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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steel Brewing Company
California, United States
steelbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
551
Ratings:
1,186
Avg:
2.47
pDev:
53.04%
 
 
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Photo of BastardFromABasket
2.49/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

First, the listed style is incorrect. This is not a malt liquor, it's a "high gravity lager". The label actually has the phrase "select hops".

Poured from a 24 oz can ($1.79 plus tax and deposit) into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice.

L - Crystal clear light-golden. One inch snow white head dissipates almost immediately leaving but a trace of lacing.

S - Sweet grains. No hops (select or otherwise).

T - Light sweet malt, plastic rice, with a bit of a tang at the end. A corny aftertaste. No alcohol burn at all. The hop presence is homeopathic at best. There's a taste that sticks to the roof of your mouth... like after you eat a crappy piece of candy like a Chocolate Cow Tale.

F - Light and sticky. Medium carbonation.

O - Only mildly offensive. If you were forced to drink a crappy adjunct lager you could do worse.

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Photo of Tavverin
4.23/5  rDev +71.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Never done a beer review..

well Ive got the fancy new black can. I thought it looked flashy and nice, and my graphic designer wife, thought it wasnt bad (which is practically adoration coming from her).

It looks.. well it doesnt look great. It retains no head, is clear and watery. pale to golden in coloring. what it does retain though is a gentle, subtle,bubbling brewing, just to let you know its still a beer.

Smell. Not so good. Kinda smells like a $1.49 24oz er, which is exactly what youd expect I guess. smells just slightly sweet. almost like bland biscuits.

Taste. I opened this can with hopeful expectations, but not expecting what I found. The taste is incredibly smooth. Tastes well I couldnt say what it tasted like.... Ive been a smoker up until a couple weeks ago so I guess my sense of taste might not be the best. but I like it. its unique, smooth, palatable. Very malty obviously. Its Steel Reserve.

Feel. it felt solid. substantial. Ive sipped on it so much now trying to make this review, that its gone, so Im workin on memory. but I felt like it felt thick, even though it wasnt thick. cause the flavor is well rounded and bold. Comes across as liquid bread. If you like bread... -and if you like beer. you probably like bread - . its nice. filling. its soft. kinda comforting.

all in all I would rate it a 5. Ive tasted many many beers, and this 5 is relative to its price. for $1.50 theres nothing better.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.32/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale gold, no head

S: Malt liquor meets strong ale, sweet

T: like a malt liquor american strong ale! terrific.

M: Feels nice in there. Medium light to medium viscosity

O: much better than I had anticipated. This brew gets a bad rep in my opinion.

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Photo of Mike7141954
4.2/5  rDev +70%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I just saw this in the store today, came home read reviews here, wnet back and bought a 12 pack, it's the 6%abv version(I was hoping for 8%) I gave it a 4 on looks simple because I like darker colored beers. A 4 on smell because it didn't smell like corn to me. It gets a 5 for taste I really like the taste, my first impression was a fruity flavor, then it went to a malty taste, I did not find it bitter at all but thats because I drink Irish beer regularly, it did not remind me of malt liquor at all. I gave it a 2 for feel it was very watery to me, over all I rate it a 4 because of the color. The lady at the package store told me that stuff is evil! lmao! Will I buy this again yes I will, It taste very good with a bowl of chili, they paired up wonderfully! I have a strong feeling this should be used in moderation, I have a hunch a night of hitting this heavey will kick yer ass the next day, just saying!

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Photo of miribus
3.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I rated this overall a 4 despite generally lower ratings due to reliability (for lack of a better term) and cost. It is a faithful and very strong, somewhat bitter beer.

If you like this one, consider Long Trail's Double Bag as its premium version, they are somewhat similar I've found. LTDB is less carbonated with a better head, the tastes are otherwise similar.

A far less carbonated choice with a brighter color and tremendous head would be Boddington's Pub Ale, it isn't a malt liquor, but it has a similar bitterness.

Steel Reserve is a brighter copper, and heavily carbonated. I can't drink more than a few because the taste becomes overpowering, not to mention the 8.1%.

If you don't like bitter beers, or prefer pale brews, this won't change your mind. If you already like better ales, give it a shot.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) for $1.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had a pale yellow colour.
Smell: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had an aroma of mixed corn, grain, and malt.
Taste: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had a great taste of grain.
Feel: Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) had great alcohol content.
Overall: People who seek malt liquor should try Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity).

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Photo of -Hoptimus_Prime-
3.16/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Keep in mind that my rating of this beer is relative. Obviously Steel Reserve can't be compared to a top-of-the-line IPA. That being said, for malt liquor, Steel Reserve is one of my favorites. Granted I only drink it when the bank account has more dust in it than dollars, but I must admit that it does have qualities that I enjoy. For starters, it has a nice light amber color, and bubbles like a champagne. The taste is fairly clean and crisp for a malt, and the aftertaste is not bad at all. This one will give you a nasty hangover, though, if you drink too much of it. Enjoyed best while still ice cold.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this is the beer to get if you like your malt liquor potent, and who wouldn't? It really is drinkable though, and doesn't get all flat and skunky faster than you can drink it like other malt liquors in 40 oz. form. I don't know. In a pinch, I would take this over some really crappy so-called craft beers, put it that way, but it's malt liquor and you know what the score is.

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Photo of Tastebuds
5/5  rDev +102.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's an Apples and Oranges test if you compare Steel Reserve to highly delicate crafted micro brews. In fact it's insulting to make the comparison in the first place. However having said that, and after taking another glorious gulp of my 24 oz Steel Reserve, it's a great beer if you just rate itself and forget all the other legends. For starters it's a acquired taste of strong and bold rich barely, sweet and bitter all at the same time. The After taste is also need of acquiring. Luckily I have acquired all of the above. Price point is unbeatable, for $1.50 not too shabby (You won't go bankrupt with this financial decision). The high alcohol content of 8.1% is mind blowing (You won't get that same effect with say coors light or bud). I've coined the nickname "A Quick Cheap Drunk" :p . Best way to drink this like almost all good beers, "ICE COLD." . "It's a Mans Beer," my girlfriend doesn't understand why I love it so much (even though she likes drinking some of the worst hard alcohol on the planet). BACK STORY It's the beer I have grown up with, when I was once a poor country boy. I continue to drink in delight :) (You heard me right), I steel love it after all the other hand crafted beers I have been opened up to throughout the years. It's beer and it get's me in gear so have no fear. I shout out, "I love steel reserve beer." with an all out cheer :D

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

Served from 22 oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1+" white head. Color is yellow-golden with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: corn husks, with toasted barley and slight citrus in the background.

Mouthfeel: heavy with a mostly dry finish and warming alcohol in the throat.

Flavor: bold but nicely balanced between corn sweetness, rich barley, and enough hops to keep it from being cloying.

Overall: first time ever having a malt liquor, I was pleasantly surprised. Not something I would buy regularly, but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of car2052
3.34/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 24 oz. can to a nonic pint

A: Bubbly clear golden with a large white head that seems to stay.
S: Biscuity malt, a little dustiness, some metallic twang, and some alcohol.
T: Sweet, with a bready malt center, zero hop presence, and moderate alcohol. The alcohol is actually well-hidden, and it goes down smooth.
M: Light to medium. No significant aftertaste.
O: Surprisingly good. Not great by any means, but is good for what it is. It tastes like a budweiser with more flavor and body.

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Photo of jefegrande
2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After having one I decided to see what everyone thought. After seeing all the bad comments , I decided I better crack open another one to study it more carefully. An igot a new buzz, his name is percy he's a happy lil buzz. So, I got alot of head from the first one, as I poured this one from the wide mouth can into my glass, no head this time. I'm surprised that my yellow beer in my blue glass doesn't look green that defys science so its got that going for it. I don't smell much of anything to write about when I take a whiff. Goes down pretty smooth, with a tad bit of beer flavor. I really like the 8.10% effect, I wish they could all be 8% and up for so cheap. Oh whoops, I spoilled the best part its really cheap, $1.29 for 16oz. One will do it, two will make it hard to write a review with no spelling errors. So will I get it again? Oh yeah, sometimes its fun to ride a moped. We just don't want anyone to see us. This is what people who dont drink beer think all beer tastes like. It also reminds me why i like warstiener, bocks, and dopple bocks. I have to go scratch my belly and yell at my cat now. An I got this brand new buzz, his name is 4 and he don't ever do bout nothing at really ever at all my 𠙶 be sure blue steel 211zzzzzzzzzzz.

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Photo of mrbluster
3.6/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the best inexpensive beer on the market...with a kick to boot! BTW. This stuff is a lager. Can't find the words "Malt Liquor" on the can anywhere.

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Photo of LazyEyedBarney
2.44/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There are two ways to review this.
I could review it as a beer, where I have expectations of taste, smell and texture, or I could review it for what it is, a one way ticket to getting plastered.

Something about the smell mixed with the taste is a little offensive to me. I've had Colt 45 a long time ago, and this is pretty comparable. It's earned it's place on 7-11 shelves next to the PBR and Rolling Rock (though I prefer those to this), but I probably won't get this again, unless I'm planning on getting properly drunk for cheap.

Actually, after a second sip from the can, with little smell, I find the taste a bit unpleasant. However, for it's kick of alcohol, it hides it reasonably well, though it's still noticeable. Probably haven't had a beer that tasted worse than this, but that's probably more due to my good judgement, which has been put to the test tonight.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Taking a dump. On my iPhone. Bacheloring it up.

Poured into pint glass for proper reviewing.


Appearance : straight out of the tall can it pours a frothy, full head about 3.5 fingers tall. The body is a pleasant golden glow. Mostly transparent.

Aroma : steel, corn, more corn, faint dirty hop leaf. Mostly stale corn in a grain bin though.

Taste : very smooth in its abundant nothingness. The 8.1% is definitely there but you barely taste it. It's more like you FEEL it. Towards the end it's got an earthy hop but its like, rotten or something. A whole lot of floaty alcohol flavors with a bit of that rotten garbage hop. Hey, it's better than i thought it would be.

Mouthfeel : very smooth, light bodied, slightly grainy in texture.

Overall : won't buy it again. But if you really want to say goodbye to sobriety for a night, this will do the trick without tasting like a dirty diaper.

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Photo of Catracho5
1/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When I used to drink malt liquors I thought this was the worst of them all. Big malt, nasty, foul flavors on this beer. It was the lowest of the low and I would never touch it again as there are better malt liquor beers out there than this.

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Photo of toadphillips
1.33/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Awful swill, tastes like dirty hair spray and old beer. Its pretty foamy so i guess that could be considered a plus.Provides a dirty almost sickly liquor like buzz.

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Photo of ordybill
2.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a gas station beer. You pick one of these up when you get done filling your car up. It has one job, take the edge off of the day and it does the trick. It will never be confused with a craft beer, but it is an ok Malt Liquor. NOt as good as a mickey’s or Olde E, but not bad. An ok color minimal aroma and a hidden alcohol kick.

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Photo of texecutive
1.75/5  rDev -29.1%

It's time to party like you're late to your parole hearing. If I'm ever in the mood to go all-out raging drunk, I'll pound two Steely's and then argue with my mother about who's going to do the laundry. There's a reason the gutters of Chicago have rich deposits of empty Steel Reserve cans--the Windy City knows how to party.

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Photo of 12B_Vag_Breacher
3/5  rDev +21.5%

People review this like it is supposed to be some kind of craft brew. No it isn't. This company makes tons of money. If they wanted to spend that whipping up something that is crafty and used great ingredients they could do it... I promise you they could. But they are marketing this somewhere else. It is an inexpensive and relatively easy drinking and good tasting way to get a lot of alcohol in your system. That's it. Stop reviewing beers like this the way you guys do. That would be like me going into a mcdonalds and reviewing their big mac as if it was a dish served to me in a five star restaurant that I paid 50 dollars for. No. It's just maid to be cheap and taste pretty good.

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Photo of corywalston
3.28/5  rDev +32.8%

When it comes to malt liquor I grade on taste alone, because malt liquor is meant to be SLAMED. “Slow brewed for exceptional smooth flavor”. You can always tell how good a malt liquor is by the amount of lies on the can. All right here we go. What the hell man? I just opened the can and I didn’t get the snake hiss I’m so accustomed to. Damn I can smell the alcohol running from the can like the devil is chasing it. Ok, sucked down ¼ of the can and it taste like a green apple jolly rancher. I’ve literally had 100’s of 211’s and this is the first time it didn’t taste like malt liquor, sweet gasoline ,and heat. I must have a bad can. Which raises the question, do bad cans of 211 get better with age? Alright round 2, here we go…. Ughhhh never mind I take it all back. I just killed the can and it’s fighting me back causing ripples of chills throughout my body. This is the taste I’m accustoming to…. Alcohol and a funk that shifts its flavor so fast you don’t know what the hell you’re drinking. This is definitely an acquired taste. The reason why I like 211 is because it floods my mind with memories of Jr High. It’s like time traveling back to the time when all we could afford was 40oz’s and tall cans. Overall it taste awful. But the memories I’ve had with this shit keeps me coming back. I mean come-on this was my first taste of independence. 211 delivers a hard ass buzz for only 8.1% ABV

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Photo of Randygroves
4.5/5  rDev +82.2%

Wow! I read what the Bro's rated and was surprised that so cheap a beer would be rated that high. Finally got the nerve to put out 3$ for a 4 pack in aluminum cans.. I was a little embarased feeling like a brown bagger homeless guy.... Poured it in a glass when I got home and everything looked perfect. Nice foam nice lacing..... Nice smell.. Taste?? OMG this is nice....smoothe with no hint of being out of a can!! I can't believe it! Only rated a 4.5 because this lager (not malt liquor) needs just a tad more hop to be as 5. Bye Bye yuengaling.... This is my new normal drinker!!! Might even consider living on the streets to enjoy ..... Nah...

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.64/5  rDev +47.4%

Look. i spend enough $ on expensive, great beer. This is not a bad choice when I just want to spend a little on a good beer. And that's what this is, good. $1.35 for cold 16 oz can, can't beat that. Crisp and refreshing on the palate, smooth and satisfying aroma and taste. Lager like, hints of apple and pear. If I had to rank my malt liquors I'd go Olde English, this, Colt 45 High Gravity. There's not a damn thing wrong with any of the 3, the first 2 are more drinkable than the 45. Pour this in my 5.5 oz fancy snifter, almost looks like an expensive beer.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
2/5  rDev -19%

*Straight from the 40 oz bottle*

A- Dark urine color with large collar of foam.

S- sickly sweet. Malts and musty, pungent grains. Zero hops.

T- Buttery taste. Overly sweet malts and piss poor grains. Finish was gross. Like wet cardboard with sugar on top. Alcoholic taste and feel is present.

M- heavy mouth feel. Hard to drink. Oily and thick.

Gross. It gets you feeling alcohol's affects quickly.

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Photo of nannho
5/5  rDev +102.4%

Serious beer for serious bros. If you want to bro down and impress that babes that know how to party, drink the high gravity lager. 2 tall boys and you will be flying high. This isn't a craft. This isn't a trendy beer. This is a malt for college kids getting after it. And you rate how crazy you want your night to be, by the number of steels you put down. Every now and then I get a few to reminisce.

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Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity) from Steel Brewing Company
2.47 out of 5 based on 1,186 ratings.
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