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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1.52/5  rDev -36.4%
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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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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1/5  rDev -58.2%

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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1/5  rDev -58.2%

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1/5  rDev -58.2%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.2%

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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1/5  rDev -58.2%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%
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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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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2.43/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +67.4%

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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2.26/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasted sept. 5th 2011 (from notes)


A - translucent gold, one finger white head and no lacing

S - just lots of yeast, malt, funk, alcohol and slight hops

T - lots of malt, alcohol, barley, wheat, crazy yeast, rice and I guess a slight hint of bitter hops

M - full bodied, medium minus acidity, not a lot of balance, not much complexity and a medium finish

D - if you are looking for a decent tasting cheap beer to get you shwasted, this is your beer.

Final thought - $7 a 12 pack? Why not?

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.39 out of 5 with 1,254 ratings