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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 07-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,464
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
131
pDev:
15.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 97
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 Determined_021
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 quadhog
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of AEK
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

255ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Reddish coloured beer with a huge pillowy white head.

S. Malty, chocolatey, resiny.

T. A weak meaty taste.

M. Very thin.

D. Avoid this and go for their Conductor IPA which is a much better performer. As canned beers go this is definitely a 'no-no' Conductor IPA is way ahead.

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Photo of TheSquire23
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped glass

A - slightly red tinted amber, darker than the average lager, hardly any head, minuscule lace

S - like a fresh baked scone, the bready and slight fruit competing, maybe even a touch of honey

T - the malt takes over in the taste, with some sweet caramel notes hitting at the end, barely noticeable hop bitterness at the end

M - great carbonation despite the lack of good head, very clean throughout

D - don't think id put it level with Anchor Steam, but certainly right after, a lager with some depth to it, great session beer

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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 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 Kölsch!

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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: http://steamworksbrewing.com/main/newsID/17/do/news_detail )
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:
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
06
07
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09
BAY
DGO
(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 BadRockBeer
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date. And a bad ass photo of a steam engine.

Appearance: Amber to copper in color with golden hue. Slight chill haze. Nice 1½ finger white head that faded into a foamy lace.

Smell: Herbal hops sweet malt, some what biscuity.

Taste: Big malt right up front, sweet and toasty. A little spicy hops poke through. The finish is somewhat grainy but still pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Great. This is a very refreshing lager, a little on the thick side but still very satisfying. I will be purchasing more of this brew. I do have to say that I obtained this brew from the local brewery rep. after I had a bad bottle of their beer. Steamworks customer service is A+.

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Photo of timlyon
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of ttu94
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from hotterthathell which is what the weather is like around Dallas for October 2.
Not the best looking beer. Clear slightly dark. Almost no head. Very malty smell. Sweet taste, slmost too sweet but a slight hop bitterness saves it in the end. Not a bad brew but as far as the style goes I think Anchor Steam is a better brew. I will have to do a blind taste off in the name of beerdom.

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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)
☆☆½

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 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 binx
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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 seedee17
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with a little chill haze, lingering thin head
S: Caramel aroma, a little toasty malt and a hint of alcohol
T: Mild flavor all around, not too much going on except a little fruityness and a slightly bitter finish
M: The carbonation is really nice, beer is slightly viscous
D: A really inoffensive beer all around, nothing really to get excited about, but an easy drinker.

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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 Jyubei
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A. Reddish gold brew under a cream colored 1 in head. the head vanishes quickly and there is almost no lacing.

S. Bitter hop smell with a hint of bread and flowers.

T. Malty at the front of the mouth and hops at the back with a bready aftertaste.

M. Very smooth with a little stickiness.

D. It tastes good,although it has limited complexity, but the head disappears too quickly. I probably won't buy it very often.

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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

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