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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1.5/5  rDev -39.3%

Photo of phenomenologian
1.62/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It pours a small head that is white. It does not retain. Bad sign.

The smell is of cereal, alcohol and some other stuff I cannot recognize. The smell is faint but the alcohol smell is harsh.

The taste is not good just because it has harsh taste of alcohol and cereal and maybe some other stuff. Altogether, it has a certain taste to it that makes the brew repulsive. The certain taste it has is definitely of alcohol with harsh flavor that is not even pleasant.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated and not good which makes this experience worse. It makes mouth dry

Overall, gross taste. I know some people like this style of beer but this is intolerable. Maybe Im being too harsh but I cannot understand how someone can find this beer enjoyable.

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Photo of Bricelyn
2.45/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So were broke and well we mine as well!!! Wife showed up with beer unexpectedly, I'm kinda disappointed but here goes anyhow!

Poured from a a 24oz can into a 12 oz glass this beer looks unnaturally dark from what I assumed would come from this style of brew. About a Centimeter of foam that seems to be sticking all the way down.

It has a liqour store smell to it honestly it smells like cheap beer spilled onto cardboard and left to dry in a cool back room.

Corn and corn I taste Corn!!! with a heavy malt finish.

Mouth feel is thick and sticky with an uncomfortable residue after

This is not my Style of brew But I can honestly say I have tried it and am proud to expand my beer knowledge.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.24/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

40 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color with a .5 finger head of no cream. Retention is so awful, I looked away for a second and the head was gone. Expectations couldn't be lower.

S - Bland pale malt, stale adjunct, cereal, and alcohol. Yum.

T - Follows the nose closely, but I'm not entirely disappointed. Sweet pale malt and cereal dominate, but the alcohol noticeably coats your mouth as it finishes.

M - A bit crisp, light and finishes smooth. Works for what's there, but not great.

D - If you're looking for a cheap buzz, look no further. A pretty wretched concoction overall, but you could find worse.

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3.5/5  rDev +41.7%

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4/5  rDev +61.9%

Photo of jesus808
1/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
1.52/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

24 oz tall can into a pint glass

A: Perfectly clear with festive carbonation. Frothy white head falls quickly, with no lace. Golden more than yellow.

S: Not much. Corn, alcohol, fruit?

T:Rough. I know this is supposed to be a style thing but this is bad. Booze, dry fruit, sour mix, rice cereal.

M: Super carbonated. Thin, dry.

D: Of course not.

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Photo of murf1087
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Soonerick76
1/5  rDev -59.5%

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2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of meich75
1/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
1/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of gio540
3/5  rDev +21.5%

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3/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of tsludge
1/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of xnicknj
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of fuzzcherry
1/5  rDev -59.5%

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3/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of BigBarley
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Before I begin, you should know that I'm reviewing this MALT LIQUOR compared to OTHER MALT LIQUORS! If you choose to drink this over a craft beer, it better be a budget thing. That's all I'm saying.

A - Pours like cough syrup with bubbles. Head only occurs if you aggressively slosh it. Honey-golden and see-through. You can actually SEE the thickness.

S - Fusel alcohols, a little corny. Strange metallic afterscent (dunno if that's really a term). Definitely smells cheap.

T - Kinda tastes like someone took Bud Ice and froze out even more water. No grassy flavor like with other malt liquor, and none of that overly bitter hop character. Very balanced, albeit a little rough on the palate. Kinda like extra concentrated beer.

M - Oh my goodness. So thick and chewy. Enough carbonation to be interesting, but not with that artificial bite that alot of low-end macro bullshit ends up toting. If the flavor was better this'd almost be a beer I drank by choice! almost.

Overall it serves it's purpose (getting you hammered) without offending the checkbook or palate (well... relatively)

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
3/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of madeofsteel
2.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This used to be my overall cheap go-to, because it's hard to argue with $1.10 for a 24oz. can. Do yourself a favor and don't ever get it in a 40, because it will make you wanna spew about halfway through. Unless you're sophisticated enough to drink it out of a glass ;)

A - Poured into a frosted mug, it pours a straw color, with a finger's worth of foam that fizzles quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S - There's not much going on... typical malt liquor smell. Corn, sugars, booze.

T - Hello, old friend. There's that funky malt liquor funk, with the weird sour/sweet, dry bitter... normally all qualities I enjoy in beer, but not this one. There's definitely corn in there, too... yuck.

M - Kinda hard to notice, mostly because of how quickly you want it out of your mouth. Fizzy. Not much heat from the ABV, but that's probably because of how cold it is.

O - If you want a good beer, this ain't it. But it is an incredible value. If you like malt liquor, you'll probably agree that Mickey's is far superior, *but* Steel Reserve is cheap as hell, and at 8.1% ABV, it'll get you where you want to be.

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4/5  rDev +61.9%

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2/5  rDev -19%

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3/5  rDev +21.5%

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