Steam Engine Lager | Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

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

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of slyke
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co. pours a clear amber color with a half-inch of head that falls to a thin cap after the first couple of sips.

There is only a little bit of sweetness in the aroma of this beer.

The taste has only slight hoppiness (mostly in the aftertaste) with sweet malt forming the bulk of this taste. Some biscuit-like qualities from the malt.

Mouthfeel light to medium bodied with only a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is okay for this beer. There is nothing that grabs me - nothing objectionable either. I think it would be a good beer with typical pub grub.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another CAN! CAN you believe the way they keep coming to me?

From the CAN: "Arguably The Best Ameri[CAN] Style Amber Lager in the World."

I got a finger of quickly dissipating light-tan head with low retention. Nose had a healthy mix of hops and malt with the hops gaining a slight upper hand. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was more malty than bitter but not overwhelmingly so. I found it a bit too sweet for my taste, but others might really like it. I simply feel that my cooler full of CANs at the beach could be better filled.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a orangish-copper into a pint glass. Smell is lightly fruity and some malt and yeast. The taste is nothing like the smell, with heavy on the fruit with a little malt and no detectable hops. Not sure what the fruit flavor is, maybe some kind of berry.

There really isn't much here for this beer. Nothing bad about the beer, but nothing too good about it either. I easily finished the beer but not sure if I would drink another.

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Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a reddish brown color with a slight wisp of head that dissapeared in a blink of an eye. Obviously no lace to be found.

The aroma is sweet malt and dark fruit. Maybe touch of hop bitterness along with a hint of black pepper.

The flavor is heavy on the malt initally. The hops come in on the back end with dark fruit and a ever so slight hint of wheat crackers.

Medium to light body with loads of carbonation. Nothing too notable.

Overall an average beer in my book. Nothing offensive but nothing worth picking up again.

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Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 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.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

New canned beer here in Dallas... into a Chimay glass, it pours a light mahogany color with a thinnest of heads on top. The aroma is very faint, just a light dusting of hops. Hmm, flavor is bland, with a light caramel and no hops to speak of, a very watery body...

The canned form of this beer is very inferior to the bottle (which is not great, but at least is drinkable).

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This light copper beer pours with very little head, but what's there is white with small bubbles. Light malty nose but little else, but nothing off. Sharp initial taste, acidic almost, and then malt. Very light in the mouth, watery, disappears on the back of the tongue. Not dry--the beer just drops off. Light and relatively smooth, but nothing to drive to Durango for.

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Photo of treehugger02010
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this out of the variety case, which I bought from Bryn Marw beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a transparent brown color. The head is zero fingers tall, a tan color, awful retention, no lacing and small size bubbles.
S: The aromas are caramel, coffee and misplaced fruit notes.
T: The flavors are light expresso, some weird berry stuff going on and caramel.
M: The mouthfeel is very thin and edgy.
D: This is an average beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an apple cider color with a good off-
white head with really good lacing. Nice
bubbles floating up, love carbonation.

S: No apparent aromas come off of the pour.

T: No overwhelming flavors...bland at best.

M: Watery, just plain watery

D: There is no body to this and along with the
lack of flavor and aroma, there seems to be
no good reason to keep drinking this one.

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Photo of searsclone
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a 16oz pint glass.

No head to speak of, or smell for that matter. I tried and tried but I couldn't really get any smell. Maybe a little perfume or floral, but nothing stood out. It reminded me of a Smithwicks. I personally feel like they both have the same taste and smell as a glass of water. The mouthfeel is similar to a macro brew, fizzy and smooth. For all of these reasons, as I am drinking and typing, I find it to have a high drinkability. Maybe it's because I am searching for a smell or flavor and not paying attention to the amount I'm consuming, but it is almost gone. For that, I gave it a high drinkability. Not a beer I will go out of my way to try again. Almost gone now, maybe a little malt and hops???

FYI: the can is marked 6 04 04A 1 B A and it is now 01/21/2008

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on draught into a pilsner glass in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and pretty decent retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-amber.

Sm: Slight hops, caramel, and light cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pleasant malt, slight cream, and light hops. Decently balanced, if simple. I like the build for what it is. The caramel is well-handled.

Mf: Smooth and wet, sort of suiting the style.

Dr: A decent beer for the style. Okay quality, but largely unremarkable.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a fizzy head that quickly goes down to a ring.

The aroma is grainy/corny malts, a little DMS, some sweet caramel, and some spicy hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet watery malts, some cherry and oak with a little spiciness at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but watery.

Overall, very similar to the Dillon Dam Straight Lager. It seemed pretty pedestrian. I liked the Dillon sample a tad better.

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Photo of tpd975
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Nice light copper hue. Small fizzy head which quickly dies to nothing. No lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a dash of hops.

T: Rather simple. Roasted caramel malt with a touch of hops.

M: Sort of thin.

D: Just okay overall.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welcome to the mountains here's your trail map to the campsite and a canned six pack of fresh lager.

Pours out a copper penny, two finger head and a thick tan appearance. Smells of light hops and caramel. Tastes of the same with an up front sweet caramel and a hint o' can and light hops finish. mouthfeel is medium heavy with a decent amount of thick bubbles on the tongue. Drinkability is average figuring this is a cooler packer for a boat or camping trip. I like a little more pizzaz in my beer but for the style this is pretty decent.

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Photo of Andbrew
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a shaker glass at Shugas Bar in Downtown Colorado Springs.

Nice crystal clear light amber pour with a good head that diminishes quickly. Nice and sweet malt aroma with almost no hop smells.

Light body and crisp fizz mouthfeel to it. Hunk of malt on the top with just a hop hint around the edges. Slightly bitter but enough malt to smooth it out.

Not bad overall, refreshing, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: New to Texas, marked best by J 08 (sampled F 08- classic dumping of old product on a new market) also marked Bay, which I assume means it was brewed in the Bayfield CA brewery. No abv, but "Arguably the best American Style Amber Lager in the World"

Aroma: Sweet malt nose, lightly grape, lightly bready, almost a dopplebock nose.

Appearance: Perfectly clear slightly dark amber glass that struggles to hold a collar with only a trace of cover that gives up some lacing.

Flavor: A light dopplebock taste too! That's to say the flavor is malt driven, no hop notes but sweetness is far from cloying. The mild black grape flavor is there (esters are a no no in a lager, no?) but it's not unpleasant, in fact it's one of the few flavor characteristics there.

Mouthfeel: Light body, weak carbonation that ends up being a bit lifeless.

Overall Impression: Lager characteristics come out, mild flavor, clean finish, but there just isn't a lot to get excited about here. An easy drinking beer that would make a decent session and one to lure non-craft beer drinkers over. Glad I tried it, but I doubt I'll be back.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Steam Engine – Amber Lager (5.5%) - Steamworks Brewing Co. (Colorado)

App: Pours a resilient copper with a tight two-finger head of small bubbles. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but doesn't totally evaporate. Lacing is loose, but present. Slightly hazy.

Smell: Malt totally dominates nose with a severe husk-like graininess. Smells unfermented, with a distinct cereal aroma. Hop bitterness faint, but not totally absent. Like having your head in a grain bag.

Taste: Tastes slightly over boiled. Husky astringency noticeable on the first sip. Not a whole lot of character. Malt body is light, slightly sweet, and very grainy. Was expecting more caramelized notes based on the color. Overall, this beer is fairly clean on the palate, but it does have some lingering grain astringency that's a little off putting. That being said, the pale malt character that dominates this brew is nice if you like that flavor. Hops bitterness is minimal, with no discernible taste. Cracker like toastiness, slightly sweet, and somewhat astringent. Reminiscent of Kentucky Common without the esters.

Mouth: Light bodied, right for style. Less carbonation that your typical lager. No lingering sensation, save a slight, lifting bitterness long after the swallow.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Tulip Glass. 5/3/14.

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Photo of ATGHomebrewer
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle in Denver, Colorado
A - not much aroma to speak of
A - redish amber color, about an inch of head, dissapates mostly after a few sips
M - medium body, medium carbonation
T - malt, a bit tinny flavor. a slight bit of hop flavor in the aftertaste
D - this beer is drinkable, but not very memorable. an average beer for the style

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Photo of dwpiercetx
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a big lager fan, so this could be a little skewed. Nice coloring for a steam beer. Light reddish-brown. Decent foam with good lacing. Again, not a lager fan, so taste was a bit BMC-ish. I would definitely recommend it to lagerites. Having it in a can was kinda cool too.

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Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin, transluscent copper with small quickly fading offwhite head. Smell is apple juice and malt. Is that the acetaldehyde or whatever I read about that tastes is similar to green apples? Anyway, some of that, and regular old malt and some tartness and dustiness as well that I'm not too crazy about. Taste is a bit metallic up front. Slightly sweet, but balanced by the hops. Crisp bubbly, average body. Nothing special, but I've definitely had worse.

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Photo of NitroGen
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

P: There was a change in the packaing in 11/06: )
Here is what I can tell you about the change:
P: A 12 oz. brown longneck bottle.

While on the Steamship website found:
Alcohol by Volume - 5.3%
International Bitterness Units - 25
Standard Reference Method - 12.3

Freshness marker on the back label with “Best if consumed before:” then a vertical listing on the right side of the label:
(Bay stands for the Bayfield, Colorado Steamworks Brew Pub and the DGO is for the Durango, Colorado Steamworks Brew Pub)

There is a slight nick that has been taken from the label next to a Month/Date/Year/BAY or DGO. My beer was ‘best if consumed before Nov, 07 and was made at the Bayside BrewPub.
While previous reviewers allude that this may made similar to Anchor Steam’s method of beer making , I could no mention of that on the Steamworks Web site.

A: Clear amber pours with minimal foam that quickly dissipates to a slight cover and minimal lacing.

S: Slight and thin malty nose that made me think of a sweet soy sauce. And this is my first beer this evening!

T: Light malt with a hint of hops that does have a hint of sweetness and leaves a clean and dry aftertaste.

M: Smooth and crisp that I found a bit dull towards the bottom of the glass.

D: Would drink before a Budweiser on a hot day, but not by much.

Please note I may be doing this beer a disservice as it is so close to it’s ‘best by date’. Will be interested to see how this compares to other reviews.

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Photo of carteravebrew
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 131 ratings