2X Steam | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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2X Steam2X Steam

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kylehay2004 on 04-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Mug

Appearance- Deep gold, very clear, white head with good retention, a lot of bubbles coming up

Aroma- Mild for the abv, a pleasant lemon, bready malts, herbal hops, earthy, not getting any alcohol here.

Taste- Much more complex than the smell would suggest. Bready sweet malts, the sweetness runs throughout but there a good bitterness there balancing it out, herbal hops, wood, light lemon, warming alcohol shows up here witch is a bit of a drawback, but it is a 2x.

Mouthfeel- medium full, heavy carbonation, warming alcohol

Overall- I like it considering the fact it is a bigger version of the style. It does have that woodsy feel to it, but the alcohol is not well hidden in the taste which makes it less drinkable. All in all its pretty good, wouldn't seek out but worth a try.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in pint.

Appearance: Has a dark colored gold body, beyond heavy bubbles floating throughout rising very fast....creates a nice even thick white head which rose to about 2/3".

Smell: Light hops....not much else to go with.

Taste: Heavy hops, but exactly very bitter though it reminds me a but of a German pilsener meets American IPA. Light malts and for as simple as it is tastes very complex. Light sourness to it, feels a bit of sour bread.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, but exceptionally smooth.

Overall: Not a bad brew, definitely something different for me but not anything new. Has a little bit of everything, Grab a glass and enjoy...Salud!

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Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a Lager that is fermented at Ale temperature with addition fo California hops that grows at warmer temperature.
Amber whiskey color with a good head with good retention.
Nice hoppy floral aroma.
Very particular taste, sweet malt with notes of guaraná, condiments, pine, bourbon and flowers. Super dry aftertaste.
Full body with medium carbonation, 8% ABV is well hidden and it gives a warming feeling when the beer warms up.
Interesting beer, drinkability is not that high though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark orange-gold body, fairly clear, with some steady streams of carbonation. Inch-high white head, decent lacing produced.

Smell: Muted aroma. I thought I'd give it some time to warm up, maybe that's the problem. I was watching the opening ceremonies for a soccer match. Question to soccer fans: do they always cart out kids and light up smiles faker than the flopping prior to every game? Nearly a solid thirty later, it's still pretty dull. A little yeastiness, whisper of honey/toffee, and a sniff of booze.

Taste: Lightly toasty breadiness, an initial kick of sweetish toffee. Fruity touches of apricot, apple throughout. Earthy, woodsy, lightly citrusy hops open up with a medium-plus bitterness to temper the sweetness. Drying, bittersweet, lightly fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit of over medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Letting it ride as a somewhat bigger, somewhat bolder beer it was fine.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Amber brew. A bit coppery. Not much head to dredge up. Understandable at 8%.

Unexpectedly sweet malty aroma. Notes of treacle, golden raisin, toast, and some lingering booze. Hop profile comes off with Euro flair. I am confused.

Nope, this is a miss. Lots of alcohol, might be the primary flavor component followed by sugary malts, white grape, astringent floral hops, and toast. Not worth laboring through. Underneath the booze, it tastes decent, if not a little too sweet and too malty. This was brewed for the sake of brewing it. They shouldn't have bottled and sold this.

Body - medium-plus; carbonation - light... but, all I'm thinking about is how atrociously boozy this is. No, it doesn't feel good.

A rough one. I'm finishing it because it's engrained in me that I have to. Drink something else, or like me, learn the hard way.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/30/13. Poured into a boring ol' shaker pint on 5/19/13.

Appearance: Orange. Maybe a finger or two of off-white head. Either way, it doesn't last long. No lacing. The beer may have a slight haze, but it's very clear.

Smell: Really very sweet. When I exhale, I swear I almost get a cotton candy aroma. A lot of malts, but there are some grassy hops in there as well. Really smells good.

Taste: First sip was insanely sweet with a strange metallic note. The metallic note didn't come back after that first sip, but I'm still not sure how I feel about this. Something that this beer does to my tastebuds confuses me. It offers that "off-bitterness" that I get in some beers (mostly adjunct lagers), but in a very slight way. 2x Steam is really sweet almost the whole way through though, so that "off" bitterness doesn't bother me quite as much. The main problem I have with this beer though, I think, is that I just don't find it all that interesting. This is a relatively high ABV beer that drinks easily and hides the alcohol very well, but there aren't really any notes that stick out to me. On the plus side, I like this quite a lot more than the other few steam beers I've had in the past. I assume it's because of the ABV and the balancing of this one, but this one drinks better/easier than those.

Not bad, but Southern Tier has better beers out there. Their 2x IPA and 2x Stout are much better than this. Not to say this beer is terrible, but I was expecting greatness -- I guess I got my hopes up too high. This beer just lacks flavor, to be quite honest... it mostly tastes of sweetness with a trace of hops. Definitely worth trying at least once to form your own opinion.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a nice clean copper, nice and translucent. 1/4 finger of dense white head, fading quickly.

Nose has some banana, honey, lemon, and fresh corn. Not super potent.

Taste is pretty malt predominant, with a smattering of caramel up front, and a finish of straw and grass notes as well. Leaves a lingering dryness. Slightest hint of dry spice. Certainly hides the alcohol.

Feel is surprisingly thick for the style. Feels almost creamy in the mouth.

Interesting beer. Not my favorite style, but fun to try. A little too thick to drink on a hot day, probably a better springtime beer. Not going to get again, but glad I picked up a 6 to give a chance to.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear copper amber with a fine white head at an eighth of an inch, slow dissipation.

Smells of brown sugar, coppery barley malts, and buttered bread.

Light buttered bread malt flavor, some mild caramel, a hint of slightly bitter hop, and a vanilla cream element.

Medium creamy body with a light tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A very good and underrated beer in my opinion, a really enjoyable mouthfeel and great flavor, hides its strength well, easy to like, definitely will have this again.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S: A light copper colored beer with good clarity. A low long-lasting head

A: Some moderate fruity esters like peaches and a little apricot with light spice phenols. Some light hops aromas. A nice cracker and light caramel malt aroma.

T: A medium hops flavor with a medium hops bitterness. As in the nose there are a fair amount of light colored fruit flavors and a light spice note. A medium-light caramel and cracker like malt flavor with a light sweetness having a balance that is somewhat bitter. Some hops bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: A medium bodied beer with a medium-strong level of carbonation.

O: A hop focused beer with a fair amount of yeast character. A cool idea for a style that has been well executed.

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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DOB of 4/29/13

Pours an effervescent copper with a thumb of pearl colored head. Minimal lacing & head retention

S: Pears, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, a touch of grassyness & dryness up front. A touch of winesap apples & a bit of white pepper & grassyness, some pears. finishes crisp, fruitty & dry

MF: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation, nice balance

Great drinkability, nothing life changing but goes down easy

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Photo of shand
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a good Steam Beer, but was concerned on how one would come out doubled. It actually is a little light color-wise for a steam beer. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a bit of hoppiness. The taste? Again, I've never had a double steam beer. For better or for worse, they nailed this. It does taste like a doubled version of Anchor's Steam. However, like the majority of double pilsners, it just comes off too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent lager to drink for a while if you want something a bit different.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a copper hue. Perfect clarity. A vigorous pour produced 2 fingers of loose foam that fell amicably to a thin ring and skin on top. Excellent lacing. No real carbonation to be seen coming up from the bottom. Nose is lager yeast with a faint touch of sweet lemon. Herbal hops, light grass, sweet malt, corn and honey. There’s even a little mint, a touch of tobacco and some light toast. Taste is sweet but not heavy. Without much carbonation it’s very soft on the palate. Hops are bitter but a little shy. Herbal, minty, grainy, nutty and a little warmth from the alcohol. There’s a nice oily coating but no bitter bite that usually goes with that. The malt is sweet and full and there is just a touch of pine on the back palate. Body is thin and it drinks creamy. I’ve never had anything like it. Finishes dry and crisp. This a very supple beer that’s vivid and unique.

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with some streaks of lace.

Aroma: Bready malt with some light floral and lemon rind notes.

Taste: Big, creamy body with lots of chewy malt, with lots of earthy bitterness building towards the finish. Finish is lingering with a grassy/oily hop bitterness.

The Rest: While it may not be apparent from my review, this is a really good beer. Big, bold flavors, not much hint of the alcohol hiding in there and great drinkabilty. A buddy brought over a six-pack for a Bar-B-Q, and we quite enjoyed these.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown-gold in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pale malt and toffee

Taste: woodsy hops, pale malt, alcohol, and toffee

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium body, sweet start with bitter middle and end, dry

Overall: I tried rating this to style as it is better than several beers I have had of this style. That said, of the 2X series it is probably my least favorite. It meets the style, but the extra alcohol really does not do much for me flavor wise. The rest is just an ok beer. I will pass in the future.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a thinnish white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma is sweet with honey like malts, orange marmalade, and dark pitted fruits. Light bready pilsner malt shines through. The flavor is sweet and a bit woody with a firm earthy hop bitterness. There is a bit of alcohol presence in the flavor that I didn't find in the aroma. The flavor is not nearly as sweet as I thought from the aroma. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I usually enjoy southern tier, but this one is not for me. Boring, too sweet with a bit too much alcohol presence.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the 2X series, especially the stout and IPA, never had the 2XMAS ale...these beers are higher in the alcohol department but served in a more manageable size unlike their other high octane brews. Pours a crystal clear amber body with a cream colored head, kind of thin textured in appearance, fine speckled lacing patterns left behind as it settles. Aroma semi sweet nose, muted a bit served cold at first after warming not much more opens up. Flavor has the same raw earthy bitterness that the Steam beer from San Fran has, semi sweet bread mostly a subdued caramel sweetness with evident alcohol with a minimal light syrup texture. Drinks down way too easy especially for 8 percent abv it doesn't offend in anyway it's just a solid drinking beer about as refreshing as an Anchor, just with more malts shining through. Mouthfeel light residual sugars on the palate even carbonation light to medium bodied not cloying at all, alcohol is just barely evident. Overall, a beer that will get your non craft beer drinkers wasted, even though this beer is flavored toward a newbie into craft beer with somewhat of a lack of complexity they did what they wanted to do and stayed true to the originators of the style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark straw color. Smells of grain and caramel, a bit sweet. Tastes of light sugary malts and alcohol. A bit metallic, leafy hops, fair amount of bitterness. Lighter medium bodied feel, graceful for the amount of alcohol. Has a filtered dryness and cleanness that makes it very palatable This is a good beer, a sneak attack for its mild character but its potent results.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with a tall off white head.

Smells of nuts, caramel, malt, and earth.

Big malt flavor up front with thick bread notes and some sweet caramel flavor. The taste is kept lively with good carbonation and a slight hop bitterness - floral and herb. A very tasty beer reminds me of an octoberfest without the roasted malt flavor.

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Photo of letsdrink
2.86/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with less than one finger head and nice lacing.

S - Not much coming through on the smell. Not hoppy, pretty bland smell.

T - Tastes like your standard steam. I've come to expect a little more from ST. It kind of tastes like a weaker IPA.

M - Good carbonation and slightly sweet on the tongue. Bitterness comes through at the finish.

O - It's definitely an interesting beer and I'm glad I decided to pick one up. Not sure if I would ask for another one, however. I haven't had too many steam beers but in my novice opinion I'd rather stick to another one of the ST ales.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - poured very clear amber with a nice 1" head

S - very light non distinct smell

T - once again a mild flavor that was not overwhelming. reminded me of generic lagers but slightly heaver

M - good carbonation w/o being harsh

O - not one of the better offerings at Southern Tier who makes some really great beers

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - So far so good it's a bright clear deep amber brown, fed by mild carbonation I do get a nice 1/2 inch of sticky head. Decent lacing.
S - Smells pretty plan like an ESB or a amber lager. Not getting much hops it smells rather boring.
T - Again it kind of taste like an amp'd up amber lager. Mild copper taste, caramel malts, and skunky lager taste. Man I can't get over the metallic taste...
M - Best part it hide the ABV well drinks like 6% but the flavors are all off and distracting.

Overall I see the label that 2 types of hops were used maybe they should have used another? Usually ST hits the ballpark with these 2X beers being balanced and hoppy but this one is metallic stingy and somewhat terrible...

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Photo of keithmurray
3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - translucent golden amber color with frothy white head

Smell - wheat, baked bread, corn

Taste - bread, black pepper, wheat, sweet corn, grassy hops

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated, medium bodied, slightly sweet, syrupy, bitterness at the back

Overall - Decent representation of the style, although it comes in a bit heavier and is not quite as refreshing as an Anchor Steam

Price Point - $1.49/12 oz single

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pokal. Crystal clear yellow-orange with a thick fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving delicate lacing. Smells like an ale; hops and clear malts. Taste is like a cross between an IPA, a pale ale, and a lager; hops move in and out of clean malts with lager yeast finishing a little bitterly with hops. Mouthfeel is clean, a bit thicker because of the high abv.
I'd like to try more of this style, but it doesn't amaze me.

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Photo of Omnium
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a rich amber color, thin fizzy head, nearly no lacing.
S - Lots of lager yeast smell, some herbal hops, a little grassy.
T - Lager taste up front and at the end, lots of sweet malt filling in the middle, along with some spice and herbal feels from the hops. Fades leaving some bitterness and some of that standard lager taste.
M - The sweet malt can be a bit sticky, and you feel the warmth of the 8% at a point.
O - Not bad, this is a different take on a steam, but its the abundance of malt that makes this one not superb, but worth a try if you're looking for something different. Also, the 8% is masked well in taste, so its quite drinkable for its weight.

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2X Steam from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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