $1.39 this is a very drinkable ML.

i always keep a number of empty frozen glass mugs in my freezer (found cheap at goodwill stores) and thats all i drink cheaper beers from and steel-reserve to me tastes superior to the king of beers..bud, icehouse, miller etc.

it does have a heavier texture than the other beers mentioned..but when ice cold this is an attribute.

at 8+ percent alcohol i suppose if you need to get lit quick it will do that.

i have it in a frosty mug with some italian sausage hoagies and its a tasty and economical pour.

its got good gusto.

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Photo of whatyousay
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Lukass
3.25/5  rDev +31%

Photo of wekieboom
3.61/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is by far the best of the "embarrassing" beers! True you may be ashamed to carry out a 40 or a tall boy, but this beer is actually good. I would choose this beer any day over the run of the mill beers that lack flavor and texture.

It is sweeter than expected but also carries a smooth creamy texture that mellows it out. The taste is somehow both bold and distinctive but not overbearing. Alcohol is high and leaves your mouth in a way to make sure you remember it but isn't as bad as liquor... of course.

Overall, is this a beer I would ever crave or seek out? No. But I can't help but wonder what we would think if it wasn't a gas station over sized beer being sold with the likes of Boone's Farm, interesting thought for you to ponder while rolling back your paper sack for another sip!

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
2.48 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
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