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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3.5/5  rDev +41.1%

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3.11/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance- Pours a medium golden color with a thin white head. The head fades to give moderate lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Very mild. I only pick up fait hints of rice and some paper aromas.

Taste- Very surprising taste. It has a biscuit and cereal body with corn mixed in. While many claim it sweet, I disagree; in comparison the many malt liquors it is much drier. The tastes are not to astringent and somewhat smooth. At the end the alcohol really comes into play, warming the mouth, but leaving it with a very strong boozy taste; almost like you get from a shot of cheaper run. Actually, its not really that off putting.

Mouthfeel – For an 8% abv., the mouthfeel is quite light. The carbonation is a little bit above medium. The alcohol at the end creates a very dry feel in the mouth.

Overall – For the price I paid for this brew ($1.50 for 24 it gives you a great bargain. While by no means the tastiest beer out there, it wasn’t awful and did give a very nice warming feel. On of the best stronger malt liquors out there.

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1.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed "To Style". Malt Liquor is definitely not my favorite style, but I have trouble turning down a gift beer.

NOTE: Parts of this are a dual review, read on to find out.

A: Nice deep golden color in the clear 40oz. bottle (proper glassware for style IMHO). About 1/2 finger of bone white, soapy head when opened, and surprisingly sticky lace.
Part 2 Wife (thankfully) put 3 small lemon wedges in the bottle after I was about 1/4 into it, didn't improve the appearance other than it gave me hope that the remainder wouldn't be as funky as the 1st 1/4.

S: I avoid this as much as possible with this. I'm not going to kid myself (or anyone reading this); Soured sweet corn, fresh grated steel, wet cardboard, a bit of skunk (not the good kind), there just might be some malt in there.
Part 2: (After lemons) Citrus seems to mitigate the most offensive sour corn scents, I'm getting lemony citrus that's still got a bit of creamed sweet corn in it, more malt, less skunk than above (though the skunk has turned more "herbal"...)

T: Soured sweet corn, metal (the steel in steel reserve?), a bit of wet cardboard, skunk - this bottle has definitely "seen the light", in a bad way.
Part 2: Wife's lemons (3 wedges shoved into the bottle) have done wonders for the flavor! The citrus flavor has morphed the skunk into "SKUNK no.1 herbal" flavor, the corn has been joined by a bit of rice (that's an improvement - really), wet cardboard is muted - but still there (let's not fool ourselves, this is malt liquor)

M: Great for style. A bit thick, med / light but slightly oily. Active carbonation attempts to scrub the tongue of off flavors,
Part 2: Lemons don't seem to play much here, MAYBE lightening it a bit.

Overall: One of the "better" malt liquors IMHO. It does the job, and quick. But honestly, if it wasn't a gift from a neighbor, I would have gone elsewhere. The lemon addition my Wife provided raised everything up more than a few degrees - one of the few styles I'd actually recommend a wedge of lemon, orange , (anything citrus) for.

Caveat: DO NOT line this up against Stone Ruination, or even Coors Banquet, Bud, or Miller High Life for that matter, this is an entirely different category of beer. I really tried to review according to style. That said, this is pretty close to top of the category, but bottom of my list.

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, white head that quickly fades away. The smell is fruity and grainy. The taste is similar; tastes like apples and sweet corn. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and heavily carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer. The can I had said 6.0%. It's not very flavorful and honestly rather forgettable, but for the style it's not awful.

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3.11/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and fizzy. Not gold but less than a strange artificial yellow.

Close to gross with a sticky, sugary malts and white rice.

Amazing versus the smell. Clean, sharp and smooth. Nice hint of bitterness in the finish.

Fizzy and light with some slick booziness in the finish.

Other than the smell, this is a good strong brew for the price. Far cleaner than horrid ice beers for sure.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For less than a couple bucks almost anywhere, it's hard to pass up a tallboy of Steel Reserve. The taste is fairly strong, though if you're accustomed to drinking high gravity lager a lot it won't seem as intense as a lot of other malt liquors. Because it's so inexpensive it makes a popular choice for anyone looking for a quick buzz. 75% of the time I head up to the local grocery store I'm often finding myself reaching way back for the last one. It doesn't taste horrible and it's very economical. It's easy to get used to without dreading the strong aftertaste from other beers in its category.

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
2.48 out of 5 based on 1,209 ratings.
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