Steam Engine Lager | Steamworks Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
steamworksbrewing.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 07-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,424
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
131
pDev:
15.84%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of jgraham505
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ZAP
4.86/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An outstanding highly drinkable California Common.

The characteristics that jump out at me are the toasty malts and caramel notes...both on the aroma and the taste...both are fantastic.

Has a bit of a woody or rustic hop dimension that complements rather than exerts itself.

Also some real mild but sweet fruitiness (Think baked apple pie filling mixing in a little with the caramel) on the aroma and taste.

Not as clear as it should be..

I find this beer fascinating and spot on for the style. Light side of medium bodied...carbonation is firm

Perhaps I have had too many old and outdated Anchor Steams lately but this one blows it out of the water based on what I have had recently...also better than the Flat Earth California Common.

To top things off this is from a can. I can't think of a better beer to have at BBQ's, while fishing or on the golf course. Great session beer with character.

I think this is my first beer from this Brewery and I have never heard of it before..I hope their other beers can match this one..

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Photo of s3igell
4.36/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of botham
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a copper/amber color with a finger and a half of tight off-white head that retains nicely and leaves mild lacings.

aroma is of lightly sweet malt with a bit of caramel and some floral hops. a bit of bready yeast is in the background, giving the brew an overall character reminiscent of an amber with a more potent profile. very well put together in the nose.

taste is lightly malty, with caramel and a very light nutty character in the background. the brew is lightly sweet overall with a semi-dry finish of residual floral hops. the flavors and richness here are unique for a brew this light in body.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mildly sweet and smooth texture along with a semi-dry mouthfeel that leaves the palate sticky.

drinkability is excellent. this brew is quite a sleeper; solid profile and just enough character to sustain the body and then some. the carmelized sugar character on the palate is neutralized in the finish by the semi-dry hop presence. this BA hopes that other steam beers are as good as this one. cheers!

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Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a copper color with auburn hues, sports a 1/2" white head with good retent that will settle to a little ring, good lacing

S- floral aromas as well as caramel and pine

T- Malty with a distinct hop presence, almost like an amber ale. Caramel and toasted malts. Piney flavor throughout the whole brew, estery finish with a toasty aftertaste.

M- smooth and crisp light bodied brew

D- fantasic brew, awesome beer for this style (which is a califorina common, dont know who put this in as an ale). Sessionable, looking forward to this one again.

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Photo of gbontrag
4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fine-bubbled froth that holds well enough to make your acquaintance. It's a thin coffee color that's alive with carbonation tails.

Soapy suds aroma, beechwood, and cherries.

It's dry and crisp with a touch of vanilla, wild cherry-elderberry; puff of smoke and a dash of dry herbs. Wow! This is one helluva a delicious lager. "Lager?" I said to myself. Now, I say, "lager, and damn good." this deserves the recognition they advertise on their bottle.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.27/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours an amber color with very small, quickly dissipating head. no lacing. the nose is sweet malts and a fruit. the fruit is a yellow apple. taste is crisp hops, fruits (yellow apple), sweet malts. light bodied, low to medium carbo, sweet finish.

a delicious summer beer!

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Photo of Luke9
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of quadhog
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of humanawho
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a solid amber color with a thick head that dies quickly leaving a good lacing

S - sweet but earthy, an interesting smell hard to describe or even decide if i like it

T - smooth fruity and biscuity flavor with a nice sweetness and some earthyness, a strong mellonly taste

M - nice light and bubbly

D - smooth and very drinkable

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Photo of 67cuda
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice reddish amber color, with a small white head. It smells sweet and hoppy, with a little bit of malt in the background. the taste is nice and crisp, with the malt showing just a bit, and the bite from the hops is good but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is nice and balanced, much like the taste, quite good. I found this to be a very drinkable beer from a brewery that is fast becoming one of my favorites, at least if their other beers are as good as this and their Colorado K├Âlsch!

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Photo of superwho24
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I very little experience with this style of beer so I can't really say how it compares with others in that category. But it's a good beer. I love the malt coming through in the smell and taste. Goes great with salted peanuts in shell

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kgotcher
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable Amber lager. Actually I prefer it to Sam Adams due to the malt driven flavor that is a bit sweeter than SA.

Typical amber color with good carb and nice head. Good retention and lacings.

Aroma is strong on malt. Bock-ish if you will. I actually like the smell more than the taste, Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated.

Taste is refreshing sweet malt with a nice balanced finish of floral hops.

I would put this as a really nice amber. Nothing awesome, just really drinkable.. But it helps to live in Durango if you want to drink this often.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a nonic.

Crystal clear amber hue, with a bit of a red tint toward the top. A light tan one finger head quickly settles to a thin cap. A bit dark for the style.

Light toasty grain, along with a little bit of fruity yeast esters. A little bit of caramel is in there.

More toasty grain, reminding me of lightly toasted bread. A touch of hops are in the background. More caramel. The yeast adds a little herbal flavor. A bit of a buttery smoothness comes in toward the end. Full bodied.

A very subtle beer, and quite on target for the style. Recommended.

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Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, hoppy. The taste is malty, yeasty, hoppy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Gerred
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of binx
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer departs the 12 ounce bottle a reddish amber color with the head bright white and creamy, the size about three fingers, as it slowly diminishes, the lace forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a nice malt sweet aroma, crisp and clean, also has just a touch of fresh dirt, start is malt laden, somewhat sweet with a touch of tartness at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a spiny acidity, the hops delectably spicy and the semi-sweet and dry aftertaste lingers long, have had this in the can & bottle, both taste the same to my palate.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Hints of fruit and toasted bread. The aroma wasn't strong but it was pleasant.

T = Taste was more pronounced than the smell. Biscuit and honey were the main flavors upfront with just the faintest floral hop near the end. The finish was a very nice, semi-sweet, biscuit flavor.

MF= Body was less than medium and carbonation was low. Very smooth.

Overall, this was a delicious and easy to drink lager. Very sessionable. I recommend trying it.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Off the taps at the brewhouse, I think this is a substantially better steam-beer than its community rating suggests. It's firstly beautiful to the eye: radiant coppery-brown sparkle; furious, tiny-bubble carbonation; nice touch of head. The aromatics are a bit weak, but there's a nice malt bite appropriate to the style, plus a steamy, sticky soft-toasted sugar profile, and the barest of alpha-acids to shroud the finish in cleanliness.

A sessionable steamer, and one which I find preferable to Anchor.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving notes - on tap, cool
A - no noticeable aroma
A - Amber and cleer, very little head
M - medium body, light carbonation
T - nice light malt body. Very clean beer.
D - This is an excellent clean lager. A great session beer and a very good beer.

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Photo of argock
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date discernible. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Clear amber with pitiful off-white head that disappeared quickly and left no lace. Not promising.

S: The aroma is slightly above average because of the strong bready malt presence and a bit of crisp grassy hoppiness

T: Good flavor with solid biscuity, bready maltiness with nice light yeast fruit notes finished crisply with grassy noble hops that enhance the maltiness, which is pretty substantial.

M: I love the caressing feel of this lager, with girth and coating with a low-average carbonation that really works in conjunction with a solid maltload. Aftertaste is lightly fruity with biscuit and bread in there too.

D: A solid amber lager with dedicated malting to give this brew a very good body and nice classic fruity, bready lager flavor. A bit more hops to dress up the appearance and this would be a real winner.

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