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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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2/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +68.1%

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2/5  rDev -16%

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2/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of dangerpint
1.12/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There brewers are right, twice as many ingredents as other lagers as it says on the bottle " as other adjunt filled lagers that is" well you sure taste can taste them in there, has many undesirable flavors, too many too painful too discribe. head dispates too quick, one word avoid this brand at all costs, lifes too short.!!! michael jackson the beer hunter is turning his grave!!! in all fairness this beer is best severed in a paperbag at bus stop, served at very cold tempeture "32 degrees"is highly recomeded.don't forget your dark shades and ball cap to remain anonymous.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.28/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Straw gold lager--malt liquor of 8.5%. So many meaningless brewing misnomers on the label to convince the quick buzz crowd that this is the alcohol vehicle of choice. White bubbly head hangs tough in my plastic hotel room glass--desperate drinking conditions (11 pm in small town Iowa, so this was the best beer at the local Casey's) call for desperate measures. Best thing about the beer is the triple overtime win by Stanford on TV while drinking. Corn, sweet malt and diluted sugar in the nose witha slight tangy and metallic (hop?) spice in the nose. In the taste, more corn and apple and some bitterness (happily). When the alcohol kick in, my slight shudder from the taste subsides and it becomes even (somewhat) enjoyable. Ratings above might seem high, but it is one of the better malt liquors I've tasted from a limited range.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.51/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A large 24oz sized can poured into a tulip. . (classy).

(A)- Pours a clear orange color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- Very sweet corn meal/husk. Bits of rice. . . lots of sugary rice.

(T)- Again, an extremely sugary sweet corn meal and rice flavor. Tons of sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. Very very sugary sweet. Its literally corn sugar water. Boozy.

(D)- Not a fan at all. Its like drinking sugar boozed water.

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Photo of cjacobsen
2.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

24 oz can poured into a snifter. This really should be drank straight from the can and wrapped in a brown paper bag.

(A) Pours a clean, light orange color. Quarter inch white head that leaves rather quickly.

(S) Corn and sweet light malt are flooded with a big smell of sugars.

(T) Just like the nose, the taste is comprised of corn and a lot of sugars. Near sugar water but with a bunch of light, pale malts that add to the sugar taste and almost give a cornbread type of flavor.

(M) It's pretty grainy and ends kind of dry. Light body and somewhat harsh on the palate.

(O) College! This brew brought me back. As far as flavor profile and the quality of the brew, not all that fantastic by any means. It's pretty bad. It is one to be had though, just so you can have that notch on your belt. It is a great kick-start to any party drinking that you might do, but seeing that we've all moved on into the flavor country (not to mention are mostly older and no longer in school) the purpose that this beer has served has come and gone.

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Photo of WolfLord
1.05/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Opened the can and let it breath. Strangely familiar odor...oh yeah, memory of my time working Compton/Watts area comes to mind.
Poured it into a glass. Weak amber to urine yellow color with quickly disappearing head.
Taste...can't imagine it beng worse after passing through me! Aftertaste lingers like a bad dream, thick and syrupy.

My suggestion: if you want a cheap quick fog and terrible hangover with gutter breath, perhaps this is for you. If you care at all for your taste buds, skip it!!!!

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Photo of TTAmod
1.99/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ugh. Ice cold 24 oz. can poured into Chimay chalice. Just finished drinking some Goose Island Sofie, so really a change of pace here. However, I'm not going to be biased. I'll grade this as a malt liquor and not compare it to the great saison I just had.

A: Clear gold with a tiny bit of head. The color actually isn't too bad. LOL there are even some ice crystals forming up top...good stuff. No lacing.

S: Smells like adjunct, corn, primarily. Also some kind of nasty artificial fusel alcohol smell going on. Very unappealing. I'm going to wait for the ice crystals to melt before tasting this one.

T: Blegh. This stuff tastes horrible. There's a ghastly artificial sweetness mixed with cooked corn and fusel alcohol. It's very rough. There are much better tasting malt liquors out there (Mickey's, in my opinion, is much more quaffable.)

M: Thin and watery.

O: Only good thing about this one is that it's 8.1% alcohol and it's cheap. You pay for the good things, however, with the god-awful taste. I'm not even comparing this to Sofie, but to other malt liquors. This stuff is just plain bad. I used to like it, but the taste has gotten worse and worse.

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Photo of Jerone
1.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Straw/golden color with a lot of bubbles and a quickly fading head. Smell is of corn and grass. Taste is the same but with a slight metallic taste, not my cup of tea. Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. This is a beer for getting drunk, not for enjoying.

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Photo of dankster
3.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

40oz tasted with the boys at the skatepark.

normal clear pale look for malt LQ

Smell has big corn and grain to it

Taste is just fine for a ML that has a 8.1 ABV

Mouth is clean but a slight burn in the back after a few

overall a great way to get hammered for dirt cheap!

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Photo of Paincane
2.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden clear when poured into pint glass producing a one finger soapy white head. Thin layer of lace along rim of glass.
S: Grain, alcohol and malt aromas are evident. Slightly skunky.
T: Corn, grain, barley and malt flavors are followed by a trace of citrus.
M: Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation. Higher ABV is evident as it warms.
O: Crisply refreshing. Not a great beer by any means, but not terrible either. Would reserve this for hot summer days by the pool. I do not think I will seek it out again, but would not thumb my nose at it if offered.

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Photo of gtermi
2.46/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I remember the days of not knowing anything about beers and just grabbing a few of these bad boys. I have to say though that they did the job and was the perfect sit back and get wasted beer.
Now that I have grown up and realized what good beer is, this beer just doesnt do it for me anymore. The appearance is basic and boring, the smell is like your basic junk beer, nothing reall there. The taste is actually better than BMC IMO, so I gave it a 3. The beer made me very burppy and was just unpleasant. Overall this is just one of those beers you drink at a party when you only have 5 dollars in your pocket.

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Photo of Tundruth
2.88/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears light golden/amber in color and forms a thick fluffy white head of suds.

Smell is average, nothing special. Smells nearly identical to any adjunct lager with maybe a bit more of a metallic/astringent tinge.

Tastes of decent adjunct lager. Pretty bad, but they managed to somehow make it palatable, at least.

Mouth-feel is decently carbonated and light.

All in all this beer is definitely a good bargain, and considering its claim to fame being its high gravity and ABV it tastes not half bad as well.

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Photo of Emerson1310
4.5/5  rDev +89.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I too, am not snobbish for beer. My palate is wide open for different flavors from lager like this up to Sculpin, Pliny and HopSlam.

A: Light gold with bright white 3 finger head and good carbonation.

S: Like a malt lager!! Nothing exceptional, as expected.

T: Very lager-ish, but when chilled to almost slushiness, it is very refreshing and pleasant. The rather high 8.3% ABV doesn't show in the taste, the flavor of alcohol is rather limited.

O: The price for this is exceptional too, at $6.99 a 12-pack, $1.99 for a large 22oz bomber, etc. Beware the high ABV, this beer will definitely knock you on your butt if you drink too much!!

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Photo of ehammond1
2.45/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A (surprisingly) better than average pour! Clear light goldenrod yellow with a large, persistent white head, and lots and lots of spiderweb lacing down the glass. Dare I say, nearly perfect?

Grainy and corny aroma with a hint of dishwater and dirty sponge.

At least I don't taste dirty sponge! What I do taste is an inoffensive, grainy, corny, and sugary beer. I also taste some alcohol.

Medium bodied with too much carbonation.

I plan on never drinking this again.

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Photo of DrainBamage
3.52/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color with a very thick head that thins to a lace. Smells heavy of adjuncts with a hint of something peculiar. Goes down surprising smooth with notes of fusel alcohols and leaves a little bitterness in the back of the mouth. Overall this is a very drinkable beer considering the style and ABV. Only downside to this beer is the putrid adjunct smell.

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Photo of ditmier
1.81/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So I fancy myself an above average drinker, in both quantity and quality...never before have I faced such an ominious brew starting from the pour, I had the fear...2009 Can - you can sense the gravity even just pouring it, which is a thick golden with a sizeable white head...aroma is sweet and a bit hot...flavour is not horribly offensive, mostly corn, adjuncts and heat, but again, you can tell bad shit is lurking around the corner if you keep drinking...I mean, like falling off the parking garage that you decided to scale from the outside at 3AM because your so called friend dared you and is now calling you a pussy - bad shit...maybe when I become a full-blown alcoholic and get tired of MD20, I’ll hit this up again, but I’m done for now...my fault is not with the beer, but with what it might make me do...ERIC SMASH

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Photo of tko741
2.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an English pint glass from a 24oz can of the 8.1% version.

Looks like a slightly more amber version of your run-of-the-mill malt liquor or mass produced beer. Rice-colored, one-finger head that dissipates with haste.

Smells of light metal and raisiny malts...no more to say on that. Very basic.

Packs a very quick carbonated punch followed by very sweet malts. Even at 8.1%, the alcohol hotness is quite tame. Overall, some very dark fruits (namely prune and other high-fiber variants), mixed with flatness and a slight warming.

As a malt liquor, there are few better examples.

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Photo of ChrisCage
1.73/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- This is super clear, and yellow grass in color. The head starts out super white, and is pretty much non existent....settling to a patchy, fizzy thin layer over the brew! Carbonation looks to be heavy, and the lacing is surprisingly good! Overall not the best looking beverage, but it's no worse than your typical BMC!

S- Smells very very sweet, with some overripe apple cider quality, and syrupy boiled corn water and boiled potatoes. There is no hop presence available, and again, to my surprise, the alcohol content is not really noticeable. Again, aside from being primarily of sweet syrupy adjunct with a bit of fruitiness, it's not much worse than a typical macro!

T- Brrr (head shaking), this is terrible! My wife feels that this is pretty tasteless, pun intended....I on the other hand taste nothing but sugary sweet alcohol and aluminum....bleh! This has a taste that resembles the smell of wet rotting garbage, boiled in sugar water! Every drink makes me quiver in fear of the next sip!

M- Cloying medium body with a lingering coating of sugar water....this gets thicker as it warms up, and develops more stomach churning alcohol character too...

O- Terrible hot garbage was created when the powers that be came up with this one! Now I really don't want the hobo lifestyle if this is what I have to look forward to...not that I wanted it before. Even my wife groaned when she asked if we were done with the bottle after pouring her and I a glass each. I'd rather take my chances on getting hammered drinking Bud Select 55 all night. I'd still drink this over Bavaria 8.6 Red...I feel bad for this company....reading the inside of their label, they really think they've brewed a quality product...

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Photo of McCutheon
2.6/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's late at night. You've run out of beer and 7-11 is your only option. You could get a Fosters, or....you could run with Steel Reserve.

As a last resort and for the price, it's not a bad beverage. Sure it's some convenience store special, but to be honest, it's not much worse than DFH Midas Touch.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.56/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is foamy but that goes away fast. The body is a pale gold color. It has a thin mouthfeel. The aroma does smell like corn right off the bat. It smells like pure adjunct but you can’t be mad that is the name of the game in this style of “beer”. There is some bitterness but it is more alcohol like bitterness not hops. The feel has a burn to it both from the carbonation and the alcohol. There is like petrol like aftertaste. What do you expect for the price. It is not bad if you just want to get messed up.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.1/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Bright brassy yellow. High clairity, Cloudy bleached white head. Almost no lacing.

S - Smells are of loose wet leaves and unidentified vegetable matter. Not much in the way of malts, even adjunct ones. Nor is there much hoppiness. There is kind of a mild bready sugary smell but just barely. While this is not unpleasant it is also not appetizing.

T - Initially mild sweetness. Middle and end tastes are non-existent. As in, I really can't taste much at all in this beer. I don't dislike this but I wish it had more character.

M - Slightly watery, slightly spicy and with a tiny bit of burn. As it warms it gets slightly more thick and malty.

D - Overall surprisingly good. Good for the price of course, but also good for this style and not bad all-around.

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.38 out of 5 with 1,231 ratings
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