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 -16.3%

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2.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A budget buy, let's see if this is as bad as I remember... on public access they aired this hilarious episode of a "talk show", it was a couple of old guys demystifying the evil "coded symbols" you find on various malt liquors. Of course you have a slew of dangerous animals to be superstitious about (cobras, jaguars, wild cats, all pretty self-explanatory), but Steel Reserve? Where's the hidden meaning there fellas? The "211" sign is the medieval symbol for steel, but they went another route, claiming it had criminal meaning.

Here's an excerpt from the age old tome "A Story without Heroes: The Cautionary Tale of Malt Liquor"...

"LeeRoy Jordan, Jr., a health professional and independent consultant, was one of many who noted that 211 was the California penal code for robbery, and he added that the alphanumeric gang code translation of 211, based on the 2nd and 11th letters of the alphabet, was "Blood Killer." And there you have it: another malt liquor brand promoting gangsterism and violence."

Can says "JUN042012" so at least it's in code.
Skip those clear bottles.

Ultra pale gold, not much in the way of visible carbonation. A finger of whitey white foam, that settles briefly and leaves some irrregular lacing and a thin veil of broken skim on the surface.

Nondescript aroma of apple, wet grain husks, and sweet alcohol. Honestly it's pretty inoffensive.

Fruity flavor, some harsh alcohol astringency, cereal grains in the finish. The fruitiness isn't your typical apple juice box, it has some pear or similar sweetness to it that's actually not terrible, and a welcome change from typical swill, which this is too don't get me wrong. Feels like a medium bodied malt liquor, it gets a little boozy when it warms up, so don't let that happen. Leave the open 40 in the fridge if you have to. Slight stickiness, there is a fair amount of sweetness but the alcohol tends to dry it out quickly. Pretty drinkable actually, which goes a long way in the malt liquor category.

Overall this isn't terrible, middle of the road compared to the bottom of the barrel malt liquors... Earthquake, Jaguar, Evil Eye, etc.

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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3/5  rDev +25.5%

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2/5  rDev -16.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Photo of phenomenologian
1.62/5  rDev -32.2%
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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2.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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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2.24/5  rDev -6.3%
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 +46.4%

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4/5  rDev +67.4%

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1/5  rDev -58.2%

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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%

Photo of BigBarley
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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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.39 out of 5 with 1,266 ratings